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"Praying for All in Authority"
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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The President's Trip Overseas

The President's Trip Overseas:

Events in Israel Yesterday and in Rome Today

Note: Today the President is with the Pope at the Vatican, and elsewhere. We note key events below that took place during his trip to Israel yesterday.

1. Watch: 'I stand in awe of the Jewish people' -

President Donald Trump spoke at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem Tuesday afternoon, shortly after having spoken at the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum.

In his address at the Israel Museum, President Trump described his visit to the Israeli capital as "a privilege", referencing Jerusalem's Jewish history going back to the reign of King David.

"It is a privilege to stand in this national museum in the ancient city of Jerusalem, to address the Israeli people and all people in the Middle East who yearn for security, prosperity, and peace.

"Jerusalem is a sacred city. Its beauty, splendor, and heritage are like no other place on earth. What a heritage, what a heritage. The ties of the Jewish people to this holy land are ancient and eternal. They date back thousands of years, including the reign of King David, whose star now flies proudly on Israel's white and blue flag."

(Read more)

2. Simply by saying he loves it and stands with it, Trump wins over endlessly criticized Israel - Times of Israel

Surely nobody but Donald J. Trump could get a warm laugh from an audience of Israeli notables within seconds of highlighting the Iranian regime's desire to destroy our country. That's what happened deep into the main speech of the president's 28-hour Israel visit, at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem on Tuesday afternoon.

"Iran's leaders routinely call for Israel's destruction," he said bleakly and bitterly, reading from the teleprompters. Then he departed from his prepared text, and added: "Not with Donald J Trump, believe me."

(Read more)

3. Trump leaves Israel, says Middle East was 'great'- Times of Israel

Wrapping up a short but dense 28-hour visit to Israel and the West Bank, US President Donald Trump boarded Air Force One just after 4 p.m. Tuesday and departed the Middle East for the next stop in his first foreign trip - Italy.

During his brief stay the US leader met with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, visited Christian and Jewish holy sites in Jerusalem, paid respects at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and made an optimistic - yet somewhat vague - Mideast peace speech at the Israel Museum.

Before boarding he and the First Lady Melania embraced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara at Ben Gurion Airport. And just as swiftly as they had arrived, they were gone.

(Read more)

4. Trump calls for peace in the region, tougher line against Iran - Jerusalem Post

US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a joint press conference at the premier's residence in Jerusalem Monday.

The event marked the last of three public appearances that the president made before the media since landing at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport earlier in the day.

Trump told the premier that he was "honored" by the invitation extended by Netanyahu to visit Israel before calling for a renewed peace effort between Israel and the Palestinians.

"We want Israel to have peace . . . and we must seize [opportunities] together and take advantage of the situation," Trump said.

(Read more)

5. Netanyahu: I will discuss 'ways to advance peace' with Trump - Times of Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said Israel was welcoming US President Donald Trump "with open arms," adding that he will "discuss ways to advance peace" with the US leader during his Israel visit on Monday-Tuesday.

The Haaretz daily reported Sunday the US president will ask Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to commit to confidence-building measures in order to lay the groundwork for restarting the peace process. A senior White House official said Trump will urge Netanyahu to restrict settlement building in the West Bank and take steps to strengthen the Palestinian economy, and urge Abbas to stop PA-sponsored incitement against Israel.

"The president has made a general statement regarding his position and he hopes the Israeli government will take it into consideration," the White House official told Haaretz. "He was also very direct with President Abbas regarding incitement and the paying of stipends to the families of terrorists."

(Read more)

6. Trump's Powerful Israel Speech from Jerusalem: "I Was Humbled to Place My Hand upon the Wall and Pray in That Holy Space for Wisdom from God" - Breaking Christian News

To read the full text of this speech, go here.

7. Overall Summary of Trump's Visit to Israel - from friends in Australia
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8. Pope welcomes Trump at the Vatican despite past disagreements - Washington Post

Pope Francis welcomed President Trump to the cradle of Roman Catholicism on Wednesday, delivering a message of peace even as the pontiff emphasized his role as the world's moral counterpoint to the president's nationalist agenda.

The two men met in the pope's private study for nearly half an hour, joined only by an interpreter. The pontiff, in white papal dress and a pectoral cross on a chain around his neck, sat behind a small desk while Trump, in a dark suit and navy striped tie, took the single chair across from him as if interviewing for a job.

After some initial awkwardness - Trump looked somewhat uneasy as he was kept waiting for a few seconds in the Saint Ambrose room before shaking hands with Francis, who was stone-faced at first - the atmosphere soon warmed. (Read more)

[Note: this link includes a video of the first few minutes of their meeting.]
Focus on Israel

1. Rocket fired into Israel from Sinai - Jerusalem Post

The IDF confirmed a projectile was launched Tuesday morning from the Sinai peninsula and fell in open space in Israel. No damage or injuries were reported.

There were no incoming rocket sirens and according to a spokesman for the region, the projectile fell in an open area and troops are currently looking for its area of impact.

Israel has a 240-kilometer border with the Sinai. There, an Islamic State group operates. Despite the small size of the group in the peninsula, it is considered by many to be one of the most effective ISIS franchises outside Syria and Iraq.

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-Father God, we thank You that no damage or injuries occurred from this rocket. We ask that You would prevent any rocket aimed at Israel from landing where it would do harm. In the name of Yeshua, amen.

2. Hamas: Trump 'encouraging apartheid' - Israel National News

Hamas on Tuesday accused U.S. President Donald Trump of "encouraging apartheid" following his remarks at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

"The speech was racist and establishes a new Israeli apartheid regime and encourages hatred towards the Palestinian people," said the group, according to Yediot Aharonot.

"This American policy, which is fully biased in favor of the Zionist entity, will encourage the occupation to commit more crimes and violations against our people and its holy places," added Hamas.

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-Abba, we ask that You confuse the words of Hamas leaders and that their deceitful accusations fall on ears that don't hear. We pray that You would release Your truth instead. In the name of Yeshua, amen.

3. Abbas to Trump: Willing to begin peace talks - Israel National News

Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas told U.S. President Donald Trump during their meeting Tuesday in Bethlehem that he is willing to begin peace negotiations with Israel right away, the White House said in a readout of their meeting.

"President Trump again stressed his belief that peace between Israelis and Palestinians is possible. President Trump and President Abbas reaffirmed their commitment to reach for a genuine and lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis," said the statement.

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-Father, we pray for Your will to be done regarding negotiations of peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. We pray that you give wisdom and discernment to Prime Minister Netanyahu. We also ask for President Trump to seek You and Your will in this matter. We pray that intentions toward Israel remain sincere. In the name of Yeshua, amen.

4. Study: Jerusalem reservoirs used by pilgrims 2,000 years ago - Israel Hayom

The gigantic ancient pools in the Old City of Jerusalem serviced Jews making pilgrimages to the Second Temple some 2,000 years ago, according to a new research paper to be published soon.

Jerusalem contains a large number of such pools. Next to the Temple Mount is a massive cistern named the Pool of Israel, which is over 360 feet long, 111 feet wide and over 78 feet deep. Between the houses of the Christian Quarter lies the Pool of Hezekiah. Jerusalem residents are familiar with the Sultan's Pool, which was converted into an open-air venue for public performances. There are also two pools located on the Church of St. Anne's property, another deep pool known from Western Wall tours, and the Shiloah Pool that was discovered under the City of David.

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-Heavenly Father, we thank You for all the historical structures that have been found that link Jerusalem to the Jewish heritage. We pray for protection of these sites as well as the revelation of truth regarding Israel's history and right to the land. In the name of Yeshua, amen.

5. PA minister: Israel disrespecting the hunger strikers - Israel National News

Issa Karake, the Palestinian Authority official in charge of prisoner affairs, on Tuesday accused Israel of "disrespecting the lives and health of hunger strikers", referring to the terrorist prisoners on a mass hunger strike.

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- Lord God, we pray that You bring a stop to the lies of the enemy. We bind any spirit of fear and manipulation that is trying to work against Israel. We ask that You stop their childish tactics because Israel isn't giving in and catering to the prisoners. We ask that You would give them a revelation of Your truth and Yeshua. We pray for their salvation. In the name of Yeshua, amen.

The Daily Brief

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

1. Pope Francis, Donald Trump to Seek Common Ground at Vatican - Wall Street Journal

When President Donald Trump visits Pope Francis on Wednesday, at the halfway point of a trip the White House has cast as a pilgrimage of peace, the two leaders will have a chance to reset an acrimonious public relationship.

Yet the two men, famously divided on the pope's signature issues of migration and climate change, could struggle to find significant areas of agreement. As of last week, representatives of the White House and the Vatican working on the agenda for the meeting had found few common policy priorities, according to someone familiar with the preparations. (Read more)

- Father, we pray You would use all the meetings during this trip to shift opinion about President Trump. We pray he will develop willing partners to resolve ongoing global problems, such as terrorism and migration.

- "Now let the nations and their rulers tremble before the Lord, before his glory." (Psalm 102:15)

2. Manchester terror attack suspect identified as Salman Abedi - Fox News

British authorities on Tuesday identified the suicide bomber who launched a deadly attack at a Manchester Ariana Grande concert, hours after the Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for the blast. Salman Abedi, 22, was identified as the man who detonated an improvised explosive device at about 10:30 p.m. local time Monday, killing more than 20 people, some of them children, and injuring dozens more, Manchester police confirmed in a news conference on Tuesday. At least 12 children under the age of 16 were injured, emergency responders said. An 8-year-old girl was among the dead.

(Read more)

- Father, we pray for healing for the injured and comfort for the families of these precious ones. Lord, we ask that You would do a work in our entertainment industry - that they would "wake up" to the devastation of Islam and stop protecting and promoting the ideology that leaves people dead and injured.

- "My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one." (John 17:15)

3. Here's What's in Trump's 'Taxpayers First' Federal Budget - The Daily Signal

The Trump administration will respect taxpayers, balance the budget, return the country to 3 percent economic growth, and push a parental leave requirement in its fiscal plan to be released Tuesday, said Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.

Mulvaney called it a "taxpayers first budget." "This budget was written through the eyes of the people paying for the budget, not through the eyes of who is getting paid," Mulvaney told reporters Monday during an off-camera briefing at the White House.

Mulavney elaborated that budget writers went line-by-line through the budget to see what programs had a success rate and what programs didn't. (Read more)

- Father, we pray this budget perspective, from the taxpayer's point of view, will be respected throughout the appropriation process. We pray the reforms of this budget will be implemented as soon as possible.

- "They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly. They share freely and give generously to those in need. Their good deeds will be remembered forever. They will have influence and honor." (Psalm 112:8-9)

4. DeVos Calls for 'Transformation' of America's 'Closed and Antiquated Education System' - CNS News

After 30 years of federal education "reform," too many students are still "falling through the cracks," Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told a policy summit in Indiana on Monday.

"The time has expired for 'reform,'" DeVos said. "We need a transformation - a transformation that will open up America's closed and antiquated education system." DeVos advocates school choice: "We must offer the widest number of quality options to every family and every child," she said. (Read more)

- Father, we pray the shackles of control will fall off our children and each one will fulfull their God-given potential and purpose. We pray Your blessing upon the modernization of our education system.

- "I will teach all your children, and they will enjoy great peace." (Isaiah 54:13)

5. Brennan: 'I Don't Know' If There Was Collusion - Daily Caller

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) grilled ex-CIA Chief John Brennan on evidence of US-Russia collusion, forcing Brennan to admit he doesn't actually know if there was any collusion.

Brennan is testifying in front of the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday about connections between the US and Russia.

Gowdy asked Brennan if he had seen any evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between Donald Trump and Russian actors.

Brennan responded that he had seen information about contacts between Russian and US actors that led him to believe the matter should be investigated further by the FBI, but declined to say whether or not he saw direct links between Trump and Russia. (Read more)

- Father, we pray You would bring to light anything that needs to be exposed and bring these time-consuming, distracting hearings to an end.

- "When one of them comes to see me, he speaks falsely, while his heart gathers slander; then he goes out and spreads it around." (Psalm 41:6)

6. Democratic Aide Suspected Of Major Security Breach Under Government Protection In Pakistan - Daily Caller

A criminal suspect in an investigation into a major security breach on the House of Representatives computer network has abruptly left the country and gone to Pakistan, where her family has significant assets and VIP-level protection, a relative and others told The Daily Caller News Foundation's Investigative Group.

Hina Alvi, her husband Imran Awan, and his brothers Abid and Jamal were highly paid shared IT administrators working for multiple House Democrats until their access to congressional IT systems was terminated Feb. 2 as a result of the investigation. Capitol Police confirmed the investigation is ongoing, but no arrests have been reported in the case. (Read more)

- Father, we pray all the facts will come out regarding security being compromised by the Democrats in Congress. We pray all the computers and information of our elected officials and government employees will be secure for the benefit of our nation and national security.

- "But he who listens to me shall live securely and will be at ease from the dread of evil." (Proverbs 1:33)

7. Muslims invade U.S. 'in the name of Allah' - WND

Paul Nehlen: Americans collecting big cash from feds to help with 'migrant' influx

The man who unsuccessfully challenged House Speaker Paul Ryan in a Republican primary last year is now releasing a documentary highlighting what he sees as a threat to the United States through a coordinated Muslim migration strategy.

Paul Nehlen is host of "Hijrah: Radical Islam's Global Invasion." He is also the author of the forthcoming book, "Wage the Battle."

Nehlen told WND and Radio America hijrah can refer to multiple ideas, ranging from leaving sin behind to Muhammad's journey from Mecca to Medina. However, he said Islamic texts clearly speak about strategic migration. "Hijrah means 'migration in the name of Allah,'" said Nehlen, who explained that the ultimate goal is to populate non-Muslim nations to the extent needed to impose Shariah law. (Read more)

- Father, we know many, if not most, of the Muslims coming here desire to change our nation into one that submits to Islam - but Your plan is bigger. We pray all these people will hear of the salvation found in Jesus and surrender their lives to You.

- "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)

8. Bill Protecting Faith-Based Adoption Agencies in Texas on Way to Governor's Desk - The Daily Signal

The Texas Senate early Monday passed a bill to allow faith-based adoption and foster care providers to operate based on their religious beliefs.

By a final vote of 21-10, state senators agreed with their counterparts in the Texas House of Representatives that society should continue to make room for adoption and foster care services associated with a religious tradition, whether Christian or Muslim.

Only one Democrat joined the Senate's 20 Republicans in voting for the bill. The remaining 10 voted against it.

In an interview Monday with The Daily Signal, state Rep. James Frank, a Republican who co-wrote the legislation, predicted that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott would sign it. (Read more)

- Father, we thank You for this legislation protecting the conscience rights of people in Texas. We pray this law will be upheld as Constitutional in the inevitable legal battle it faces in the future.

- "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." (Romans 12:21)

9. BREAKING: Another Attack May Be "Imminent" - CNN

The UK raised its threat level to "critical" -- the top of its threat scale -- and British Prime Minister Theresa May warned that another attack "may be imminent" after the bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester that killed 22. The raised threat level -- which hasn't been this high since 2007 -- means armed soldiers will be deployed to key sites around the country.

Police ID'd 22-year-old Salman Abedi as the suspected suicide bomber and made a few raids and at least four arrests. ISIS claimed responsibility for the atrocity but didn't offer any evidence.

The victims of the attack, many of them just children, were remembered at a vigil outside Manchester's city hall, where a defiant poet reminded residents that their city is more than just the site of a terror attack.

Grande, who tweeted that the attack had left her "broken," returned home to Florida after announcing she was postponing her current tour. (Read more)

- Father, we pray You foil any future attacks. Give insight into the plans of the enemy. We pray for Manchester, and for all of us who are susceptible to these acts of terror.

- "I shall also grant peace in the land so that you may lie down with no one making you tremble." (Leviticus 26:6)

10. Congress salutes Jerusalem Day - Israel National News

"It's such a special day, not only because we're able to enjoy the entire city, but because of the great miracle that occurred back then, when all forces of evil tried their best to destroy us," Oliner said. "Rabbi Goren prepared graves for those whom he expected to be mortally wounded."

"A miracle occurred between May 15 and June 6, we were able to destroy the entire air force of Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, and Syria. It was a great miracle. General Rabin came together with General Dayan. We were able to have Menachem Begin come together with Levi Eshkol.

"As a result of the unity that occurred then, fifty years later we celebrate together that great miracle, that extraordinary event that occurred.

"The more interesting thing is that today, we can only celebrate that event in one other capital in the world. On May 17th, we will be celebrating Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) in Congress, for the first time.

"It's an extraordinary event, and it's extraordinarily important.

"It's the only place where we can come together and hear members of Congress speak about the reunification of Jerusalem.

"But the event takes on extreme importance because of the unity... The fact that it will be bipartisan. Every day we are adding another congressman. But in addition to being bipartisan...what's extremely important is that the entire Jewish community is coming together to celebrate at the same time. We're having 25 different Jewish organizations participate in the event.

"What's equally important is that we intend to pass a series of resolutions which demonstrate the importance of the freedom that has been achieved during this fifty-year period in Jerusalem, the fact that all religions can participate together and enjoy the celebration of that freedom.

"It is a reaffirmation of that freedom that we will be celebrating, that we are coming together in a unified fashion to celebrate and to give thanks for a great miracle." (Read more)

- Father, we are so grateful that our Congress has taken time yesterday to celebrate this amazing anniversary of the 50th year since Jerusalem was liberated and now stands as the capital city in Israel. We pray that, soon and in Your timing, our own embassy will, indeed, be moved to Jerusalem, honoring that great city, in Your name, amen.

- "I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." (Genesis 12:3)

The Daily Jot

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A challenge to Islam

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Manchester, England bombing of an Ariana Grande concert that killed 22 and maimed another 64. While there is a hunt for accomplices and three suspects have been arrested, the bomber has been identified as Salman Abedi, a British-born Muslim. He is suspected of receiving terror training in Syria while ostensibly visiting his family in Libya. An eight year old girl was among the dead as well as many others in their teens and 20s. But the carnage also reaped the lives of parents and relatives who were waiting to pick up their kids after the concert. Muslims blowing up youngsters is the height of cowardice and evil. Muslims around the world need to take responsibility.

While there is no end to the evil that man perpetrates upon mankind, and there are many examples across all cultures, Islam consistently throughout its history has advanced by extreme violence, beginning with its warlord prophet Mohammad. All peace-loving people should challenge members of the Islamic faith to denounce its religion's violence. Peaceful Muslims, who like many Christians and Jews might not even read the Koran or know what it means if they do, should stand up and say "No More." But those that do are labeled infidels and are marked for execution. When Muslims are not killing non-Muslims, they are killing Muslims. They are following the instructions of the Muslim holy book, the Koran, to kill infidels-Muslims who are not complying, non-Muslims, and Christians and Jews specifically.

Here are a few verses from the Koran. They are not taken out of context: Sura 9:5 "...slay the infidels wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush." Sura 8:12 says, "Verily, I am with you, so keep firm those who have believed. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who have disbelieved, so strike them over the necks, and smite over all their fingers and toes." Sura 4:55 says, "Lo! Those who disbelieve Our revelations, We shall expose them to the Fire. As often as their skins are consumed We shall exchange them for fresh skins that they may taste the torment. Lo! Allah is ever Mighty, Wise." These are just three of many.

As President Donald Trump said in his Saudi Arabia speech, "Terrorists do not worship God, they worship death...If we do not stand in uniform condemnation of this killing-then not only will we be judged by our people, not only will we be judged by history, but we will be judged by God. This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations. This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it. This is a battle between Good and Evil." All Muslims who believe they are good should stand up and demand that the instructions of violence be denounced and ripped out of their holy book. They should join with the rest of civilization against terror and death and tyranny.

We know, however, that this will not happen. As prophesied of Ishmael, the patriarch of Islam, in Genesis 16:11-12, "Behold, thou art with child, and shall bear a son, and shall call his name Ishmael...And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren." It is impossible to live in peace with this lineage and these people, for they are the very same who are named as coming against Israel when Christ returns. Muslims, however, should be challenged worldwide to denounce this violence and stand against it. Otherwise, their silence is considered consent.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson

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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)

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What a Friend We Have in Jesus

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13)

What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer! O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere? We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer. Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share? Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care? Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer. Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer! In His arms He'll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised Thou wilt all our burdens bear May we ever, Lord, be bringing all to Thee in earnest prayer. Soon in glory bright unclouded there will be no need for prayer Rapture, praise and endless worship will be our sweet portion there.

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Signs and Wonders

After years of planning, California is likely to roll out its earthquake warning system next year

California will likely roll out a limited public earthquake early warning system sometime next year, researchers building the network say.

New earthquake sensing stations are being installed in the ground, software is being improved, and operators are being hired to make sure the system is properly staffed, Caltech seismologist Egill Hauksson said at a joint meeting of the Japan Geoscience Union and American Geophysical Union.
'Rapid expansion'

The new sensor stations are particularly important for rural Northern California, where gaps in the network have put San Francisco at risk for a slower alert if an earthquake begins on the San Andreas fault near the Oregon border and barrels down to the city. Last summer, California lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown approved $10 million for the earthquake early warning system.

"We're starting to add additional stations very rapidly. The contracts are now being signed for the state funding, which is largely being spent on putting out new stations," said Richard Allen, director of the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory. "They're going to come online in the next year or so, so there will be pretty rapid expansion of the seismic network over the course of the next six months to two years."
The network is being built under the leadership of the U.S. Geological Survey, with development from scientists at Caltech, UC Berkeley, the University of Washington and University of Oregon. The USGS has previously stated that it plans to do a limited public rollout of earthquake early warning alerts by 2018.

More work still needs to be done to properly educate Californians on how to react safely when they get an early warning to an earthquake, said seismologist Lucy Jones. (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

China, Once Officially Atheist, Now Booming with Religion

When Ian Johnson first went to China as a student three decades ago, he pronounced religion there "dead." But Johnson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist now based in Berlin and Beijing, has witnessed a transformation, one he documents in "The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao," published in April.

China is experiencing "one of the great religious revivals of our time," Johnson writes. "Across China, hundreds of temples, mosques and churches open each year, attracting millions of new worshippers. Faith and values are returning to the center of a national discussion over how to organize Chinese life.

"This is not," he continues, "the China we used to know."

No, it is not. Once officially atheist, China has roared with growth since the death of Mao Zedong in 1976. The upheaval of mass migrations from the countryside to the cities has disrupted families and support systems. Many have grown distrustful of the government since the 1989 massacre in Tiananmen Square. Globalization has brought outside influences - despite tight governmental control - through the internet and popular culture.
(Christian Headlines) (Read more)
- Praise You, Lord, for this wonderful work You are doing in China! May each seeker fill their hearts with the love of Your Son, Jesus!

- "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost." (Luke 19:10)

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"Your Love Is Extravagant" - Casting Crowns
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