Tuesday, August 23, 2016

CHPP Daily Brief: "Praying for All in Authority" Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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The Daily Brief:
"Praying for All in Authority"
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

"Standing Together in the Kingdom of God . . .
Under the Cross of Christ"

"The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him,
In those who hope in His mercy."
(Psalm 147:11)

The Middle East in Focus

1. 3,500-Year-Old Metal Tools, Medieval Grenades Found on Israeli Beach - Breaking Israel News

Many archaeological artifacts, some dating back 3,500 years, were discovered in the sea near an Israeli power plant by an employee over the span of decades. Family members of the employee, the late Marcel Mazliah, have now presented the ancient finds to Israeli officials, who say they were surprised by what they found.

The objects, most of which are decorated, are believed to have fallen overboard from a metal merchant's ship in the Early Islamic period. "The items were apparently manufactured in Syria and brought to Israel," Lester speculated. "They are evidence of the metal trade that had taken place during that period."(Read more)

2. Jeb Bush's Son Visits Israel, Urges Stronger, Closer Ties - Breaking Israel News

George P. Bush, the son of former Florida governor Jeb Bush, expressed strong support for Israel and urged Americans to conduct business with the Jewish State after a three-day unannounced trip to the region with a group of Texas businessmen.

The trip to Israel was his first overseas visit since he took office as Texas Land Commissioner last year. While here, he met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and thanked him for "all he is doing to fight terrorism."

Following the trip, Bush wrote in a post titled "Texas and Israel: 21st Century Strategic and Economic Alliance" that "America has no better ally and no truer friend in the world than Israel." (Read more)

3. IAF strikes Gaza terror targets following rocket fire on Israel - Israel Hayom

The Israeli military hit more than 50 terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, following Palestinian rocket fire at Israel's south.

A senior military official confirmed Monday morning that "this was an unusual attack, but there is no intention to escalate further. We intend to deal with all types of [terrorist] infrastructure in the Gaza Strip."

Other Israeli commanders said the retaliatory strikes marked the greatest blow suffered by Hamas since Operation Protective Edge in 2014. (Read more)

4. 'Turkey should think twice before criticizing military acts of others' - Jerusalem Post

In response to a rebuke issued Monday afternoon by the Turkish government following a military strike on the Gaza Strip, the Foreign Ministry released a stern reply calling the comments "baseless," adding that Turkey had little latitude in criticizing the military actions of other nations.

"The normalization of our relations with Turkey does not mean that we will remain silent in the face of its baseless condemnations," the Foreign Ministry said. (Read more)

5. Israel strikes Syria - Israel National News

The Israeli Air Force struck a military target in Syria in response to mortar fire which landed in the Golan Heights in the north.

IAF jets scrambled into the air when a mortar strayed over from Syria and exploded in the Golan Heights. The fighter jets targeted a Syrian army missile launcher in retaliation, near Quneitra, Syria. (Read more)

6. Cairo: Reports that minister said Israeli policies not terror are distorted - Times of Israel

The Egyptian foreign ministry denied reports that Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry recently said that the killing of Palestinian children by Israel did not amount to terrorism.

Shoukry drew criticism from Gaza's Hamas rulers on Monday after reports surfaced according to which he told a group of high schoolers visiting the foreign ministry's headquarters in Cairo that Israel's policies toward the Palestinians don't amount to "terrorism."

According to reports in several Arab media outlets Monday, Shoukry was asked if Israeli policies amounted to terrorism. (Read more)

7. Palestinian Mufti: All of Jerusalem is Islamic! - Israel Today

The Palestinian Authority-appointed Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein (pictured), declared on Sunday that the entire city belongs to Islam and the Arabs, and must be defended against the Jews.

Speaking on the 47th anniversary of an arson attack against the Al-Aqsa Mosque by an Australian man, Hussein urged all Arabs living in the area to surround Jerusalem's Temple Mount to prevent further visits to the holy site by Jews and other non-Muslims. (Read more)

The Daily Brief

Please note:
Every prayer below is presented to our Lord in the Name of Jesus Christ, amen.

1. State: Nearly 15,000 New Clinton Emails Found in FBI Probe - Newsmax

The FBI has uncovered nearly 15,000 previously undisclosed emailed documents sent directly to or from Hillary Clinton, the State Department said Monday. The shocking admission to almost 50 percent more than the 30,000 work-related documents Clinton's lawyers turned over to the State Department in 2014 was tweeted out by conservative watchdog Judicial Watch. (Read more)

- Father, we thank You for the tenacity of Judicial Watch so that no stone is left unturned in this matter of Mrs. Clinton's emails. Let justice be done we pray, in Your name, amen.

- "But let justice roll down like waters And righteousness like an ever-flowing stream." (Amos 5:24)

2. Judge Rules Alton Nolen Not Competent To Enter Guilty Plea In Moore Beheading Case - News9.com

A judge has ruled that a man, accused of beheading his coworker at Vaughan Foods in Moore, Oklahoma, is not competent to enter a guilty plea in this case. Wednesday morning, the judge declined Alton Nolen's plea until further evaluation. The state mental hospital in Vinita will handle his testing and treatment.

Nolen stands accused of the brutal attack at Vaughan Foods in Moore, where he killed co-worker Colleen Hufford by beheading her and attacked two others. All crimes District Attorney Greg Mashburn says Nolen has pleaded guilty to and requested the death penalty. A Cleveland County judge has already previously reserved ruling on Nolen's guilty plea. The judge requested a competency hearing to help determine if Nolen is mentally ill and understands the implications of his plea.

Kelli Hufford, daughter of Colleen Hufford, released a statement calling Nolen a monster and calling the judge's decision inexcusable. The case has been put on hold until Nolen gets back from Vinita for a post evaluation hearing. That date has not been set. (Read more)

- Father God, we lift up the Hufford family and pray for justice as well as your peace and consolation. We understand any act of violence could be considered "mental illness". We intercede for Alton Nolen, that he would be in his right mind and repentant for this horrific murder.

- " . . . deliver us from evil." (Matthew 6:13)

3. Obama: 'We've Designated New Monuments to . . . Folks Who Stood Up For Equality at Stonewall in New York' - CNSNews.com

President Barack Obama said in his weekly address today that he had set aside "more than 265 million acres of public lands and waters" as national parks and monuments, which is "more than any administration in history."

Among the national monuments he created, Obama said in his weekly address, was "Stonewall." This monument commemorates riots that took place in 1969.

"In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, a riot broke out in response to a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, at the time one of the City's best known LGBT bars. . . The Stonewall Uprising is considered by many to be the catalyst that launched the modern LGBT civil rights movement," the president said. (Read more) (Read more)

- Father, we see the encroachment of the federal government limiting the use of these public lands to purposes they deem more beneficial than ranching, farming and mining. We pray for those impacted to be heard. We also repent, Lord, for the use of public funds to honor those who sin against You.

- "If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin." (1 John 1:6-7)

4. The Sneaky Way Obama Is Hiking Death Taxes - Daily Signal

President Barack Obama isn't afraid to enact his agenda over the will of Congress. At this late stage in his presidency, he's still overreaching his authority to push through an agenda; his most recent overstep being an effort to unilaterally raise the federal estate tax.

Obama has long wanted to raise the death tax, and has included steep increases to the death tax in each of his budgets. But instead of accepting the will of Congress as a check on his power, Obama has chosen to raise the death tax on his own. (Read more)

- Father, we pray for those who would be impacted by these changes - small business owners, farmers and their families. We pray the public would respond against these changes, and that Congress would move quickly to reign in another example of Obama's overreach of his authority, in Your name, amen.

- "Do not take advantage of a widow or an orphan." (Exodus 22:22)

5. Southern Command Warns Sunni Extremists Infiltrating From South - Free Beacon

Sunni extremists are infiltrating the United States with the help of alien smugglers in South America and are crossing U.S. borders with ease, according to a U.S. South Command intelligence report. The Command's J-2 intelligence directorate reported recently in internal channels that "special interest aliens" are working with a known alien smuggling network in Latin America to reach the United States. The smuggling network was not identified. (Read more)

- Father, only You can stay the hands of our enemies. We pray for the protection of our people and an end to this human smuggling.

- "This matter arose because some false believers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves. We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you." (Galatians 2:4-5)

6. Kerry goes 'birther,' thanks Kenya for Obama - WND

During an appearance in Nairobi, Secretary of State John Kerry said he thanked the Kenyan president for giving America "a president of the United States" - a comment alluding to the contested issue of where President Obama was born.

On Monday, Kerry told Kenya's foreign minister he had a conversation with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta concerning the Olympic Games in Rio and President Obama's birthplace. (Read more)

- Lord God, this is one issue that will not go away. Whether Secretary Kerry's comments were made intentionally, or merely as a slip of the tongue, this is one report that bears watching. Lord God, even at this late date in his rule, if Barack Hussein Obama is truly not an American citizen, we ask that the truth be fully revealed and the appropriate measures be taken in response. We ask this in Your name, amen.

- "For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light." (Mark 4:22)

7. More than 100,000 ask for federal help in aftermath of Louisiana floods - Fox News

The floodwaters that killed at least 13 people are slowly falling, giving way to the hard slog of cleaning out, rebuilding, or just finding somewhere to live.

An estimated 60,000 homes have been damaged, but assessments are continuing so the number may change, Mike Steele, spokesman for the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said Saturday afternoon. He said 102,000 people have registered for federal help.

For the first time since the flooding started, state offices will be open Monday in all parishes, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne said Saturday. (Read more)

- Father, as we read these stories, we literally weep for these ones who literally did not see this disaster coming, and who now must rebuild their lives in its aftermath. Lord God, would You please continue to be present with these good people, even as the government and various agencies work to rebuild the infrastructure in the parishes that have been destroyed. Show us Your mercy, O Lord, we pray, in Your name, amen.

- "Show us your mercy, O LORD, and grant us your salvation." (Psalm 85:7)

8. Over 17,000 firefighters battle monster fires in US - Terra Daily

More than 17,000 firefighters struggled Friday to contain dozens of large fires that have burned huge swaths of land and destroyed hundreds of buildings across 10 US states, with parched California especially hard hit.

On Thursday alone, 31 fires burned nearly 400,000 acres (162,000 hectares) in the affected areas, including seven blazes in California and six in Idaho, according to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC).

In California, the Bluecut Fire in the mountains of the Angeles National Forest near Los Angeles has swallowed up 37,000 acres in three days and is just 26 percent contained.

More than 82,500 people are under evacuation warnings, and 34,500 homes are affected in the evacuation zone. (Read more)

- First the floods, O Lord, and now the fires . . . as we have prayed for the victims of the floods, we now ask the same prayer for the tens of thousands of citizens in six Western states that have lost their homes due to these fires. Once again, show us Your mercy, O Lord.

- "Show us your mercy, O LORD, and grant us your salvation." (Psalm 85:7)

9. Germany to tell people to stockpile food and water in case of attacks: FAS - Reuters

For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the German government plans to tell citizens to stockpile food and water in case of an attack or catastrophe, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper reported on Sunday. Germany is currently on high alert after two Islamist attacks and a shooting rampage by a mentally unstable teenager last month. Berlin announced measures earlier this month to spend considerably more on its police and security forces and to create a special unit to counter cyber crime and terrorism. (Read more)

- Thank You, Lord, that the government of Germany is warning their own people to stockpile needed supplies in case of an attack or a castastrophe. We ask that our own government would do the same, in Your name, amen.

- "The prudent sees the evil and hides himself, But the naive go on, and are punished for it." (Proverbs 22:3)

10. New Egyptian plan would expand churches' rights - WND

There is a sentiment of cautious optimism developing among Christians in Egypt, where the construction and repair of church buildings have been severely restricted for centuries. The Barnabas Fund, which works with persecuted Christians worldwide, said that the predominantly Muslim nation's three streams of Christianity - Orthodox, evangelical and Catholic - have agreed on a plan that would allow church repairs and construction.

"According to the bill, there will no longer be a requirement for the president to give personal approval for the construction of a new church building. It will only be necessary to get a license from the local governor. Furthermore, any request for a license must be responded to within a four-month deadline and each densely populated area in Egypt must have its own church," the report said.

The announcement was made, Barnabas Fund said, by Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Magdi al-Agati. It will be discussed at the cabinet level before moving on to parliament, officials said. The existing laws creating onerous burdens for Christians date to 1856 when the Ottoman Empire was in control. At that time Christians had to have the sultan's permission to build churches. (Read more)

- Father, we thank You for this good news, especially the report of the unity between the Orthodox, evangelical and Catholic believers. May those who desire to worship You have new houses of worship to bless and honor You.

- "So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers." (Acts 16:5)

Obama Transgender Policy Overruled

Obama's Transgender Law Halted in Texas; Here's How.

Federal Judge Blocks Obama's Transgender Bathroom/Locker Room Mandate, Just as Some Classes Begin

"This president is attempting to rewrite the laws enacted by the elected representatives of the people, and is threatening to take away federal funding from schools to force them to conform. That cannot be allowed to continue, which is why we took action to protect states and school districts."

With school set to start Monday morning in a number of U.S. states, a Texas federal judge's order has changed a key policy many school districts were grudgingly preparing to enforce.

U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor determined federal officials didn't follow proper procedures in creating the Obama administration's transgender mandate for public schools. In releasing an order to block the mandate throughout the U.S., he added the administration's guidelines contradicted existing statutes and regulatory texts.

U.S. public schools were instructed in May that transgender students must be allowed to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity just days after the Justice Department sued North Carolina over a state law that requires people to use public bathrooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificate. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch likened those policies to racial segregation.
"The information before the Court demonstrates Defendants have 'drawn a line in the sand' in that they have concluded Plaintiffs must abide by the Guidelines, without exception, or they are in breach of their . . . obligations," O'Connor wrote, later adding, "This case presents the difficult issue of balancing the protection of students' rights and that of personal privacy when using school bathrooms, locker rooms, showers, and other intimate facilities, while ensuring that no student is unnecessarily marginalized while attending school. The resolution of this difficult policy issue is not, however, the subject of this order."
The judge's order, which was date-stamped Sunday, was the direct result of a lawsuit filed by Texas and other states that sought to have the mandate repealed. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton applauded the decision.

"This president is attempting to rewrite the laws enacted by the elected representatives of the people, and is threatening to take away federal funding from schools to force them to conform," he said. "That cannot be allowed to continue, which is why we took action to protect states and school districts." (Charisma News) Read more.

- Abba Father God, we REJOICE at this news! We thank You, O Lord, for this breakthrough, for this judge has truly put a halt to the lawlessness of the Obama administration. We thank You, too, that this ruling will protect children in schools not only in the State of Texas, but all across the nation as well.

Father God, we ask that Your Hand of protection would rest upon U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor and his family; and when this ruling is undoubtedly appealed before the Supreme Court, we ask that it be upheld as well. In Your Great Name, we offer this prayer, amen.

- "But the wicked will be cut off from the land And the treacherous will be uprooted from it." (Proverbs 2:22)

Prayer, Bible OK'd in Texas Courts

"Sure Victory for Religious Liberty in Texas" Attorney General Reaffirms Prayer, Scripture Reading in Court

"All three branches of government have a long history of recognizing the role religion plays in society..." -Ken Paxton, Texas AG.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has issued a six-page legal opinion defending the practice of praying and reading Scripture in court.

The Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) challenged the practice after filing a complaint with the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct about Montgomery, Texas Judge Wayne Mack.

Mack is known to open each court session with prayer and he has a volunteer chaplain read Scriptures from the Bible.

The group claimed that court room proceedings were "blatantly unconstitutional" and forced religious ceremony in court.

Paxton contended that it does not violate the Establishment Clause to open a court session with the statement "God save the State of Texas and this Honorable Court" or to open court with a prayer, or have a volunteer chaplain read from the Bible.

"Both the United States Supreme Court and the Texas Supreme Court have longstanding practices of opening their sessions with (the) invocation "God save the United States (or the 'State of Texas) and this Honorable Court," the Attorney General wrote.

"The Court has explained that the recitation of this type of phrase at the opening of court sessions is like legislative prayer in that it is 'part of our heritage and tradition, and part of our expressive idiom,'" the opinion states.

According to the Office of Attorney General website, although the AG's opinion is a non-binding legal opinion it is a "written interpretation of existing law."

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick considers this opinion a major step forward.

"This is a sure victory for religious liberty in Texas," he said. "This opinion goes a long way in providing the necessary clarity to Judge Mack, and judges throughout Texas, of constitutionally appropriate court room prayer and volunteer-led chaplaincy programs. As Lt. Governor, I will continue to fight for religious liberty across the state." (CBN News) Read more.

- Father God, we thank You for this victory for Your Word being honored in the courts in the State of Texas, and we ask that this finding now be released into all the other 49 states in our nation. Come, Lord Jesus, we pray, amen.
- "For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem." (Isaiah 2:3)

The Daily Jot (Part One)

Monday, August 22, 2016

Straight Talk, a sound mind, and politics

It is written in 1 Timothy 2:7, "For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. The Apostle Peter writes in 1 Peter 4:7-8, "But the end of all things is at hand: be therefore sober minded, and watch unto prayer. And above all things have fervent love among yourselves: for love shall cover a multitude of sins." It is not sound-mindedness when Christians question other Christians' Christianity or salvation because they are expressing their political beliefs. This is wrong-mindedness. This political election cycle has viciously divided many of us who should have God's love and affection one for another. Sober-mindedness needs to be employed. We need to have unity.

Because of what I have written in The Daily Jot about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, some claiming to be Christians have called into question my salvation. They say that I cannot be Christian and support a man like Donald Trump. Let's see-Trump has recently gone on record as saying supports the sanctity of life, would appoint pro-life, conservatives to the Supreme Court, work to repeal the rule not allowing pastors of 501C3 churches to speak on politics; he would reverse the policies against Israel; defeat the Islamic State; stop illegal and dangerous immigration; and stand up for Christians being persecuted around the world. He also said he would bring jobs back to the US and reduce taxes.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is ardently pro-abortion and admires Planned Parenthood's racist founder Margaret Sanger. She has committed to appoint "progressive" (meaning communist) pro-abortion justices to the Supreme Court. She believes pastors should not be protected by the First Amendment. She plans a TRILLION-dollar-plus tax increase. She will continue the US policies against Israel and promote non-vetted Islamic immigration into the US. She will continue the globalist economic policies that keep Americans out of work. Her reckless custody of national security secrets and endless trail of scandals speak volumes. Clinton will continue the unsecure and dangerous US border policy.

Which candidate more aligns with the Biblical definition of leadership selection found in Exodus 18:21-able men, respecting God, men of truth, hating covetousness (taking what you have and giving it to themselves or others)? And people want to question another's salvation for supporting Trump? Elections tend to bring out the worst in people because emotions run high. Putting personal offense ahead of common sense is wrong-minded and lacks discernment. Justifying a non-vote or a vote for someone who can't win based on principle, is nothing short of cowardice. Going to both candidates' websites, studying up, choosing the one that more closely matches with Christian beliefs is making an informed decision and exercising sound-mindedness. Respectful discussion demonstrates love.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!

Bill Wilson

The Daily Jot (Part Two)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tough Skin and Christianity

One of the purposes of The Daily Jot is to equip readers with a Biblical perspective on a current event so they are able to use it as encouragement to evangelize. That you are able to see an event from a Biblical lens and speak intelligently with the facts about it to someone is certainly a form of evangelization. Jesus said in Matthew 5:13, "You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men." The Daily Jot provides you with that steady supply of salt so that you can "Let your light so shine before men." This is a rough arena. People get angry. Accuse. Judge. Project. Even threaten.

When I tell you about them, it's to give you an example of what happens when you bring truth to the world. It's an example to prepare you for what you might encounter, even among your own Christian brethren. I want you to know what is out there so that you can have a response. There is a vein of people who absolutely hate Donald Trump. They say they are Christians. I wonder if they are because of what they write to me. They are quick to call names, to imply that I don't have a brain, even to say that I am not saved. If you use The Daily Jot to make your points, you may face the very same accusations. It takes a tough skin to be in the truth business because to some, truth is not always considered fair.

Here are a couple of examples from readers: "It's evident by your words that you are not a Christian sir. That's your choice... Trump goes against everything God says about being godly." "I resent the fact that you think that I am stupid enough to believe that the Donald has pivoted and is now a stable contender for POTUS." "With all due respect sir, do you follow the Sound Doctrine of Jesus Christ? Or do you belong to some worldly religion? It will give me a clue as to why a Christian man would vote for someone that is a joke to this election." See, this is the kind of response one gets when telling it like it is. Now, the vast majority of responses are respectful and encouraging, but there is a pattern with the rest.

The pattern is one of projection. They call into question your Christianity. What does that tell you? They call names like racist or bigot. What does this say about their feelings toward others? Usually when someone accuses you of something totally out of context, they are accusing you of what they are or what they have done. The response needs to be done in respect, in love and in firmness. Holding accountability is a tough job. Being a Christian takes tough skin. Just read how the apostles, watchmen, and prophets were treated. As you speak out on the issues of the day from a Biblical perspective, be an Ephesians 6 person-speak boldly as you ought to speak, and having done all, stand! Be encouraged!

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!

Bill Wilson

More Daily Features

The Persecuted Church


At least 134 incidents of violence against Christians in India were carried out in the first half of 2016 alone, compared with 147 incidents in all of 2014 and 177 in 2015, according to an independent report.

The Evangelical Fellowship of India's Religious Liberty Commission (EFIRLC) notes that cases chronicled from 1st January to 30th June were just a "fraction of the violence on the ground".

Of major cases of violence against Christians across 21 of India's 29 states, the report places Uttar Pradesh as leading the list with 25, followed by Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh with 17 and 15 respectively.
"In Bastar, Chhattisgarh, religious fanatics attacked a church and tried to set a pastor and his pregnant wife on fire after thrashing them at remote Tokapal in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region," the report states. "The pastor and his wife managed to escape after they were beaten up and doused with petrol. The attackers destroyed the electronic equipment at the church, besides thrashing the pastor's children and setting ablaze Scriptures and furniture. (Sight Magazine) Read more

Classic Hymns:


"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus." (Hebrews 12:2)


O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There's light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free.


Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
O'er us sin no more hath dominion
For more than conqu'rors we are!


His Word shall not fail you, He promised;
Believe Him and all will be well;
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!



Please go here. (Instrumental)

To hear it sung, go here.

(By Alan Jackson)

About the Author:

Words: Helen H. Lemmel, 1922

Signs and Wonders

NASA to launch asteroid-sampling mission in three weeks

Liftoff for NASA's first-ever asteroid-sampling mission is just three weeks away.

The agency's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is scheduled to launch atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on Sept. 8 from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. If all goes according to plan, the probe will return a pristine sample of the potentially hazardous space rock Bennu to Earth in September 2023.

"We seek samples that date back to the very dawn of our solar system," OSIRIS-REx principal investigator Dante Lauretta, a professor of planetary science and cosmochemistry at the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, said during a news conference today (Aug. 17).

"We want to get those back into our laboratories to understand the processes that may have led to the origin of life, and to the habitability of our planet," Lauretta added. (Christian Science Monitor) 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

Churches are Offering Comfort and Aid to Flood-Ravaged Louisiana

Record-breaking floodwaters are beginning to recede in southeast Louisiana, revealing thousands of devastated homes and businesses.

The slow-moving, low-pressure system that started off the Gulf Coast of Florida lingered for days and dumped more than 2 feet of rain on several parishes. Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency on Aug. 12 as rivers quickly rose well above record levels. More than 20,000 people had to be rescued, and the death toll now stands at 11.

Churches not swallowed by water opened their doors as Red Cross shelters, while national relief organizations rolled up their sleeves to help with cleanup.

First Baptist Church in Zachary, La.,-an area slammed by 2 feet of rain in two days-started welcoming flood victims to its dry family life center on Saturday morning.

Sara Horn, a volunteer with the church, was getting ready for a normal day when the rains cancelled school for her 15-year-old son. She and her husband spent Friday at home, thinking they had seen the worst of the storm. Despite official warnings, no one expected a flood.

"This is not New Orleans. This is Baton Rouge," Horn told me. But her early Aug. 13 perusal of Facebook showed the damage was real: "We saw post after post of people in our church and people in our community whose houses were under water."

All morning, First Baptist leaders scrambled to take donations, organize rooms of clothing and bedding, set up a game room for kids and a medical station for the volunteer doctors and nurses who offered to help. (Christian Headlines) Read more here.

Today's Worship:

"God Will Make A Way"
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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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