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Monday, November 27, 2017
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- Father God, for all items listed below, and for many other cases of alleged wrongdoing out there, we ask for Your grace to rest upon our nation. Let all facts come to light and be verified and, for those who have been in sin, let each one now come to repentance and salvation in this time of Your soon return. In Your Name, amen.
- "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28)
1. Franken will not resign, but 'embarrassed and ashamed' over misconduct allegations - Fox News
Sen. Al Franken broke his silence Sunday on sexual misconduct allegations, reportedly saying he's "embarrassed and ashamed" but will not resign from the Senate.
"I've let a lot of people down and I'm hoping I can make it up to them and gradually regain their trust," Franken, a two-term Democratic Minnesota senator, told the Star Tribune of Minnesota.
Franken spoke to Minnesota news media eight days after the first allegations surfaced.
"I am just very sorry," Franken told WCCO in an interview Sunday, reiterating that he has "a long way to go to win back the trust of the people of Minnesota." (Read more)
2. John Conyers steps aside from House Judiciary Committee amid probe into sexual allegations - Fox News
Michigan Rep. John Conyers on Sunday stepped aside as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, but again denied recent allegations of sexual and inappropriate conduct.
"In light of the attention drawn by recent allegations made against me, I have notified the Democratic leader of my request to step aside as ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee during the investigation of these matters," Conyers said in a statement.
The 88-year-old Conyers, starting last week, was hit with several allegations of misconduct while in Congress that are now being investigated by the House Ethics Committee. (Read more)
3. Moore campaign fires back against media, accuser - One News Now
Alabama Republican Roy Moore's campaign is going on the offensive against the media and one of the women who accused him of sexual misconduct.
Moore's campaign has issued a Monday night statement questioning the account of Beverly Nelson, who said Moore assaulted her when she was a 16-year-old waitress. The campaign is quoting two restaurant employees who did not remember Nelson or Moore eating there.
Six women have accused Moore of pursuing romantic relationships with them when they were teenagers. Two have accused him of assault or molestation.
The campaign says voters will "see through the fake news." (Read more)
Focus on Israel
1. Ominous signs that the next war in the Middle East is coming, and it won't be pretty - CBC News
It's likely to directly or indirectly involve Israel, Lebanon, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria and even Russia
There are several factors to consider. First, in September, IDF's Northern Command conducted its largest military exercise in 20 years, involving tens of thousands of troops, tanks, aircraft and even the navy. Such planning takes an incredibly large amount of time and the manoeuvres themselves are extraordinarily costly.
Second, the Sunni superpower of Saudi Arabia is in an increasingly hot war with the Shia world and in particular, Iran. Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is heir to the throne and while young, he is the effective ruler of the country. He's economically progressive, internationally connected and determined to modernize the country and also have it throw its weight around.
The civil war in Yemen, for example, is now almost three years old and had led to the deaths of at least 5,000 civilians, many of them children. Saudi Arabia backs the government, in particular with its air force, while Iran supports the Houthi rebels. (Read more)
2. Minister threatens to quit Israeli government amid Palestinian statehood talks - World Israel News
Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home Party) threatened to quit the government on Saturday night in protest against rumors that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accepted a US-backed peace initiative that would include President Donald Trump's recognition of a Palestinian state.
Issuing a statement after 'Hadashot' newspaper revealed the key tenet of the rumored plan, Ariel, whose party vehemently opposes the notion of a Palestinian state, stated that his faction "will not remain in a government that recognizes a Palestinian state."
While Ariel's threats, if implemented, would not suffice to topple the government, despite the coalition's slender majority in the Knesset, the minister insisted that other lawmakers hailing from the nationalist camp would reject any such proposal.
"There are also Knesset members in the Likud and the Jewish Home who have made clear that they will not agree to transfer swathes of land to the Palestinian Authority," he said. (Read more)
3. US backtracks on decision to close Palestinian office in DC - Times of Israel
The Trump administration backtracked Friday on its decision to order the Palestinians' office in Washington to close, instead saying it would merely impose limitations on the office that it expected would be lifted after 90 days. Last week, US officials said the Palestine Liberation Organization mission couldn't stay open because the Palestinians had violated a provision in US law requiring the office to close if the Palestinians try to get the International Criminal Court to prosecute Israelis. The move triggered a major rift in US-Palestinian relations that threatened to scuttle President Donald Trump's ambitious effort to broker Mideast peace before it ever got off the ground.
State Department spokesman Edgar Vasquez said the US had "advised the PLO Office to limit its activities to those related to achieving a lasting, comprehensive peace between the Israelis and Palestinians." Vasquez said even those restrictions will be lifted after 90 days if the US determines the Israelis and Palestinians are engaged in serious peace talks. The White House, in an effort led by Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, has been preparing a comprehensive peace plan to present to both sides in the coming months. (Read more)
4. Report: Trump peace proposal will seek regional deal, won't set timetable- Times of Israel
Channel 2 says administration wants to bring Arab states to table, thinks Abbas is 'serious,' will not impose terms. US, in response, says no imminent intention to unveil its plan.
US President Donald Trump's administration will shortly unveil a formal proposal for Middle East peace that aims to enable a "comprehensive regional arrangement," but that will not be imposed on the sides, and that will not feature a rigid timetable, Israel's Channel 2 news reported on Sunday evening.
The proposal has been drawn up on the basis that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is a credible leader who genuinely seeks a permanent accord, the report said, quoting unnamed sources in the Trump administration.
The sources said that, were that not the case, the Trump peace team would not have spent so much time on the issue.
The TV report said the US proposal would be aimed at bringing Arab states to the peace table with Israel, and that its components would be open to negotiation by all sides. (Read more)
- Father God, we cry out to You, Holy One, to stand beside President Trump and to guide him with Your steady hand in all matters related to bringing peace to the Middle East. The land of Israel belongs to the Jew. It cannot be divided nor its boundaries changed in any way, according to Your Word, Lord God. Help us, O Lord, we pray . . . amen and amen.
- "The Lord said to Abram, "Lift up now your eyes, and look from the place where you are northward, southward, eastward and westward: for all the land which you see, to you will I give it, and to your seed forever . . . Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it to thee." (Genesis 13:14-17)
5. Wild Man - The Golden Report
We have seen another example of that with 230+ murdered and hundreds injured in an Egyptian Mosque in the Sinai. These are Muslims killing Muslims, and they are the same ISIS Muslims who have been run out of Syria and Iraq and have now gathered in the Sinai Desert, just to our south, in preparation for an attack against Israel. The ISIS terrorists are Shiite Muslims from Iran and they want to kill or convert all the Egyptian Sunni Muslims in the Sinai in order to have total control over the next war with Israel.
Hezbollah is another arm of Iran's plan for the destruction of Israel and they have taken over all of Lebanon. Not only are they larger and stronger than the Lebanese army but they have also infiltrated that army as well.
The void left by the ISIS terrorists in Syria has now been filled by Iranian Forces and they are pouring tens of thousands of troops into these new camps on our northern border.
Because Iran and Russia have joined forces and have defended Syrian president Assad, they have his blessing as well.
The time for negotiating with the Arab's for peace is over, everyone is now in final preparations for all out war. Hamas and the Palestinian Authority [PA] have now united in Gaza making it very clear that Abbas has never had any plans of making peace with Israel.
However, just like his now terrorists partners Hamas, it is abundantly clear what Israel can expect in the near future. To make the situation worse Hamas, and with the PA as a full partner, are joining forces with ISIS in the Sinai Desert and weapons are pouring into both ISIS and Gaza. (Read more)
6. Israel welcomes Saudi mufti's pro-Israel remarks, invites him to visit the country - Daily Sabah
An Israeli minister on Monday welcomed remarks by a mufti of Saudi Arabia that Palestinian resistance group Hamas is a terror organization. "We congratulate Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, as well as the head of Ulema (Islamic scholars) for his fatwa forbidding the fight against the Jews and forbidding to kill them," Israeli Communications Minister Ayoub Kara wrote on his official Twitter account. The minister also welcomed the mufti's remarks in which he considered Hamas a terror organization, adding "I invite the mufti to visit Israel; he will be welcomed with a high level of respect." Earlier, the mufti said while answering a question on a television program that fighting against Israel was inappropriate and said Hamas was a "terror organization" in reply to a question regarding July's anger across the Israeli-occupied West Bank when Israel shut Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is venerated by Muslims and Jews, following a deadly shootout. (Read more)
7. Tel Aviv lights up in Egyptian colors in solidarity over Sinai attack - Israel Hayom
Tel Aviv's City Hall lit up in Egypt's national colors on Friday, hours after terrorists murdered 305 peoplem including 27 children, and wounded 128 at a mosque in Egypt's northern Sinai Peninsula.
The red, white and black colors of Egypt's flag and the country's national emblem were projected on the building, alternating with Israel's blue and white colors.
he terrorists detonated a bomb and gunned down worshippers inside the al-Rawdah mosque in the town of Bir al-Abd in the deadliest such attack in Egypt's modern history, state media and witnesses said.
Survivors described intense gunfire as the mosque was shaken by blasts, and children screaming as their parents were mowed down. A stampede occurred as people rushed for an exit, while others tried desperately to force their way out of windows. (Read more)
8. Egypt border to remain closed after Sinai mosque massacre- Times of Israel
GAZA CITY - The Gaza Strip's border crossing with Egypt that was due to reopen Saturday will remain closed until further notice following the bloody terrorist attack in neighboring Sinai, an official told AFP.
Friday's bomb and gun assault on the Rawda mosque near North Sinai provincial capital of El-Arish killed at least 305 people.
Gaza's Rafah border crossing with Egypt had been due to reopen on Saturday for three days. (Read more)
9. Report: Assad offers Israel buffer zone along Syrian border - World Israel News
Embattled Syrian dictator Bashar Assad communicated to Russian premiere Vladimir Putin his willingness to establish a demilitarized zone along Syria's border with Israel in the Golan Heights. The offer was revealed in Kuwaiti newspaper Al Jarida in a report focusing on Assad's seemingly impromptu visit last week to Russia.
During the visit, Assad apparently asked Putin to communicate the offer to his Israeli counterpart, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, reported the Jerusalem Post. While Netanyahu responded favorably to the offer, which promised a sizable buffer zone according to an unnamed Israeli source, the Israeli leader vowed to continue pursuing Hezbollah in Syria and to destroy any Iranian facilities within about 25 miles of Israel's border. (Read more)
10. Jewish Home gains strength in new poll - Israel National News
If elections were held today, the Likud party led by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the Yesh Atid party headed by MK Yair Lapid will receive the same number of seats, according to a poll published on Channel 10 News on Sunday.
The two parties will win 24 Knesset seats, according to the poll. This is the first time in many months that a poll shows that the Likud is not the largest party.
While the Likud is down two seats from the last poll held three weeks ago, Yesh Atid gains two seats. The Zionist Union loses two seats, according to the poll, and wins 17 seats in the Knesset. This follows the controversial statements made recently by Zionist Union chairman Avi Gabbay. (Read more)
11. Israel Thwarts Smuggling of Tons of Explosives into Gaza - Ynet News
An Israeli laboratory at the Kerem Shalom Gaza crossing recently thwarted an attempted smuggling of several tons of explosive substances that were headed for terror groups in the strip.
The lab, which was recently established at the crossing at the behest of the Land Crossings Authority in the Ministry of Defense, was called into action after a truck arrived at the area that was carrying what was said to be a large load of car oils.
Guards conducting the security checks grew suspicious of the truck's content, and transferred specific oil types to the lab for further investigation, where it transpired that the oils were not intended for car engines, but were rather dangerous substances intended for the production of large quantities of explosive devices. (Read more)
12. Israel and Trump Administration Racing to Stop UN Israel "Blacklist" - Breaking Israel News
Israel and the Trump administration are racing against the clock to stop publication of a United Nations "blacklist" of companies operating in Judea and Samaria, due out at the end of the year.
"We will do everything we can to ensure that this list does not see the light of day," Israeli UN Ambassador Danny Danon told the Associated Press.
Last month, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sent letters to approximately 190 companies listed in the database informing them of their status. The list targets Israeli and international businesses - including dozens of major American companies - which operate in some part over the Green Line, land the United Nations considers "occupied" territory.
The US and Israel fear the list may have devastating consequences for the Israeli economy, serving to drive away business, acting as a deterrent for companies considering coming to Israel, or harming investment in Israeli firms. It also majorly bolsters the anti-Israel BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement, critics charge.
"It is an attempt to provide an international stamp of approval to the anti-Semitic BDS movement," said US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley. (Read more)
13. Friday Prayer Update - Intercessors for Israel
Friday, November 24, 2017
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The Daily Brief
1. ISIS Attack in Egyptian Mosque Kills Over 300 - Breaking Israel News
At least 305 people were killed when the Rawdah Sufi mosque in Bir al Abed in the northern Sinai was attacked on Friday by 25-30 ISIS militants armed with automatic rifles. 27 children were among the dead and an additional 128 people were injured.
The attackers drove up to the mosque in five SUV's and took positions at the entrances. An explosive was set off in the building adjacent to the mosque and the Islamists killed worshippers as they exited the mosque. The attackers, wearing military fatigues, had heavy machine guns and had long beards and hair. At least one man was carrying a flag of the Islamic State (ISIS), which later took credit for the attack. The assailants continued their assault, firing on ambulances as they arrived.
The mosque marks the birthplace of the founder of Sufism. Sufism is a mystical branch of Islam Islamists consider to be heretical. ISIS has targeted Sufis in the past and has also killed more than 100 Coptic Christians in Egypt in the past year. (Read more)
See also: Report: Egypt Mosque Attackers Carried ISIS Flags - Daily Caller
The militants who carried out a massive terror attack on an Egyptian mosque were carrying Islamic State flags, the country's chief prosecutor said Saturday. Nabil Sadeq also said that the death toll had risen to 305 people, including 27 children, making it the deadliest terrorist incident in Egypt's modern history.
In a coordinated attack during Friday prayer services, Islamic militants bombed the al-Rawdah mosque in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula and opened fire on worshipers as they tried to flee to safety. Survivors told Sadeq's office that the attack was carried out by 25 to 30 militants wearing masks and military-style uniforms, reports ABC News.
As of Saturday afternoon, ISIS had not formally claimed responsibility for the attack. ISIS-aligned militants are entrenched in the Sinai Peninsula and have clashed with Egyptian security forces there for several years. The al-Rawdah mosque is frequently attended by Sufi Muslims, a mystic school of Islam considered heretical by Sunni Islamic militants, including ISIS. Although past ISIS attacks in Sinai have targeted Egyptian troops and police, as well as Christian churches, the terror group has struck Sufis in other countries such as Iraq.
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, a former armed forces commander, has promised the "utmost force" in retribution for Friday's attack. "What is happening is an attempt to stop us from our efforts in the fight against terrorism," Sisi said Friday in a televised address, according to the BBC. "The armed forces and the police will avenge our martyrs and restore security and stability with the utmost force." Egyptian officials said Saturday that the military had carried out air strikes and raids overnight against militants believed to be responsible. (Read more)
- Father, we mourn for those killed in this attack in a mosque in Egypt. As the people of Islam turn against each other, seeking to destroy each other, we ask that You, O Holy One, would reveal Yourself to them for salvation, bringing your peace. We ask this in Your name, amen.
- (Please study Ephesians 2:14-17)
2. Syria peace talks: Putin discusses political solution with Erdogan & Rouhani amid ISIS demise - RT
Russian President Vladimir Putin is holding a meeting in Sochi with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Hassan Rouhani of Iran to share their views on Syrian reconciliation. The three countries previously agreed to be guarantors of the Syrian peace process.
Welcoming his dignitary guests, Putin said the meeting comes at a crucial moment in the Syrian armed conflict, when there is an opportunity to end it.
"The militants in Syria have sustained a decisive blow, and now there is a realistic chance to end the multiyear civil war," he said. This would require giving the Syrians a period of peace, during which they would be able to settle their differences, Putin added. This will require compromise by all parties in Syria, both the government and the rebels, he stressed.
The three leaders "are planning to discuss further steps to ensure long-term stability in this country" amid "the successes in combatting terrorism and visible reduction of violence in Syria," the Kremlin statement said.
Previously, Putin also held telephone conversations with US President Donald Trump and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow and Washington had reached "a fairly sustainable cooperation" on Syria, though there were "huge problems in condemning terrorists and extremists." (Read more)
- Father, as we gaze upon the photo shown in this article, our blood almost runs cold. We see a smiling Vladimir Putin, standing in between Iran's Rouhani (on his left) and Turkey's Erdogan (on his right), with the flags of all three nations lined up behind them.
Could this new alliance between Turkey, Iran and Russia signal the beginning of what will soon become the Ezekiel 38 war between Gog and Magog?
Father, help us to prepare our hearts for this hour, and help us reach as many souls as we can for You, while there is still time. Thank You, Lord, for hearing our prayer, amen and amen.
- "All the people shall keep the watch of the Lord." (2 Chronicles 23:6)
3. The GOP Tax Plan's Number One Goal: Back to Growth - The National Interest The "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" has passed the House of Representatives, and the Senate will vote on its version of the legislation the week after Thanksgiving. Should both bills pass and the bodies agree on a final compromise legislative wording, it will change the American economy, American politics and the world. Just what single piece of legislation could be that powerful? The outlines of the tax reform/tax reduction bills are known. And the likelihood of final passage is as certain as anything can be in Washington, DC, as the House and Senate bills and the president's vision all live within the "framework" agreed upon months ago. The only real differences are in timing and focus. The corporate rate will drop from 35 percent-the highest in the industrialized world-down to 20 percent. After-tax cash flow for $100 in earnings will increase from $65 to $80-a 23 percent increase. Imagine what that will do to the stock market valuations. American competitiveness will allow firms to stay in the United States, rather than continuing to be at risk of purchase by foreign companies that enjoy lower corporate tax rates. And Americans will join the rest of the world in adopting a territorial tax system that allows us to repatriate American business earnings without penalty. (Read more)
- Our Father, we thank You for the GOP tax plan. It seems better for America and our people. We pray that this plan will have Your hand on it to lead the Senate when they, too, vote on this bill. Let there be nothing hidden in this legislation, we pray. In Your Name, amen.
- "It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter." (Proverbs 25:2)
4. Uranium One noose is tightening - American Thinker
Now that the FBI's informant on the Uranium One deal has been outed and the nondisclosure agreement formerly muzzling him abrogated, it is possible to see the outlines of the devastating case to be made against not just Hillary Clinton, but the entire Obama administration.
Two intrepid reporters, John Solomon of The Hill and Sara Carter of Circa News and Sinclair Broadcasting, are gaining access to some of the reported 50,000 documents in the possession of William Campbell, the whistleblower who went to the FBI with the scary details of what appeared to him to be an illegal attempt by Russian entities to take over the world uranium market, including even the uranium resources in our ground.
The Russian plot to "control global energy resources" was reported by Campbell to the FBI a year prior to approval of the acquisition. There is every reason to expect - and the proof would be available to congressional investigators or (cough) a special counsel or U.S. attorney - that this information was passed up the chain to A.G. Eric Holder and even President Obama.
Yet CFIUS - the group of agency heads that must approve such transactions on which Holder and Hillary sat - went ahead and approved this sale that the U.S. knew was part of a Russian plot to control the world uranium and energy markets. (Read more)
- Father God, we praise You that this wicked deed is coming to light and being evaluated for its affect on our country. We pray that You would direct the paths of those who are looking into all the documents involved and that Your kind of justice would be done. We pray this would bring a new level of uprightness to those who work in our government.
- "By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil." (Proverbs 16:6)
5. FBI Investigating House Democrat For Paying His Opponent To Drop Out Of Race - ZeroHedge
The FBI is investigating Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Bob Brady for conspiracy, false statements and campaign in relation to payments his campaign allegedly made to 2012 primary opponent Jimmie Moore in order to persuade him to drop out of the race, court documents reviewed by The Daily Caller show. FBI special agent Jonathan R. Szeliga filed a search warrant request on November 1 in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for all emails associated with Brady's campaign email, BobCongress@Aol.com
Szeliga asserted he had "probable cause to believe that Kenneth Smukler, Robert Brady, Donald 'D.A.' Jones, Jimmie Moore, and Carolyn Cavaness and others known and unknown have committed violations" including charges of conspiracy, false statements, producing false records, causing false campaign contribution reports and violating limits on campaign contributions and expenditures. (Read more)
- Father, we see that an FBI investigation will determine if Rep. Bob Brady violated the law during his campaign by paying his opponent to drop out of the race. In Your name, let all things hidden be revealed. We give You honor an glory.
- "And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account." (Hebrews 4:13)
6. White House confident Mick Mulvaney trumps outgoing director's pick to head CFPB - Washington Examiner
The White House insisted Saturday that President Trump has the authority to appoint a successor to temporarily oversee the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, rather than a former acting director. The White House had sought council from the Office of Legal Counsel within the Department of Justice, which weighs in on decisions to guide the executive branch on what is legal and what is not. The dispute over who is in charge of the agency began when two officials were appointed to the post Friday.
Trump said Friday that he was naming White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney to the post temporarily, but outgoing CFPB Director Richard Cordray announced he was tapping his chief of staff, Leandra English, to be his successor.
The CFPB was established during the financial crisis that began in 2007 to set regulations on consumer finance products, like credit cards and auto loans. Republicans want to revamp the agency because they say it is responsible for saddling banks with unnecessary regulations, while Democrats have tried to stave off the influence of the Trump administration on CFPB. Asked whether the case would end up in court, a senior administration official replied, "We're hoping that it doesn't." The official continued, "We have gone out of our way to avoid a legal battle with Cordray and his actions show he is trying to provoke one." (Read more)
- Father God, President Trump has appointed Mike Mulvaney to temporarily fill the position as overseer of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). This appointment has been met with opposition. Let the president lend His ear to You for guidance as he chooses the right person to permanently fill this important position. Thank You, Lord.
- "Where the word of a king is, there is power; And who may say to him, "What are you doing?" (Ecclesiastes 8:4)
7. Judicial Watch: New FBI Records Show FBI Leadership's Conflicts of Interest Discussions on Clinton Email Investigation - Judicial Watch
Judicial Watch today released 79 pages of Justice Department documents concerning ethics issues related to FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's involvement with his wife's political campaign. The documents include an email showing Mrs. McCabe was recruited for a Virginia state senate race in February 2015 by then-Virginia Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam's office.
The news that Clinton used a private email server broke five days later, on March 2, 2015. Five days after that, former Clinton Foundation board member and Democrat party fundraiser, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, met with the McCabes. She announced her candidacy on March 12. Soon afterward, Clinton/McAuliffe-aligned political groups donated nearly $700,000 (40% of the campaign's total funds) to McCabe's wife for her campaign.
An October 23, 2016, email shows McCabe running the response effort to a Wall Street Journal article that was published that day, titled "Clinton Ally Aided Campaign of FBI Official's Wife." McCabe provides Michael Kortan, the assistant director of Public Affairs, his version of a timeline of events surrounding the Clinton investigation and his wife's campaign. McCabe said he contacted then-FBI Chief of Staff Chuck Roseburg about Jill McCabe's candidacy and was told that "the D [Comey] has no issue with it."
(Judicial Watch earlier this month released documents showing that McCabe finally did recuse himself from the Clinton investigation only a week before last year's presidential election.) (Read more)
- Father, we see the laws of our country and Your laws of righteousness being violated from one agency to another and up and down the agencies. Lord, we thank You for those who search out the truth and publish the doings of those to whom is entrusted the enforcing of our laws. We pray right now for a thorough cleansing of all these agencies that are now corrupted with evil intentions and alliances. Lord, fill our government with those who respect and obey our laws and have Your laws written on their hearts.
- "Those who walk righteously and speak what is right, who reject gain from extortion and keep their hands from excepting bribes, who stop their ears against plots of murder and shut their eyes against contemplating evil; he will dwell on the heights," (Isaiah 33:15-16a)
8. Washington Post reporter caught plotting liberal agenda with billionaire George Soros - Fox News
Allegedly unbiased Washington Post reporter Janell Ross spoke at a top-secret meeting of liberal movers and shakers last week, where Democratic donors including billionaire George Soros outlined the future of their progressive agenda. The Democracy Alliance, which hosted the event, bills itself as "the largest network of donors dedicated to building the progressive movement in the United States" on the group's official website. The liberal group also claims to "play a leading role in fostering the infrastructure necessary to advance a progressive agenda" in the United States.
The group intended to keep "the identities of its members and guests confidential," according to the Beacon, but the paper obtained a "detailed conference agenda that lists both events and featured guests." Once the Beacon revealed the attendees, the group reportedly beefed up security and asked participants to keep details off social media. One of the surprising guests was Ross, who used to pass as a somewhat impartial reporter for the prestigious Post. While the paper's slogan is, "Democracy Dies in Darkness," she apparently wanted to keep her bosses in the dark about attending the liberal planning session and hanging out with prominent Democratic donors such as Soros. (Read more)
- Precious Lord, we are appalled that this woman is participating in an activity that aims at controlling freedom in America, which would include freedom of the press. Lord, open her eyes and the eyes of all the participants to the fact that no one will be better off if socialists and communists take over. We speak utter failure to all these plans made in secret and promoted and funded by those who do not love You and do not love America.
- "Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel, but not of me; that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin." (Isaiah 30:1)
9. Trump's biggest win yet comes thanks to Congress - CNBC
President Donald Trump should give special thanks to two U.S. Senators this Thanksgiving weekend. One is still serving in the Senate, the other recently retired. One is a Republican. The other a Democrat. And what should President Trump be thanking them for? Quite simply they have handed him one of the biggest victories any president could claim in the past 45 years. Yes, this has happened even as one of the most widely covered stories of the past year has been President Trump's difficulties in working with Congress.
The growing rift between him and Republican Senators John McCain, Jeff Flake, and Bob Corker alone has made headlines for months. For a U.S. president to have this many public feuds with senators from his own party this early in his presidency is really unprecedented and makes for hot news copy.
But that story ignores a bigger and longer-lasting development in the federal judiciary. That brings us first to naming the Republican gift giver: Senator Chuck Grassley from Iowa. The longtime member of Congress has big time clout as the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. And Grassley has just used that clout to eliminate one of the final hurdles in the already furious pace of Trump administration judicial appointments to the federal bench.
Late last week, Grassley decided not to honor a Senate tradition of holding up hearings for judicial nominees who aren't cleared by their own home state senators. That tradition is known as the "blue slip courtesy" born out of time before nationwide communication technology when a given state's senators had access to much more information about nominees than their colleagues from the rest of the country.
Grassley correctly noted that Democrats were now trying to use the blue slips tradition to replace the filibuster, and he's having none of that. As recently as last month, the Democrats and much of the news media's punditry were expecting Grassley, who is no fan of the president, to keep the blue slip tradition in place. But Grassley gave Trump this very special gift instead.
And that brings us to the Democrat who provided the initial generous source of President Trump's solid triumph: Former Senate Majority Leader, and Democrat, Harry Reid. Reid is a major reason this good fortune has befallen President Trump because Reid was the one who killed the filibuster rule for judicial nominees in 2013. And when he killed it, it was gone for good. (Read more)
- Father, in ancient Greece, we learn the story of the Gordian knot -- a knot that was tied around an enemy to keep him "frozen in place" and unable to move. According to this history, the only way to loosen this intractable knot was to cut it off completely.
We thank You, Father God, that Your angels have now cut off this Gordian knot from our Senate rules, so that much of the President's agenda -- including filling judicial appointments -- can now move forward. Amen!
- "The Lord is righteous; He has cut in pieces the cords of the wicked." (Psalm 129:4)
10. Diplomats Sound the Alarm as They Are Pushed Out in Droves - New York Times
. . .The departures mark a new stage in the broken and increasingly contentious relationship between Mr. Tillerson and much of his department's work force. By last spring, interviews at the time suggested, the guarded optimism that greeted his arrival had given way to concern among diplomats about his aloofness and lack of communication. By the summer, the secretary's focus on efficiency and reorganization over policy provoked off-the-record anger.
Now the estrangement is in the open, as diplomats going out the door make their feelings known and members of Congress raise questions about the impact of their leaving.
In a letter to Mr. Tillerson last week, Democratic members of the House Foreign Relations Committee, citing what they said was "the exodus of more than 100 senior Foreign Service officers from the State Department since January," expressed concern about "what appears to be the intentional hollowing-out of our senior diplomatic ranks." (Read more)
- Father, we thank You that those angels are now working overtime to "drain the swamp" in Washington, D.C., making our city new and clean. We pray prayers of protection for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as he continues to work to get this job done, in Your Name, Abba, amen.
- "No weapon formed against you shall prosper . . ." (Isaiah 54:17a)
The Daily Jot
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
A Thanksgiving Heritage
Note: I want to share with you some of my heritage which has become part of the heritage of America. My grandfather 13 generations back was William Bradford, co-writer of the Mayflower Compact, inventor of the free market system, and governor of the Plymouth colony for over 30 years. I would like to share some insights of and from his writings in "Of Plymouth Plantation."
In the days leading up to the first "Thanksgiving" of the Pilgrims, they had dispatched a group of ten men to "explore the bay and trade with the natives." They were guided by the English speaking Squanto, who also served as an interpreter. When the men returned, they were very impressed with the land around the bay and wished they could have settled there instead of Cape Cod. William Bradford, wrote however, "But it seems that the Lord, Who assigns to all men the bounds of their habitations, had appointed it for another use. And thus they found the Lord to be with them in all their ways, and to bless their outgoings and incomings, for which let His holy name have the praise forever, to all posterity."
This "Thanksgiving" to the Lord offered by Bradford in his history "Of Plymouth Plantation" indicates that Jesus was at the center of his thoughts about all things--even the land they were allocated by God to begin their colony. It also forebears testimony to the very positive Christian witness and relations the Pilgrims maintained with the Indians. This comment was followed immediately by Bradford's account of the harvest in October 1621. Bradford writes, "Each person had about a peck of meal a week, or now since harvest, Indian corn in that proportion; and afterwards many wrote at length about their plenty to their friends in England--not feigned but true reports."
One of those true reports is found in "Mourt's Relation" by Pilgrim Edward Winslow--the only account of the first "Thanksgiving." Winslow writes: "our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together, after we had gathered the fruits of our labors...at which time amongst other recreations, we exercised our Arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and amongst the rest their greatest king Massasoyt, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the Plantation and bestowed on our Governor, and upon the Captain and others."
Winslow concluded, "And although it be not always so plentiful, as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want, that we often wish you partakers of our plenty." Thanks to the godly men and women who came before us, even in our decline we remain blessed more than any other nation on earth. Jeremiah 4:2 says that if God's people return to Him, "And thou shalt swear, The Lord liveth, in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; and the nations shall bless themselves in Him, and in Him shall they glory." This is a promise to the nations. So today, as should be our practice each day, may you have a Psalm 103:2 day, "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits."
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Immigration in the News
Immigration in the News
1. Trump calls ICE union chief after complaints of betrayal - Washington Times
President Trump has reached out to the country's deportation officers and asked for a meeting after their union president, Chris Crane, wrote a letter expressing disappointment in the slow pace of change at Homeland Security. In the Nov. 13 letter, first reported by The Washington Times, Mr. Crane, president of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Council, said what was happening at the government's chief interior immigration enforcement agency was "an embarrassment." Mr. Crane told the president of officers ordered to remove bullet proof vests for fear of angering illegal immigrants, and of dysfunction within agency leadership.
The ICE Council endorsed Mr. Trump during the presidential campaign and had anticipated having an open line of communication but Mr. Crane said that hasn't happened, blaming the president's aides for stifling the relationship. "Attempts to communicate concerns to you and requests for meetings with you are simply ignored," Mr. Crane wrote, saying the union felt "betrayed. I'm not going to discuss the content of our call publicly without the president's consent," Mr. Cranesaid on the site. "But as always the president treated me with the utmost respect, was polite and sincere, and asked a lot of questions to which I gave him straight answers. In the end, President Trump suggested a meeting which I of course accepted.
As I've told our officers and employees from the beginning, I trust this president and I know he's going to keep his word and help us drain this swamp," Mr. Crane continued. "He hasn't forgotten us. He's just busy running the country. The fact that he would take time out of his hectic schedule to call me should be proof of that." (Read more)
- Father, thank You for President Trump's initiative to call Mr. Crane and hear the complaints. We pray for a successful meeting to bring solutions to the issues of the slow pace of change in Homeland Security.
- A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
2. Congress barreling toward explosive immigration fight - The Hill
The fight over "Dreamers" is heating up as the legislative calendar winds down, setting the stage for a year-end clash that's heightening the odds of a government shutdown. Lawmakers headed into the long Thanksgiving recess are in stark disagreement over how, and when, to provide legal cover for undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children - legislation both parties say they want after President Trump rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in September.
Behind Trump, GOP leaders are opposed to attaching any DACA provisions to legislation extending government funding, which expires Dec. 8. But Democratic leaders, pressured by their activist base and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, are insisting that the DACA protections be finalized before year's end.
Many Democrats are threatening to withhold support for an omnibus spending bill if the immigration language isn't included. With just 12 legislative days left on the calendar - and the Republicans laser-focused on enacting a tax overhaul before Christmas - GOP leaders have some tough decisions ahead. (Read more)
- Father, we pray extreme wisdom on the DACA program. Give our leaders a plan that both parties can agree on. We pray thy kindgdom come, thy will be done on this important controversial legislation.
- Thy kingdom come, they will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10)
3. Justice Department Moves To Strip US Citizenship From Sex Abusers - Daily Caller
The Trump administration will move to strip U.S. citizenship from several naturalized immigrants who allegedly lied about their histories of sexual abuse during the naturalization process, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday. Administration lawyers have filed denaturalization lawsuits against five U.S. citizens living in Illinois, Florida and Texas. The individuals willfully concealed child sexual abuse crimes they had committed prior to naturalizing, according to the civil complaints. "Committing fraud in any immigration matter undermines the integrity of our immigration system, and is a betrayal of the American people's generosity," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. "It is especially appalling when it also involves the sexual abuse of children."
U.S. immigration law allows the government to revoke the naturalization certificate of anyone who obtained citizenship by concealing or misrepresenting material facts during the application process. The five defendants - Jorge Luis Alvarado, 56; Alberto Mario Beleno, 64; Eleazar Corral Valenzuela, 49; Moises Herrera-Gonzalez, 55; and Emmanuel Olugbenga Omopariola, 60 - lied on application forms and during in-person interviews with immigration officials about their criminal histories, according to DOJ. (Read more)
- Father, thank You for this strong action by the Justice Department. Jeff Sessions statement "Committing fraud in any immigration matter is a betrayal of the American people's generosity," is well said. Thank You for those who do what's right because it is right without fear of backlash or criticism.
- But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. (James 4:6)
Breaking! Volcano Alert: Bali, Indonesia
Breaking! Volcano Alert: Bali, Indonesia
Mount Agung: Bali volcano alert raised to highest level
Fears of an imminent major eruption of Bali's Mount Agung have increased and the evacuation zone around the volcano has been widened.
Indonesian authorities have raised the state of alert to its highest level.
The island's airport has now closed, leaving thousands stranded in the tourist hotspot.
Dark smoke has been seen billowing up to 3,400m (11,150ft) above the mountain's summit, which has also emitted ash puffs.
Officials have also been warning residents to stay away from rock and debris flows known as lahars, which have been spotted flowing down from the mountain. (BBC)
Read more here.
- Father, this eruption seems to be imminent. We ask for Your Hand of protection for all who are now in harm's way, and that they can make their way to safety quickly. We ask this in Your Name, amen.
- "Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son." (John 14:13)
Our Weekly Bible Study
Our Weekly Bible Study
Week of Sunday, November 26 - Saturday, December 2, 2017
Hanukkah ~ Prophecy of the End of Days ~ Pt 2
(This year, Hanukkah begins on Dec 13th and goes to Dec 20th)
Torah portion reading for the week of November 20th:
Vayishlach ~ He Sent
Torah portion: Genesis 32:3-36:43
Haftorah portion (Prophets): Hosea 11:7-12:12, Obadiah 1:1-21
Gospel/New Testament: John 1:19-2:12
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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.
ABIDE WITH ME
"They urged Him strongly, 'Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.'" (Luke 24:29)
ABIDE WITH ME
"They urged Him strongly, 'Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.'" (Luke 24:29)
Abide with me; fast falls the eventide; The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide. When other helpers fail and comforts flee, Help of the helpless, O abide with me.
Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day; Earth's joys grow dim; its glories pass away; Change and decay in all around I see; O Thou who changest not, abide with me.
Not a brief glance I beg, a passing word; But as Thou dwell'st with Thy disciples, Lord, Familiar, condescending, patient, free. Come not to sojourn, but abide with me.
Come not in terrors, as the King of kings, But kind and good, with healing in Thy wings, Tears for all woes, a heart for every plea- Come, Friend of sinners, and thus bide with me.
Thou on my head in early youth didst smile; And, though rebellious and perverse meanwhile, Thou hast not left me, oft as I left Thee, On to the close, O Lord, abide with me.
I need Thy presence every passing hour. What but Thy grace can foil the tempter's power? Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be? Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.
I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless; Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness. Where is death's sting? Where, grave, thy victory? I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.
Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes; Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies. Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee; In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.
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About the Author:
Words: Henry F. Lyte, 1847.
Melody: William H. Monk, 1861
About the Hymn:
Lyte was inspired to write this hymn as he was dying of tuberculosis; he finished it the Sunday he gave his farewell sermon in the parish he served so many years. The next day, he left for Italy to regain his health. He didn't make it, though-he died in Nice, France, three weeks after writing these words. Here is an excerpt from his farewell sermon:
O brethren, I stand here among you today, as alive from the dead, if I may hope to impress it upon you, and induce you to prepare for that solemn hour which must come to all, by a timely acquaintance with the death of Christ.
For over a century, the bells of his church at All Saints in Lower Brixham, Devonshire, have rung out "Abide with Me" daily. The hymn was sung at the wedding of King George VI, at the wedding of his daughter, the future Queen Elizabeth II, and at the funeral of Nobel peace prize winner Mother Teresa of Calcutta in1997.
Signs and Wonders
Radioactive Cloud Over Europe: What Is Ruthenium-106?
A mysterious cloud of radioactive material that hovered over Europe last month came from Russia, Russian weather monitoring data released today (Nov. 21) suggests.
The spike in radioactivity was caused by a substance called ruthenium-106. But what, exactly, is ruthenium-106, does it pose risks to human health and how did it get into the air?
Member countries of the International Atomic Energy Agency, an international organization that promotes peaceful use of nuclear energy, detected the radioactive isotope ruthenium-106 hovering above 14 European countries in early October, according to a statement from France's Nuclear Safety Authority. Based on radioactivity levels across the continent, experts suspected the origin was somewhere in Russia Russia denied a nuclear accident occurred.
Today . . . the Russian Meteorological Service said it detected "extremely high contamination" with ruthenium-106 above the southern Ural Mountains in September. In Argayash, levels of ruthenium-106 were 986 times normal levels in late September, according to Rosgidromet, the weather monitoring service.
Given that ruthenium-106 has no natural source and no one reported fallen satellites in the region, the likeliest source for the toxic cloud is an uncontrolled release of nuclear material, the Nuclear Safety Authority said. (Live Science) 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
She Wanted to Join ISIS, but She Met Jesus Instead
and Was Delivered of Her Demons
[CBN News] - Rita Chaima radiates with joy. When you see her face, you can tell she's filled with deep happiness and contentment.
But that's the opposite of the way she used to feel. Chaima was raised a Muslim, and from an early age she struggled with suicidal depression.
She tells her powerful story in a new documentary called "In His Footsteps" by a ministry called The Last Reformation.
"I just saw a cruel world and I didn't want to be a part of it," she recalls.
At one point she became so angry that she made up her mind to join ISIS in Syria.
"I hated people who weren't Muslim. I wanted to kill them," she says.
The videos by ISIS inspired her. "I loved to see them bleeding. I was seeing videos of decapitation and loved it."
But then something else happened. Her mom got a bunch of free books for her, and there was a Bible among them. That's when Chaima met Jesus.
"I started to read the Bible to prove to Christians that they were wrong," she says. "But I was wrong! And the grace of Jesus Christ started to touch me." (CBN News) Read more here.
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