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"Praying for All in Authority"
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Arise, O LORD God, to Your resting place,
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White House Rumors
McMaster, Shulkin and Kelly could be next to go in White House 'bloodbath,' sources say - Fox News
The potential changes -- described by sources as a "bloodbath" -- include the departure of National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and his replacement by John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
Other departures from the administration would include Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and Chief of Staff John Kelly.
The sources have cautioned that Trump will make the ultimate decision about all staff changes. However, the departure of McMaster has been described by multiple sources as "imminent."
Kelly would be replaced as chief of staff by Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, the sources said, with Energy Secretary Rick Perry replacing Shulkin at the VA. Ray Washburne, the chairman of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, would replace Perry as energy secretary.
After announcing Tillerson's dismissal on Twitter Tuesday, Trump himself hinted that more changes might be forthcoming.
"I've gotten to know a lot of people very well over the last year," Trump told reporters at the White House, "and I'm really at a point where we're getting very close to having the Cabinet and other things that I want." (Read more)
- Father God, You have given us a man to serve as our President who knows what needs to be done to bring our nation back from the precipice of disaster, and who has the courage to make needed changes in his own administration so that those who remain would be fully behind what needs to be done. We ask that You bless those who are coming into position this week, and those who will be removed. In Your Name we ask this prayer, amen.
- "It is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another." (Psalm 75:7)
Focus on Israel
1. VIDEO: Jerusalem Dateline: Israeli Jews helping Christians help Syrian Muslims - Kehila News
A special look at one of the most amazing Middle East stories today - Christian medical personnel risking their lives to share God's love, working with the Israeli army as it's being a good neighbor to its enemy in the most dangerous place. (Read more)
- Abba, we lift up each person who is making a personal sacrifice to be Your hands and feet in Syria. We ask for protection for each and every person. Surround them with the Blood of Jesus' Protection. We ask that You give the medical teams wisdom and discernment of how best to help each person they care for. We pray for unity among and between the Christians, Jews, and Muslims. May Your love be shown through each worker and may those who don't know You, have an encounter with you so they enter a deep relationship with you. We ask these things in the name of Yeshua, amen.
2. Israel joins Arab states at historic White House meeting - World Israel News
On Tuesday, Israeli representatives met with their counterparts from five Arab countries with whom the Jewish state currently has no formal diplomatic relations to discuss improving the lives of Gaza Strip residents. While representatives of Egypt and Jordan also attended, the Palestinian Authority boycotted the meeting, refusing to participate in any manner. "Thank you for putting all tensions aside to work with us," tweeted President Donald Trump's Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt. "Everyone left politics at the door and focused on practical solutions."
3. Knesset approves 2019 budget - Israel National News
The Knesset approved overnight Wednesday the second and third readings of the state budget and the economic plan for 2019. 63 Knesset members voted in favor of the budget and 54 voted against. There were no abstentions. The state budget in 2019 will amount to 397.3 billion shekels, the education budget will be 60 billion shekels, the health budget will be 38 billion shekels, the welfare and Holocaust survivors budget will amount to 13 billion shekels, allowances for disabled persons will amount to approximately 2 billion shekels, and the Ministry of Defense budget will amount to about 63 billion shekels. In 2019, the deficit will be 2.9% of the GDP, and in 2020 it will be 2.5% of the GDP.
4. 'Declare sovereignty - the world will understand' - Israel National News
Former Likud Education and Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar, who has said he intends to return to politics after a two and a half year hiatus to focus on his young family, met the Yesha Council leadership on Wednesday to discuss a vision for Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria.
The meeting was held during a long day of discussions aimed at building the 'settlement vision' for the coming years. The meeting was led by Yesha Council Chairman Hananel Durani, and was attended by the heads of the municipal and regional councils in Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley as well as the Yesha Council.
Sa'ar reviewed the changes in the Middle East and in the US government that have taken place in recent years: "The tyrannical states in our region are falling apart and the world understands that it is forbidden to allow terror organizations to control territory. There is no reason to establish another small Arab state in our region. In addition, everyone realizes that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not the central issue in the Middle East."
5. Israel Intercepts Smuggled IDF Uniforms and Mercury At Gaza Border- Jerusalem Post
Israel security forces intercepted IDF uniforms and mercury in two Gaza border smuggling attempts this week, according to the Ministry of Defense Border Authority.
Kerem Shalom border crossing security worked in conjunction with the Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories to intercept an attempt to smuggle into Gaza IDF uniforms, caps, belts and bags in a truck. The inquiry into the matter is ongoing.
In a different check, mercury was seized when a larger medical supply delivery was investigated. Mercury is used primarily as a chemical catalyst, as it is being phased out of most past uses due to its toxicity. Since Mercury can be used for terror activities, it was confiscated by security forces and the shipment is being investigated.
The Daily Brief
1. Stop School Violence Act Passes House With Near Unanimous Support - Free Beacon
The House of Representatives passed the Stop School Violence Act with broad support from both parties on Wednesday. By a vote of 407 to 10 the House passed HR 4909, the Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act of 2018, as part of Congress's response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., which left 17 dead. The bill would provide new grants to train law enforcement and school personnel on the warning signs for school violence and how to intervene to prevent that violence. It would also provide grants for anonymous alert systems as well as funding for advanced door locks, further cooperation between schools and local law enforcement, and funding for crisis intervention teams.
"At a time when people are asking Washington to do something, Congress took action today to not just do something, but to start addressing the problem with a strong bill of the Stop School Violence Act that gives students, teachers, and law enforcement more tools to actively identify a potential shooter before a tragedy happens," Representative Steve Scalise (R., La.) said at a press conference after the bill was passed. Scalise said the bipartisan nature of the bill shows how committed Congress is to preventing future school shootings. "What you saw today was a 407 to 10 vote to specifically start addressing the problem to stop school violence," he said. "I think that overwhelming bipartisan vote shows how serious this bill is and, clearly, there's more things that need to be done. But this is one of those things that actually gets to the heart of addressing school violence before a tragedy happens." (Read more)
- Father, You are our source of protection and strength - we pray for the fundamental heart change necessary among our people, repentance and choosing to make You Lord over our nation again.
- Protect me from harm; keep an eye on me like you would a child reflected in the twinkling of your eye. Yes, hide me within the shelter of your embrace, under your outstretched wings. (Psalm 17:8 TPT)
2. DOJ Announces Plan to Prosecute More Gun Crimes, Assist in Arming School Officials - Free Beacon
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Monday that the Department of Justice would begin work to better protect schools from attacks like the one that left 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Sessions said the department would be taking a number of steps in support of the plan announced on the same day by the White House. He announced a new initiative to increase the number of school resource officers, provide firearms training to school personnel, and ramp up the number of gun crime prosecutions. He said the changes are necessary to keep school kids safe.
"We are increasing the number of school resource officers, improving background checks and more aggressively prosecuting those who illegally attempt to purchase a firearm, and reviewing and enhancing the way our law enforcement agencies respond to tips from the public," Sessions said. "Under my tenure as attorney general, we have already increased federal gun prosecutions to a 10-year high-and we are just getting started. With these new measures in place, we are better positioned to disarm criminals and protect the law-abiding people of this country." (Read more)
- Lord, we know our plans are futile unless You help us. We pray for our law enforcement to do their jobs effectively and with Your guidance.
- Lord, there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, Lord our God, for we rely on you (2 Chronicles 14:11)
3. Trump Admin Calls on Congress to Hold Back Federal Grants to Sanctuary Cities - Free Beacon
The Trump administration has asked Congress to punish California and other states, cities, and localities with so-called "sanctuary" policies that restrict cooperation with the federal government on matters of illegal immigration by withholding federal grants in a must-pass spending bill that requires action by next week to keep the government running. A government official on Tuesday told reporters traveling with President Trump to California on Air Force One that the House version of the spending bill already strips out Justice Department and Homeland Security Department grants for California and other sanctuary areas.
Rep. Mark Meadows (R., N.C.), who chairs the conservative House Freedom Caucus, has pushed the idea of withholding federal grants for California and other sanctuary areas. Senate Democrats will likely balk at any effort to include similar language punishing California and other municipalities in the omnibus appropriations bill. Still, after Democrats lost the government shutdown war in January because of a standoff over a deal to permanently resolve the legal status of "dreamer" immigrants, they could be more reluctant to draw any firm lines in the sand. (Read more)
- Father, we pray this proposal to disqualify "sanctuary" cities and states from receiving federal grants will be implemented by Congress.
- Remind people to respect their governmental leaders on every level as law-abiding citizens and to be ready to fulfill their civic duty. (Titus 3:1)
4. Rand Paul to oppose Pompeo, Haspel - The Hill
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said on Wednesday he would oppose President Trump's nominations of CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be secretary of State and CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel to lead the spy agency. Paul said that he will oppose the nominations and "do everything I can to block" them. Paul is the first Republican to come out against the two nominations, which were announced by Trump on Tuesday. Last year, he was the only Republican to vote against Pompeo for CIA director. The senator pointed to his previous statement that Pompeo doesn't believe "enhanced interrogation techniques" to be torture, as well as his support for the Iraq War, in explaining his opposition. If Paul votes no during the panel's deliberations and every Democrat opposes him, committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) will be forced to decide if he'll move Pompeo's nomination to the floor anyway. Corker signaled on Wednesday that Pompeo would get a full Senate vote even if Paul opposed him and split the committee.
Paul said he is opposing Haspel due to her involvement in the enhanced interrogation program during the George W. Bush administration. He said she showed "joyful glee at someone who is being tortured." Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on Tuesday that he was not actively urging his caucus to oppose Pompeo or Haspel but said the two picks will face "unanswered" and "outstanding" questions. Paul isn't on the Intelligence Committee, which will handle Haspel's hearing. But it appears increasingly likely Republicans will need help from Democrats to get her confirmed. In addition to Paul's questions, McCain said Haspel "needs to explain the nature and extent of her involvement in the CIA's interrogation program during the confirmation process." (Read more)
- Father, only You truly know if these nominees are the right people for these important positions. We pray President Trump will make good decisions regarding staffing changes and receive favor before the Senate.
- Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank. (Proverbs 22:29)
5. White House says Dem's upset win came from embracing Trump policies - The Hill
The White House said Wednesday that Democrat Conor Lamb, who appears headed for an upset special election victory in Pennsylvania's 18th District, won by embracing President Trump's policies. Trump campaigned for Republican Rick Saccone, who appears headed for a narrow loss in a district that Trump carried by 20 points. "The president's engagement in the race turned what was a deficit for the Republican candidate to what is essentially a tie," said White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah. "Also the Democrat in the race really embraced the president's policies and his vision whereas he didn't really embrace Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader," he said.
Lamb, who is Catholic, ran as a moderate Democrat, saying that he personally opposes abortion but supports the right to choose. He also said he supports strengthening the background checks system but did not join Democrats in calling for other new gun restrictions after a deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school last month. But Lamb otherwise holds traditionally liberal views and had support from progressives. Election forecasters say the contest is further evidence that Democrats are poised for a strong midterm election and could take control of the House for the first time since 2010. (Read more)
- Father, we lift up our mid-term elections to You. Motivate those who love You to engage, support and vote for Godly representatives.
- Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division; for from now on five members in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three. (Luke 12:51-52)
6. The Constitution may finally catch up with Obamacare - Washington Examiner
Obamacare's future is once again in jeopardy, thanks to one of the law's most stubborn opponents - the U.S. Constitution. Twenty states are suing the federal government in Texas on the grounds that, since Congress zeroed-out the penalty for the individual mandate, the law is no longer constitutional. They're right. The U.S. Supreme Court deemed the individual mandate constitutional back in June 2012 by interpreting the provision as a tax - something Congress clearly has the power to impose. But the tax reform law enacted in December 2017 reduced the penalty for not having coverage to zero dollars, starting in 2019. So, as a matter of fact, there's no longer a tax for those going without insurance coverage. This, the plaintiffs argue, means that the defense that allowed Obamacare to survive six years ago no longer applies. And that makes the mandate unconstitutional.
The individual mandate marked the first time in American history that the federal government required the purchase of a product as a precondition for residing in the U.S. Nowhere does the Constitution give Congress the power to issue such a mandate. It's remarkable that the provision - and the law which turns eight on March 23 from which it is not severable - has lasted as long as it has. If the latest case manages to topple the law, as it should, then it will be because Obamacare's disregard for the Constitution finally caught up with it. (Read more)
- Father, we pray Obamacare will finally end, and our Congress will make the marketplace reforms needed to truly improve our healthcare system.
- I will give you back your health and heal your wounds," says the Lord.
7. Obama aide started Christopher Steele-FBI alliance - Washington Times
A senior Obama State Department official gave the green light to an FBI agent in 2016 to meet with dossier writer Christopher Steele, a new book says. The two met at Mr. Steele's London office, touching off a relationship that would fuel the ongoing investigation into possible Donald Trump-Russia election collusion that shows no sign of ending. These disclosures, including that Victoria Nuland, then at State, started the FBI-Steele marriage is contained in "Russian Roulette." The book, which was released Tuesday, was authored by two longtime Washington media figures: Yahoo News reporter Michael Isikoff and Mother Jones magazine's David Corn.
Mr. Steele's sensational charge that prompted an FBI wiretap on Trump volunteer Carter Page was sourced to the girlfriend of an unidentified Kremlin figure, according to the book. Republicans have roundly criticized the bureau for relying on the unverified, Democratic Party-financed dossier to ask a judge to approve a year of surveillance in 2016 and 2017. John O. Brennan, Mr. Obama's CIA director, worked behind the scenes before the election to get his suspicions about Trump and Russia into the news media. "Russian Roulette" shows Obama people played a role in promoting the collusion theory and getting law enforcement involved. Isikoff-Corn report that Mr. Brennan, who in retirement is one of Mr. Trump's hardest critics, telephoned Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, in August 2016. He alerted him that Russia had hacked Democrat Party computers and suggested that the Trump campaign was in on the plot. This charge has not been substantiated more than a year later.
Two committees, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Judiciary Committee, are investigating how Obama officials promoted Mr. Steele's 35-page dossier, which in essence is raw opposition research designed to destroy the Trump candidacy. Mr. Steele makes a series of criminal charges against Mr. Trump and his associates, contending there was an "extensive conspiracy" between them and the Kremlin. This supposed collusion has not been substantiated publicly. House intelligence committee Republicans on Monday said their 14-month investigation found no collusion and had ended. Republicans today say Mr. Steele's collusion allegations remain unbelievable. "Russian Roulette" neither confirms nor rebuts them. (Read more)
- Father, we pray all those involved in creating, promoting and using the Steele dossier to damage the Trump campaign and Presidency will be held fully accountable under the law.
- Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable. (Hebrews 4:13)
8. Report: FBI Recommends Firing Andrew McCabe - Daily Caller
The FBI determined in an internal review that former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe should be terminated, according to a report from The New York Times. That leaves Attorney General Jeff Sessions in charge of determining whether to fire McCabe, who is set to retire with full benefits on Sunday.
The FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility issued the recommendation after receiving information from Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz. The watchdog has been conducting an investigation of the bureau's handling of the Clinton email investigation. Horowitz has reportedly determined that McCabe encouraged FBI officials to speak to the media about an investigation into the Clinton Foundation. It is expected that Sessions will fire McCabe, who has become a target of President Trump's ire, according to The Times. (Read more)
- Father, it is clear Andrew McCabe is not worthy of a pension for the ways he betrayed the trust of the American people. We pray Attorney General Sessions will follow through with this recommendation to formally fire him.
- They marvel that you no longer rush to join them in the excesses of their corrupt lifestyles, and so they vilify you. But one day they will have to give an account to the one who is destined to judge the living and the dead. (1 Peter 4:4-5)
9. Trump eyes tariffs on up to $60 billion Chinese goods; tech, telecoms, apparel targeted - Reuters
U.S. President Donald Trump is seeking to impose tariffs on up to $60 billion of Chinese imports and will target the technology and telecommunications sectors, two people who had discussed the issue with the Trump administration said on Tuesday. A third source who had direct knowledge of the administration's thinking said the tariffs, associated with a "Section 301" intellectual property investigation, under the 1974 U.S. Trade Act begun in August last year, could come "in the very near future."
In Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Sino-U.S. trade relations should not be a zero-sum game, and that the two countries should use "constructive" means to manage tension. "We have said many times that China resolutely opposes any kind of unilateral protectionist trade measures," Lu told reporters. "If the United States takes actions that harm China's interests, China will have to take measures to firmly protect our legitimate rights." Trump is targeting Chinese high technology companies to punish China for its investment policies that effectively force U.S. companies to give up their technology secrets in exchange for being allowed to operate in the country, as well as for other IP practices Washington considers unfair. (Read more)
- Father, we pray President Trump will have the wisdom to know precisely how to solve the inequities in our trade policies.
- A king detests wrongdoing, for his rule is built on justice. (Proverbs 16:12)
10. Notations of Saudi Crown Prince's visit to the US - Al Arabiya
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense's visit to the US is very indicative at this time as it is the first for him as crown prince and it paves the way for proceeding ahead with economic plans in pursuance of Vision 2030. The crown prince arrives in Washington DC with five agendas: economic, political, military, technology transfer and financial investments. He will tour New York, Washington DC, Seattle, California's Silicon Valley, Houston and Boston with the aim of improving Saudi-American relations. The United States and Saudi Arabia have a common vision on international issues. Given the changing geopolitical scene, the two countries have utmost interest to maintain strong ties and sustain friendly relations.
The Crown Prince's US tour will include a planned meeting with US President Donald Trump and his advisers. He will pay visits to Wall Street in New York and to the Silicon Valley in California and Seattle for heavy industries. He is expected to tour Houston for gas and oil talks and in Boston for higher education cooperation. This is their first meeting since last May 21, 2017 when Trump visited Riyadh. The Crown Prince is also set to hold talks with Apple and Amazon executives to open outlets and data centers in Saudi Arabia, in a bid to redirect the Saudi economy to be knowledge-oriented and technology-based, benefiting from American expertise to turbo-charge his plans to turn the kingdom into a new Silicon Valley Hub in the Middle East. There is a historic alteration in the nature of economic relations between Washington and Riyadh, from oil to economic development and financial and technological investments. Saudi Arabia is eager to cement political, economic and military ties with the US through major deals that would change the nature of cooperation into win-win equation. Major focus, however, will also be on the "Century Deal" to end the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict. (Read more)
- Father, we pray Mohammad bin Salman's visit to the United States will be a turning point in his nation's acceptance of religious freedom. We ask for a miracle in the hearts of the Wahabbi (religious police) that rule in this nation -- that they be turned towards You, O Lord.
We remind You, Lord, his nation is filled with descendants of Abraham and we pray for his individual salvation and the salvation of his nation.
- As for Ishmael, I will bless him also, just as you have asked. I will make him extremely fruitful and multiply his descendants. He will become the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. (Genesis 17:20)
The Daily Jot
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Federal authority over education
The framers of the US Constitution had a healthy distaste for federal government in the sense that they placed many checks and balances in the Constitution to prevent government from trampling the rights of citizens. They also didn't want government to become tyrannical due to brainwashing generations of Americans toward a certain "governmental" philosophy. Hence, the 10th Amendment, which says, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." Education was most certainly one of those powers that were reserved to the state and to the people. So what changed?
The federal government began issuing policy requirements during Lyndon Johnson's Great Society. During the Carter Administration, the Department of Education was created in 1979. According to the Department of Education's website, its mission is to establish policies related to federal education funding, administer distribution of funds and monitor their use; collect data and oversee research on America's schools; identify major issues in education and focus national attention on them; and enforce federal laws prohibiting discrimination in programs that receive federal funds. Herein, is where the federal government weaseled it's philosophies on liberalism, teaching things outside of reading, writing and arithmetic, and ruining generations of young American's worldview on the country, its history, and their role as citizens.
All education was intended by the Founding Fathers to be administered, funded and taught locally in partnership with the respective state government to ensure uniformity across rural and urban areas in the state. But the federal government under the direction of liberals began pushing its programs onto the states and localities using the carrot of money. If states and school districts wanted funding from the federal government, they needed to comply with what the federal government wanted taught. State curricula began to be influenced heavily by federal government. The Department of Education publishes recommended teaching strategies and materials. This is something that should have never happened.
So let's fast forward to today where we have a society of dumbed-down youth who are more politically influenced and historically ignorant than any generation before it. They have little or no understanding of the Bill of Rights, except where it pertains to deconstructing what they consider a white supremacy society that trolls every minority on purpose. They will be protesting the 2nd Amendment right of gun possession and the school personnel support that protest. They can't be led in Christian prayer in school, but they must study Islam. They can't balance a checkbook, but they know how to use a condom. It's messed up. And we need to take back local control instead of using schools as a glorified tax-supported baby sitter. As Proverb 22:6 says, "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Hmmm.
Republicans prepare for recount in Pennsylvania special election - POLITICO
The special congressional election in Pennsylvania appears headed to a recount, with Republicans preparing behind the scenes to cry foul after the vote count showed Democrat Conor Lamb leading Republican Rick Saccone by 627 votes.
The GOP is considering challenging the accuracy of voting machines in the district, in addition to confusion over the state's changing congressional map later this year, according to two sources familiar with the process, granted anonymity to discuss ongoing plans that have not been finalized.
State law does not require an automatic recount in congressional races, even when the margin is this close: Lamb currently leads Saccone by 0.2 percentage points, 49.8 percent to 49.6 percent. But Saccone and his allies can request a recount after all the counties have completed their tallying of provisional and overseas military ballots.
One Republican source said the party's legal strategy focused on three main issues thus far: GOP attorneys were allegedly not allowed to witness the tabulation of absentee ballots; changes to the secretary of state's website caused confusion for voters about their polling locations; and there were internal reports of voters miscasting their ballots when they used touchscreen machines in Allegheny County, which Lamb carried by a 15-point margin.
The source also said it's not clear yet if Republicans would file in state or federal court. (Read more)
SEE ALSO: "The Sheer Impact of Lamb's Win" - Family Research Council
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ALL THE WAY MY SAVIOR LEADS ME
"The Lamb . . . will lead them to springs of living water." (Revelation 7:17)
ALL THE WAY MY SAVIOR LEADS ME
"The Lamb . . . will lead them to springs of living water." (Revelation 7:17)
All the way my Savior leads me, Cheers each winding path I tread; Gives me grace for every trial, Feeds me with the living Bread. Though my weary steps may falter, And my soul athirst may be, Gushing from the Rock before me, Lo! A spring of joy I see; Gushing from the Rock before me, Lo! A spring of joy I see.
All the way my Savior leads me O the fullness of His love! Perfect rest to me is promised In my Father's house above. When my spirit, clothed immortal, Wings its flight to realms of day This my song through endless ages- Jesus led me all the way; This my song through endless ages- Jesus led me all the way.
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AURORAS IN MOTION
Last night, deep inside the Arctic Circle, photographer Oliver Wright stood outside in the cold waiting for the solar wind to arrive. It didn't. Nevertheless, the sky erupted in a swirling cauldron of color--"possibly the best I've ever seen," says Wright, who has been leading aurora tours for years in Abisko, Sweden. Turn up the volume and listen to the cries of delight in Wright's 3 minute video.
"My fingers got so cold taking this video," he says, "but it was worth it."
Watch the video again and pay special attention to the moments after 1:30. Those dynamic swirls of pink are caused by energetic particles reaching unusually deep into Earth's atmosphere, interacting with nitrogen molecules to produce a pink glow so intense that it sometimes appeared white.
This outburst was caused by a crack forming in Earth's magnetic field. Ambient solar wind (not the high-speed stream Wright expected) poured in to fuel the display. Magnetic cracks occur more frequently than usual during weeks around equinoxes, which make this a great time of year for auroras.
"I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke." (Acts 2:19)
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Did Geologists Just Discover the "Fountains of the Deep" From Genesis Flood?
A team of scientists studying diamonds found as far as 500 miles underground has discovered a form of crystallized ice that has never been observed in nature before. The discovery indicates that huge water reserves flow through the earth's mantle in a manner that very much resembles the "Fountains of the Deep" mentioned in the book of Genesis.
The team, led by geoscientist Oliver Tschauner from the University of Nevada, investigated crystals that formed inside diamonds, which originated 250-500 miles underground, a region of the earth's mantle known as the "transition zone." The findings were published Thursday in the journal, Science.
The researchers discovered crystals were from the type, "ice-VII" that is formed under enormous pressure. The scientists estimated that the transition zone, where minerals are more soluble, holds up to ten times more water than other geologic regions. (Read more)
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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