CHPP Daily Brief: "Praying for All in Authority" Wednesday, November 16, 2016
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"Praying for All in Authority"
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
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News from the Hill
News from the Hill
The U.S. Senate Names its Leaders for the Upcoming Session
- We continue to pray for "all in authority" as these leaders prepare to assume their role in the new Congress, which will convene in January.
- "Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." (I Timothy 2:1,2)
1. McConnell reelected as Senate majority leader - The Hill
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is keeping his spot as the Senate's top Republican. McConnell on Wednesday was reelected as the GOP leader "by acclimation by his colleagues with a standing ovation," spokesman Don Stewart said. (Read more)
2. Schumer elected Senate Dem leader, sets leadership team - The Hill
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday was elected Senate Democratic leader, succeeding retiring Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
Schumer appointed two women to high-ranking posts on his team, tapping Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.) to serve as assistant Democratic leader and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) to chair the Democratic Policy and Communications Center. (Read more)
3. Sanders named to Senate leadership post - The Hill br>
Sen. Bernie Sanders is joining the ranks of Senate Democratic leadership next year. Sanders was named chair of outreach during a closed-door Senate Democrat caucus meeting Wednesday morning. (Read more)
The Middle East in Focus
1. Netanyahu calls on Obama not to back any new peace moves as term ends - Times of Israel
WASHINGTON - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he hoped President Barack Obama would not back any new UN initiatives on Palestinian-Israeli peace in the final weeks of his term.
"I very much hope President Obama will continue the policy he enunciated," Netanyahu said Tuesday in a video address ending the annual Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly, which was held in Washington, D.C this year. The Israeli prime minister was refering to a 2011 statement by Obama in which the president said that a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was best left to the parties and not to outside actors.
In Israel and among some pro-Israel groups, there is concern that Obama in his final weeks will back a UN push to recognize Palestinian statehood or lay down the parameters of a final-status agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians. Obama has not indicated plans to do any such thing.
2. Netanyahu: Israel in 'close contact' with Moscow to avoid issues over Syria - Jerusalem Post
Israel is in "close contact" with Moscow, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday, the day Russia launched a major new offensive in Syria.
Netanyahu, on a visit to the new military training complex named after Ariel Sharon in the Negev, was asked about Russia's presence in Syria by a soldier.
He replied that he has met four times with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the last year. The purpose of those meetings, he added, was "strengthening the contact so there will not be any collision that no one wants between the IDF and the Russian Army."
Until now, Netanyahu said, there has been no such accidental engagement, and it is hoped that there will not be one. Netanyahu flew to Moscow in September 2015, shortly after Russia became actively engaged in the fighting in Syria, to establish a "deconfliction" mechanism between the two militaries.
3. Jordan slams bill to ban loud Muslim call to prayer - Times of Israel
Jordan's highest religious authority on Tuesday slammed as "false and insignificant" Sunday's approval by Israeli ministers of a bill to ban the Muslim call to prayer via loudspeakers. It was not clear as of Tuesday whether the bill would become law.
"An occupier cannot make any historical change to the city it occupies, and things (must) remain the same without any change," Islamic Endowments Minister Abdul Salam Abadi told Jordan's official news agency Petra. Any decision concerning Jerusalem by the "Israeli occupation authority" was "false and insignificant" because the city was "under occupation," he charged.
4. Trove of 3,600-year-old artifacts found near Judean foothills - Israel Hayom
A treasure trove of ancient gold and silver artifacts dating back some 3,600 years was recently discovered in Tel Gezer, an archaeological site on the Judean foothills, the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority announced Monday.
The Canaanite period artifacts were found by a joint excavation mission of the IAA, Parks Authority and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Lead archaeologists Dr. Eli Yanai of the Antiquities Authority, Dr. Zvika Zuk of the Parks Authority, and Drs. Jim Parker and Dan Warner -- both of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary -- agreed that the trove was most likely part of a ceremonial offering that was laid in the center of the multilevel structure being excavated.
5. Israel appoints first ambassador to Turkey since Gaza spat - Fox News
JERUSALEM - Israel appointed an ambassador to Turkey on Tuesday, its first since both countries recalled their envoys five years ago amid a spat over a deadly Israeli raid on a Turkish vessel trying to reach the Gaza Strip.
The Foreign Ministry named Eitan Naeh as the new envoy to Ankara. Local media reported that Naeh is a diplomat currently serving in London but that he has served in Turkey in the past.
The return of ambassadors is part of a reconciliation deal that Israel and Turkey struck earlier this year, ending six years of animosity between the once-close allies.
Israeli-Turkish ties began to decline after Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose party has roots in Turkey's Islamist movement, became prime minister in 2003.
The Daily Brief
Every prayer below is presented to our Lord in the Name of Jesus Christ, amen.
1. Putin critic wary of Trump's Russia policy plans Senate hearings - USA Today
President-elect Donald Trump's friendly outreach to Russia is already meeting resistance from key Republicans on Capitol Hill who are planning hearings to show why President Vladimir Putin should be isolated, not courted.
Sen. John McCain and Sen. Lindsey Graham, key GOP voices on foreign affairs, are warning Trump against such rapprochement when U.S. allies in Eastern Europe are feeling threatened and the war in Syria escalates.
Graham, in particular, is planning a series of hearings about what he termed Russia's "misadventures" around the globe. (Read more)
- Lord, we do thank You that our Constitution dictates that there be a separation of powers at the federal level. We ask that these hearings be held with integrity, and that any policy recommendations that result be according to Your perfect will for both America and for Russia. In Your Name, amen.
- "For the Lord is our Judge,
The Lord is our Lawgiver,
The Lord is our King;
He will save us." (Isaiah 33:22)
2. House extends Iran sanctions giving Trump leverage over nuclear violations - Washington Post
The US House of Representatives approved an extension for 10 years of Iran sanctions, including many currently under waiver as part of the Iran nuclear deal, a move that could pave the way for President-elect Donald Trump to pull out of the deal.
The bill approved late Tuesday by the House simply extends existing Iran sanctions for a decade, to the end of 2026. They were due to expire on Dec. 31, 2016. (Read more)
- Lord, we thank You that the Senate has now granted the new President a season of grace to make adjustments in our policy towards Iran, as needed. In Your name, amen.
- "For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers." (Proverbs 11:14)
3. House lawmakers to nix Obama admin-backed sale of US planes to Iran - Fox News
Lawmakers in the House are expected to overwhelmingly pass new legislation on Wednesday that would prohibit the Obama administration from facilitating the sale of U.S. aircraft to Iran, according to senior congressional sources who told the Washington Free Beacon that Iran is likely to use American-made planes to rebuild its aging air force.
The legislation is viewed as an early test for the incoming Trump administration, which has broadly opposed last year's comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran and intimated that it would be more confrontational with the Islamic Republic.
Senior congressional sources told the Free Beacon that House leaders scheduled the vote on this bill immediately following the election to signal that lawmakers are frustrated with the Obama administration's ongoing diplomacy with Tehran. (Read more)
- Father, thank You for this new legislation prohibiting the sale of U.S. aircraft to Iran. Thank You for bringing new diplomacy and a tougher approach to Iran.
- "Now therefore, swear to me here by God that you will not deal falsely with me or with my offspring or with my posterity, but according to the kindness that I have shown to you, you shall show to me and to the land in which you have sojourned." (Genesis 21:23)
4. Illegals demand Obama issue mass pardons amid Trump deportation fears - Washington Times
Illegal immigrants are preparing to ask President Obama to pardon some 750,000 Dreamers, saying such a move is their last, best hope to stave off what they fear will be a wave of deportations once Donald Trump takes the Oval Office.
Community leaders have planned a rally in New York on Wednesday to make the request.
"Millions of law abiding undocumented immigrants are fearful of what will happen when the new Administration takes control in January," the group of New York state lawmakers and immigration advocates said in a statement announcing the rally. "However, President Obama has the power of pardons that he can use to protect all DACA enrollees." (Read more)
- Father, we do thank You that, as many voted for this candidate in the election, they were really voting for the rule of law to reign once again in our nation. We ask that You would now make a way for those who are in our country illegally, to return safely to their homes, in Your name, amen.
- "And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son." (John 14:13)
5. Here are the people whose names have been floated for Trump's Cabinet - Washington Post
To read this list of possible candidates for the 23 Cabinet level positions in the new administration, go here.
- Lord God, we continue to call forth Your wisdom to rest upon Donald J. Trump as he now assembles his administration, in Your name, amen.
- "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you." (Psalm 32:8)
6. Oregon official who shut down Christian bakery loses election - CNN
Could it be the year of the underdog? The presidential election wasn't the only contest to see an upset.
Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, who came to national attention for heftily fining a local bakery that refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, lost. Avakian, a champion of the LGBTQ community, was running for Secretary of State.
As labor commissioner since 2008, Avakian often made news for his tough calls against businesses discriminating against gay and transgender customers. The most noteworthy was when Sweet Cakes by Melissa refused to make the wedding cake for the same-sex couple in 2013, citing the owners' religious beliefs. Shop owners Melissa and Aaron Klein were ordered to pay $135,000 in emotional damages. They were also told they couldn't refuse customers based on sexual orientation. (Read more)
- Lord God, we are truly witnessing a quiet revolution in our country. We thank You that this couple has been vindicated by the voters in the State of Oregon, and we ask that all damages they suffered would be restored, in Your name, amen.
- "But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You. For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield." (Psalm 5:11-12)
7. England: University Feminists Demand Ban for Pro-Life Society Before It Even Starts - Heat Street
Feminists are calling for a pro-life university society to be banned before it has even had the chance to do anything.
Campaigners from the University of Liverpool have demanded that the new organisation must be shut down because it is "misogynistic" and a "danger" to women.(Read more)
- Father, we pray favor upon this pro-life university society. We pray for our society in today's world that opposes differing views and uses violence and hate to get their way. We pray that justice will prevail and this pro-life society will be allowed to form at this college. - "Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others." (Philippians 2:3-4)
8. UN Committee Votes to Condemn Russian Occupation of Crimea - New York Times
A key U.N. committee approved a resolution Tuesday condemning Russia's "temporary occupation" of Crimea and reaffirming the United Nations' commitment to Ukraine's sovereignty over the Black Sea peninsula.
Russia urged the General Assembly's human rights committee to vote against the resolution, but it was approved by a vote of 73-23 with 76 abstentions. The resolution is virtually certain to be adopted by a similar vote when it comes before the 193-member assembly next month.
The draft resolution urges Russia to immediately end all abuses against Crimea residents including "arbitrary detentions, torture and other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment, and to revoke all discriminatory legislation." (Read more)
- Father, we pray Russia will end its abuses against the residents of Crimea. We pray a peaceful resolution for Crimea. - "They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it." (1 Peter 3:11)
9. Paris bomber's missing phone found under big pile of papers at police station - Fox News
A Belgian police station apparently was so cluttered that investigators didn't realize a missing phone that belonged to one of the Paris suicide bombers was hiding under a giant pile of paperwork, local media reported Tuesday.
The phone belonged to 31-year-old Brahim Abdeslam, who killed himself in the massacre in November 2015, the BBC reported. His younger brother, Salah Abdeslam, was the only surviving attack suspect, and was sent to a French jail.
Belgian police were supposed to hand off the recovered phone to anti-terror investigators -- but mistakenly kept it at the station in Molenbeek, according to local media. Police reportedly intended to use the phone to investigate possible drug links.
"The phone's contents had been backed up before it was lost. All the information was in our system so the loss had no impact on the investigation," Brussels West police spokesman Johan Berckmans told the BBC. (Read more)
- Father, we pray that this would be a wake up call for Paris. Maybe it's time for a new leader at the police department who can clean up the mess and instill order, so that important parts of an investigation are not lost in the clutter. Lord, give the authorities in Paris wisdom and discernment.
- "But all things should be done decently and in order." (1 Corinthians 14:40)
10. "Scripture Is a Gift," Lawmakers Mark 'National Bible Week' on U.S. House Floor - CBN
In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of National Bible Week (Nov. 13-19), several lawmakers shared some of their favorite Scriptures and talked about the Word of God on the floor of the House of Representatives.
Reading from Psalms 1, Rep. Tim Walberg, R-MI, said, "How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord and in His law he meditates day and night."
Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-CO, sponsored the Tuesday evening event and talked about how revered the Word of God has been throughout American history. "President Abraham Lincoln once said of the Bible, 'In regard to this great Book I have but to say it is the best gift God has given to man," he said.
Just before the Bible readings began, the National Bible Association President Richard Glickstein told CBN News, Americans need to be reminded the Bible is there and it matters. "Probably only a third of us are reading the Bible regularly," Glickstein explained. "So it's important to stop and remember: This is a gift. People in the Soviet Union that I worked with didn't have Bibles. They had to meet in the forests or in secret gatherings. They would share the Word that way." (Read more)
- Father God, we thank You for Your Word. We thank You, too, that now, through our own conference line, we can end our day . . . or begin a new one . . . by reading Your Word out loud with others. Thank You, Lord, in Your name, amen.
- "O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day."(Psalm 119:97)
The Daily Jot
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
A jaundiced view from a lame duck
Still refusing to accept that globalism, or from a Christian worldview--an anti-Christ system, is the antithesis of humankind and a threat to personal liberty, America's lame duck "president" continued to sell out American exceptionalism during his Athens, Greece pit stop on his European farewell tour. His remarks underscore the division created between freedom lovers and those soulless victims of the dream of eutopian society under a form of totalitarianism. He refused to recognize that worldwide information exchange is the flagship of a free people, instead saying it was an instrument of "tribalism" that causes people to reject globalism. Reality is getting the better of his idealism.
All the while, he and his Democratic Party cronies assisted by the news media are saying it is the uneducated people who reject globalism, the "president" said during a joint news conference with Greek Prim Minister Alexis Tsipras, " Globalism, combined with technology, combined with social media and constant information, have disrupted people's lives, sometimes in concrete ways. But also psychologically, people are less certain of their national identities or their place in the world." What he refuses to acknowledge is that loss of jobs and massive forced migration-tools of globalism-cause this effect. The more people inform themselves, the less they tolerate this move toward the anti-Christ system.
Seemingly duplicitous on the cause and effect of globalism, he continued: "And there is no doubt that has produced populist movements, both from the left and the right, in many countries in Europe. When you see a Donald Trump and a Bernie Sanders, very unconventional candidates, have considerable success obviously there's something there that's being tapped into...and they might opt for change, even if they are not entirely confident what that change will bring." Instead of recognizing that people are rejecting globalism and tyranny, he is saying that it results in tribalism and nationalism. This started long ago, but accelerated under the previous Bush administration and the current "president."
People who think they are so right, so educated and enlightened, that no matter what others think or say, are tantamount to tyranny. Instead of looking at the policies that people are rejecting, these globalists blame the people for being ignorant, deplorable, unredeemable, bigots, xenophobes, racists and hate mongers. This is what Christians face as the one world order of the anti-Christ. Why is it important to stand against the anti-Christ system? Revelation 20:4, "I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years." We may not be able to stop the march of prophesy, but we can determine our place in it.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
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