Tuesday, November 11, 2014

CHPP Daily Brief - Tuesday, November 11, 2014 VETERANS DAY

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The Daily Brief:

"Praying for All in Authority"

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


"So He brought His people out with joy, His chosen ones with singing. And He gave them the lands of the nations, and they took possession of the fruit of the peoples' toil, that they might keep His statutes and observe His laws. Praise the LORD!" (Psalm 105:43-45)

". . . the glory of the LORD filled the temple. . ." (2 Chronicles 5:14)

The Daily Brief

1. Giving thanks for America's veterans - Office of House Speaker John Boehner

"This is the time of year when we pause to pay tribute to America's veterans - the ones who gave all a person can give so that we may live free. As we consider their sacrifices, let us vow to live up to the promises that we've made to them and their families. We cannot rest until our veterans have the 21st-century health care system they deserve. It is the least a grateful nation can do." - House Speaker John Boehner, November 2014

To view the laws the House has passed to assist our veterans in the past year, please go here.

- Capitol Hill Prayer Partners joins Speaker Boehner and all Americans today in honoring those who have given their lives for our country, and those who still serve today. Amen.

- "Well done, thou good and faithful servant . . ." (Matthew 25:23)

2. Obamacare Depended on 'Stupidity' of Voters, Its Architect Says - Newsmax

Obamacare would have never become law if the American electorate were smarter, MIT economist and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber said during a recent panel discussion on the law, The Daily Caller reports.

"Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber said that lack of transparency was a major part of getting Obamacare passed because 'the stupidity of the American voter' would have killed the law if more people knew what was in it," according to the Caller. (Read more)

- Father, we pray You empower our new leadership in the House and Senate to repeal Obamacare in its entirety. Forgive us Lord, for passing legislation when we didn't know what was in it. Protect us from deception on the part of our government. Hold them accountable for their actions of deception.

- "Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out." (Proverbs 10:9)

3. Obama calls for more regulation of Internet providers, industry fires back - Fox News

President Obama threw down the gauntlet Monday with cable companies and Internet providers by declaring they shouldn't be allowed to cut deals with online services like YouTube to move their content faster.

It was his most definitive statement to date on so-called "net neutrality," and escalates a battle that has been simmering for years between industry groups and Internet activists who warn against the creation of Internet "fast lanes." The president's statement swiftly drew an aggressive response from trade groups, which are fighting against additional regulation, as well as congressional Republicans.

"We are stunned the president would abandon the longstanding, bipartisan policy of lightly regulating the Internet and calling for extreme" regulation, said Michael Powell, president and CEO of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, the primary lobbying arm of the cable industry. (Read more)

- Father, protect us from the overreach of our Government, calling on extreme regulation of the internet. May we recognize actions of tyranny and stand up against them.

- "A tyrannical ruler lacks judgment." (Proverbs 28:16)

4. Ted Cruz calls net neutrality 'ObamaCare for the Internet' - Fox News

President Obama has voiced his support for strict net neutrality regulations, but Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is not pleased. In a statement released Monday, Obama expressed concern that broadband providers would turn into "gatekeepers" of online access and said the Internet should be reclassified as a utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.

While Internet activists and tech bloggers have been almost unanimously supportive of the announcement, Cruz spoke out against government intervention in the telecom industry. "The biggest regulatory threat to the Internet is net neutrality," Cruz said in an emailed statement. "In short, net neutrality is Obamacare for the Internet. . ." (Read more)

- Father, let us rise up against Government control in all areas that try and infiltrate our lives. Strengthen us to be on guard, so that we don't wake up one day and realize that all our rights have been taken away. Give us ears to hear, and eyes to see.

- "Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong." (1 Corinthians 16:13)

5. Obama orders 'mental-health' testing for schoolkids - WND

Using "gun violence" as its cover, the Obama administration has quietly unleashed a cache of federal dollars that will be used for testing students for signs of mental health issues in K-12 schools. Critics say personal information scooped up in the screenings will be logged into databases that will follow the child throughout his or her academic career and beyond. (Read more)

- In the name of Jesus, we bind up all attempts to push measures that promote big government and the loss of freedoms in the face of tragedies such as school shootings. We come against this plan announced by the Obama administration to screen all school children and we cancel that plan by the authority of the Blood of Jesus. We also decree and declare that Americans shall look unto the Lord who formed us to seek solutions to these problems. Father, we pray for those who are troubled in our society to be led to You for salvation and deliverance. Lord, dwell richly in our midst, we ask in Jesus' name, amen.

- "The Lord hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, even the Lord, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil anymore." (Zephaniah 3:15)

6. Little Girl Screaming 'Shut Up' at Street Preacher in 'Witch City' Goes Viral - Christian News

SALEM, Mass. - A video showing a little girl with pigtails screaming at a street preacher to 'shut up' as she relentlessly mocked him and his message of redemption through Jesus Christ has gone viral. The video posted on Live Leak, which has been viewed more than 250,000 times, shows a child approaching Austin Coppock, who had been preaching on Salem's busy Essex Street pedestrian mall during the city's annual Halloween celebration. (Read more)

- Heavenly Father, we bring this sad report before Your throne, asking that You somehow intervene with this child and her parents. This is not a laughing matter and we stand in repentance for this behavior on behalf of this child and her family. Forgive them Father and help this family to understand spiritually what they are doing! We pray this in the Name of Jesus, Amen and Amen.

- "Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall." (Proverbs 16:18 NKJV)

7. Lawsuit over Rampant Anti-Semitism in NY School To Proceed - Israel National News

A lawsuit filed by several Jewish families in New York against the Pine Bush Central School District in White Plains can proceed, a federal court ruled. The lawsuit claims that the students' rights were violated by "rampant anti-Semitic discrimination and harassment" and "deliberate indifference" by school officials, according to The New York Times. The families are seeking an unspecified amount in monetary damages.

In recent years, Jewish students attending schools in the Pine Bush district have complained of various anti-Semitic incidents, including anti-Semitic slurs and nicknames, drawings of swastikas, jokes about the Holocaust, physical violence, and fellow students forcing them to retrieve coins from the ground and/or dumpsters.

Jewish students also accused fellow students of making Nazi salutes, telling anti-Semitic jokes, and shouting out "white power" chants.

Judge Kenneth Karas of the U.S. District Court in White Plains, NY, on Tuesday denied the school district's motion to dismiss three of the five children named in the 2012 lawsuit, which also implicated school administrators as not doing enough to combat harassment. (Read more)

- Heavenly Father, no student should have to deal with constant harassment, threats and fears as to their safety while attending school. We ask that You, Father, will diffuse these signs of hatred and confront all involved. We pray this in the Name of Jesus and under His Blood, Amen and Amen.

- "Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; though they join forces, none will go unpunished." (Proverbs 16:5 NKJV)

8. After Israel-Gaza Conflict, Growing Anti-Semitism On US College Campuses - IBTimes

The Israel-Gaza conflict that took place over the summer has had a ripple effect onto U.S. college campuses, with reported incidents of anti-Semitism there rising sharply after the war.

Neili Eggert, a junior at University of North Carolina Charlotte, has seen this firsthand. In September, three male students spit in her direction when she wore a "Stand With Israel" T-shirt; two weeks later, a female student told her to "burn in an oven" when she was sitting in the school's student union. Eggert believes the woman was reacting to an Israeli flag sticker on her laptop. Others have called her a terrorist, an occupier, a woman-killer and baby-killer. (Read more)

- Heavenly Father, we ask You to rise up and establish a powerful wall of spiritual protection around all Jewish students on US college campuses. Encircle all the Jewish students in various universities in our nation with a special angelic protection. Let a balanced report of truth arise as to what actually is going on and not just the propaganda that is being most strongly promoted by these news reports. Father, we seek Your special protection for all involved, praying in the Name of Jesus and under His Blood, Amen and Amen.

- "All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits. Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established." (Proverbs 16:2 and 3 NKJV)

9. Iran claims it successfully tested drone modeled on US technology - Jerusalem Post

Iran's version of a United States stealth drone it captured three years ago is now fully operational, the Islamic Republic said Monday. General Amir Ali Hajizade, an aerospace commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corp announced at a military ceremony that a video of the successful test flight would soon be released to the public. (Read more)

- Precious Lord, we ask You to put a hindrance on all attempts by Iran to mass produce this drone and to use it against Israel or the US. May all their evil intentions turn to dust if they use it for anything but peaceful purposes. We pray that no more defense technology will be lost to those who plot the destruction of Israel or our own country.

- "For you have trusted in your wickedness; You have said, 'No one sees me;' Your wisdom and knowledge have warped you; And you have said in your heart, 'I am, and there is no one else besides me.'" (Isaiah 47:10)

10. APEC agrees network to share information on corruption - BBC

Countries of Asia and the Pacific region have agreed to set up a network to share information on corruption. Apec members said in a statement that the purpose of the agreement, proposed by China, was to deny safe haven to anyone engaged in corruption. (Read more)

- Father God, we appeal to You to guide our leaders in all agreements they make with foreign governments so that our sovereignty is not compromised. We pray that those countries that are guilty of spying on us and stealing technology will be held accountable. Thank You, Lord, that these countries are striving to eradicate corruption. In Jesus' Name, amen.

- "Let him that stole, steal no more." (Ephesians 4:28a)

The Middle East in Focus

This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:

"He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways." (Psalm 91:11)

1. The United States Congressional Elections: The Significance for Israel - Canada Free Press

President Barack Obama's first six years in the White House were marked by personal strain between him and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and disagreements between them on key issues, above all the Israeli-Palestinian political process and the Iranian nuclear issue. While the two leaders have met many times, sharp disagreements have continued to cloud their relations. The coming two years will severely test the relations between the two leaders and US-Israel bilateral relations, due to the complexity of the issues on the agenda and the results of the recent American elections, which gave the Republican Party control of both houses of Congress. (Read more)

2. Netanyahu: Most of the Incitement Comes from the PA - Israel National News

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday once again reiterated that incitement is behind much of the tension in Jerusalem and the region, and that the bulk of this incitement comes from the Palestinian Authority (PA) and its chairman, Mahmoud Abbas. (Read more)

3. Abbas says he seeks to move Arafat shrine to Jerusalem - Jerusalem Post

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said that he intends to move the shrine for late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to Jerusalem, the Bethlehem-based Ma'an News Agency reported Sunday. Speaking during a memorial marking 10 years since Arafat's death in Ramallah, Abbas said Arafat should "remain immortal in the hearts of our people." (Read more)

4. Iran's Khamenei: No Cure for Barbaric Israel but Annihilation - Slate

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei took to Twitter to call for the destruction of Israel over the weekend. He first started with a string of vitriolic anti-Israel tweets that called for the destruction of the "barbaric, wolflike & infanticidal regime of Israel." (Read more)

5. Hamas forces cancellation of Arafat rally in Gaza - Yahoo News

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - The Hamas militant group forced the cancellation Sunday of a memorial on the 10th anniversary of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's death, underscoring the lingering tensions with the rival Fatah movement despite the formation of a unity government meant to end years of hostilities. (Read more)

6. Netanyahu warns P5+1 away from deal with 'unreformed' Iran -Times of Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday warned nations negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program that Tehran's recent calls to eliminate Israel show it is "unreformed," and urged them not to sign a bad deal.

Netanyahu said he ordered his office to send letters to foreign ministries in the US, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany to warn them against coming to a deal with Tehran, amid reports the sides were close to reaching an agreement to ease sanctions in return for curbs on nuclear enrichment. (Read more)

7. Netanyahu says Arab rioters are welcome to go to PA or Gaza -Times of Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that Israeli demonstrators agitating for a Palestinian state were welcome to move there, lashing out at violent anti-Israel protesters who have clashed with police in a number of Arab towns since Saturday.

Netanyahu's remarks came as unrest continued in Jerusalem and northern Israel for a third straight day, following the police's shooting of a knife-wielding Kafr Kanna man caught on tape early Saturday.

"To all those who are shouting against Israel and demonstrating against it - you are welcome to move to the Palestinian Authority or to Gaza, Israel won't stand in the way," Netanyahu said at the beginning of the weekly Likud faction meeting. (Read more)

8. Officials beef up police presence as terror wave, unrest persist -Times of Israel

Israeli officials vowed to step up efforts against an ongoing wave of violence, and the prime minister convened an emergency meeting of security heads Monday night, after two stabbing attacks left two people dead and two more injured.

Meeting at his bureau in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered officials to bolster security forces's presence in the West Bank and called for terrorists' homes to be torn down, in a bid to stem the wave of attacks. (Read more)

9. Fed up with Netanyahu, some look to Liberman -Times of Israel

Opinion polls consistently indicate that Israelis see no credible alternative to Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister. Already Israel's longest-serving leader after David Ben-Gurion, the Likud party chief scored 24% in a Knesset Channel poll two weeks ago on who is most suitable for the post (double his closest challenger, Jewish Home leader Naftali Bennett), and a whopping 38% in a similar survey published by Haaretz in September (when his nearest rival was Labor's Isaac Herzog at a distant 7%).

But if the Israeli public mainstream has yet to be persuaded of an alternative, some in the Israeli political mainstream might just be a few steps ahead.

In the run-up to what many in government expect will be an election year in 2015, Netanyahu is losing ground within Likud, for his perceived shift to the center - as emblemized by his support in principle (and no matter the conditions, the wariness and the collapse of negotiations) for a two-state solution; his release of dozens of murderous Palestinian prisoners in support of the collapsed process in the past year; and his alleged silent freeze on any significant building over the pre-1967 lines outside the major settlement blocs and East Jerusalem. (Read more)

10. Update: Insights for Intercessors - (CHPP)

To read yesterday's update, please go here.

Tracking the Virus

Tracking the Virus

"And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them and healed their sick." (Matthew 14:14)

1. Number of People Under "Active Monitoring" for Ebola in NYC Triples, City Officials Say 357 - NBC New York

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2. 100 People In NJ Quarantined For Ebola - MyFoxPhilly

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3. North Carolina isolates U.S. doctor for Ebola watch after Liberia trip - Reuters

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4. First responders prepare as six travelers from West Africa monitored for Ebola in Indiana - Fox59.com

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5. How Would India Handle an Ebola Outbreak? - India Real Time

How would India deal with an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus that has already left a devastating trail across West Africa and claimed victims in parts of the United States and Europe?

On Thursday, India's Health Ministry said it would start conducting mock drills simulating treatment for a potentially infected patient, after a meeting with state health officials to assess the country's preparedness. (Read more)

6. Ebola scare raises its head in Mumbai, Delhi - Indian Express

Seventeen Indians - part of a delegation of Afcons employees - who arrived in new Delhi from Liberia on Tuesday were declared free of the Ebola virus after being screened at the Delhi airport, except one, who had fever and sore throat. He has been isolated in a quarantine-***-isolation facility at the Delhi airport. (Read more)

7. Ebola scare in north Bengal, youth back from Liberia quarantined - Times of India (Sept. 2) Read more here.

The Daily Jot

The "I"s have it, or not...really

The president said on the day after his policies and administration were rejected overwhelmingly by the American people, "So, to everyone who voted, I want you to know that I hear you. To the two-thirds of voters who chose not to participate in the process yesterday, I hear you, too." He must have meant that those who didn't vote spoke louder than those who did. To him, it appears that those who did not vote were the clearer majority, who actually did not drive to a polling place to cast a vote against him vicariously by voting out his representatives in Congress. In a 75 minute news conference the day after the election, the "president" used the word "I" or derivatives of it, and "me," some 340 times.

Here are some excerpts from his remarks: "So the fact is I still believe in what I said when I was first elected six years ago last night...I'm the guy who's elected by everybody, not just from a particular state or a particular district. And they want me to push hard to close some of these divisions, break through some of the gridlock, and get stuff done. So the most important thing I can do is just get stuff done, and help Congress get some things done...The key is to find areas where the agenda that I've put forward, one that I believe will help strengthen the middle class and create more ladders of opportunity into the middle class.

"...Republicans disagree. They're not going to support those ideas. But I'm going to keep on arguing for them because I think they're the right thing for the country to do. ....if there are ideas that the Republicans have that I have confidence will make things better for ordinary Americans, the fact that the Republicans suggesting it as opposed to a Democrat, that will be irrelevant to me....we're going to take whatever lawful actions that I can take...I've shown a lot of patience and have tried to work on a bipartisan basis as much as possible, and I'm going to keep on doing so. But in the meantime, let's figure out what we can do lawfully through executive actions to improve the functioning of the existing system."

The president doesn't get it. His policies were rejected. We the People don't want anymore "I" the "president." He clearly said that if the Republican leadership does not go along with him, he will issue executive orders to advance his agenda because he's the guy who is elected by "everybody." In an October 17, 2013 White House statement regarding the budget shutdown, the "president" said, "You don't like a particular policy or a particular president? Then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election." We did, but to him, it makes no difference. Ephesians 5:6 says, "Let no man deceive you with vain words." Indeed, his words are empty, but only if we hold accountable those whom we elected.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson

In Honor of our Veterans

In Honor of our Veterans:

The Story of Christy Gardner

When Christy Gardner was injured as a military police officer, she was told she would never run again, never be able to live on her own, never play sports. After overcoming extraordinary physical, mental and emotional obstacles, and with the help of a very special dog named Moxie, Christy now lives a full life - working to finish her college degree and playing hockey for the United States ParaOlympic team. Christy's inspiring story challenges us to push the boundaries of what we're capable of and truly reach our full potential. Produced in partnership with Disabled American Veterans.

Learn more about Christy's life by going here.

The American Minute

The American Minute:

November 11, 1918
"Our VETERANS are sponsoring a movement to INCREASE our AWARENESS of GOD." - Dwight Eisenhower

The 11th hour of the 11TH DAY OF THE 11TH MONTH of 1918, World War I ended.

Though the Armistice was signed at 5:00 AM, fighting continued till 11:00 AM, killing nearly 11,000 more men.

In 1921, President Warren Harding had the remains of an unknown soldier killed in France buried in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery.

Inscribed on the Tomb are the words:

"Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God."

Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 to honor all U.S. Veterans.

In 1958, President Eisenhower placed soldiers in the tomb from WWII and the Korean War.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan placed a soldier from the Vietnam War in the tomb.

On NOVEMBER 11, 1921, President Harding stated:

"On the threshold of eternity, many a soldier, I can well believe, wondered how his ebbing blood would color the stream of human life, flowing on after his sacrifice...

I can sense the prayers of our people. . .

Let me join in that prayer.

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come..."

[To read all of today's American Minute, please go here.]

A Prayer for the G20

A Prayer for the G20

Reflection on the G20 Summit

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

The G20 Leaders' Summit in 2014 will be held on 15 and 16 November in Brisbane, Queensland. The principal meeting venue will be the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, and as many as 4,000 delegates and 3,000 media representatives are expected to attend.

The Leaders' Summit is the most important event in the G20 year. The summit provides a valuable opportunity for leaders to discuss a wide range of global economic issues and to use their collective power to improve people's lives. The summit is informed by the policy discussions held throughout the year. At the end of the summit, leaders release a communiqué which outlines the G20 policy discussions and commitments.

Friday 14 November 2014 will be a public holiday for people who work in the Brisbane local government area. The G20 summit will put the city and its businesses at the centre of world events, providing important opportunities to promote tourism, build international networks and highlight the best of what Brisbane has to offer. More details here of the event.

To read the verses about "peacemaking" that the Lord has quickened to this sister in Australia, please go here.

Note: these verses are an excellent guide to intercession over the G20 Summit, to begin on this Friday, Nov. 14th.
Submitted by:

Lilian Schmid

The Good News Corner

The Good News Corner:

North Korea Releases Missionary Kenneth Bae - He's Back Home on US Soil! Calls His Release an "Amazing Blessing"

(Seattle, WA) - We don't get much good news from North Korea, a country I once visited for the UPI Radio Network in Washington, DC. [So] when Kenneth Bae finally arrived back in the United States, he did something that didn't surprise me on bit.

Bae said that he "still has a tremendous heart for North Korea" and "bears no ill will" toward the closed country that locked him up in a labor camp for two years, his sister said Sunday.

He also thanked the many people who had prayed for him.

According to a story on the NBC website by M. Alex Johnson and Miguel Almaguer, "The Pyongyang government unexpectedly freed Bae, 46, and [another prisoner] Matthew Todd Miller, 25, on Saturday morning after a top-secret mission undertaken by James Clapper, President Barack Obama's director of national intelligence.

"Miller didn't speak to the media, and Bae made brief only remarks upon his arrival home in Seattle on Saturday night. But Sunday, Bae's sister, Terri Chung, opened a window onto the family's emotional reunion.

"Bae is in surprisingly good condition after his two-year ordeal, Chung told reporters outside her church, an Evangelical Covenant congregation in Seattle called Quest. Bae doesn't attend [this particular] church, but because of his family connections, it has been active in seeking his release."

The NBC writers said that his sister said that for his first meal home, Bae had pizza, adding that the last thing he wanted was Korean food. Not all of the family could be there in time to greet Bae because of the short notice, so there's "going to be a big celebration for sure" on Thanksgiving, she said.

Chung said her brother told her that the hardest part of his captivity was that "he's a storyteller. . . and he was cut off from that for two years."

Miller and Bae were the last two Americans being held by the regime after Miller was charged with unruly behavior and spent seven months in prison after he reportedly destroyed his visa and sought asylum.

Bae spent two years in prison after he was accused of preaching against and trying to overthrow the secretive government while leading tours in the country.

The NBC story added, "Clapper, who carried a personal letter from Obama on his mission to Pyongyang, didn't meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, said U.S. officials, who stressed that Clapper's sole goal was to retrieve Bae and Miller - not to pursue a diplomatic opening."

Another former prisoner, U.S. journalist Laura Ling, who was freed from a North Korean prison in 2009, said the release of the last captive Americans could help thaw relations that have been frozen for 50 years.

"I hope their release is a signal of a potential opening between our two countries and that despite our stark differences we may find a common humanity," Ling said.

So, I hope we will continue to pray for others around the world who are suffering for their faith like Pakistani Christian mother, Asia Bibi, who is facing the hangman's noose for standing up for Jesus Christ, and Saeed Abedini, who is serving an eight year sentence in Iran for doing the same. For with our prayers for Kenneth Bae being answered, we need now to pray even more fervently for these, and other Christians, languishing in prisons around the world, that they too will be freed and can join their families.

Source: Breaking Christian News

Signs and Wonders

Signs and Wonders

Part One: Fireball lit up Texas sky, NASA says

What burns five times brighter than a full moon and flies through the air with its tail sticking out behind it? Many Texas residents reported seeing a meteor streaming across the Saturday night sky.

They were right, but scientists are still investigating the details, said Dr. Bill Cooke, lead for NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office.

"This was definitely what we call a fireball, which by definition is a meteor brighter than the planet Venus," he told reporters in a conference call Sunday.

"This event was so bright that it was picked up on a NASA meteor camera in the mountains of New Mexico over 500 miles away, which makes it extremely unusual," he said. "This was a very bright event." (CNN) Read more

Signs and Wonders

Part Two: Dramatic Attempt to Land on a Comet Coming Wednesday

Where no probe has gone before: bid to land on comet

European scientists will this week make the first attempt to land a probe on the surface of a comet, the climax of a decade-long project to unlock some of the secrets of the universe.

Spacecraft Rosetta caught up with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in August. Now the team at the European Space Agency will decide whether to give the final go-ahead to release a lander from the craft.

Comets - celestial bodies of dust, ice and complex molecules - are remnants of the birth of our 4.6 billion-year-old solar system.

The probe's mission is to gather samples from the comet to analyse the development of Earth and other planets. (Irish Independent) Read more.

Note: this attempt will be televised on the NASA channel on Wednesday.

"And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near."
(Luke 21:25-28)

Remembering Veteran's Day


This beautiful hymn is well-known to those who live on or by the sea; and particularly those who serve on ships or lifeboats. A tribute to those who served and died at sea, including Emmanuel Leonard, my late great-uncle from Plymouth, Devon, and of the Royal Navy.

Today's Birthdays

Today's Birthdays on the Hill

"I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." (I Timothy 2:1-4)

Today's Birthday Greetings go to:

Sen. Barbara Boxer (CA)

Rep. Corrine Brown (FL)

Rep. Tim Huelskamp (KS)

(Source: Bible Pathways Ministries. www.biblepathway.org)

Our Weekly Bible Study

Our Weekly Bible Study:

by Susan L. Turner

Week of Sunday, November 9 - Saturday, November 15

> > > To read the "One Year Bible" weekly letter, go here.

> > > To read the Shabbat Torah readings, go here.