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The Daily Brief:
"Praying for All in Authority"
Thursday, May 14, 2015
"This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him." (I John 5:14,15)
A Rainbow Over the Supreme Court
This photo of the front of the Supreme Court was taken the night before the hearings on gay marriage:
Monday, April 27, at sunset. Please remain with us in prayer over the pending decision on traditional marriage until the verdict has been rendered.
" . . . from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. . . What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder." (Mark 10: 6,9)
Thank You, Lord, for watching over this Court. In Jesus' name, amen.
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. PA's Electricity Grid to be Connected to Jordan - Israel National News
The electricity grid in the Palestinian Authority-assigned areas of Judea and Samaria will be connected to Jordan, the head of the Palestinian Authority's (PA) Power and Natural Resources Authority said Wednesday.
The Ma'an news agency reported that the move is part of an initiative to interconnect power usage in the Arab world.
According to the head of the PA body, Omar Kittanah, electricity grids in Jericho have already been connected to those in Jordan as part of the Eight Country Interconnection Project, which includes Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, and the PA, and is expected to be completed over the next three years.
The most recent project phase, submitted by the Palestinian Power and Natural Resources Authority and approved by Palestinian cabinet ministers Tuesday, will seek to build a high tension line feeding Jordan with enough capacity to power all of Judea and Samaria in the coming few years.
2. Questions Remain Regarding Ministerial Portfolios for Likud - Israel National News
Hours before Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's new government is to be sworn in, questions remain about the ministerial portfolios that will be given to members of the Likud party.
On Wednesday night, Netanyahu began marathon meetings with members of his party in which he listened to their requests, but so far only the status of Yisrael Katz has been settled.
Netanyahu announced before midnight that Katz will continue in his role as Transportation Minister, and will also take on the Intelligence Ministry and will be a member of the ministerial political-security cabinet.
Netanyahu wished Katz continued success in his work in improving roads and railways across the country while simultaneously filling the role of Intelligence Minister in the face of the many challenges facing the Israeli political-security arena.
Meanwhile, uncertainty remains among other Likud members regarding what their role will be. Netanyahu is expected to have particular difficulties finding a suitable role for Gilad Erdan, who ranked second in the party's pre-election primaries.
Erdan is expecting a senior portfolio, but the Defense Ministry is expected to remain in the hands of Moshe Ya'alon, the Finance Ministry will go to Kulanu chairman Moshe Kahlon, and Netanyahu has already announced he will retain the Foreign Ministry for himself.
3. Israel 'Disappointed' as Vatican Recognizes State of Palestine - NBC News
The Vatican has officially recognized the state of Palestine in a new treaty, immediately sparking Israeli ire and accusations that the move hurt peace prospects.
The treaty, which was finalized Wednesday but still has to be signed, makes clear that the Holy See has switched its diplomatic relations from the Palestine Liberation Organization to the state of Palestine.
The Vatican had welcomed the decision by the U.N. General Assembly in 2012 to recognize a Palestinian state. But the treaty is the first legal document negotiated between the Holy See and the Palestinian state and constitutes an official diplomatic recognition.
"Yes, it's a recognition that the state exists," said the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi.
4. Lebanon turns to UNIFIL to end air, sea, land 'border violations' by Israel - Jerusalem Post
In a meeting chaired by the head of mission and force commander of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon, Maj.- Gen. Luciano Portolano, and attended by senior officers from the Lebanese and Israeli armies, Israel's neighbor demanded a halt to "Israeli violations" of its sovereignty.
"The Lebanese delegation presented [a list of] Israeli violations by air, ground and sea, demanding they halt immediately," the Lebanese army said in a statement, according to the Beirut-based Daily Star.
"The Lebanese delegation] stressed the need to resolve incidents in the field, even if they are simple, in order to prevent them from developing and causing larger incidents," the statement said.
5. Top Khamenei Advisor: We Have Divine Permission to Destroy Israel - Algemeiner
An official close to Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei asserted that his government has a godly ordained right to annihilate Israel, Al Arabiya reported on Tuesday.
The "government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has divine permission to destroy Israel," said Mojtaba Zolnour, a Khamenei representative in the elite Revolutionary Guards.
According to semi-official state news agency Fars, Zolnour said that, "the Noble Koran permits the Islamic Republic of Iran to destroy Israel." He added that, "Even if Iran gives up its nuclear program, it will not weaken this country's determination to destroy Israel."
6. Hezbollah hiding 100,000 missiles that can hit north, army says -Times of Israel
The Lebanese group Hezbollah has built up a massive arsenal of rockets and other advanced weapons in Shi'ite villages of southern Lebanon, a senior Israeli intelligence official said Wednesday, warning civilians would be at risk if war breaks out.
According to the official, Hezbollah has an estimated 100,000 short-range rockets capable of striking northern Israel, several thousand missiles that can reach Tel Aviv and central Israel and hundreds more that can strike the entire country.
Most of the weapons have been transferred to Lebanon through war-torn Syria, coming from Hezbollah's key allies, the Syrian government and Iran, he said.
The Daily Brief
1. Authorities recover eighth victim in Amtrak train crash near Philadelphia - Fox News; ABC News
Authorities in Philadelphia said Thursday that an eighth victim was recovered from the Amtrak train that crashed when it reached a sharp turn in the residential area of Port Richmond while reportedly traveling at speeds up to 106 miles an hour. [Name yet to be released as of this posting.]
Among the dead were award-winning AP video software architect Jim Gaines, a father of two; Justin Zemser, a Naval Academy midshipman from New York City; Abid Gilani, a senior vice president in Wells Fargo's commercial real estate division in New York; and Rachel Jacobs, who was commuting home to New York from her new job as CEO of the Philadelphia educational software startup ApprenNet. Late Wednesday, a fifth victim was identified as Derrick Griffith, 42, dean of students at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn.
In addition, ABC News is reporting that Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter says all passengers and crew have now been accounted for in Tuesday's derailed Amtrak train accident. An eighth fatality has also been confirmed. 43 remain hospitalized. (Read more)
- We continue to ask the Lord to comfort those who mourn today . . . eight families who have now lost loved ones in this tragedy; and we ask for healing for all who remain hospitalized. Come, Lord Jesus . . . comfort Your people. We ask this in Jesus' name, amen and amen.
- " . . . mourn with those who mourn." (Romans 12:15)
2. Engineer of Derailed Amtrak Train Can't Remember Crash Details - ABC News
Brandon Bostian, the engineer driving the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia Tuesday night, has no recollection of the crash itself, his attorney told ABC News.
The attorney for Bostian, 32, a Queens, New York, resident, confirmed his identity to ABC News, and added that Bostian voluntarily turned over a blood sample and his cell phone and is cooperating with authorities.
He said that Bostian was "very distraught" to learn of the loss of life in the crash, but cannot remember details from the moment of the crash and has "no explanation" for what happened. Bostian only remembers driving the train to the crash area generally, then later getting tossed around, coming to, finding his bag and his cell phone, and dialing 911, his attorney said. (Read more)
- Father, you alone know what was happening with this man just prior to the accident that cause the train to be going at twice the normal speed. It is common for amnesia to occur with head injuries, but those injuries occurred after the train hit high speeds. Let truth be known, Lord!
-"These are things you shall do; speak each man the truth to his neighbor; give judgment in your gates for truth, justice, and peace" (Zechariah 8:17)
3. Britain to announce new laws on Islamic extremism - Yahoo News
British Prime Minister David Cameron was to announce new laws to combat "poisonous Islamist ideology" Wednesday in his first major policy announcement since winning last week's general election.
His centre-right Conservative government is to include a new law to "defeat extremism" in its legislative programme which will be announced to parliament by Queen Elizabeth II on May 27.
- Father, we thank You that Britain will begin an attempt to stop Islamists from their bloody ways. Lord, grant Mr. Cameron and his cabinet wisdom- to allow freedoms and at the same time destroy the Islamist threat.
-"Break the arm of the wicked and the evil man; seek out his wickedness until You find none." (Psalm 10:15)
4. U.S. State Dept. Invites Muslim Leaders, Denies Christians - Gatestone Institute
The Iraqi Christian nun, Sister Diana Momeka (left), this month received a visa to visit the U.S. as part of a delegation of foreign religious leaders. The State Dept. had originally denied her visa request, only allowing in non-Christian delegates. Last year, the United States Institute for Peace invited to the U.S. the Muslim governors of Nigeria's northern states, but the sole Christian governor, Plateau State Gov. Jonah David Jang was denied a visa. (Read more)
- Lord, this administration's open hostility toward Christians is becoming more and more obvious. We ask for truth to be revealed in a way that the American people can see it.
-"I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry" (Psalm 40:1)
5. Assad Still Has Chemical Arms - Wall Street Journal
President Obama has often boasted that his diplomacy disarmed Syria's Bashar Assad of his chemical weapons. Mark that down as another non-achievement following news that investigators in Syria have discovered new traces of the chemical precursors to sarin and VX nerve agents at a previously undisclosed military research site. (Read more)
- Father, as usual, our Government does not act wisely toward our enemies. What they say and what they are really doing are always two different things.
-"For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing" (Ecclesiastes12:14a)
6. Senate Strikes Deal to Pass Fast Track Trade Deal- Politico
Senate leaders have reached a deal to move forward with fast-track trade legislation, a centerpiece of President Barack Obama's economic agenda. The agreement calls for separate votes on several Democratic priorities, including a bill to help U.S. workers affected by expanded trade. The deal follows 24 hours of furious negotiating after the trade package failed in the Senate on Tuesday.
- Father, even after yesterday's vote to NOT fast track this trade deal, now Congress has once again skated past the vote. Lord, we call for Your power to be revealed in this situation.
- by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness by which they lie in wait to deceive" (Ephesians 4:14b)
7. House passes bill to end bulk collection of US phone records - Fox News
The House voted by a wide margin Wednesday to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' phone records and replace it with a system to search the data held by telephone companies on a case-by-case basis.
The 338-to-88 vote set the stage for a Senate showdown just weeks before the Patriot Act provisions authorizing the program are due to expire.
-Thank You, Father for this piece of legislation. We ask that You guide it through the Senate without blockages or problems.
-"The crooked places shall be made straight, and the rough places smooth." (Isaiah 40:4b)
8. Obama call to change 'how the media reports' raises concerns- Fox News
President Obama is taking heat for calling for changes in "how the media reports," during an anti-poverty event where he also took a swipe at Fox News.
At the Georgetown University discussion on Tuesday, Obama lamented how, sometimes, the poor are cast as "sponges" who don't want to work.
"I have to say that if you watch Fox News on a regular basis, it is a constant menu -- they will find folks who make me mad," Obama said. "I don't know where they find them. They're like, I don't want to work, I just want a free Obama phone or whatever. ... And very rarely do you hear an interview of a waitress -- which is much more typical -- who's raising a couple of kids and is doing everything right but still can't pay the bills."
- Father, the rhetoric in Obama's speech is deeply concerning, as he calls for a change in the way "media reports." We pray against any plan to regulate or dictate to the press on what to say.
-"He who digs a pit will fall into it" (Ecclesiastes 10:8a)
9. Insurance exchange sets deadlines in preparation of ending services - InsuranceNEwsNet
The Hawaii Health Connector has prepared a contingency plan to shut down operations by Sept. 30 after lawmakers failed to pass legislation to keep the state's troubled Obamacare insurance exchange afloat.
"Now that it is clear that the state will not provide sufficient support for the Hawaii Health Connector's operations through fiscal year 2016 (ending June 30, 2016), the Connector can no longer operate in a manner that would cause it to incur additional debts or other obligations for which it is unable to pay," Connector officials said in a report released Friday to the nonprofit's board of directors.
- Lord, Obamacare has been a disaster from the beginning. With states like Hawaii no longer able to keep it afloat, now even more taxpayer money will be spent. Father, we cry out to You for help with the weight of this debt.
-"When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increases; but the righteous will see their fall." (Proverbs 29:16)
10. Vatican recognises 'state of Palestine' in new treaty - ABC News
The Vatican has officially recognised a Palestinian state in a new treaty. The treaty, which was finalised on Wednesday but still has to be signed, makes clear that the Holy See has switched its diplomatic relations from the Palestinian Liberation Organisation to the "state of Palestine". (Read more)
- Father, this news is disconcerting. We pray Your mighty mercy and heart change for this Pope. Reveal to him what he has done by this act.
- "I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you" (Gen.12:3a)
The Daily Jot (One)
Thursday, May 14, 2015
"president" says Christ is cynical about poverty
Georgetown University hosted a panel discussion about poverty on May 12. The "president" was there, making his case for why government programs and taxation of corporations fulfills the mission of Christ and the Church by taking care of the poor. He used the platform for both promoting a communistic viewpoint on social economic engineering, and for lecturing Christians about conforming to his twisted and misguided viewpoint of the Holy Scriptures. The "president" went so far as to imply that Jesus Christ was cynical about the poor and that ending poverty was a defining issue "to capture the essence of who we are as Christians" rather than a "nice to have" issue like same sex marriage or abortion.
In his opening remarks, the "president" took a swipe at Christ, saying: "And I think it's important when it comes to dealing with issues of poverty for us to guard against cynicism, and not buy the idea that the poor will always be with us and there's nothing we can do -- because there's a lot we can do. The question is do we have the political will, the communal will to do something about it." He was referring to references of Christ in Matthew 26:11, Mark 14:6 and John 12:8, saying "For you have the poor always with you; but me you have not always." The "president" is saying that we have to guard against cynicism and then refers to what Christ said about the poor. Hence, he is saying Jesus is cynical about the poor.
Communists have often used the Bible to justify collective social economics. The "president" did so at Georgetown by posing the question of whether Americans have the "communal will" to do something about poverty. He said that a job was the best solution to poverty, yet he belittled political conservatives believing the free market, not government, creates jobs. He did not mention that under his Administration there are a record number of people not in the job force because they have given up on finding a job. This underscores the problem: government cannot solve the problem of poverty. Historically, communism has caused poverty to increase. Capitalism has created more wealth and jobs than any system.
Notwithstanding, communists the world over, although they deplore and reject all religion, are quick to hijack the heartstrings of the church to control the pursestrings of society. Government acting as the benefactor to the poor does not work because it is compulsory. People who work are forced to pay taxes to support those who do not work. In Christianity, people willingly and freely give to the poor as a matter of the heart. As Deuteronomy 15:11 says, "For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command you, saying, you shall open your hand wide unto your brother, to your poor, and to your needy, in your land." In this, there is blessing because it is acting from the abundance of the heart upon the command of God, not a government mandate with an ungodly agenda.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
The Daily Jot (Two)
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
The prophetic decline of Christianity in America
We don't need a poll to show us the decline in Christianity in America. Just turn on the television. What would have been considered soft porn a decade ago permeates commercials and prime time TV. Public school systems aren't debating allowing same sex restrooms, they are doing it. The idea of same sex marriage hardly whispered 15 years ago is now supported by several mainline churches. Sacrificing the unborn on the altar of personal convenience, American babies are being aborted by the millions. The local-state-federal government is successfully removing God from the public square. So when Pew Research says Christianity in America has declined to 70.8% of the population, no surprise here.
Since 2007, the US Christian population declined 7.8 percentage points, or about 10%. Meanwhile the largest increase in religious affiliation was noticed in Muslims, experiencing a 50% growth rate and becoming nearly 1% of the population. The outflow away from Christianity since 2007 essentially was matched by an increase in atheism, agnosticism or nothing at all. Pew writes: "While the drop in Christian affiliation is particularly pronounced among young adults, it is occurring among Americans of all ages. The same trends are seen among whites, blacks and Latinos; among both college graduates and adults with only a high school education; and among women as well as men."
The research indicates that the median age of those becoming unaffiliated with Christianity is dropping each year. We are losing the young folk. This research is a condemnation of the job the church is doing. The Great Commission as given by Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:19-20 says, "Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen." Jesus didn't tell us to go out and make disciples of manmade doctrines of emotionalism, self-indulgence and extra-biblical precepts.
The church has in general moved away from teaching and holding accountable to sound doctrine. It is not in the business of making disciples of Christ, but rather of other strange things. The Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 4:3-4, "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they draw to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto myths." And it is true. Paul's solution is found in verse 2: "Preach the word; be diligent in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine." This comes by knowing the word, holding to Christ's standard. That's how the church grows.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Our Grandmothers' Songs
Songs Our Grandmothers Sang:
REDEEMED, HOW I LOVE TO PROCLAIM IT!
"Those He redeemed from the hand of the foe, those He gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south." (Psalm 107:2)
Redeemed-how I love to proclaim it!
Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed through His infinite mercy,
His child, and forever, I am.
Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
His child, and forever, I am.
Redeemed and so happy in Jesus,
No language my rapture can tell;
I know that the light of His presence
With me doth continually dwell.
I think of my blessed Redeemer,
I think of Him all the day long;
I sing, for I cannot be silent;
His love is the theme of my song.
I know I shall see in His beauty
The King in whose way I delight;
Who lovingly guardeth my footsteps,
And giveth me songs in the night.
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About the Author:
Words: Fanny Crosby, 1882
Music: William J. Kirkpatrick
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"My God, In Him I Will Trust"
Psalm 91 in song.
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Two Daily Conference Calls
TO PRAY IN THE NIGHT:
Please note that the national prayer call continues every night with different leaders from different intercession ministries each night.
These prayer calls will be held nightly at 9PM EST. Please join us by calling 1-857-232-0156; access 377054. Please sign on 15 minutes early so we can be ready to pray at 9PM.
This call sponsored by Breaker of Dawn has been going on since Sept 9, 2014 and every night it is a Psalm 133 call with different ministries joining together and most every night there are intercessors that represent our entire nation.
For details, go here.
TO PRAY IN THE DAY:
A second conference call is now available daily (except on Sundays) at 11:30 a.m. EST. Sponsored by the Salt and Light Council, the focus of the daily "Repentance and Reformation" calls is to pray for all in authority.
You are cordially invited to join these calls by dialing 712-432-1699/ Access code 338083#
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> > > Day and night, in these perilous times, let's join forces on these calls to cry out unto God for His mercy to be shown to America and to Israel. Thank you!