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The Daily Brief:
"Praying for All in Authority"
Thursday, June 8, 2017
"Praying for All in Authority"
Thursday, June 8, 2017
"He who scatters has come up before your face.
Man the fort!
Watch the road!
Strengthen your flanks!
Fortify your power mightily." (Nahum 2:1)
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"Standing Together as One . . . Under the Cross of Christ"
Today's Hearing . . . and an intercessory response
At the end of these headlines, we are including one more thought for a "prayer strike" in all 50 states from Jon and Jolene Hamill, Lamplighter Ministries.
And finally, please be reminded of the prophetic series of messages we released last weekend. As President Trump nears the ninth month since his amazing victory on Election Day, we are about to witness the full birthing of his administration. And as in any time of "giving birth," the ninth month becomes the most difficult as we labor to give birth.
The battle is the LORD's but please do join us tonight to decree that, having done all, we stand. Amen.
> > > "In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words . . ." (Romans 8:26)
1. Comey Admits Leaking About Trump - CBN
Former FBI Director James Comey testified today that after his firing by President Trump, he asked his friend, Columbia law professor Daniel Richman, to leak the content of his memos of interactions with the president to the The New York Times, with the hope of spurring the appointment of a special counsel to investigate any Russian connection with the Trump campaign.
Comey also said he believes he was fired "in some way to change, or the endeavor was to change, the way the Russia investigation was being conducted."
But he also said that Trump did not ask him to end the Russia investigation. (Read more)
2. Read Comey's Full Opening Statement Released Ahead of Testimony - CBN
To read the full transcript of this document, which was released yesterday, please go here.
3. TRUMP TEAM SHOOTS BACK: President's lawyer tries to turn tables on Comey, denies accusations - Fox News
President Trump's legal team shot back Thursday at James Comey's Senate testimony, defending the president in a brawny statement against the fired FBI director's more damaging claims and asserting Comey himself could now be in legal jeopardy for his admission he'd leaked details of "privileged" conversations. Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, also said Comey's testimony backed up Trump on key points -- affirming that the president "never sought to impede" the Russia probe, and that while he was FBI director, Comey told Trump several times he wasn't the subject of an investigation. (Read more)
4. Judge Nap: Mueller Will Conduct 'Interrogation' Under Oath of Pres. Trump - Fox News
Judge Andrew Napolitano said that President Trump will at some point be the subject of an "interrogation" under oath similar to the one former FBI Director James Comey just underwent in the Senate.
The Russia collusion investigation, now placed in the hands of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, will go on for a long time, Napolitano said.
"The type of interrogation we just saw of James Comey, Bob Mueller is going to conduct an interrogation like that under oath of Donald Trump. Not whether, but when is the only question," he said.
Napolitano explained that Mueller will be charged with figuring out whether a crime occurred and whether Trump exhibited "corrupt intent" in trying to shut down an investigation of Michael Flynn.
He said his big-picture takeaway from the testimony is that Comey laid out a "very, very credible and compelling argument that the President of the United States has not been truthful with the American people." (Read more)
5. Comey does unto Trump as he did unto Hillary - Fox News
About a year ago, James Comey offered legal reprieve but political punishment for Hillary Clinton. Today, it was Donald Trump's turn.
Stung by the intentionally humiliating manner of his firing, Comey, whose sense of his own dignity may exceed even his height, today cast long shadows over Trump's presidency.
Yes, Comey spared Trump an accusation of criminal misconduct, but made plain that the investigation into Trump's campaign and associates is deep and serious. And, just as he did of Clinton, Comey said Trump did not tell Americans the truth. (Read more)
6. Comey testimony highlights: 7 big moments - Fox News
Former FBI Director James Comey testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday, one month after being fired by President Trump. The highly anticipated testimony addressed the Russia investigation, Comey's leaked notes on his conversations with the president, his decision to speak out on the Clinton investigation and more.
Here are seven highlights.
7. Comey testimony: Politicians react to ex-FBI director's hearing - Fox News
The hearing drew dozens of reactions from politicians on both sides. Here's what they had to say.
> > > SPECIAL FEATURE!
Conflict of Thrones! Cloud Over Trump Administration Must Dissipate! - Lamplighter Ministries
To read this in-depth analysis of Trump's current situation, and to learn how to respond in prayer, please go here.
Submitted by Jon and Jolene Hamill; Lamplighter Ministries
Focus on Israel
1. Israel advances plans for 1,500 West Bank homes - Times of Israel
Israeli authorities on Tuesday advanced plans for 1,500 housing units in the West Bank, including units for the first new official settlement in some 25 years, according to left-wing Peace Now, which tracks settlement activity.
A Defense Ministry committee advanced the plans and may do so for about 1,000 more on Wednesday, the organization said in a statement.
2. Construction of new Samaria town to begin right away -Israel National News
The Civil Administration's Higher Planning Committee concluded on Wednesday evening two days of discussions on a series of construction plans throughout Judea and Samaria.
In the framework of those discussions, the committee approved the plans for the establishment of the community of Amichai, which will house the former residents of Amona, who were evicted from their homes on February 1.
The committee also confirmed that the construction of the community could begin immediately, despite the fact that the process of approving the community has not yet been completed.
3. During Historic Upcoming Israel Trip, Indian PM Modi Won't Visit Palestinian Authority - Algemeiner
Planning is in full swing ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's historic visit to Israel next month, the Hebrew news site Walla reported on Tuesday.
When Modi lands at Ben-Gurion International Airport on July 5, he will become the first sitting Indian prime minister to set foot in Israel.
During his two-day stay, Walla reported, the 66-year-old Modi - who took office in 2014 - will not travel to Ramallah or any other part of the Palestinian Authority, unlike most foreign leaders who visit Israel.
4. Top Israeli intel official: Threat of Iran's Mideast dominance 'immediate' - Jerusalem Post
The threat from Tehran's growing strength in Syria should be the number one focus of concern for Israel and the West, a top Israeli intelligence official said on Tuesday.
"The Iranian nuclear issue will of course always be a very high priority," Intelligence Ministry director-general Chagai Tzuriel told The Jerusalem Post on the sidelines of the 8th annual Israel Defense Exhibition in Tel Aviv. "But the negative potential built-in in the nuclear agreement will become more threatening as time goes by, while the threat of Iranian dominance in the region is immediate."
Developments in Syria have created "a strong imbalance in the region to Iran's benefit," Tzuriel told the global gathering of military and defense professionals. "Iran's strengthening in Syria is an issue that must be addressed right now."
5. PA: 'Palestine' will be free of 'settlers' -Israel National News
Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas's spokesman on Wednesday criticized Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for saying that Israel would strengthen the settlement enterprise in Judea and Samaria.
The spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, said that Netanyahu's remarks convey a message to the international community that Israel continues to place obstacles and destroy opportunities to renew the peace process.
"This comment is a defiance of the American administration and its efforts to create an atmosphere conducive to a serious diplomatic process, and a blatant defiance of the entire international community, which recognized the State of Palestine within the 1967 borders and its capital East Jerusalem, as well as a defiance of the Security Council, which clearly condemned the settlements in all Palestinian lands and said they violate international legitimacy," charged Abu Rudeineh.
6. In Jerusalem, Rivlin Greets 200 Christian Leaders Supporting Israel - Breaking Israel News
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin met with leaders from more than 200 Christian communities around the world as part of a delegation arranged by the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus and the Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast movement to mark the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem's reunification.
"The city of Jerusalem, which was once a divided city, is the same city where Jews and Arabs, religious and secular people, find the space to live together, to meet and get to know each other, to build a shared Jerusalem, together," Rivlin told the Christian leaders.
"Jerusalem for me, is a microcosm of our ability, to live together, Jews, Muslims, Christians. Jerusalem is holy to everyone of faith. And Israel is proud to stand by the right of everyone to worship God as they believe," he said.
The Daily Brief
Every prayer below is presented to our Lord in the Name of Jesus Christ, amen.
1. James Comey's Latest Statement Is An Indictment Of Comey, Not Trump - The Federalist
Ahead of former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director James Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, the committee released the seven-page prepared statement Comey provided on Wednesday. While it's clear that Comey and his allies believe the statement is proof that President Donald Trump acted inappropriately, and perhaps even illegally, the statement itself is a much bigger indictment of Comey's own behavior over the last six months. Not only does Comey's statement corroborate Trump's claim that the former FBI director told him three times that the president was not being investigated by the FBI, it also reveals the Beltway game Comey was playing with the investigation. (Read more)
- Father, we pray these swirling controversies would end and our government will get on with the nation's business.
- They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth (1 Timothy 6:4-5, excerpt)
2. Trump Keeps Campaign Promise, Picks More Conservative Judges - Daily Caller
Presidential Donald Trump submitted a new slate of judicial nominees to the Senate Wednesday, naming nine appointees to federal courts across the country. The list is the second such slate that the president has submitted to the Senate. The White House also indicated that Trump will officially nominate three m0re judicial candidates in the coming days.
The nominations are the latest in what are expected to be monthly waves of nominations.
The most high-profile nominations include Justice Allison Eid for the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Ralph Erikson for the 8th Circuit, and Stephanos Bibas, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, who will be nominated to a seat on the 3rd Circuit in the near future. (Read more)
- Father, we pray for Your blessing upon these confirmation hearings and for these judges to restore order to our federal courts.
- "Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts." (Amos 5:15a)
3. Trump Pledges to Rebuild American Infrastructure with American Labor and Materials - CNS News
Speaking in Cincinnati, Ohio, President Donald Trump pledged to rebuild the nation's infrastructure using American labor and materials.
"We're here today to talk about rebuilding our nation's infrastructure. Isn't it about time? Spending money all over the world, except here. We don't spend our money here. We spend it all over, and we'll do it using American labor, American energy, American iron, aluminum and steel. We believe in the dignity of work and in the greatness of the American worker," he said. (Read more)
- Father, help our nation shift from dependency to work - work that rebuilds our nation, honors You and lifts people out of poverty.
- From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things, and the work of their hands brings them reward.
4. Trump Delays One Of The Most Expensive EPA Regulations Ever - Daily Caller
The Trump administration announced Tuesday evening it would delay the implementation of a smog rule that's been called one of the costliest clean air regulations ever.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt sent a letter to governors saying there's "insufficient information" to fully implement the 2015 rule on its current timeline. The rule lowers the national ground-level ozone, or smog, standard from 75 to 70 parts per billion.
Pruitt said states would have an extra year to meet the tightened ozone standard, and EPA would address concerns over outstanding issues, like background ozone and smog coming in from China and other East Asian countries.
"We share the goal of clean air, a robust economy and stronger, healthier communities," Pruitt said in a statement. (Read more)
- Father, You are Creator of all, and You can cleanse our air and water through natural systems and new technologies. We pray You would help us have wisdom without needing this regulatory burden and federal control.
- Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. (Isaiah 40:28)
5. Trump's Labor Secretary Targets Visa Program Fraud And Abuse - Daily Caller
President Donald Trump's Labor Secretary Alex Acosta announced plans Tuesday to "aggressively confront" visa program fraud and abuse.
In a policy shift, Acosta directed the Department of Labor (DOL) to "vigorously" enforce all laws within its jurisdiction over the non-immigrant visa program. He listed a series of specific actions meant to ramp up enforcement of visa program abuse.
Acosta directed DOL's Wage and Hour Division to use all its tools to enforce labor protections provided by the visa program. He also directed the Employment and Training Administration to propose changes to the Labor Condition Application that may help the government identify fraudulent activity.
The DOL says that it will be actively engaged in criminal referrals on a regular basis. Sources inside the DOL told The Daily Caller News Foundation that the previous administration did not always work actively with the inspector general on pursuing suspected cases of fraud and abuse of the visa program. (Read more)
- Father, thank You for a reinstitution of law and order throughout our nation. We pray this initiative will free people who are being used, essentially as slave labor within our borders.
- He withholds his hand from mistreating the poor and takes no interest or profit from them. He keeps my laws and follows my decrees. He will not die for his father's sin; he will surely live. (Ezekiel 18:17)
6. Supreme Court signals deference to religious nonprofit groups - Washington Times
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Monday that faith-based nonprofits can be treated the same as churches under federal retirement laws, in a decision signaling broad deference to religious institutions.
Houses of worship are allowed greater freedom to structure their retirement plans than most corporations under the Employee Retirement Security Act (ERISA), but it was unclear whether religiously affiliated nonprofits such as parochial schools and church-run hospitals would be afforded the same flexibility.
In an 8-0 ruling, the high court said Congress, in a 1980 amendment to the law, did intend for religious nonprofits to be considered a "church plan," making them exempt from some of ERISA's strict requirements.
"The question presented here is whether a church must have originally established such a plan for it to so qualify. ERISA, we hold, does not impose that requirement," Justice Elena Kagan wrote in the court's opinion. (Read more)
- Father, we are grateful for this decision that protects religious nonprofits from the ERISA regulations that would impact their ability to fulfill their mission.
- He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him. (Proverbs 2:8)
7. DOJ: Almost 60,000 Drug Overdose Deaths in 2016; 'Largest Annual Increase in American History' - CNS News
"For Americans under the age of 50, drug overdoses now are the leading cause of death," Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told employees of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Tuesday. "On an average day, 90 Americans will die from an opioid-related overdose. About four people will overdose and die while we sit here this morning," Rosenstein said.
Outlining the "horrifying surge in drug overdoses," Rosenstein noted that in 2015, more than 52,000 Americans lost their lives to drug overdoses, 33,000 of them from heroin, fentanyl and other opioids. (Read more)
- Father, we pray for Your deliverance from this spreading, deadly pestilence.
- The Lord saw and was sorry over the calamity, and said to the destroying angel, "It is enough; now relax your hand." (1 Chronicles 21:15, excerpt)
8. UK elections: May win no longer a sure bet after terror attacks - Fox News
The once-dominant lead that British Prime Minister Theresa May had over her rivals in the run-up to Thursday's election may be the latest casualty of recent terror attacks that have unnerved British voters.
Polls show a tightening race between May and her lead opponent, Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, one day ahead of a general election that will determine how the U.K. negotiates its exit from the European Union and how it handles attacks from radical Muslims, among other things.
The 60-year-old May, who took over as prime minister last year after David Cameron stepped down following the Brexit referendum result, had what many saw as an insurmountable lead over her political rivals, a lead that could actually widen her current majority in the House of Commons. (Read more)
> > > For the latest results in the UK election, go here.
- Father, we pray the terrorists would not be rewarded with a victory in this election. Give the people of Britain wisdom as select their leaders.
- God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, "You must remove the evil person from among you." (1 Corinthians 5:13)
9. Trump to Iran: States backing terror risk 'falling victim' themselves - The Times of Israel
US President Donald Trump on Wednesday expressed sympathy for the victims of a terror attack in Iran that killed 13 people, but issued a barbed warning that the country was reaping what it sowed.
"We grieve and pray for the innocent victims of the terrorist attacks in Iran, and for the Iranian people, who are going through such challenging times," Trump said in a brief statement.
"We underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote." (Read more)
- Father, many in Iran are sad and hurting today. We pray they would look to You, the One, True God for comfort and healing.
- Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. (Galatians 6:7-8)
10. Qatar Dispute: Trump Congratulates Saudi King for Steps to 'Dry Up . . . Sources' of Terrorism - CNS News
President Trump phoned Saudi King Salman Tuesday to congratulate the kingdom for its leading role in drying up the "sources" of terrorism, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.
The brief bulletin did not mention the word "Qatar," but the call comes amid a widening, Saudi-led campaign to isolate the small natural-gas-rich Gulf state, accused by its neighbors of supporting terrorists and extremists and of breaking ranks on Iran, Riyadh's arch rival. (Read more)
- Father, we are thankful for a unified front against funding for the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas by isolating Qatar. We pray there will be a quick commitment by the government of Qatar to discontinue support for these terrorist organizations.
- You will recompense them, O Lord, according to the work of their hands. (Lamentations 3:64)
The Daily Jot
Thursday, June 8, 2017
More fake news from Comey coverage
What to believe? What to believe? The Wall Street Journal says that fired FBI Director James Comey's testimony revealed that Donald Trump was narcissistic and had little knowledge about how Washington, D.C.'s politics worked, but that Comey was ignorant of the US Constitution and how the FBI is accountable to the elected. Associated Press reporting on the very same Comey testimony, wrote that President Trump was trying to create a "patronage relationship" and caused Comey deep concerns about blurring the boundaries between the White House and a law enforcement agency priding itself on independence. Two different accounts of the same testimony. How does one discern the truth?
There is a lot of noise around this fake news narrative of James Comey, who was fired by the president. It was well within the president's constitutional authority to fire him. Moreover, law enforcement, especially the FBI and other, what I would call "unconstitutional" agencies such as DEA, IRS, etc., constitutionally must answer to the elected. Otherwise, there is a risk of jackboot authoritarian enforcement akin to third world dictatorships, or just as bad, socialist/progressive tyranny. No matter how you look at it, constitutionally the FBI is not an independent law enforcement agency answering to only itself, as Comey suggests. It must be held accountable and Trump did so by exercising his right to fire Comey.
Moreover, the media is frantic about whether Trump influenced the FBI's investigation of so-called "Russian influence" in the US election. Comey, in his written testimony, said Trump was not part of any Russian influence investigation. Trump wanted Comey to say that publicly, but Comey refused. Trump also expected, what Comey calls "loyalty," and Comey refused. Loyalty implies accountability instead of independence, and Comey's loyalty is with another master. Consider how the FBI under the previous Department of Justice (Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch) refused to enforce laws, selectively enforced laws, and how the "president" influenced those choices. The media said nothing about those obvious influences.
While the progressive shills in the media may harp on Trump trying to get Comey to drop the Russian investigation, it appears as window-dressing from an FBI Director who selectively enforced laws influenced by and at the behest of the ex-"president" who appointed him. His testimony is most certainly suspect and designed to insinuate enough for the leftist media to impugn reputations by ignoring base facts and raising enough doubt to spread the leftist narrative. As Isaiah 59:14 says, "And justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off; for truth is fallen in the street and equity cannot enter." When you drain a swamp, the stink lingers a long time. In this case, more fake news is just part of the stench.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Prayers During Ramadan
Prayers During Ramadan
This year, Ramadan began on the Islamic Calendar last Saturday, May 27th and will continue for one month until Sunday, June 25th.
A website titled "30 DAYS OF PRAYER" is now posted, with specific prayers offered each day for the Moslem people. When you visit this site, you will also see posted prayers offered on previous days if you need to "catch up" in this vital time of intercession for those who are being held captive by Islam.
To visit this website, go to:
or go here.
Prayers During Ramadan - Part Two
Another resource is also available now for targeted prayers for the Moslem population.
There is much valuable information here, too, so please do visit this site when you can this month. Thank you! Ramadan Prayer Series - Focuses on Islam in the West
For the sixth year, Best Current News is publishing their thirty days of prayer for Ramadan series. Realizing that 65% of American Christians believe there are multiple paths to eternal life, this year's series has focused primarily on the differences between Christianity and Islam. Each day during Ramadan, the website publishes an infographic or short article about differing aspects of Islam, how it differs from Christianity, and its impact on the West. To view or receive the articles daily, go to http://www.bestcurrentnews.com/. You may also sign up to receive them in your email inbox. They are also on Facebook and Twitter under Best Current News.
More Daily Features
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: www.persecution.org -- 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.
The Good News Corner
"Jesus Week" in Times Square Brings Deliverance to Thousands
(New York, NY) - [CBN News] Roughly 14,000 people gathered in New York City's Times Square this past weekend for the conclusion of "Jesus Week."
The stage was set on 43rd Street in Manhattan.
The Christian Post reported that the celebration was an evangelistic outreach that brought the churches of New York together to celebrate and lift up Jesus through reading Scripture and live performances.
"I'm Trading My Sorrows" - Darrell Evans
The Bible Readathon
Our Bible Readathon Continues
"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." (Psalm 119:105)
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