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Friday, March 13, 2015
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The Daily Brief
1. Passover Blood Moon Preceded by Exceedingly Rare Solar Eclipse Prompts Global Call to Prayer - Charisma News
There will be a total eclipse of the sun for two minutes over the North Pole on Friday, March 20, the day of the Spring Equinox which coincides with the beginning of the Hebrew month of Nissan, the first month in the biblical calendar year, a solar occurrence that has likely never happened before in human history. "The concurrence and rarity of this natural event, together with the times in which we live, indicates the finger of God." (Read more)
SEE ALSO: "A complete guide to the March 20th Solar Eclipse, including map of path." Go here.
- Father, we see Your signs in the heavens, and all creation groaning and travailing, as we await Your return to earth. We know that March 20th is also the mid-day of the Shemitah year, and the head of the new Hebrew month. So much seems to be coinciding on this notable day, as if even the sun and the moon are crying for all to awaken and repent. Prepare the way of the Lord. We do pray that this will be a "wake-up" call to all, and with it will come repentance, and revival, ushering in Your last days of this old earth. May we be diligent to be ready and for us to bring as many into Your kingdom, as we are able. In Your Name we pray, Amen.
- "Even on My servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord." (Acts 2:18-20)
2. Kerry Calls for US War Powers to Fight IS - VOA
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Congress Wednesday to approve President Barack Obama's war powers request for the authority to use military force against Islamic State militants. "We simply cannot allow this collection of murderers and thugs to achieve its ambitions," Kerry told members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, noting that Islamic State had captured large portions of land in Iraq and Syria, threatening "the death or submission of all who oppose them. (Read more)
- Abba, this is a dilemma, for us to help the nations fight ISIS, when our own military has been decimated by this administration. Where will the funds, and the manpower materialize for such a mission? Lord, we know that we must respond with force, and we pray that we will somehow do so, and with great wisdom, and strategies, from You. We ask that You will give Your wisdom to all who oppose this evil, and that You will annihilate those who wish to destroy Your people, and we pray this in the name of our precious Messiah, Yeshua, Amen.
- "I will send my terror ahead of you and throw into confusion every nation you encounter. I will make all your enemies turn their backs and run." (Exodus 23:27)
3. Tom Cotton: The Most Powerful Man in Washington
Cotton rounded up forty-six other Republican senators in Washington to sign a letter to Iran. That letter announced that no deal between President Obama and Iran would ever make it through the United States Senate. The constitution requires a two-thirds vote for any treaty to be ratified. (Read more)
- Lord, we thank You for these 47 Senators in Washington, who have signed a letter to Iran to assure them that no deal between them and Obama would ever make it through the Senate. We pray that they would take the letter seriously and drop the pursuit of a "deal". We thank You again for sending Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week to warn against such a deal. We pray that You will strengthen our two party system, so that the people will be well represented we pray, Amen.
-"Two people will not walk together unless they have agreed to do so." (Amos 3:3)
4. Major nations hold talks on ending UN sanctions on Iran, officials say - VOA
Major world powers have begun talks about a...resolution to lift UN sanctions on Iran if a nuclear agreement is struck with Tehran... The talks between Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States - the five permanent members of the Security Council - plus Germany and Iran, are taking place ahead of difficult negotiations that resume next week over constricting Iran's nuclear ability. (Read more)
- Father, we see how the whole world is seeking to involve itself in Iran and their nuclear ambitions, as well as UN sanctions. Here we see 7 nations all entangling themselves with these knotty issues. We pray that Your wisdom will prevail. Show each of them how to guarantee their own safety from these weapons, we pray. You know the evil in man's heart and his devices, so we look to You for Your protection, Your grace, and Your mercy. In Your Name we pray, Amen.
- "The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations." (Psalm 33:10,11)
5. 'Potential instruments of terrorism' could be slipping into US on rail shipments - Fox News
Weapons of mass destruction and "potential instruments of terrorism" could be at risk of entering the country through cargo rail shipments, according to a new watchdog report. The scathing inspector general investigation claims Customs and Border Protection agents working at ports of entry aren't properly screening rail cargo coming in from Mexico and Canada. In turn, CBP cannot say for sure whether they made the right move in releasing various "high-risk" shipments into the U.S. ADVERTISEMENT CBP policy requires port inspectors to use "large-scale non-intrusive inspection equipment" to scan shipments that its automated system flags as high risk. This process is supposed to let inspectors screen cargo for everything from drugs to weapons to other contraband. The policy also requires that ports use radiation detection equipment when inspecting high-risk rail shipments. (Read more)
- Abba, when we see reports like this that would terrify us, we thank You that we can turn unto You, the author and the finisher of our faith, for help in time of need. We thank You that it is written that You have not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. We ask Your grace to fall upon those in authority who can find these ISIS weapons on these trains, and secure them for our safety. Thank You, Lord, for hearing our prayer, in Jesus' name, amen and amen.
- "The Lord has not given us the Spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." (2 Timothy 1:7)
6. Moscow mystery: Questions persist about Putin's whereabouts - Fox News
The more his people seek to assure the public that Vladimir Putin is just fine, the more speculation swirls that something - a love child, terminal illness or some exotic Kremlin intrigue - is up with the Russian president
Rumors about Putin range from speculation he is sick or even dead to whispers he is about to become a father. Normally in the public eye on a daily basis, Putin has not been seen since March 5, and has canceled several engagements. (Read more)
- Father we pray in the spirit over this report, in Your name, amen and amen.
- "In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God." (Romans 8:28)
7. US military official warns of increase in Russian bomber flights, most 'since the Cold War' - Fox News
A top U.S. military official said Russian heavy bombers flew more "out-of-area patrols" last year than in any year "since the Cold War," as he warned Congress about Moscow's increasing "assertiveness" and military advances.
Adm. William Gortney, head of U.S. Northern Command, delivered the warning in written testimony Thursday to the Senate Armed Services Committee. And he said over time, Moscow's aggression could pose "increased risk" to the ability to defend North America against Russian threats. (Read more)
- Lord God, we continue to be alarmed by the increase in Russia's military activities, and we turn our hearts to You, Abba, to please intervene in this matter. Lord God, no one wants to see another world war. By Your grace and by Your mercy, we ask that You stay the hand of those who have the power to launch missiles and other weapons, that they be refrained from doing so. We ask this in Jesus' name, amen and amen.
- "Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you." (Jer. 32:17)
8. Did Obama Go for a Non-Binding Deal With Iran to Dodge Senate? State Dep't Won't Say - CNSNews.com
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki declined to answer directly Thursday when asked whether the administration was pursuing a "non-binding" nuclear agreement with Iran in order to sidestep the U.S. Senate advise and consent requirement that would apply in the case of a treaty. She tussled briefly with a reporter over the matter, as he pressed her for an answer and she insisted she had already given one. Secretary of State John Kerry raised eyebrows when he told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week that the P5+1 - the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany - were negotiating a non-binding agreement with Iran over its nuclear program, prompting some critics to wonder what the point would be of a deal that Iran could simply abandon. Kerry also told the panel that Congress would have no authority to amend the deal being negotiated by a late-March deadline, which would be an agreement "between leaders," and not a treaty.
- Lord God, here we go again. This administration continues to do anything in its power to circumvent the law of the land -- our U.S. Constitution -- by using sly "plays on words" to bend the rules and forge ahead with their own agenda. God Almighty, we decree a CEASE ORDER to this devious way of governing, and we ask that Your angels would stay the hand of the wicked as You seek to bring them back on track. We pray this in the name of Jesus, amen and amen.
- "In a dream, in a vision of the night,
when deep sleep falls on people
as they slumber in their beds,
he may speak in their ears
and terrify them with warnings,
to turn them from wrongdoing
and keep them from pride,
to preserve them from the pit,
their lives from perishing by the sword." (Job 33:15-18 NIV)
9. DOJ Invokes Separation-of-Powers As It Seeks to Unblock Obama's Executive Amnesty - CNSNews.com
The Justice Department, in an "emergency motion" filed on Thursday, asked a federal appeals court to suspend a lower court's injunction "interfering with immigration enforcement."
The injunction, imposed last month by a U.S. District Court in Texas at the behest of 26 states, "offends basic separation-of-powers and federalism principles and impinges on core Executive functions," DOJ argued.
"The lower court's order is unprecedented and wrong," said the Justice Department's request for an emergency stay, filed with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday.
"The Constitution does not entitle States to intrude into the uniquely federal domain of immigration enforcement. Yet the district court has taken the extraordinary step of allowing a State to override the United States' exercise of its enforcement discretion in the immigration laws." (Read more)
- Lord God, as above, we see the Department of Justice also "playing games" with the language of the Constitution, simply to enforce the president's "executive action" on immigration reform. We see, too, that this president in many ways is following in the footsteps of Adolph Hitler, whose "enabling orders" allowed him to do as he pleased without consulting the Bundestag. A tyrant is tyrant, and he must be stopped. Thank You, Lord, for hearing our prayer, in Jesus' name, amen and amen.
- "Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a helpless people." (Proverbs 28:15)
10. Rev. Graham: 'We're Losing Our Country . . .The Foundations of This Country Are Collapsing' - CNSNews.com
In an interview about persecution of Christians in the Middle East and restrictions on religious freedom in the United States, evangelical preacher Franklin Graham said America faces radically different issues than those that confronted his father, Billy Graham, and stressed that "we're losing our country," that "the foundations of this country are collapsing and falling apart." (Read more)
- Lord God, we continue to thank You for raising up Rev. Franklin Graham to serve as a voice of truth in this lost generation. Abba, we ask that Your angels would hover over him and his household continually, that he be shielded from an enemy that would surely seek to silence his voice. Thank You, Lord, for hearing our prayer, in Jesus name, amen and amen.
- "The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous." (Proverbs 15:29)
The Middle East in Focus
"Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the LORD, who has compassion on you." (Isaiah 54:10)
1. Netanyahu warns of 'real danger' he won't be re-elected -Times of Israel
With his Likud party trailing in the polls ahead of Tuesday's elections, Benjamin Netanyahu acknowledged Thursday that "there's a real danger" he would be ousted as prime minister.
If his Likud party "can't close the gap in the polls in the next few days," he told Channel 2 news, "there's certainly a danger that Tzipi Livni and [Isaac] Herzog will be prime minister," he added - referring to the two leaders of the merged Zionist Union opposition. Still, he said, he didn't regret calling the elections, "because the [previous] government couldn't function any more."
Acknowledging that "I didn't do enough" to bring down housing prices, a key election issue, Netanyahu said he was certain, however, that most of the "national camp" and "most of the public" want to keep him in office.
2. Kerry to meet Palestinian leader, Jordan king in Egypt - Times of Israel
US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan's King Abdullah II on the sidelines of economic talks in Egypt on Friday, US officials said.
The talks are likely to focus on the economic crisis facing the Palestinian Authority (PA) and could be a four-way meeting which would also include Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, a State Department official said.
3. Public Warned: Don't Believe the Polls -Times of Israel
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu launched a media blitz Thursday, granting interviews to Israeli television channels as well as other news sources, in a last-minute attempt to shore up support ahead of Tuesday's national elections.
Netanyahu cited polls that show Likud's main rival, Labor under Yitzhak Herzog, leads over Likud by several MKs. While most of the public wants a right wing government, he said - if Labor defeats Likud, the president could task it with creating the next government with the support of the Arab MKs.
However, News1 editor Yoav Yitzhak warned readers that the polls are not necessarily accurate.
"Guys, don't believe the polls," he wrote. "Some of them are purposely slanted. Yedioth Aharonoth refrained from publishing a poll last weekend whose results indicated that Likud is gaining strength."
4. Netanyahu responds to criticism, says 'security cannot be founded on delusions'- JNS
(JNS.org) As Israel's March 17 election approaches, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to the recent wave of criticism directed at him by Meir Dagan, the former head of the Mossad spy agency. In an interview with Israel Hayom published Thursday, Netanyahu said Israel's security "cannot be founded on delusions."
5. From annexation to right of return: What the parties say about the Palestinians - Times of Israel
Zionist Union has a plan. Yisrael Beytenu has a plan. Jewish Home has a plan. Meretz has a plan. Even the centrist Yesh Atid has a plan. But the Likud party, which has ruled Israel for more than half a decade, has no clear-cut program on how to deal with the Palestinian question.
On foreign policy, the various parties that make up Israel's political landscape are by and large on the same page: the Iranian nuclear threat must be averted and ties with the United States and the European Union strengthened. And wouldn't it be great to reverse Israel's international isolation and rein in efforts to boycott it?
When it comes to the Palestinians, however, the parties likely to make up the 20th Knesset differ sharply in their world views and platforms, although the peace process, or rather lack thereof, has not been a dominant theme of the campaign season.
6. IDF Expects Major Terror Attack from Sinai - Israel National News
The IDF is preparing for possible multi-pronged terror attacks from the Sinai, a senior officer has told reporters.
The Deputy Commander of the IDF's Border Division, Col. Arik Hen, said Thursday that the IDF is making preparations for scenarios that include infiltration from the sea, infiltration with vehicles rigged with explosives, deployment of human bombs, missile fire and coordinated simultaneous attacks.
In a tour with military affairs reporters, Hen said that the threat from Sinai grew since the Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Makdis organization declared allegiance to Islamic State, or ISIS.
7. Gas drillers kill Palestinian $1.2 billion Leviathan gas deal over regulator's decree - Jerusalem Online
The mess created by Israeli government regulators on the local gas market is starting to take its toll on the major players in the field.
Delek Drilling, Avner, and Ratio announced on Wednesday the cancellation of the agreement for the sale of gas to the Palestinian Authority (PPGC - Palestine Power Generation Company).
The agreement was for the sale of up to 4.75 billion cubic meters of natural gas over about 20 years, for an estimated $1.2 billion, 60 percent of which was supposed to go to the state.
8. Watch: Illegal EU Structure Demolished in Jerusalem Israel National News
Jerusalem police finally cracking down on illegal EU and Arab building Tuesday, demolishing structure built unlawfully near Mt. Scopus.
Early Tuesday morning, Israeli police demolished an illegally built structure a few hundred meters away from the Hebrew University campus on Mount Scopus which bore a European Union (EU) flag, according to rights group Regavim.
The structure was situated on state land which is zoned as a national park, it is one of five hundred built by the European Union on state land in and around Jerusalem,without any coordination with the Israeli authorities. (Read more)
> > > Note: on yesterday's edition of the Brief, we posted another article from Ynet News that apparently was not completely true. We are grateful to be able to bring you up-to-date tonight on the full facts of this important development. Thank you.
9. Weekly Report from Intercessors for Israel
To read this report, please go here.
10. Israel News Update and Prayer Focus - Bridges for Peace
To read this prayer alert, please go here.
11. The eyes of the world are on Jerusalem - Arutz Sheva
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu visited the Border Police headquarters in Jerusalem Wednesday, and met with the Border Police officers who were wounded in last Friday's terrorist attack and the officers and security guards were involved in neutralizing the terrorist.
Israel Police Commissioner Insp.-Gen. Yohanan Danino, Jerusalem District Police Commander Moshe Edri, Jerusalem Border Police Commander Amos Yaakov and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat also attended the meeting.
"I came here today to note the activity of the security forces on duty in Jerusalem, and to commend the fighters who, in recent weeks, have - time and again - foiled attempts to perpetrate terrorist attacks in our capital city," he said. "In the end, the test is upon the person himself, the same police officers and the security guard who, at the decisive moment, simply did the work."
"The eyes of the entire world are on Jerusalem, our capital city," he continued. "There are those who are trying to undermine it. There are those who are trying to ignite a religious war here. The sensitivity, wisdom and responsibility of the commanders, soldiers, security personnel and citizens is critical in order to maintain security in the city and prevent the same conflagration that extremist Islam is igniting throughout the Middle East." (Read more)
The Jerusalem Connection says: Though Netanyahu spoke truth to power, with strength and eloquence, in his speech to Congress, and the world, however, like Churchill, it may be ignored. If it is, it will be to the peril of both the United States and Israel. Israel has its elections on the 17th and at this point the polls show Netanyahu behind. The possible alternatives to him would be a disaster, but that is what Obama is attempting to manipulate. Pray that God will remove the obstacles to Netanyahu's re-election.
"Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither- whatever they do prospers. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction." (Psalm 1)
The Daily Jot
Though darkness is upon us, be encouraged
These are tough times and they seem to be getting worse. Many people are wondering what God would have them do. I will say that nothing worth attaining comes without the temptation of despair in some form. When you are on the verge of walking into your calling, of doing what the Lord wants you to do, there will be satan's temptation that you are not worthy, whispering in your ear "what if" or "this will befall you." This kind of temptation can paralyze and prevent if you give in to it. Remember 2 Timothy 1:7, "For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." We are, as Paul writes in Ephesians 6 to open our mouths boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel. Yes you can!
The Lord has formed your most inward parts and wove you in your mother's womb and as Psalm 139:14, says, "I will praise you; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are they works; and that my soul knoweth right well." You are called by the Lord right where you are. As in 1 Corinthians 7:23-24, "You are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. Brethren, let every man, wherin he is called, therein abide with God." Yes, do what you do unto God for He is the author and finisher of your faith. So what you do, do unto him and you will find joy in it. So many people put so much time into "finding" their "calling" that they are paralyzed in "doing." There, once again is that temptation of despair.
At one point in my life, nothing seemed to be going well. There wasn't much work. It seemed that my wheels were spinning, but I wasn't going anywhere. My wife gave me this verse in Proverbs 18:16, "A man's gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men." At that point, things were so bad that I wasn't sure what the Lord really wanted me to do. But I did have a God-given gift as said in James 1:17, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." Mine is a gift of communication, specifically, writing. Out of that The Daily Jot was birthed. But there was much more to come.
I also have been blessed with a gift for coaching--whether sports or business or personal concerns. Bring the gift of writing and of coaching together and it is even more powerful. These are not only things that some would say I am good at, they are things I also love to do. For God knows you better than anyone and he knows what you love to do. But there is this little two letter word "do." Praying is your first step to doing, but prayers are often not complete until you act. As James wrote in 1:25, "But whoso looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed." Look around you. There is a lot to be done. And be encouraged for God hasn't left you without the tools, the gifts, to do it. Take charge of your life in service to the Lord!
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Iran Declares Victory
Iran Declares Victory
When Barack Obama ran for president in 2007, he stunned some observers by saying that he would talk with America's enemies without preconditions. In 2007 the New York Times wrote this:
"Senator Barack Obama says he would 'engage in aggressive personal diplomacy' with Iran if elected president and would offer economic inducements and a possible promise not to seek 'regime change' if Iran stopped meddling in Iraq and cooperated on terrorism and nuclear issues."
Critics of Obama's approach said he was being naive and that he would give undue credibility and legitimacy to the world's worst actors. His critics were right. Six years into his administration, there is no measure by which Obama's "aggressive personal diplomacy" can be considered a success.
Iran is clearly not cooperating on nuclear issues. But Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif recently declared that no matter how the negotiations turn out, Iran has won. Zarif said:
"We are the winner whether the negotiations yield results or not. The capital we have obtained over the years is dignity and self-esteem, a capital that cannot be retaken."
Iran has won far more than just self-esteem. It has won territory too. Iran never "stopped meddling in Iraq" and now controls much of the country. (Gary Bauer)
The New Persian Empire
The New Persian Empire
Ali Younesi, a former intelligence minister and key adviser to President Rouhani (a supposed moderate), said this week: "Iran today has become an empire like it used to be . . . and its capital now is Baghdad." Younesi continued, "All of the Middle East is Iranian."
If you're skeptical about the Iranian rhetoric, consider what Dr. Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, a pillar of the elite foreign policy establishment, said yesterday on MSNBC:
"What we have to understand is that Baghdad and the south [of Iraq] are now part of Greater Iran. . . . Iraq is over. Rest in peace. . . . What you're looking at is an Iraq that is an extension of Iran. . . . They've made that border [the Iraq/Iran border] irrelevant."
Even the liberal Washington Post is alarmed by Obama's failed Middle East policy. In its lead editorial today, the paper warns, "Any nuclear deal should not result in Washington turning a blind eye to Tehran's activities." The editors continue:
"According to news accounts, Mr. Obama has dispatched four private letters to the Iranian supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The most recent one, in October, assured the ayatollah that the United States would not attack Iranian forces or those of its Syrian ally in operations against the Islamic State. . .
"Publicly, Mr. Obama said in an interview in December that he hoped a nuclear deal 'would serve as the basis for us trying to improve relations over time'; if Iran agreed to the accord, he added, it could become 'a very successful regional power.'"
When did it become the goal of U.S. foreign policy to make the Islamic Republic of Iran -- whose leader refers to America as "the great Satan" -- a "very successful regional power"? Who voted for that? Is any member of Congress on board with this? (Gary Bauer)
Lessons From Oklahoma
Lessons From Oklahoma
There is legitimate disgust and outrage at the news of University of Oklahoma fraternity members chanting racist remarks, including the n-word. The president of the university took immediate action -- suspending the fraternity and expelling two students.
The n-word should be a relic of the past. Not just for stupid white boys, but also for hip hop artists and gangster rappers who put out hundreds of songs a year that repeatedly drop the n-bomb and refer to women with disgusting and dehumanizing names. These "artists" make millions doing this, as do the corporations that produce their music.
Marc Morial, president of the Urban League, said this morning on MSNBC, "It's not right when a black singer says it, it's not right when a drunk redneck says it." Morial added that he has worked for years to "retire the word, eliminate the word from our vocabulary." My hat goes off to him.
I only wish more civil rights leaders would join him in calling out these rap artists for the poisonous attitudes their music spreads among our nation's youth. President Obama should lead the way. (Gary Bauer, Thursday, March 12, 2015))
A Victory for LIFE in West Virginia!
A Victory for LIFE in West Virginia!
One man shouldn't be able to stand in the way of popular legislation -- and thanks to the West Virginia legislature, he won't. Late Friday, Gov. Earl Tomblin (D) may have vetoed a ban on abortions after 20 weeks, but he didn't have the last word. By huge majorities, the state house and senate took the power back, overriding the veto 77-16 and 27-5 (with two-thirds of Democratic leaders voting in favor!).
Thanks to the no-quit attitude of the legislature, unborn children will be spared the excruciating pain of abortion after 20 weeks when most scientists say they suffer most. "Medical science provides substantial compelling evidence that unborn children flinch away from painful stimuli, that their stress hormones increase when they're subjected to anything painful, and that they require anesthesia for fetal surgery," Karen Cross reminded reporters after the victory. (Family Research Council)
A Great Question!
Senator Lankford: What is the difference between freedom of religion and freedom of worship?
On March 11, the Senate State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on protecting religious freedom internationally. Prayer Caucus Co-Chairman Senator James Lankford (OK) asked the witnesses to explain the philosophical difference between freedom of religion and freedom of worship, asking "What is the American value-is this about freedom of religion, or freedom of worship." You can watch the video clip here.
Congress Holds Hearing on Religious Freedom
House Judiciary Hearing on RFRA, RLUIPA
[RFRA = Religious Freedom Restoration Act]
[RLUIPA = Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act]
On February 13, Rep. Trent Franks (AZ), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, led am oversight hearing on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA).
Passed by a nearly unanimous Congress in 1993 and signed into law by President Clinton, RFRA prohibits the government from substantially burdening the free exercise of religion unless it can demonstrate that the burden is the least restrictive means of furthering a compelling governmental interest. That same standard was extended to laws governing land use and institutionalized persons through RLUIPA in 2000.
"These critical statutes exist today because a broad group of lawmakers, organizations, and Americans from both side of the aisle believed that religious freedom was and is far more vital that that afforded than that afforded by those profoundly flawed Supreme Court decisions," stated Mr. Franks. "Support for religious freedom remains one of the very strongest commitments of the American people."
Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, also gave an opening statement. As an original cosponsor of RFRA, he stated, "Congress made it clear that the federal government must provide religious accommodations in our laws, and any laws passed that infringe upon religious freedom must be subject to the strictest scrutiny in our courts."
The panel of witnesses included Lori Windham, Senior Counsel with The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty; Gregory S. Baylor, Senior Counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom; Nelson Tebbe, Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School; and Craig Parshall Special Counsel with the American Center for Law and Justice.
A complete video of the hearing, as well as copies of submitted written testimony, can be found here.
A Message from the Anzacs
A Message from the Anzacs
Dear Saints of the Most High God, Please know that our Lord has raised the Spiritual Anzacs primarily to fight for and protect Israel. We are to only join a battle apart from that IF He tells us to. We fully intend to continue to be obedient to the commands of our Commander, the Rider on the White Horse, Yeshua HaMashiach
In His Service,
Australian Indigenous Prayer Network
PO Box 27, Mapleton, 4560, QLD. Australia
Ph: +61 7 5478 6765
Ps Warren Lyons
Aotearoa New Zealand
CROSSFIRES TO THE NATIONS
Call to Prayer Ministries International
> > > Thank you, ANZACS!
The Good News Corner
Air Force Reverses Ban on "Have a Blessed Day"
UPDATE: The Air Force has now reversed its ban on the words "Have a Blessed Day." Here's the full statement I just received from Robins AFB:
"We are a professional organization defended by a professional force. Our defenders portray a professional image that represents a base all of Middle Georgia can be proud of. Defenders have been asked to use the standard phrase "Welcome to Team Robins" in their greeting and can add various follow-on greetings as long as they remain courteous and professional. The Air Force takes any expressed concern over religious freedom very seriously. Upon further review and consultation, the Air Force determined use of the phrase "have a blessed day" as a greeting is consistent with Air Force standards and is not in violation of Air Force Instructions." (Breaking Christian News) Read more.
Signs and Wonders
1. Monstrous Category 5 cyclone makes direct hit on tiny Vanuatu
It is still dark in Port Vila, with the full extent of the damage yet to be seen. However, early reports suggest there has been extensive damage from the storm's powerful winds and high waves. The storm is moving on to pummel other, less populated parts of Vanuatu, such as Erromango and Tanna. (Mashable.com) Read more.
2. Strong eruption of Turrialba prompts evacuations, causes flight disruptions, Costa Rica
A new strong eruption of Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano started around 16:50 UTC on March 12, 2015. Volcanic material reached some 500 meters above the summit. This is the second major eruption of this volcano in the last five years. (The Watchers) Read more.
- Lord God, tonight we lift up prayers for the safekeeping of the citizens of Costa Rica and of Vanuatu, as they each flee from the path of these natural disasters. We ask that their needs for food and shelter be met by Your Hand, until this storm passes through, and this volcano settles down. We ask this in Your name, amen and amen.
- "My God shall supply all your needs, according to His riches in glory through Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:19)
Today's Birthday on the Hill
Today we wish a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to:
Rep. Alan Grayson (FL)
Sen. John Hoeven (ND)
God bless you!
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