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Focus on Israel
1. Terrorists Intending to "Set the Middle East Ablaze" Attack Near Jerusalem's Temple Mount: Two Killed - Breaking Christian News
Police identified the two officers as Hail Sitawi, 30, and Kamil Shnaan, 22, both residents of Druze towns in the north.
The critically injured officers were evacuated to Hadassah Hospital Mt. Scopus, where they succumbed to their injuries. The third officer was taken to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center for treatment.
Preliminary reports indicate the three terrorists, [who] all held Israeli identity cards, walked from the Temple Mount to the Lion's Gate where they opened fire on Israeli security personnel in the area before attempting to flee back to the Temple Mount.
Police later confirmed the three were from the Israeli Arab city of Umm al-Fahm in the north, where residents hold Israeli identity cards, enabling them to move freely throughout the country like any citizen.
2. Families, friends mourn 'beloved' officers killed in Temple Mount attack - Times of Israel
The two Israeli Druze police officers killed in a shooting attack at the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem were laid to rest in separate funerals in their respective northern villages on Friday evening.
Haiel Sitawe, 30 was buried in the town of Maghar, a mostly Druze and Arab city in northern Israel, Friday afternoon. Sergeant Master Kamil Shnaan, 22, was laid to rest in the Druze village of Hurfeish, also in northern Israel.
Sitawe joined the Border Police as part of his mandatory national service. He joined the Israel Police in 2012 and had served in the unit responsible for securing the Temple Mount ever since. He leaves behind a wife, Irin, a three-week-old son, his parents and three brothers.
Shnaan joined the police directly after high school. He decided to stay on the police force seven months ago, signing on as a career officer. He was the youngest son of a former Labor Party Knesset member, Shachiv Shnaan. His engagement party to his girlfriend was to be held next week.
Shnaan leaves behind his parents, one brother and three sisters.
3. US backs Israel's closure of Temple Mount, calls for patience - Times of Israel
White House condemns terrorism, says it must be 'eradicated,' welcomes Jerusalem's pledge to maintain status quo at holy site
"The people of the United States strongly condemn the terror attack," the White House statement said. "There must be zero tolerance for terrorism . It is incompatible for achieving peace and we must condemn it in the strongest terms, defeat it and eradicate it."
4. Bridges for Peace: Israel Prayer Update
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5. Insight for Intercessors: Special Update
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Note the special focus on the dangers of TOMORROWLAND which will open in Belgium next Friday, July 21st.
The Daily Brief (Domestic)
Every prayer below is presented to our Lord in the Name of Jesus Christ, amen.
1. Five key senators who will make or break healthcare reform - The Hill
McConnell delays health care vote while McCain recovers from surgery (Go here)
The fate of Republican legislation to repeal and replace major parts of ObamaCare rests on a handful of senators who have strong reservations about the bill and a variety of political reasons to either support or oppose it. Two Republicans have already said they will vote against a motion to proceed to the bill next week, giving Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) no margin for error.
If one more GOP senator defects, the bill will fail and party leaders will have to go back to the drawing board or altogether shelve the healthcare reform effort. The Congressional Budget Office score of the bill, expected on Monday, could tip the balance one way or the other - as could pressure from President Trump, their home-state governors, doctors and hospitals. (Read more)
- Father God, we decree Proverbs 21:1 over all who have gatekeeping/voting authority in our nation, to make policy for our people. We thank You for turning these hearts in the way they should go, in Your name, amen.
- "The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes." (Proverbs 21:1)
> > > Please pray for successful surgery for Senator John McCain as he undergoes this procedure this week.
2. CBO's Failed Obamacare Enrollment Projections - The White House
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has consistently failed to accurately predict how legislation will impact health insurance coverage. For example, in 2012, the CBO estimated that 25 million people would have coverage under Obamacare right now. According to a June 2017 report from HHS, only 10.3 million were actually enrolled. CBO's guess was off by nearly 15 million people. And as the chart shows, CBO has consistently gotten it wrong.
The CBO's history of inaccuracy is reason enough not to blindly trust its analysis of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). In fact, CBO's past inaccuracies contribute to its misleading analysis of insurance coverage under the BCRA. The starting point CBO uses to score the BCRA says that 15 million people should be enrolled through Obamacare's exchanges right now - wrong again. (Read more)
- Father God, we thank You that these figures clearly show the failure of the implementation of Obamacare; and the need to repeal and replace it. We ask that all decisions now being made in Congress be based on reality, and not on "fake news" or skewed data, in Your name, amen.
- "And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:32)
3. DOJ asks Supreme Court for 'immediate intervention' on immigration ban, documents show - Fox News
The Trump administration has told the Supreme Court that a lower court ruling earlier this week altering an executive order on immigration would bring thousands more refugees into the county and requires the justices' "immediate intervention," according to filing documents obtained early Saturday by Fox News. The high court on Saturday gave the opposing parties in the case -- state of Hawaii et al -- until noon Tuesday to file responses to the Justice Department request.
In a victory for the administration, the Supreme Court late last month lifted key components of an injunction against President Trump's temporary travel ban on refugees and visitors from six mostly-Muslim countries. The court reinstated much of the administration's policy and promised to hear full arguments as early as this fall.
The high court's ruling also exempted many refugees and travelers with a "bona fide relationship" with a person or an entity in the U.S. The justices did not define those relationships but said they could include a close relative, a job offer or admission to a college or university. The Trump administration defined the relationships as people who had a parent, spouse, fiancé, son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling already in the U.S.
However, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson, in Hawaii, issued an order Thursday to expand the list of U.S. family relationships that refugees and visitors from the six countries can use to get into the United States to include grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. "The government therefore is left to seek this court's immediate intervention," Justice Department attorneys said in the 68-page filing submitted Friday. (Read more)
4. Trump: Son's Meeting with Russian Lawyer 'Very Standard' Meeting That Most Politicians 'Probably Would Have Taken'- CNS News.com
President Donald Trump said Thursday that his son's meeting with a Russian lawyer was "standard" protocol in politics and something the media has "made a very big deal over." During a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, Trump was asked about FBI Director Nominee Christopher Wray's testimony at his Senate confirmation hearing that if someone on the campaign got an email about Russia like the won Donald Trump, Jr. received, they should alert the FBI rather than accept the meeting.
"First of all, I believe that we will have a great FBI director. I think he's doing really well, and we're very proud of that choice. I think I've done a great service to the country by choosing him. He will make us all proud, and I think some day we'll see that, and hopefully some day soon, so we're very proud of him," Trump said. "As far as my son is concerned, my son is a wonderful young man. He took a meeting with a Russian lawyer - not a government lawyer, but a Russian lawyer," Trump said. "It was a short meeting. It was a meeting that went very, very quickly, very fast. Two other people in the room, they -- I guess one of them left almost immediately, and the other one was not really focused on the meeting," he said. Trump said most people in politics "would have taken that meeting," which he called "opposition research." (Read more) http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/melanie-arter/trump-sons-meeting-russian-lawyer-very-standard-meeting-most-politicians
5. Sources: Cohn is Trump's top candidate to replace Yellen at Fed - Politico
President Donald Trump is increasingly unlikely to nominate Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen next year for a second term, four people close to the process said. National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn is now the leading candidate to succeed Yellen as the world's most important central banker, these people said. Yellen begins two days of congressional testimony on Wednesday, and her own future in the job may come up in questioning. If Trump taps Cohn for the Fed, it could enrage economic nationalists in the White House and some staunchly conservative Republicans on Capitol Hill who don't like the former Goldman Sachs president's background as a Democrat who generally favors free trade. And it would spur a backlash from progressive lawmakers who have blasted the president for picking multiple Goldman alums to run economic policy. But sources on Capitol Hill and inside the White House and the Treasury Department said that, at least as of now, if Cohn decides he wants the job, he is likely to get it. (Read more)
6. House GOP allocates $1.6 billion for Trump border wall in 2018 - Washington Times
House Republicans said Tuesday they've included $1.6 billion in funding for President Trump's border wall in their new homeland security spending bill, setting up fight with Democrats who have vowed to block any wall funding - even if it means sending the government into a partial shutdown.
GOP leaders said the $1.6 billion fully meets Mr. Trump's request to begin wall construction, which includes 32 miles of new border fencing in Texas, 28 miles of levee wall along the Rio Grande Valley, also in Texas, and 14 miles of replacement fence in San Diego. The bill also adds 500 new Border Patrol agents, 1,000 more agents and officers for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operations in the interior, and provides enough money to maintain 44,000 detention beds. That's a massive increase over the Obama years, and Trump officials said it will allow them to detain and deport illegal immigrants faster and with a higher success rate. (Read more)
- Father, we thank You that Congress has now released these funds so that President Trump will be able to begin to fulfill one of his campaign promises to our people. Lord, the Israelis know the value of these walls; may we also exhibit the same wisdom as we work to protect our own people. In Your name, amen.
- "Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise." (Psalm 98:4)
7. Sherman Introduces Article of Impeachment Against Trump - Washington Free Beacon
Rep. Brad Sherman (D., Calif.) announced on Wednesday that he introduced an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Sherman was joined by Rep. Al Green (D., Texas) as a co-sponsor on the measure. They have both publicly called for Trump's impeachment in the past, as has Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.). House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) has cautioned against impeachment talk, despite her own criticism of Trump. Republicans control the House of Representatives and many Democrats are hesitant to go as far as calling anything done by Trump "impeachable," fearing political backlash.
Sherman's argument of impeachment is focused on claiming Trump has committed obstruction of justice regarding the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. "I am pleased that Congressman Al Green has joined me in filing Articles of Impeachment against Donald J. Trump," Sherman said in a statement. "We now begin the effort to force the House Judiciary Committee to hold hearings on Obstruction of Justice and Russian interference in our election. As the investigations move forward, additional evidence supporting additional Articles of Impeachment may emerge," Sherman's statement said. "However, as to Obstruction of Justice, as defined in 18 U.S.C. § 1512 (b)(3), the evidence we have is sufficient to move forward now. And the national interest requires that we do so." (Read more)
8. Suspected arsonist allegedly shoots at fire official - The Daily Courier
FOREST LAKES, Ariz. (AP) - An Arizona sheriff says authorities are searching for a suspect who allegedly set several fires in a forested area and later fired shots at a federal officer, who wasn't wounded. Coconino County Sheriff Jim Driscoll says a search is underway near Canyon Point Campground in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests but that authorities haven't identified the suspect or determined a motive.
Driscoll says the suspect was hiding in some bushes, jumped up, and fired at a Forest Service fire prevention officer with a handgun and a shotgun at close range Tuesday morning. Fortunately, the suspect missed and nobody was injured. The sheriff says authorities began searching for the suspect after several fires were set in the area Monday night.
The Forest Lakes Fire District says the campground has been evacuated as a precaution. It is located 75 miles (120.7 kilometers) southeast of Flagstaff. The man is described as a Hispanic male, about 5-foot-9 wearing blue jeans, tan boots, camouflaged backpack and a blue hat with no facial hair. (Read more; published on July 5.)
- Father God, we pray that this man be found quickly, as well as all other arsonists that may be roaming out in the West. We bring all 225 forest fires before You, and ask for heavy rains to fall, in Your mercy, that they may be extinguished. We ask in Your name, amen.
- "Ask and it will be given to you . . . " (Matthew 7:7)
9. Hawaii fire: Flames rip through Honolulu tower block - BBC
At least three people have been killed and more are feared dead in a fire in a block of high-rise flats in Honolulu, Hawaii, firefighters say. Black smoke was seen billowing from the 26th floor of the 36th-storey condominium, a short distance from one of the US state's famous beaches. Twelve people were hurt in the blaze, according to officials. Emergency services are searching for survivors. (Read more)
- Father God, our hearts go out to the victims of this fire. We pray for more safety features in these densely populated high rises and pray that this will make people aware of their mortality and turn to You for salvation. Surround and protect, especially, those who belong to You.
- "You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance." (Psalms 32:7)
10. I'm a Pediatrician. How Transgender Ideology Has Infiltrated My Field and Produced Large-Scale Child Abuse - Daily Signal
Transgender politics have taken Americans by surprise, and caught some lawmakers off guard. Just a few short years ago, not many could have imagined a high-profile showdown over transgender men and women's access to single-sex bathrooms in North Carolina. But transgender ideology is not just infecting our laws. It is intruding into the lives of the most innocent among us-children-and with the apparent growing support of the professional medical community.
As explained in my 2016 peer reviewed article, "Gender Dysphoria in Children and Suppression of Debate," professionals who dare to question the unscientific party line of supporting gender transition therapy will find themselves maligned and out of a job. Today's institutions that promote transition affirmation are pushing children to impersonate the opposite sex, sending many of them down the path of puberty blockers, sterilization, the removal of healthy body parts, and untold psychological damage. (Read more)
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11. Statement from President Donald J. Trump on the Passage of H.R. 2664, H.R. 2480, and H.R. 2200
My Administration is focused on ending the horrific practice of human trafficking, and the three bills the House of Representatives passed today are important steps forward. Since taking office, I have met with courageous survivors, non-profit groups, and faith leaders who are devoting tremendous energy to raising awareness about human trafficking. I am hopeful that the Senate will take up and pass these three bills as soon as possible and I look forward to my continued work with the Congress on this important issue.
- Father, we thank You for the passage of all three of these bills, that deal with human trafficking, in the House of Representatives. We do ask, along with our President, that the Senate follow suit quickly, and that these bills will be signed into law as soon as possible. In Your name, amen.
- "Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him." (I John 5:14,15)
The Daily Brief (International)
1. N. Korea likely has more plutonium than previously thought - Yahoo News
New images of North Korea's main nuclear facility show that the isolated regime has apparently produced more plutonium for its weapons programme than previously thought. The respected 38 North website, a monitoring project linked to Johns Hopkins university, said Friday that thermal imagery of the Yongbyon nuclear complex appeared to show that Pyongyang had reprocessed spent fuel rods at least twice between last September and June this year. (Read more)
- Dear Lord, we rely on You to keep this evil regime under control regarding developing, testing, and using nuclear weapons. Thank You for organizations that are able to monitor their activity. Lord, deliver the citizens of this country from their war-loving leaders and open it up to the Gospel.
- "To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;" (Proverbs 2:12)
2. China Warns Japan: "Get Used To Our Warplanes", Sends Spy Ship Near Alaska - zerohedge.gom
China told Japan on Friday to "get used to it" after it flew six warplanes over the Miyako Strait between two southern Japanese islands in a military exercise, while at the same time sending a spy ship off Alaska to observe the latest successful THAAD intercept of a ballistic missile. (Read more)
- Dear Lord, we are disturbed at this report and ask You to raise a standard against this threatening activity by China. Bring them to be more diplomatic in their activities and remove their warlike ambitions as only You can.
- "My defense is of God, who saves the upright in heart." (Psalms 7:10)
3. US forces killed Abu Sayed, emir of ISIS-K, Pentagon says - ABC News
U.S. forces killed Abu Sayed, the emir of ISIS-K, in a July 11 strike on the group's headquarters in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Friday. ISIS-K, or ISIS-Khorasan, is the Afghanistan branch of the terror group operating in the Khorasan region of the country. The group's headquarters are located in the Kunar Province.
Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters on Friday that Sayed's death was a "victory on the [American] side in terms of setting them [ISIS] back. Significance is, you kill a leader of one of these groups and it sets them back for a day, a week, a month, depending on who it is, what kind of people are below them. [This] is the right direction," Mattis said.
Chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said the strike also killed other ISIS-K members and "will significantly disrupt the terror group's plans to expand its presence in Afghanistan." (Read more)
- Father, we thank You for the statement made by this Pentagon spokesperson: that this action "will significantly disrupt the terror group's plans to expand its presence in Afghanistan." As Abu Sayed has now perished, we pray for those left behind, that they will consider their own lives in eternity and turn to You for redemption and salvation, in Your name, amen.
- "The Lord is . . . not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." ( 2 Peter 3:9)
4. Parents of Baby Held by UK Hospital: All We Want is to Take Our Baby for Treatment in U.S.A. - CNS News.com
The parents of baby Charlie Gard, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder, said they have never asked the courts, the hospital, or anyone for anything and that all they want is "permisison to go" and allow their son to be treated by specialized doctors in the United States or Italy. But the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, where little Charlie is on a ventilator, will not allow his parents to take their child to those specialists.
Charlie Gard is 11 months old and suffers from a genetic condition that attacks his muscles and internal organs; he is the 17th person in the world diagnosed with the illness, called mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. Because of the laws under the Britsh National Health Service, Charlie's parents are not allowed to take their son to other doctors unless the hospital doctors give permission. The parents, Christopher Gard and Connie Yates, have asked for permisison since November 2016 but the British hospital has refused.
"We are continuing to spend every moment, working around the clock to save our dear baby Charlie," said his parents in a statement. "We've been requesting this specialized treatment since November, and never asked the hospital, Courts or anyone for anything - except for the permission to go." (Read more)
5. "An Amazing Answer to Prayer" in Baby Charlie Gard Case: "Miracle after Miracle!" - LifeSite News
"We are seeing miracle after miracle in this case," Rev. Patrick Mahoney said of the court proceedings in a Facebook live video. "Ten days ago, virtually no one thought that Charlie Gard would live another day. The court had set the date for the ventilator to be pulled off." But then, "God intervened."
A New York doctor ("Dr. I"), whose name Mahoney says he isn't allowed to release, testified via video that if he is able to treat Charlie, the 11-month-old has at least a ten percent chance of improvement.
"You could feel a ripple go through the court" when he said that, Mahoney recounted. And ten percent is a "conservative" estimate - the doctor said Charlie's chances of improvement are as high as 56 percent.
This revelation "changed the dynamic so much that Justice Francis, who [is] presiding over the case, asked Dr. I in open court, would he be willing to come to London to examine Charlie," said Mahoney. This is something "which we have been begging for weeks."
The "whole narrative of the case" has now changed with the possibility of the New York doctor coming to examine Charlie, or the possibility of Charlie going to the United States to be treated. (Read more)
- Father God, we do praise You for this amazing turn of events, and we continue to lift little baby Charlie before Your Throne of Grace that his life be miraculously spared. We ask in Your name, amen.
- " . . . by whose stripes you were healed." (I Peter 2:24)
The Daily Jot
Friday, July 14, 2017
When Kathy Griffin Blasphemed Jesus
Many may not remember, but Comedian Kathy Griffin-the one who recently portrayed the beheading of President Donald Trump, blasphemed the name of Jesus in accepting an Emmy at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in September 2007. She said as she held up her statuette, "A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus. Suck it, Jesus. This award is my god now." The remarks were removed from the taped telecast and were not shown on national television. Asked later about the remarks being offensive, Griffin reportedly told Reuters: "I hope I offended some people. I didn't want to win the Emmy for nothing."
In the September 14 Daily Jot, I wrote: "Strange. I haven't seen cars being burned in the streets of LA. There have been no beheadings by radical religious fanatics. Blocks of buildings have not been set on fire. Movie theaters and television studios have not been bombed. It appears that there have been no death threats to the people at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In fact, there hasn't been any violence whatsoever. Oh, that's right. Griffin said "Jesus" not "Mohammed." That explains it. Either Christians don't care if their Lord and Savior is blasphemed by a wicked Hollywood celebrity or they choose to behave in a more "Christ-like" manner in handling their offense of such things."
In reality, there were Christians who were extremely offended by Griffin's outrageous remarks-as they were with her beheading stunt. And there are Christians who were, are and will be praying for her very soul. And there are many Christians who are reaching out to people in the name of Jesus to heal the sick, feed the poor, clothe the naked, and, ultimately conduct what is called the Great Commission found in Mark 16:15, "Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Generally speaking, Christianity today seeks to return good for evil rather than evil for evil. And that's why people like Griffin seem to get away with making comments like she did and remain in business to pull other offensive antics.
But Griffin isn't getting away with anything. Ultimately, the Bible says in Romans 14:11, "For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God." And Revelation 20:12 says, "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works." Imagine the awesome moment standing before God as he reads down that list of names in the book of life. And imagine the horror if your name or the name of your loved ones are not in it. Jesus wants none to perish, no not one. Let's keep being salt and light to this dying world. We never know how important our actions are to the kingdom of God.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Rep. Scalise: Prayers Answered
Scalise upgraded to fair condition after undergoing surgery for infection
Rep. Steve Scalise has been upgraded to fair condition after undergoing surgery to treat infection, according to a MedStar Washington Hospital Center statement Thursday afternoon.
"Congressman Steve Scalise remains hospitalized at MedStar Washington Hospital Center," the statement said. "Today, he underwent surgery for the management of deep tissue infection related to his bullet wounds. He is in fair condition and will require careful monitoring to see if and when further interventions are necessary."
The Republican House majority whip was transferred out of the intensive care unit Wednesday morning, according to a congressional source familiar with Scalise's condition. He was previously released at the end of June but was re-admitted in early July over concerns of a new infection. (CNN) Read more.
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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.
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Our Bible Readathon Continues
"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." (Psalm 119:105)
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