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"Praying for All in Authority"
Thursday, February 1, 2018
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The state of our union
The state of our union:
Remarks by President Trump in State of the Union Address
"Less than one year has passed since I first stood at this podium, in this majestic chamber, to speak on behalf of the American People," President Donald J. Trump began his address last night. "Each day since, we have gone forward with a clear vision and a righteous mission-to make America great again for all Americans." - President Donald Trump
To read his entire speech, please go here.
(Source: The White House)
> > > Please see also:
CBS Poll Results From Trump's Speech Are In: Democrats Are In Trouble - Daily Wire
Focus on Israel
1. Liberman: In future war, Lebanon will 'pay full price' for Iran ties -Times of Israel
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Wednesday that should war erupt again with Lebanon, Beirut will "pay the full price" for Iran's entrenchment in the country.
Speaking at an annual conference held by Tel Aviv University's Institute for National Security Studies, Liberman said that Lebanon will be held to account in a future war because, led by the terrorist Hezbollah group, it has "sacrificed its national interests by subjugating fully to Iran."
"Lebanon's army and Hezbollah are the same - they will all pay the full price in the event of an escalation," Liberman said. "If a conflict does break out in the north, 'boots on the ground' remains an option. We won't allow scenes like in 2006, where we saw citizens of Beirut on the beach while Israelis in Tel Aviv sat in shelters."
He added: "If people in Tel Aviv will be in bomb shelters, all of Beirut will be in bomb shelters."
2. US troops arrive for drill simulating massive missile attack on Israel - Times of Israel
US forces are deploying in Israel ahead of a large-scale joint Israel-US military exercise, due to start next week, which will simulate a major conflict in which Israel is attacked with thousands of missiles.
The biennial Juniper Cobra military exercise, which is being held for the ninth time, will take place amid an escalation of rhetoric between Israel and the Hezbollah terrorist group in southern Lebanon, which is believed to have an arsenal of between 100,000 and 150,000 short-, medium- and long-range missiles and a fighting force of some 50,000 soldiers, including reservists.
The Iranian-backed Hezbollah, which seeks Israel's destruction, has reportedly been threatening to open fire at IDF soldiers if Israel does not halt the construction of a barrier it is building along the Israel-Lebanon border.
3. Former MK says Iran stole specs of Israeli submarines in hack - Times of Israel
A former Knesset member claimed Wednesday that blueprints for submarines that were being built for the Israeli military were stolen in a cyberattack on a German shipyard.
In December 2016, heavy industry giant ThyssenKrupp said it fell victim to a hacking attack in which the perpetrators sought to steal company secrets, but there was no indication at the time that the plans for the Israeli submarines had been taken.
"When Israel is ordering strategic submarines from Germany, a hacker. . . gets into ThyssenkKrupp and is able to steal the secrets and blueprints of the submarines that were developed in Germany for Israeli use," high-tech entrepreneur Erel Margalit, a former MK, said at a cybersecurity conference in Tel Aviv.
4. IDF soldiers foil terror plot near West Bank settlement of Negohot - Jerusalem Online
IDF soldiers on Wednesday detained a Palestinian man near the West Bank settlements of Negohot. The man, who was wearing a heavy military coat, was frisked and found to be carrying a knife and a map of the settlement.
Earlier this week, IDF soldiers detained a Palestinian man who was trying to enter the settlement of Itamar, while a second Palestinian managed to flee the scene. Clashes erupted between Israeli forces and Palestinian civilians during a search in the town of Beit Furik.
5. PM Netanyahu vows to retain West Bank control in any peace deal- YNET News
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said Israel will retain security control over the Palestinians as part of any future peace deal, deepening Palestinian fears that Israel and the administration of President Donald Trump are colluding on a proposal that will fall far short of their dreams of independence.
Netanyahu's statement exposed a deepening rift that has emerged between the US and Israel on one hand, and the Palestinians and the Europeans on the other, ahead of an expected peace push by the Trump administration. Those disagreements could complicate things for the US team.
Since taking office, President Trump has distanced himself somewhat from the two-state solution-the outcome favored by the international community, including Trump's predecessors, for the past two decades.
Instead, he has said he would support Palestinian independence only if Israel agrees. The European Union, meanwhile, along with the rest of the international community, remains committed to the two-state solution.
These differences were evident at a meeting Wednesday between Netanyahu and German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel.
The Daily Brief
1. Train carrying Republican lawmakers collides with truck - Washington Times
The train carrying Republican lawmakers to a multiday policy retreat crashed into a truck en route Wednesday, resulting in at least one fatality of someone in the truck. At least one member of Congress was also getting examined at the hospital, and another member and staffer who were on the train were being examined for injuries. One of the individuals in the truck died, according to Jessica R. Towhey, a spokesperson for the Congressional Institute, which is holding the three-day event at the Greenbrier in West Virginia. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to this person's family and to their friends," she said. Ms. Towhey said another person in the truck sustained "critical injuries."
A spokesperson for the group said that after consultation with House and Senate leadership, the conference would proceed with an adjusted program. It will now include a moment of prayer for those involved and a security briefing from the Sergeant at Arms and United State Capitol Police. (Read more)
- Father, we ask You to comfort the family of the truck driver who died and bring healing to the critically injured driver. Although we are grateful our lawmakers suffered only minor injuries and this incident appears to be an accident, we know the enemy wanted to kill and injure them also. Keep Your protection around them and help us, Lord, to remember them in our prayers.
- No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. (Psalm 91:10-11)
2. FBI memo intensifies battle with GOP - Washington Times
A rare public challenge by the FBI to Republican lawmakers has intensified the battle over a highly contentious House intelligence committee memo that alleges the bureau and Justice Department were politically biased against Donald Trump during the 2016 election. FBI Director Christopher Wray on Wednesday warned that the document omits key information that makes it misleading - putting his leadership on a collision course with President Trump and his GOP allies who say they want to soon release the document which the House Intelligence committee voted to make public earlier this week.
House Intelligence committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes - who was warned by the DOJ last week that releasing the document would be "extraordinary reckless" - pushed back against the FBI. "Having stonewalled Congress' demands for information for nearly a year, it's no surprise to see the FBI and DOJ issue spurious objections to allowing the American people to see information related to surveillance abuses at these agencies," Mr. Nunes said. "The FBI is intimately familiar with 'material omissions' with respect to their presentations to both Congress and they are welcome to make public, to the greatest extent possible, all the information they have on these abuses." (Read more)
- Father, we pray this House intelligence committee memo will be released to the public quickly. We continue to pray for whistleblowers to come forward and the full extent of corruption to be exposed.
- Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 4:13)
3. Trump's Biggest Point Last Night Was The Need To Upend The Deep State - The Federalist
King George III's bureaucrats, whom Thomas Jefferson decried in the Declaration of Independence as "swarms of officers" who "harass our people and eat out their substance," would have envied the job protection of federal employees today. In Tuesday's State of the Union address, President Donald Trump called for something very controversial among the chattering classes of Washington DC: to treat government employees as though they work for us rather than the other way 'round.
The president said, "I call on Congress to empower every cabinet secretary with the authority to reward good work[ers] and to remove federal employees who undermine the public trust or fail the American people." Following through on this simple promise to make a government job more like the ones the rest of us have will require the president and Congress to undo more than a century of misguided, anti-democratic, and unconstitutional laws governing the civil service. (Read more)
- Father, we pray the authority to reward or remove federal employees will be given to our cabinet secretaries as soon as possible. Restore to us a government responsive to the people.
- O Lord God of hosts, restore us; Cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved. (Psalm 80:19)
4. Trump's approval rating jumps 10 points in one month - Washington Examiner
President Trump has seen an uptick in his job approval rating since reaching a record low last month, and majority of respondents think the White House has at least partially succeeded in getting Congress to advance its legislative agenda, according to a new poll by Monmouth University. Forty-two percent of Americans gave Trump a positive approval rating in the new survey, which was released a day after he received high marks for his first State of the Union address Tuesday night. The president carried an approval rating of 32 percent last month, and has since seen a 6 point decrease in the percentage of voters who disapprove of his job performance.
Much of the boost for Trump appears to stem from a positive shift in the public's perception of the tax cut bill, which passed the House and Senate in December and is expected to save middle-income Americans thousands of dollars in taxes beginning next year. Approval of the historic tax reform plan has jumped 18 points - to 44 percent - since last month, when a mere 26 percent of Americans supported the legislation. Trump's ability to fulfill many of the promises he made during the 2016 election has also impressed a majority of Americans, 55 percent of which said he has been "somewhat successful at getting Congress to pass his legislative agenda." (Read more)
- Father, we pray the truth about the great job President Trump and his administration are doing for our nation will break through to the people.
- The Lord has broken through my enemies before me like the breakthrough of waters. (2 Samuel 5:20, excerpt)
5. Frank Luntz, former Trump hater: 'I owe Donald Trump an apology' - Washington Times
Pollster Frank Luntz isn't exactly known around political town as a fawning admirer of President Donald Trump. In fact, the two engaged in a somewhat nasty public spat in 2015, with the latter accusing the former of using his polling position to "shake him down" and derail his presidential aspirations. But now, post-State of the Union, 2018? It's a smiley new world.
From Luntz, on Twitter: "Tonight, I owe Donald Trump an apology. Tonight, I was moved and inspired. Tonight, I have hope and faith in America again. It may go away tomorrow. But tonight, America is great again. #SOTU." The fawning didn't stop there. "Even in foreign policy and national security," Luntz wrote in a separate tweet, "this speech [is] a perfect blend of strength and empathy. These heroic stories break our hearts, but sturdy our resolve. This is the Trump his voters wanted him to be. #SOTU." And this: 'This speech represents the presidential performance that Trump observers have been waiting for - brilliant mix of numbers and stories, humility and aggressiveness, traditional conservatism and political populism. Only one word qualifies: Wow. #SOTU," he tweeted. And this, yet another tweet: "I have criticized the President's language a lot in recent months. But tonight is Donald Trump at his very best. He's personalized his language and policies better than I've ever seen. #SOTU." (Read more)
- Father, bless Frank Luntz for humbling himself and recognizing President Trump is moving our nation is a very positive direction. We pray other "never Trump" Republicans will re-evaluate their opposition and focus their energy to support his administration.
- For by the grace given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one. (Romans 12:3)
6. Trump's EPA Just Avoided A Colossal Legal Mess With One Move - Daily Caller
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule Wednesday that allows the agency to sidestep any sticky legal issues associated with the Trump administration's desire to nix an Obama-era rule regulating waterways. The agency slapped an applicability date on the 2015 Clean Water Rule, a regulation passed during former President Barack Obama's final term that many conservatives believe is a tyrannical power grab. "The 2015 WOTUS rule developed by the Obama administration will not be applicable for the next two years, while we work through the process of providing long-term regulatory certainty across all 50 states about what waters are subject to federal regulation," EPA Chief Scott Pruitt said Wednesday in a press statement.
He painted it as an effective way to help reduce confusion for farmers and ranchers who must determine which waterways fall under federal purview and those that are tethered to local and state governments. President Donald Trump wrote an executive order last year directing the EPA to rewrite the rule. The EPA began its repeal of WOTUS in July to reconstruct the rule in a manner consistent with former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's dissenting opinion in the 2006 Rapanos v. U.S. case. The now-deceased jurist decided that Obama's regulation was vague and affected nearly every waterway in the country. (Read more)
- Father, thank You for this regulatory relief. We pray for true federalism in the final rules - that the federal government will only regulate what the states cannot.
- I am saying this for your benefit, not to place restrictions on you. I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible.
(1 Corinthians 7:35)
7. Judicial Watch: Obama admin sent documents showing Russian moves to undermine US allies in Europe - FoxNews
The Obama administration passed classified documents detailing Russian political and electoral interference in Europe to the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee days before President Trump's inauguration, the conservative group Judicial Watch revealed on Wednesday. The group released 42 redacted pages of the documents after obtaining them via a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the State Department. The documents included news reports on Russian government officials working to forge relationships with far-right parties in Germany, France and Austria -- including paying their members to "travel to conferences in Crimea and Donbass [Ukraine], where they stoutly defend Russian policy. "
Other documents in the cache concerned Russian efforts to undermine sanctions placed on it by the European Union, spread disinformation in the Czech Republic, disrupt the 2016 parliamentary elections in Montenegro and create rifts between the U.S. and Turkey. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton accused the State Department of passing the information to Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., "to undermine President Trump. "Judicial Watch will pursue information on who pulled this classified information, who authorized its release, and why it was evidently dumped just days before President Trump's inauguration." (Read more)
- Father, these documents appear to be the source for a misinformation campaign against the Trump administration, supporting the Russian collusion narrative. We pray You will fully expose the motives for the release and how they were used.
- Evildoers go wrong all their lives; they tell lies from the day they are born.
8. New Trump Crackdown Seeks to Sever Ties Between Iran, Palestinian Terrorists - Free Beacon
The Trump administration announced on Wednesday a slate of new sanctions on an Iranian-backed terror organization and its top allies in the Hamas movement, according to an announcement that is being viewed as part of an effort to disrupt the Islamic Republic's terror networks operating on the border of Israel. The sanctions target a lethal Iranian-funded terror outfit based in the Gaza Strip and West Bank territories that has, at Iran's direction, targeted the Jewish state for terror attacks in recent years. The Trump administration also slapped new sanctions on Ismail Haniyeh, one of the Hamas movement's top political figures who has helped orchestrate and carry out terror attacks on Israel. The new sanctions represent an effort by the Trump administration to sever the ties between Iran and Hamas militants operating in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which have served as a key plotting ground for militants seeking to target the Jewish state. The latest round of sanctions target a little-known Iranian-backed terror cell known as Harakat al-Sabireen, which first made noticeable inroads in the Gaza strip in early 2016 with the backing of Hamas, the Washington Free Beacon first reported. (Read more)
- Father, we pray for the success of this campaign to pressure the enemies of Israel and keep them from coordinating terrorist attacks.
- You will have victory over all your enemies, and all who oppose you will be routed. (Micah 5:9)
9. Should Americans Accept The College Board's Deformed History Of Europe? - The Federalist
Western civilization in both its American and European versions has become the object of ideological scorn among many contemporary academics who are powerfully drawn to cultural Marxism, identity politics, and history as the unfolding of progressive ideals. The College Board's current version of APEH is grounded in those aversions. "Healthy debate" requires, first, that someone notice the systemic biases, and "good history" requires a picture not bounded by those biases. (Read more)
- Father, we lift up the textbook and curriculum creators for our children. We pray the development of these materials will honor Your Word and Truth. Help us teach our children, so that they always have hope in You.
- For he issued his laws to Jacob; he gave his instructions to Israel. He commanded our ancestors to teach them to their children, so the next generation might know them- even the children not yet born-and they in turn will teach their own children. So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands. (Psalm 78:5-7)
10. Three European Alliances Warn Evangelical-Catholic Unity Is Going Too Far - Christianity Today
During last year's 500th anniversary of the Reformation, many groups examined or asked: Is it over? The loudest "no" has come from the conservative Protestants closest to Rome. Last month, the national evangelical alliances of Italy, Spain, and Malta-all members of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA)-wrote an 8-page open letter charging their parent organization with "moving away from its historic position" of holding the line against Catholic and liberal Protestant theology. "Unity has become a blurred term to refer to any relationship even beyond the principles that have always characterized evangelicals. Leaders have become less cautious in talking about unity with the Catholic Church as such and have tended to bypass the historic boundaries."
The alliances stated the result has been "undiscerning, wrong-headed, and emotionally-driven statements on Popes and ecumenical activities" that have "caused embarrassment in our constituencies." In fact, the national evangelical alliances of Italy, Spain, France, and Poland threw up a red flag to the WEA as early as October 2013, several months after Pope Francis' election excited many evangelicals worldwide. "We are concerned with some totally uncritical assessments that we are reading and that are coming from some provinces of the evangelical world," the three alliances stated (excerpted in the December 2017 open letter). Francis uses language like "personal relationship" with Christ, "conversion," and "mission," but "there is no hint that he wants to change any dogma that is contrary to Scripture." (Read more)
- Father, help Your true Church hold on to Your Word and Your Truth without compromise. Give us the discernment to know when we can work together with other sects and when we need part company.
- Teach me good judgment and discernment, for I rely on Your commands.
The Daily Jot (Part One)
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Of unity and division
President Donald Trump lit it up last night with his State of the Union address. So much so, that amid "USA" chants in the House chamber, a Democrat congressman got up and left. Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) frowned at the call to work together and remained sitting during a rousing ovation. Black Democrats who were sitting together remained stone-faced when Trump said that unemployment was at its lowest rates in 45 years and that black unemployment was the lowest on record. The news media continued to criticize Trump with snide remarks about his wife's dress. ABC went so far as to say the speech was divisive, gloomy and stoked racial tensions. The real cap on the night came from CBS.
A CBS poll following the speech showed that 75% of those who watched the speech approved of it, only 25% disapproved. Interesting, though, about this rating is the demographics of those who watched the speech. Some 42% said they were Republicans, 33% were Independents, and 25% were Democrats. This could indicate that no matter what a Republican says, no matter what the facts are about the good things that are being done, no matter if people have jobs who never had them before, no matter what-Democrats are going to disapprove of anything and everything a Republican does. This is not unity. This divisiveness coming from Democrats and the media is not even American.
The sides of this coin are drastic for our nation and its people. We need to learn how to work out our problems with respect and civility. Those who are openly hostile obviously have another agenda. That would be the case with the mainstream media and the leadership of the Democratic Party. Notwithstanding, those polled who said they were Democrats, appear to agree with their party's leadership-at least 25% of them. This radical, visceral approach to politics is destructive. Jesus said in Mark 3:24, "And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand." We are a divided nation as evidenced by the disrespect and ignorance shown by those who refuse to agree on the good that has been accomplished.
President Trump said, "If you work hard, if you believe in yourself, if you believe in America, then you can dream anything, you can be anything, and together, we can achieve anything. ...All of us, together, as one team, one people, and one American family. We all share the same home, the same heart, the same destiny, and the same great American flag. Together, we are rediscovering the American way. In America, we know that faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, are the center of the American life. Our motto is "in God we trust."... As long as we have confidence in our values, faith in our citizens, and trust in our God, we will not fail." Who can disagree with this?--Those who neither share these values nor trust in God. That is the difference between unity and division.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
The Daily Jot (Part Two)
Thursday, February 1, 2018
God's word, race and politics
Galatians 3:28 says, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus." Romans 3:22 says, "Even the righteousness of God which is by faith in Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference." Joel 2:29 says, "And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit." It is obvious that the Lord sees no distinction between men and women, also Jew or Gentile (meaning creed or color), or station in life when it comes to how he views those who believe. So why then is it so difficult for those in the human race to view people in that same way?
There are some who will read this and lecture about there being only one race--the human race. I get that and believe it to be true. Notwithstanding, we still have in this nation and, quite frankly, around the world, problems with dealing with those who look differently than we do. It makes it a little easier if we know we are dealing with believers, but there are still barriers a lot of the time. This is a very difficult and tender subject to approach. Society is divisive. Politicians, especially politicians, are divisive as they benefit from pitting people against one another. They fan the flames and fuel the fires rather than contributing to meaningful dialogue that brings people together.
In this era of politics in America, there are a lot of people who make strong statements that are not backed by the truth. As a result, there are many out there who unknowingly are manipulated into a way of thinking that is not in accordance with the word of God. There are many who want to control others and the way they do it is through propagating a victim mentality. The problem is that people fall for it, no matter the color of their skin or their station in life or their religious persuasion. But there is a greater mandate that those of us who call ourselves Christian must follow, especially as the times grow darker. It is a higher standard--one to which we must aspire.
Jesus said in Matthew 7:1-2, "Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged: and with what measure you measure, it shall be measured to you again." I often rephrase this in my mind to say: don't judge from the content of my own heart. Our job is, as Jesus said in John 13:34, "A new commandment I give unto you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another." And we are to, as Jesus said in Mark 16:15, "go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." When you are faced with what society calls racism or political division, use it as an opportunity to educate about the Word of God in a way that folks can understand and receive it (not by lecturing or by being judgmental or self righteous). The world needs light, we have it. Let's shine it!
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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.
O PERFECT LOVE
"What God has joined together, let man not separate." (Matthew 19:6)
O PERFECT LOVE
"What God has joined together, let man not separate." (Matthew 19:6)
O perfect Love, all human thought transcending, Lowly we kneel in prayer before Thy throne, That theirs may be the love which knows no ending, Whom Thou forevermore dost join in one.
O perfect Life, be Thou their full assurance, Of tender charity and steadfast faith, Of patient hope and quiet, brave endurance, With childlike trust that fears nor pain nor death.
Grant them the joy which brightens earthly sorrow; Grant them the peace which calms all earthly strife, And to life's day the glorious unknown morrow That dawns upon eternal love and life.
Hear us, O Father, gracious and forgiving, Through Jesus Christ, Thy coeternal Word, Who, with the Holy Ghost, by all things living Now and to endless ages art adored.
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( A beautiful hymn for a wedding! )
About the Author:
Words: Dorothy F. Gurney, 1883
Melody:Joseph Barnby, 1890
Barnby wrote this music for the hymn, to be used at the wedding of Princess Louise of Wales.
About the Hymn:
It was Sunday evening [at Pull Wyke, Windermere, England] and we were enjoying a time of hymn singing. A song that was particularly enjoyed by all of us was O Strength and Stay, the tune to which was a favorite of my sister. As we finished singing this hymn, someone remarked, 'What a pity the words of this beautiful song should be unsuitable for a wedding!' My sister turned to me and challenged, 'What is the use of a sister who composes poetry if she cannot write new words to a favorite tune? I would like to use the tune at my wedding.' I picked up a hymnbook and said, 'If no one will disturb me, I will go into the library and see what I can do.' Within 15 minutes I was back with the group and reading the words I had jotted down. The writing of the words was no effort whatever after the initial idea came to me of the twofold aspect of perfect union, love and life. I feel that God helped me write this song.
-- Dorothy F. Gurney
Signs and Wonders
Earthquake rattles Afghanistan, Pakistan
and felt all the way in Delhi, India
A strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake rattled Pakistan and Afghanistan on Wednesday, including the capital cities of both countries, killing a young Pakistani girl and injuring five others, officials said.
At least three people were injured in Afghanistan, they said.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake's center was in northeast Afghanistan near the Pakistan border, about 22 miles south of Jarm in the Hindu Kush region. It had a depth of 119 miles.
TV footage showed people in Islamabad fleeing offices and schools in panic.
Rana Hamid Ali, an employee at a private company, said the quake was so strong he started running toward the stairs instead of using the office elevator to get out of the building. Another resident, Azeem Chaudhry, said his home's walls swayed when the quake struck.
At least one girl was killed and five others injured when roofs collapsed on mud-brick homes in the village of Lasbela in Pakistan's Baluchistan province, said local government official Izat Nazir Baluch. He said authorities were still trying to assess the damage in the province. (CBS) 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
GOP doctor-lawmakers rush to aid of injured after deadly train wreck- Fox News
Ohio Rep. Brad Wenstrup, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake and Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana - in the front -- were part of a group carrying an injured person to safety after Wednesday's train wreck.
Minutes after the train slammed into the dump truck on Wednesday morning, Kansas GOP Rep. Roger Marshall tweeted that he was OK but was delivering first aid to victims.
"We are on our way to our annual GOP retreat, the train carrying members and spouses hit something. I am helping those that are injured," the physician tweeted.
Marshall, along with another doctor-lawmaker, Tennessee Rep. Phil Roe, went on to perform CPR on the driver of the garbage truck, Marshall's office said.
According to officials, Christopher Foley, 28, of Louisa County, Va., one of two passengers inside the truck, was killed. The other passenger, still unidentified, was airlifted to the University of Virginia Medical Center with critical injuries.
The truck's driver, also still unidentified, was transported to a hospital with serious injuries, according to Madeline Curott, public information officer of the Albemarle County, Va., police department.
Several train passengers and crew members, including at least one lawmaker, were rushed to a local hospital for what were largely described as minor injuries.
The accident took place in Crozet, Va., near Charlottesville.
In the aftermath of the wreck, a number of lawmakers, including those who practiced medicine before politics, were seen caring for those with injuries. For some, it evoked memories of last June's GOP congressional baseball-field shooting, when House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and several others were shot during a morning practice.
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[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