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Wednesday, July 26, 2017
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017
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Focus on Israel
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2. Experts hunt for biblical tabernacle that housed the Ark of the Covenant - Fox News
At the site of an ancient city on the West Bank, archaeologists are hunting for evidence of the tabernacle that once housed the Ark of the Covenant.
Associates for Biblical Research, a consortium of individuals and universities, recently completed four weeks of excavation in Shiloh with the goal of eventually locating the tabernacle.
Dr. Scott Stripling, director of excavations at Shiloh and provost at The Bible Seminary in Houston, Texas, told Fox News that the site could offer up vital clues. "We have just begun the process of accumulating evidence but we're confident that the tabernacle rested at Shiloh," he said, adding that that the tabernacle was located at Shiloh for about 350 years. "The tabernacle was set up at Shiloh in 1400 B.C. - Joshua 18:1 mentions it."
3. Abbas warns security coordination with Israel will remain frozen - Times of Israel
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday he will maintain a freeze on security coordination with Israel, despite the removal of metal detectors and security cameras from the entrances to the Temple Mount.
"Unless all measures go back to what they were before July 14, there will not be any changes," Abbas said, referring to the date on which two Israeli police officers were shot dead just outside the compound. The terrorists, three Israeli Arabs, used guns that had been smuggled into the holy site by an accomplice.
"All the new Israeli measures on the ground from that date to the present are supposed to disappear," he said. "Then things will return to normal in Jerusalem and we will continue our work after that in relation to bilateral relations between us and them."
4. After Temple Mount 'victory,' Arab MKs set sights on Western Wall - World Israel News
Palestinians and Arab Members of Knesset declared "victory" Tuesday as Israel reversed security measures at the Temple Mount, adding that their struggle for control over the compound also extends to the Western Wall.
MK Taleb Abu Arar (Joint List) stressed that "Jews have no rights at al-Aqsa Mosque" and that the Muslims' fight against Israel will continue, regardless of the cabinet decision to remove metal detectors from the entrances to the Temple Mount compound.
"This is a proven fact, [even if] some people are trying to rewrite history in order to strengthen their mistaken claim to legitimacy over al-Aqsa Mosque, as well as to the occupied al-Buraq Wall (the Western Wall), which Muslims demand to be returned to our sovereignty."
5. Israel to Erdogan after Jerusalem tirade: Days of Ottoman Empire are over - Jerusalem Post
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Muslims worldwide to "defend al-Aksa," as the government's decision late Monday night to remove controversial metal detectors at the site did not have an immediate calming effect. Erdogan issued a blistering attack on Israel at a meeting in Turkey's parliament of his AKP Party. "Israel has taken a dangerous path. By occupying the al-Aksa Mosque, Israel has exceeded the boundaries," the Turkish president said, adding that Ankara recognizes "Palestine" with a capital in east Jerusalem and Israel with its capital in Tel Aviv. He said that Palestine's problems began with the fall of the Ottoman Empire.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon responded by saying that the Turkish president's words were "delusional" and "distorted." "He would do better to deal with the problems and difficulties in his country," Nahshon said. "The days of the Ottoman Empire are over," Nahshon continued.
"The capital of the Jewish people was, is and always will be Jerusalem. As opposed to the past, this is a city where the government is committed to its security, liberty, freedom of worship, and respect of the rights of all minorities."
6. Netanyahu vows to bring Amman embassy guard home - Jerusalem Post
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu resolved on Monday to bring back the embassy security guard who Jordan is not allowing to leave the country, following the incident at the embassy compound Sunday night.
Netanyahu, before meeting with the Georgian prime minister, said he spoke a number of times overnight with Israel's Ambassador to Jordan Einat Schlein as well as to the guard.
"I was impressed that she is handling the matter in the best way possible," Netanyahu said. "I promised the security guard that we will bring him back. We are experienced with this."
7. Amid Temple Mount Tensions, Anti-Israel Student Groups in US Celebrate Palestinian Violence Against Jewish State - Algemeiner
Anti-Zionist student groups are taking to social media to celebrate Palestinian violence against Israel as tensions in the Middle East have continued to escalate following the recent terror attack on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign (UIUC) wrote Friday on Facebook that Israel - which it called "[t]he settler colonial regime" - was committing a "slow genocide of the Palestinian people" and called on followers to "Boycott Israel, boycott the genocide!"
The group added, "Long live the intifada!" and, in Arabic, "Long live resistance."
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1. Pence Breaks Tie, Senate Votes to Move Forward on Health Care Bill - NBC News
With Vice President Mike Pence casting a tie-breaking vote, Republicans moved forward on health care reform Tuesday as the Senate successfully passed a key motion to open debate on repealing and possibly replacing Obamacare.
The vote was a major victory for Republicans, who have struggled to find 50 votes to get this far, but the final product is likely to fall far short of the Republicans' seven-year promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. It took the likelihood of a slimmed-down final bill in order to get enough "yes" votes to just open debate.
. . . In a dramatic moment that allowed for the vote's passage, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer, returned to the Senate from Arizona to cast a key vote. Pence broke the tie after two Republicans - Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska - and all the Democrats voted against it. But first more than a dozen protesters in the gallery interrupted the Senate's proceedings, chanting, "Kill the bill; don't kill us."
Speaking at the White House just minutes after the vote, President Donald Trump thanked Senate Republicans, saying, "now we move forward with truly great health care for the American people, we look forward to that. This was a big step." (Read more)
- Father, we pray Congress will find a way to repeal Obamacare and reestablish financial stability in our health care system with the Better Care Reconciliation Act.
- "Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security." (Jeremiah 33:6)
2. State Dept. in 'Open War' With White House - Washington Free Beacon
The State Department under Secretary Rex Tillerson has been locked in a growing power struggle with the White House that has angered officials in the West Wing and sparked claims that the Trump administration's top diplomatic organ is now in "open war" with the White House on a range of critical issues, including the Israeli-Palestinian impasse, Iran, the crisis with Qatar, and other matters, according to multiple sources who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon about the situation.
The State Department is said to be in a state of "massive dysfunction," with top officials working under Tillerson ignoring White House directives on critical staffing issues and key policy matters, according to multiple sources, including administration allies who are said to be increasingly frustrated with what is perceived as the White House's inability to control its own federal agencies.
The tensions have fueled an outstanding power battle between the West Wing and State Department that has handicapped the administration and resulted in scores of open positions failing to be filled with Trump confidantes. This has allowed former Obama administration appointees still at the State Department to continue running the show and formulating policy, where they have increasingly clashed with the White House's own agenda. (Read more)
- Father, we ask You to give President Trump strategies to eliminate insubordination throughout the Executive Branch of our government. We pray for men and women, loyal to our nation and its interests to staff the State Department.
- "Pay close attention to him, and obey his instructions. Do not rebel against him, for he is my representative, and he will not forgive your rebellion." (Exodus 23:21)
3. State Department Lawyers Removing References to ISIS 'Genocide' Against Christians, Other Religious Minorities - Washington Free Beacon
The State Department's top lawyers are systematically removing the word "genocide" to describe the Islamic State's mass slaughter of Christians, Yazidis, and other ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria from speeches before they are delivered and other official documents, according to human rights activists and attorneys familiar with the policies.
Additionally, Democratic senators are delaying confirmation of Mark Green, Trump's pick to head the U.S. Agency for International Development who has broad bipartisan support. These efforts guarantee that Obama-era policies that worked to exclude Iraq's Christian and other minority religious populations from key U.S. aid programs remain in place, the activists said.
Richard Visek, who was appointed by President Obama as head the State Department's Office of Legal Adviser in October 2016, is behind the decision to remove the word "genocide" from official documents, according to Nina Shea, an international human rights lawyer who directs the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom. (Read more)
- Father, we pray the aid allocated to these vulnerable people will be distributed in a way that truly helps them. We also pray for You to remove all State Department employees who are anti-Christian and anti-Israel.
- "My God, rescue me from the power of the wicked, from the clutches of cruel oppressors." (Psalm 71:4)
4. Trump's Attacks On Sessions Continue, As He Claims The AG Is 'Very Weak' On 'Clinton Crime' And 'Intel Leakers' - Daily Caller
President Donald Trump continues to publicly assail Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and claimed Tuesday that the attorney general "has taken a very weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes" and "intel leakers." "Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!" Trump tweeted. He also wrote: "Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump campaign - 'quietly working to boost Clinton.' So where is the investigation A.G."
The attack comes as the president continues to insult his attorney general, who was the first Republican senator to back his campaign. Sessions has worked to implement Trump's agenda while in office, specifically by ordering prosecutors to crack down on immigration offenses. However, this doesn't seem to matter to the president who continues to be upset about Sessions' recusal from the Russia investigation due to his role as an adviser on the Trump campaign. White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said in a radio interview Tuesday that it's "probably right" that President Trump wants Sessions to step down.
Last week President Trump told The New York Times that he regrets appointing Sessions due to the attorney general's recusal from the investigation into Russian election interference and on Monday Trump described Sessions as "beleaguered." (Read more)
- Father, we know Jeff Sessions is a good man and has used his office to enforce the law. We pray this rift will mend and that he will continue to serve our country well.
- "Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others." (Colossians 3:13)
5. Scaramucci: Some in Mainstream Media 'Stretch Stories or Do Fabricate Things' - CNSNews.com
White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci told "Fox News Sunday" that "there is some fake news" and some individuals in the media "stretch stories or do fabricate things."
When asked whether he believes that the mainstream media deliberately puts out fake news about President Donald Trump, Scaramucci said, "There is some fake news, unfortunately. When you see the mainstream media, I think that's a very broad statement, and so, what I would like to say, and what I would like to believe, there's still a level of objectivity in the mainstream media, but unfortunately, there are specific individuals that do stretch stories or do fabricate things." (Read more)
- Father, we pray Anthony Scaramucci will be successful in eliminating leaks from the White House and delivering clear communication to the American people. We also pray for the antagonistic relationship between the press and Trump Administration to diminish.
- "A false witness will be cut off, but a credible witness will be allowed to speak." (Proverbs 21:28)
6. House Easily Passes Sanction Package Against Russia, Iran, North Korea - Washington Free Beacon
The House on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to pass legislation that would impose additional sanctions against Russia for its interference in the 2016 election and ongoing aggression in Ukraine and Syria.
The new bill, passed by a vote of 419 to 3, would significantly limit President Donald Trump's ability to relax or terminate sanctions despite pushback from White House officials who argue the measure impedes the president's executive authority to conduct foreign policy.
The legislation also contains new sanctions against Iran and North Korea, two adversaries the Trump administration has sought to punish for their ballistic missile testing. (Read more)
- Father, we pray these sanctions will truly help our world become more safe and secure. We pray the price nations must pay when they breach our national security will be too high, and we will have peace.
- "When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe." (Luke 11:21)
7. Wasserman Schultz's IT Aide Arrested Trying To Flee The Country - Daily Caller
Florida GOP Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's right-hand information technology (IT) aide was arrested attempting to leave the country just a few hours after The Daily Caller News Foundation's Investigative Group revealed that he is the target of an FBI investigation. Imran Awan, a Pakistani-born IT aide, had access to all emails and files of dozens of members of Congress, as well as the password to the iPad that Wasserman Schultz used for Democratic National Committee business before she resigned as its head in July 2016. He was apprehended while attempting to flee the U.S., according to Fox News.
Soon after Imran began working for Wasserman Schultz in 2005, four of his relatives appeared on the payroll of other Democrats - many from Wasserman Schultz's home state of Florida - at inflated salaries, but Democratic staffers said they were rarely seen at work. They collected $4 million in total. House authorities told members in February that Awan and his relatives were suspects in a criminal investigation into theft and IT abuses, and they were banned from the Capitol network. (Read more)
- Father, we pray this case will get the attention it deserves throughout the media. We pray everything Imran Awan and his family were doing to compromise members of Congress and our national security will come to light.
- "For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light." (Luke 8:17)
8. Mueller probe: Meet the lawyers who gave $$ to Hillary, now investigating team Trump - Fox News
President Trump's tough criticism of Special Counsel Robert Mueller signals a renewed effort to challenge his investigators' credibility over their track record of pro-Democratic political donations and other associations. There is no shortage of examples to fuel the president's case. Of the 15 attorneys currently on staff for Mueller, at least seven have donated to Democratic candidates and campaigns, including Trump's 2016 rival Hillary Clinton. The rest have not made political donations, according to federal records; and none of the attorneys on Mueller's roster donated money to Trump.
- Father, we pray that You will put an end to this baseless investigation. Bring those forward who will tell the truth about this lie.
- "An honest witness tells the truth, but a false witness tells lies." (Proverbs 12:17)
9. Chipping Employees: Wisconsin Company Is First in US to Give it a Go - CBN News
A Wisconsin company is set to become the first in America to give its employees the opportunity to have microchip implants in their hand. Three Square Market is a developer of software used in vending machines and will pay for their employees to get chipped. About 50 employees at the company have volunteered to get the chip injection starting in August. The chips will be implanted in employees' hands to buy things in the break room, log into computers, open doors, and so on.
"It's the next thing that's inevitably gonna happen and we want to be a part of it," said Three Square Market CEO Todd Westby. The chip is about the size of a grain of rice and will be implanted between the thumb and forefinger. The company will pick up the $300 fee.
"Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc.," Westby predicts in a blog post. (Read more)
- Father, we pray for great wisdom as this technology ushers us into the reign of the anti-Christ. Help us continue to be Your witnesses and use the time we have left for Your glory.
- "He required everyone-small and great, rich and poor, free and slave-to be given a mark on the right hand or on the forehead. And no one could buy or sell anything without that mark, which was either the name of the beast or the number representing his name." (Revelation 13:16-17)
10. Voter fraud in Palm Beach County: State attorney finds crimes, but no suspect - Palm Beach Post
Detectives with the State Attorney's Office found clear-cut evidence of voter fraud in last year's August election, with nearly two dozen people's signatures forged on requests for absentee ballots. But prosecutors are dropping the case.
Why? They can't find a suspect.
In a bizarre 24-page memo, detectives described their efforts to get to the bottom of allegations of voter fraud in the primary election. State Sen. Bobby Powell, Palm Beach County Commissioner Mack Bernard and state Rep. Al Jacquet, a tight-knit trio of rising stars in the Democratic Party, won their races by generating extraordinary turnout in absentee ballots, and their opponents and voters cried foul.
Detectives talked to 22 voters - 17 of whom were in all three candidates' districts - who claimed their signatures were forged on request forms. Even a State Attorney's Office employee and her three family members were victims. (Read more)
- Lord, this investigation was not thorough, but You are. We ask for conviction of sin for those who perpetrated this fraud, and ask Your protection over all elections in the United States.
- "And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment." (John 16:8)
11. US Navy ship fired warning shots at an Iranian boat in the Persian Gulf - CNN
A US Navy ship fired warning shots at an armed Iranian patrol boat Tuesday in the northern end of the Persian Gulf, according to two US defense officials.The Iranian boat is believed to have been operated by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, according to a defense official familiar with details of the incident. The officials said the Iranian boat approached and came within 150 yards of the USS Thunderbolt, a US Navy patrol ship.
The USS Thunderbolt was accompanied by the USS Vella Gulf, which is a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser, and two US Coast Guard vessels at the time.
The Iranians did not respond to any warnings from the US ship, including radio calls, firing of flares and five short blasts from the US Navy ship's whistle, which is the internationally recognized communications signal for danger, the officials said.
The Navy ship then fired warning shots into the water over concerns about the possibility of a collision, one of the officials said.
The Iranian ship then ceased its provocative actions but lingered in the area for some hours, one of the officials said. There were several US Navy ships in the immediate vicinity at the time of the incident conducting routine patrol operations in international waters, according to the defense officials.
Iran's Revolutionary Guard is claiming that it "foiled the US warship's provocative move against an Iranian Navy patrol boat in the Persian Gulf," according to a statement published by Iran's official news agency IRNA. (Read more)
- Father, we thank You that our navy showed great restraint in this incident. We pray that these provocations by the Iranian navy would cease, in Your name. Amen.
- "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in You, than He that is in the world." (I John 4:4)
The Daily Jot
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Combatting the modern Islamic slave trade
Love, Truth, Honor, Justice are the four pillars upon which The Daily Jot ministry is built. Our ministry outreach is not only providing you with news and analysis from a prophetic and biblical point of view, but also boots-on-the-ground in areas such as Ghana, West Africa to minister to the less fortunate through clothing, feeding, and water initiatives as well as church planting in often dangerous Muslim areas. Our work is under a constant threat from Islam not only generated from the writings of The Daily Jot, but also from our actions to maintain churches in hostile areas and protect people from Islamic aggression. This is a moving story of how the Lord used our ministry to prevent a young lady from being enslaved by Islam.
Ministry partner William Agbeti is on the front lines of physical and spiritual warfare in Ghana. Often William is confronted with the most uncomfortable aspects of humankind where he relies on the Lord for spiritual guidance and wisdom. Our ministry efforts to establish churches in rural areas where the large Ghanaian churches will not venture leads us into handling many challenges. Islamic human sex trafficking is one of them. Islam is a most vile force in the world that reaches even to the very rural areas of Ghana where there is a huge underground trafficking of girls from Ghana to Dubai and Muslim nations. Without going into detail that would ignite dangerous retaliation, let me share with you one such example.
William writes: "A young girl also almost fell victim to the trafficking. The traffickers took her money, warned her not to tell anybody, and set a date for her journey to "greener pastures". God loving her so much, she mustered up courage to seek final opinion about the opportunity from me. Was she fortunate or what? To cut a long story short, the girl is currently under the care of our ministry, safely enrolled in a school under our own protection program; far from harm's way. We are responsible for her needs and school fees. She is only 19, a teenager. Had it not been for a divine intervention in her life, with the help of our Ministry, she would have ended up a sex slave in an Arab country. Thanks be to God, she is now safely enrolled in a boarding school; pursuing the vocation of her choice."
I am reminded of the story about the little girl who saw hundreds of starfish washed ashore on a beach and she was tossing some back into the ocean one by one. A person confronted her about what she was doing. She answered that she was trying to save the starfish's lives. The person said that there were so many that she couldn't possibly make a difference. She said as she tossed one into the water-"To that one I did." To this Ghanaian teenaged girl, we did. And this and other projects like it are why we need your financial support for this ministry. As Jesus said in Matthew 25:40,"Verily, I say unto you, inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me." And so it is.
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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.
SOFTLY AND TENDERLY JESUS IS CALLING
"He's calling you!" (Mark 10:49)
Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling, Calling for you and for me; See, on the portals He's waiting and watching, Watching for you and for me.
Come home, come home,
You who are weary, come home;
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,
Calling, O sinner, come home!
Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading, Pleading for you and for me? Why should we linger and heed not His mercies, Mercies for you and for me?
Time is now fleeting, the moments are passing, Passing from you and from me; Shadows are gathering, deathbeds are coming, Coming for you and for me. Refrain
O for the wonderful love He has promised, Promised for you and for me! Though we have sinned, He has mercy and pardon, Pardon for you and for me.
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Words & Music: Will L. Thompson, 1880.
This hymn was sung in the Academy Award winning movie Trip to Bountiful (1985), and at a memorial service for American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia, April 8, 1968.
About the hymn:
When the world-renowned lay preacher, Dwight Lyman Moody, lay on his death bed in his Northfield, Massachusetts, home, Will Thompson made a special visit to inquire as to his condition. The attending physician refused to admit him to the sickroom, and Moody heard them talking just outside the bedroom door. Recognizing Thompson's voice, he called for him to come to his bedside. Taking the Ohio poet-composer by the hand, the dying evangelist said, "Will, I would rather have written "Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling" than anything I have been able to do in my whole life."
Signs and Wonders
Super Volcanoes in Idaho More Powerful Than Yellowstone
An ongoing research project is looking into the possibility that the Yellowstone super-volcano was nothing more than the 'dwindling member' of a much older, larger and fiercer volcanic system.
For millions of years the Snake River Plain was a hotbed of volcano activity as North America shifted southwestward. As the continent drifted the earth's crust was pulled apart, forming a large depression which became the Snake River Plain, in what is now Idaho. As recently as a million years ago the area was struck by super volcanic eruptions.
Now, a new study by an international team of researchers suggests that a series of eruptions at Central Snake River Plain which took place between 16 and 8 millions years ago could have been more powerful than the colossal eruptions known to have taken place at Yellowstone.
Led by Dr Tom Knott, Professor Mike Branney and Dr Marc Reichow, from the University of Leicester's Department of Geology's Volcanology Group, the team's research, published by the Geological Society of America, suggests that although the number of volcanic eruptions originating in the Central Lake River Plain was less than typically believed, the twelve eruptions that did take place were significantly larger than suggested by previous research.
"While it is well-know that Yellowstone has erupted catastrophically in recent times perhaps less widely appreciated is that these were just the latest in a protracted history of numerous catastrophic super-eruptions that have burned a track along the Snake River eastwards from Oregon to Yellowstone from 16 Ma to present." Explained Dr. Knott, in a press release from the University of Leicester.
A multi-technique approach, involving whole rock and mineral chemistries, palaeomagnetic data, and radio-isotopic dates, was deployed by the team. It allowed them to create a fingerprint of individual eruption deposits which they could correlate over a massive region: up to 1000 km2.
The correlation process saw the team drastically reduce the number of eruptions thought to have occurred in the region by over fifty percent. (Read more)
The Good News Corner
One Couple's Odd Request of Strangers That Ushered In a 'God Moment' and Began a Path of Healing
[Faithit.com] You've probably heard the phrase "Be kind, for everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about."
Taylor Fisher and her husband Chris experienced this firsthand on their trip to Disney World earlier this month. She shared the moment on Facebook saying:
"I have debated whether or not to share this primarily because I don't think it's possible to find the words eloquent enough to describe the profound impact it had on my life and also because, though we were surrounded by thousands of others, the experience seemed so intimate it almost feels too personal to share."
Taylor explains that she and Chris were visiting EPCOT with their young son, Oliver. After eating dinner in Norway, they headed toward France and the Eiffel Tower.
"While in France a sweet couple stopped to take our picture in front of the Eiffel Tower. They were very patient as Oliver did not cooperate during the picture taking and finally got a decent one. We said 'thank you' and went on our way."
But a few minutes later, the man who had just taken the Fisher's photo returned and asked to speak to them for a minute. Assuring them he wasn't "creepy," the man introduced himself as Scott, and his wife as Sally. They had three kids who were out and about with their grandparents for the night while the couple celebrated the first birthday of their fourth son, Duke. He'd passed away just months before.
That day-July 1-was Duke's birthday, and Scott and Sally were overwhelmed with how much Oliver reminded them of their own son.
That's when the couple presented an interesting request: They asked if they could take Oliver on a shopping spree at the Mouse Gears gift shop, in honor of baby Duke. Taylor says she felt the Peace of the Lord all over the situation, and agreed.
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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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