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TEN DAYS OF AWE
Judge Moore Wins Election!
Roy Moore defeats Luther Strange in Alabama Senate runoff;
seen as test of Trump influence
Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was projected to soundly defeat Sen. Luther Strange in a GOP primary runoff that pitted President Donald Trump against some of his most loyal supporters, including former chief strategist Steve Bannon, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and a slew of conservative members of the House of Representatives.
With 42 percent of the precincts reporting, Moore lead Strange 57 percent to 43 percent, a margin of just over 25,000 votes. State officials estimated a low turnout of between 12 and 15 percent of eligible voters.
Moore is now the favorite in December's general election against Democrat Doug Jones, a lawyer and former U.S. attorney during President Bill Clinton's administration. The winner of that race will complete the Senate term started by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and be up for re-election in 2020.
Strange lost despite the endorsement of Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, both of whom traveled to Alabama to make the case for the incumbent in the final week of the race.
. . . "Mitch McConnell needs to be replaced and your vote tomorrow may determine that," Moore said Monday at a Fairhope rally attended by Bannon, Brexit leader Nigel Farage, and "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson.
Bannon told the crowd that Alabama can show the world "that this populist, nationalist, conservative movement is on the rise."
"A vote for Roy Moore is a vote for Donald J. Trump," Bannon said.
Wearing a white cowboy hat and leather vest at the rally Monday night, Moore repeated the conservative Christian themes he has used his entire public career. He also lashed out at attack ads run against him in the race, including one suggesting he was weak on gun rights. "I believe in the Second Amendment," Moore said, pulling a handgun from his pocket. (Read more)
- Father God, we thank You that this "Ten Commandments Judge", who for years has fought for the right to display Your law in his courtroom, will now enter Congress wearing the mantle of a United States Senator.
We decree that, as he enters that chamber, the Law of God will prevail over the laws of man, and it will be a NEW DAY OF FREEDOM in America. In Your Name, amen.
- "For the Lord is our judge, The Lord is our lawgiver, The Lord is our king; He will save us-" (Isaiah 33:22)
Focus on Israel
1. Terrorist kills 3 Israelis in attack outside Jerusalem - Israel Hayom
A Palestinian terrorist opened fire early Tuesday at the entrance to the Har Adar settlement outside Jerusalem, killing three Israelis and critically wounding a fourth in one of the deadliest attacks in a two-year spate of violence.
One of the victims, a border policeman, was named as Solomon Gavriyah, 20, from Be'er Yaakov. He was posthumously promoted to staff sergeant. Another victim was identified as Youssef Ottman, a resident of the nearby Arab Israeli community of Abu Ghosh, who had been working as a security guard. The third casualty, also a security guard, was later identified as Or Arish, a 25-year-old resident of Har Adar. (Read more)
- Father God, we offer our prayers of comfort and support for those who mourn today in Zion. May each one feel the touch of the Master's Hand upon his heart, and may You somehow bring good to bear from this evil. We ask in Your name, O Lord, amen.
- "Comfort, yes, comfort My people!" Says your God." (Isaiah 40:1)
2. 'Deport family members of Palestinian terrorists to Syria' - Jerusalem Post
The families of Palestinian terrorists should be deported to Syria, Housing Minister Yoav Galant (Kulanu) said on Tuesday morning as he stood at the site of the terror attack by the back gate of Har Adar that claimed the lives of three Israelis.
Those who engaged in terror, "have to pay a price," Galant said. "If you want to live side by side in cooperation, in liberalization and in freedom with the Israelis and work here, you are very welcome.
3. PA leader to visit Gaza - Israel National News
Rami Hamdallah, the head of the Palestinian Authority (PA) Ramallah-based government, will travel to Gaza on October 2 as part of a fresh push to end a decade-long split between Fatah and Hamas, AFP reported Monday.
"Prime minister Rami Hamdallah has decided after consulting with president Mahmoud Abbas that the government will hold its weekly meeting in Gaza next week," government spokesman Yusuf Al Mahmoud said in a statement published by official the PA news agency WAFA.
4. Saudi Newspaper: 'No Lasting Peace Can Exclude Hamas and its Supporters' - Algemeiner
Despite an all-time low in relations between the Riyadh government and the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas, a leading Saudi newspaper has offered a cautious welcome to the current reconciliation process between Hamas and its rival Fatah as they prepare for next week's session of the Palestine National Council in Gaza - the first such meeting in three years.
"That Hamas and Fatah will confront their differences and resolve their issues allows for a new phase of Palestinian politics that will bring back the focus on ending Israel's occupation and the Palestinian campaign for statehood," the English-language Saudi Gazette stated in an editorial on Saturday. "No lasting peace with the Palestinians can exclude Hamas and its supporters."
The editorial suggested that Hamas still has opportunity to get back into the good graces of Saudi officials if it falls into line behind the kingdom's "Arab Peace Initiative," which calls for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
5. 'Will you let Israel help Myanmar commit war crimes?' - Jerusalem Post
The High Court of Justice on Monday heard oral arguments about whether the state must halt arms sales to Myanmar in light of incontrovertible evidence of the regime's war crimes against its own Muslim minority population. "I cannot imagine when it comes to crimes against humanity, that the court will not intervene," petitioner's lawyer Eitay Mack said to the High Court.
According to human rights groups, more than 400,000 people from the Rohingya Muslim minority have fled Rakhine to Bangladesh since late August due to a campaign of mass arson, rape, massacres and other atrocities carried out by Myanmar security forces.
The country has also been accused of war crimes in its states of Kachin and Shan and reports of war crimes have continued to flood the media.
6. Trump Administration Transfers $20 Million to Palestinian Authority Ahead of Taylor Force Act - Breaking Israel News
A White house official has confirmed initial reports by Jewish Insider that the Trump administration has quietly transferred $20 million towards West Bank and Gaza projects that would "directly benefit" the Palestinian Authority (PA).
The funds were redirected to Palestinian wastewater programs after the money was frozen from an Egyptian economic aid package. According to the initial report, a Congressional aide explained, "It means that the Trump administration is trying to get money out of the door before Taylor Force goes into effect."
The Taylor Force Act, passed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last month, cuts off U.S. economic aid that directly benefits the Palestinian Authority until they end violence against U.S. and Israeli citizens, condemn such acts of violence, and end payments to terrorists and their families. The bill is named after a former U.S. army officer, Taylor Force, who was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist in Tel Aviv.
he funds were originally allocated as economic aid to Egypt, but were delayed since fiscal 2014, pending Egyptian improvement of human rights violations and restrictions on human rights organizations.
Instead, the funds were redirected to supply the Palestinian Authority and Gaza with more water under the "Red Sea-Dead Sea" water sharing agreement, which Jason Greenblatt, the U.S. Middle East envoy, negotiated between the PA and Israel. Because this program directly benefits the Palestinian Authority, the allocation of funds to it would not be able to continue after the Taylor Force Act is implemented. (Read more)
- Father God, we repent of these schemes by the Trump administration that will strengthen the hand of Israel's enemy. Forgive us, Lord, we pray, amen and amen.
- "Happy is the man who has not followed the counsel of the wicked, or taken the path of sinners, or joined the company of the insolent." (Psalms 1:1)
The Daily Brief
1. North Korea Moving Weapons Into Position To Actually Shoot Down A US Aircraft - Daily Caller
North Korea has reportedly been boosting its defenses along its east coast in response to U.S. bomber flights near the rogue regime. After U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers, powerful conventional bombers, flew past North Korea Saturday, South Korea's National Intelligence Agency saw the Korean People's Army moving warplanes and coastal defense units into position in the eastern part of the country.
"Since the U.S. declared war on our country, we will have every right to make countermeasures, including the right to shoot down the United States' strategic bombers, even when they are not yet inside the airspace border of our country," North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho said Monday.
While North Korea asserts that President Donald Trump's speech at the United Nations was a declaration of war, the White House claims that the regime's thoughts on this issue are absurd, adding that the Trump administration has not declared war on North Korea. It is unclear if North Korea would or even could shoot down a modern U.S. aircraft, although it should be noted that North Korea has shot down U.S. military aircraft in the past. (Read more)
- Father, we pray for a de-escalation of tensions with North Korea and for President Trump and his advisors to have great wisdom.
- Wisdom and money can protect you. But knowledge gained through wisdom is even better-it can save your life. (Ecclesiastes 7:12)
2. U.S. hits North Korean banks with sanctions - Washington Times
The Trump administration slapped sanctions Tuesday on eight North Korean banks and 26 of their bank workers living abroad, part of the continuing response to Pyongyang's illicit nuclear weapons and missile programs. President Trump said at a news conference that the sanctions will further "isolate the North Korean menace."
The Treasury Department announced it was freezing the assets in U.S. jurisdiction of the entities and individuals with ties to North Korea's financial networks."We are targeting North Korean banks and financial facilitators acting as representatives for North Korean banks across the globe," said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. "This further advances our strategy to fully isolate North Korea in order to achieve our broader objectives of a peaceful and denuclearized Korean peninsula. This action is also consistent with U.N. Security Council resolutions." (Read more)
- Lord God, we ask that these new sanctions will have the intended effect on the leadership of the nation of North Korea. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, we command the spirit of insanity that is in the mind of Kim Jong Un to be bound, and the spirit of a sound mind to be loosed. We ask that You set this captive, and his nation free, to know You and to worship You in Spirit and in Truth, amen.
- "Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." (Matthew 18:18)
3. As North Korea threatens electromagnetic pulse attack, questions over lapses in US grid security rise - Fox News
For more than 15 years, security and intelligence officials - including former CIA Director James Woolsey - have been raising the alarm bells about the vulnerability of the U.S. power grid to an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack. Only now as tensions with North Korea quickly escalate - with the rogue nation refusing to back down from its nuclear testing and threats of such an onslaught - is the matter really generating attention.
But according to U.S. defense and security officials, while there are players purporting to protect the nation's critical infrastructure given millions of American lives on the line, the reality is that no one really knows what will happen and what can be done.
"We recognize that an EMP event would have extremely dire consequences for the entire country, but where the challenge comes is in attempting to quantify those impacts," one high-ranking Department of Homeland Security official, who requested anonymity, told Fox News. "This is not something we have had a lot of real world experience with." (Read more)
- Father, we know our preparations are useless without Your help and protection. We pray for Your mercy upon our land and our people.
- But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.
(2 Thessalonians 3:3)
4. McConnell Says Republicans Are Giving Up on Health Bill - NY Times
Senator Mitch McConnell on Tuesday officially pulled the plug on the latest plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, telling senators they will not vote on the measure and effectively admitting defeat in the last-gasp drive to fulfill a core promise of President Trump and Republican lawmakers.
Mr. McConnell's announcement came less than 24 hours after a pivotal Republican senator, Susan Collins of Maine, declared firm opposition to the repeal proposal, all but ensuring that Republican leaders would be short of the votes they needed.
Senate Republicans already tried once this year to approve repeal legislation, an exercise that ended in defeat when Senator John McCain of Arizona gave a thumbs-down in July to kill that repeal proposal. (Read more)
- TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE BEEN PRAYING SO INTENSIVELY TO SEE THIS BILL PASSED:
We decree NO to this news!
Senator McConnell CAN yet change his mind, and this vote CAN be taken, and this bill CAN be passed, in Jesus' mighty name, amen!
- "But the LORD is with me like a dread champion; Therefore my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will be utterly ashamed, because they have failed, With an everlasting disgrace that will not be forgotten". (Jeremiah 20:11)
5. Sessions to declare free speech 'under attack' on campus, in broadside at political correctness - Fox News
Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to declare freedom of speech is "under attack" at American colleges and universities, during an address Tuesday taking aim at political correctness run amok on campus.
Sessions plans to tackle the hot-button issue of free speech on campus at Georgetown University Law Center, following a series of clashes at Berkeley and beyond over conservative speakers.
"Freedom of thought and speech on the American campus are under attack," Sessions plans to say, according to excerpts obtained in advance by Fox News. "Whereas the American University was once the center of academic freedom - a place of robust debate, a forum for the competition of ideas - it is transforming into an echo chamber of political correctness and homogenous thought, a shelter for fragile egos." (Read more)
- Father God, we thank You that our Attorney General and the Department of Justice will now intervene on college campuses to ensure that all students are granted the right to speak freely, and safely. Praise You, Lord, amen.
- "Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him." (Isaiah 30:18)
6. Dems Are Looking To Work With GOP On Tax Reform - Daily Caller
Democrats in both the U.S. House and Senate are reaching across the aisle to work with President Donald Trump and Republican leadership to pass a tax reform bill. Three Democratic senators and at least eight House members are actively engaged in ongoing negotiations with Trump and members of his administration to accomplish the first major legislative achievement of the president's presidency.
Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of Indiana dined with president at the White House on Sept. 12 to discuss how to reach a bipartisan solution to tax reform that would provide relief for the middle-class and bolster economic growth. Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, along with committee members Sens. John Thune of South Dakota and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, all Republicans, also attended the dinner.
Trump is scheduled to meet with a bipartisan group of House Ways and Means Committee members Tuesday, which notably includes Democratic Reps. Richard Neal of Massachusetts, Lloyd Doggett of Texas, Brian Higgins of New York, Ron Kind of Wisconsin, John Larson of Connecticut, Linda Sanchez of California, Terri Sewell of Alabama and Mike Thompson of California. (Read more)
- Father, we pray the saying, "you can get a lot accomplished if you don't care who gets the credit" will be true for tax reform. Help our legislators work together for the benefit of the people.
- "All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God." (2 Corinthians 4:15)
7. New Poll Finds Bipartisan Consensus Among Voters on Need for Tax Reform - Washington Free Beacon
There is a bipartisan consensus among American voters that Congress should make passing a comprehensive tax reform bill that lowers taxes for the middle class a top priority, according to a poll released on Tuesday. The poll, conducted last week, found that three in four voters say tax reform should either be a top priority (43 percent) or an important priority (30 percent) for Congress. Only 10 percent said tax reform is "not too important" and a lesser 4 percent said tax reform "should not be done."
There appears to be a consensus among voters on what should be prioritized within the bill, with voters from both parties saying it is most important to them that the tax rate is lowered for the middle class. Forty-nine percent of Democrats and 46 percent of Republicans said lowering middle class taxes is most important.
One of the other top issues for voters, according to the poll, is creating a tax code that rewards businesses for prioritizing American workers. A majority of voters said it is very important that tax reform creates incentives for businesses to create jobs in America, manufacture products in America, and be headquartered in America. (Read more)
- Father, we pray for the political will and momentum to push tax reform over the finish line!
- It is better to finish something than to start it. It is better to be patient than to be proud. (Ecclesiastes 7:8)
8. 'Apocalyptic' devastation in Puerto Rico, and little help in sight - CNN
Hurricane Maria whipped Puerto Rico with Irma-level winds, drenched the island with Harvey-level flooding, crippled communications, decimated buildings and damaged a dam that puts downstream residents at risk of catastrophe.
But help has been slow to come to communities where the devastation is described as "apocalyptic," officials and residents argue.
Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said the island faces a humanitarian crisis. He urged Congress to approve a commensurate aid package as the US commonwealth, already hammered by a prolonged economic crisis, tries to get back on its feet.
The governor joined others in emphasizing that Puerto Ricans are American citizens.
"We need something tangible, a bill that actually answers to our need right now," he said. "Otherwise, there will be . . . a massive exodus to the (mainland) United States." (Read more)
- Father, our hearts go out to the millions of people who live on the island of Puerto Rico. They need a miracle, Lord . . . many miracles. We thank You that You are the God who makes the impossible, possible. In Your Name we pray, amen.
- And looking at them Jesus said to them, "With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26)
9. FEMA has money to spend in Puerto Rico, but Congress will need to act soon - McClatchy DC
Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico less than a week ago, but the Federal Emergency Management Administration has more relief funding available than it did after Hurricane Harvey. After Harvey hit the Houston area, Congress passed a $15.25 billion hurricane relief bill when President Donald Trump struck a deal with Democrats. FEMA was only a few days away from running out of money.
Nearly half of the hurricane relief package that passed in early September, $7.4 billion, is going to FEMA, allowing it to stay afloat while it responds to the crisis in Puerto Rico and cleanup in Florida after Hurricane Irma. A FEMA spokesperson told the Miami Herald that the agency has just over $5 billion in uncommitted disaster relief money as of Monday morning.
"Our focus is still continuing to be on the life-saving efforts and the immediate disaster response efforts which are still currently under way," said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. A Republican staffer with knowledge of the appropriations process said that federal funding for hurricane relief will be "fine until mid-October" and that Congress will likely vote on an additional funding bill in the next three weeks. (Read more)
- Father, we pray the people of Puerto Rico will receive the help they need and we pray they would turn their hearts and lives to You in their distress.
- For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall again into fear; rather, you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, "Abba! Father!" (Romans 8:15)
10. Trump to visit hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, says he is 'very proud' of 'amazing' response - ABC News
Shortly after announcing plans to visit Puerto Rico next week, President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is "very proud" of the response to the devastation left by Hurricane Maria on the island, claiming that relief efforts have been described as "amazing."
At a joint White House press conference with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Trump described the challenges faced by the U.S. territory in the aftermath of the storm but touted the work being done to bring "water, food and supplies" to the island.
"Everybody has said, it's amazing the job we have done in Puerto Rico," said Trump. "We're very proud of it." (Read more}
- Lord God, we have now been hit by three ferocious storms in less than one month: Harvey, Irma and now Maria. Father, we can only turn to You now, and to Your supernatural supply. Help us, O Lord we pray, amen.
- "And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus." (Phil. 4:19)
Taking a knee . . . (Part One)
Taking a knee . . . (Part One)
1. Steve Bannon: NFL players should take a knee and 'thank God' Trump is president - Washington Examiner
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon thinks NFL players should be kneeling to thank God for President Trump rather than protesting during the national anthem. "If people in this country take a knee and the national football league players want to take a knee, they should take a knee at night, every night, and thank God in heaven Donald J. Trump is president of the United States," Bannon told Fox News on Monday. "He has saved this country so much grief. He has done such a tremendous job with virtually no help," Bannon continued.
Trump's feud with the NFL stretched into its fifth day, as the president began his day attacking the league's ratings. He urged the NFL to create a rule to prevent players from taking a knee during the anthem. "The only way out for them is to set a rule that you can't kneel during our National Anthem!" Trump tweeted Monday. (Read more)
- Father, we pray You would bring the NFL to its' knees - in repentance.
- "Pride comes before destruction, and an arrogant spirit before a fall."
2. Busted! NFL rules require anti-anthem players to 'stand at attention' - WND
Who would have thought the National Football League - those teams with big guys who chase a little ball all over the gridiron - would get caught up in a fight over the First Amendment's free-speech protections? But it has, in an explosive way.
With the one-sided display over the weekend demonstrating that some speech is praiseworthy, laudable and to be honored. While, in contradiction to the First Amendment, other speech is not. Specifically, speech that disrespects the U.S. flag or the national anthem is supported, while statements honoring the flag are not.
It all started a year ago with now-sidelined quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the playing of the national anthem before a preseason game. He explained in the wake of high-profile police shootings, "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color."
Kaepernick has remained unsigned through the 2017 season, but his campaign lives on, with some 200 NFL players Sunday following his lead, mostly in response to criticism by President Trump. Some kneeled for the anthem, some stayed in the locker room and a few raised fists. (Read more)
3. Text of NFL Operations Manuel - WND
The NFL's operations manual, which, unlike its rule book, is not available to the public, states:
"During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses."
- Father, we pray Commissioner Goodell, the owners and coaches will enforce the rules and discipline players who refuse to follow them.
- Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you. (Deuteronomy 8:5)
4. Jeff Sessions: NFL players who refuse to stand for national anthem haven't 'thought it through' - Washington Examiner
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said NFL players who have declined to stand for the national anthem in protest have not thought through why they are doing so. . .
"The president of the United States has free speech. He believes, and I believe, that people should take a moment before a football game and stand when the national anthem is played. What's wrong with that? It's not political. It's not an affirmation of Trump or Hillary Clinton or any other agenda. It is simply an affirmation of respect for the United States of America and this great heritage of freedom and for these football players, prosperity, that they have. I think that's a perfectly appropriate thing for the president to say." (Read more)
- Father, we thank You for placing a man in the office of the Attorney General of the United States of America who demonstrates such wisdom. May many hear, take heed, and obey. Amen.
- "For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding." (Proverbs 2:6)
5. More Comments from Gary Bauer - Campaign for Working Families
Gary Bauer is featuring four articles on his topic today on his new website. Please go here to read even more comments on this theme.
6. American sniper's wife Taya Kyle: An open letter to the NFL - Fox News
You were doing your part to bring people together and heal the world. That's really how healing works. We heal by loving each other and leading by example; showing people what is possible when we love each other just as we are and not only recognize our differences but celebrate them and look at how we can use them together to make us jointly better than our separate parts. You were doing your part celebrating each other based on skills, talent and a joint vision without regard to color and religion.
Your desire to focus on division and anger has shattered what many people loved most about the sport. Football was really a metaphor for our ideal world -- different backgrounds, talents, political beliefs and histories as one big team with one big goal -- to do well, to win, TOGETHER.
It was simple - we loved you and you loved us - with all of our races, religions, different backgrounds and politics. Simplicity in a crazy world was pretty awesome.
You dear NFL, have taken that. You have lost me here.
If you ever want to get off your knees and get to work on building bridges, let me know. (To read all of Taya's letter, go here.)
- Father God, we thank You that You have granted the courage to Taya Kyle to write this heartfelt letter to the NFL. She is truly the wife of an American hero, Chris Kyle. We ask, O Lord, that You would cause her message to not fall upon deaf ears, but that many would then heed her words, repent, and return to playing the games we have so dearly loved all of these years. In Your name, amen.
- "If you ask anything in My name, I will do it." (John 14:14)
Taking a Knee . . . (Part Two)
Taking a Knee . . . (Part Two)
The Daily Jot
The National Anthem
There is a tremendous amount of controversy, derision and division surrounding protests taking place during the National Anthem. From time to time, there have been protests over the years during the National Anthem. None of them have been popular by the majority. Respect is always the overriding issue-the Veterans Administration estimates that some 650,000 of 42 million who served our country have died in battle since the Revolutionary War. They gave their lives that we as citizens can enjoy the benefits of freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution. The National Anthem represents our country, the bravery of the men and women who have fought for it, and God's miraculous hand on America.
When people protest during the National Anthem, their message appears to be that something is drastically wrong with our country. They are using the National Anthem to draw attention to what they believe is wrong. To many, there can be nothing so wrong with our country that a time of solemn reverence for those who bravely defended our nation and the many blessings of God upon this country should be interrupted. Many believe there can be no logical connection between what is being protested and honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. The question often is asked, 'Under what dire circumstances is it appropriate to interrupt such a solemn moment to protest?"
Others say that it doesn't matter because of freedom of speech-that those who sacrificed their lives for our country did so to preserve the very essence of the First Amendment. Certainly, the avenue of protest should always be open. That's one of the ways that we draw attention to wrongs committed in a free society. It's what leads to the preservation of equal rights under the law. The current protests during the National Anthem have gone beyond protesting a "wrong" in our society by becoming a politically charged, party line battle, and the issue that started it is seemingly lost in the rhetoric. The effect has been to divide, arouse anger, name calling, and, as often is the case, alternative agendas.
Here are some observations: Logic, facts, and the venue need to make sense when deciding where, what and how to protest. For love of God and country, and out of respect for those who sacrificed that I may enjoy the benefits of our freedom, I want these protests to end. Also the very true story should be told as to how the protesters are working with law enforcement in their communities to actually solve the problems they are protesting. Leaders in times like these should be statesmen and try to solve issues rather than inflame them. I'm reminded of Jesus' words in Matthew 5:9, "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called children of God." The argument over the National Anthem's use as a protest venue will never end. Agree or disagree, we need to come together and heal as one nation under God.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
More Daily Features
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- The Persecuted Church
- Classic Hymns
- Signs and Wonders
- The Good News Corner
- Worship with Us Today!
Prayers for 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.
BE THOU EXALTED
"Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let Your glory be above all the earth." (Psalm 57:5)
BE THOU EXALTED
"Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let Your glory be above all the earth." (Psalm 57:5)
Be Thou exalted, forever and ever, God of eternity, Ancient of Days! Wondrous in majesty, perfect in wisdom, Glorious in holiness, fearful in praise.
Be Thou exalted by seraphs and angels,
Be Thou exalted with harp and with song;
Saints in their anthems of rapture adore Thee,
Martyrs the loud hallelujahs prolong.
Be Thou exalted, O Son of the Highest! Gracious Redeemer, our Savior and King! One with the Father, co-equal in glory, Here at Thy footstool our homage we bring.
Be Thou exalted, O Spirit eternal! Dwell in our hearts, keep us holy within; Lead to Thy home in the life everlasting, Open its portals and welcome us in.
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Words: Fanny Crosby, 1901.
Melody: John S. Fearis
Signs and Wonders
Earthquake Epidemic Sweeping Globe Part of End-of-Days Redemption: Rabbis
While the heavens raged above in one of the most disastrous hurricane seasons in history, the earth trembled below as a global epidemic of major earthquakes shook all around the volatile Pacific Ring of Fire. A Bible Codes expert, searching for the divine message hidden in the Mexico disaster, discovered a shockingly clear reference that indicates this trend will only continue.
The past month has had more than its share of natural disasters, with Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Jose causing almost 250 deaths and a record $180 billion in damages. Now, a global series of earthquakes is beginning to raise fears of even greater disasters to come. This double dose of elemental fury is explicitly described in Isaiah as presaging the end-of-days. (Read more)
"I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke." (Acts 2:19)
The Good News Corner
New Evidence Reveals Why the Bible Called Ancient Israel
the "Land of Milk and Honey"
(Israel)- [CharismaNews.com] The Biblical fall feasts [began] this year on [last] Wednesday evening with the Feast of Trumpets. Traditionally, it's called Rosh Hashanah-literally "head of the year"-and celebrated as the Jewish New Year. One of the traditions is to dip apples in honey for a sweet year.
The Bible calls Israel the land of milk and honey. But where did the honey the Bible writes about come from?
For a long time, it was accepted that the honey part came from dates-one of the seven species in the land of Israel mentioned in Deuteronomy.
Now an amazing discovery indicates beekeeping may have been a big industry thousands of years ago. Evidence shows honey was being produced by bees here nearly 3,000 years ago around the time of the prophet Elisha.
Bees connected to honey are mentioned only a few times in the Bible, and beekeeping is never mentioned, but several years ago, archaeologists uncovered a strange installation.
"We saw that we have here a row of cylindrical-of clay cylinders-each one of them is about 2-1/2 feet long and about 1 foot in diameter," Hebrew University archaeologist Amihai Mazar told CBN News. "We realized these must be bee hives."
The apiary-the place where the hives were found-is at a site in the Jordan Valley called Tel Rehov where some archaeologists believe Elisha lived about a century later.
Mazar says the type of bee was native to Turkey, pointing to its ancient trade relations with Israel. Remnants of the bees were found at the dig.
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