Tuesday, April 24, 2018

CHPP Daily Brief "Praying for All in Authority" Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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The Daily Brief
"Praying for All in Authority"
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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Focus: White House and Congress

1. Mike Pomeo's nomination voted on by Senate Foreign Relations Committee - USA Today

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Monday voted along party lines to recommend Mike Pompeo for secretary of State. The full Senate is set to vote on the nomination of President Trump's CIA director to be his top diplomat later this week.

Minutes before the vote, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., changed his mind about opposing Pompeo over his support for the Iraq war and for the ongoing U.S. presence in Afghanistan, both of which Trump is against. "Having received assurances from President Trump and Director Pompeo that he agrees with the President on these important issues, I have decided to support his nomination to be our next Secretary of State," Paul said on Twitter.

The senators voted 11-10 to recommend Pompeo. But that vote was not official because one senator, Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., was not present and voted by proxy. According to Senate rules, only senators who are in the room can be counted, meaning they had a 10-10 tie. The official vote then was held up while committee members debated how to deal with the impasse. Faced with the possibility of waiting until 11 p.m., when Isakson could arrive to vote in person, Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., agreed to vote "present." The final official vote sent to the Senate would be 11-9, Coons said. (Read more)

- Father, we thank You for this news from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this evening. We thank You, too, that late-breaking news is reporting that Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) has reversed course and will now vote to uphold Mike Pompeo's nomination when it comes to the Senate floor later this week for a vote by all senators. Thank You, Lord, amen. We believe that victory is at hand for Mike Pompeo. Amen.

- "I tell you truly that if two of you on the earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven." (Matthew 18:19)

2. Trump says he has 'instructed' DHS Secretary Nielsen not to let caravans into US: 'It is a disgrace'- Fox News

President Trump said Monday he has "instructed" Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen not to allow "large caravans of people" into the U.S. as a group of Central American migrants starts to reach the border, calling the situation a "disgrace."

"Despite the Democrat inspired laws on Sanctuary Cities and the Border being so bad and one sided, I have instructed the Secretary of Homeland Security not to let these large Caravans of people into our Country. It is a disgrace. We are the only Country in the World so naïve! WALL," Trump tweeted early Monday.

The president's directive came as a group of about 50 Central American migrants who left southern Mexico in March reportedly reached the U.S. border, planning to seek asylum. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, asylum seekers must "demonstrate [they] have suffered persecution or fear that they will suffer persecution due to" five factors: race, religion, nationalist, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion." (Read more)

- Lord as more people than the 50 descend upon the United States, we pray for ways to stop them that will work well. We ask that this tactic of attempting to overwhelm our border security will never be used again.

- "You called in trouble, and I delivered you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder." (Psalm 81:7)

3. Democrat Infighting Erupts Over DNC Lawsuit Against Trump Campaign - Daily Caller

The Democratic National Committee's lawsuit against the Trump campaign in relation to the 2016 election has caused some Democrats and their donors to say the strategy is wrong-headed.

The DNC filed their lawsuit Friday alleging Trump's campaign, WikiLeaks, and the Russian government conspired together in the 2016 presidential election to make public DNC emails.

When asked by PBS' Judy Woodruff why Democrats are filing the lawsuit, Chairman Perez responded, "We don't know when Director Mueller will finish his investigation. And he should take all the time he needs to do a thorough job. We have to file within a statute of limitations. And so, if we sit and wait and wait, then we're frankly committing legal malpractice." (Read more)

- Lord, we ask that You stop all attacks on President Trump, and let him be able to complete the work he has begun with wisdom. We continue to hold him in our prayers, and simply ask for Your love to surround him.

- "Arise, O LORD, and let Your enemies be scattered! Let them flee before You!" (Numbers 10:35)

4. More than 90 Muslims, nearly all Democrats, running for public office across the U.S. - CounterJihad Report

Fayaz Nawabi has never met President Trump. But he credits the president with convincing him to run for office. Nawabi, a 31-year-old candidate for San Diego City Council, supports almost everything that Trump opposes: He is pro-affordable housing, pro-environment, pro-immigrant and pro-refugee. That makes him part of the blue wave of new liberal candidates spurred to run by Trump's election and policies. But Nawabi is also part of a notable subset: the blue Muslim wave.

More than 90 American Muslims, nearly all of them Democrats, are running for public office across the country this year. Many are young and politically inexperienced, and most are long shots. . .

Although their number seems small, the candidacies mark an unprecedented rise for the nation's diverse Muslim community that typically has been underrepresented in American politics. There are more than 3.3 million Muslims living in the United States, but Muslim Americans hold just two of the 535 seats in Congress. And the Muslim community's voter participation pales in comparison to the general public's.

. . . While Clinton's campaign never garnered broad enthusiasm from Muslim communities, Trump's campaign - which called for the monitoring of mosques and a ban on Muslims entering the United States - delivered a jolt on election night that some American Muslims likened to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. "It woke everyone up," Nawabi said. Now, Muslim candidates are running for a wide range of offices across the country, from local school boards to the U.S. Senate. Some are making their Muslim identity central to their campaigns. (Read more)

- Father, we ask on our knees that You would preserve America from those who do not know You and worship a false religion. We pray for all to be changed by the power of Your Spirit. You have saved many Muslims overseas, so we ask that Your Spirit move in a mighty wave now in every life in every state in our nation, amen.

- "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)

5. Iran says 'either all or nothing' on nuclear deal - Jerusalem Post

ANKARA - The European signatories of Iran's nuclear deal with major powers should convince US President Donald Trump not to exit the accord as there is no "plan B" for the agreement, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Tweeted on Monday.

"It is either all or nothing. European leaders should encourage Trump not just to stay in the nuclear deal, but more important to begin implementing his part of the bargain in good faith," Zarif wrote on his Twitter account.

Under Iran's settlement with the United States, France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China, Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear program to satisfy the powers that it could not be used to develop atomic bombs. In exchange, Iran received relief from sanctions, most of which were lifted in January 2016.

Trump has given the European signatories a May 12 deadline to "fix the terrible flaws" of the 2015 nuclear deal, or he will refuse to extend US sanctions relief on Iran. (Read more)

- Father God, we thank You that President Trump is being led by Your hand, as Your people lift him before You each day in prayer. Thank You, Lord, for showing our President the traps that still remain in the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, and grant him the courage to say "no" if those traps are not fixed by the set date. In Your name, amen.

- "For the king trusts in the Lord, And through the mercy of the Most High he shall not be moved." (Psalm 21:7)

6. George H.W. Bush hospitalized days after his wife, Barbara Bush, dies - Washington Post

Former president George H.W. Bush was hospitalized Sunday morning "after contracting an infection that spread to his blood," a family spokesman said.

Bush, 93, was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital just one day after his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, was laid to rest, said spokesman Jim McGrath. The 41st president is responding to treatments and appears to be recovering, he said.

Bush has been battling a form of Parkinson's disease and has needed hospital care several times in recent years because of respiratory problems. He also suffered from Graves's disease, a thyroid ailment, during his presidency. He remains America's longest-living president, having surpassed Gerald Ford, who died at 93 years and 165 days, last November.

Bush's 94th birthday is June 12. (Read more)

- Father God, we ask You to use this latest setback in the life of former President George H.W. Bush to cause him to consider what lies ahead, and to turn to You in humble repentance unto salvation. We ask this in Your name, amen.

- "And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, 28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many." (Hebrews 9: 27,28)

7. President Trump Goes All Out for First State Visit, Will Welcome Emmanuel Macron - The White House; Washington Times

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are excited to welcome French President Emmanuel Macron and Mrs. Brigitte Macron for the Trump Administration's first official State Visit. "Monday evening, the two couples will depart the White House on the presidential helicopter Marine One, for a scenic tour of historic monuments in Washington, ending at Mount Vernon - the iconic home of America's first president, George Washington," S. A. Miller reports.

President Trump's first state visit will welcome French President Emmanuel Macron with pomp and grandeur including a traditional review of U.S. troops, a diner showcasing the "best of American cuisines" and a performance by the Washington National Opera, the White House said Monday.

First lady Melania Trump, whose office organized the grand affair, released details of the visit by Mr. Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron for three days of events that include a state dinner Tuesday.

"First Lady Melania Trump and President Donald J. Trump are excited to welcome President Emmanuel Macron and Mrs. Brigitte Macron of France for the Trump Administration's first state visit," the White House said. (Read more)

BONUS! An inside look at hosting a State Visit - The White House

State Dinners with foreign leaders date back to 1874. When King David Kalakaua of the Kingdom of Hawaii (later annexed by the United States) visited Washington that year, there was no guide for how President Ulysses S. Grant should welcome him. No matter how the visit went, it would set a precedent.

The result was a tradition that continues to this day. President Trump hosts the first official State Visit of his Administration when President Macron and Mrs. Macron of France come to the White House. While President Trump has hosted numerous foreign leaders, tomorrow will mark the first ceremonial State Visit among them.

State Visits are intricately planned to show respect for a visiting leader. The end goal of such events is practical. Just as negotiations over trade drove King Kalakaua to the White House nearly a century and a half ago, better trade deals will be a fixture of the conversations between Presidents Trump and Macron this week. (Read more)

- Father, we thank You for the gracious sensitivity being demonstrated by this White House as the President and the First Lady prepare for this state visit, honoring the President of our long-time friend and ally in Europe, the nation of France. We ask for sweet fellowship to be present throughout this visit and for Your kingdom purposes to be accomplished as a result. In Your Name, amen.

- "Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10)

Focus on Israel

1. Report: Israel asked Moscow not to give Syria advanced missiles - YNET News

Israel has asked Moscow not to supply the Syrian military with advanced S-300 missile systems, according to a Russian diplomat. An Israeli government spokesman declined comment on the claim that was made by the Russian diplomat on condition on anonymity.

Israel has made repeated efforts to persuade Moscow not to sell the system to Syria, as it fears this would hinder its aerial capabilities against arms shipments to Iranian-backed Lebanese terror group Hezbollah. Israel has carried out scores of air strikes against suspected shipments.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that Russia had not yet decided whether it would deliver the S-300 missile systems to Syria, but would not make a secret of the matter if it took such a decision, the TASS news agency reported.

(Read more)

2. Russia to Israel: We will not refrain from arming Syria - Israel National News

In the past few days, the Russian government has conveyed an unambiguous diplomatic message to political sources in Jerusalem that, if it should feel the need to, Russia intends to sell the advanced S-300 missile defense system to the Syrian regime.

The Russians explained that after the American intervention in Syria and the recent bombing in cooperation with Britain and France, they were committed to helping the Syrians defend themselves in the best possible way.

Last week, Israel emphasized to Russia that the sale of the advanced S-300 missile defense system to the Syrian regime constituted the crossing of a red line.

(Read more)

3. Head of the US military's Central Command in Israel for talks - Times of Israel

The head of the US military's Central Command, often known as CENTCOM, which is responsible for American activities in the Middle East, is visiting Israel to meet with senior Israeli officials about Syria, Iran, and other developments in the region, according to Israel's Kan news broadcaster.

Despite this being the first trip to Israel by the current head of CENTCOM, Gen. Joseph Votel, the visit has been without fanfare or publicity.

(Read more)

4. Israeli minister vows to help Ethiopian Jews move to Israel - Times of Israel

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) - Israel's Justice minister vowed to help Ethiopia's Jews immigrate to Israel as soon as possible during a rare visit to Ethiopia. Ayelet Shaked visited the synagogue in Addis Ababa on Sunday.

"These programs that will eventually reunite Ethiopian Jews with their families in Israel are not generally easy," said Shaked to the group gathered in the synagogue. "But I will try everything within my power to work with relevant offices to make this happen in the shortest time possible," she said.
(Read more)

5. Israel Dismisses Suggestions It Killed Palestinian in Malaysia - Algemeiner

Israel's defense minister said on Sunday a Palestinian scientist shot dead in Malaysia was a rocket expert and "no saint," but dismissed suggestions by Hamas that Israel's Mossad spy agency assassinated him.

Two men on a motorcycle fired 10 shots at Fadi al-Batsh, an engineering lecturer, in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, killing him on the spot, the city's police chief, Mazlan Lazim said.

Hamas, an Islamist terror group that rules the Gaza Strip, said one of its members had been assassinated in Malaysia. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said Mossad had been behind past attempts to kill Palestinian scientists, and the attack on Batsh "follows this sequence."

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said it was likely that Batsh was killed as part of an internal Palestinian dispute.
(Read more)

6. Hamas Leader Following Assassination of Drone Expert in Malaysia: Our War With Israel Has Gone International - Algemeiner

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh hinted that the Gaza-based terror group will seek to internationalize its campaign against Israel following the assassination of a one of its drone experts in Malaysia. Fadi Mohammad al-Batsh was an expert in electrical engineering and drone technology. He was on his way to a mosque in Kuala Lumpur when he was shot to death by two unknown assailants who escaped on a motorcycle.

The Malaysian deputy prime minister said that his government was investigating the possible involvement of "foreign agents" in the assassination. Hamas has acknowledged that al-Batsh was a member of the organization's terrorist wing.
(Read more)

The Daily Brief

1. Suspect in custody after van strikes people on Toronto sidewalk - CTV News, CA

Police have arrested a suspect after a white van mounted the curb and struck numerous pedestrians in Toronto. The incident happened on Yonge Street south of Finch Avenue around 1:30 p.m. Monday, according to the Toronto Police Service. A suspect was arrested beside the van on Poyntz Avenue off of Yonge, just south of Sheppard Avenue West. The van is marked as belonging to the rental company Ryder.

Sunnybrook Hospital issued a statement saying that it's trauma centre had received seven patients after "an incident involving a van striking a number of pedestrians."

Witness Ali Shaker, who was driving southbound at the time, says the van was travelling at high speed on the sidewalk. The van was also southbound. "He started going down on the sidewalk and crumbling down people one by one," Shaker told CTV News Channel on Monday afternoon. Shaker said he saw the vehicle strike someone with a stroller. "He just destroyed so many people's lives," he said. "Every single thing that got in his way." (Read more)

Update: The name of this murderer has been identified as Officials in Canada now describe this as a terrorist attack; and ten people have now died from today's attack. For updated information about today's tragedy in Toronto, please go here.

- Lord, we pray Your comfort over the families of these victims. Media are reporting that there are 10 deaths now from this attack. Let this be an opportunity for Your Spirit to touch hearts and bring peace to the people of Canada.

- "For the Lord is a sun and a shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly." (Psalm 84:11)

2. Waffle House shooter arrested, after cops say he stole BMW days before deadly rampage - Fox News

The man who cops believe gunned down four people at a Waffle House restaurant in Tennessee was arrested Monday, just over an hour after cops admitted he led police on a chase in a stolen BMW days before the rampage. Travis Reinking, 29, was taken into custody just after 1 p.m. ET, the Nashville Metro Police Department told reporters at a news conference Monday. He was arrested in "a wooded area near Old Hickory Blvd & Hobson Pk," not far from his apartment.

A citizen's tip led to the arrest of the suspect, who had been on the run in the area since early Sunday morning. Authorities said they followed Reinking onto a pathway in a wooded area, where an officer saw his face and confirmed his identity. The officer ordered Reinking to the ground, and officials said he did so "immediately." Reinking was taken to a police precinct, where he requested a lawyer and refused to make a statement, police said. He was then taken to a hospital to be "checked out," and will later be transported to jail and booked on four counts of criminal homicide. (Read more)

- Father, we thank You that this killer has been caught. We pray for Your comfort for the families of the victims, and that You will ultimately deliver this man of his mental problems.

- "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick."
(Matthew 9:12)

3. Leading Surgeon Says Violence in Khan's London 'Like South Africa', Predicts 'Summer of Carnage'- Breitbart London

London's crime wave will develop into "carnage" come summer, a leading trauma surgeon has predicted, warning ultra-violence in the capital is "the new normal". Dr Martin Griffiths, a consultant surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust, said soaring knife and gun crime has resulted in London "looking more like South Africa, or inner-city U.S." with regards to the rate of attacks. "If it was hot weather right now, it would be carnage. When it gets a few degrees warmer, it's going to be taxing. It's going to be difficult," he told The Times.

The doctor, who earlier this month revealed some of his military colleagues have likened the situation seen in London trauma wards to hospitals in Middle East warzones, said that treating young teenagers with life-threatening injuries had become "the bread and butter" of his work at the Royal London Hospital. "Every day an ambulance rolls up with a kid who has been stabbed. That can't be right. We're not at war," said Griffiths, who has treated victims of gun and knife crime as young as nine. "You're sitting there in a [resuscitation] bay at 7.30 p.m. on a Thursday evening. It's not even dark but you've got four children in your bays and you're thinking to yourself - this is not what I trained for," he said. "I'm a trauma surgeon, not a paediatric surgeon. We're having to use the skillset that we use to look after adult trauma injuries for kids. That was never part of the deal. But we look after children now - that's what we do. Welcome to the new normal."

More than 60 people have died from stabbings alone in Sadiq Khan's London so far in 2018, with the UK capital having catapulted ahead of New York in the homicide rankings for the first time since 1800 earlier this year. Earlier this week the Labour mayor was told to "take responsibility" for spiraling violence in the city by prominent Tory backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg, while foreign secretary Boris Johnson warned that Khan must not "go soft" on criminals. Falling use of stop and search has been highlighted as contributing to the knife crime epidemic, with Khan having campaigned hard against the police tactic before he was elected, claiming it harms "trust" between officers and ethnic minority youths. (Read more)

- Lord, we have been seeing this sad situation for some time, and ask that You grant the leaders of Britain wisdom to know how to stop it. We pray that truth be made known across the British Isles, and that they would begin to see the errors they have made.

- "He guards the paths of justice." (Proverbs 2:8a)

4. 57 Killed in Kabul Suicide Bombing - and ISIS Is Claiming Responsibility - Time

A suicide bomber struck a voter registration center in the Afghan capital on Sunday, killing at least 57 people in an attack claimed by ISIS. Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majro said another 119 people were wounded in Sunday's attack, updating an earlier toll. Gen. Daud Amin, the Kabul police chief, said the suicide bomber targeted civilians who had gathered to receive national identification cards.

The large explosion echoed across the city, shattering windows miles away from the attack site and damaging several nearby vehicles. Police blocked all roads to the blast site, with only ambulances allowed in. Local TV stations broadcast live footage of hundreds of distraught people gathered at nearby hospitals seeking word about loved ones. (Read more)

- Lord, we pray for a strategy to rid Afghanistan from the evil of both ISIS and the Taliban and all their different groups. We pray for a move of Your Spirit across that country.

- "I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them." (Ezekiel 36:27)

5. US Raises Nicaragua Threat Level, Pulls Diplomats' Families - US News and World Report

The United States is shutting down routine operations at its embassy in Nicaragua and pulling out some if its employees amid a string of deadly protests. The State Department says it's raising the threat level for Nicaragua and encouraging Americans to reconsider plans to travel there.

Family members of U.S. diplomats who also work at the embassy are being ordered out of the country until security improves. The State Department says it's also allowing U.S. government officials posted to Nicaragua to leave "on a case-by-case basis."

The U.S. Embassy in Managua will stop providing services to the public, except for emergencies or by phone. Rights groups say dozens have died in protests and looting triggered by changes to the social security system. On Sunday, President Daniel Ortega withdrew the changes. (Read more)

- Lord, we pray Your mighty protection over Your people in Nicaragua. We speak peace to this upheaval, and wisdom to those who have charge over their country.

- "He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble."
(Psalm 91:15a)

6. Whistleblower: School used software to get more state money - Fox25/AP

Education regulators are reviewing a whistleblower's claim that Ohio's then-largest online charter school intentionally inflated attendance figures tied to its state funding using software it purchased after previous allegations of attendance inflation, The Associated Press has learned.

A former technology employee of the now-shuttered Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow said he told the Ohio Department of Education last year that school officials ordered staff to manipulate student data with software obtained following the state's demand that it return $60 million in overpayments for the 2015-2016 school year. He also took his claims to Republican Ohio Auditor Dave Yost, whose office said they were incorporated into a financial audit being prepared for release.

The employee spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity for fear of professional repercussions for speaking out. His concerns were first raised in an Aug. 3 email to the state a month before it released its 2017 attendance review of ECOT. (Read more)

- Lord, we pray for these people who have lied about the schools in order to gain money. We ask for a move of Your Holy Spirit over all school districts across the nation, to change the direction away from corruption and viewpoints not pleasing to You.

- "A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who speaks lies shall perish." (Proverbs 19:9)

7. Todd Starnes: The Bible gets a bad review from GQ Magazine -- Although it's the bestselling book in history - Fox News

The editors of GQ Magazine have named the Holy Bible as one of the most overrated books in history. It's ironic considering that a good many folks probably find GQ magazine to be overrated - if they've even bothered to read the magazine. The Good Book is ranked No. 12 on the magazine's list of 21 books you don't have to read before you die. Among the other books on the list are "Huckleberry Finn," "Lonesome Dove" and "The Catcher in the Rye."

"Some are racist and some are sexist, but most are just really, really boring," the editors wrote. "We've been told all our lives that we can only call ourselves well-read once we've read the Great Books. We tried."

Novelist Jesse Ball wrote in GQ: "The Holy Bible is rated very highly by all the people who supposedly live by it but who in actuality have not read it. Those who have read it know there are some good parts, but overall it is certainly not the finest thing that man has ever produced. It is repetitive, self-contradictory, sententious, foolish, and even at times ill-intentioned." (Read more)

- Father, we who love You understand that the Bible is Your God-breathed, living Word, and only those who have been changed by Your Spirit can truly understand it. Intellectual pursuits will never crack the truth of it. So we pray for all who will read the GQ article, and the man who authored it, to be changed by the repentance and redemption brought by Your Holy Spirit.

- "Most assuredly I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." (John 3:3)

8. Royal baby 3: Kate gives birth to royal baby boy today; newest royal family member home from hospital - CBS News

It's a boy! Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, welcomed baby number three this morning. Kensington Palace confirmed in a tweet that both mother and baby were doing well, and that Prince William was there for the birth.

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William have left a London hospital and headed home with their newborn son. The duchess, who gave birth Monday morning, emerged from St. Mary's Hospital about seven hours later alongside her husband, holding the baby wrapped in a white blanket. (Read more)

- Father, we are blessed to end this Brief with happy news. From their wedding, to the births of their first and second children, and now today's news, we have witnessed a couple devoted to each other and devoted to You in the royal family in England. We ask that Your hand of protection would always rest upon this dear couple as they continue to seek Your ways in the days ahead. Amen.

- "Hear, O kings! Give ear, O princes! I, even I, will sing to the Lord; I will sing praise to the Lord God of Israel." (Judges 5:3)

The Daily Jot

Monday, April 23, 2018

Accusing others of the evils you do

The day after the final Presidential Debate on October 18, 2016, the news media was abuzz with stories, analysis, speculation and, quite frankly, aghast at candidate Donald Trump's assertion that he may not accept the results of the election if he lost. Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton stoked the firestorm on October 21 in Cleveland, Ohio saying, "We know in our country, the difference between leadership and dictatorship. And the peaceful transition of power is something that sets us apart." On October 24, she added more gasoline, tweeting, "Donald Trump refused to say that he would respect the results of this election. That's a direct threat to our democracy." The firestorm continued until she lost.

Into the wee hours of the morning after the election, Clinton refused to address her campaign supporters. Then finally, around 2:30 am, she called Trump and conceded. But she didn't accept the results of the election. Then Jill Stein of the Green Party (communist front) and the Clinton campaign, through Clinton's George Soros-financed attorney, challenged the election results beginning on October 26. By mid-February the Clinton-Stein coup attempt, which by the way, included a Russian voter machine hacking narrative, was put down by Pennsylvania District Court Judge Paul S. Diamond. Diamond said that Stein-Clinton presented "absolutely no evidence of any voting irregularities."

By January, the lame duck "president," the Clinton Campaign and the Democratic National Committee were baking the Russian narrative, accusing the Russians of hacking Clinton and DNC emails. The emails were damning evidence of the unethical, immoral, illegal chicanery practiced by Clinton and the Democratic Party. The lame duck "president" and Clinton claimed that the Russians hacked the computers and released the information on them to influence the election. Whoever hacked the computers (as it is still unproven), did America a great favor. First, they showed that Clinton and the Democratic Party were poor stewards of sensitive information and, therefore, too incompetent to hold the office of the Presidency. Second, they revealed the extent of the institutional graft and corruption of Clinton and the DNC.

Clinton went on a speaking tour blaming Russians, women, men--everyone but herself--for her election loss. Now the DNC, representing Clinton, Friday filed a civil suit against the Trump Campaign, WikiLeaks, and Russia, claiming the hacked (and very damaging) emails represented a far-reaching conspiracy to elect Trump. The people voted, Clinton lost, she tried to overturn the election on a recount, now the Democratic Party is trying to delegitimize the election with another lawsuit. Clinton and the DNC are refusing to accept the results of the election, and in Clinton's own words, "That's a direct threat to our democracy." 2 Timothy 3:13 says, "But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived." Evil always accuses others of what evil does itself.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!

Bill Wilson

Pray for NDP!

Pray for the National Day of Prayer!

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Editor's note:

Every year, about this time, our hearts are thrilled with joy and anticipation of the GLORY that will fall upon our nation as we stand, united, to lift up prayer for our nation, coast to coast . . . in over 40,000 observances for the National Day of Prayer. This is such a huge outpouring of love for God and country, sometimes it is difficult to capture the day in writing.

This year, our dear friend Rev. Pierre Bynum, Chaplain & National Prayer Director, Family Research Council, has done this for us. Please find below an excerpt of his comments, stating WHY we need a National Day of Prayer . . . then follow the link to this article, provided by Intercessors for America, to read all of his words.

And please join all of us who are working to observe the National Day of Prayer this year, in intercession for their great work.

Thank you and God bless you,

Sara Ballenger, President

Capitol Hill Prayer Partners

The Necessity and Privilege of a National Day of Prayer

Rev. Pierre Bynum
Chaplain & National Prayer Director
Family Research Council
Email: pbynum@frc.org

"Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name." (Psalm 86:11)

Dear Praying Friends, This letter is different than our regular Prayer Targets. Please read it through. I want to share my heart regarding the National Day of Prayer (NDP). I believe this is even bigger than the huge issues and challenges and problems we would normally pray about.

Only one week remains before the National Day of Prayer on May 3rd, 2018. It was designated by Congress to be held on the first Thursday in May and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan, but it did not begin with Reagan. The history of the National Day of Prayer is one of the greatest legacies passed on to us by our Forefathers. We live in a nation that has designated two national days of prayer -- one in the spring (the National Day of Prayer) and one in the fall (Thanksgiving Day, the last Thursday in November).

We need to pray for our leaders in government and over the issues and initiatives in Washington and our state capitals. But it is equally important for us to pray, prepare for, and tell as many friends as we can about the upcoming National Day of Prayer. I invite you to join FRC and Dr. Ronnie Floyd in offering this 2018 National Prayer for America.
As Americans, we are uniquely blessed to have a Christian heritage in which our Forefathers obtained national independence in a principled way by appealing to God and enshrining in our Constitution the freedom of religion as our "first liberty" in the Bill of Rights. But we must always remember what President Ronald Reagan famously said, echoing the warnings our Founders frequently gave: "Without God, there is a coarsening of the society. And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under." We face many adversaries who seek the latter outcome.
The National Day of Prayer is the closest thing we have to a National Solemn Assembly, like the godly leaders in ancient Israel led their people to observe, as they sought to turn their nation wholeheartedly back to God. It is a day for sanctifying America to God, afresh. Of course, there were unbelievers in Israel, and there will always be unbelievers here: agnostics, atheists, and even devil worshipers in our free land. But if God's people -- those called by His name -- will meet His biblical conditions, He will hear from heaven, forgive our sins, and heal our land. The gospel mission will prosper among those who do not presently know Him. The issue is us!
The theme of this year's National Day of Prayer is Unity. It is a day for all Americans, especially those who name the name of Christ, to come together to pray for our nation, to repent, to pray for our leaders, to pray for one another, and even to pray for our adversaries, including those who persecute and despitefully use us (Mt 5:44), and to unite our hearts together under God. Every Christian in America should be involved and lead others to participate in a local expression of the National Day of Prayer.
I urge you, Pastor, to lead your church people to observe the National Day of Prayer. Invite your neighbors to participate. Check to find an observance in your area. If there is no expression of the NDP in your community, start one yourself -- right away. God will honor just a few people praying for our nation outside the county courthouse on May 3rd for an hour or two.
> > > To read the entire article, including prayer points for the National Day of Prayer, please go here.

Honoring D.C.'s Regional NDP Event

Honoring D.C.'s Regional NDP Event

"Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace." (Ephesians 4:3)

Editor's note:

As we focus today on the events that will be held next week to observe the National Day of Prayer, we want to share news of the Regional Event that will take place here on the West Lawn of Capitol Hill on Thursday, May 3rd, beginning at 4:00 p.m. EDT.

Founded 34 years ago by Dr. Corinthia Boone, Director, the International Christian Host Coalition (ICHC), this observance has grown over the years to become one of the largest events in our Capital region on the National Day of Prayer.

If you plan to be here in Washington next week, you are welcome to join the throngs of saints who will celebrate this occasion on the West Lawn of the Capitol Building.

For more information, please go here.

More Daily Features

More Daily Features

(See below . . .)

- The Persecuted Church
- Classic Hymns
- Signs and Wonders
- The Good News Corner
- Worship with Us Today!

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.

Classic Hymns


"There remains . . . a Sabbath rest for the people of God." (Hebrews 4:9)


Come, let us join with one accord
In hymns around the throne:
This is the day our rising Lord
Has made and called His own.

This is the day that God has blest,
The brightest of the sev'n,
Type of that everlasting rest
The saints enjoy in Heav'n.

Then let us in His Name sing on,
And hasten to that day
When our Redeemer shall come down,
And shadows pass away.

Not one, but all our days below
Let us in hymns employ;
And in our Lord rejoicing,
Go to His eternal joy.


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About the Author:

Words: Charles Wes­ley, 1763

Melody: John B. Dykes, 1875

Signs and Wonders

California fault line is 'tectonic time bomb' for disastrous earthquake, researchers say

Residents in the San Francisco Bay Area are living along a fault that is a "ticking time bomb" that could generate an earthquake that could kill hundreds, according to a report released Wednesday.

The U.S. Geological Survey said in a report called the "HayWired Scenario" that a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Hayward Fault located under Oakland could kill as many as 800 people and injure up to 18,000.

"This fault is what we sort of call a tectonic time bomb," USGS earthquake geologist emeritus David Schwartz told the Los Angeles Times. "It's just waiting to go off."

Researches said the Hayward Fault is dangerous because it runs through "one of the most urbanized" areas in the nation, stretching along the East Bay from Richmond and Berkeley up north, through Oakland, and spanning south toward Fremont.
The USGS, citing findings from a simulated tremor with an epicenter in Oakland modeled to take place at 4:18 p.m. on April 18, said the disaster would cause 400 fires that could destroy 50,000 homes. Nearly half a million people would be displaced, authorities said.

Researchers said East Bay residents could be without water from anywhere between six weeks to six months, according to the report. Electricity could be out for up to four weeks in some locations.

Jack Moehle, a professor of structural engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, told KTVU the study shows that people need to get ready for the "big one." (Fox News) 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

'I Just Thank God': Texas Restaurant Owner Closes Shop Once a Week to Feed the Homeless

[Faithwire.com] The goal of any true business is to make money, but one Texas restaurant owner closes her doors to paying customers once a week to feed those in need. (Photo: Paulette Johnson /source: WFAA-TV/via Faithwire.com)

For Paulette Johnson, who runs Trucker's Café in South Dallas, cooking is her passion-and so is the Monday lunch crowd, who turn up to the restaurant for a free hot meal, toiletries and clothing, WFAA-TV reported.

Doors open at noon, and each patron is greeted with a smile and given a number and a seat when they walk in. Then, when their number is called, customers are treated to a hot, home-cooked meal. No one is turned away.

Johnson said that her heart floods at the sight of the crowd, which helps to melt her own troubles away.

"I been aching all day in the morning-feet, everything-dealing with my health," she told WFAA. "But once I see these guys, all that goes away."

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Worship With Us Today!

"Sounds of Healing" - Julie True

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About CHPP

About Capitol Hill Prayer Partners

Our Mission Statement

Capitol Hill Prayer Partners (CHPP) is a ministry which is positioned on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., helping members of the Body of Christ to "pray for those in authority over us" in our federal government. Our primary purpose is to offer intercession on site for the members of Congress and their staffs each day that the Senate and the House of Representatives are in session; and our chief prayer focus is that "God's will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." [Matthew 6:10].

Because Jesus Christ has shed His blood for all, we, too, pray for ALL, in a nonpartisan manner. Also, because the scriptures indicate that "the effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much" (James 4:17), we are confident that fervent prayer, offered in the halls of the highest chambers of government in our land, can avail much for America. Capitol Hill Prayer Partners welcomes those who feel called to join us, engaging in this strategic work of intercession for our nation: "For there is no power but of God; the powers that be are ordained of God." [Romans 13:1]
Friends may participate by receiving our daily prayer alerts. You may contact us at chpp1994@gmail.com for more information. CHPP is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt ministry. Thank you and God bless you!

Note: You may also learn more about CHPP by going here to visit our blog. Thank you!

We Welcome Your Gifts

We Welcome Your Gifts

Capitol Hill Prayer Partners (CHPP) is a 501(c)(3), tax- exempt, faith-based, ministry, dedicated to praying for our leaders (1 Tim. 2:1-4). CHPP relies solely on the gifts of our readers to continue this work; thus we greatly appreciate your help in supporting this publication. Offerings may be sent to: Capitol Hill Prayer Partners, P.O. Box 5152, Herndon, VA 20172-1970. Please make checks payable to: CHPP. THANK YOU!


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"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit." (Philippians 4:23)

Join our Bible Readathon!

Our Bible Readathon Continues

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." (Psalm 119:105)
We are now reading the Word of God from midnight to 6:00 a.m. EDT, six days a week: Monday through Saturday. We are reading through the whole Word, from Genesis to Revelation, and beginning again in Genesis when finished.

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!

New Feature!

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

Editor's note from CHPP:

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.

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Monday - Saturday
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