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Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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"Be strong and let your heart take courage, All you who hope in the Lord."
The Middle East in Focus
1. PA says it will submit anti-settlement UN resolution within days - Jerusalem Post
Just hours after the Palestinian leadership said it plans to move forward a UN Security Council resolution condemning settlements, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday he expects US President Barack Obama will not support action against Israel at the world body.
"[We will] begin to submit a resolution condemning settlements to the UN Security Council in the coming days," Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki told the Voice of Palestine, the official PA radio station.
On numerous occasions over the past few months, the leadership, including PA President Mahmoud Abbas, said it intends to submit a resolution.
If such a resolution is brought before the Security Council, all eyes will be on Obama to see how the US acts.
2. Donning Palestinian flag, UNGA president marks Palestinian solidarity day- Times of Israel
UNITED NATIONS - The president of the United Nations General Assembly wore a scarf with the colors of the Palestinian flag around his neck on Tuesday while addressing a special session of the 193-member assembly to mark Palestinian solidarity day.
The UN's "International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People" in marked annually on November 29, the anniversary of the United Nations recognizing the Partition Plan that called for the creation of the State of Israel and of an independent Arab state.
Donning the colors of the Palestinian flag as well as a black-and-white keffiyeh associated with Palestinians, Peter Thomson of Fiji, the president of the 71st Session of the General Assembly, said peace between Israel and the Palestinians was "fundamental to our efforts to realize the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, and to ensure that they are able to enjoy lives of dignity, opportunity, prosperity, and equality."
3. Some Gazans kept from Ramallah, but Fatah congress to go ahead- Times of Israel
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement will go ahead with a rare congress despite Israel preventing dozens of delegates leaving the Gaza Strip to attend the event, a spokesman said.
The 1,400 delegates were due to convene in the West Bank city of Ramallah from Tuesday and Fatah spokesman Mahmoud Abu al-Hija told reporters that enough of them had already arrived there to constitute the required quorum.
4. In Israel, Race to Safeguard Borders From Multi-Dimensional Threats - Defense News
TEL AVIV - In a country surrounded by instability and strife, where threats to its borders have come from the air, by sea, on land or underground, Israel is a veritable test lab for anti-infiltration technologies and operational concepts.
Along all of its borders, Israel has deployed or is in the process of deploying integrated command and control networks of sensor-fused barriers - mostly 5-meter-high fences, but in some limited places, concrete walls - all supported by combat assets of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
Altogether, security sources here estimate that Israel has invested tens of billions of shekels to secure more than 600 kilometers of frontiers with Lebanon, Syria, Gaza, Egypt and, most recently, its northern and southern stretches of border with Jordan.
5. Hackers take over Israeli television - Israel National News
Newscasts on Israeli Channels 2 and 10 were temporarily disrupted on Tuesday evening by hackers suspected to be pro-Palestinian Arab activists, Haaretz reports.
During the disruption, which lasted about half a minute, images of Muslim holy sites were shown with Muslim prayers playing in the background.
Images from the recent fires in Israel were also shown, along with the words "Allah is great" written in Hebrew.
The Daily Brief
Every prayer below is presented to our Lord in the Name of Jesus Christ, amen.
1. US lawmakers call on Obama to refrain from action on Israel at UN - Jerusalem Post
Congressmen from both parties are issuing support for direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians and urging the Obama administration to refrain from taking action at the United Nations over the decades-old conflict.
A "sense of" resolution adopted by the House of Representatives on Tuesday night put a majority of members on record in favor of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations that lead "to a sustainable two-state solution," and against efforts at the UN Security Council that would "impose a solution" on the parties.
The resolution, which is a nonbinding act that allows the chamber to express its majority opinion, was introduced by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-California) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-New York).
It comes at a time when US President Barack Obama is weighing whether to join a French effort at the council that would outline parameters for an ultimate peace agreement. Israel opposes such a tactic as destructive to the pursuit of peace. (Read more)
- Father God, we implore You to move upon the heart of our own "king," now in residence, Barack Hussein Obama, to VETO this resolution should it come to the floor of the U.N. for a vote. This land belongs to You and to Your people, and it cannot be divided, lest we be visited with a curse. Help us, O Lord we pray, amen.
- "Devise a plan, but it will be thwarted; State a proposal, but it will not stand, For God is with us." (Isaiah 8:10)
2. Officials debate Trump's future Mideast impact - Times of Israel
Politicians, policy experts, and other senior officials from the UK, Israel, America, Jordan, and other countries gathered Wednesday in London to discuss the incoming Trump administration and its impact on the Middle East and terror threats.
British Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Israeli opposition leader MK Isaac Herzog and former White House Middle East envoy Dennis Ross attended the meeting in Westminster as part of the second UK-Israel Strategic Challenges Conference, organized by the local Jewish News website - The Times of Israel's partner in the UK - and think tank BICOM.
Former Israeli ambassador to Washington Michael Oren, who now serves as Israel's deputy minister for public diplomacy, as well as UK Middle East Minister Tobias Ellwood, and the UK parliament's opposition Labour lawmaker responsible for her party's foreign policy, Emily Thornberry, were on hand. (Read more)
- Father God, we thank You that this meeting has taken place, and that these nations are now looking forward to a new day with American - Israeli relations. Abba, we recognize that Israel is the plumbline in the affairs of all nations. We ask that Your wisdom would rest upon our incoming president, Donald Trump, who has already pledged to serve as a friend to Israel, amen.
- " . . . truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven." (Matthew 18:19)
3. Pelosi holds onto leadership - The Hill
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday fended off a challenge to her long leadership reign, defeating Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) in a closed-door vote prompted largely by Donald Trump's unlikely ascension to the White House.
Pelosi got 134 votes to Ryan's 63 - winning 68 percent of the votes after declaring before the election that she had the support of two-thirds of the caucus. The victory sends a message that while there's a growing appetite for major changes in the party's leadership structure and messaging tactics, it's not strong enough to loosen Pelosi's grip on a liberal-heavy group that's rarely challenged her authority. (Read more)
- Father, we freely admit that, left to our own devices, we would want to pray only for those on the Hill whom we favor. But Father God, Your Word dictates otherwise, for we are commanded to pray for all in authority. Lord God, we lift up Ms. Pelosi as she prepares to lead her party in Congress for another two-year session. May she be guided by You in all she says and does, in Your name, amen.
- "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." (I Timothy 2:1,2)
4. Compromise reached on massive U.S. defense bill - Reuters
A compromise version of a massive U.S. defense policy bill omits controversial provisions such as a clause Democrats said allowed discrimination against homosexuals and a requirement that women register for the draft.
The $618.7 billion National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, will likely come up for a vote in the House of Representatives late this week, and the Senate next week, senior committee staff members told reporters at a background briefing on Tuesday.
During months of negotiations, Republicans and Democrats on the Senate and House Armed Services committees agreed to eliminate a "religious freedom" provision Democrats said would have let federal contractors discriminate against workers on the basis of gender or sexual orientation. (Read more)
- Father, we thank You that this compromise has been reached, so that our military can now be funded in the coming fiscal year. Thank you, Lord, amen.
- "In everything give thanks . . ." (I Thessalonians 5:18)
5. McCaul: PC Should Not Stop Us From Saying Radical Islam -- DHS Sec.: 'Label' is Unacceptable to Muslims - CNSNews.com
In a conversation about homeland security under a Trump administration, House Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said that political correctness should not prevent the United States from naming the enemy that has killed and injured Americans here and abroad: "radical Islamist extremism."
Yet Homeland Security Director Jeh Johnson said American Muslims are strongly opposed to such language, and this makes it hard to make inroads in Muslim communities.
"I think it's important to define the threat for what it is," McCaul said at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. "My dad fought the Nazis." (Read more)
- Father God, we cannot gain victory over our enemies if we do not know who they are. While it is true that not all Moslems are terrorists, it is also true that most terrorists are Moslems. We must call a spade a spade, that in so doing we can protect ourselves and pray for the salvation of those who hate us. In Your name, amen.
- "But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you . . ." (Mathew 5:44)
6. Islamic State Claims Ohio State Attack: Abdul Razak Ali Artan Was a 'Soldier' - Breitbart
Breitbart.com reports: "The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Monday car and knife attack on Ohio State University, describing 18-year-old Somali-born terrorist Abdul Razak Ali Artan as one of its 'soldiers.'
The Islamic State's al-Amaq news agency issued a statement making the claim. Vocativ notes that ISIS often makes dubious claims of responsibility for terrorist attacks, but also points out that official Islamic State media released a video encouraging 'lone wolf' terror attacks on Saturday, specifically recommending knives instead.
In that video, a French-speaking jihadi advises to not 'spare women, children and the elderly' and consider 'a simple weapon, like a pocket commando knife.' The video also instructs viewers on how to stab to maximize the deadliness of the attack.
An Islamic State-linked propaganda magazine released in early November made similar suggestions, urging lone wolf attacks as a response to the slow, but largely successful coalition assault on Mosul, the terrorist group's last major stronghold in Iraq.
- Father, we pray You gather up all those who want to commit these attacks in our country and remove them from our land. We pray You cut off all communication with ISIS through social media and other means. We pray unity on our country and all our citizens to be watchful against these attacks.
- but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm." (Proverbs 1:33)
7. 20-Year-Old in North Carolina Planned to Murder Hundreds for Islamic State - Breitbart
Breitbart.com reports: "20-year-old Justin Nojan Sullivan pled guilty on Tuesday morning to a chilling terrorist plot in which he planned to use a silenced gun to murder hundreds of people in Virginia and North Carolina on behalf of the Islamic State. He has agreed to serve a life sentence in prison.
'Justin Sullivan planned to kill hundreds of innocent people. He pledged his support to ISIL and took calculated steps to commit a murderous rampage to prove his allegiance to the terrorist organization,' said FBI Special Agent in Charge John A. Strong, of the Charlotte, North Carolina, office, as quoted by the Associated Press.
'Sullivan admitted in court today that he attempted to commit acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries by planning mass casualty shooting attacks on behalf of ISIL against innocent people in North Carolina and Virginia,' stated U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose.
'It is frightening to know that the defendant in this case was able to use social media to contact and seek advice from ISIL, a murderous organization,' Rose added.
- Father, we pray that all attempts like this one to murder innocent people for ISIS, will be thwarted each and every time. We as God's people take authority over these plans, in Jesus Name. We speak peace on our land with no one making us tremble.
- "I will give you peace in the land, and you will be able to sleep with no cause for fear. I will rid the land of wild animals and keep your enemies out of your land. (Leviticus 26:6)
8. (Former PA Governor) Rendell: Stein recount effort 'a big waste of time' - Philly.com
Hillary Clinton's aides and supporters are urging dispirited Democrats to channel their frustrations about the election results into political causes - just not into efforts to recount ballots in three battleground states.
The former Democratic presidential candidate and her close aides see the recount drive largely as a waste of resources, according to people close to Clinton. The effort is being fueled by Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who's formed an organization to try to force recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
"Believe me if there was anything I could do to make Hillary Clinton the next president of the United States I would," said former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, a longtime Clinton supporter. "But this is a big waste of time." (Read more)
- Father God, we call forth a "withering spirit" to rest upon all of these recount efforts, that they indeed would come to naught. We praise God for the election of Donald J. Trump to serve as our 45th President of the United Sates of America, amen.
- "The grass withers, the flowers fade when the breath of the LORD blows on them." (Isaiah 40:7)
9. Judge rejects Stein's request for hand recount in Wis. - USA Today
MADISON, Wis. - Green Party candidate Jill Stein paid $3.5 million Tuesday to clear the way for Wisconsin's presidential vote recount but had a judge reject her lawsuit to require all Wisconsin counties to do the recount by hand.
Dane County Circuit Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn said the effort to force the hand recount, which was backed by Democrat Hillary Clinton's campaign, did not meet the state's legal standard for prohibiting the use of machines in the recount, saying that the two campaigns did not show a hand recount, though more thorough, was necessary or show there was a clear and convincing evidence of fraud or other problems.
Bailey-Rihn said there were good reasons to do a hand recount but no legal basis for her to mandate it. "I follow the law. That's who I am despite my personal opinions," said Bailey-Rihn, who was elected to the bench last spring.
- Father, thank You for this rejection by Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn on the hand recount. We pray that those individuals who have planned the recount with hurtful intentions would be caught in their own net.
- So let sudden ruin come upon them! Let them be caught in the trap they set for me! Let them be destroyed in the pit they dug for me. (Psalm 35:8)
10. Chapecoense Soccer Team's Plane Crashes, Leaving Brazil Devastated - New York Times
RIO DE JANEIRO - After climbing the ranks of Brazilian soccer, the team was on its way to face one of its biggest tests yet: a chance to win the final of the Copa Sudamericana, an international competition for South American soccer.
But over the mountains near Medellín, Colombia, the plane carrying the members of Chapecoense, a soccer team from a scrappy industrial city in southern Brazil, made an emergency call on Monday night after experiencing an electrical failure, the authorities said. Moments later, it crashed into the mountains with 77 people aboard.
Only six people survived the crash, aviation officials said: three players, two crew members and a journalist who was accompanying the team. The rest were presumed dead, a devastating turn for one of the most remarkable success stories in the tumultuous, scandal-plagued world of Brazilian soccer.
- Father, we pray for Brazil in this loss of the soccer team. We pray for all the families who lost their loved ones. We speak comfort upon the people of Brazil, in Jesus name.
- Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)
The Daily Jot
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
The disturbing honoring of Castro
To see just how far the American ideal has fallen one has to look no further than the Washington Post or the New York Times coverage of the death of one of the most brutal dictators in modern history-Fidel Castro. Their stories made him out to be a extraordinary revolutionary that brought great things to Cuba. Then we look at our universities. American University, in particular, where students were asked by Campus Reform, America's leading site for college campus news. which political figure they viewed more favorably, Castro or President-Elect Donald Trump. The answers are extremely disturbing if they are a reflection of our young generation, the generation that will be leading this country in the future.
Campus Reform reports: "While several students identified the repressive elements of Castro's regime, such as jailing and murdering his political opponents, few were willing to say that this made them view him less favorably than Donald Trump..."I mean, right now I don't think Donald Trump is very good, and I know that Fidel Castro has done some good things for the world so I'd say he's proven himself at least in the long term to be more favorable," one student opined after referencing Castro's health care reforms in Cuba.Another student borrowed language from Trudeau, calling Castro a "remarkable leader" and claiming that his regime "made possibilities for the Cuban people nearly endless.""
Let us remember the Castro regime. It is one of death and destruction. It is a legacy of poverty for Cubans and debauchery for Castro and his family. The Miami Herald reported on April 23, 2006 that Fidel Castro was responsible for 31,173 executions and prison deaths since he took power in 1959. Some 5,728 were killed by firing squads. He refused medical attention to those trying to escape the island by boat, resulting in another estimated 77,000 deaths. Nearly all the sources indicate an exact number of deaths caused by Castro's regime is unattainable, with some estimating the death toll over 1.5 million. Castro lived a private life of extravagance while appearing as a poor man in public. He was a liar.
It is easy for those with any common sense to point toward this honoring of Castro and be disgusted. But there is a deeper problem in that our educational institutions are rife with communists who are brainwashing our children and charging them tens of thousands for the privilege. The Communist Manifesto states: "...Communism abolishes eternal truths, it abolishes all religion, and all morality, instead of constituting them on a new basis." This is the basis of deception for all socialism and progressivism as well. It is godless and evil. The Bible tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:21, 22, "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil." Communists ply the nature of humans with powerful words like "rights" when, in reality, they wish to kill, steal and destroy. Be not deceived by the honoring of Castro.
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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)
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WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS
What a Friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry Everything to God in prayer! O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, All because we do not carry Everything to God in prayer!
Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere? We should never be discouraged, Take it to the Lord in prayer. Can we find a friend so faithful Who will all our sorrows share? Jesus knows our every weakness, Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Are we weak and heavy-laden, Cumbered with a load of care? Precious Savior, still our refuge- Take it to the Lord in prayer; Do thy friends despise, forsake thee? Take it to the Lord in prayer; In His arms He'll take and shield thee, Thou wilt find a solace there.
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Words: Joseph Scriven
Music: Charles Crozat Converse
About the hymn:
"A neighbour, sitting up with him in his illness, happened upon a manuscript of 'What a Friend we have in Jesus.' Reading it with great delight, and questioning Mr. Scriven about it, he said he had composed it for his mother, to comfort her in a time of special sorrow, not intending any one else should see it."
Signs and Wonders
Hundreds of structures destroyed by Sevier County inferno
GATLINBURG - As of 9:30 a.m., here was the latest update from the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency:
Hundreds of structures lost due to Sevier county wildfire
Westgate Resorts, Black Bear Falls completely destroyed
14,000 residents and visitors evacuated from Gatlinburg
There are no reports of fatalities or major injuries as of 7:30 a.m. Monday.
About 1,300 people are in shelters throughout Sevier County.
The Great Smoky Mountain National Park have closed all facilities in the park on Tuesday due to extensive fire activity and downed trees. GSMNP headquarters do not have power or phone services.
The Red Cross is accepting monetary donations. People can make a $10 donation by texting "REDCROSS" to 90999.
- Father, we remember these dear people in our prayers. Comfort them, dear Lord, and meet their needs in Your name, amen.
"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
Jesus-Yes, Jesus Christ-Has Just Been Declared "King of Poland"
"In our hearts, rule us, Christ! In our families, rule us, Christ! ... In our schools and universities, rule us, Christ. Through the Polish nation, rule us, Christ! ... We pledge to defend your holy worship and preach Thy royal glory, Christ our King, we promise." -Prayer recited at the official ceremony
Jesus was named the King of the country at a ceremony Saturday attended by Poland's president Andrzej Duda. The ceremony took place at the Church of Divine Mercy in Krakow.
The ceremony coincided with the end of the Catholic Church's Jubilee Year of Mercy and the 1050th anniversary of Polish Christianity. . . .
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Yes, we did report this news on Monday, but it is SUCH good news . . . we wanted to do this again!
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