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"Praying for All in Authority"
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
"Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from this time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this." (Isaiah 9:7))
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"Standing United Together . . . Under the Cross of Christ"
Demonstrations Now Continue Throughout the Nation
President Trump and the U.S. Support the Demonstrators
1. US urges Iran to unblock social media, calls emergency UN session - Jerusalem Post
US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley on Tuesday called on Iran to unblock social media sites used by anti-government protesters to organize their demonstrations and on "freedom-loving" nations to rally to their cause after violent unrest gripped the Islamic Republic for a fifth day.
Reading the slogans of protesters from outside the Security Council, Haley rejected claims from Iranian leaders that "foreign enemies" were behind the demonstrations: "We all know that's complete nonsense," she said. "The demonstrations are completely spontaneous. They are virtually in every city in Iran."
"This is the precise picture of a long-oppressed people rising up against their dictators," she added, characterizing the protesters as "tremendously courageous."
The Trump administration is strongly supporting the peaceful demonstrators, who originally took to the streets to protest economic stagnation but are now targeting the Islamic Republic itself. (Read more)
- Lord God, we thank You that our nation, and this President, are offering strong support to the people of Iran as they seek to fight for their freedom. Praise the Lord.
- "Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord." (Psalm 150:6)
2. At least 20 people are dead and 450 detained in Iran's bloody week of protests - Business Insider
More than twenty people have died after another bloody night of protests in Iran added nine people to the death toll. State TV in Iran reported the nine additional fatalities on Tuesday morning, according to the Associated Press. They include an 11-year-old boy and a member of Iran's Revolutionary Guard.
Separately, an Iranian government official said that security services in the country have detained at least 450 people since protests began last week. According to the state broadcast, a focus of violence was a police station in Qahdarijan, Isfahan province, which protesters allegedly tried to raid to steal guns. The protests began Thursday in Mashhad over Iran's weak economy and a jump in food prices and have expanded to several cities, with some protesters chanting against the government and the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Hundreds of people have been arrested. (Read more)
- Father, we pray for the people of Iran who long to be free. Lord, fight for them! Help them remove their oppressors and give them peace.
- The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. (Isaiah 58:11)
3. Mike Pence promises American support for Iranian protestors: 'We will not let them down' - Washington Examiner
Vice President Mike Pence on Monday promised full U.S. support for Iranian protestors, vowing "we must not and we will not let them down." "As long as @RealDonaldTrump is POTUS and I am VP, the United States of America will not repeat the shameful mistake of our past when others stood by and ignored the heroic resistance of the Iranian people as they fought against their brutal regime," Pence said in Twitter post.
"The bold and growing resistance of the Iranian people today gives hope and faith to all who struggle for freedom and against tyranny. We must not and we will not let them down." (Read more)
- Father, give our leaders wisdom to help the Iranian people win their struggle for freedom.
- The Lord will open the way and lead them. (Micah 2:13a)
4. White House Urges World-Wide Support for Iran Protesters - Newsmax
The Trump administration is lobbying countries around the world to support protesters in Iran as violent demonstrations intensify, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.
"We are encouraging all nations around the world to publicly condemn the government violence and to support the legitimate, basic rights of those protesting," Brian Hook, the State Department's director of policy planning, told the outlet.
"We know that the [Islamic revolutionary Guard Corps] plays a big role in the decisions and actions of the government," he added - and pushed back on the notion that backing the protesters would only give ammunition to the regime.
"It doesn't matter what we do, they will blame us," Hook told the Journal. "For us, this is not a complicated question. We want to take a position with moral clarity and let the protesters know they're not alone." (Read more)
- Lord God, we pray that the nations of the world will hear this message from the White House and take heed, in Your Name, amen.
- "Come near, you nations, and listen; pay attention, you peoples! Let the earth hear, and all that is in it, the world, and all that comes out of it!" (Isaiah 34:1)
5. President Trump, Netanyahu, Support "Nobel Quest" of Iranians after Another Night of Violent Protests in Iran - CBN
"Brave Iranians are pouring into the streets. They seek freedom. They seek justice. They seek the basic liberties that have been denied to them for decades." -Benjamin Netanyahu
U.S. President Donald Trump, who has been tweeting in support of protesters in Iran, continued into the New Year. He described the country as "failing at every level despite the terrible deal made with them by the Obama Administration."
"The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years," he wrote. "They are hungry for food & for freedom. Along with human rights, the wealth of Iran is being looted. TIME FOR CHANGE!" the president tweeted.
- Thank You, Lord, that the U.S. and Israel stand as a united front, in defense of these amazing, courageous demonstrators. May Your Power deliver all who suffer in that nation. Amen.
- "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn . . ." (Isaiah 60:1,2)
6. Iran Protests: The Remarkable Aspect that Media Have Failed to Report - Charisma News
The website of Safa, himself a former Iranian, Shiite Muslim but now an evangelical pastor, declares, "Despite severe persecution by the Iranian government against underground churches, God's Word is spreading like a wildfire all over Iran. Pastor Safa believes that Iran will be the first Islamic nation to convert to Christianity." (Read more)
- "After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands." (Revelation 9:7)
Focus on Israel
1. Palestinian National Council: 'Likud motion a declaration of war' - Israel National News
The Palestinian National Council (PNC) on Monday condemned the Likud Central Committee after its members unanimously approved a motion calling for Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria.
Salim Zanoun, the chairman of the PNC, called the decision "an open war against the Palestinian people."
Zanoun added that the decision was "the height of terror and aggression against the rights of the Palestinian people" and "a translation of the policies of colonialism, extremism and arrogance rooted in the perception of the Likud party and its leaders, headed by the chief extremist Netanyahu."
2. IAF strikes Hamas terror structure in response to rocket fire -Jerusalem Online
The Israeli Air Force attacked a Hamas military structure in the southern Gaza Strip on Monday night. The airstrike was carried out in response to the rocket fired from Gaza earlier on Monday evening. "The IDF views the Hamas terror organization as solely responsible for the incidents in the Gaza Strip," the IDF Spokesperson's Unit said in a statement. The rocket fell in open territory in southern Israel and no damage was reported.
3. Shin Bet warns of Hamas attempts to carry out mega-terrorist attack - YNET News
Israel's General Security Agency, or as it is commonly known, the Shin Bet-which is responsible for preventing terrorist attacks inside Israel and in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula-has compiled a report of 2017, where it also outlined the principal challenge anticipated for the coming months. The main points were presented by its chief, Nadav Argaman, last week at a closed session of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
Following are some of the report's important sections, the ones with the greatest potential for affecting Israel, the Palestinian Authority and the Middle East in the near future. They are based on conversations with sources in the Shin Bet and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) over the past week.
4. IDF chief: All of Israel's fronts are highly volatile - Israel Hayom
Amid heightened tensions along the Israel-Gaza border Tuesday, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot outlined the threats facing Israel, the army's goals and the means at its disposal to confront its enemies on various fronts.
Overnight Monday, Israeli Air Force jets attacked a Hamas military installation in Gaza after another rocket was fired from the Strip into Israel. The projectile hit an unpopulated area in the Eshkol region Monday, causing no damage or injuries.
In a statement, the IDF reiterated its position that it holds the ruling Hamas organization responsible for any aggression coming out of Gaza, regardless of which group launched the rocket.
Addressing the situation on Israel's northern front, where it borders Lebanon and Syria, Eizenkot said, "Hezbollah has transitioned from defender of Lebanon to an organization that fights as an Iranian proxy in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, and has moved at least half its [fighting] force outside of Lebanon."
5. 2,700-year-old seal impression cements existence of biblical Jerusalem governor - Times of Israel
Past and present collided last week when an extremely rare seal impression discovered in Jerusalem's Western Wall plaza and bearing the inscription "Belonging to the governor of the city" was presented to Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.
According to site excavator Dr. Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah, "This is the first time that such an impression was found in an authorized excavation. It supports the biblical rendering of the existence of a governor of the city in Jerusalem 2,700 years ago."
6. UNESCO confirms Israel's withdrawal - Israel National News
Audrey Azoulay, the Director General of the UN's culture and education organization UNESCO, confirmed on Friday that Israel has formally notified the body of its withdrawal from the organization.
In a statement quoted by AFP, Azoulay, UNESCO's first Jewish head, said she had been officially notified that Israel would leave on December 31, 2018.
"I regret this deeply, as it is my conviction that it is inside UNESCO and not outside it that states can best seek to overcome differences in the organization's fields of competence," she said.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu last Friday instructed Carmel Shama Hacohen, Israel's Ambassador to UNESCO, to officially submit a letter of withdrawal from the organization.
7. Nikki Haley: No new funding for UNRWA - Israel National News
Us Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley was asked if additional funding would be given to UNRWA for Palestinian refugees in the light of the Palestinian resolution in the General Assembly regarding Jerusalem. Haley said that until the peace process is restarted "no new funding will be available"
The Daily Brief
1. Hatch exit opens door for Romney - The Hill
Longtime Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) announced on Tuesday that he would retire from the Senate, clearing the way for former presidential nominee Mitt Romney to mount a political comeback and take the seat. Hatch, whose 41 years in the Senate make him the longest currently serving senator, will step down after 2018.
Hatch's decision immediately put the political spotlight on Romney, who remains highly popular in Utah and has become one of party's most prominent critics of President Trump.
Romney and establishment Republicans remained tight-lipped about a potential Senate bid immediately following Hatch's retirement announcement, instead heaping praise on the 83-year-old senator.
"I join the people of Utah in thanking my friend, Senator Orrin Hatch for his more than forty years of service to our great state and nation," Romney said in a statement posted to Facebook. "Ann and I wish Senator Orrin Hatch and his loving wife Elaine all the best in their future endeavors."
But Romney, 70, is widely expected to run for the deep-red seat, marking a jump back to politics after returning to the private sector following his failed 2012 White House campaign. Romney late Tuesday afternoon switched his Twitter location to Holladay, Utah. (Read more)
- Father, You know who would be the best representative for the people of Utah. We pray You would lift that person up and give them favor.
- He changes the times and seasons; He removes kings and establishes kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.
2. Michele Bachmann says she's considering running for Al Franken's Senate seat - Fox News
Former Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., is considering running for the recently vacated U.S. Senate seat held by Al Franken. "I've had people contact me and urge me to run for that Senate seat," Bachmann said recently on televangelist Jim Bakker's television show. "And the only reason I would run is for the ability to take these principles into the United States Senate and to be able to advocate for these principles."
Bachmann, a religious conservative who served four terms in Congress, said she and her husband are considering the option to run for Franken's Senate seat, but said there's "a price you pay" when running for a political office of that stature. "The question is, is it-should it be me? Should it be now? But there's also a price you pay. And the price is bigger than ever because the swamp is so toxic," Bachmann said, noting she and her husband "aren't money people."
Franken officially resigned from his Senate seat Tuesday after numerous sexual misconduct allegations were made against him late last year. Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, who was selected to take over Franken's seat, is expected to be sworn in Wednesday morning. (Read more)
- Father God, we thank You that Michelle Bachmann, our sister in Christ, seeks You in every decision she makes. We thank You, Holy One, that as she seeks You, she will hear Your voice saying, "This is the way, walk ye in it."
- "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you." (Psalm 32:8)
3. Trump and GOP leaders face uncertainty over 2018 legislative agenda - Washington Examiner
President Trump or senior White House officials are slated to meet at least twice with GOP congressional leaders next week as Republican lawmakers prepare to return to Washington amid uncertainty about which of the big-ticket items on their legislative agenda they will prioritize first.
Leaders from both parties will sit down with White House chief of staff John Kelly on Wednesday at the Capitol to hammer out a deal on spending caps ahead of a Jan. 19 deadline to avert a government shutdown, a congressional aide told the Washington Examiner. Trump will then meet Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., at Camp David next weekend, where the three will huddle over legislative priorities for the new year. (Read more)
- Father, we pray Your Presence will go ahead of this meeting , directing the legislative priorities for our nation this year.
- "This also comes from the Lord of hosts, Who is wonderful in counsel and excellent in guidance." (Isaiah 28:29)
4. Trump Really Is Draining The Swamp - Daily Caller
President Donald Trump is significantly decreasing the size of the federal bureaucracy, a campaign promise he often referred to as "draining the swamp." The administration downsized permanent staff at all cabinet-level departments by the end of Sept. 2017, except for at Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs (VA) and Interior, The Washington Post reported Saturday. Hundreds of federal positions have been removed as a result of the administration's commitment to retool and shed some of the two million federal government employees.
The federal workforce grew sizably under both former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, ballooning from roughly 1.8 million employees in 2000 to 2.14 million at the height of Obama's presidency. Trump's administration is moving at a historically slow pace in filling political positions at federal agencies, whether it be part of his "draining the swamp" promise or a slow movement on the part of the Senate is unclear. The Senate has only confirmed 240 of the over 600 political appointments that are supposed to help carry out the administration's agenda. (Read more)
- Father, we pray this cleansing of our Federal bureaucracy will gain momentum this year, sweeping every self-serving employee out of our nation's government.
- "Lord, arise and stand against them. Push them back! Come and save me from these men of the world whose only concern is earthly gain." (Psalm 17:14a)
5. House expands Russia probe to FBI, Justice use of unconfirmed dossier to snare Trump - Washington Times
The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has expanded its 2016 election investigation from a starting point of Russian interference to an end-game that focuses on federal law enforcement and how it conducted a drive to snare President Trump and his people. Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, California Republican, is accusing the Justice Department and the FBI of misleading him in "a pattern of behavior that can no longer be tolerated." He charges that Justice claimed it possesses no documents related to the infamous Trump dossier, then, under pressure, produced "numerous" such papers.
Based on the stonewalling, Mr. Nunes said the committee no longer can accept Justice's position that it cannot turn over other official investigative forms, called 1032s. They document meetings between the FBI and confidential human sources.
"As a result of the numerous delays and discrepancies that have hampered the process of subpoena compliance, the committee no longer credits the representations made by DOJ and/or the FBI regarding these matters," Mr. Nunes wrote. He gave the Justice Department until Wednesday to comply. (Read more)
- Father, we pray You would bless the efforts of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to hold the FBI and DOJ accountable for the handling of the Trump dossier and subsequent investigations.
- "Do not grant the wicked their desires, Lord; do not let their plans succeed."
6. Trump Admin Throws Weight Behind Union Challenge - Washington Free Beacon
The Trump administration could bolster an Illinois state workers' lawsuit to end coercive unionism, according to legal experts. The Solicitor General's office filed a brief supporting Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), a lawsuit challenging coercive unionism for government workers.
The suit argues that the Supreme Court's 1977 Abood decision violates the speech and association rights of workers by allowing government agencies to mandate union dues or fees as a condition of employment. The amicus brief from the Justice Department bolsters that argument. "Abood thus ultimately endorsed precisely what it simultaneously prohibited: compelled subsidization of union speech for political or ideological causes," the brief says.
The payment of union fees violates the speech rights of public employees by forcing them to contribute to inherently political negotiations. "In the public sector, speech in collective bargaining is necessarily speech about public issues. Virtually every matter at stake in a public-sector labor agreement affects the public fisc, and therefore is a matter of public policy concerning all citizens," the brief says. "To compel a public employee to subsidize his union's bargaining position on these questions is to force him to support private political and ideological viewpoints with which he may strongly disagree." (Read more)
- Father, we pray this ungodly pillar of institutional corruption will fall! Release us, in Your mercy, from this demonic stronghold.
- "The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds." (2 Corinthians 10:4)
7. Criminal justice reform poised to take off in 2018 - Washington Examiner
Criminal justice reform came back with such renewed energy this year after sputtering out in Congress in 2016 that meaningful bipartisan legislation is poised for success in 2018. In October, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, announced he and a bipartisan group of senators were reintroducing the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, which would overhaul prison sentences for nonviolent drug offenders and allow for more judicial discretion during sentencing.
The CORRECTIONS Act requires the Department of Justice and its Federal Bureau of Prisons to find a way to reduce inmate recidivism rates. It also calls for lower-risk inmates to be put in less-restrictive conditions to reduce prison costs and allow for more resources to be shifted to law enforcement. The legislation also expands recidivism-reduction programs, and requires the federal probation office to plan for re-entry of prisoners ahead of time. (Read more)
- Father, we pray for a truly bipartisan bill that tackles the problems of illiteracy, mental illness, addiction and recidivism within the criminal population. Help us tackle these problems, guiding many lost souls to productive lives and salvation.
- "For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people."
8. Secret Document Reveals China Covertly Offering Missiles, Increased Aid to North Korea - Washington Free Beacon
China's Communist Party adopted a secret plan in September to bolster the North Korean government with increased aid and military support, including new missiles, if Pyongyang halts further nuclear tests, according to an internal party document. The document, labeled "top secret" and dated Sept. 15-12 days after North Korea's latest underground nuclear blast-outlines China's plan for dealing with the North Korean nuclear issue. It states China will allow North Korea to keep its current arsenal of nuclear weapons, contrary to Beijing's public stance that it seeks a denuclearized Korean peninsula.
Chinese leaders also agreed to offer new assurances that the North Korean government will not be allowed to collapse, and that Beijing plans to apply sanctions "symbolically" to avoid punishing the regime of leader Kim Jong Un under a recent U.N. resolution requiring a halt to oil and gas shipments into North Korea. A copy of the four-page Chinese-language document was obtained by the Washington Free Beacon from a person who once had ties to the Chinese intelligence and security communities. An English translation can be found here.
Disclosure of the document comes amid reports China is continuing to send oil to North Korea in violation of United Nations sanctions, prompting criticism from President Trump. Trump tweeted last week that China was caught "red handed" allowing oil shipments to North Korea. "There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korean problem if this continues to happen," the president stated on Dec. 28. (Read more)
- Father, the release of this document indicates division at the highest levels of the Chinese government and reveals their duplicity. We pray for cooperation with the Chinese to truly isolate North Korea and eliminate the nuclear threat on the Korean peninsula.
- "But don't be afraid of those who threaten you. For the time is coming when everything that is covered will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all." (Matthew 10:26)
9. With new year, California becomes 'sanctuary state' - Fox News
California became a "sanctuary state" Monday, as a bill that Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law in October officially took effect. The law bars police in the nation's most populous state from asking people about their immigration status or participating in federal immigration enforcement activities in most cases, Fox News reported.
The Golden State is home to an estimated 2.3 million illegal immigrants. But the measure has drawn a rebuttal from an unidentified source, as signs mocking the law have appeared below the "Welcome to California" signs that greet motorists as they enter from Arizona and Nevada. "OFFICIAL SANCTUARY STATE," the signs declare. "Felons, Illegals and MS13 Welcome! Democrats Need The Votes!" (Read more)
- Father, we pray for the state of California, and the people therein, to repent before it is too late to prevent Your judgement for their lawlessness, rejection of authority and rejection of You.
- "Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon." (Isaiah 55:6-7)
10. 'Bomb cyclone' to blast East Coast before polar vortex uncorks tremendous cold late this week - The Washington Post
Unforgiving cold has punished the eastern third of the United States for the past 10 days. But the most severe winter weather yet will assault the area late this week.
First, a monster storm will hammer coastal locations from Georgia to Maine with ice and snow. By Thursday, the exploding storm will, in many ways, resemble a winter hurricane, battering easternmost New England with potentially damaging winds in addition to blinding snow.
Forecasters are expecting the storm to become a so-called "bomb cyclone" because its pressure is predicted to fall so fast, an indicator of explosive strengthening. The storm could rank as the most intense over the waters east of New England in decades at this time of year. While blizzard conditions could paste some coastal areas, the most extreme conditions will remain well out over the ocean. (Read more)
- Father God, as we close today's edition of the Brief, we lift up all who will be in the path of this monster storm this weekend. We pray for WISDOM for every citizen, and for the homeless, that they WILL come out of the cold. And Lord, please send your angels to help prevent our pipes from freezing. In Your Name, amen.
- "Ask, and it will be given to you . . ." (Matthew 7:7)
Putting Holes in the Darkness
Putting Holes in the Darkness
A Teaching by Anne Graham Lotz
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:16, NKJV)
One night when Robert Louis Stevenson was a small boy, his nanny called him to come to bed. Oblivious to her summons, he was staring at something outside his nursery window. The nanny walked over, stood at his shoulder, and inquired patiently, "Robert, what are you looking at?" The little boy, without taking his eyes away from the window, exclaimed in wonder as he pointed to the lamplighter who was lighting the streetlamps, "Look, Nanny! That man is putting holes in the darkness!"
You and I may not be able to change the world, but surely each of us can put a hole in the darkness! Turn on the Light! Share what Jesus means to you and give God's Word to someone else!
All through the ages, men and women have done just that! They have turned on the Light so that a living faith in God has been passed from generation to generation. Not everyone has been attracted to the Light, but one by one people have come to Him for truth, wisdom, hope, salvation, and eternal life.
Anne Graham Lotz
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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.
LOVE LIFTED ME
"He was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, 'Lord, save me!' Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him. 'You of little faith,' He said, 'why did you doubt?'" (Matthew 14:29-31)
LOVE LIFTED ME
"He was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, 'Lord, save me!' Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him. 'You of little faith,' He said, 'why did you doubt?'" (Matthew 14:29-31)
I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore,
Very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more,
But the Master of the sea, heard my despairing cry,
From the waters lifted me, now safe am I.
Love lifted me! Love lifted me!
When nothing else could help
Love lifted me!
All my heart to Him I give, ever to Him I'll cling
In His blessèd presence live, ever His praises sing,
Love so mighty and so true, merits my soul's best songs,
Faithful, loving service too, to Him belongs.
Souls in danger look above, Jesus completely saves,
He will lift you by His love, out of the angry waves.
He's the Master of the sea, billows His will obey,
He your Savior wants to be, be saved today.
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About the Author:
Words: James Rowe, 1912.
Melody: Howard E. Smith
About the Hymn:
Rowe and Smith wrote this song in Saugatuck, Connecticut. According to Rowe's daughter:
Howard E. Smith was a little man whose hands were so knotted with arthritis that you would wonder how he could use them at all, much less play the piano. I can see them now, my father striding up and down humming a bar or two and Howard E. playing it and jotting it down.
Signs and Wonders
Did You See the Year's First (and Brightest) Supermoon? Check Out These Amazing Photos!
Some creative, others incredibly detailed; EarthSky.org readers have submitted their photographs capturing last night/this morning's supermoon-the first of two this month-and they are stunning. Click here to see them.
(Source: Breaking Christian News) Read more.
> > > These photos are absolutely STUNNING! Don't miss this!
"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
Thousands Pray at the Western Wall for Rain to Break Drought in Israel: Told to "Bring Umbrellas, Because Together We Will Tear Open the Gates of Heaven!"
(Israel) - [Reprinted with permission of The Times of Israel] With Israel halfway through its fifth consecutive winter of depleted rainfall, thousands of Jews assembled Thursday at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem to pray together for rain.
The event was organized by Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel and supplications were led by the chief rabbis of Israel, David Lau and Yitzhak Yosef, along with other prominent rabbis. (Read more)
> > > UPDATE - Latest Weather Forecast
Posted by Pastor/Meteorologist David N. Decker
If you need to do some shopping, now is probably the best time to be out and about because a fairly big storm is coming ! Latest weather maps from this morning are now showing a pretty big storm heading our way. This new storm will begin in earnest ONLY on Thursday, and last through Friday , Friday night and into the first half of Saturday. Becoming very windy at times Thursday and Friday , very wet and also much colder. Thundery downpours are expected from Thursday into Saturday morning with bursts of lightning and small hail. More than 50 mm of rain are widely expected with locally heavier amounts of 100mm or more very possible. Much more stable weather likely again after Sunday, for at least a few days. But, please keep praying. We do need rain here very badly ! It would take MANY storms like this one to even put a dent in the terrible drought we have been having. The rainy season in Israel is normally until only the middle of March and after the middle of April we then will get almost NO RAIN again until October or November. That's been our climate here for thousands of years . So, it MUST rain now, especially now, in these critical months of our rain season.
- Thank You, Father! Yes, we pray! LET IT RAIN!
- ""For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it." (Isaiah 55:10,11)
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Our Bible Readathon Continues
"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." (Psalm 119:105)
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.]
Pray for America!
Now you can join the Salt & Light Council, praying for our nation six days each week on a conference line!
Repentance and Restoration Prayer Line
For many years now, the Salt & Light Council has sponsored this outstanding half-hour of prayer, six days per week, with additional time available for Bible reading and fellowship.
We are delighted to make this "hidden treasure" available to all of you who make up our CHPP family.
You can also view their daily prayer calendar by going here.
The following press release was issued by the Salt and Light Council. Praise the Lord!
This is a 30 minute national conference prayer call offered Monday through Saturday. We pray daily for our President, Cabinet, Supreme Court, one or two state legislatures, preambles, plus a moral topic and Israel. All are welcome to participate in prayer for our nation. Fellowship and Bible reading is optional for those who would like to remain on the line. The call is hosted by The Salt & Light Council.
605-468-8015 / Access Code 338083#
Monday - Saturday
8:30 am PT 9:30 am MT
10:30 am CT 11:30 am ET