Wednesday, April 5, 2017

CHPP Daily Brief: "Praying for All in Authority" Wednesday, April 5, 2017

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The Daily Brief:
"Praying for All in Authority"
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

"Standing Together as One
. . . Under the Cross of Christ"

President Xi Jinping of China Will Visit President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago Tomorrow and Friday, For details, please go here.

The First 100 Days

Prayer Resources for The First 100 Days

Tools to Assist in Offering Prayers for President Trump
and his Administration during these First 100 Days

1. 24/7 Prayer Line

Sponsored by the 24/7 National Strategic Prayer Network, you can call this number anytime, day or night, and join other prayer warriors across the nation to pray for the new administration.

The Conference Number is: 712-770-4340

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All are welcome to join!

2. PrayerSurgeNow

PrayerSurgeNow hosts a weekly call every Saturday morning, beginning at 7:30 a.m. EST. Topics are geared to time-sensitive events happening in our country, and anointed speakers are invited to host each call, bringing insight to intercessors across the nation.

PrayerSurgeNow also hosts other calls throughout the week, as the need arises.

In order to keep pace with their news, please visit their blog at:, or by going here.

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3. Daily Devotions - Sponsored by the AsOne network.

A prayer topic, intercession and Scriptural decrees are posted daily during these First 100 Days. Please go here to find today's devotion.

4. President Trump's Weekly Address:
Friday, March 31, 2017

To view last week's address, please go here.


The First 100 Days and Beyond

A Collection of Prayers by the People:
An Inaugural Gift for President Donald J. Trump

To read this guide to prayer, written by 100 intercessors for each of the President's First 100 Days, please go here.

6. White House Press Briefings

To view each day's press conference,go here.

The videos of these press briefings appear below the video of Inauguration itself.


The astounding list of achievements
(Dated March 10, 2017)

With Donald Trump approaching his first 50 days in office and with today's news that the U.S. has added 235,000 new jobs, it's truly astounding to consider what Trump has achieved in just the short time he has been president. To view a list of Trump's accomplishments so far, go here.

8. Trump Pulls Bannon From National Security Council - Newsmax

President Donald Trump reorganized his National Security Council on Wednesday, removing his chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, and downgrading the role of his Homeland Security Adviser, Tom Bossert, according to a person familiar with the decision and a regulatory filing.

The Washington Post reported that an unnamed senior White House official said the change is not a demotion, and that Bannon had accomplished what he'd set out to do.

Trump's move reverses a controversial early decision to give Bannon access to the high-level meetings. (Read more)

9. Steve Bannon Leaves National Security Council After Susan Rice Takedown - Breitbart

President Donald Trump's Senior adviser Stephen K. Bannon has exited his role on President Donald Trump's National Security Council, claiming that his mission is complete.

"Susan Rice operationalized the NSC during the last administration. I was put on to ensure that it was de-operationalized," Bannon said in a statement to the Wall Street Journal.

A White House source confirmed to Breitbart News that Bannon will retain his security clearance in the West Wing. Other reporters noted that Bannon could still attend NSC meetings even though he was removed from the National Security council principles committee.

Trump's Secretary of Energy Rick Perry was added to the council. Nikki Haley, the Representative of the United States to the United Nations was also included as well as Director of National intelligence Dan Coats, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford, and CIA director Mike Pompeo. (Read more)

> > > Please note: According to Wikipedia, " Before his political career, Stephen Bannon was the executive chair of Breitbart News"

Focus on Israel

1. Hamas gives 'collaborators' one last chance - Israel National News

Hamas is giving "collaborators" with Israel one final chance to turn themselves in, a senior official with the terrorist group said on Tuesday.

The official, who was quoted by the Al-Majd website which is affiliated with Hamas security forces, said that the "repentance gate" has been opened to "collaborators with the occupation," stressing that the opportunity to "rid themselves of the defilement of treachery" will not be repeated.

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2. Netanyahu rival Gideon Saar returns to politics - World Israel News

Addressing a Likud pre-Passover toast in Akko, north of Haifa, on Monday evening, Gideon Sa'ar, former education and interior minister, stressed that Israel must resist international and domestic pressure to return to the pre-1967 borders.

"We stand at the eve of Passover. This holiday is called Zman Heruteinu (Time of our Liberation). What is true freedom? For us to be ourselves. We became an independent nation when we left Egypt, and on the eve of Passover we must ask ourselves who are we as a state, as a people and as a Likud movement," he said.

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3. Ben Gurion Airport prepares for haredi demonstrations - Israel National News

After disrupting movement on the country's roads, especially but not only in the Jerusalem area, haredi protesters against recruitment and cooperation with military authorities are moving up a level ahead of Passover and mobilizing to demonstrate at Ben Gurion airport.

The "Committee for the Torah World" has decided to disrupt movement of Israelis leaving and entering the country during the days before Passover and even during the holiday.

The organization committee makes it clear that the aim of the demonstration is to expose the entire world to the ongoing ruination inflicted by the State of Israel on haredi human and religious rights.

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4. Israeli leaders urge action, condemn Syria gas 'massacre' - Times of Israel

Israeli leaders called for the international community to take action Tuesday after a gas attack in Syria killed at least 58 people and injured over 200, many of them children.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "sharply condemned" the attack and called on the international community to complete the process of removing all of Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles.

"When I saw pictures of babies suffocating from a chemical attack in Syria, I was shocked and outraged. There's no, none, no excuse whatsoever for the deliberate attacks on civilians and on children, especially with cruel and outlawed chemical weapons," he said in English at a memorial service for president Chaim Herzog.

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5. Section of 2nd Temple-era column found at Temple Mount dig - Israel Hayom

The capital of a carefully-adorned column that stood on the Temple Mount in the time of the Second Temple has been discovered through the Temple Mount Sifting Project.

The capital, whose size indicates that the column had a circumference of 75 centimeters (30 inches) at its top, is a section of one column that formed part of the double colonnade that surrounded the Temple Mount plaza.

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6. Insight for Intercessors

To read this alert, please go here.

The Daily Brief

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

1. Susan Rice claimed ignorance on Trump team surveillance, before role in unmasking revealed - FoxNews

Less than two weeks before sources said it was Susan Rice who requested to unmask the names of Trump associates caught up in sensitive intelligence reports, former President Barack Obama's national security adviser said she knew "nothing about" surveillance allegations.

Rice told PBS on March 22 that she "was not aware of any orders given to disseminate that information." She did skirt the issues of whether she herself unmasked or disseminated information outright. Rice also limited her remarks to Trump's debunked early March tweet claiming a wiretap of Trump Tower and vague remarks made by House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes.

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- Father, we pray all wrongdoing will continue to be exposed throughout our government, and for our law enforcement to follow through with prosecuting unlawful acts.

- Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished, but those who are righteous will go free. (Proverbs 11:21)

2. Trump Defunds UN Population Fund Tied to Forced Abortions; Pro-Lifers Elated - Christian Post

The United States is ending its support for a United Nations entity that promotes abortion overseas, the State Department has announced. Pro-life leaders are praising President Trump for the move.

In an official letter to Bob Corker of Tennessee, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the State Department said it would no longer fund the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA) because the group "supports, or participates in the management of, a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization."

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- Father, we pray other nations would follow the United States in defunding this evil international organization that robs poor women of their children. We praise You, Lord, that this administration is now standing for LIFE at the global level. Amen.

- My whole being will exclaim, "Who is like you, Lord? You rescue the poor from those too strong for them, the poor and needy from those who rob them." (Psalm 35:10)

3. McConnell: We Have The Votes To Change Filibuster On SCOTUS Nominees - Daily Caller

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed with reporters Tuesday he is confident that he has the votes in his conference to change the precedent on the filibuster of Supreme Court nominees.

Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch does not have 60 members in the upper chamber willing to vote to end debate of his nomination and give the judge a final up or down vote.

"It appears as if cloture will not be invoked but we will find out Thursday, but either way we will be moving towards confirming Judge Gorsuch Friday," McConnell said.

McConnell assured that legislative filibusters would remain intact and not a "single member" wants to see the legislative filibuster go away.

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- Father, we thank You for this strong statement of support for Neil Gorsuch. We pray for the procedural follow-through to confirm him to the Supreme Court.

- Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. (1 Corin. 16:13)

4. Appeals court: 1964 Civil Rights Act protects lesbian, gay employees from workplace bias - Washington Times

A federal appeals court ruled the Civil Rights Act of 1964 also protects gay, lesbian and bisexual employees from discrimination in the workplace, a decision that carries huge implications in the ongoing debate over gay rights.

The full 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 8 to 3 in favor of plaintiff Kimberly Hively, an adjunct professor who claims she was denied full-time positions at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana for being a lesbian.

Writing for the majority, Chief Judge Diane Wood said the statute's prohibition on "sex" discrimination also applies to sexual orientation.

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- Father, this is a direct assault on the rule of law. We pray this decision will not stand!

- What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter. (Isaiah 5:20)

5. South Carolina parents in fight to keep adopted child take case to state Supreme Court - FoxNews

The adoptive parents of a 3-year-old South Carolina girl are taking their case to the state's Supreme Court, after a lower court vacated the adoption of the child they've cared for since she was weeks old.

Tammy and Edward Dalsing, of Rock Hill, S.C., filed papers with the South Carolina Supreme Court on Friday in their fight to retain custody of their adopted daughter, Braelynn Puckett.

The couple welcomed the girl into their home in 2013 when she was 3 weeks old, raising the bubbly, brown-eyed girl who loves ballet and swing sets as if she were their own.

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- Father, we pray for the Dalsing family to remain united with their daughter Braelynn. Cover them in Your Peace. We pray for justice to be served in this case so that adoptive families are affirmed in our court system.

- Speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless and see that they get justice. (Proverbs 31:8-9)

6. Prison Fellowship, ACLU, NAACP Fight 'Immoral' Prison System, Launch 'Second Chance Month' for Prisoners - Christian Post

A diverse coalition of leaders are uniting to combat problems in the criminal justice system, designating April as "Second Chance Month" for the 1 in 4 Americans adults who have a criminal record. Gathered in the First Amendment Room at the National Press Club Thursday in front of about 20 people, Prison Fellowship announced its initiative "Second Chance Month," which aims to draw awareness and call for reform of the mountains of obstacles prisoners face trying to reenter society after serving their sentences.

Craig DeRoche, former Michigan House Speaker and Senior Vice President for Policy and Advocacy for Prison Fellowship hailed the meeting as important to who we are as Americans.

"Today, 65 million American adults have a criminal record, that is one in four adults," Deroche said.

After people have paid their debt to society, they should be restored to citizenship, he continued, "but in America today, we tolerate the polar opposite."

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- Father, we pray for reform in our criminal justice system, especially for those individuals who are repentant and want to make a change in their lives. Help us restore these men and women to productive, law-abiding lives.

- Zion will be restored by justice; those who repent will be revived by righteousness. (Isaiah 1:27)

7. US, Britain, France hold Assad regime responsible for Syria gas attack - The Times of Israel

The White House on Tuesday confirmed a "reprehensible" and "intolerable" chemical attack had taken place in Syria and pinned the blame squarely on Bashar Assad's regime. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said US President Donald Trump had been briefed extensively on the attack, and suggested it was in the "best interest" of the Syrians for Assad not to lead the country.

"Today's chemical attack in Syria against innocent people, including women and children, is reprehensible," Spicer said, saying the administration was "confident" in its assessment that Assad was to blame.

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- Father, we pray the truth regarding who is responsible for this attack will be revealed, and we pray our nation will not be drawn into war in Syria. We pray for You to comfort those who mourn and for Your healing power to restore the survivors.

- Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent or the righteous, for I will not acquit the guilty. (Exodus 23:7)

8a. Tillerson After N. Korea Launches Another Missile: 'The United States Has Spoken Enough' - CNS News 2

In response to another ballistic missile firing by North Korea - the third since President Trump took office - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday night gave what may be the bluntest U.S. response yet to the provocative action.

"North Korea launched yet another intermediate range ballistic missile," he said. "The United States has spoken enough about North Korea. We have no further comment."

Tillerson's terse statement drew a lot of attention on social media, with reactions ranging from criticism for a perceived disinterested approach, to praise for denying Kim Jong-un the attention he craves, to speculation about what may be coming. (Read more)

8b. Trump raises pressure on North Korea - The Hill

Lawmakers and the Trump administration are upping the pressure on China as worries about North Korea's nuclear capabilities grow.

President Trump's summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping's at Mar-a-Lago later this week will present Trump with his first in-person opportunity to make progress on his stated goal of reining in North Korea. China is likely in the best position to accomplish that as it has long propped up the isolated nation.

The White House on Tuesday said Trump plans to press Xi on taking a tougher approach.

"I can tell you that it is now urgent," a senior White House official said of North Korea during a briefing in advance of Xi's visit. "The clock has now run out and all options are on the table for us." (Read more) Trump raises pressure on North Korea - The Hill 2 Lawmakers and the Trump administration are upping the pressure on China as worries about North Korea's nuclear capabilities grow.

President Trump's summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping's at Mar-a-Lago later this week will present Trump with his first in-person opportunity to make progress on his stated goal of reining in North Korea. China is likely in the best position to accomplish that as it has long propped up the isolated nation.

The White House on Tuesday said Trump plans to press Xi on taking a tougher approach.

"I can tell you that it is now urgent," a senior White House official said of North Korea during a briefing in advance of Xi's visit. "The clock has now run out and all options are on the table for us."

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- Father, we pray for great wisdom as President Trump negotiates with President Xi about North Korea's missile launches, nuclear proliferation, and threats. Help them develop a coordinated plan to diffuse this situation.

- Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction? (Amos 3:3)

9. 500 UK Churches Closed While 423 Mosques Were Built on 'Sad Ruins of English Christianity': Report - Christian Post

An international think tank warned in a report that multiculturalism is feeding radical Islam in the U.K., pointing out that in the past couple of decades close to 500 Christian churches have closed in London alone while 423 mosques were built. "British multiculturalists are feeding Islamic fundamentalism. Above all, Londonistan, with its new 423 mosques, is built on the sad ruins of English Christianity," the Gatestone Institute argued in a report released Sunday.

It pointed out that since 2001, as many as 500 churches in London of all denominations have been turned into private homes. At the same time, the number of Muslims has grown by almost a million.

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- Father, we lift up the Body of Christ in the United Kingdom - help them engage this cultural decline with prayer and preaching the Gospel! You helped them remove the tyranny of the European Union, now help them remove the tyranny of Islam.

- In righteousness you will be established: Tyranny will be far from you; you will have nothing to fear. Terror will be far removed; it will not come near you. (Isaiah 54:14)

10. Canada is Harvesting the Organs of Euthanasia Patients - Christian Headlines

A recent push in Canada to encourage euthanasia patients to donate their organs is working.

In Ontario, the first province to report data, 26 people who died by lethal injection decided to donate tissue or organs since the Medical Aid in Dying Act (MAID) came into effect last June, according to the National Post. A total of 388 people have chosen to die by lethal injection in Ontario, over half of the 744 total Canadians who have been euthanized.

Proponents of linking organ harvesting to euthanasia point to the shortage of organ transplants readily available and the lower cost associated with euthanasia than with end-of-life care.

Canadian ethicists Julie Allard and Marie-Chantal Fortin encouraged the joining of euthanasia with organ harvesting in an article in December's Journal of Medical Ethics.

But even supporters acknowledge the potential unintended consequences. Allard and Fortin warned in their article that encouraging organ harvesting could put pressure on those diagnosed with terminal illness to consider assisted suicide as an alternative sense of purpose.

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- Father, we lift up Canada and all other governments where euthanasia is legal. We pray for the people to have the veil of deception removed from their eyes. Rend their hearts to repentance.

- You live in the midst of deception; in their deceit they refuse to acknowledge me," declares the Lord. Therefore this is what the Lord Almighty says: "See, I will refine and test them, for what else can I do because of the sin of my people?"
(Jeremiah 9:6-7)

The Daily Jot

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Deny, deny, deny, lie, lie, lie

National Security Advisor for the ex "president" Susan Rice denied seeking the names of, spying on and releasing the names of President-elect Donald Trump's transition team to various intelligence agencies. Rice told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell, "Let me be absolutely clear. Absolutely not for any political purposes, to spy, to expose, for anything." She also denied ordering intelligence officers to produce detailed spreadsheets involving Trump and his aides, saying, "Absolutely false. No spreadsheet, nothing of the sort." But then she said, "The notion that which some people are trying to suggest that by asking for identity of an American person is the same as leaking it is totally false." A little nuance goes a long way.

She also said, "I leaked nothing, to nobody, and never have and never would. The allegation is that somehow [sic] the ex "president's" Administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes. Absolutely false." Rice denies spying on the Trump transition team, but seems to admit that she asked for an identity of an "American person," in this case, several members of the President-elect's team. She also said that the ex "president's" Administration officials would not have utilized such intelligence for political purposes. However, the information in question showed no relevance to any of the investigations being conducted by FBI, CIA, NSA, etc. Is Rice therefore saying that any American citizen can be spied on and then revealed to the public as if they did something wrong? Or was it just the Trump Team. Not political, right?

The Daily Caller, Fox News, and Bloomberg cited multiple intelligence sources that Rice had specifically ordered the intelligence on the Trump team and that the names of Trump aides were given to the ex "president's" officials at the NSA, Department of Defense, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and CIA Director John Brennan. Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Evelyn Farkas admitted March 2, "I was urging my former colleagues and, frankly speaking, the people on the Hill - it was more actually aimed at telling the Hill people, get as much information as you can, get as much intelligence as you can, before [sic] the "president" leaves the administration." At the same time The Daily Caller, Fox News and Bloomberg are raising questions, MSNBC, CNN and the Washington Post are reporting Rice denials.

Rice's reputation precedes her. She was the one who said that climate change was responsible for the war in Syria; She said that Bowe Bergdahl, who was charged with treason after deserting his post in Afghanistan causing the deaths of six US soldiers, "served the United States with honor and distinction"; She also drove the false narrative that the deaths in Benghazi were caused by a spontaneous reaction to an anti-Islamic movie. An inventory of facts at this point shows that the ex "president" and his people spied on Trump and his team as they transitioned into the presidency. So far there is no evidence of any wrong-doing on the part of Trump, leaving only that the ex "president" wanted to politically undermine the President-elect and his ability to govern.

On February 11, Paul Sperry wrote in the New York Post that the ex "president" was using his Organizing For Action group as an army of agitators 30,000 strong who will fight President Donald Trump at every turn of his presidency. A check of the OFA website and other nonprofits that are working with it backs up Sperry's position. We are also seeing how the media and spy agencies are being used to undermine our government. Speaking of the end times, the Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:1-3, "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be...without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good." Indeed, perilous times are upon us and our nation.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson

Statement by IFA

Statement by Intercessors For America

Urgent Call to Pray for Senate Confirmation of Gorsuch

Important Message from David Kubal

It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes. (Ps. 118: 8-9)

It appears the "nuclear option" will be invoked. The hearings of Judge Gorsuch became a non-event in the media. There seemed to be little opposition to him during his hearings. Now, as we approach Friday's vote, the political battle is as intense as it could be. The cloture option is called the "nuclear option" because it has fall out. This fall out could last for years to come.

However, as intercessors, we know that what we see and hear is not often the whole story. We seek God's perspective and His wisdom and look at events from a spiritual point of view.

There are territorial forces entrenched in our government that need to be replaced. President Trump understands and communicates the need to "drain the swamp," to establish a new kind of government. However, the old forces are resisting. A shadow government, or deep state, is actively working against any and all of the changes that President Trump is trying to make.
The resistance is not only against President Trump and his brand of governing, but also, and more importantly, is against kingdom values in our nation. Spiritual forces of evil are railing and the Enemy is using the tools of division and resistance to prevent godly changes from occurring. The transfer of power, both spiritually and naturally, occurred January 20 with the Inauguration of President Donald Trump, but it will take continued prayer for the divisive strongholds entrenched and embedded in our government to be dislodged and removed. Only prayer can defeat those strongholds and replace them with godly influences.
This week is critical! The opposition has gathered to disunify, distort, distract, and disrupt. The quiet of the hearings is giving way to a contentious debate. If the Senate Republicans are forced to choose the "nuclear" option to avoid filibuster of Judge Gorsuch's confirmation vote, it will fuel problems concerning future confirmations.

We need to pray for unity and godly wisdom in the Senate. We need to pray against division and worldly knowledge determining the outcome of this debate. We need to pray for God's will to be done concerning the confirmation of Judge Gorsuch as a United States Supreme Court justice.

We believe that the Lord is calling us to concerted prayer for wisdom and unity. Click here to send a prayer to your Senators, letting them know you are praying for them to have God's wisdom and for unity in the Senate.
Please join me this Friday to pray against the forces that are seeking to resist godly changes in our government.

Sincerely in Christ,

David Kubal, President/CEO
Intercessors for America

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A Note About our Publishing Schedule

A Note About our Publishing Schedule

Dear Prayer Partners,

By now I am sure you have noticed that this Wednesday edition of the Daily Brief is coming to you late in the day. Hence, a short word of explanation:

First, please know that CHPP is an "all volunteer" ministry, and that each one of our amazing editors are working very hard to research each issue and to bring you news and targeted prayers, every day we publish. I am very proud of their work.
Second, as the "all volunteer" army that we are, most members of our team are also holding down other jobs outside of this one, and are having to adjust their own schedules in order to carry our ministry forward.
Third, we are all delighted, blessed, and rejoicing in the work our Lord has called us to do!
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23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23-24)

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The Persecuted Church

"Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body." (Hebrews 13:3)

Please visit the website for International Christian Concern to lift up prayers for the persecuted around the world, every day. Their link is: -- or go here to connect. Thank you for interceding for our brothers and sisters who are suffering in Asia, the Islamic World, and the Far East.

Classic Hymns:



"There is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all men." (1 Timothy 2:5-6)


Alas! and did my Savior bleed And did my Sovereign die? Would He devote that sacred head For sinners such as I?


At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!

Thy body slain, sweet Jesus, Thine- And bathed in its own blood- While the firm mark of wrath divine, His Soul in anguish stood.

Was it for crimes that I had done He groaned upon the tree? Amazing pity! grace unknown! And love beyond degree!

Well might the sun in darkness hide And shut his glories in, When Christ, the mighty Maker died, For man the creature's sin.

Thus might I hide my blushing face While His dear cross appears, Dissolve my heart in thankfulness, And melt my eyes to tears.

But drops of grief can ne'er repay The debt of love I owe: Here, Lord, I give my self away 'Tis all that I can do.


Please go here.

About the Author:

Words: Isaac Watts, 1707

Music: Hugh Wilson, 1800

About the hymn:

[In] the autumn of 1850, re­viv­al meet­ings were be­ing held in the Thir­ti­eth Street Meth­od­ist Church [, New York Ci­ty]. Some of us went down ev­ery ev­en­ing; and, on two oc­ca­sions, I sought peace at the altar, but did not find the joy I craved, un­til one ev­en­ing, No­vem­ber 20, 1850, it seemed to me that the light must in­deed come then or ne­ver; and so I arose and went to the al­tar alone. A­fter a prayer was of­fered, they be­gan to sing the grand old con­se­cra­tion hymn, "Alas, and did my Sav­iour bleed, And did my Sov­er­eign die?" And when they reached the third line of the fourth stan­za, "Here Lord, I give my­self away," my very soul was flood­ed with a ce­les­ti­al light. I sprang to my feet, shout­ing "hal­le­lu­jah," and then for the first time I real­ized that I had been try­ing to hold the world in one hand and the Lord in the other.

Signs and Wonders

Red Ring of Light Appears Over Eastern Europe

On April 2nd, high above a thunderstorm in the Czech republic, an enormous ring of light appeared near the edge of space. Amateur astronomer Martin Popek photographed the donut-shaped apparition using a low-light video camera:

"It appeared for just a millisecond alongside the constellation Orion" says Popek.

This is an example of an ELVE (Emissions of Light and Very Low Frequency Perturbations due to Electromagnetic Pulse Sources). First seen by cameras on the space shuttle in 1990, ELVEs appear when a pulse of electromagnetic radiation from lightning propagates up toward space and hits the base of Earth's ionosphere. A faint ring of deep-red light marks the broad 'spot' where the EMP hits.

ELVES often appear alongside red sprites. Indeed, Popek's camera caught a cluster of sprites dancing nearby the ~300 km-wide ring. ( Read more.

"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

NFL Player Benjamin Watson's God-Inspired Journey to Heal the Racial Divide in America Brings Him to the Billy Graham Library

(Charlotte, NC)-[Billy Graham Evangelistic Association] Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson wasn't looking to go viral on social media. But more than 850,000 people "liked" the raw emotion he shared in a 2014 Facebook post about racial strife in America. The NFL player's honest conversation about the division between races connected with people. They shared his post more than 460,000 times and tens of thousands of people left comments.

From that post a book was born: "Under Our Skin: Getting Real About Race-and Getting Free from the Fears and Frustrations that Divide Us" by Benjamin Watson with Ken Petersen. Watson, who won the 2005 Super Bowl while playing with the New England Patriots, was at the Billy Graham Library Saturday in Charlotte, North Carolina, to sign copies of his first book.

Which is pretty cool, considering his dad, a pastor, prayed to receive Christ while watching Billy Graham preach on TV. Dozens of people waited in line to meet Watson and get their copy signed. For many, it was exciting to hear and support an NFL player who's not afraid to talk about race. Or to put his faith out there.

"As Believers, we have this book called the Bible that we need to filter all these ideas through. Even the concept of race," Watson said on Saturday, sounding much like a preacher.

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[Note: we are reading from these versions of the Scripture: King James, New King James, New American Standard, and NIV.]