Thursday, August 31, 2017

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"Praying for All in Authority"
Thursday, August 31, 2017

"The LORD will give strength to His people;
The LORD will bless His people with peace."
(Psalm 29:11)

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"The LORD sat as King at the flood;
Yes, the LORD sits as King forever."
(Psalm 29:10)


Texas woman's gospel performance at Harvey shelter goes viral

Victoria White "Belts it Out" for Jesus in the Shelter!

7 million have now viewed this video on Facebook!!

She sings: "We wanna see Your Kingdom Come!"

YES, LORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To read all about this outburst of GRACE and GLORY, go here.
(Source: Fox News)

The President Visits Texas

President Trump Speaks With Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz

White House News

White House News

America is Responding "With Heroism and Heart to Help Houston Recover"

1. "Trump's Reassuring Hurricane Response" - The Wall Street Journal

Former Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services Tevi Troy praises President Trump's hurricane response in The Wall Street Journal, writing: "Washington's disaster authorities appear to be in sync with the state on roles and responsibilities; the Federal Emergency Management Agency and its leader, Brock Long, deployed resources as Harvey approached; and the government response as a whole appears well coordinated." Mr. Troy credits the administration's personnel and preparation as key components in the synchronized effort, noting the President has "surrounded himself with leaders experienced in this area." (Read more)

2. Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts Continue

Yesterday, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump traveled to Texas where they received a briefing on Hurricane Harvey relief efforts with local leadership and relief organizations. The President and the First Lady also met with state leadership at the Emergency Operations Center. (Posted on Wednesday, Aug. 30th.)

3. Statement by First Lady Melania Trump on Hurricane Harvey

"The effects of Hurricane Harvey will be felt in Texas, Louisiana, and other parts of the country for many months and years to come. So far, 1.7 million people are under orders to evacuate their homes, and, as the floodwater in Houston rises, sadly, so will the number of evacuees.

I want to be able to offer my help and support in the most productive way possible, not through just words, but also action. What I found to be the most profound during the visit was not only the strength and resilience of the people of Texas, but the compassion and sense of community that has taken over the State. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the people of Texas and Louisiana."
- First Lady Melania Trump (Read more)

The Daily Brief

The Daily Brief

" . . . the earnest, HEARTFELT prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available." (James 5: 16 Amplified)
> > > As we close out this week of offering a streamlined, summer edition of The Daily Brief, we invite you to pray in the Spirit over each headline below.

1. Trump Says America Faces a 'Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity' for Real Tax Reform -

President Donald Trump said today that he believes America now has a "once-in-a-generation opportunity" for real tax reform and explained the four principles he believes that tax reform should stand upon.

"So this is our once-in-a-generation opportunity to deliver real tax reform for everyday hardworking Americans, and I am fully committed to working with Congress to get this job done," Trump said in an address in Springfield, Mo.

"And I don't want to be disappointed by Congress, do you understand me? Do you understand?" Trump said. "I think Congress is going to make a comeback. I hope so," said Trump. "I tell you what, the United States is counting on it."

Trump then explained that he is embracing four principles of tax reform. (Read more)

2. HUD Grants Show High Rates Of Waste - The Daily Caller

A federal program that spends $3 billion annually to combat poverty, provide affordable housing and develop needed public infrastructure is plagued with mismanagement and may be wasting a fourth or more of its annual budget, an analysis by The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has found.

Nine of the 10 most recent audits of funding awarded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program found serious flaws that allowed significant waste, TheDCNF's analysis found.

The audits questioned how grant recipients spent nearly $39 million of the almost $160 million they received. One of the audits questioned how a recipient spent 69 percent of its expenses. The overall program would waste about $750 million each year if that trend is true for all $3 billion in grants awarded. (Read more)

3. Evangelicals Sign 'Nashville Statement,' Reaffirm Man-Woman Marriage, Deny Gay 'Marriage' -

Reaffirming basic biblical teachings and the natural law, more than 150 evangelical leaders from across the nation signed a statement that affirms marriage as being the "lifelong union of one man and one woman" and denies homosexual relationships and a "transgender self-conception" as being "consistent with God's holy purposes" for the world and individual salvation. (Read more)

4. Senators Trying To Delay Trump Trans Ban - The Daily Caller

Two senators are trying to delay President Donald Trump's transgender ban, and their attempt appears to have support from GOP Sen. John McCain.

Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Republican Sen. Susan Collins have proposed an amendment to the annual defense budget bill that would prohibit the Pentagon from halting gender transition medical treatments or ousting any open transgender service members until the military completes a study and sends it to Congress, The Washington Examiner reports.

Once summer recess is over, the amendment will receive consideration from legislators back in session. So far, the proposal appears to have some backing from McCain, chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services. (Read more)

5. McCain to return to Senate after undergoing chemotherapy - Fox News

Just days after undergoing his first round of chemotherapy, Arizona Sen. John McCain is expected to return to Washington next week when the Senate reconvenes.

"Senator McCain will return to the U.S. Senate next week as Congress begins a new legislative session and looks forward to continuing his work for the people of Arizona and the nation," the Republican's office said in a Wednesday statement.

McCain, who recently was diagnosed with brain cancer, has been home in Arizona during the August recess. He's tweeted photos of himself hiking and grilling with friends and family. (Read more)

6. South Carolina defunds abortion, Planned Parenthood - LifeSite News

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order today preventing abortion facilities from receiving any state or local money.

McMaster's order means that South Carolina won't provide funds "via grant, contract, state-administered funds, or any other form" to any physician or doctor's office affiliated with an abortion facility.

This applies to "any physician or professional medical practice affiliated with an abortion clinic and operating concurrently with - and in the same physical, geographic location or footprint as - an abortion clinic," according to the governor's office. (Read more)

7. North Korea in the News - CNN

North Korea took its missile tests to a whole new level early this morning when it fired one over Japan. The unidentified missile flew over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido and broke into pieces over the Pacific. The launch set off warnings in northern Japan, and people were urged to seek shelter. South Korea responded with a bombing drill to test its ability to "destroy the North Korean leadership." Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Trump talked by phone and agreed the UN Security Council must get involved.

8. North Korea: 'Japan missile was first step in Pacific operation' - BBC

North Korea says its firing of a missile over Japan was "the first step" of military operations in the Pacific, signalling plans for more launches. State media also repeated threats to the US Pacific island of Guam, which it called "an advanced base of invasion". The missile launched on Tuesday crossed Japan's northern Hokkaido island, triggering public alerts to take cover, before landing in the sea. (Read more)

9. North Korea missile launch over Japan demands "something serious" Nikki Haley says as UN Security Council unites - CBS News

The U.N. Security Council strongly condemned North Korea's launch of a ballistic missile over Japan on Tuesday, reiterating demands that Pyongyang halt its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs.

After an emergency meeting on the missile test, the U.N.'s most powerful body called North Korea's actions "outrageous," saying it was deliberately undermining peace and stability in the region. The council called for North Korea to take "immediate, concrete actions" to "reduce tensions in the Korean Peninsula and beyond." (Read more)

10. BREAKING! Alabama GOP Senate runoff turns nasty, underdog Moore still leads - Washington Examiner

The Alabama GOP Senate runoff, now less than one month away, has turned nasty, with incumbent Sen. Luther Strange and front-runner former Judge Roy Moore throwing off the gloves for a bare knuckled brawl.

This week, Strange, appointed to the seat vacated by Attorney Jeff Sessions and backed by the GOP establishment and President Trump, threw the first punch in a blast at Moore as "another hypocritical politician."

During the recent GOP primary, won by the conservative Moore, outside groups led the attack with the blessing of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Now Strange is directing the fire against Moore, famous nationally for fighting to keep a monument to the 10 Commandments in the Alabama Judicial Building and against same sex marriage. (Read more)

- Father God, we do lift up this runoff election in prayer, and we thank You that You are the Lord over all elections. We ask for victory for Judge Moore in next month's election, on September 26th. In Your Name, Abba, amen.

- "Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven." (Matthew 18:19)

Updates: Tropical Storm Harvey

Updates: Tropical Storm Harvey

1. Tropical Storm Harvey Situation Update - August 30, 2017 - Alerts USA

According to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Harvey will soon weaken to a Tropical Depression. The continued slow weakening is anticipated until the cyclone dissipates completely between 72-96 h. It should be noted that the forecast weakening will not eliminate the risk of continued heavy rainfall and flooding along Harvey's path, although the system's faster motion will keep subsequent rainfall totals well below what occurred over southeastern Texas.

Key Messages:

a. Ongoing catastrophic and life-threatening flooding will continue across southeastern Texas. While the threat of heavy rains has ended in the Houston/Galveston area, catastrophic and life-threatening flooding will continue in and around Houston, Beaumont/Port Arthur, eastward into southwest Louisiana for the rest of the week.

b. The flood threat has spread farther north and east, and additional rainfall accumulations of 3 to 6 inches with isolated amounts up to 10 inches are expected from southwestern Louisiana and the adjacent border of eastern Texas northeastward into western Kentucky through Friday.

- Father, we thank You that You have heard the cries of Your people, and that this storm is now a tropical depression and continues to weaken hour by hour. We continue to lift up those in its path now in the states that have been named, that they be kept safe from harm, in Your name, amen.

- "The LORD will give strength to His people;
The LORD will bless His people with peace."
(Psalm 29:11)

2. Harvey aftershock: Chemical plant near Houston could explode, CEO says - Fox News

The floodwaters from Harvey and the lack of power are endangering a chemical plant northeast of Houston - its CEO is now worried about an explosion or intense fire.

"We have lost critical refrigeration of the materials on site that could now explode and cause a subsequent intense fire," Arkema president and chief executive Rich Rowe said Wednesday, adding that there was six feet of water at the plant. (Read more)

- Father God, we ask for Your hand of divine intervention to rest upon this situation, so that this chemical plant will not catch fire and explode. We ask for a miracle, in Your Name, amen.

- "If you ask anything in My name, I will do it." (John 14:14)

3. Neighbors Form Human Chain to Rescue Pregnant Woman in Labor from Hurricane Floodwaters: "Everything About This Pregnancy is God's Will" - FaithWire/Breaking Christian News

Numerous stories like this have emerged in recent days, showing how rescue workers have gone above and beyond to help those who have additional struggles or ailments. Another one of those incredible stories involved a pregnant woman who was in labor on Sunday when neighbors formed a human chain to help get her to safety. (Read more)

4. Harvey's death toll climbs in Texas; at least 31 killed - Fox News

Crews in Texas have found the bodies of 31 victims of Harvey's wrath, and warned on Wednesday that the number of dead would almost certainly soar as water levels across much of the Houston area start to recede.

The National Hurricane Center downgraded the storm to a Tropical Depression on Wednesday night. That move comes after new details emerged about Harvey's Texas victims. (Read more)

- Father, we pray for those who mourn . . .

- "Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted." (Matthew 5:4)

5. Tropical Storm Harvey evacuees surge to Houston shelters, including sports arena, religious centers - Fox News

Jonathan McNamara with the American Red Cross told Fox News as of Tuesday night, there were 32,000 people in 230 shelters run by Red Cross and affiliates across Texas. (Read more)

6. Costliest natural disaster in U.S. history - USA Today

Hurricane Harvey could be the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history with a potential price tag of $160 billion, according to a preliminary estimate from private weather firm AccuWeather.

This is equal to the combined cost of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, and represents a 0.8% economic hit to the gross national product, AccuWeather said.

"Parts of Houston, the United States' fourth largest city, will be uninhabitable for weeks and possibly months due to water damage, mold, disease-ridden water and all that will follow this 1,000-year flood," said AccuWeather president Joel Myers. (Read more)

Prayers for the Storm

Prayers for the Storm

Note: Once again today, we join forces with the 24/7 National Strategic Prayer Network in offering prayers for all issues regarding this storm. We thank the leadership team of the 24/7 network for their grace in allowing us to share these requests with you.

For Today:

- Lord, thank You for bringing restoration to our people as You establish fresh, new foundations for the State of Texas! Thank You for the over $37 million that has already been distributed to victims, and for the 5 million plus meals served over the past few days. You are indeed Yahweh Yireh, our Provider!

- We ask that those in Texas, Louisiana and other areas hard hit by recent storms feel Your Presence abiding with them. We stand in the gap as we pray for them . . . asking for Your blessings as we repent for our sins on behalf of ourselves and our ancestors, and renounce any and all things displeasing to You. We joyfully include our "neighbors" in Texas and Louisiana in this prayer . . . and cover them in love!

- Father, we repent for building our lives and futures on the foolishness of man . . . sinking sand upon which we cannot not stand. We receive Your Word and want know You, so we might build our lives and families on Solid Ground . . . on the "Rock" which is our Lord, Jesus Christ!

- We ask You to build Godly structure into all of our lives, families, and ministries. Build Your House of Prayer through each of us, based upon love, faith and hope in You. Tear down all ungodly structures built on man's agenda . . . pride . . . rebellion . . . selfish ambition . . . desire for fame, wealth and worship of self. May we together seek to only worship You, the One True God.

- Father, remove all ungodly thoughts from our minds that would bring division or double mindedness. Release us from whatever would keep us from being unified so that we might worship You individually and corporately with our whole beings . . . spirit, soul and body!

- We repent on behalf of those who have resisted Your love and grace, for those who have been offered salvation, yet have not yet received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Help them to recognize You as their ROCK, the Chief Cornerstone instead of considering You a stumbling block or rock of offense.

- Lord, bring us, Your Living Stones, into full alignment with You. Let Your sound and Your frequency vibrate and resonate within us so that we are perfectly in tune with our Lord Jesus Christ and can release the worship that is due to You from this 24/7 NSPC, HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR THE NATION!

- Lord, renew our first love for You, and allowing our "lampstands" to remain full, so that the LIGHT of Christ burns brightly and continuously within us. Shine Your LIGHT through Your people once again and allow them to: ". . . confidently build houses and make them their homes; they will plant vineyards and enjoy their fruit for years to come." (Isaiah 65:21)

Israel in the News

1. Israeli rescue experts are heading to hurricane-ravaged Texas do what they do best: rush to the scene of a natural disaster and dig in to help those hit hardest by the storm - United with

IsraAID, an Israeli international humanitarian organization, said on Tuesday it was sending a team of experts from Israel and the U.S. to assist Texas residents dealing with the after effects of Tropical Storm Harvey.

IsraAID, which is coordinating with local Jewish communities, local government in Texas and the Israeli Consul General, plans to deploy 5-7 experts to provide two-stage response to the disaster, with the first stage focusing on removing debris and cleaning homes, then offering psychosocial trauma support to residents.

"In crises with large-scale destruction, national and international aid efforts typically focus on practical, physical support, with limited resources allocated to the mental and emotional rehabilitation of affected populations," said Yotam Polizer, co-CEO of IsraAID.

(Read more)

2. 'No more uprooting of settlements in the Land of Israel,' Netanyahu vows - World Israel News

Addressing a special ceremony Monday evening marking 50 years since the liberation of Judea and Samaria, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed never to allow the uprooting of a Jewish community in the Land of Israel.

The "Lights of the Jubilee" event, organized by the Samaria Regional Council, took place in the Barkan Industrial Park in Samaria and was attended by thousands.

"This is the inheritance of our forefathers, this is our country," Netanyahu said. "We came back here to stay forever. There will be no more uprooting of settlements in the Land of Israel."

(Read more)

3. Jewish Hebron officially recognized as Israeli municipality, after 38 years - World Israel News

The Israeli sections of the historically Jewish town of Hebron have been officially registered as an Israeli district.

While Jewish roots in Hebron date back literally to the time of Abraham in the biblical era, the modern state of Israel announced on Tuesday that sections of the town will officially be recognized as an Israeli municipality. The move comes 38 years after Jews returned to the area, from which most Jews fled in 1929 after local Arabs carried out a massacre that claimed the lives of close to 70 Jewish men, women and children, wounding scores of other Jews.

(Read more)

4. Bennett in Beit El: 'The vision - one million residents in Judea and Samaria' - Arutz Sheva

Knesset Speaker MK Yuli Edelstein on Tuesday evening participated in a celebration marking the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the town of Beit El.

Turning to the 3,500 residents of Beit El who were in attendance, the Knesset Speaker said that he came to salute the thousands of residents and added, "I hope that the Jubilee of Beit El will be celebrated by tens of thousands of residents, not thousands."

Edelstein added that he will continue to accompany the Beit El Regional Council until the 300 housing units that were promised for the town turn into actual buildings.

Jewish Home chairman and Education Minister Naftali Bennett also mentioned during the festive event the Prime Minister's promise that 300 housing units will be approved for construction in the coming month.

(Read more)

5. Minister Ariel: "All Israelis Should Visit Temple Mount" - Breaking Israel News

All Israelis should visit the Temple Mount, Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel, who served as the first head of the Beit El Regional Council during the 1980s, said Tuesday evening, following a "trial" earlier in the day during which police allowed sitting MKs to visit the holy site for the first time since 2015.

(Read more)

40 Days of Repentance

A Guide to 40 Days of Repentance (TESHUVAH)

Written by: B'ney Yosef North America

Saints of God,

As many of us continue to observe the call to TESHUVAH repentance, we are grateful to Laura Densmore for directing us to this guide to prayer.

Each day provides a new prayer focus . . . and today we are on Day 8: The Progression of a Repentant Heart. To read yesterday's guide to prayer, please go here.

These daily devotions for the next 40 days of Elul leading up to Day of Atonement are EXCEPTIONAL, ANOINTED and POWERFUL. Truly it is a season and a call to the remnant in the body of Messiah to TESHUVAH, to repent and return to the God of Israel and to the fullness of HIS TORAH, and to Yeshua, the living Torah who was made flesh.

Different people on the BYNA North America leadership team are contributing each day for the 40 days of repentance.

We also wish to commend to you a Meditation for Day 7, which explains the blessing of TESHUVAH Repentance in detail . . . To read that article, please go here.

A Closing Comment

"Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand." (Matthew 2:3)

" Therefore say to them, 'Thus says the Lord of hosts: "Return to Me," says the Lord of hosts, "and I will return to you," says the Lord of hosts." (Zechariah 1:3)

This has been a momentous week in all of our lives, as this truly historic storm has slammed into our nation.

As we all try to regain our balance, we have heard our leaders say that . . .

"This is historic. It's epic, what happened, but you know what - it happened in Texas and Texas can handle anything," . . . "We're going to get you back and operating immediately."
Well, yes, Texas IS a huge state, with many resources, but could it be that this storm, Harvey, is even bigger than that?

Could it be that, without the help of our Almighty God, we are indeed helpless before this "monster?"

Could it be that, finally, the time has come to repent?

As we come before our Lord on bended knee, in repentance, it will be through His grace and through His grace alone that we shall survive this catastrophe and carry on.
Please join us in prayer . . .
"Father, we thank You for the promise of Your word, because it is written:

. . . If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
Thank You, Lord, for hearing our prayer as we repent before you of our own wicked ways and return to Your Throne of grace for cleansing, for healing, for renewal and for restoration, in Your mighty Name, amen."

Sara C. Ballenger, Founder and President
Capitol Hill Prayer Partners

Publishing Notice

Publishing Notice

Today we close out our streamlined, "Summer Edition" of the Daily Brief. And . . . because Monday is a federal holiday (Labor Day), we will stand down then, too.

We expect to return to our regular format on Tuesday, September 5th.

Have a great weekend, and stay safe out there, everyone!

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Because Jesus Christ has shed His blood for all, we, too, pray for ALL, in a nonpartisan manner. Also, because the scriptures indicate that "the effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much" (James 4:17), we are confident that fervent prayer, offered in the halls of the highest chambers of government in our land, can avail much for America. Capitol Hill Prayer Partners welcomes those who feel called to join us, engaging in this strategic work of intercession for our nation: "For there is no power but of God; the powers that be are ordained of God." [Romans 13:1]
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