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News from the Hill
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Junior Dems plot strategy as leadership vote looms
Pray for the House Democratic leadership elections, scheduled to take place on Tuesday night.
Junior House Democrats are weighing their next moves ahead of Wednesday's rare leadership vote, hoping for internal reforms while staying quiet on who's best equipped to make them happen.
While Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) is challenging the 14-year command of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), most of the vocal young lawmakers who successfully delayed the leadership elections have withheld their endorsements in the race.
The silence reflects the strategic dilemma facing the reform agitators, who are now mulling whether to back Ryan's bid or simply to push Pelosi, the heavy favorite in the race, for even more internal changes to empower younger members.
"This is a question of backward or forward," said Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), who is not yet backing a candidate, as Congress left Washington for the Thanksgiving recess. "There needs to be inclusion with the members who are going to be here for the next 10 years. . . I don't think we necessarily need to be in leadership, but we're the ones who are going to be inheriting whatever is done right now," he added. "We're the ones that have to actually fight for the future."
The contest marks unusual territory for Pelosi, whose only test since 2003 came in 2010, when she easily beat back a challenge from former Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) in a lopsided vote of 150 to 43.
Yet many lawmakers sense a different political environment this year after the Democrats, who expected to reap big gains from Donald Trump's presidential bid, failed to meet their own widely held goals of winning the White House, taking control of the Senate and picking up a significant number of seats in the House.
"This feels different," said one Democratic lawmaker, predicting that Ryan would attract more support than Shuler did, but not enough to oust Pelosi.
Ryan gained a handful of supporters in recent days, including Reps. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.), Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.), Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) and Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.). But most of the caucus remains uncommitted ahead of the closed-ballot vote. And it remains unclear what strategy the restive junior Democrats who extended the elections - including Gallego and Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) - will adopt when Congress returns to Washington on Tuesday.
"A lot is going to happen Tuesday night," Moulton's office said. (The Hill) Read more.
The Middle East in Focus
1. IAF strikes ISIS-linked cell in Syria after cross-border fire on Golan - Jerusalem Post
The Israel Air Force struck a terrorist cell affiliated with Islamic State on Sunday after its members fired across the border at an IDF unit. Four terrorists were killed, while no IDF soldiers were hurt.
In the first clash between the IDF and an IS-linked group, an air force missile destroyed a vehicle carrying four operatives from the IS-linked Khaled Ibn al-Walid Brigade (formerly known as the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade) who had opened fire at a Golani Brigade patrol in the southern Golan Heights at around 8:30 a.m., east of the community of Avnei Eitan.
The patrol came under attack by small arms and mortar fire from the terrorists from just across the border. An IAF aircraft silenced the fire.
In light of the incident, field workers and residents were told to evacuate the area near the border until calm was restored. (Read more)
2, Shin Bet nabs cell from outlawed Islamic group over Temple Mount harassment - Jerusalem Post
Four "senior members" of the Islamic Movement in Israel who tried to harass Jews visiting the Temple Mount and to raise funds for continued harassment have been arrested and indicted, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), Israeli police and the Justice Ministry announced on Sunday.
The four were arrested during the months of October and November and were indicted in the Nazareth District Court on Sunday, with a total of 10 Islamic activists having been interrogated as part of the investigation.
The charges filed by the Northern District Attorney's Office included: conspiracy to commit a felony, membership in an illegal organization, illegal use of property for terrorist purposes and money laundering.
According to a statement by the Shin Bet, the defendants incited unrest at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and four of them tried to keep up the activity of the Murabitun and Murabitat, two groups outlawed in Israel since last year for harassing Jewish visitors. (Read more)
3. Hamas leader threatens Tel Aviv - Israel National News
Mushir al-Masri, a Hamas lawmaker and one of the leaders of the terrorist group, announced on Saturday that Hamas has thousands of rockets capable of striking Tel Aviv and localities to the north of Tel Aviv.
Speaking at a rally held by Hamas in Gaza, Masri claimed that "any future war of the occupation against the Izz al-Din al-Qassam military wing of Hamas will result in the shelling of Tel Aviv and north of it."
He further declared that Gaza "is a thorn in the throat of the Zionist dream to establish a Greater Israel stretching from the Nile to the Euphrates" and claimed that Israel does not know which types of weapons Hamas is hiding. (Read more)
4. UN envoy: Security Council should act to save two-state solution - Jerusalem Post
The international community, including the Security Council, must weigh steps to save the two-state solution, UN envoy Nickolay Mladenov said last week.
"The continuing status quo in the occupied Palestinian territory reduces the prospect for sustainable and just peace between Israelis and Palestinians," Mladenov told the UN Security Council in New York during a monthly briefing.
"I urge all those who are committed to ending this conflict, including this Council, to consider carefully what it will take to advance the prospects for peace and to begin, in consultation with the parties, to develop an agreed path forward," Mladenov said.
"A carefully worded statement or a well-crafted speech will not reverse the current trajectory," said the Jerusalem based Mladenov, who is the UN's special coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process. (Read more)
5. Abbas orders Palestinian flags be flown at half-staff in honor of Castro - Times of Israel
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has ordered that Palestinian flags in public offices be flown at half-staff on Sunday in honor of the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who died on Friday in Havana at age 90.
In a letter Saturday, Abbas expressed his "deepest condolences" to Castro's younger brother and current Cuban President Raoul Castro, describing the late leader as man "who spent his life fighting for the causes of his country and people and the causes of right and justice in the world."
A number of other Palestinian leaders on Saturday mourned Castro's death, hailing the iconic revolutionary president as a longtime supporter of the Palestinian cause and a comrade in the struggle against "Zionist imperialism." (Read more)
6. Fires Continue to Rage Throughout Israel on the Sabbath - Breaking Israel News
Fires, many of them arson set by Palestinian terrorists, raged across Israel for the fifth straight day, shutting down the Jerusalem Tel-Aviv Highway on Saturday, and burning over 32,000 acres of forest all across the country. The damage so far is approximately 30 percent worse than the Carmel Forest fire of 2010. The area affected includes the Judean Hills national park and the Kfir natural reserve. (Read more)
7. Urgent-Israel needs our help as fires rage! - Bridges for Peace
As requests pour in for disaster assistance, Bridges for Peace is committed to helping in whatever way we can. The need is urgent and we desperately need your help. Even when the fires are out and the smoke has cleared, thousands of people will be without homes to return to. Please consider a generous gift to help us help Israel at a time when crisis is devastating the lives of thousands, many of them children and new immigrants. As Israelis look to Christian friends for help, we cannot let them down. To help, go here.
8. Breaking Israel News also offers a way to help victims of fires in Israel
Friends, first and foremost, please join us and pray for rain for the Holy Land to be saturated with the heavenly rains of blessing to ensure that the fires get permanently extinguished and to replenish the Sea of Galilee, which has suffered from drought conditions for over a decade.
Secondly, Israel365 and Breaking Israel News are running an urgent appeal to raise funds to ease some of the pain and loss for the hundreds of families made homeless through this national tragedy. Can anyone put a price on rebuilding a life? Yet, we must do what we can to share the burden and let these poor families know that Jews and Christians from all over the world care about them, and they are not alone. To donate, go here.
9. Holocaust survivor's home reduced to ashes in fire - Ynet News
Abigail Ben Nun, 78, who fled Belgium before World War II returned to her home in Halamish to discover that it had been incinerated by a fire investigators say was started by arsonists; 'My goodness. All my money and successes, my pictures and notes from my mother-everything has gone. But at least we are alive.' (Read more)
10. Bridges for Peace: Israel Prayer Update
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The Daily Brief
Every prayer below is presented to our Lord in the Name of Jesus Christ, amen.
1. As Israel burns, are we looking at a new form of eco-terrorism? - Jerusalem Post
With hundreds of wildfires currently raging across Israel for a third consecutive day, many are concerned that this may be a new form of terrorism. Israel Police estimate that over 200 fires have broken out throughout central and northern Israel since Wednesday and assessments by police have strengthened suspicions that many of the fires were deliberately set, some suspected of being nationalistically motivated. Boaz Ganor, Founder & Executive Director, International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), told The Jerusalem Post that "even if a portion are intentional, is not organized. It's not that you have a terror organization giving orders to their members to carry out fire attacks, though maybe in a few hours you can have groups like Hamas claiming the fires." (Read more)
> > > Also: Netanyahu: Every single flame caused deliberately is act of terror - Times of Israel
- Father, Our hearts ache for Israel and Your people. We ask that the terrorists who have caused these destructive fires will be found by You and brought to justice. We continue to ask protection over Your people and Your land.. God let Your heavens open and bring the much needed rain to put out the fires. We declare Your righteousness as You bring comfort to Israel.
- "Drip down, O heavens, from above, And let the clouds pour down righteousness; Let the earth open up and salvation bear fruit, And righteousness spring up with it. I, the Lord, have created it." (Isaiah 45:8)
2. Arab social media ablaze with 'Israel is burning' posts celebrating fires - Jerusalem Post
Arab social media networks on Thursday were rife with inflammatory celebratory reactions in light of the myriad of brush fires that have been blazing across central and northern Israel since Tuesday. Dry conditions and high winds have spread the flames across the central and northern regions of Israel as well as parts of the West Bank.
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) said Thursday morning that he suspected that up to half of the fires had be intentionally ignited by arsonists. Meanwhile, Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Bayit Yehudi) suggested that those who set them could not be Jewish.
"Tel_Aviv_IsBurning" was the most common Arabic hashtag trending on Arab social media platforms on Thursday morning.
One of the most proliferous tweets was published by a police officer in Abu Dabi that read "Israel has prevented the muezzin calls to prayer, and then it was engulfed in fire." (Read more)
- Father, We come against the words " Israel_Is_Burning". We bind these words under Your authority and we lay them at Your feet for You to destroy as You will. Please, Lord God, bring truth to those who are angry and living in ignorance. We pray, Lord, that You will visit those who have been living in sin and give revelation to them so that they fall on their faces and repent . It is written, " Today, is the day of salvation!! We thank You Lord!. Amen!
- "When He ( the Holy Spirit ) comes, He will convict the world, and show where right and wrong and judgement lie: He will convict them of wrong." (John 16:8)
3. U.S. Supertanker Joins the Battle Against Eco-Terrorism Fires in Israel - Ynet News
The largest firefighter aircraft in the world will be landing in Israel within the next 24 hours to help the country battle the fires which have engulfed a number of cities and towns over the past few days.
The new plane, the Boeing-747 Supertanker only became operational half a year ago and is considered the cream of the crop of aerial firefighters in the world. Not only is it capable of carrying 74 tons of water or flame retardant, but its unique engine enables it to generate pressure which causes a rainstorm effect by the water or flame retardant released. (Read more)
- Lord God, we thank You that our own nation has come to the aid of Israel in her time of crisis. May all the efforts of all nations now battling these fires be blessed by Your hand we pray, O Lord, amen.
- "I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." (Genesis 12:3)
4. Haifa residents cleared to go back home after fires; 600-700 apartments damaged - Times of Israel
All Haifa residents were cleared Friday afternoon to return to their homes, police said, after more than 60,000 people were evacuated from the city on Thursday as massive fires spread through the area.
Some 600-700 homes were damaged in the blazes, with over 400 of them said to be unlivable and 37 completely destroyed, city officials said. Some streets remained without electricity. Police said officers would continue to patrol the affected neighborhoods to help any of the returning residents who need assistance.
"The public is asked to continue to be alert and take personal responsibility and show an abundance of caution when dealing with anything related to using fire and fire safety," a police statement read. (Read more)
- Father, we thank You for the many agencies now offering ways to assist these dear, displaced people. We ask for a great outpouring of resources to flood the land of Israel, that they might know that they, indeed, are loved by many. In Your name, amen.
- "I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust . . . Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: I am the Lord your God And there is no other. My people shall never be put to shame." (Joel 2: 25,27)
5. Trump election: Request for Wisconsin vote recount sent - BBC
The election commission in Wisconsin has received a request for a recount of the votes in the state narrowly won by Donald Trump more than two weeks ago. The request was filed by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. She has also pledged to file for vote recounts in Michigan and Pennsylvania. (Read more)
- Father, You see all and know all. It is written " that in a little while the wicked shall be no more". Reveal and uncover the wickedness that has been set in motion by Jill Stein and those who are financing this recount. We ask for protection over those whom You have already chosen and have already set in place. God, You are King of Kings, and Lord of Lords and no one can change that which You have already ordained. We give You honor as we glorify Your name! Amen!
- "Give us help from trouble, For the help of man is useless. Through God we will do valiantly, For it is He who shall tread down our enemies." (Psalm 60: 11-12)
6. Is the Obama administration at a boiling point with Israel? - Jerusalem Post
Speculation has been rife...that President Barack Obama will use the presidential interregnum to make a legacy statement on Israel-Palestine. On the cards are a presidential speech that would lay out a suggested framework for a two-state solution, or...using the UN Security Council to push a resolution that would either condemn settlements or even lay down guidelines and a timetable for a final-status agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. (Read more)
- Father God, as we become surrounded by many holiday activities, and with our hearts set to intercede for the new administration that will be here next year, let us never forget Israel. We cast down any wicked schemes in the heart of Barack Hussein Obama towards Israel, using the UN or UNESCO as his instrument, and we cancel that agenda under the Shed Blood of our Messiah. We decree: "Not now! Not ever! Will the U.S. promote the division of the land of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob," 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)
7. Cubans in Miami Cheer Castro's Death - CNSNews.com
MIAMI (AP) - Within half an hour of the Cuban government's official announcement that former President Fidel Castro had died, Miami's Little Havana teemed with life - and cheers.
Thousands of people banged pots with spoons, waved Cuban flags in the air and whooped in jubilation on Calle Ocho - 8th Street, and the heart of the neighborhood - early Saturday. Honking and strains of salsa music from car stereos echoed against stucco buildings, and fireworks lit up the humid night sky.
Police blocked off streets leading to Cafe Versailles, the quintessential Cuban American hotspot where strong cafecitos - sweetened espresso - were as common as a harsh word about Fidel Castro. (Read more)
- Father in heaven, the reaction of the Cubans in America sends a definitive outcry of what life was all about in Cuba. We ask that these people will turn to Jesus Christ as Savior, which would give them further liberation from all the horrors of the past and give them new life as a believer in the Messiah Yeshua. In the Name of Jesus we pray.
- "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
8. Trump tweets Castro is 'dead!;' Obama say 'history' will be ex-dictator's final 'judge'- Fox News
President-elect Donald Trump said Saturday that the death of Cuba's Fidel Castro "marks the passing of brutal dictator," while President Obama argued that 'history' will be Castro's final 'judge.' "Castro's legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights," said Trump, who also expressed optimism about Castro's death finally ending decades of communist oppression for Cubans.
"It is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve," Trump said. "Our administration will do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty."
Castro's death was announced Saturday on state television. He was 90. Castro's younger brother, Raul Castro, remains Cuba's leader.
"We extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people," Obama said. "History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him. . .
For nearly six decades, the relationship between the United States and Cuba was marked by discord and profound political disagreements. "During my presidency, we have worked hard to put the past behind us. . . This engagement includes the contributions of Cuban Americans, who have done so much for our country and who care deeply about their loved ones in Cuba." (Read more)
- Father, we trust that You will transform Cuban rulership to bring deliverance from the past and give the people new hope and a new life of freedom from living under tremendous oppression and cruelty. We cry out for the salvation of Raul Castro to accept Jesus as Savior and his heart be filled with the Light of Christ, which will change the face of Cuban society and give them their lives back from living under a spirit of death. In the Name of Jesus we pray.
- "Now the God of hope fill you will all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope through the power of the Holy Spirit." (Romans 15:13)
9. Christian leaders see influence growing under Trump - POLITICO
Social conservatives got Donald Trump into the White House. Now, they expect him to deliver.
In conversations on Capitol Hill, donor meetings in Texas and behind closed doors at the Ritz-Carlton in McLean, Virginia, socially conservative leaders are cheering Trump's election and already moving to hold him accountable to the myriad campaign promises he made to Christian voters.
"Donald Trump is not the candidate pro-lifers would have chosen, and he understood that, and he did outreach," said Tom McClusky, vice president of government affairs at the anti-abortion rights group March for Life. McClusky, who has been critical of Trump in the past, continued, "If he fulfills the promises he's made, he could be the most pro-life president since Reagan." (Read more)
- Precious Lord, how we rejoice that the voices of Your people will now be heard by the man in the most powerful office in our land. We praise you for someone who will hear what the Spirit is saying and give serious consideration to what Christians have to say. We pray for this access to remain open and active throughout President-Elect Trump's tenure in office. We pray that the concerns most important to You will be acted upon to Your satisfaction and to the betterment of the preaching of the Gospel.
- "When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, the Lord hath done great things for them." (Psalms 126:1-2)
10. Trump's media feud enters new era - The Hill
President-elect Donald Trump and the news media are settling into an uneasy relationship. Distrust and ill feelings are held on both sides, and no one is predicting the acrimony that characterized the final months of the presidential campaign will disappear.
At the same time, Trump in his Tuesday meeting with reporters and editors at The New York Times offered an olive branch, acknowledging that he's a longtime reader and pledging a willingness to develop a professional working relationship. "I would like to turn it around," Trump said. "I think it would make the job I am doing much easier."
Trump's words may do little to assuage the press's fears. White House reporters are worried about access to Trump, who didn't allow reporters on his campaign plane and ditched media staking out Trump Tower last week to have dinner with family at New York's 21 Club.
"Every incoming president has basic, generally agreed upon rules of the road," said Joe Lockhart, who served as White House press secretary for President Bill Clinton. "The Trump team has decided they'll blow up the road and build a new one. Where it goes from here will be a test of how far the new president and his team want to push things, and the strength and will of the press to push back." (Read more)
- We bless You, Father, for a President-Elect who has the courage to speak fearlessly even if it is politically incorrect. We thank you that President-Elect Trump has utilized the social media to reach 20 million readers and therefore reaches more people than all the other media combined. We pray for the traditional media to see the results of this and correct their reporting to be honest and straightforward and not editorializing as they have been doing. In the name of Jesus, we bind up lying tongues and loose a spirit of truth upon the media. Amen.
- "For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth." (Micah 6:12)
The Daily Jot
Friday, November 25, 2016
Black Friday and the original Thanksgiving
Before solemn holidays were turned into commercial opportunities, there was true meaning behind them. There were lives involved and courageous men and women who paved the way for us. They may have sat out in the cold near a fire before daybreak because they had to, not because they were waiting for the store to open so they could buy the latest game platform. The things we take for granted in this country are those that the original pioneers didn't have. But one thing they did have was a sense of purpose in their lives, a rugged individualism, and faith that surpassed all understanding. Here's a true account taken from "Of Plymouth Plantation" written by William Bradford, co-writer of the Mayflower Compact.
In the days leading up to the first "Thanksgiving" of the Pilgrims, they had dispatched a group of ten men to "explore the bay and trade with the natives." They were guided by the English speaking Squanto, who also served as an interpreter. When the men returned, they were very impressed with the land around the bay and wished they could have settled there instead of Cape Cod. William Bradford, wrote however, "But it seems that the Lord, Who assigns to all men the bounds of their habitations, had appointed it for another use. And thus they found the Lord to be with them in all their ways, and to bless their outgoings and incomings, for which let His holy name have the praise forever, to all posterity."
This "Thanksgiving" to the Lord offered by Bradford in his history "Of Plymouth Plantation" indicates that Jesus was at the center of his thoughts about all things--even the land they were allocated by God to begin their colony. It also forebears testimony to the very positive Christian witness and relations the Pilgrims maintained with the Indians. This comment was followed immediately by Bradford's account of the harvest in October 1621. Bradford writes," Each person had about a peck of meal a week, or now since harvest, Indian corn in that proportion; and afterwards many wrote at length about their plenty to their friends in England--not feigned but true reports."
One of those true reports is found in "Mourt's Relation" by Pilgrim Edward Winslow--the only account of the first "Thanksgiving." Winslow writes: "our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together, after we had gathered the fruits of our labors...at which time amongst other recreations, we exercised our Arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and amongst the rest their greatest king Massasoyt, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the Plantation and bestowed on our Governor, and upon the Captain and others."
Winslow concluded, "And although it be not always so plentiful, as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want, that we often wish you partakers of our plenty." Thanks to the godly men and women who came before us, even in our decline we remain blessed more than any other nation on earth. Jeremiah 4:2 says that if God's people return to Him, "And thou shalt swear, The Lord liveth, in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; and the nations shall bless themselves in Him, and in Him shall they glory." This is a promise to the nations. So today, as should be our practice each day, may you have a Psalm 103:2 day, "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits."
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bolton warns Obama on Israel action at UN
Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton warned Sunday that President Obama should not take any actions before leaving office that could hurt Israel at the U.N.
Bolton said during an interview with radio host John Catsimatidis that there is "a lot of speculation over in Turtle Bay at U.N. headquarters about resolutions that recognize a Palestinian state or that try and set a boundary for Israel based on the 1967 ceasefire lines."
"I think that'd be very inadvisable for the president to do that," he said.
Obama said during his final speech as president at the U.N. General Assembly that Israel would be in a better position if it did not "permanently occupy and settle Palestinian land" and Palestinians would be better off if they were to "reject incitement," according to the Jerusalem Post.
Bolton said Sunday that Trump's transition team is "doing an excellent job," noting that Trump has spoken with various world leaders who have congratulated him on winning the election.
"They're obviously very, very interested in finding out more about him, more about what his administration's priorities are going to be," Bolton said.
Bolton, who served as ambassador to the U.N. under George W. Bush, is reportedly among those being considered to be secretary of State under Trump.
"I think part of the uncertainty that people feel is that they know that America's foreign policy is going to change. That's what democracy does. You get new leaders and the country moves in a different direction," Bolton said. (The Hill) Read more.
- Please pray for the fear of God to come on the 15 member states of the U.N. Security Council, especially until the end of 2016. It is God in the first place who watches over His people.
- "In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction." (Job 33:15,16)
(Source: UN Prayer Watch)
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The Persecuted Church
"Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body." (Hebrews 13:3)
Please visit the website for International Christian Concern to lift up prayers for the persecuted around the world, every day. Their link is: www.persecution.org -- or go here to connect.
Thank you for interceding for our brothers and sisters who are suffering in Asia, the Islamic World, and the Far East.
I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY
"Let me tell you what He has done for me." (Psalm 66:16)
I love to tell the story of unseen things above, Of Jesus and His glory, of Jesus and His love. I love to tell the story, because I know 'tis true; It satisfies my longings as nothing else can do.
I love to tell the story, 'twill be my theme in glory,
To tell the old, old story of Jesus and His love.
I love to tell the story; more wonderful it seems Than all the golden fancies of all our golden dreams. I love to tell the story, it did so much for me; And that is just the reason I tell it now to thee.
I love to tell the story; 'tis pleasant to repeat What seems, each time I tell it, more wonderfully sweet. I love to tell the story, for some have never heard The message of salvation from God's own holy Word.
I love to tell the story, for those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest. And when, in scenes of glory, I sing the new, new song, 'Twill be the old, old story that I have loved so long.
Please go here.
(Sung by Eddy Arnold)
About the Author:
Words: A. Katherine Hankey, 1866.
Music: William G. Fischer, 1869.
About the hymn:
"Last winter a young man appeared here from British Columbia," says a letter from Surrey, England. "He was in the Royal Marines. He was a total abstainer and was doing all he could to promote temperance among his comrades. While here he went to church, and the curate, who had a conversation with him, was much pleased with his manly behavior and resolute desire to do right. He wore a medal and had good conduct marks on his clothes.
This man was the little boy whom Miss T. had picked up in Battersea Park many years before, and who had learned of the gospel of salvation entirely by listening to the maidservants singing sacred songs while scrubbing the doorsteps and cleaning windows. The hymn that, as a child, he seemed to make entirely his own was, 'I love to tell the story,' though he knew several others when he was picked up in the park. As he had never been to church or chapel, the hymns were the only channel through which divine truth had been conveyed to him, and by which the first seed was sown in his heart that made him a man of character and usefulness."
Signs and Wonders
Mexico's Popocatepetl Volcano spews ash miles into the air
Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano surprised observers with a startling sight Friday: a massive column of ash billowing in the air. An explosion sent steam, gas and ash 5 km (3.1 miles) above the volcano's crater, officials said. Luis Felipe Puente, Mexico's director of civil protection, shared photos and videos on social media of the plume spreading through the sky. (CNN) Read more.
"There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea." (Luke 21:25)
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Bishops and President Proclaim Jesus Christ King of Poland
The Catholic Bishops of Poland together with President Andrzei Duda proclaimed Jesus Christ as King of Poland Saturday and called upon him to rule over their nation, its people, and their political leaders.
In a ceremony at the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow, the bishops commemorated the 1,050th anniversary of the Christianization of Poland by entrusting the nation to the kingship of Christ.
"Immortal King of Ages Lord Jesus Christ," the bishops prayed together with the congregation, "We Poles stand before you to acknowledge your reign, surrender to your law, and entrust our homeland and the whole nation to you."
"Humbly bowing our heads before you, King of the Universe, we acknowledge your dominion over the Polish nation, those living in the homeland and throughout the world," they said.
The Catholic feast of Christ the King is celebrated on the last Sunday of the liturgical year, but the specific form of Saturday's ceremony comes from divine revelations said to be received by Polish nurse Rosalia Zelkova claiming that Christ asked to be officially enthroned as King of the Polish nation.
During the enthronement ceremony, the clergy and the congregation asked Jesus forgiveness for their sins "and in particular for turning away from the holy faith, for lack of love for you and others."
"We renounce the devil and all his works," they said.
The congregation also asked divine assistance for their rulers, including President Duda.
"We entrust to you the Polish people and Polish leaders," they said. "Let them exercise their power fairly and in accordance with Your laws."
"Rule us, Christ! Reign in our homeland and reign in every nation - for the greater glory of the Most Holy Trinity and the salvation of mankind," they said. (Breitbart) Read more.
- Praise the Lord!
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Updates from PrayerSurgeNow
Dai Sup Han has welcomed all of our prayer partners to join him in these anointed prayer calls.
To view the agenda now posted for these daily, and weekly, conference calls, please go here.
The Bible Readathon
Our Bible Readathon Continues
Now reading the Word of God every night from midnight to 6:00 a.m. EST
All are welcome to call 712-770-4340; 350430#, anytime during those six hours. WELCOME!
> > > Also, the Liberty Prayer Network is maintaining 24/7 prayers through January 19th, with many other ministries participating.
You can call this number any time, day or night, to join in this continuous stream of intercession: