Wednesday, July 19, 2017

CHPP Daily Brief: "Praying for All in Authority" Wednesday, July 19, 2017

We honor President Trump this week as
he completes the first six months of his
presidency on Saturday, July 22nd.
We decree on his behalf:

"By me kings reign, and princes decree justice." (Proverbs 8:15) Amen.

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The Daily Brief:
"Praying for All in Authority"
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

"I will make peace your administrators
And righteousness your overseers."
(Isaiah 60:17)

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Asking Forgiveness

Asking Forgiveness:

The Most Important Prayer if You Are a Christian

Dear Friends,

Yesterday we issued a series of powerful proclamations, interceding that our leaders in Congress be set free from all that is hindering them from coming to terms with this health care bill, so that a final decision can be made.

The only problem here is that we forgot the most important prayer: to ask our God to forgive them (those that oppose the best plan for the American people), for they know not what they do.
Scripture is so clear on this point. For example, it is written:

"Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse." (Romans 12:14)

And "Bless them that curse you, and pray for them who despitefully use you." (Luke:28)

We now revise our intercession, and we ask you all to join us in this additional prayer:
"Father God, we lift up all who are blocking passage of the health care bill that the president has asked for, no matter what their reasons might be. We ask You to forgive them, each one, Lord, for they know not what they do.

We ask that each one might be granted "wisdom from above" so that, working together, a bill might come out of Congress that our President can sign, in Your name, amen.

Thank you.

Focus on Israel

1. Clashes break out in Old City as Temple Mount tensions heat up - Times of Israel

Clashes broke out between Muslim worshipers and police in the Old City of Jerusalem for the third night in a row on Tuesday, in response to Israel placing metal detectors at entrances to the Temple Mount compound following a terror attack in the area.

According to police, after evening prayers at a gate outside the Temple Mount, a group of Muslim worshipers "started throwing rocks and bottles at the officers" who were stationed in the Old City.

(Read more)

2. Israeli lawmaker: Waqf's control of the Temple Mount is over - World Israel News

The Jordanian Waqf's de facto control over the Temple Mount came "to an end last Friday," Member of Knesset (MK) Avi Dichter, Chairman of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, stated Tuesday. Dichter was specifically referring to Israel's implementation of new security measures at the holy site, including the installment of metal detectors.

The Waqf, Jordan's Islamic Trust which manages religious affairs at the site, has been boycotting the Temple Mount, refusing to adhere to new security procedures introduced by the Israeli police following Friday's the attack, in which three terrorists shot and murdered two Israeli policemen. They called on other Muslim worshipers to follow suit, but hundreds nevertheless prayed at the holy site.

(Read more)

3. PA leader warns Israel over Al-Aqsa - Israel National News

Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Rami Hamdallah on Tuesday blasted Israel over the recent goings on in Jerusalem.

He said that Israel, as the "occupying power", is responsible for the current escalation in Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, according to comments carried by the Wafa news agency.

Hamdallah warned of the "grave consequences" of Israel's recent measures at Al-Aqsa Mosque, starting with its closure following last week's terrorist attack, banning the call for prayer from its mosques, police desecration of the mosques, assaulting staff and latest the installation of metal detectors at the entrances to the holy compound.

(Read more)

4. Proof Hezbollah is preparing for war - Israel National News

The IDF published two videos Tuesday evening which prove that the Hezbollah terrorist organization is preparing for war with Israel in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701.

Resolution 1701, which was adopted by the UN Security Council in August 2006, called for a cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah following the Second Lebanon War. The resolution called for the disarmament of Hezbollah. The binding resolution also called for an armed UN force (UNIFIL) to assist the Lebanese military in preventing Hezbollah operations and rearmament in southern Lebanon.

(Read more)

5. State Comptroller's inquiry reveals possible criminal activity in ammonia tank dealings - Jerusalem Onllne

Israel's State Comptroller Yosef Shapira sent on Tuesday a statement to the Israeli attorney general informing him that an investigation into activities pertaining the ammonia tank in Haifa raised suspicions of criminal activities. According to the announcement, there is concern that actions were taken to benefit Haifa Chemicals, in violation of the law, while evaluating preferences for alternatives to the import of ammonia, actions that would benefit Haifa Chemicals were taken.

The comptroller noted that Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection Director-General Yisrael Dancziger was involved in the alleged actions, and apparently did not implement the arrangement intended to prevent a conflict of interest, as directed in August 2015. Accordingly, Dancziger had a conflict of interest and acted without prior consultation with his office's legal advisor.

(Read more)

6. Middle East Conflict: Palestinians Urge 'Day of Rage' As Israel Imposes Holy Site Measures After Attack - Newsweek

The Palestinian Fatah party, led by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, called for a "Day of Rage" on Wednesday to protest new Israeli security measures at the contested Jerusalem holy site after a deadly shooting attack that killed two policemen last week.

Fatah demanded marches toward Israeli checkpoints Wednesday, which are stationed across the West Bank territory that Palestinians seek for a future state but where hundreds of thousands of Jewish settlers now live and where Israel maintains a military occupation. (Read more)

> > > Caution! These videos can be disturbing . . .

The Daily Brief

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

1. Obama official Samantha Power agrees to testify before House intel panel - Fox News

Former Obama official Samantha Power, who served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has agreed to testify before the House intelligence committee as part of its Russia probe, Fox News has learned. Power will join the roster of former Obama administration officials in testifying before the congressional panel as part of their probe into Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign officials in the 2016 presidential election.

Some lawmakers also want to hear from Obama administration officials over their potential role in "unmasking" the identities of Trump associates from intelligence reports last year. Power and former national security adviser Susan Rice are among the former officials who could face such questions. Rice initially had been expected to testify at a closed-door session Tuesday before the same House panel, but is instead expected to speak to lawmakers on the Senate Intelligence Committee later this week.

Power, though, has agreed to engage with the House committee, a spokesman for the former ambassador told Fox News. (Read more)

- Lord God, we do thank You that Samantha Power has agreed to testify before this House panel, and we ask that Susan Rice would also do so. Let the facts come forth in truth, and let justice be served, in Your name, amen.

- "For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth." (2 Cor. 13:8)

2. House Rejects Ban on Transgender Surgery for Troops - Christian Post

Leading conservative Christian activists are voicing their disapproval with the Republican-led House of Representatives after 24 GOP lawmakers voted against and helped sink an effort to bar federal tax dollars from being used to fund gender reassignment procedures for military service members.

Last Thursday, the House rejected an amendment proposed by by Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., to the $696 billion 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, the annual bill that lays out military budgets and expenditures. Hartzler's amendment would have nixed the military's authority to fund hormone therapy, sex change surgeries and other treatment related to gender transition for transgender members of the military and their families. The amendment would have continued to fund mental health services related to gender dysphoria. In total, the House voted 214-209 against Hartzler's amendment, with two dozen GOP representatives and 190 Democratic lawmakers voting against the measure. Additionally, six Republicans did not vote on the amendment . . .

On the House floor Thursday, Hartzler argued that "It makes no sense to create soldiers who are unable to fight and win our nation's wars and unfair to non transitioning individuals who must leave their families and deploy in their place." Hartzler stated that service members who undergo surgical transition would be non deployable for up to 267 days and "regular hormone treatments renders individuals nondeployable into the future." (Read more)

> > > Please see also this article on this topic, written by Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council.

- Father, we are so grieved by this decision, as it flies in the face of Scripture and also wastes our precious tax dollars on experiments in social engineering which, in the end, will weaken our military. Lord God, please restore us to sanity, and to the knowledge of Your Word, in Your name, amen.

- "Haven't you read the Scriptures?" Jesus replied. "They record that from the beginning 'God made them male and female.' (Matthew 19:4)

3. House GOP unveils budget plan that attaches major spending cuts to coming tax overhaul bill - Washington Post

House Republicans unveiled a 2018 budget plan Tuesday that would pave the way for ambitious tax reform legislation - but only alongside a package of politically sensitive spending cuts that threaten to derail the tax rewrite before it begins. GOP infighting over spending, health care and other matters continues to cast doubt on whether the budget blueprint can survive a House vote. Failing to pass a budget could complicate leaders' plans to move on to their next governing priority as hopes of a health-care overhaul appeared to collapse late Monday in the Senate.

The House Budget Committee blueprint, which is set for a Wednesday committee vote, sets out special procedures that could ultimately allow Republicans to pass legislation over the objections of Senate Democrats who can normally block bills they oppose. GOP leaders in the House, as well as top Trump administration officials, hope to use those procedures - known as reconciliation - to pass a tax overhaul later this year.

The instructions in the draft budget, however, go well beyond tax policy and set the stage for a potential $203 billion rollback of financial industry regulations, federal employee benefits, welfare spending and more. Those are policy areas where Republicans have, in many cases, already passed legislation in the House but have seen Democrats block action in the Senate. (Read more)

- Father, we pray for a workable budget plan. We pray the GOP will be united and work together successfully in drafting legislation to support President Trump's initiatives.

- "I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought." (1 Corinthians 1:10)

4. VP Mike Pence Promises That President Trump Will Move the Capital of Israel to Jerusalem - CBN News

"I Support Israel Because I am a Christian"

(Washington, DC)-[CBN News] Thousands of Christians descended on the nation's capital Monday for Christians United for Israel's 12th annual summit.

Mike Pence addressed the crowd, assuring that not only he, but President Donald Trump are proud supporters of the Jewish state. "And under President Donald Trump, if the world knows nothing else, the world will know this: America stands with Israel. Now and always," he said.

Pence also made sure to address one issue that so many Christians supported when president Trump ran his campaign-the move of the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

"I promise you that the day will come when President Donald Trump moves the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. It is not a question of if, it is only when," he said to a standing ovation. (Read more)

- Father God, we thank You that You have given us a president -- and a vice-president -- who both stand shoulder to shoulder with our ally and our friend, the nation of Israel. As Christians, we join them in praying daily for its peace. In Your name, amen.

- "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee." (Psalm 122:6)

5. Christian Grandma Florist Fined for Not Working Gay Wedding Takes 'Last Stand' at Supreme Court - Christian Post

Barronelle Stutzman, also known as the "Christian grandma florist," is now asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear her appeal to reverse a Washington court's decision earlier this year that found her guilty of discrimination for refusing to provide flowers for a gay wedding. The Associated Press reported on Sunday that lawyers for Stutzman are claiming that Washington's high court violated her First Amendment protection for artistic expression in its ruling in February.

Alliance Defending Freedom positioned in a post on Friday that Stutzman is taking her "last stand" at the Supreme Court. "For more than four years, Barronelle has endured the litigation in this case with unwavering grace, humility, and faith - even as she faces losing everything she owns," ADF wrote. "Now she will take her last stand before the U.S. Supreme Court, asking it to preserve her religious freedom and her right not to be forced to speak a message about marriage that violates her beliefs." (Read more)

- Father, we pray favor upon Barronelle Stutzman as she takes her stand before the Supreme Court. Thank You, that You go before her to prepare her way and bring answers to her prayers that are above and beyond what she can ask or think.

- "Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations [n]forever and ever. Amen." (Ephesians 3: 20,21)

6. Charlie Gard's parents 'optimistic' after new brain scan - WND

The parents of 11-month-old Charlie Gard are optimistic following Charlie's first brain scan since April. reported Dr. Michio Hirano and an unknown colleague from the Bambino Gesu hospital in Rome conducted a brain scan on the child Monday. The results of the scan have not been made public, but reported a source close to the family said that they "remain optimistic."

Hirano and his colleague spent six hours with Charlie on Monday, familiarizing themselves with the details of his case and examining the child personally. The Daily Mail reports Hirano, a second generation neurosurgeon, is a specialist in treating Charlie's rare mutation of mitochondrial depletion syndrome. Hirano has given Charlie up to a 56 percent chance of "meaningful improvement" following his experimental therapy.

Although he does consider Charlie's condition very severe, the Daily Mail reports Hirano said he would support giving Charlie the experimental treatment, because "the alternative is that he will pass away." (Read more)

- Father, thank You that Charlie Gard received the brain scan and examination from Dr. Hirano and his colleague. Lord, You have all knowledge and wisdom. Give wisdom on how to treat this rare condition, in Jesus Name.

- "The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him- the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD." (Isaiah 11:2)

7. Cop named Mohamed shoots, kills unarmed woman who called 9-1-1 - WND

The Minneapolis cop who shot and killed a 40-year-old woman after she called 9-1-1 to report a possible crime near her home was identified Monday as the precinct's first Somali-American officer. The deceased woman, Justine Damond, is from Sydney, Australia, and was a yoga instructor. She and her fiancé lived in the 5000 block of Washburn.

The city confirmed the identity Monday of the officer who fired multiple shots at the woman through his police-car door. His name is Mohamed Noor, who joined the force in 2015 as the first Somali refugee in the 5th precinct.

KSTP, citing a source with direct knowledge of the shooting, reported that Noor was sitting in the passenger seat of the squad car at the time of the shooting and "shot across his partner" at Damond, who approached the officers' car in her pajamas and began talking to the officer in the driver's seat.

One of Damond's friends, who identified herself only by her first name, Hannah, told the Star-Tribune that there was "no way" Damond would have been armed. "She often talked about how much better it was in Australia, where people aren't allowed to have guns," Hannah told the local newspaper.

"This is a very bizarre story," Debra Anderson, chair of ACT For America's Minnesota chapter and a resident of Minneapolis. "How could a women in pajamas possibly be perceived as a threat, on the opposite side of the car, no less?" (Read more)

- Father, we pray for the family of this Australian woman and ask that they be able to forgive in spite of these circumstances. We ask that Your Spirit work in the lives of this Muslim Somali family as well. Let all truth be revealed in this case.

- "So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom."
(Psalm 90:12)

8. Canada pays ex-Gitmo detainee who killed US soldier millions, but soldier's widow may never see a dime - Fox News

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave Omar Khadr a big payout, but the terrorist's real victims may never see any of that money. Canada agreed to pay the former Guantanamo prisoner a reported $8 million in a lawsuit alleging civil rights violations. The settlement included an apology. The Canadian-born Khadr was 15 in 2002 when he tossed a grenade in a firefight that killed U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer, a special forces medic.

Tabitha Speer, the soldier's widow, and Layne Morris, who was blinded in the firefight, won a $134 million wrongful-death default judgment against Khadr two years ago in Utah. (Read more)

- Father this situation is horrifying. We pray that You will bring justice for Mrs. Speer and the soldier who was blinded. We also ask that You bring heart change to the PM of Canada and all who are responsible for this act.

- "The fool will be servant to the wise of heart." (Proverbs 11:29b)

9. Princeton Student Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison in Iran - The Atlantic

An Iranian court has sentenced an American graduate student to 10 years in prison for spying, the latest case of a U.S. citizen accused of espionage by the Islamic republic.

Xiyue Wang, a Chinese-born U.S. citizen, was arrested last summer while conducting research in Iran for his doctoral dissertation, Princeton University, where he was a graduate student in history, said. Fars, a semiofficial Iranian news agency, quoted Mizan Online, a news agency affiliated with Iran's judiciary, as saying Wang pursued espionage "through the cover of being a researcher." Mizan, Fars said, reported that Wang was "gathering secret and top secret [intelligence]" for the U.S. State Department, Harvard Kennedy School, and the British Institute of Persian Studies. He was accused, the Fars report said, of "infiltrating Iran's national archive and building a 4,500-page digital archive" for "the world's biggest anti-Iran spying organization." It did not elaborate. (Read more)

- Lord, we pray for this graduate student, that You would grant him the ability to feel Your Presence in the Iranian prison. We pray that our government would work hard to bring all Americans held in foreign prisons home to their families.

- "Remember the prisoners as if chained with them." (Hebrews 13:3a)

10. Mexican folk religion involving human sacrifice gaining status among criminals - Fox News

A Mexican folk religion involving human sacrifice and devoted to "Holy Death" is growing in popularity among drug traffickers and violent criminals, prompting Texas officials and the Catholic Church to warn about honoring the so-called "Saint Death." Authorities are speaking out about the religion devoted to La Santa Muerte, which translates to "Holy Death" and "Saint Death," that has gained popularity steadily since the late 1980s among Mexican-American Catholics.

"She's not a saint. There is nothing good that can come out of praying to her," Sante Fe Archbiship John Wester said in February. "We have a lot of saints who represent the teaching of Jesus Christ. This is an aberration."

Clad in a black nun's robe and holding a scythe in one hand, Santa Muerte appeals to people seeking all manner of otherworldly help, from fending off wrongdoing and carrying out vengeance to people seeking protection for their drug shipments against law enforcement. Devotees often use Catholic prayers and set up shrines in "her" honor.

The Catholic Church in Mexico and the U.S. denounces the skeleton "saint," and warns that her worship is spiritually dangerous. In February, Wester, El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz and San Angelo Bishop Michael Sis in Texas joined their counterparts in Mexico in urging Catholics to avoid honoring the folk saint and called her "antithetical" to the teachings of Jesus Christ. (Read more)

- Lord we take authority over this situation and bind up all lying spirits who counterfeit the truth of our Lord Jesus Christ. We ask that Your Holy Spirit reveal truth to these people, and show them the error of their ways in all parts of their lives. We ask that they heed the warnings of those in authority in the Catholic church, and shun this dangerous practice, in Your name, amen.

- "But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk." (Revelation 9:20a)

The Daily Jot

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Socialist healthcare and socialists

The on-again, off-again repeal, replacement, re-whatever of the socialist healthcare tax system, which was not supposed to be a tax and was supposed to be voluntary, is now again stalled in the US Senate. That a supposed "conservative" majority of the Senate cannot get this unaffordable and detrimental healthcare system repealed is a testimony to the hypocrisy and lies among Republican Party senators. The Grand Old Party has a majority in the Senate, yet can't muster enough votes to get rid of socialist healthcare, which costs more, provides less, and is a detriment to the free market system. Why? Bottom line: it's because too many Republican Senators are also socialists.

Think about it. If conservative Senators are having a hard time swallowing the so-called "repeal and replace" of socialist healthcare, its because it doesn't repeal or replace the current horrible system-a system that was jammed down America's throat by a majority Democratic Senate and House without one Republican vote in 2009. The Republican Senate Leadership is so worried about getting Democrat votes, that it doesn't have the collective will to get rid of the second-worst example of failed socialism in American History (only because the veterans healthcare system is the worst example). This is simple. Republicans have the majority. Repeal the law with or without the Democrats. Then fix things.

So now, the Senate Republican leadership says it will offer up the House version of the bill calling for a repeal with a two-year delay to provide ample transition to what they say is a "patient-centered" healthcare system. Wow. Patient-centered? We can only assume that the current system they are having such a difficult time getting rid of is a "government-centered" system. This is confirmed by the IRS trying to collect on those who did not sign up for socialist healthcare by sending out letters saying things like, "Our records show that you have unpaid shared responsibility payment for tax year ended December 31, 2016." Even though the President has instructed the IRS to back off, it is trying to collect, plus interest.

"Shared responsibility payment", really? This doesn't have anything to do with healthcare. It is the money the government is siphoning off of the healthcare system. This system is broken. Congress needs to fix it. But there are too many in Congress who agree with socialism to get the job done. Americans need to remember this and fix it themselves by allowing the system to die its natural death through non-participation, AND getting rid of the socialists in Congress. They have made healthcare unaffordable and unreliable. This tax places an unjust burden on Americans. Ecclesiastes 3:13 says, "that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labor, it is the gift of God." Government is not God. Its time for Congress to understand that and do the right thing.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!

Bill Wilson

The Transgender Vote in Congress

For Your Information:

The Names of the 24 Republican Congressmen who Voted Against the Hartzler Amendment: Approving Funding for Transgender Medical Procedures in the Military

Here is the list of names of the Republican members of Congress who voted against the ban on transgender surgery in the military:

Commentary from Tony Perkins, Family Research Council

The Trump administration prides itself on being politically incorrect. There's no better time to prove it than now, when the future of national security hangs in the balance. If Congress won't act to protect our troops and taxpayers, the White House must. The American people rejected the Obama agenda in November. So why are we still letting it dictate our military policy?

Good question. One every one of these liberal enablers should ask themselves: Justin Amash (Mich.), Jack Bergman (Mich.), Mike Coffman (Colo.), Barbara Comstock (Va.), Paul Cook (Calif.), Ryan Costello (Pa.), Carlos Curbelo (Fla.), Jeff Denham (Calif.), Charlie Dent (Pa.), John Faso (N.Y.), Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Darrell Issa (Calif.), John Katko (N.Y.), Steve Knight (Calif.), Leonard Lance (N.J.), Frank LoBiondo (N.J.), Tom MacArthur (N.J.), Tom Reed (N.Y.), Dave Reichert (Wash.), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.), Bill Shuster (Pa.), Elise Stefanik (N.Y.), Claudia Tenney (N.Y.), and no-shows Rodney Davis (Ill.), Sam Johnson (Texas), Raul Labrador (Idaho)*, Mark Sanford (R-S.C.)*, and David Valadao (Calif.).
(Read all of Tony's comments by going here)

Charlie Gard Update

Conflict of Interest: Charlie Gard's Court-appointed Guardian's Lawyer
Sits on a Euthanasia Board

Charlie is the terminally ill 11-month-old British baby who has garnered international media attention as world figures from President Donald Trump to Pope Francis weigh in on a case that pits Charlie's parents against the doctors who are treating him.

But there is another party who has a say in the matter.

Along with Charlie's mother and father-Connie Yates and Chris Gard-and Great Ormond Street Hospital, a judge appointed a guardian ad litem to represent Charlie, who "lacks capacity to make medical treatment decisions," according to records from the U.K. Royal Courts of Justice.

Victoria Butler-Cole is the lawyer who represents Charlie's unnamed guardian in court.

Butler-Cole sits on the board of trustees for an organization called Compassion in Dying, whose mission is to raise awareness of people's rights involving end-of-life care.

Its sister organization, Dying with Dignity-with whom it shares the same CEO, some staff, and office space-advocates for assisted dying for terminally ill, mentally competent adults, according to its website.

The two organizations' shared personnel, resources, and related philosophies raise the question of a potential conflict of interest, as Butler-Cole speaks on behalf of Charlie's guardian in court.

"I see a definite conflict of interest, precisely because what's at stake is really a question of values in terms of living," said Melissa Moschella, an assistant professor of medical ethics at Columbia University. (Breaking Christian News) Read more.

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: -- 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:

Because He Lives

"I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth." (Job 19:25)


God sent His son, they called Him Jesus
He came to love, heal, and forgive.
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.


Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, All fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living just because He lives.

How sweet to hold a newborn baby,
And feel the pride and joy he gives.
But greater still the calm assurance,
This child can face uncertain days because He lives.


And then one day I'll cross the river,
I'll fight life's final war with pain.
And then as death gives way to victory,
I'll see the lights of glory and I'll know He lives.



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Signs and Wonders

Drifting Antarctic iceberg A-68 opens up clear water

The giant iceberg known as A-68 that was produced in the Antarctic last week continues to drift seaward.

All the latest satellite images indicate the gap between the 6,000-sq-km block and the floating Larsen C Ice Shelf from which it calved is widening.

The particular image on this page was acquired by the Deimos-1 satellite.

It is not easy getting pictures of the Antarctic at this time of year because of the long winter nights and because of cloud cover. Those spacecraft that have so far spied the berg have been relying on radar or on infrared sensors to pierce these difficulties.

The monster berg - which is a quarter the size of Wales, and one of the biggest ever recorded - is so far behaving as expected.

Theory suggests it should move, in the first instance, down the slope in the ocean surface that has been created by winds in the Weddell Sea pushing water up against the coast. But the leftward deflecting effect of the Coriolis force, produced by the Earth's rotation, should keep the berg relatively close to the continent's edge.

. . . There are also some fascinating investigations to be done on the seafloor that will soon be uncovered when the berg moves completely clear of the shelf. Previous big calvings have led to the discovery of new species. (Read more)

The Good News Corner

The Temple at Shiloh: An "Exciting Find" in Israel

(Israel)-[] Ten ancient jugs unearthed at the Samaria site of the ancient city of Shiloh could lead researchers to new discoveries about the Jewish tabernacle that existed there before the First Temple was built in Jerusalem.

The jugs, only some of which were broken, date to the time when the Jewish people first entered the land of Israel. The vessels were unearthed approximately half a meter (20 inches) underground in a large room that is part of an ongoing archaeological excavation. The Bible attributes the tabernacle at Shiloh to the time of the High Priest Eli and the Prophet Samuel.

In recent years, the Archaeological Unit of Israel's Civil Administration has been excavating together with the Shiloh Association. The goal of the work is to locate the southern wall of ancient Shiloh.

The newly discovered jugs indicate that in ancient times, the area was vacated abruptly, with residents not having enough time to collect and pack up their belongings.

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Today's Worship:

"Open the Eyes of My Heart"
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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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