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The Daily Brief:
"Praying for All in Authority"
Thursday, May 12, 2016
"For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways," says the Lord.
"For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:8-9)
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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. French PM: UNESCO vote on Jerusalem was 'unfortunate, clumsy' - Times of Israel
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Wednesday said a UNESCO resolution on the Temple Mount that ignores any Jewish connection to Jerusalem was "clumsy" and "unfortunate" and should have been avoided. France was among the 33 countries that backed the resolution in the 58-member body.
The Paris-based UN cultural body adopted the resolution on April 16, sparking outrage in Israel and among Jewish organizations which decried its total disregard of a historic Jewish connection to the holiest site in Judaism. The resolution refers to the Temple Mount area solely by the Muslim terms Al-Aqsa Mosque and Al-Haram Al Sharif, except for two references to the Western Wall Plaza that were put in parentheses. (Read more)
2. Netanyahu heckled at memorial for being too soft on terrorists - Times of Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was heckled at a terror victims' memorial on Wednesday by an Israeli stabbed in 2000, whose brother was badly hurt in an ax attack in February.
The prime minister was poised to address the bereaved relatives of the victims at Jerusalem's Mount Herzl military cemetery on Memorial Day when he was interrupted by Rahamim Cohen, who accused the premier of being too soft on terrorists. (Read more)
3. Israel said to reprimand envoy over Turkey reconciliation comments - Times of Israel
Israel has reportedly reprimanded its consul-general to Turkey for a series of comments made in the press regarding the ongoing efforts towards reconciliation between Ankara and Jerusalem.
The negotiations should be able to weather a political upheaval in Ankara and are drawing ever closer to reaching an agreement, Shai Cohen predicted to reporters on Monday.
An official in Jerusalem said that Cohen was not involved in the negotiations and was not authorized to speak about them, according to Israel Radio. (Read more)
4. Hamas: PA guilty of 'crimes against Gaza' - Israel National News
Hamas leader Mohammed Abu Askar called to prosecute Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas and PA "Prime Minister" Rami Hamdallah Monday, for "crimes against Gaza."
In a speech at an event for the Hamas women's movement in front of the Erez crossing, Abu Askar accused the PA of tightening the important and export restrictions against Gaza and preventing gas supplies for the Gaza power plant from being delivered - which Hamas claims has indirectly caused the death of dozens of Palestinian Arabs under its reign. (Read more)
5. Syrian army battles jihadists near Palmyra - Israel National News
Syrian regime forces on Wednesday battled jihadists who cut a key supply route west of ancient Palmyra, after new bombardments hit Aleppo city where a ceasefire was due to expire at midnight.
The latest fighting comes as world powers prepare to meet in Vienna next week to try to revive peace talks aimed at ending a five-year conflict that has killed more than 270,000 people.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, said the Islamic State (ISIS) group on Tuesday cut the main road from Homs city to Palmyra just weeks after the army recaptured the city, a UNESCO world heritage site.
6. Israel Observes Memorial Day in Honor of Fallen Soldiers and Terror Victims - United with Israel
There is hardly an Israeli who has not lost a close relative or friend in Israel's wars or in a terror attack, and hundreds of thousands traditionally attend memorial events at military ceremonies.
Sirens were heard throughout the country in the evening at 8 pm. Citizens stand for two minutes of silence in memory of the thousands of soldiers and victims of terror who died protecting the Jewish state.
Shops, restaurants and places of entertainment are closed. Radio and television programming are geared to the observance of Yom Hazikaron. (Read more)
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The Daily Brief
1. 'We could have been there': Squadron member speaks out on stalled Benghazi response - Fox News
His squadron got the alert: a "real world mission was going down." The team - at Aviano Air Base in northeastern Italy - raced to the field and was briefed, as planes were armed and prepared to launch. Hundreds of miles away, fellow Americans were under attack in Benghazi.
"There were people everywhere," said the witness, who was on the ground that night but wished to remain anonymous. "That flight line was full of people, and we were all ready to go" to Benghazi.
Only they were waiting for the order. It never came. (Read more)
- Father, we ask Your mighty protection over this man who came forward. We've known for 4 years that help could have arrived, but this confirms it. The death of Americans lies squarely at the feet of the government. We ask for justice in Jesus' Name, Amen.
- "For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him." (Isaiah 30:18c)
2. The Citadel will not allow an exception to the uniform to let a Muslim student wear her hijab - Washington Post
The Citadel will not allow a Muslim student to wear a hijab, an exception she had requested to the required uniform to keep her head covered, in keeping with her faith.
The family of the accepted student is now considering "all legal options," according to an advocate authorized to speak for them.
The uniform is traditional, and central to the ideals of the nearly 175-year-old public military college in South Carolina, so the fact that it was considering an exception to it for an accepted student set off shock waves among alumni. (Read more)
- Lord, we thank You for this decision, and pray against any legal action that might be brought against this school. The agenda is to get rid of American Military regulations in favor of a false religion. We ask for Your protection for the college, in Jesus' Name, Amen.
- "There is no wisdom or understanding or counsel against the Lord." (Proverbs 21:30)
3. The Latest: Brazil Cabinet dismissed - AP
Just hours after the Senate vote that suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, her entire Cabinet was dismissed. The G1 internet portal of the Globo television network says notice of the dismissal of the 27 ministers has appeared in Thursday's edition of the government gazette. Those sacked include former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Rousseff's predecessor and mentor, whom she named as her chief of staff in March.
The dismissals appear to open the way for Rousseff's Vice President Michel Temer to swear in his own Cabinet as early as Thursday. Temer has suggested he'll slash the number of Cabinet posts to 22. (Read more)
- Lord, we pray for Brazil in the midst of this upheaval. May Your hand be seen, and Your power be known for the people of this largest country in South America. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
- "A man is not established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous cannot be moved." (Proverbs 12:3)
4. Germany: 80 Muslim Refugees Convert to Christianity and are Baptized - Christian Headlines
Over 80 Muslim refugees from Iran and Afghanistan have converted to Christianity and been baptized in Hamburg, Germany, according to ChristianToday.com.
Albert Babajan, the pastor who conducted the mass baptism, said that the converts were dissatisfied with Islam and were looking for something more. "The motive for the change of faith is the same for many: they are disappointed with Islam." (Read more)
- Hallelujah, Father! Thank You for saving these souls! We aak for Your protection against backlash, and that You will surround them with committed Christians who will walk with the new converts.
-"Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other Name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)
5. Trump, Ryan meet on Capitol Hill - CNN
Donald Trump arrived Thursday to meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan and top Republican officials as the GOP looks to piece itself together after a fractious primary.
The highly anticipated meeting at Republican National Committee headquarters between the party's presumptive nominee for president and its past nominee for vice president marks a watershed moment in Donald Trump's evolution from Republican agitator to standard-bearer. The outcome will start to answer the question of whether the GOP heads into the fall as a party divided or united. (Read more)
- Lord, we pray for You to temper the rhetoric that has been floating around in the GOP. We pray for unity, for mercy, and for You to bring sanity to this campaign. In Jesus' Name, Amen
- "Therefore, putting away lying, each one speak truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. Be angry and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil." (Ephesians 4:25,26)
6. US defense shield goes live in Europe, Russia condemns the move - DW.com
Although, Washington insists that its European missile shield is not meant to counter Russia, Moscow seems to be unconvinced by the assurance.
"From the very beginning of this whole story, we have said that according to our experts' opinion, we are convinced that the deployment of the missile defense system is truly a threat to Russia's security," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in Moscow.
A US missile defense interception station in southern Romania became operational on Thursday. It will become part of a larger NATO missile shield to defend the alliance's member states against possible ballistic attacks.
"Today the United States and Romania make history in delivering this system to the NATO alliance," said Mark Ferguson, the US commander in Europe and Africa, at an inauguration ceremony alongside NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg at Deveselu, south of the Romanian capital Bucharest. (Read more)
- Father, we thank You that You have given us the technology to create these defense shields. We ask for Your wisdom as this line of defense is then released for the protection of other nations. We ask this in Your name, Amen.
- "The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding." (Proverbs 4:7)
7. Obama's Hands-Off Syria Policy is All About Iran - Newsweek
Ben Rhodes, President Barack Obama's deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, is the subject of David Samuels's piece in The New York Times headlined "The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama's Foreign Policy Guru."
If Jeffrey Goldberg's March story in The Atlantic on the "Obama doctrine" was not a sufficient foreign policy Rosetta Stone to decode an administration absolutely without precedent, the Samuels piece supplies the missing hieroglyphs.
The Oval Office, it seems, circumvented the "American foreign policy establishment" ("the Blob") to pursue a nuclear deal with Iran that "would create the space for America to disentangle itself from its established system of alliances with countries like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel and Turkey." (Read more)
- Father God, we stand in the gap for the Occupant of the Oval Office, whose wicked ways never cease. Abba Father God, we cry out for His salvation, and we ask that this devious scheme be found out and judged. We ask this in Your Name, amen and amen.
- ""As for the terror of you, The arrogance of your heart has deceived you, O you who live in the clefts of [n]the rock, Who occupy the height of the hill. Though you make your nest as high as an eagle's, I will bring you down from there," declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 49:16)
> > > Note: This portion of Scripture is a judgment against Edom. The word "Edom" means "red" -- i.e., communism. Amen.
8. Bill to ban Muslim Brotherhood gains support from Democrats - WND
A bill to brand the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization appears to be on a fast track on Capitol Hill, clearing important committees and gaining new backers each day - including now even Democrats. The legislation is expected to pass a floor vote later this year, possibly teeing it up for a President Donald Trump to sign into law next year. (Read more)
- Father, we offer you a great chorus of PRAISE today that this bill is now moving through Congress. We ask for it to be passed in both houses and then to be signed into law by the president. We ask this in Your name, amen.
- "I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips." (Psalm 34:1)
9. FBI's Comey: I feel 'pressure' to quickly finish Clinton email probe - POLITICO
"We want to do it well and we want to do it promptly. I feel pressure to do both of those things," Comey told reporters during a roundtable at FBI headquarters. "As between the two things, we will always choose 'well.'" Comey indicated he's not taking into account political events, including the upcoming conventions or the fall election. "I don't tether to any external deadline," the FBI chief said. (Read more)
- Father, thank You for the wisdom You have given to the FBI Director, that he would move only in Your timing in the critical matters that are now before Him. We ask for his protection, in Your name, amen.
- Please claim Psalm 91 for James Comey.
10. Abortion study: 25% of pregnancies terminated, estimates suggest - BBC
One in four pregnancies ends in an abortion each year, global estimates from the World Health Organization and Guttmacher Institute suggest. The report in the Lancet said 56m induced abortions take place annually - higher than previously thought. Researchers acknowledge rates have improved in many rich countries but warn this masks no change in poorer areas over the past 15 years. (Read more)
- O Lord, forgive them . . . in Your name.
- "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing." (Luke 23:34)
The Daily Jot
Thursday, May 12, 2016
False spirituality and prophetic reality
There are so many emails, stories, blogs, broadcasts, podcasts, tweets and whatever else espousing conspiracy theories about why you have no need to vote, and why a certain candidate is unworthy or worthy. When it all comes down to it, you have to discern, and discern wisely, about your civic responsibility. All the noise is there to confuse you. It is part of an overall demonic scheme to take you to a point where you cannot make a decision to even save yourself or your families. Christians seem very vulnerable to this phenomena of what the Communists call "ideological subversion" as indicated by a recent ChristianHeadlines.com story citing polls that indicate 20% of Christians will not vote in the upcoming election.
Christians sitting on the sidelines gave America another four years of the current occupant of the Oval Office. The results have been long-term devastating with debt, joblessness, war, rebellion, invasion, religious discrimination, a crack down on free speech and so on. That's what we get for sitting on the sidelines waxing spiritual. We have been given life here on earth to live. The Lord has given us HOPE of how our lives on earth will be rewarded in spending eternity with Him or going to hell. It's what is in our hearts and how we live our life out here on earth that will matter. A well-balanced life practicing the Golden Rule is one of living life abundantly rather than being paralyzed by bad doctrine and wrong thinking.
There is a great parable told by Jesus about the kingdom of heaven. Jesus began by saying in Matthew 35:14, "For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one..." Now the men who had the five and the two talents doubled their value. The man with one talent buried it so it wouldn't be lost. The men who invested and gained were told, "you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of the Lord." The one that buried the talent had it taken away and was called "wicked and slothful."
You may not like the choices you have in the upcoming election. But Christians choosing to exercise their spiritual pride rather than their right to vote is akin to hiding their talent. In March, a Pew Research Center survey indicated "that 70 percent of American Muslims identify with the Democratic Party." The New York Times reported that while Muslims make up only about 1 percent of the US population, Islamic civil rights groups are working to register a million new voters. The focus is on small, but powerful, voting blocs to tilt close elections in swing states such as Ohio and Florida that have large Muslim populations. While many Christians stubbornly will not vote to at least begin to turn our country around, you can bet Muslims will be voting to turn the nation toward Islam. That, my friend, is a spiritual and prophetic reality.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Trump Meets Ryan
Ryan, Trump set for showdown
Don't expect a joint press conference or photo op after Donald Trump and Paul Ryan's eagerly anticipated summit on Thursday.
Ryan is showing no signs that he's prepared to swiftly endorse Trump when they emerge from their huddle at Republican National Committee (RNC) headquarters on Thursday morning.
Instead, the first formal sit-down between the presumptive GOP presidential nominee and the Speaker of the House represents more of an opening bid in the relationship between a Manhattan billionaire one step from the presidency and congressional leaders trying to protect their House and Senate majorities - not to mention the GOP brand. (The Hill)
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The Persecuted Church
Religious Officials Take Notice of Buddhist Intrusion on Christian Lands in Burma
Religious officials in Myanmar have condemned the actions of an influential Buddhist monk and his followers who are erecting Buddhist pagodas on the grounds of churches and mosques in eastern Myanmar's Karen State.
Monk Myaing Kyee Ngu, also known as U Thuzana, has been building pagodas-also called stupas-near Christian churches and mosques in eastern Myanmar's Karen state in an act of defiance to supposedly reclaim ancient Buddhist lands.
Ven Abiyabiwuntha, abbot of the Myawaddy Monastery in Mandalay, told RFA's Myanmar Service that the government-appointed body of high-ranking Buddhist monks that oversees and regulates the Buddhist clergy in Myanmar has so far failed to stop Myaing Kyee Ngu's activities.
"The State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee must take action against him, but I haven't heard that it has done anything to him," he said.
Songs Our Grandmothers Sang:
TO GOD BE THE GLORY
"God and our Father: To Whom be glory for ever." (Galatians 1:4-5)
To God be the glory, great things He has done; So loved He the world that He gave us His Son, Who yielded His life an atonement for sin, And opened the life gate that all may go in.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He has done.
O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood, To every believer the promise of God; The vilest offender who truly believes, That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.
Great things He has taught us, great things He has done, And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son; But purer, and higher, and greater will be Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see.
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Signs and Wonders
LOW LATITUDE AURORAS
On May 8th, the strongest geomagnetic storm of 2016 erupted when Earth entered a region of space filled with negative polarity magnetic fields. During the G3-class event, Northern Lights spilled across the Canadian border into the United States, descending to latitudes where auroras are rare indeed. Terrence Cook photographed the colorful glow of the storm from Kansas.
"After witnessing two tornadoes near Wray, Colorado, I continued driving east towards Colby, Kansas, when I noticed the aurora dancing over lightning to the north!" says Cook. "I stopped at Castle Rock for a photo shoot."
The auroras were barely visible to the naked eye, but they were an easy target for Cook's camera when he opened the shuttler for a long exposure.
Even further south, Brian Emfinger photographed the red rays of the geomagnetic storm from Arkansas: image. These are sometimes called "deep sky auroras" because they require photo settings akin to those used for faint objects like galaxies and nebulas.
Challenge to low-latitude astrophotographers: The next time there's a strong geomagnetic storm, open your shutters. The results may surprise you. (SpaceWeather.com) Read more here.
"There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea." (Luke 21:25)
The Good News Corner
China Frees Pastor Imprisoned for Speaking Out against Demolition of Crosses
The pastor of a state-run church in China's coastal Zhejiang province was released at noon today after an eight-month detention.
Authorities took Zhang Chongzhu, the pastor of Pyongyang Three-Self Patriotic Movement Church into custody on Sept. 8, 2015, after he spent most of the year resisting a government-backed cross demolition campaign and charged him with "stealing, spying, buying, or illegally providing state secrets or intelligence to entities outside China."
China Aid will continue to update this case as more information becomes available.
China Aid reports on cases such as that of Zhang Chongzhu in order to expose abuses and promote religious freedom and rule of law in China. (China Aid) Read more.
Election 2016: Prayer Resources
Election 2016: Prayer Resources
"Choose some wise, understanding and respected men from each of your tribes, and I will set them over you." (Deuteronomy 1:13)
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