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"Praying for All in Authority"
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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Today on Capitol Hill

Dear Friends,

As things now seem to be spiraling "out of control" on Capitol Hill, we know and decree that God is still IN CONTROL! He has a plan and a purpose for this government and this Congress, and His will shall be fulfilled, in His time.

In the meantime, as we continue to behold dramatic events unfolding in the Halls of Congress, we invite all of you to join us in praying in the Spirit over these headlines. We praise God that He provides the "peace that passeth all understanding", and we thank Him for releasing that peace on Capitol Hill today.

Let us be obedient to fulfill this mandate from our Lord in this hour, because it is written:

"Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." (I Timothy 2: 1-4)
Thank you.

In His Amazing Grace,

Sara C. Ballenger, President
Capitol Hill Prayer Partners

1. GOP Sen. Jeff Flake won't seek re-election in 2018 - Fox News

Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, facing a tough primary fight, announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election next year -- while taking a parting shot on the Senate floor at President Trump for behavior he called "reckless, outrageous, and undignified."

Without mentioning the president by name, Flake accused the Republican Party of having "given in or given up on the core principles in favor of a more viscerally satisfying anger and resentment . . . but anger and resentment are not a governing philosophy." (Read more)

2. Gutfeld: Flake Invoking 'Children & Grandchildren' in Speech Sounded Like Leftist Strategy - Fox News

Greg Gutfeld said that, while he likes Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz) as a legislator, some of his remarks he made about President Trump reminded him of the political strategies of the left.

Gutfeld said that Flake is likely a good person but that he irritated him by invoking "our children and grandchildren" when talking about opposing Trump's tone and governing style.

"That's straight out of the climate change [talk] from the left," he said.

"Basically what [Flake] is saying is 'if you don't do what [I'm] doing, you're complicit - you're guilty if you support Trump," Gutfeld said.

"I hate the 'what about the children' thing [like] we're bad people because we're not agreeing with him and I like him," Gutfeld said. (Read more)

3. Republicans who won't be coming back to Congress after 2018 midterm elections - Fox News

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., an ardent critic of President Trump, announced on Tuesday that he would not seek reelection - criticizing the president and the "flagrant disregard of truth and decency" as he made the announcement from the Senate floor.

Fall retirement announcements are nothing new. On average, 22 House members retire each cycle without seeking another office, Roll Call reported.

Here's the list of Republicans, in the House and Senate, who have announced they will not seek reelection. (Go here to read this list.)

4. Sarah Sanders: We've Left It to 'Professionals' Like Sen. Corker Long Enough - Fox News

Sarah Sanders called out Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) after he slammed President Trump's foreign policy earlier this week.

Corker accused the president of undermining Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and "raising tensions" in North Korea with his tweets. He suggested Trump "leave it to the professionals" to do something constructive for the country and the world. On Tuesday he remarked that the president "debases" the country.

"If Bob Corker is suggesting leaving it to the professionals and he's referring to himself, we've left it to him long enough," White House Press Secretary Sanders said. "He's been ineffective and now I think we need to let the president take the lead on this front working with Leader McConnell and others that really want to see some productive change." (Read more)

5. Protester throws Russian flags at Trump, shouts 'treason' after blending in with press - Fox News

A protester who managed to infiltrate a group of reporters shouted "treason" at President Trump and threw mini-Russian flags at him as the president arrived for a meeting Tuesday with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill. The startling scene played out in full view of the cameras as Trump walked down the Capitol halls with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

"Trump is treason!" a man shouted from an area designated for the press. He was identified as Americans Take Action's Ryan Clayton. Capitol Police later announced that Clayton was arrested and charged with "unlawful conduct."

Clayton is known for expressing his anti-Trump views by tossing Russia flags. At the Conservative Political Action Conference in February, he spearheaded the distribution of over 1,000 Russian flags with Trump's name printed across the middle.

Americans Take Action is anti-Trump, with tabs on its website dedicated to his impeachment, "Trump Puppets" and options to "Get Russian Trump Flags."

Still unclear is how Clayton may have gotten into the press area, as security was extremely tight. (Read more)

- Father God, we thank You for keeping President Trump safe during this incident today in the Halls of Congress. We ask that the lapse in security be identified and corrected quickly, so this will never happen again. In Your Name, amen.

- Psalm 91

6. Trump meets with GOP senators on tax reform, amid renewed feuds - Fox News

President Trump met Tuesday with Senate Republicans in hopes of forging the kind of party unity needed to pass tax reform and other legislative goals before next year's congressional elections, even as he and key lawmakers clashed on the sidelines.

In the lead-up to Tuesday's meeting, Trump and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., reignited a simmering feud with a round of barbed insults.

Corker and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. -- another occasional Trump adversary -- both emerged from the meeting Tuesday afternoon without answering questions from reporters.

However, by Tuesday night Trump sounded optimistic. "So nice being with Republican Senators today. Multiple standing ovations! Most are great people who want big Tax Cuts and success for U.S.," he tweeted. (Read more)

7. Trump's refugee ban ends as executive order toughens vetting for 11 countries - Fox News

As President Trump's four-month ban on refugees came to a close on Tuesday, he issued an executive order enacting "extreme vetting" procedures targeting those trying to enter the United States from 11 countries.

"There will be a general resumption of refugee admissions under this exec order, while that review is ongoing refugee admissions from the 11 countries will be considered on a case by case basis and poses no threat to the welfare of the United States," a senior administration official told Fox News.

The tougher vetting includes collecting biographical data as well as employment history from people seeking entry into the United States. Officers will also be trained in how to detect fraud. (Read more)

Focus on Israel

1. With new bill, Israel aims to curb global WMD proliferation - Israel Hayom

Israel plans to update existing legislation to meet international standards that aim to curb the production and distribution of weapons of mass destruction.

Israel is not a signatory to the 1968 Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, and it has often been criticized for not enforcing the NPT's limitations on business dealings with countries that overtly pursue military nuclear programs, such as Iran and North Korea.

(Read more)

2. Israeli forces raid Palestinian village to arrest terror suspects, seize funds - World Israel News

Israeli security forces carried out counter-terrorism operations overnight throughout Judea and Samaria, during which they arrested Palestinians suspected of terrorism and seized funds used towards violence against Israel.

In a raid in Beit Awa in the Hebron area, police and the IDF seized thousands of shekels collected to fund terror. In total, 19 Palestinians were arrested for their links to terrorism.

(Read more)

3. Hamas threatens to bomb Tel Aviv - Israel National News

Hamas's leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, is continuing his rhetoric against Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), stressing on Tuesday that the weapons held by the Al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas's "military wing", will continue to serve as the spearhead in the struggle for the liberation of Palestine.

In a meeting with representatives of labor unions on behalf of the Palestinian Arab organizations, Sinwar said that "the Palestinian people are still at the stage of national liberation and cannot give up their weapons."

(Read more)

4. Abbas: We Don't Want Armed Militias in the Gaza Strip - Jerusalem Post

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday that the Palestinian leadership does not want to see "types of armed militias" in the Gaza Strip. Speaking to Chinese press from his Ramallah bureau, Abbas expanded on the recent unity deal between the rival Palestinian factions, saying that "we want unity from this reconciliation, and for no one to interfere with our inside business, because we don't interfere with the business of others. Every country that is interested in assisting should do it via the Palestinian Authority."

Addressing the issue of several armed militias that persist in the area, the Palestinian Authority president added that "we need to have one authority, one law and one weapon- so that there won't be any militias. We ought to be like all the other countries in the world. We are not interested in militias because they are not successful. That is what we mean by reconciliation, and we act that way."

(Read more)

5. Hamas visit to Tehran defines the limits of Palestinian reconciliation - Jerusalem Post

Tehran was the first stop for Hamas after signing a reconciliation agreement with Fatah in Cairo ten days ago. Any hopes that Hamas would become more moderate as a result of its reconciliation process with Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement have been put to rest by the current visit of its leaders to Tehran and their affirmation there of armed resistance as their unshakable strategic choice.

Indeed, the visit - the first stop for Hamas leaders after inking an Egyptian-brokered agreement ten days ago to advance inter-Palestinian rapprochement - amounts to Hamas setting a clear limit on the scope of the reconciliation: handing over daily governance of the Gaza Strip to the PA, yes; changing foreign policy or long term strategy, no.
(Read more)

The Daily Brief

1. The Obama Administration's Uranium One Scandal - National Review

Let's put the Uranium One scandal in perspective: The cool half-million bucks the Putin regime funneled to Bill Clinton was five times the amount it spent on those Facebook ads - the ones the media-Democrat complex ludicrously suggests swung the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump. The Facebook-ad buy, which started in June 2015 - before Donald Trump entered the race - was more left-wing agitprop (ads pushing hysteria on racism, immigration, guns, etc.) than electioneering. The Clintons' own long-time political strategist Mark Penn estimates that just $6,500 went to actual electioneering. (You read that right: 65 hundred dollars.)

By contrast, the staggering $500,000 payday from a Kremlin-tied Russian bank for a single speech was part of a multi-million-dollar influence-peddling scheme to enrich the former president and his wife, then-secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

At the time, Russia was plotting - successfully - to secure U.S. government approval for its acquisition of Uranium One, and with it, tens of billions of dollars in U.S. uranium reserves. Here's the kicker: The Uranium One scandal is not only, or even principally, a Clinton scandal. It is an Obama-administration scandal. (Read more)

- Father, we pray for full exposure of all wrongdoing within our government, along with indictments and convictions for those responsible.

- Hate evil and love what is good; turn your courts into true halls of justice. Perhaps even yet the Lord God of Heaven's Armies will have mercy on the remnant of his people. (Amos 5:15)

2. Informant claims right to reveal secrets of true Russian collusion - World Net Daily

The lawyer for a former FBI informant who gathered evidence of a massive Russian bribery scheme to influence U.S. nuclear policy during the Obama administration says it is illegal for the government to prevent her client from speaking to Congress about what he knows. She also says her client's revelations went largely ignored by the FBI for political reasons and that he was threatened with criminal prosecution by the Justice Department under former Attorney General Loretta Lynch if he ever spoke publicly about the case.

Toensing says her client fed volumes of information to the FBI only to learn the bureau did nothing with it. "So that started in 2009. Can you imagine my client's surprise when he finds out in October 2010 that the U.S. government authorized the purchase by these corrupt companies of a company [that provided] 20 percent of the uranium for the United States?" said Toensing. The informant was dumbfounded. "'Why did this go through? Why did this happen? Look, I've been giving you all this information,' he says to his FBI people. They kind of rolled their eyes and one of them said, 'Politics,'" said Toensing. (Read more)

- Father, we pray this true patriot - perhaps the only person within the breadth of this investigation who showed integrity - will be able to testify before Congress. We also pray for his life and family to be protected.

- A faithful man will abound with blessings, but he who makes haste to be rich will not go unpunished. (Proverbs 28:20)

3. Podesta Group now part of special counsel probe into Russian collusion: Report - Washington Times

Tony Podesta and The Podesta Group are now being investigated as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into collusion claims between the Trump campaign and Russia, NBC News reported. The group became part of the probe after Mr. Mueller's team looked into former Trump campaign head Paul Manafort's finances. Mr. Podesta is the brother to John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, although he is not part of Mr. Mueller's investigation at this time.

According to the report, the group was connected to a public relations campaign for a nonprofit in Ukraine called European Centre for a Modern Ukraine. Tony Podesta's group worked on the campaign, but now Mr. Mueller's team is looking at possible criminal activity through violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, NBC News said. The Podesta Group apparently did not filed the necessary paperwork disclosing its work in Ukraine until after it was reported in the media. The ECMU was reportedly supported by a pro-Russia political party in the Ukraine for which Mr. Manafort worked as a consultant. In a statement to NBC News, the Podesta Group said it was "cooperating fully" with Mr. Mueller's office. (Read more)

- Father, we are a nation of laws and not of men. We pray criminal activity, by anyone, will be prosecuted.

- Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. (2 Corinthians 8:13)

4. Donald Trump: King of Deregulation? - The Weekly Standard

In a speech on October 11 promoting his tax-reform plan, Donald Trump spoke rosily of America's economic revival, crediting himself for having cleared the way for growth. "Since January of this year, we have slashed job-killing red tape all across our economy," the president said. "We have stopped or eliminated more regulations in the last eight months than any president has done during an entire term. It's not even close." It seemed a characteristic bit of Trumpian magniloquence-he's not only a boffo deregulator, he's the best ever! Still, it was a remarkable claim. Trump has overseen more deregulation than George W. Bush or Ronald "government is the problem" Reagan?

But, measured by at least one significant standard, Trump's claim is true. Patrick McLaughlin of the Mercatus Center, a free-market-oriented think tank at George Mason University, applies innovative research techniques to the study of regulation and the economy. He recently analyzed the output of regulatory restrictions promulgated in the last several presidencies, going back to Jimmy Carter. McLaughlin found that there have been periods in some presidencies when regulatory output slowed or declined-in several years of the Reagan presidency, for instance, and in 1996, when "reinventing government" was part of Bill Clinton's election pitch. But over the full terms of each recent president, including Reagan, regulation increased, according to McLaughlin. So far the increase in regulatory restrictions under Trump has been near to zero. (Read more)

- Father, we thank You for President Trump's common sense and focus to lift the regulatory burden off our economy.

- For you will break the yoke of their slavery and lift the heavy burden from their shoulders. (Isaiah 9:4)

5. Report: GOP Tax Framework Could Raise GDP By 5%, Wages By 7% - Washington Free Beacon

President Donald Trump's tax reform framework could raise GDP by as much as 5 percent and wages by as much as 7 percent, according to a new study from Boston University economists. "We find that, depending on the year considered, the new Republican tax plan raises GDP by between 3 and 5 percent and real wages by between 4 and 7 percent," the economists explain. "This translates into roughly $3,500 annually more annual real take-home pay for the average American household."

The study also says every American can benefit from this tax reform framework. "The [Unified Framework] tax reform delivers small increases in lifetime welfare to current retirees and moderate ones to workers and future generations," the study states. "All generations benefit from the policy. The old benefit slightly from higher rates of return on their investment, and the young from higher wages." (Read more)

- Father, we pray this tax plan would move through Congress, as quickly as possible, and bring needed relief to American families.

- People cry out under a load of oppression; they plead for relief from the arm of the powerful. (Job 35:9)

6. Tony Perkins: DC Court Held Life and Death in Their Hands-Chose Life - CNS News

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled in a 2-1 decision that government officials are allowed to decline to facilitate an abortion for a minor illegal immigrant while she is in custody of the federal government.

If you're wondering why conservatives are making such a big deal about the president's judicial nominees, look no further than this case. This court literally held life and death in their hands-and issued a ruling that for now protects the mother and her unborn child while in federal custody. (Read more)

- Father, we pray this teen will be filled with joy as she feels this wonderful life inside her. We pray You would fill her with love for her little one and may they both come to faith in You.

- And so, my children, listen to me, for all who follow my ways are joyful. (Proverbs 8:32)

7. Mexican Government Uses Disinformation to Influence Texas Politics - Breitbart

The Mexican government has joined pro-amnesty, open border advocates, and Democrat-run cities in the state, to challenge Texas' new anti-sanctuary jurisdiction law. In doing so, Mexican officials are using disinformation to try to influence politics in Texas. The Mexican government claims it has a "non-renounceable duty to protect the rights of Mexicans abroad" and has filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief in the litigation. Mexican officials are using falsehoods and misinformation in inserting their country into the fight to overturn the law. Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Relations Videgaray Caso writes on an official government website that Texas Senate Bill 4 "requires" law enforcement officials to ask anyone stopped about their immigration status.

In an exclusive interview with Breitbart Texas immediately after signing SB4 into law, Texas Governor Greg Abbott explained that "allowing" police officers to inquire about the immigration status of a person legally detained is one of the key differences between the Texas law and the successfully challenged Arizona law. (Read more)

- Father, Mexico has not been a good friend or neighbor to the United States. We pray that You would help Your remnant people pray and remove the corrupt government that holds their nation captive.

This is what the Lord of Heaven's Armies says: All this may seem impossible to you now, a small remnant of God's people. But is it impossible for me? says the Lord of Heaven's Armies. (Zechariah 8:6)

8. Sessions: 'We Will Use Whatever Laws We Have to Get MS-13 Off of Our Streets' - Washington Free Beacon

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Monday new initiatives to combat MS-13, the transnational drug gang that has been a major target of President Donald Trump's criminal justice agenda. Speaking to the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Philadelphia, Sessions announced the designation of MS-13 as a focus of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF).

"They will go after MS-13 with a renewed vigor and a sharpened focus. I am announcing that I have authorized them to use every lawful tool to investigate MS-13-not just our drug laws, but everything from RICO to our tax laws to our firearms laws. Just like we took Al Capone off the streets with our tax laws, we will use whatever laws we have to get MS-13 off of our streets," Sessions said. (Read more)

- Father, we pray Attorney General Sessions will be successful in removing this gang's influence from our cities. We pray ultimately for the salvation of these young men, who have been ensnared into this life of sin.

- The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare them; the cords of their sins hold them fast. (Proverbs 5:22)

9. Intelligence Agencies Warn Islamic State May Be Plotting Poison Gas Attacks - Breitbart

Intelligence services in Europe are warning that the Islamic State terror group may be considering using bombs filled with toxic gasses on trains, metro systems or even airplanes.

The warning was initially given to European security agencies by an unnamed foreign intelligence service who passed on information that the Islamic State was looking into deploying chemical or biological weapons in the near future. Even more concerning for authorities is that many of the chemicals mentioned in the report, like hydrogen sulphide, are relatively simple for terrorists to acquire, Die Welt reports. Other potential chemicals named were chlorine and various acids which can be deadly in enclosed spaces like a subway car or an airplane. Acid attacks have grown to near-epidemic proportions in the UK according to Dr Martin Niall, a burn surgeon at Mid-Essex Hospital. (Read more)

- Father, we pray for Your shield of protection to remain over our people. We pray those who desire to harm us would have a conversion experience with You and put away these wicked ideas.

- Though they plot evil against you and devise wicked schemes, they cannot succeed. (Psalm 21:11)

10. Tillerson seeks Arab help in US effort to isolate Iran - Ynet News

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took the Trump administration's case for isolating and containing Iran in the Middle East and beyond to two Gulf Arab nations on Sunday, pushing for Saudi Arabia and Iraq to unite to counter growing Iranian assertiveness. He also called for a quick resolution to the ongoing crisis between Qatar and its Arab neighbors, which he said was unintentionally bolstering Iran.

In Saudi Arabia and later Qatar, Tillerson denounced Iran's "malign behavior" and urged nations of the region and elsewhere, notably Europe, to join the administration to halt any business they do with Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard Corps. He also demanded that Iranian and Iran-backed Shiite militia in Iraq either return to their homes, integrate into the Iraqi army or leave the country. "Those fighters need to go home," Tillerson said. "Any foreign fighters need to go home." (Read more)

- Father, we pray Secretary Tillerson will secure the help we need to increase the pressure on Iran and minimize their influence throughout the region.

- If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. (Romans 12:18)

11. Details of Trump's upcoming Middle East peace plan revealed - Arutz Sheva

The Trump administration is preparing to unveil its much-anticipated Middle East peace plan, one which is expected to include a radically different approach from other plans promoted by world leaders seeking to broker a final status agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. According to a report by Channel 2 Sunday night which cited senior US officials, the new Middle East peace plan now being drawn up by the Trump administration will not focus solely on the Arab-Israeli conflict, but will look to lay the groundwork for "regional normalization" between the Jewish state and the Arab world at large - deemphasizing final status talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Unlike past plans pushed by the US, France, UK, and the Middle East Quartet - a body including representatives o the US, United Nations, European Union, and Russia - the US will not make any demands of either Israel or the PA, but instead will attempt to facilitate final status talks between the two sides, encouraging negotiations rather than imposing a framework for an agreement. US officials specifically stated that the Trump White House wishes to avoid a "take it or leave it" approach to peace talks. Trump administration officials emphasized that the White House has no plans to impose a timetable for an agreement, and "won't impose an agreement on the two sides". (Read more)

- Father, we thank You for the grace that this administration is now extending towards Israel in these very sensitive talks. This land belongs to the Jew, and cannot be divided. Let any other "regional agreement" center upon this truth, in Your name, amen.

- "And many peoples will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; That He may teach us concerning His ways And that we may walk in His paths." For the law will go forth from Zion And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem." (Isaiah 2:3)

The Daily Jot

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The white elephant in the corner

We Christians are a peculiar bunch. In general, we share the same values and core beliefs. Specifically, however, there is a wide range of thought, political belief, morals, ethics, and a great deal of justification of all these things. So when we have a situation like we do right now in our nation, there is a lot of discussion about it. From race to foreign policy to the media to equality to the behavior of the President, Christians are trying to find their grounding. It's like there is a white elephant in the room that people can see. Some want to ignore it. Others want to shew it out of the room. And some want to embrace it. This white elephant is the lack of civility and statesmanship by our President Donald Trump.

I have heard many arguments about his rancid tweets and brash nature. Some will say that he is a new Christian and that we need to give him a chance to understand what is required of him. Others say that we have had eight years of someone shoving down our throats the very worst of socialism and political correctness, that Trump is a welcome counter to the nonsense. Still others say that he needs to be so acerbic just to survive in this severe environment of propaganda and ill will. Then there are some Christians who say that he is the very worst kind of person and should be removed from office. Many say that Trump is a jerk, but he is our jerk, and they are comfortable with his beliefs and tolerate his actions.

As Christians, we need to be careful to not justify bad behavior just because someone mostly agrees with our way of thinking. While President Trump may be fulfilling many of his campaign promises and agenda items, his engagement with those who oppose him is often not very presidential. And yes, he should be able to fight back against these outrageous attacks of the media and the shrill and unreasonable communists who are trying to destroy our nation. He could, however, do so in a way that is commensurate with the gravitas of the office he holds. Calling people derogatory names and using undignified language undermines his credibility, causes deeper division, and demeans the standard of the Presidency.

The Bible often tells us how we should speak to and treat one another. Proverbs 15:1 says, "A soft answer turns away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger." I like what First Lady Melania Trump said this week about teaching our children the right values, "By our own example, we must teach children to be good stewards of the world they will inherit. We need to remember that they are always watching and listening. It is our responsibility to take the lead in teaching children the values of empathy and communication that are at the core of kindness, mindfulness, integrity, and leadership." In prayer, supplication and in our spoken words, we should encourage President Trump to follow the example of the scriptures and the words of wisdom spoken by his wife.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!

Bill Wilson

4. ABBAS: WE DON'T WANT ARMED MILITIAS IN THE GAZA STRIP- JERUSALEM POST Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday that the Palestinian leadership does not want to see "types of armed militias" in the Gaza Strip. Speaking to Chinese press from his Ramallah bureau, Abbas expanded on the recent unity deal between the rival Palestinian factions, saying that "we want unity from this reconciliation, and for no one to interfere with our inside business, because we don't interfere with the business of others. Every country that is interested in assisting should do it via the Palestinian Authority." Addressing the issue of several armed militias that persist in the area, the Palestinian Authority president added that "we need to have one authority, one law and one weapon- so that there won't be any militias. We ought to be like all the other countries in the world. We are not interested in militias because they are not successful. That is what we mean by reconciliation, and we act that way."

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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: -- 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


"Who is this . . . fair as the moon, bright as the sun, majestic as the stars?" (Song of Solomon 6:10)


Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature, O Thou of God and man the Son, Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor, Thou, my soul's glory, joy and crown.

Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands, Robed in the blooming garb of spring; Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer, Who makes the woeful heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine, Fairer still the moonlight, And all the twinkling starry host; Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer Than all the angels heaven can boast.

All fairest beauty, heavenly and earthly, Wondrously, Jesus, is found in Thee; None can be nearer, fairer or dearer, Than Thou, my Savior, art to me.
Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations! Son of God and Son of Man! Glory and honor, praise, adoration, Now and forever more be Thine.


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Great Lakes Storm Undergoes Bombogenesis, Downs Trees and Powerlines
in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

A Great Lakes storm underwent bombogenesis early Tuesday and produced damaging winds that whipped up impressively high waves in Lake Superior.

The low-pressure system intensified from a weak area of low pressure over the Ohio Valley Monday morning to an intense low centered near Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, early Tuesday morning.

The rate of intensification - a 27 millibar drop in the surface low in 24 hours - satisfied the criterion for atmospheric bombogenesis, or a rapidly strengthening low pressure system. (Read more)
What is Bombogenesis?

Bombogenesis is an ominous sounding term frequently used in the winter to describe powerful low pressure systems that intensify rapidly.

To be classified as a weather bomb, or having undergone bombogenesis or "bombing-out", the central pressure of a low pressure system must drop at least 24 millibars within 24 hours. (Learn more here.)

The Good News Corner

Harvard Trained Cell Biologist: Science Needs to Replace Darwin's "Sacred Cow" of Evolution

"Evolution is failing at [answering specific questions]. And to many people's surprise even my own, creationists exceed the rate of evolution. I can predict the rate of cats, dogs, elephants, giraffes change their DNA. I don't think anyone saw this coming." - Dr. Nathaniel Jeanson

[CBN News] - One Harvard trained cell biologist is going against the grain with his new findings that he says debunks the Darwin myth.

Dr. Nathaniel Jeanson of Answers in Genesis, says his years of research into the origin of species, proves the theory of evolution has serious flaws.

His current research involves using DNA comparisons to understand the true beginnings of life as we know it. The result of his ground-breaking study is found in his latest book Replacing Darwin: The New Origin of Species.

"You think about Darwin's subject matter -- species like giraffes, elephants, zebras -- things that we all recognize. The number that he knew in 1859 was a fraction of what we know today, probably 15 percent of what we know today Darwin knew back then," he told CBN News.

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Our Mission Statement

Capitol Hill Prayer Partners (CHPP) is a ministry which is positioned on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., helping members of the Body of Christ to "pray for those in authority over us" in our federal government. Our primary purpose is to offer intercession on site for the members of Congress and their staffs each day that the Senate and the House of Representatives are in session; and our chief prayer focus is that "God's will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." [Matthew 6:10].

Because Jesus Christ has shed His blood for all, we, too, pray for ALL, in a nonpartisan manner. Also, because the scriptures indicate that "the effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much" (James 4:17), we are confident that fervent prayer, offered in the halls of the highest chambers of government in our land, can avail much for America. Capitol Hill Prayer Partners welcomes those who feel called to join us, engaging in this strategic work of intercession for our nation: "For there is no power but of God; the powers that be are ordained of God." [Romans 13:1]
Friends may participate by receiving our daily prayer alerts. You may contact us at for more information. CHPP is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt ministry. Thank you and God bless you!

Note: You may also learn more about CHPP by going here to visit our blog. Thank you!

We Welcome Your Gifts

We Welcome Your Gifts

Capitol Hill Prayer Partners (CHPP) is a 501(c)(3), tax- exempt, faith-based, ministry, dedicated to praying for our leaders (1 Tim. 2:1-4). CHPP relies solely on the gifts of our readers to continue this work; thus we greatly appreciate your help in supporting this publication. Offerings may be sent to: Capitol Hill Prayer Partners, P.O. Box 5152, Herndon, VA 20172-1970. Please make checks payable to: CHPP. THANK YOU!


Now you can also donate online by going here. Or . . . if you prefer, simply paste this link into your browser to access our secure online donor system:

"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit." (Philippians 4:23)

Join our Bible Readathon!

Our Bible Readathon Continues

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." (Psalm 119:105)
We are now reading the Word of God every night from midnight to 6:00 a.m. EDT. We are reading through the whole Word, from Genesis to Revelation, and beginning again in Genesis when finished.

Our numbers of readers continues to grow over time. All are welcome to join!

Our conference number is: 712-770-4340.

The access code is: 350430#. Please call at any time from midnight to 6:00 a.m. EST. WELCOME!

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