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1. On Tuesday: House Passes Pro-Life Bill Banning Late-Term Abortions After 20 Weeks - Lifenews
The House of Representatives today approved a pro-life bill that bans abortions from after 20-weeks of pregnancy up to the day of birth. The vote for the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act broke down on mostly partisan lines with Republicans supporting the ban on late-term abortions and Democrats opposing it. The House approved the bill on a 237-189 vote. Should the Senate approve the bill, President Donald Trump would sign the pro-life bill into law. (Read more)
2. BREAKING: Bill banning late-term abortions of pain-capable babies heads to U.S. Senate - Breaking Christian News
A bill to ban most late-term abortions of pre-born babies who are capable of feeling pain will be introduced in the Senate later today. The bill will be introduced by South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham . . . Graham will introduce into the Senate the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which passed the U.S. House yesterday 237-189. If passed, the bill would ban most abortions after 20 weeks, when the pre-born baby can feel pain.
The bill needs 60 votes to pass the U.S. Senate. There are currently 52 Republican senators.
Although the bill had passed the U.S. House twice before yesterday, it's never been able to make it through the U.S. Senate. "We urge the Senate to follow the House's lead and send this bill to President Trump so he can sign this life-affirming legislation into law," said Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council. The bill "conforms federal abortion law to modern science," said Perkins. (Read more)
3. President Trump Promises to Sign Law Protecting Pre-Born Babies from Painful Late-Term Abortions - Breaking Christian News
The Trump administration released a statement confirming President Trump would sign the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act if it reached his desk in its current form.
"The United States is currently out of the mainstream in the family of nations, in which only seven out of 198 nations allow elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy," it said. (Read more)
- Father God, we thank You that this bill has passed the House with an overwhelming majority. We see that the Senate, by its own rules, now requires 60 votes for passage. Lord God, we need a miracle, so we turn to You. We ask for those 60 votes, in Your name, amen.
- "Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26)
Focus on Israel
1. Israel sees Assad winning Syria war, urges more U.S. involvement - Reuters
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's defense minister said on Tuesday President Bashar al-Assad was winning Syria's civil war and urged the United States to weigh in as Damascus's Iranian and Hezbollah allies gain ground.
Avigdor Lieberman's comments marked a reversal for Israel, where top officials had from the outset of fighting in 2011 until mid-2015 regularly predicted Assad would lose control of his country and be toppled.
"I see a long international queue lining up to woo Assad, include Western nations, including moderate Sunnis. Suddenly everyone wants to get close to Assad. This is unprecedented. Because Assad is winning, everyone is standing in line," he told Israel's Walla news site.
2. Police crack down on 'clowns' who cause panic after dark in Israeli towns - Times of Israel
Clowns frightening Israelis after dark is clearly not a laughing matter.
Police took complaints seriously and detained eight minors on suspicion of dressing up as clowns and "causing panic" among locals, police and media reports said Tuesday.
The police action came amid a spate of reports in recent days of clowns lurking in public places after dark trying to scare people, most likely inspired by the recently released horror movie "It" based on a Stephen King novel and featuring Pennywise, the dancing clown.
3. Netanyahu backs Greater Jerusalem bill to annex surrounding towns - World Israel News
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday expressed his support for legislation that calls for the incorporation of towns surrounding Jerusalem into the Israeli capital, essentially annexing them in the process.
While visiting the city of Ma'aleh Adumin, which would fall under the purview of the bill, Netanyahu again expressed his support for the bill while announcing a massive construction project which includes thousands of housing units in the city.
"Ma'ale Adumim is part of the state of Israel. It will always be part of the state of Israel," Netanyahu declared during a special faction meeting of his Likud party held in the city.
4. MK Slomiansky on Elkana murder: 'I'm dumbfounded'- Israel National News
MK Nissan Slomiansky (Jewish Home) reacted after fellow Elkana resident Reuven Shmerling, 70, was found stabbed to death in the Arab town of Kafr Qasim on Wednesday.
"I'm dumbfounded. It's hard to grasp the fact that my friend and neighbor isn't with us. Only a few days ago on Yom Kippur I heard him pray, and now he's gone," said Slomiansky.
Shmerling left behind a wife and four children. Police and the Shin Bet are investigating whether he was killed by Arab workers he employed.
"We have confirmed that the Israeli man was murdered and police units are searching for suspects who could have been in the area at the time of the incident. The body bore signs of stab wounds," a police spokesperson said.
5. PM Netanyahu hosts Bible study at his official Jerusalem residence - Israel Hayom
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday hosted a Bible study session at his official residence in Jerusalem.
The event was named in honor of Shmuel Ben-Artzi, the late father of the prime minister's wife, Sara Netanyahu.
The annual Bible study event is a tradition dating back to the country's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion. Former Prime Minister Menachem Begin also hosted the event, which Netanyahu and his wife reintroduced more than four years ago.
The Daily Brief
1. Judiciary Committee Recommends FBI Investigation of Planned Parenthood - Liberty Council
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee recently learned that the FBI confirmed that it received the criminal investigation referrals of Planned Parenthood and other groups involved in the aborted baby body parts trade, according to Breitbart News.
The FBI's assistant director of the Office of Congressional Affairs, Gregory Brower, sent a letter to the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley, informing him the FBI received the committee's criminal referrals of Planned Parenthood and that it is reviewing its recommendations. The letter, dated June 19, 2017, was never publicized by the Judiciary Committee. In the letter, Brower apologizes to Grassley "for the delay in responding to your inquiry" and indicates receipt of the chairman's letter, dated April 24, to both former FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions "concerning criminal referrals you made on December 13, 2016, to the FBI and Department of Justice."
The Senate committee and the U.S. House Select Panel on Infant Lives both opened investigations into the abortion industry after the Center for Medical Progress first exposed its baby body parts trade in 2015. Late last year, both committees concluded their investigations by recommending that the FBI investigate and potentially file criminal charges against Planned Parenthood. (Read more)
- Father, the FBI appears to be "slow walking" this investigation requested by lawmakers. We pray this branch of our government would be responsive and responsible in investigating this criminal activity.
- Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent- the Lord detests them both. (Proverbs 17:15)
2. Tom Cotton: Trump Should Not Recertify Iran Nuclear Deal Even if Tehran is in Compliance - Washington Free Beacon
Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) on Tuesday said President Donald Trump should deny certification of the Iran nuclear accord when it comes up for renewal later this month, regardless of whether or not Tehran is in technical compliance, given its failure to prevent a nuclear Iran.
"Even if they were complying with it-even if it was fully verifiable they were complying with it, which it's not and which they aren't, it is still not in our viable national security interests because it does not block Iran's path to a bomb," Cotton said in an evening address before the Council on Foreign Relations.
Cotton, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, stopped short of calling for a complete withdrawal from the accord. Instead, he urged a renegotiation and pledged to work with lawmakers to "begin the work of strengthening it and counteracting Iranian aggression with the threat of sanctions and military action, if necessary." (Read more)
- Father, we pray President Trump will have Your wisdom as he develops strategies to contain the Iranian nuclear threat and decides about recertification of the Nuclear Deal.
- And the hand of our God was over us, and He delivered us from the hand of the enemy and the ambushes by the way. (Ezra 8:31b)
3. U.S. Troops in Afghanistan to Operate Closer to Front Lines in Fight Against Taliban - Washington Free Beacon
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday the Pentagon's new strategy on Afghanistan will bring U.S. troops closer to the front lines to fight alongside government forces in an effort to force the Taliban into peace negotiations. "The fighting will continue to be carried out by our Afghan partners, but our advisers will accompany tactical units to advise and assist and bring NATO fire support to bear when needed," Mattis testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee. "Make no mistake, this is combat duty, but the Afghan forces remain in the lead to do the fighting."
The strategy is a significant divergence from the policy pursued by the Obama administration, which limited the participation of U.S. troops in offensive operations and barred American presence on the front lines. To accommodate the shift, the Pentagon will deploy 3,000 additional troops in the coming months to join Afghan units that do not currently have U.S. advisers. Mattis said the new deployments will enable the NATO-led mission to reinforce training and advisory support at the battalion and brigade levels and to provide them with enhanced coalition air support. (Read more)
- Father, we pray Secretary Mattis's strategy will be successful, allow us to achieve our military goals and finally remove the need for our soldiers to fight in Afghanistan.
- "My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me." (Psalm 62:7)
4. Trump's Picks for Fed Chief, Governors an Opportunity to 'Drain Swamp' - The Daily Signal
When President Donald Trump took office, there were three vacancies on the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors. Then, unexpectedly, Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer resigned, effective "on or around October 13, 2017." Throw in the fact that Fed Chair Janet Yellen's term as chairman expires Feb. 3, 2018, and it's very easy to see why so many conservatives have been excited about Trump fighting the cabal of elites running Washington. Trump could easily appoint five of the seven Fed board members, including the chairman, during a single term in office. That sort of influence means the president can immediately reshape Federal Reserve policy in a way that most presidents simply cannot.
Because the Fed has been navigating one of the most controversial periods in its history-a fivefold increase in its balance sheet, massive credit allocation to the housing and government sectors, and a major expansion of its regulatory reach-conservatives are paying particularly close attention to the pick for the next Fed chairman. On Friday, the president told reporters he expects to nominate the next Fed chairman in two to three weeks, so conservatives may not have to wait much longer to see how serious the president is about "draining the swamp." (Read more)
- Father, we pray President Trump will choose the right people to fill these important vacancies. We also pray for more transparency and accountability within the Federal Reserve.
Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery! Replace the evil years with good. (Psalm 90:15)
5. Swing-seat Republicans squirm over GOP tax plan - The Hill
Republicans are feeling antsy over a key provision in their tax plan that could put some of the party's most vulnerable members in the House in deeper jeopardy. The GOP tax plan would raise $1.3 trillion over the next decade by eliminating a deduction for state and local taxes. The provision would help Republicans pay for lower rates, but could hit people hard in high-tax states such as New York, New Jersey and California. In the House, Republicans in swing districts disproportionately represent constituencies where the tax deduction is important, creating an immediate campaign ad for Democrats.
A few Republicans are already warning that they'll oppose their party's tax overhaul if the deduction is a part of the plan. "I believe it is critically important to continue the deductibility of state and local taxes. I believe that this is essential to continue this in the code," said Rep. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.), who represents a swing district where Hillary Clinton narrowly defeated Donald Trump in 2016.
"Lance is among the eight GOP lawmakers who represent the top 20 House districts with the greatest percentage of people claiming the state and local taxes deduction in 2014, according to a report from the Tax Policy Center, a think tank that has faced some criticism from Republicans. The other seven Republicans, like Lance, are all top targets in 2018: Reps. Lee Zeldin (N.Y.), Rodney Frelinghuysen (N.J.), Peter Roskam (Ill.), Randy Hultgren (Ill.), Erik Paulsen (Minn.), Mimi Walters (Calif.) and Barbara Comstock (Va.). Thirty-five Republicans serve in four large blue states - New York, New Jersey, California and Illinois - where the state and local deduction is used by a significant number of taxpayers. Many of those Republicans also represent districts that Democrats think they have a shot at winning in 2018. (Read more)
- Father, we pray for Your help in moving this tax reform bill through Congress and that it will benefit all Americans.
- On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul. (Psalm 138:3)
6. A Constitutional Right to Win? The Democrats Want One - RealClearPolitics
It is hard to imagine how equal-protection, free-speech, or free-association standards are violated in Wisconsin, or can ever be violated through partisan gerrymandering in the context of a robust, two-party system. As Justice Kennedy noted in Vieth, political classifications are permissible in the context of redistricting, because they are not "unrelated to the [legitimate] aims of apportionment." Nevertheless, the plaintiffs would have the Supreme Court treat partisan gerrymandering, which is not unconstitutional, akin to racial gerrymandering, which emphatically is - as if the Democratic party were a "discrete and insular minority" protected by the Fourteenth Amendment.
What Wisconsin Democrats demand is a right, not for Democrats to participate in elections, but to win them. Courts should be above the political fray - holding a legislature's redistricting plan unconstitutional because a political party is unhappy with its election results would politicize the judiciary to its detriment. The Supreme Court should reverse. (Read more)
- Father, we pray the Supreme Court will reverse the lower court's decision and allow current law to govern redistricting.
- "Do not move your neighbor's boundary stone set up by your predecessors in the inheritance you receive in the land the Lord your God is giving you to possess." (Deuteronomy 19:14)
7. Mick Mulvaney walks back Trump's idea of forgiving Puerto Rico's debt - Washington Examiner
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on Wednesday talked down the idea that the federal government might bail out Puerto Rico out of its $74 billion debt crisis, after President Trump seemed to open the door to that idea on Tuesday.
"They owe a lot of money to your friends on Wall Street, and we're going to have to wipe that out," he said in an interview with Fox News. "You're going to say goodbye to that, I don't know if it's Goldman Sachs, but whoever it is, you can wave goodbye to that."
Mulvaney said he took Trump's comments to mean that Puerto Rico will have to address its huge debt problem, and noted that the U.S. has created a commission to manage the island's finances. "The president knows that in order for Puerto Rico long-term to fix itself, it's going to have to deal with that debt situation," Mulvaney said. "The territory was very poorly run for a very long time," he added. "I think what you saw the president talking about was his acknowledgment that Puerto Rico's going to have to figure out a way to solve that debt problem in order to fix itself going forward." (Read more)
- Father, we pray for the improved leadership Puerto Rico needs during this challenging time. Help those leaders currently in place step up and care for the needs of the people.
- He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. (Daniel 2:21)
8. White House to request $29 billion for hurricane relief - Reuters
The White House is preparing a $29 billion disaster aid request to send to the U.S. Congress after hurricanes hit Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida, a White House official said on Tuesday. The request is expected to come on Wednesday. It will combine nearly $13 billion in new relief for hurricane victims with $16 billion for the government-backed flood insurance program, the White House official told Reuters. The White House wants Congress to forgive $16 billion of the debt that the National Flood Insurance Program, which insures about 5 million homes and businesses, has racked up. The request comes as the program is close to running out of money, congressional aides said. The program had racked up nearly $25 billion in debt before this season's major hurricanes. (Read more)
- Father, we lift up our nation's finances to You and pray that we will be able to meet these needs while cutting unnecessary and wasteful spending in other areas.
- Those who have been given a trust must prove that they are faithful. (1 Corinthians 4:2)
9. University Refuses Research On Growing Numbers Of Trans People Who Want To Go Back - The Federalist
In late September, the United Kingdom's Bath Spa University turned down an application by James Caspian, a psychotherapist who specializes in working with transgender people, to conduct research on gender reassignment reversals. The university deemed the subject "potentially politically incorrect."
Caspian is hardly someone to be considered against gender change. Since 2001, Caspian has worked extensively with gender variant people and has been a trustee of a UK charity "dedicated to education about and support of transgendered, transsexual and cross-dressing individuals."
Caspian's preliminary findings suggested a growing number of young people-particularly young women transitioning to men-were having regrets. When he provided a detailed proposal to the university, he was told that it must be submitted to the ethics committee. The committee rejected his research proposal, citing concerns over potential criticism towards the university. The university is currently investigating the matter. (Read more)
- Father, we pray our medical community and LGBT identifying individuals will examine the evidence of gender change regret, resulting in a focus on medical and mental health solutions that help people accept the body with which they were born.
- God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them. (Genesis 1:27-28a)
10. President Trump Stands Up for People with Down Syndrome, No Excuse to 'Discard Human Life' - Breitbart
Amidst widely publicized efforts to eradicate people with Down syndrome, President Donald Trump has issued a forceful statement in their defense, calling for an end to discrimination based on genetic anomalies.
"Sadly, there remain too many people - both in the United States and throughout the world - that still see Down syndrome as an excuse to ignore or discard human life," Trump said in an official statement recognizing Down Syndrome Awareness Month. "This sentiment is and will always be tragically misguided. We must always be vigilant in defending and promoting the unique and special gifts of all citizens in need."
In his statement this week, President Trump noted "the significant contributions that people with Down syndrome make to their families, to their communities, and to our Nation. We also salute the family members, caregivers, medical professionals, and advocates who have dedicated themselves to ensuring that these extraordinary people enjoy lives filled with love and increasing opportunity," he said. "This month," he said, "we renew our Nation's strong commitment to promoting the health, well-being, and inherent dignity of all children and adults with Down syndrome."
Trump said that a key aim of the month is to "increase public awareness regarding the true nature of this condition, and to dispel the stubborn myths" that still surround it. "The approximately 250,000 Americans with Down syndrome truly embody the great spirit of our Nation," Trump wrote. "They inspire joy, kindness, and wonder in our families, our workplaces, and our communities. We will always endeavor to make sure that their precious gifts are never maligned or taken for granted," he said. (Read more)
- Father God, we thank You that we have a president who openly recognizes the special gift that these men and women contribute to our society. Let us always value all life, in all we say and do, amen.
- "The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'" (Matthew 25:40)
11. Lt. Col. Maginnis: 'Washington Is The Heart of Evil In The United States' - CNS News
Commenting on the "deep state" and the occult in the federal government, Lt. Col. (ret.) Robert Maginnis, a Pentagon security and intelligence official and a senior fellow for National Security with the Family Research Council, said he has "personally met people" that identify as "witches" in the government and added that "Washington is the heart of evil in the United States, as well as the world."
During an interview on The Jim Bakker Show, Sept. 29, Maginnis explained that there are essentially three layers operating in the federal government: the politicians and the bureaucats; the lobbyists, special interests, and other groups that seek to influence the politicians; and the demonic or spiritual level that influences the first two layers.
To put it into context, Maginnis, a West Point graduate, said, "I have 50 years in Washington, D.C. I am coming here today -- literally my job is in the Pentagon. I've been there 15 years this time. Before that I was the vice president for policy at the Family Research Council in Washington, so I dealt with all the policy. I've personally met people that identify themselves as witches that are in the government," he said. "I have seen things in the government I will not talk about."
"But over 50 years, I've got a wealth of experience of working with the political class, the bureaucracy, the lobbyists, who I know," he said. "I've been in the non-government organizations and then, of course, I've been very much involved in the spiritual climate in Washington. So when I talk about those three layers [of governance and the occult], they're all very, very clear to me, they're all very interactive," said Maginnis, "and Washington is the heart of evil in the United States, as well as the world."
Earlier this year, Maginnis, the former chief of the U.S. Army Infantry School's leadership and ethics training branch, described the nation's capital as follows: "You have a lot of witchcraft. You have a lot of hedonism. You have all the issues. When I think of Sodom and Gomorrah I often think of Washington, D.C. in the same thought."
Over the years, Lt. Col. (ret.) Maginnis has testified numerous times before Congress and appeared on countless news outlets, including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and the Fox News Channel. (Read more)
- Father, we thank You for Lt. Col. (ret.) Robert Maginnis, and the facts he is unveiling about the reality of the work of the occult in our nation's capital. Keep him safe, we pray O Lord, and draw those who are practicing various forms of witchcraft to see You for the power they crave. Every hidden thing IS now being revealed, that we might pray and seek You for victory. In Your name, amen.
- "There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead." (Deuteronomy 18:10,11)
12. Soros, Kellogg, Ford Gave Millions To Anti-Trump Resistance Group - Daily Caller
Major left-wing foundations have given millions of dollars to a leading anti-Trump "resistance" group, a new report reveals. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Ford Foundation and the Open Society Foundation have channeled millions of dollars to the Center for Community Change, according to 2015 tax documents obtained by The Washington Free Beacon. The documents provide a rare glimpse into the relationship between big progressive donors and the left-wing activists who have mobilized against President Trump and other Republican lawmakers. As a 501(c)3 organization, the center isn't required to publicly disclose the source and nature of its donations.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation gave $3 million to the Center for Community Change. The Ford Foundation gave another $2.3 million to the center, while the Open Society Foundation provided another $1,750,000 to the center, as revealed by the documents. The Open Society Foundation is the personal project of left-wing mega donor George Soros, who has previously backed other anti-Trump "resistance" groups.
Left-wing activist group Indivisible, one of several groups launched as a direct response to Trump's election, is a project of the Advocacy Fund, a progressive advocacy group that funded by Soros' Open Society Policy Center, as The Daily Caller first reported. Resistance group Refuse Fascism, which has consistently organized mass demonstrations in Berkeley and elsewhere that have turned into riots, is similarly backed by left-wing donor networks.
As TheDC's Chuck Ross first reported, Refuse Fascism is backed by a progressive charity that is in turn funded by left-wing financier George Soros, a major labor union and several large companies. (Read more)
- Father we call forth a withering spirit, that all funds that are supporting these wicked organizations dry up and be no more. We ask You to forgive all who are involved in these networks, for they surely do not know what they do. In Your name, amen.
- "Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 18:19)
13. Trump praises 'bravery' of first responders in Las Vegas, consoles shooting survivors - Fox News
President Trump, visiting Las Vegas in the wake of the country's deadliest mass shooting, lauded the heroic first responders for their "bravery," thanked the nurses and doctors for their "incredible" efforts and consoled survivors by telling them "we're there for you."
"Words cannot the describe the bravery that the whole world witnessed on Sunday night," the president said Wednesday, during a brief speech at the Las Vegas Police Department Command Center. "Americans defied death and hatred with love and with courage."
Trump told first responders: "A grateful nation thanks you."
"We met patients that were absolutely, terribly wounded," Trump said following his hospital visit.
The president said his message to the victims is "we have a great country, and we're there for you." Trump said he invited some of the patients to come to Washington to visit the White House.
"And believe me, I'll be there for them," he said.
Trump praised the doctors and nurses for their "professionalism," telling them "it's incredible what you've done."(Read more)
- Lord God, every time disaster strikes, President Donald Trump stops everything to visit Americans who are suffering, bringing words of hope and of comfort. We thank You, Father, for this President, even as we continue to lift up these victims to be healed. In Your name, amen.
- "Comfort ye, comfort ye, My people." (Isaiah 40:1)
The Daily Jot
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
In the days after the horrendous massacre of 59 people and wounding/injuring of over 500, the visceral rhetoric continues. Almost immediately, even before condolences and prayers were offered for the families and friends of the victims in Las Vegas, the drone of leftists calling for gun control could be heard loud and clear across the airwaves. "Disarm the public and there will be no more killing," they cry. We can look at Chicago, Baltimore, Washington, DC., Detroit, Los Angeles and numerous other places that have the most restrictive gun laws in the free world and they are among the highest in gun-related fatalities. Guns don't kill people, people using them do. But there is even a bigger problem. Incitement.
Celebrities and politicians of the left have pounded the airwaves and social media with extreme and aggressive comments calling for gun control. They are sarcastic, mean-spirited and demeaning to anyone who disagrees with their beliefs. This is a continuation of the same kind of rhetoric they have spewed forth since the election of Donald Trump as President. Anyone who disagrees with them is some sort of label from racist to bigot to misogynist to idiot. This rhetoric is pounded into people 24 hours a day, seven days a week on talk shows, news programs, social media, websites, emails and most any other form of communication. It has people so distraught, angry and edgy that it is the only thing many can talk about.
Whether it is Congressional shooter James Hodgkinson or mass killer Stephen Paddock or the next person who snaps, we as a nation have to be asking ourselves, "How much visceral can a person take?" How much negativity aimed at one group of people-Christian, conservative Americans-can a person take before they snap? How many words from Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Nancy Pelosi, Kathi Griffin, the ex-"president" Keith Ellison, Ashley Judd, Madonna, CNN, MSNBC, and others fill the container of hatred so much that it boils over in violence? What is the last full measure? Hodgkinson and Paddock knew, because they reached it. This incitement must end. These people must tone it down. This type of free speech has become akin to yelling "fire" in a crowded theatre.
George Washington, in his 1796 Farewell Speech, warned against divisions when he said, "The name of American, which belongs to you in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism more than any appellation derived from local discriminations. With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits, and political principles." We should act as such. Jesus said in Mark 3:25, "And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand." There are ways to disagree without being disagreeable. As Christians, we know how Christ taught civility and solving our differences without hate and vulgarity. For the sake of our way of life and our eternal hope, let us first be an example of Christ in our discussions, and also call on everyone to tone down the rhetoric in this atmosphere of hate.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
President Trump: A New Heart
President Trump's "Radical" Heart Change:
A Legacy of Faith and Prayer
President Trump recently shared some goals for his presidency with evangelical leaders, and they match up with what CBN News has been reporting about clear Christian influence in the White House.
"By the time he leaves office he wants to be remembered as the most praying president in history," Mary Colbert told Sid Roth on his show It's Supernatural.
"I can tell you Donald Trump is not the same man that you are hearing about from his past. He has had a radical change in his heart. He has had a heart change toward the things of God and the people of God, and he is surrounding himself with prayer warriors, and he is expanding that advisory board," Colbert continued.
Mary Colbert and her husband Don have attended several evangelical meetings with the President.
CBN News reached out to Johnnie Moore, a former senior vice president at Liberty University and another one of Trump's evangelical advisors.
Moore said a comment like that from Trump wouldn't surprise him at all considering how much he "values the prayers of Christian leaders."
Moore recently posted a picture of Trump being prayed over by evangelical leaders in the Oval office. (CBN) Read more.
- Praise . . . the . . . LORD!
- "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!" (Psalm 150:6)
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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: 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.
Signs and Wonders
Tropical Storm Nate on verge of developing in western Caribbean
"Since the system will be moving over very warm waters, we could quickly have a powerful hurricane on our hands," Kottlowski said. People in the potential path may want to have a plan in order and gather necessities in case a strengthening hurricane takes aim at their community. "There is the potential for a tropical storm or hurricane to make landfall along the Gulf coast from southeastern Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle this weekend." (Read more)
- Father, we do not come into agreement with this forecast! We pray this storm will stay disorganized and not gain hurricane strength. Please cause this storm to dissipate quickly.
- You rule the oceans. You subdue their storm-tossed waves. (Psalm 89:9)
"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:
Blood on Her Boots and Tears in Her Eyes, Teen Survivor of Las Vegas Shooting Turns to God, Changed Forever
"It was just gun shots and gun shots and gun shots, and a guy fell behind me, and he was covered in blood. My boots were covered in blood," she recalled.
Martinez thought she was hearing fireworks, but when country music singer Jason Aldean ran off stage, she ran for her life.
"I am just so grateful I get to see another day because there are people who couldn't, and I see the videos online of what happened and I can't hear it because I am numb to it and I shouldn't be getting used to gunshots," she said.
This 16-year-old grew up overnight.
"My heart goes out to everyone," she said. "I understand I was there and I am just praying for every single person for healing and peace."
"I was waiting to get shot. I wasn't waiting to come out alive," she said.
Asked how she sees the world now, she said, "So different, so different-I have so much compassion, and I thank God every single day, and I just want to be more like Him."
Church is the only place she wanted to go and she's so grateful for this community.
"My heart is warmed by the many people coming together even now at this church, and it's just amazing," she said.
Martinez said she's forgiven the gunman. "I don't think it's his fault. He's not right. It wasn't God, it wasn't him. It was another thing, an evil thing. I forgive him," she said.
Martinez plans to take one day at a time and cling to her faith in God. "So I am going to read His Word and I am going to worship and I am going to pray because that is the only thing that can get me through it," she said. (Read more)
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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].
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[Note: we are reading from these versions of the Scripture: King James, New King James, New American Standard, and NIV.]