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"Praying for All in Authority"
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
"Praying for All in Authority"
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
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Focus on Israel
1. IAF attacks in Gaza following rocket attack - Israel National News
The Israeli Air Force on Tuesday night attacked two targets belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization in northern Gaza, the IDF Spokesperson's Unit said.
According to the statement, the airstrike was carried out in response to the rocket fire from Gaza on the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council on Tuesday evening.
"The IDF considers the Hamas terrorist organization to be solely responsible for what is happening in the Gaza Strip," the statement said.
The rocket that was fired on Tuesday evening from Gaza exploded in an open area. There were no physicals injuries or damages.
2. New IAF chief must build on past success to face future challenges
- Israel Hayom
As local and regional instability spikes, this coming week will see a major change to one of Israel's oases of calm: the air force. In theory, one commander succeeding another is an ordinary matter, but nonetheless, outgoing Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel is ending an usually long and successful term as Israeli Air Force commander. His successor, Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin, currently head of the IDF Planning Directorate, will have to make quick decisions on a number of matters at a time when there are more questions than answers.
Eshel's term garnered less public credit than it perhaps deserved. In the five years and three months he commanded the IAF, Eshel instituted changes the like of which are equaled only by those made by the late Maj. Gen. Benny Peled, who commanded the IAF during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. But unlike Peled, who was forced to make changes in response to the trauma of the war, Eshel took the initiative to improve IAF capabilities and overcome limitations.
3. Abbas issues new demands of Israel, but is quietly still arresting terror suspects - Times of Israel
Despite the Palestinian Authority's formal insistence that security coordination with Israel remains frozen, PA forces earlier this week arrested two relatives of an assailant who attempted to stab IDF soldiers and was shot dead.
The uncle and cousin of Abdullah Takaatka were detained outside Bethlehem in the aftermath of his July 28 attack at the Gush Etzion Junction, Palestinian sources said.
PA security forces have also recently arrested several Hamas and Islamic Jihad activists, according to reports on Palestinian social media.
4. Netanyahu blasts minister for 'undermining' him amid corruption scandal - World Israel News
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went on the offensive Tuesday, attacking a senior cabinet member, assumed to be Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, for "undermining him", and allegedly planning to replace him should he be forced to resign amidst multiple corruption scandals.
"He can continue to make plans for replacing me all he wants," Netanyahu said. "We've heard about a 'senior Likud minister'. Let him go on making plans. You all know who it is. Can we say his name out loud yet? Where's the shame in saying his name?!"
Public broadcaster Kan said Netanyahu had reportedly told party activists that political elements to his right are trying to topple his government before adding "I don't know what they want from me."
5. Ganor to provide recordings and texts implicating officials in bribery
- YNET News
State witness Miki Ganor is believed to possess incriminating recordings and text messages indicating that several other suspects in the who has been under house arrest, is expected to turn over all evidence to police indicating criminal connections with other senior government officials and public figures.
Police even noted, "He is providing us excellent material."
6. Democratic Socialists Vote to Boycott Israel at National Convention - Then Chant for Israel's Elimination - Gateway Pundit
On Saturday, in Chicago, the Democratic Socialists of America voted to approve a motion endorsing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. Immediately after the motion passed, those attending the convention enthusiastically took part in a chant calling for the elimination of the Jewish State (an action which would of course make boycott, divestment and sanctions redundant). The Democrat Socialists of America did not approve, or even vote on, on any motions to support "Boycott, Divestment and and Sanctions" against any other country.
What the crowd chanted: "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free." The "river" refers to the Jordan River, the eastern boundary, for the most part, of Israel. The "sea" refers to the Mediterranean Sea, the western boundary, for the most part, of Israel. The longstanding chant implies the geographic erasure of Israel and its replacement with an entity called "Palestine" (a country that has never actually existed in the history of the world).
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Every prayer below is presented to our Lord in the Name of Jesus Christ, amen.
1. North Korea now making missile-ready nuclear weapons, U.S. analysts say - Chicago Tribune
North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles, crossing a key threshold on the path to becoming a full-fledged nuclear power, U.S. intelligence officials have concluded in a confidential assessment.
The new analysis completed last month by the Defense Intelligence Agency comes on the heels of another intelligence assessment that sharply raises the official estimate for the total number of bombs in the communist country's atomic arsenal. The U.S. calculated last month that up to 60 nuclear weapons are now controlled by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Some independent experts believe the number of bombs is much smaller. (Read more)
- Father, we pray You would give President Trump and our military leaders great wisdom as they deal with the realities of a possible nuclear strike on the United States.
- "Rebuke our enemies, O Lord. Bring them-submissive, tax in hand. Scatter all who delight in war." (Psalm 68:30 TLB)
2. Trump: North Korea 'will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen' if more threats emerge - Fox News
President Donald Trump responded to reports of North Korea's nuclear threats on Tuesday, saying the regime "will be met with fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which the world has never seen before."
Speaking from New Jersey, Trump also said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "has been very threatening beyond a normal state," adding that the regime "best not make any more threats to the United States."
The president's comments follow a report that North Korea has produced a compact nuclear warhead that can be placed inside one of its advanced missiles - which are already believed to be capable of reaching half of the United States. Fox News has confirmed the report, which first appeared in The Washington Post. (Read more)
- Father, this statement from President Trump sounds like a "red line". We pray the North Korean regime will back down and end their threats against the United States and her allies.
- "The godly will see these things and be glad, while the wicked are struck silent." (Psalm 107:42)
3. Jason Chaffetz: 'Deep State' Trying To Undermine Trump - Daily Caller
The Department of Justice isn't going far enough to crack down on the illegal leaks flowing out of the executive branch, former Republican congressman Jason Chaffetz said on "Fox & Friends" Tuesday morning, adding that the "deep state" is trying to keep President Trump from restructuring the federal government.
"They need to start putting people in handcuffs," Chaffetz said. "The deputy attorney general has no credibility on this, he is doing a press conference, most people don't understand there are 72 inspectors general that have 13,000 employees. There are 500 inspectors general in just the Department of Justice. Report after report after report, when I was chairing [the House Oversight Committee], we read reports making criminal referrals to the Department of Justice and they don't prosecute these people."
"We could sit here all day long, look at people in the past, federal employees, violated the law documented by the inspector general, go put them in handcuffs we'll get some credibility." (Read more)
- Father, we pray federal employees who have broken the law will be indicted, tried and imprisoned. Help us cleanse our bureaucracy of traitors, liars and thieves.
- 'So the Lord God All-Powerful, the Mighty One of Israel, says: "You, my enemies, will not cause me any more trouble. I will pay you back for what you did."' (Isaiah 1:24)
4. Federal court strikes down EPA rule key to Obama's climate agenda - Washington Examiner
A federal court struck down a key piece of the Obama administration's climate agenda on Tuesday by saying the Environmental Protection Agency does not have the authority to ban the use of certain chemicals used in air conditioners blamed for exacerbating global warming. The EPA enacted the rule in question in 2015, responding to research showing hydroflourocarbons, or HFCs, contribute to climate change.
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals' 2-1 decision said EPA does not have the authority to enact a 2015 rule-making ending the use of hydrofluorocarbons commonly found in spray cans, automobile air conditioners and refrigerators. The three-judge panel said that because HFCs are not ozone-depleting substances, the EPA could not use a section of the Clean Air Act targeting those chemicals to ban HFCs. (Read more)
- Father, we pray this ruling will provide relief to companies that use HFCs in their products and lower the costs to consumers who use them.
- "The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles." (Psalm 34:17)
5. Sessions: Sanctuary city Chicago's hostility to law-enforcement protection 'astounding' - Fox News
Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired back Monday at the lawsuit filed by the city of Chicago over the Justice Department's threat to withhold federal money from so-called sanctuary cities, saying "no amount" of money will help a city that won't help its own residents.
"This administration is committed to the rule of law and to enforcing the laws established by Congress. To a degree perhaps unsurpassed by any other jurisdiction, the political leadership of Chicago has chosen deliberately and intentionally to adopt a policy that obstructs this country's lawful immigration system," Sessions said in a statement. (Read more)
- Father, we pray the people of Chicago will demand a return to the rule of law and we pray these lawsuits will be dismissed.
- "The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness." (Matthew 13:41)
6. Pope Francis attacks conservative Catholics -- and Trump? - Fox News
Under Pope Francis, the church has abandoned many of its bedrock positions on issues like divorce and homosexuality in favor of a "why not?" attitude. Francis has scolded people for being rich, sided with illegal immigrants, and suggested the church should be a refuge for the poor.
He has sidelined conservative cardinals, installed like-minded allies in key jobs, taken personal control of the Knights of Malta for defying him, and generally sent the signal that behind his amiable smile and humble talk lurks a radically liberal agenda.
The latest example of the pope's blueprint for the future is contained in an article penned by two of his closest confidantes. They believe that conservative Catholics in the United States have formed a coalition with Evangelical Protestants to push Donald Trump's agenda, which the authors call a "Manichean vision." The article, in the Jesuit publication La Civiltà Cattolica, could not have been printed without Francis's knowledge and approval.
Now, says Hudson, the pope is wielding his power as CEO of the Church to tell American Catholics "we are bad Christians. This was his way of calling us a basket of deplorables without using that phrase."
"This pope does not like the culture war," says Robert Royal, president of the Faith and Reason Institute and a commentator on the Catholic network EWTN. "The real tragedy is they're trying to discredit some types of religious action in the public square, while they are very active in advocating for the environment, immigrants and stopping human trafficking."(Read more)
- Father, we pray for revival in the Catholic Church and for Your Spirit to touch believers, especially in the United States. We pray Pope Francis will come to understand and appreciate conservative viewpoints and support those who are advocating Godly values.
- "Anyone who is not against us is for us." (Mark 9:40)
7. Breakthrough device heals organs with a single touch - ScienceDaily
Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Ohio State's College of Engineering have developed a new technology, Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT), that can generate any cell type of interest for treatment within the patient's own body. This technology may be used to repair injured tissue or restore function of aging tissue, including organs, blood vessels and nerve cells.
Results of the regenerative medicine study published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.
"By using our novel nanochip technology, injured or compromised organs can be replaced. We have shown that skin is a fertile land where we can grow the elements of any organ that is declining," said Dr. Chandan Sen, director of Ohio State's Center for Regenerative Medicine & Cell Based Therapies, who co-led the study with L. James Lee, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering with Ohio State's College of Engineering in collaboration with Ohio State's Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center. (Read more)
- Father, we are grateful to be able to end this Daily Brief with this good news. May these scientists be blessed for their achievement, and may all research remain within the boundaries of the honoring of life, in Your Name, amen.
- "I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment. I know where to discover knowledge and discernment." (Proverbs 8:12 NLT)
The Daily Jot
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
The Bible and immigration
Attorney General Jeff Sessions Monday responded to a lawsuit against the Department of Justice by Chicago challenging DOJ's crackdown on sanctuary cities that are violating federal law. Sessions stated, "This administration will not simply give away grant dollars to city governments that proudly violate the rule of law and protect criminal aliens at the expense of public safety. So it's simple: Comply with the law or forego taxpayer dollars." Sessions also countered the Chicago Mayor's assertion that enforcing immigration law would require a "reordering of law enforcement practices" in Chicago. Sessions said that exactly what the city needs-"policies that rollback the culture of lawlessness that has beset the city."
Chicago, which has one of the most restrictive gun control laws in the nation, is besieged with gun-related deaths and shootings. In addition, it harbors much criminal activity, seemingly on purpose, which Sessions said in a released statement, "No amount of federal taxpayer dollars will help a city that refuses to help its own residents." Sessions continued, "To a degree perhaps unsurpassed by any other jurisdiction, the political leadership of Chicago has chosen deliberately and intentionally to adopt a policy that obstructs this country's lawful immigration system. They have demonstrated an open hostility to enforcing laws designed to protect law enforcement-Federal, state and local-and reduce crime, and instead have adopted an official policy of protecting criminal aliens who prey on their own residents."
Over the years there has been considerable disagreement between Christian pastors about whether illegal aliens should be treated as lawbreakers or just allowed to live out there lives in the United States without interference from the government. Some support amnesty. Others support sending illegal immigrants back to their home country. There is always the argument that there are more law-abiding illegals who work hard and struggle to achieve the American dream, than there are criminal illegals who are taking advantage of the system. Some argue that Christian charity must supersede the law. Others argue that illegals are breaking the law as their first act of coming to this country illegally.
The Bible has much to say about immigrants. Exodus 22:21 says, "You shall neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him." This theme is repeated in Exodus 23:9, Leviticus 19:33, Deuteronomy 23:7, Ezekiel 22:29 and others. The Bible also says in Exodus 12:49, "One law shall be to him that is home-born, and unto the foreigner who sojourns among you." This theme is repeated in Leviticus 24:22, and Numbers 9:14, 15:15, 16, 29, among others. Deuteronomy 24:17 says, "You shall not pervert the justice due the stranger." Clearly, the scriptures say to treat immigrants fairly, but they are to obey the law. In Chicago, illegals are disobeying the law, and the politicians are openly encouraging it by suing the government for the privilege.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
What will Kim Jong-un do next? His Stalinist regime has outmaneuvered three previous U.S. presidents, and he shows no signs of going quietly into the night.
U.S. intelligence has detected evidence that North Korea is installing cruise missiles on patrol boats -- a clear threat to the U.S. Navy.
The rhetoric coming out of Pyongyang's state-run media is even more belligerent than normal. Reacting to the new sanctions, Kim Jong-un's government warned of a "thousand-fold revenge," saying, "The unwise conduct of the U.S. will only speed up its own extinction."
Far more serious are breaking reports that North Korea "has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles."
Yesterday, the Chicago Council Global Affairs released a poll finding that Americans are increasingly concerned about North Korea's nuclear ambitions. Here are some key findings:
- 75% of Americans view North Korea's nuclear program as a critical threat to the U.S.
- 62% favor deploying U.S. troops to defend South Korea if it is attacked by the North.
- 76% support increasing sanctions against North Korea.
- Only 21% of the public is willing to accept an agreement that legitimizes North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
President Trump responded this afternoon to Kim Jong-un's provocative statements, as well as today's news that North Korea now possesses the ability to arm ICBMs with nuclear warheads. The president said:
"They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. He has been very threatening, beyond a normal statement, and as I said they will be met with fire, fury and, frankly, power the likes of which this world has never seen before."
(Source: Gary Bauer)
Thirteen Days . . .
Thirteen Days . . . A Look Back in History
Another Look at the Cuban Missile Crisis
In these days, when the tensions between our nation and North Korea are increasing daily, it is perhaps wise to look back in history to another time in our generation that our nation came near to nuclear war:
For thirteen extraordinary days in October of 1962, the world stood on the brink of an unthinkable catastrophe. Across the globe, people anxiously awaited the outcome of a harrowing political, diplomatic and military confrontation that threatened to end in an apocalyptic nuclear exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union. Thirteen days captures the urgency, suspense and paralyzing chaos of the Cuban Missile Crisis. - Wikipedia
In the end, it was a "back channel deal" that quietly defused the tension and helped to defuse and to end this crisis. Let's pray for this to happen now:
- Father God, we ask that, as in the days of the Cuban missile crisis, You would cause hidden "players" in North Korea and in the United States to quietly enter into "back door diplomacy" to defuse this crisis. We pray, knowing that with You, all things are possible. In Your name, amen and amen.
- "With man, this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26)
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Note: At the end of this film, it is clear how this crisis was finally resolved . . .
[Caution: some of the language in this movie should be ignored . . .]
More Daily Features
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.
Signs and Wonders
Signs and Wonders
Massive sinkhole grows in Florida
A massive sinkhole has forced officials to condemn a 7th house in Land O'Lakes, Florida. The crater has grown to 260 feet wide. CBS News corespondent Manuel Bojorquez joins CBS from the neighborhood near the sinkhole, and says it could be months before the area is safe again. (CBS News) Read more.
The Good News Corner
Why a Million Muslims Filled the Streets to Hear About Jesus,
Right in the Heart of Islam
(Denver, CO)-[CBN News] In an era where terrorists often target Christians and radical Islam is tainting peace-loving Muslims, one brave Christian evangelist is building bridges in places so dangerous, most travelers have written them off.
Well-known Bible teacher and evangelist Marilyn Hickey believes those dangerous places are fertile territory for planting seeds of love.
The founder of Marilyn Hickey Ministries recently told CBN News about her trip to Karachi, Pakistan.
"I love Muslims and they love me," Hickey said. "It's beyond my imagination that we would have one million in one meeting!"
But that's just what happened. A million Muslims filled the streets of Karachi to hear this 85-year-old grandmother share the Good News about Jesus.
"I Will Carry You" - Selah
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