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1. After flip-flop, Netanyahu formally cancels deal to let 16,000 migrants stay- Times of Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he was canceling a new agreement with the UN refugee agency that would have seen thousands of African migrants given temporary status in Israel - a day after first announcing the plan.
"Every year I make thousands of decisions benefiting the State of Israel and Israeli citizens. Occasionally a decision is reached that has to be reconsidered," he said at a meeting with anti-migrant activists from south Tel Aviv, where many of the migrants reside.
Netanyahu said that after consulting with activist leaders, as well as with Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, "I have decided to cancel the agreement. Despite the mounting legal and international limitations, we will continue to act with determination to exhaust all of the options at our disposal for expelling the infiltrators."
2. UN urges Israel to 'reconsider' canceled migrant deal - Times of Israel
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees expressed "disappointment" at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to scrap an agreement on resettling thousands of African migrants following tough domestic criticism, and urged him to "reconsider" it.
"It is with disappointment that UNHCR notes today's cancellation by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the Israel-UNHCR agreement of April 2 on solutions for Eritreans and Sudanese currently in Israel," the UN agency said in a statement.
The UN refugee agency said the deal was negotiated over "an extended period of time."
3. Meretz seeks to pass infiltrators deal as law - Israel National News
The left-wing Meretz faction announced that immediately after the Knesset recess, it will submit a bill to the Knesset based on the agreement between the government of Israel and the United Nations presented yesterday and canceled this morning by Prime Minister Netanyahu.
The faction claims that if the proposal passes, the government will be obligated to act according to the outline, despite Netanyahu's decision to withdraw from it.
Meretz Chairman MK Tamar Zandberg explained the move and said, "Where the prime minister is zigzagging and running, we will demonstrate responsibility for the fate of the refugees and the fate of the residents of southern Tel Aviv."
According to her, "Netanyahu's plan was one of the few positive things in his term, and that too managed to hold out for only a few hours, and Netanyahu proved that he is an irresponsible prime minister who conducts policy based on talkbacks. But this is the Knesset's time to take responsibility. The plan is to join us and do the right thing."
4. Top Israeli Official: We Welcome 'Forging of a Common Front in the Middle East Against Iran' - Algemeiner
The Jewish state welcomes the "forging of a common front in the Middle East against Iran," a top Israeli official said in a radio interview .
Michael Oren - a Kulanu MK and deputy minister in the Prime Minister's Office who served as Israel's envoy in Washington, DC, for four years - spoke with Hugh Hewitt a day after the publication of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's interview with The Atlantic.
"You know, one of the ironies of the Obama period was that the previous president sought to bring Jews and Arabs closer together through peace," Oren said. "He succeeded, just not through peace. He brought us together through common opposition to his policies, particularly toward Iran. And I think that the Saudi prince was very explicit in saying one of the reasons he is looking forward to a closer relationship with Israel, because he sees Saudi Arabia and Israel and other Middle Eastern states standing in a common front against Iranian aggression."
5. Gazans renew violence on border, Palestinians report 1 dead - World Israel News
The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza reported that a 25-year-old man from Dir al-Balah was shot dead by IDF forces.
Last Friday, 17 Palestinians were killed and hundreds were injured after some 30,000 Palestinians protested at several locations along the border. At least 11 of the dead were known terrorists belonging to Hamas, Islamic Jihad and global jihad groups.
The IDF said that demonstrators had thrown stones and firebombs and that terrorist groups had used the demonstrations as cover to attack IDF soldiers and border infrastructure. Among the Palestinian dead were two members of an armed cell that shot at troops along the border
incident followed a warning by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman that Israel has no intention of changing its method of operation in regards to the protestors.
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1. Trump says he'll guard Mexican border with military - Washington Times
President Trump said that the caravan of illegal immigrants heading from Central America to the U.S. has been "broken up" in Mexico, potentially heading off a major headache for American officials. "I have just heard the caravan coming up from Honduras is broken up, and Mexico did that," Mr. Trump said, saying Mexico bowed to pressure from the U.S. to take action. There was no immediate independent confirmation from Pueblo Sin Fronteras, the group organizing the caravan, nor from Mexican officials. But the Mexican government said it had taken steps to deport about 400 people who were part of the "Viacrucis Migrantes" caravan, which organizers claimed totaled 1,500 people, mostly Hondurans, who were looking to reach the U.S.
Mr. Trump also said he has spoken to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis about deploying the military on the border - a move that would test the limits of U.S. laws that generally restrict American troops from conducting police actions inside the country. "We are going to be guarding our border with our military. That's a big step," Mr. Trump told reporters. Mr. Trump blamed changes to the law and policy he said happened under President Obama for weakening the immigration system and creating the opportunity for more people to show up on the country's border to demand admission through asylum or other legal avenues. (Read more)
- Father, we pray that this threat of placing our military on the border will bring Congress back to the bargaining table to work out a comprehensive immigration reform bill. We also pray that Congress will give our President everything he will need to get this job done and to protect our people from this imminent invasion of illegal immigrants. Amen.
- You will find true success when you find me, for I have insight into wise plans that are designed just for you. I hold in my hands living-understanding, courage, and strength. They're all ready and waiting for you. (Proverbs )
2. White House to Send Congress Immigration Reforms Aimed at Closing 'Loopholes' - Free Beacon
The Trump administration is drafting another immigration package to send to Congress but would not confirm whether it would include a fix for recipients of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programs, which provides legal protections for immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. "Our focus right now has to be on closing these loopholes once and for all," a senior administration official told reporters on a conference call . Several officials on the call warned of a rising influx of illegal immigrants and unaccompanied children coming from Central America in recent months and the life-threatening dangers associated with their journeys. They also complained that Congress's inaction is preventing federal authorities from taking more effective to actions to stop it.
The officials also complained about laws allowing more protections for unaccompanied children and other immigrants coming from countries that are non-contiguous to the United States, such as El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Those laws, one administration official argued, prevent immigrants from being "promptly removed," and the immigrants end up disappearing into the United States and never appear for their designated court dates for consideration of their cases. Under current law, the Department of Homeland Security can only detain unaccompanied children for a few days before releasing them to the Health and Human Services for resettlement into the United States. "This is not just about law enforcement. It's about saving lives. As long as people think they are able to come to this country and enter illegally, they are going to make that trip and put themselves in harm's way. That's why we've asked [Congress] to look at these legislative fixes, and let's save some lives in the meantime." (Read more)
- Father, we pray our Congress will assert the will of the citizens of the United States - to protect our borders and sovereignty.
- End the evil of those who are wicked, and defend the righteous. For you look deep within the mind and heart, O righteous God. (Psalm 7:9)
3. 18 states, six cities sue Census Bureau over citizenship question - Washington Examiner
Eighteen states and six cities are suing to prevent the Trump administration from including a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. The states, all led by Democratic attorneys general, and cities argued that seeking citizenship information in the upcoming Census would depress participation, especially among states with large immigrant populations. An undercount would then hurt states' representation in Congress and the Electoral College, and threaten billions of dollars in federal funds allocated to states for programs like Medicaid, attorneys general for the 18 states said in the lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Attorneys general from New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia signed onto the lawsuit. New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Providence, San Francisco, and Seattle, as well as the U.S. Conference of Mayors, joined the 18 attorneys general. The lawsuit from the 18 states is the second challenging the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is also suing the Trump administration over the addition.(Read more)
- Father, this census is very important to correctly count the people and apportion representation in the House of Representatives. We pray for accuracy in the census and for this lawsuit to be dismissed.
- In this way, you may know the truth and take an accurate report to those who sent you. (Proverbs )
4. Momentum Builds for Second Special Counsel to Reopen Clinton Probe, Investigate DOJ - Free Beacon
Momentum is building on Capitol Hill for the Trump administration to reopen an investigation into former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her connections to an anti-Trump dossier that served as the basis for an ongoing investigation into President Trump and collusion with Russia during the 2016 election, according to lawmakers who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon. As the Department of Justice investigation into claims Trump colluded with Russia drags on, a delegation of Republican members of Congress led by Rep. Lee Zeldin (N.Y.) is pressuring the DOJ to appoint a second special counsel to investigate why the FBI dropped its investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state, as well as further information that her supporters in the FBI may have targeted Trump in an effort to undermine his candidacy. The lawmakers maintain that new evidence discrediting the anti-Trump dossier-which was assembled by the opposition research firm Fusion GPS on the Clinton campaign's behalf-warrants the appointment of a new special counsel that would be tasked with investigating FBI bias and unwarranted spying on Trump associates.
The call for a second special counsel comes as Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed attorney John Huber to lead an internal Justice Department review of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Zeldin, however, says this decision does not go far enough. A second special counsel must be appointed to investigate potential mishandling of the case at the highest levels of the FBI and DOJ. "Evidence has come to light that raises serious concerns about decisions and activities by leadership at the highest levels of the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding how and why the Clinton probe ended and how and why the Trump-Russia probe began," Zeldin and 12 other lawmakers wrote to Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a recent letter. A second special counsel could investigate these matters and more. (Read more)
- Father, we pray for true justice to prevail. Reveal every hidden thing and expose wickedness and deception in high places.
- Everything hidden and covered up will soon be exposed. For the facade is falling down, and nothing will be kept secret for long. (Luke 12:2 TPT)
5. Trump administration sues California over federal land sales - Fox News
The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against California over a state law giving it the power to override the sale of federal lands, the department announced . The suit marks the latest battle between President Trump and the nation's most populous state, where Democrats have tried aggressively to thwart the president's agenda. Under the law, which was passed in September, California has the first right to purchase federal lands or to arrange for a specific buyer. Lawmakers had expressed concerns that the Trump administration would allow more logging, oil drilling or development.
The Justice Department says California's law, which took effect , is delaying land sales -- even for projects that have been in the works for years -- and is depressing their value. "The Constitution empowers the federal government-not state legislatures-to decide when and how federal lands are sold," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. "California was admitted to the Union upon the express condition that it would never interfere with the disposal of federal land. And yet, once again, the California legislature has enacted an extreme state law attempting to frustrate federal policy."
In a second statement later (Read more), Sessions decried the mounting litigation between the Justice Department, California and other states asking judges to invalidate pieces of the Trump agenda. He blasted "ideological judging" and "limitless injunctions" that he says allow just one judge to tie up the administration's policies. "Government-by-litigation isn't what the American people voted for and attempting to thwart an administration's elected agenda through endless, meritless lawsuits is a dangerous precedent," Sessions said. At the request of attorneys general in mostly Democratic states, judges have temporarily blocked Trump's decision to end a program protecting some immigrants living in the country illegally from deportation, withhold law enforcement grants from so-called sanctuary cities and ban transgender troops from the military.
- Father, we pray for swift justice in the courts to affirm the supremacy of Federal law and put an end to this rebellion towards authority.
- Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. (1 Samuel )
6. US government ordered to allow abortions to detained immigrant teens - Reuters
A federal judge has issued a sweeping order temporarily preventing the US government from blocking access to abortion services for undocumented, pregnant teens in immigration custody. Judge Tanya S. Chutkan of US District Court on late barred the government from "interfering with or obstructing" pregnant minors' access to medical appointments, counselling, abortion procedures or other care", writing that it infringed on their constitutional rights, the Washington Post reported. "The administration cannot strip unaccompanied immigrant minor children of their right to make their own reproductive choices," Chutkan wrote in the decision.
In filings, the US government acknowledged there were at least 420 pregnant unaccompanied minors in custody in 2017, including 18 who requested abortions. The Trump administration had refused to "facilitate" such procedures for pregnant teenagers travelling alone on the grounds that they had the option to voluntarily return to their home countries or to find private sponsors in the US to assist them in obtaining procedures. It was unclear late (Read more) whether the Trump administration would appeal the ruling.
- Father, help us have the political will to remove judges who have abandoned Your law. We pray each woman and girl in custody will choose life, thereby putting an end to this legal question.
- To reject the law is to praise the wicked; to obey the law is to fight them. (Proverbs 28:4)
7. Untreatable 'super gonorrhea' case could be 'tip of the iceberg' - Fox News
The medical community is sounding the alarm after a man in the U.K. has become the first patient with a type of gonorrhea infection that is not responding to the antibiotics commonly used to cure it. Doctors are calling it the "worst-ever" case of the sexually transmitted disease, which hits approximately 78 million men and women every year. According to the BBC, the unidentified man had a regular partner but picked up the disease earlier this year after a sexual encounter with a woman in South East Asia. "This is the first time a case has displayed such high-level resistance to both of these drugs and to most other commonly used antibiotics," said Dr. Gwenda Hughes, from Public Health England, to the BBC.
For years now, doctors and scientists have been warning that the bacteria that cause gonorrhea are becoming more resistant to antibiotics. Based on data pulled from 77 countries, WHO has found widespread resistance to older and cheaper antibiotics. Some countries - particularly high-income ones, where surveillance is best - are finding cases of the infection that are untreatable by all known antibiotics. "These cases may just be the tip of the iceberg, since systems to diagnose and report untreatable infections are lacking in lower-income countries, where gonorrhea is actually more common," Dr. Wi said in a report last year. (Read more)
- Father, we pray for Your mercy to stop the spread of this dreadful disease. We pray our young men and women will choose chastity and the purity of marriage instead of ruining their bodies with promiscuity.
And when I passed by again, I saw that you were old enough for love. So I wrapped my cloak around you to cover your nakedness and declared my marriage vows. I made a covenant with you, says the Sovereign Lord, and you became mine. (Ezekiel 16:8)
8. Party Directive Reveals Increased Chinese Theft of U.S. Technology - Free Beacon
China's Communist Party recently authorized an aggressive program of stealing U.S. science and technology information by recruiting Americans in the tech sector with access to trade secrets, according to an internal Party directive. The directive outlines a secret program authorized by the general office of the Communist Party of China (CCP) Central Committee of stepped up technology collection beginning in late 2016 and carried out by an intelligence unit called the United Front Work Department. "The united front work targeted on the areas of science and technology of the United States is an important measure of our party to deeply divide western hostile forces, to maintain social stability, to ensure national security, to comprehensively advance the rapid development of our own science and technology and economy, to accelerate the construction of national defense modernization, and to consolidate the overseas united front," the document states.
United front work is a communist euphemism for strategic alliances among groups and affiliates that dates to the Soviet Union under Lenin. Chinese supreme leader Xi Jinping greatly increased the use of united front work as a key tool in China's global influence operations. Xi stated in a September 2014 speech that united front work is among the Party's "magic weapons" in low-level global warfare against enemies, including the United States. A copy of the three-page Party report was obtained by the Washington Free Beacon from a person with ties to the Chinese intelligence and security communities. An English translation can be found here. (Read more)
- Father, thank You for exposing China for their duplicity. Help President Trump wield the power of the United States effectively and bring this stealing and economic sabotage under control.
- If you choose to follow good counsel, divine design will watch over you and understanding will protect you from making poor choices. It will rescue you from evil in disguise and from those who speak duplicities. (Proverbs 2:11-12)
9. Russia, Iran leaders head to Turkey for summit on Syria - The Times of Israel
Ties between Russia and Turkey are growing closer than ever, as Russia runs into widespread diplomatic fallout from the poisoned spy scandal and Turkey's relations with its Western allies worsens over human rights issues and its military operations against Kurdish militia in Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin heads back to Turkey , joining Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a symbolic ground-breaking ceremony for a Russian-made nuclear power plant being built on Turkey's Mediterranean coast at Akkuyu.
, Putin, Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani are expected to hold a summit in the Turkish capital of Ankara to discuss Syria's future. Turkey and Russia have put aside their traditional rivalries and differences on regional issues to forge strong economic ties. In December, they finalized an agreement for Turkey to purchase Russia's long-range S-400 missile defense system, a deal that raised eyebrows among some of Turkey's NATO allies. Aside from the power plant, the two countries are also building the "Turkstream" pipeline to transport Russian gas to Turkey. Their warming relations come as ties between European Union nations and Turkey have become increasingly testy. (Read more)
- Father, we pray these nations will not be able to coordinate military operations before Your prophetic timeline allows.
- Yes, this is our God, our great God forever. He will lead us onward until the end, through all time, beyond death, and into eternity! (Psalm 48:14)
10. Collision point: U.S. forces in strategic Syrian town stand in path of Turkish offensive - Washington Times
A slow-motion train wreck between two NATO allies could reach the collision point at this strategically critical, ethnically mixed city, as Turkish forces consolidate their victory in the Syrian border town of Afrin over local Kurdish forces 90 miles to the east and U.S. troops stand by their own Kurdish allies in Manbij. Residents watch nervously and wonder if the Trump administration will continue to stand by this small autonomous city or step aside and force residents to accept Ankara's domination. In fact, Manbij is shaping up to be a testing ground of Western commitment to the Kurdish forces - the men and women who bore the brunt of the struggle to liberate the area from Islamic State.
President Trump's surprise comments last week that Islamic State had been largely defeated and that U.S. troops would be leaving Syria "very soon" has added to the deep sense of unease. "People here want to talk about how to rebuild their lives," said Samir Mohammed Noor, a Manbij imam who passes much of his time advising couples on matters of marriage and divorce and helping local traders resolve business disputes. "With the help of God, President Trump and U.S. forces may stay to bring peace to Syria."
In a televised interview in February, Mr. Erdogan said Euphrates Shield forces would turn toward Manbij because it is "historically Arab" and should be "cleared of these terrorist organization elements," his way of describing the Kurdish forces in the city. Cengiz Candar, who served as an adviser to Turkish President Turgut Ozal in the early 1990s, predicts Mr. Erdogan's ambitions go far beyond a lightning cross-border strike and that a permanent Turkish presence in northern Syria is on the table. "The Turkish objective goes beyond merely stopping the Kurds," Mr. Candar told the German news agency Deutsche Welle last week. "It is to make Turkey a regional power or at least a power broker, a formidable player, on the map of Syria and also, if possible, Iraq's, to give Turkey a stake in shaping up the future of the region." (Read more)
- Father, we pray for Your protection to cover these precious people from the plots and plans of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- He alone is my safe place; his wrap-around presence always protects me. For he is my champion defender; there's no risk of failure with God. So why would I let worry paralyze me, even when troubles multiply around me? (Psalm 62:2)
11. YouTube shooter ID'd as woman with apparent vendetta against company- Fox News
The woman who opened fire afternoon at YouTube's headquarters in San Bruno, Calif., has been identified by authorities as San Diego resident Nasim Aghdam, 39.
Aghdam, who injured three people on YouTube's campus before killing herself, reportedly maintained a personal website alleging that YouTube compensated her unfairly and censored her views.
Authorities said they are still probing Aghdam's motive, and that there are no indications she knew the victims. (Read more)
- Lord, only You know all the facts behind this tragedy, but for now, we turn to You, asking comfort and healing for those who have been injured. We thank You that no one, except the shooter, lost their lives in this incident. May this violent outbreak help all to realize that we are, indeed, only one breath away from eternity. In Your Name, amen. - "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." (Romans )
|The Daily Jot|
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Prophetic Turkey arising
Turkey's dictator Recep Tayyip Erdogan has characterized Israel as a terrorist state and its leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, a terrorist. Erdogan used as an illustration Israel's response to the terrorist group Hamas' organized march against the Israeli border. Netanyahu then pointed out that it is Turkey under Erdogan's leadership that is murdering its own Kurdish people, as confirmed by many human rights organizations. Netanyahu said, "The most moral army in the world (referring to the Israeli Defense Force) will not be lectured by someone who for years has indiscriminately bombed civilian populations." Turkey's influence in the Arab world was accelerated by the former US "president's" support of Arab Spring.
In April 2012, The Jerusalem Post reported, "Turkey has been one of the biggest winners of the Arab revolts, as people around the Muslim world look to its ruling Justice and Development Party as a model for combining Islamic values with economic growth (the number of Egyptians expressing approval for the Ankara government grew 22% since April 2011 to 37%)." The New York Times wrote in January 2012, "Supporters credit Erdogan with elevating Turkey's profile in the Middle East, turning the country into an increasingly assertive regional player at a time when several of its neighbors are locked in sometimes violent struggles for democracy."
Case in point: After a two-day visit to Iran 8 years ago, Erdogan told reporters that an Israeli attack on Iran would devastate the entire Middle East. Erdogan made the point of saying he shares concerns with the American "president" at the time that an Israeli attack on Iran could trigger a regional war. The Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reports that Erdogan also sided with Iran by saying the International community is turning a blind eye to Israel's "250-300 nuclear warheads" while trying to stop Iran's peaceful nuclear program. Erdogan was acting as a bridge between Shiite Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt which promotes a return of the Islamic Caliphate.
The Islamic Caliphate/Ottoman Empire, headquartered in Turkey, was one of the longest lasting empires in history spanning 624 years from 1299 to 1923. It ruled over much of southeast Europe, Western Asia and North Africa. Its control over the Middle East was far greater than the Roman Empire. Some scholars now believe that a revived Ottoman Empire is the one prophesied by Daniel as the end-time antichrist system. Also the antichrist army of Ezekiel 38 is led from specific locations in Turkey--Magog, Meshech, Tubal. Also Christ is quoted in Revelation that Pergamos is "even where Satan's seat is . . . where Satan dwells." Pergamon is in Turkey. Turkey arising--a sign of these prophetic times in which we live.
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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.
IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL
"Praise the Lord, O my soul." (Psalm 146:1)
We dedicate this hymn today to our beloved Bishop Harry Jackson, whose wife, "Dr. Vivian," has just passed away. We covet your prayers for Dr. Jackson, his two children, and all who attend his fellowship, Hope Christian Church. Thank you.
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.
But, Lord, 'tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh trump of the angel! Oh voice of the Lord!
Blessèd hope, blessèd rest of my soul!
And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.
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Words:Horatio G. Spafford, 1873.
Melody:Philip P. Bliss, 1876
The tune is named after the ship on which Spafford's children perished, the S.S. Ville de Havre. Ironically, Bliss himself died in a tragic train wreck shortly after writing this music.
About the Hymn:
This hymn was written after two major traumas in Spafford's life. The first was the great Chicago Fire of October 1871, which ruined him financially (he had been a wealthy businessman). Shortly after, while crossing the Atlantic, all four of Spafford's daughters died in a collision with another ship. Spafford's wife Anna survived and sent him the now famous telegram, "Saved alone." Several weeks later, as Spafford's own ship passed near the spot where his daughters died, the Holy Spirit inspired these words. They speak to the eternal hope that all believers have, no matter what pain and grief befall them on earth.
Signs and Wonders
Large crack in East African Rift is evidence of continent splitting in two
A large crack, stretching several kilometers, made a sudden appearance recently in south-western Kenya. The tear, which continues to grow, caused part of the Nairobi-Narok highway to collapse and was accompanied by seismic activity in the area.
The Earth is an ever-changing planet, even though in some respects change might be almost unnoticeable to us. Plate tectonics is a good example of this. But every now and again something dramatic happens and leads to renewed questions about the African continent splitting in two.
The East African Rift Valley stretches over 3,000km from the Gulf of Aden in the north towards Zimbabwe in the south, splitting the African plate into two unequal parts: the Somali and Nubian plates. Activity along the eastern branch of the rift valley, running along Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania, became evident when the large crack suddenly appeared in south-western Kenya. (PBS) 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
What a Testimony! Wrongfully Convicted Man Offers Forgiveness, Shares God's Love, After Spending 30 Years on Death Row
"Jesus was prosecuted, accused falsely for things He didn't do, and all He did was try to love and save this world, and He died and suffered. If I have to die for something I didn't do, so be it. My life is not in the judge's hands. My life is not in your hands, but it's in God's hands." -Anthony Ray Hinton
Anthony Ray Hinton spent three decades on Alabama's death row for crimes he did not commit. In 1985 he was convicted of the murders of two restaurant workers in Birmingham. Thirty years later his conviction was overturned and he walked free.
In a new book, "The Sun Shines: How I Found Life and Freedom On Death Row," Hinton shares how his faith sustained him as he waited to die in prison, and how it helped him forgive those who wrongfully prosecuted him.
Evidence used to convict Hinton was a set of bullets recovered from the crime scene. Investigators said the bullets matched a gun found at Hinton's mother's home, though ballistic testing was never performed on the gun.
The Equal Justice Initiative, which works to clear wrongfully convicted people, worked on Hinton's case for 16 years. After a new trial, it was discovered that the bullets did not match. (CBN)
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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 ].
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 ), 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]
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"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 every night from . 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 . WELCOME!
[Note: we are reading from these versions of the Scripture: King James, New King James, New American Standard, and NIV.]
|Pray for America!|
Now you can join the Salt & Light Council, praying for our nation six days each week on a conference line!
Repentance and Restoration Prayer Line
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 through . 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#