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The Daily Brief:
"Praying for All in Authority"
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

"I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day;
the night is coming when no one can work."
(John 9:4)

Today's Worship:

Lauren Daigle - "I Am Yours"

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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. 21 hurt in bombing on Jerusalem bus -YNET News

Twenty-one people were wounded when an explosive device blew up on a bus on Monday afternoon, causing it to catch on fire while it was driving on Moshe Baram Road in Jerusalem, in what the defense establishment suspects to be a terror bombing.

The number 12 Egged bus was travelling from the East Talpiot neighborhood (Armon HaNatziv) towards Mount Herzl when an explosion went off on it and it caught fire. As a result of the explosion, a nearby bus and a private vehicle also caught on fire.

Jerusalem District Commander Yoram HaLevy confirmed on Monday evening the explosion was caused by an explosive device placed in the rear part of the bus.
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2. Police: Jerusalem public bus explosion caused by bomb - Jerusalem Post

In an unnerving reminder of the terrorist attacks on buses during the second intifada more than a decade ago, 21 people were injured, two critically, when a bomb exploded on Egged bus number 12 in Jerusalem's Talpiot industrial area Monday afternoon causing a huge blaze.

Remarkably, no deaths were reported following the carnage on Bar-Am Street, where two Egged buses and a third vehicle were reduced to skeletons of charred steel.
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3. World Bank: Palestinian Authority losing $285 million a year due to agreements with Israel - Jerusalem Post

The Paris Protocol has to be amended to halt the annual loss of $285 million to the PA, the World Bank said in a report it issued Sunday in advance of Tuesday's meeting in Brussels of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee.

Separately, the World Bank said, Israel is holding $669m. it collects from Palestinian worked in Israel and their employers that was due to be transferred to a decimated pension fund under the auspices of the Palestinian Authority.

But the PA never created that fund, the World Bank said.

It also called for the revival of the Joint Economic Committee established with the Paris Protocol in 1994, but which last met in 2009.

"If revenue losses are mitigated, this can reduce the 2016 fiscal deficit to below US $1 billion, and narrow the expected financing gap by more than 50 percent," said Steen Lau Jorgensen, World Bank country director for West Bank and Gaza.
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4. PM: UNESCO ignoring historic Jewish ties to Temple Mount - Israel Hayom

UNESCO, the United Nations body responsible for protecting historical and archeological sites throughout the world, has changed its language for the Temple Mount, acquiescing last week to a request by the Palestinian Authority that it refer to the site using the term "Al-Aqsa mosque" only.

This means that the organization has de facto accepted the Palestinian position that denies any connection between Mount Moriah (the Temple Mount) and the Jewish Temples and rejected Israel's position that the Temple Mount is the holiest site for the Jewish people.

The decision was taken at the UNESCO Steering Committee's semiannual conference, which condemned Israel for "aggressive actions at Al-Aqsa mosque." The decision passed in a vote of 33 to six, with 17 abstentions. Countries that supported the decision included Russia, France, Spain, Slovenia, and Sweden.
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5. Netanyahu: Liberman working with Arabs to form leftist gov't - Israel National News

The back and forth between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Yisrael Beytenu chairman MK Avigdor Liberman continued on Sunday night, as the Prime Minister accused Liberman of conspiring with the Arab Joint List party to bring down the government.

"There is someone who presents himself as a rightist, but is working to replace the rightist government with the extreme left - that will not happen," Netanyahu told Likud activists at a toast in honor of the holiday of Passover.

Netanyahu's comments are a reaction to a new bill being promoted by the opposition which would see Prime Ministers limited to two terms.
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The Daily Brief

1. Sixth person reported dead as Houston drenched with more than a foot of rain - Fox News

Investigators said Tuesday they discovered a woman's body inside a car near a Houston-area drainage ditch, marking the sixth death linked to flash flooding that dumped more than a foot of rain on the city and surrounding towns, KPRC reported.

"I regret anyone whose home is flooded again," Houston mayor Sylvester Turner said. "There's nothing I can say that's going to ease your frustration. We certainly can't control the weather."

Flash flooding and a 50 percent chance of more were possible Tuesday, a day after nearly 18 inches fell in 24 hours. The National Weather Service had the area under a flash flood watch through Wednesday morning. (Read more)

- Father, we lift up the citizens of Houston who are coping with this massive storm, and we ask that Your Hand of mercy and of grace would rest upon them all. Comfort those who mourn, we pray, and bring Your strength to those first responders who even now continue to rescue those in danger. Cause these rains to stop, O Lord we pray, amen.

- "Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God." (Isaiah 40:1)

2. Supreme Court appears divided, signaling trouble for Obama on immigration - The Hill

The Supreme Court appeared divided during oral arguments Monday in a crucial case challenging the executive actions on immigration that President Obama took in 2014.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is typically the court's swing voter, seemed to side with Texas and the 25 other states arguing the president overstepped his executive authority in granting deferred deportation to nearly 5 million immigrants.

Kennedy said the justices were being asked to define the limits of discretion, adding that Obama's actions seemed more like a legislative act than an executive one. "It's as if the president is setting the policy and the Congress is executing it," he said. "That's just upside down."

A 4-4 split by the court, which has shown signs of struggling to decide cases with just eight justices, would leave in place a lower court decision blocking Obama's actions. The split outcome would virtually guarantee that Obama's programs wouldn't start until after he leaves office, if at all. (Read more)

- Hallelujah, Lord, for this report! Although we understand that this decision has yet to be finalized, we do praise You for this "sounding" that has now been taken at the Supreme Court. Lord God, we lift up continued prayer for the eight remaining justices on this Court, and we ask that You have Your way among them, in Jesus' name, amen and amen.

- "I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city." (Isaiah 1:26)

3. Supreme Court to Hear Case of Christian-Owned Pharmacy's Refusal to Sell Abortion-Inducing Drugs - Christian

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide today whether to hear a case on a Christian-owned pharmacy and their refusal to stock and sell abortion-inducing drugs. Ralph's Thriftway, owned by the Stormans, petitioned the High Court in January to review the case after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a district court decision.

The Stormans say that a Supreme Court ruling in 1993 protects them. The ruling says that states may not pass laws prohibiting people from engaging (or refusing to engage) in conduct for religious reasons. "If the 9th Circuit decision stands, it will be the first time in America's history that we have forced healthcare providers to participate in taking human life . . . [and] that is groundbreaking,'' said Kristen Waggonner, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) attorney and the Stormans' lead counsel. (Read more)

- Father, we bring this case to Your Supreme Court of Justice. We pray the Justices would hear this case and affirm the right of citizens to engage in activities governed by their conscience, in Jesus Name, Amen.

- "The way of the Lord is a stronghold to the upright, but ruin to the workers of iniquity." (Proverbs 10:29)

4. Congressman Objects To Removal Of Bible From POW Display - Associated Press

"An Ohio congressman said it's unacceptable that a Bible was removed from a POW display at a military base medical center. U.S. Rep. Mike Turner sent a letter Wednesday to the top general at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base objecting to the Bible's removal from a POW/MIA table display in the hospital's dining facility, The Dayton Daily News reported. The Bible was removed last week after the Military Religious Freedom Foundation complained, base spokeswoman Marie Vanover said in an email."

The foundation received more than 30 complaints, 10 of which came from people identifying as Christians, according to Mikey Weinstein, the organization's founder and president.

Turner's letter to Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski said he's concerned that "similar efforts to restrict religious freedom" may be made at other military sites. "It's a very dangerous precedent to have a group that has an issue campaign to effect policy on a government installation merely by complaining," the congressman said. (Read more)

- Father God, we thank You for this action taken by Congressman Mike Turner and we ask that many of his colleagues would rise up and join him to contest this decision at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. We thank You for members of Congress who are doing their job and who, in their own way, also serve as watchmen on the wall. We ask that You would prosper his work and cause this decision to be overturned, in Jesus' name, amen.

- "This is what the Lord says to me: 'Go, post a lookout and have him report what he sees.'" (Isaiah 21:6)

5. Major Sports Associations Speaking out in Favor of LGBT Rights, against Religious Liberty - Christian

A number of professional sports organizations are discriminating against those who stand for their Christian beliefs: specifically, that marriage is between one man and one woman. Genevieve Wood of The Daily Signal cites a number of examples of discrimination from the NFL, NBA, and U.S. Soccer against those who hold conservative views about marriage.

Back in March, the NFL said it may decline to hold future Super Bowl's in Atlanta if Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed a religious liberty bill which would have exempted those with religious convictions from catering to those in the LGBT community. "NFL policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard," said an NFL spokesman.

However, Wood notes, "The Georgia legislation did not take rights away from anyone. As a matter of fact, had Deal not vetoed the bill, the NFL would have been completely free to feature a same-sex wedding on the 50-yard line during a Super Bowl halftime show if they chose to do so." (Read more)

- Heavenly Father, You have created all people to bear Your image, creating them "male and female" and affirming, "it was very good". We pray for all people to embrace the image You have placed inside them, in Jesus Precious Name, Amen.

- "God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." (Genesis 1:27)

6. US, Germany: Golan Heights not part of Israel - JTA

The United States and Germany both criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's declaration that the Golan Heights "will forever remain part of Israeli sovereignty." U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said Monday that the Obama administration does not consider the Golan Heights to be part of Israel, despite Netanyahu's assertion at a Cabinet meeting there Sunday, Haaretz reported. "The U.S. position on the issue is unchanged," Kirby said at a daily media briefing at the State Department in Washington. "This position was maintained by both Democratic and Republican administrations. Those territories are not part of Israel and the status of those territories should be determined through negotiations." Earlier in the day, a spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry said, "It's a basic principle of international law and the UN charter that no state can claim the right to annex another state's territory just like that," according to Haaretz. (Read more)

- Lord God Almighty in Heaven, we cringe at these words. Have mercy, O God, and show our leaders the true boundaries of Israel, according to Your Word, we pray. In the name of Yeshua the Christ, amen.

- "I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will put them on trial for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel, because they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land." (Joel 3:2)

7. Time to Consider the ISIS Internal Security Threat - American Thinker

"External" security -- preventing hijackings or keeping bombers from sneaking into presumably secure facilities -- is not enough to head off a potential disaster. Internal security at airports and nuclear facilities urgently must be improved. Belgium did nothing, even in the light of clear warnings. There is little reason to think the United States is taking better -- and more proactive -- steps to protect American assets.

Internal security measures, especially checking employees when they show up to work at airports and nuclear plants, are urgently in need of improvement. Periodic rechecking of all employees is also highly important; how many times have families said of radicalized members that they had recently become more religious? Recently begun attending religious services?Recently grown a beard or changed their style of dress? Behavior is a moving target; checking once is insufficient.

And much more compartmentalization is needed in terms of employee access, so that an airport or power plant badge is not an "all access" pass -- or passport to infamy. Explosives and weapons checks need consistent implementation at every sensitive location. In addition, coordination between facilities managers and law enforcement and intelligence officials also must be stepped up and clearly focused on potential threats. Airport, subway, power plant and other officials who disregard security warnings should be held criminally liable -- a move that will stimulate management to shoulder the full responsibility of ensuring security. Labor unions need to be brought into the plan. . . (Read more)

- Father God, we ask that those who work inside the Department of Homeland Security would take heed to the suggestions listed in this article, especially in light of the attacks at the airport at Brussels last month. And Lord, until these security procedures can be implemented, we ask for a Psalm 91 protection over our airports, our subways, and our nuclear plants, in Jesus' name, amen.

- "For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways." (Psalm 91:11)

8. EU, Iran pledge deeper ties after high-level EU visit to Tehran -

The European Union said on Saturday it would support Iran's bid to join the World Trade Organization but it urged Tehran to refrain from further ballistic missile tests after the highest-level talks with Iran in more than a decade.

Seeking to capitalize on last year's nuclear deal, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini led a team of seven European commissioners on a one-day trip to Tehran where they agreed to cooperate on everything from banking to energy to transport issues. "It is in the European interest and in the Iranian interest to make sure that banks engage and feel confident to come to Iran and facilitate and support this new economic engagement," Mogherini said at a news conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran.

With a view to opening a full EU diplomatic mission in Iran an EU liaison team will be sent to Tehran, Mogherini and Zarif said in a joint statement. "Today is a new beginning in Iran and EU relations. We hope this cooperation between the Iranian nation and European Union brings about shared interests and global development," Zarif was quoted as saying by the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency. (Read more)

- Almighty God, we see the European Union desiring to bring Iran into the World Trade Organization regardless of human rights abuses, sponsoring terrorism and its ballistic missile program. We pray for wisdom among the European Union members resulting in peace for the region. We also pray for an invasion of Your love towards the Iranian people, that they would be set free by Your Son, Jesus, Amen.

- "Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, And the very ends of the earth as Your possession." (Psalm 2:8)

9. Russia denies wrongdoing after jet barrel-rolls over U.S. aircraft - CNN

A U.S. Air Force reconnaissance plane was barrel-rolled by a Russian jet over the Baltic Sea during a routine flight in international airspace, U.S. European Command said Saturday, but Russia disputed that account.

The incident Thursday occurred when a Russian jet "performed erratic and aggressive maneuvers" as it flew within 50 feet of the U.S. aircraft's wing tip, Danny Hernandez, a spokesman for U.S. European Command, said in a response to a question from CNN.

The Russian Su-27 began the barrel roll from the left side of the U.S. RC-135 and went over the top of it to end on the right side of the aircraft, European Command said.(Read more)

- Father God, we pray for You to de-escalate these tensions between Russia, her neighbors and the United States, in Jesus Name, Amen.

- Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; Take warning, O judges of the earth. Worship the Lord with reverence and rejoice with trembling. (Psalm 2:10-11)

10. Terrorist Explosion Rocks Jerusalem - International Fellowship of Christians and Jews

With Passover only a few days away, terror and hatred have once again erupted against the Jewish people, this time in Jerusalem.

Over twenty people have been injured as a bus exploded earlier today on a busy street in the Holy City. Thankfully, no one has been reported killed, but two are in serious condition and one is in critical care.

I urgently ask you to join me now in praying for God's protection and healing for those harmed by this hateful act, and to pray that no other attacks will follow.

- I urgently ask you to join me now in praying for God's protection and healing for those harmed by this hateful act, and to pray that no other attacks will follow. . . The Bible tells us, "I look to the Lord for help at all times, and he rescues me from danger" (Psalm 25:15). May this be our prayer for all of Israel as they prepare for one of the holiest times of the Jewish year - that they will be sheltered by God, and receive his most precious gift, the gift of shalom, peace.

- Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein

The Daily Jot (Part One)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Crooks of a feather flock together

There is an old saying, "Birds of a feather flock together." It means that people who are alike tend to be drawn to one another. In this day and age, one might be able to modify the saying a bit to: Crooks of a feather flock together. At least that's the way it seems with politicians, and one in particular who wants to be President of the United States. Hillary Clinton has been involved with scandal after scandal since she arrived on the political scene and was removed from the Watergate investigation due to unethical practices. Her shady past includes too many dark shadows to list in this Daily Jot, but the latest is fresh off the presses from Panama. It shows both her hypocrisy and her lack of ethics.

Mossack Fonseca is a law firm that registers offshore companies to evade taxes and launder money. Recently, a leak of its client base through the "Panama Papers" indicated a "who's who" of close friends of Clinton and her philandering husband. McClatchy News reports among them are Gabrielle Flalkoff, finance director for Hillary Clinton's first US Senate campaign; the Chagoury family, which pledged $1 billion in projects to the Clinton Global Initiative; and Chinese billionaire Ng Lap Seng, who was at the center of a Democratic fund-raising scandal when Bill Clinton was president; and late billionaire investor Marc Rich an international fugitive when Bill Clinton pardoned him in the final hours of his presidency.

It will take years to unravel the Friends of Clintons shenanigans to evade taxes, and perhaps even launder money to unscrupulous causes (think Saudi Arabia, Huma Abidin, Muslim Brotherhood, etc.) using offshore accounts and the scandal-ridden Clinton Foundation. But the hypocrisy of Hillary Clinton is further exposed by her rhetoric against offshore accounts to avoid paying taxes. McClatchy reports that at the recent AFL-CIO convention she condemned what she called "outrageous tax havens and loopholes that super-rich people across the world are exploiting...Now, some of this behavior is clearly against the law, and everyone who violates the law anywhere should be held accountable." Accountable, really?

Hillary Clinton is proposing a ONE TRILLION dollar tax increase if she is elected. She goes around the country condemning the rich and their tax avoidance. She collects hundreds of thousands of dollars for her speeches (which is essentially legal money laundering for her campaign). Yet her closest allies, who give her and her husband hundreds of millions of dollars, are suspected money launderers and tax evaders. There is a warning in Proverbs 22:16, saying, "He that oppresses the poor to increase his riches, and he that gives to the rich, shall surely come to want." Clinton and her ilk oppress the poor while saying they support the poor. Those that give her a vote will see fruits of coming to want. She is a destructive person by virtue of her history and body of work.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!

Bill Wilson

The Daily Jot (Part Two)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The truth of politicians and bigots

Last night, I had the unfortunate experience of watching some political ads by two Maryland Democrats running against one another in a primary for US Congress. Each was trying to be the bigger progressive. They were touting gun control, marriage rights, immigrant rights, reproductive rights, income equality rights, and probably a few more rights of which I'm not aware. In each of their commercials, they ended with a reference to Republican Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz being bigots. It's like, "we are proudly progressive (communists) and everyone who disagrees with our position is a bigot, especially those Republicans who are running for President." This is the theme for the 2016 election.

Throughout 20-plus years in politics, I learned that politicians project. They jump out to accuse others of what they, themselves, do. I had a policy in our campaigns that we would not attack an opponent unless the opponent attacked first, and that if we responded in kind, it would be only with facts. In my experience, if an opponent makes an accusation with absolutely no proof or basis, that opponent is usually the one who has done the deed of the accusation. As in Romans 2:1, "...for wherein you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you that judge does the same things." Herein, with the example of the Maryland Democratic candidates for Congress--they are ending their commercials by calling others bigots.

The bullies in the LGBTQ community; the bullies in the climate change community; the bullies in the abortion industry; the bullies in the illegal immigration community; the bullies in the Islamic community; the bullies in the gun control community; the bullies in the income equality community all call those who disagree with them bigots, racists, hate-mongers, and radicals. When, in reality, they are such. They are the ones who cannot allow to live in peace anyone who disagrees with their oft-immoral or anarchist beliefs. It's just like this entire debate on same sex public restrooms. How ludicrous is it that if you disagree with allowing an adult male in a restroom with your minor daughter, you are a sexist bigot? Really?

Yet this is the progression of progressiveness: If you disagree, you will be labeled. They cant debate you on the facts, because the facts are not in their favor. So they resort to name calling and bullying--the very things they accuse you of doing. And this will be the theme of this year's Presidential elections--if you don't vote for a woman, you are a sexist. If you vote for someone who wants to secure the borders, you are a racist bigot. We need to stand firm on the TRUTH. A Psalm of David, Psalm 35:19-20, says, "Let not them that are my enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without cause. For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land." Do not be deceived or discouraged by these bullies who judge you by the content of their own hearts.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!

Bill Wilson

The Persecuted Church

Leader's Wife Suffocates under Weight of Dirt While Trying to Stop Church Demolition in China

(Zhumadian, Henan-April 18, 2016) Two members of a church demolition team in China's central Henan province buried a house church leader and his wife alive on Thursday when they tried to prevent the destruction of their church. Though the church leader managed to escape, the wife had suffocated to death by the time she was freed.

On April 14, a government-backed company dispatched personnel to bulldoze Beitou Church in Zhumadian, Henan province, after a local developer wished to take control of the church's valuable property. Li Jiangong, the person in charge of the church, and his wife, Ding Cuimei, stepped in front of the machinery in an attempt to stop the demolition.
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Classic Hymns

Songs Our Grandmothers Sang:


"Master, I will follow Thee whithersoever Thou goest." (Matthew 8:19)


I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
no turning back, no turning back.

Though none go with me, I still will follow;
though none go with me, I still will follow;
though none go with me, I still will follow;
no turning back, no turning back.

My cross I'll carry, till I see Jesus;
my cross I'll carry, till I see Jesus;
my cross I'll carry, till I see Jesus;
no turning back, no turning back.

The world behind me, the cross before me;
the world behind me, the cross before me;
the world behind me, the cross before me;
no turning back, no turning back.

Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
No turning back, no turning back.


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About the Hymn:

The lyrics are based on the last words of a man in Assam, north-east India, who along with his family decided to follow Jesus Christ in the middle of the 19th century through the efforts of a Welsh missionary. Called to renounce his faith by the village chief, the convert declared, "I have decided to follow Jesus." In response to threats to his family, he continued, "Though no one joins me, still I will follow." His wife was killed, and he was executed while singing, "The cross before me, the world behind me." This display of faith is reported to have led to the conversion of the chief and others in the village.

Signs and Wonders

Seismologist Warns 'Catastrophic Mega Earthquakes' Are Coming

Why is the crust of the Earth shaking so violently all of a sudden? Over the past 48 hours, there have been five major earthquakes globally, and one prominent seismologist has declared that "catastrophic mega earthquakes" could be on the way.

In fact, seismologist Roger Bilham of the University of Colorado has made headlines all over the world by warning that "current conditions might trigger at least four earthquakes greater than 8.0 in magnitude".

If his projections are accurate, our planet could be on the precipice of a wave of natural disasters unlike anything that any of us have ever experienced before. (Read more)

The Good News Corner

This French Atheist Hated God, And Visited Church "As One Visits a Zoo, To See Exotic Animals"-That's When God Blocked His Exit...

Guillaume Bignon grew up in a nominal Catholic family outside Paris, but stopped going to church when he recognized he didn't believe "any of it."

"I hated God and I hated religion," he told CBN. He had succumbed to the "default position" in France that there is no God. "Nobody spends much time thinking about these issues and neither did I. I was pursuing my happiness and pleasure in life."

Bignon excelled in school and graduated from a respected engineering school, securing a position as a computer scientist in finance. On the weekends, he travelled the country playing volleyball as part of a national league.
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Election 2016: Prayer Resources

Election 2016: Prayer Resources

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