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"Praying for All in Authority"
Thursday, April 5, 2018
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50 Years Later: Dr. King's Assassination
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The Daily Jot
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Prophetic storm on the horizon
There are a series of stories in the news recently that show how the Ezekiel 38 prophecy of a coalition headed by a leader from modern Turkey brings a host of enemies against Israel in a colossal end time battle in which God saves Israel and declares in Ezekiel 38:23, "Thus will I magnify myself and sanctify myself: and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the Lord." Currently, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the "Palestinians" in Israel, Israel, and Iran are all locked into a curious mix of politics, military effort and intrigue that is whirling around the Middle East and gathering the end time players together like the building of a prophetic storm on the horizon.
Turkey's dictator Racep Tayyip Erdogan is making a move in Syria to destroy the Kurd fighters who are a mainstay against the Islamic State. Many believe that Erdogan wants to eliminate the Kurds in general and do a land grab along the Syrian border. At the same time, Turkey and Russia are collaborating on the building of a Russian-made nuclear power plant on Turkey's Mediterranean coast. In addition, Turkey has agreed to purchase Russia's long-range S-400 missile system and the two countries are building a pipeline to transport Russian gas to Turkey. AP reports that Russian "president" Vladimir Putin, Erdogan and Iranian "president" Hassan Rouhani are expected to hold a summit in Ankara to discuss Syria's future.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman stirred the prophetic pot by speaking out of both sides of his mouth. The Atlantic reports that bin Salman said that Israel has a right to exist as a nation. What bin Salman really said, however, was, "I believe that each people, anywhere, has a right to live in their peaceful nation. I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land." This is a dualist statement in that the Palestinians claim all the land in Israel. He also said that Islam was a religion of peace and that the "triangle of evil": Iran, the Muslim Brotherhood and Sunni terrorist groups (ISIS and al-Qaeda) were seeking world conquest. He didn't mention that Saudi Arabia was the birthplace of al-Qaeda, and supports the Muslim Brotherhood. He also denied that Wahhabism exists.
Saudi Arabia does not recognize Israel as a nation. The Saudi Crown Prince does not recognize Wahhabism, a radical evangelical sect of Islam originating from Saudi Arabia. The Crown Prince recognizes the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda as an evil triangle with Iran, but fails to mention that Saudi Arabia is known to support these terrorist groups. Iran and Turkey are working together with Russia as a unifier. We can see how eventually the diverse forces of Ezekiel 38 can be brought together to fight against Israel, which includes modern day Turkey, Iran, Sudan, Libya and even parts of Saudi Arabia. What appears to be isn't and what is secret is brewing a prophetic storm on the horizon.
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Focus on Israel
1. Netanyahu launches commission of inquiry against New Israel Fund - Israel National News
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced the formation of a parliamentary commission of inquiry against the New Israel Fund (NIF) Tuesday evening in light of the organization's exertion of pressure on the governments of Rwanda and Uganda not to abide by agreements with Israel to take in illegal infiltrators.
Prime Minister Netanyahu wrote on his Facebook page: "The main factor that triggered the European pressure on the Rwandan government to withdraw from the agreement to remove the infiltrators from Israel is the New Israel Fund."
"The New Israel Fund is a foreign organization that receives funding from foreign governments and elements hostile to Israel, such as from the fund of George Soros. The ultimate objective of the fund is to erase Israel's Jewish character and turn it into a state of all its citizens, alongside a Palestinian nation-state that is free of Jews on the 1967 lines with Jerusalem as its capital," Netanyahu said.
"For decades the fund has funded anti-Zionist and pro-Palestinian organizations, including those who slander IDF soldiers such as Breaking the Silence and B'Tselem and those who fight for Palestinian terrorists such as Adalah.
2. Gazans to burn thousands of tires at border - Jerusalem Post
Palestinians plan to engulf the Gaza border with smoke and flames from thousands of burning tires on Friday as Israel holds firm to its order to shoot any protesters who come close to the security barrier.
In the past several days, groups of young Gazans have been collecting old tires around the Strip and bringing them to the border.
Palestinians intend to light the tires on fire to blur the vision of the soldiers on the Israeli side of the security fence, according to a Gaza-based source familiar with preparations for what he called "the Friday of Old Tires.
"The hope is that the soldiers will not be able to shoot because the thick, black smoke will block their line of vision," he said in a phone call with The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday.
Pictures and videos on social media showed that hundreds of tires have already been transported to the border.
3. Knocking Saudis, Khamenei calls interacting with Israel 'betrayal,' backs Hamas - Times of Israel
In thinly veiled criticism of Saudi Arabia, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday said those who negotiate with Israel are engaging in an act of "betrayal" and an "unforgettable error." The Iranian supreme leader also vowed to support Hamas in its fight against the Jewish state in a letter to the Gaza terrorist group's leader Ismail Haniyeh. The statements by Khamenei came two days after Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman recognized Israel's right to exist and extolled the prospect of future diplomatic relations between his kingdom and the Jewish state, following a negotiated two-state solution to the conflict.
4. Putin, Erdogan and Rohani Discuss Syria's Future in Ankara - Haaretz
The leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey met in Ankara on Wednesday for talks on resolving the conflict in Syria.
Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President Vladimir Putin of Russia and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani were holding their second summit to discuss Syria's future since attending a similar meeting in Sochi, Russia, in November.
The leaders meeting in the Turkish capital are expected to reaffirm their commitment to Syria's territorial integrity and the continuation of local cease-fires. Talks were also expected to include the issues of border security, the distribution of humanitarian aid and drawing up a constitution for the country.
Russia and Iran have provided crucial support to President Bashar Assad's forces, while Turkey has backed the rebels seeking to overthrow him. The three nations have sponsored several rounds of talks between the Syrian government and the opposition, and brokered local truces in four areas, helping to reduce hostilities.
5. Israel foils Islamic Jihad plot to attack navy vessel, abduct soldiers - Israel Hayom
Israeli security forces recently thwarted an Islamic Jihad plot to attack an Israeli Navy vessel and abduct sailors, the Shin Bet security agency revealed Wednesday.
Islamic Jihad operative Amin Saadi Muhammad Jumma, 24, from Rafah in the Gaza Strip, and nine other men were arrested on March 12, when the Navy's 916th Patrol Squadron stopped their boat after it left the designated Gaza fishing zone on what is believed to be a reconnaissance mission for Islamic Jihad.
The investigation revealed that Jumma had been ordered by his superiors to gather intelligence ahead of a coordinated attack in which Islamic Jihad planned to fire a missile at an Israeli Navy vessel, sink it and abduct the survivors or bodies.
6. U.S. re-ups commitment to Israeli security while Iran tries to settle in Syria - Jerusalem Post
Israel "categorically rejects" and will not accept Iran's efforts to remain permanently in Syria, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said on Wednesday after the leaders of Iran, Russia and Turkey met in Ankara to talk about Syria's future.
Liberman, in an Army Radio interview, said that President Hassan Rouhani lashed out after that meeting at the US and Israel, and made clear that Iran intends to stay in the country "forever."
"They are building settlements in Syria, intend on settling there, and talking about the infrastructure they want to build," the defense minister said. "This is categorically unacceptable to us, and we will not accept it."
7. Mossad chief '100 percent certain' Iran still seeks nuclear bomb - Times of Israel
JERUSALEM (AP) - The head of Israel's Mossad intelligence agency is "100 percent certain" that Iran remains committed to developing a nuclear bomb and believes the international community must change or scrap its nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic.
Yossi Cohen, who leads the shadowy spy agency, has been holding discussions about the Iranian nuclear program and delivered his assessment in a recent closed meeting with senior officials, according to a person who attended the meeting.
Cohen called the nuclear deal a "terrible mistake," saying it allows Iran to keep key elements of its nuclear program intact and will remove other restraints in a few years.
8. ZOA head: 'Arab Nazi-like' Hamas responsible for violence on Gaza border - Jerusalem Post
The Nazi-like terror group Hamas" is responsible for the violence that left 17 dead and hundreds more injured after violent clashes erupted on the Gaza border on Friday, head of the Zionist Organization of America Mort Klein told The Jerusalem Post.
"What I am painfully and frightfully reminded of by Israel's necessary defensive actions, is that the irrational hatred of Jews in 2018 remains so strong that while the Jewish state is fighting against an Arab, Nazi-like terrorist group, Hamas, whose charter and proclamations call for the murder of every Jew and Israel's destruction, the world - through the [United Nations] - continues to show sympathy and support for the Hamas Nazis actions," Klein said on Sunday.
The Daily Brief
1. Trump [deploys] National Guard to border - Washington Times
President Trump has ordered National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, the administration said Wednesday, looking to stiffen security while he pressures Congress to deliver more resources to build walls and hire more Border Patrol agents. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen also said Mr. Trump will push for a new immigration debate on Capitol Hill, with the focus this time on stiffening enforcement to allow for faster deportation of migrants who show up on the border without permission to enter.
"Our current border security and immigration laws fail the American people," Ms. Nielsen said. "The system rewards bad behavior. It does not punish law-breakers."
Mr. Trump broached the issue of using the military over the last week, hinting Tuesday that he was going to tap the military to stop challenges like the caravan of 1,500 illegal immigrants that was making its way through Mexico in late March and earlier this month. Ms. Nielsen said her department will work with the Pentagon and the country's governors to assign guard units to help out, saying that early gains in cutting illegal crossings last year have faded in recent months as illegal immigrants have figured out how to game the system.
This will be the fourth time in the last 15 years that National Guard troops have been sent to assist the Border Patrol on either the northern or southern boundaries, with both President George W. Bush and President Obama ordering deployments. (Read more)
- Father, we pray this decisive action will bring legislators back to the bargaining table and result in real comprehensive immigration reform for our nation.
- When the Lord is pleased with the decisions you've made, he activates grace to turn enemies into friends. (Proverbs 16:7)
2. Robert Mueller reportedly tells Trump's lawyers president not criminal target - Washington Times
Special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly told President Trump's attorneys that he is not a criminal target of his probe, but he still wants to interview him to wrap up his investigation into possible obstruction of justice. The statements were made during an early March discussion on whether Mr. Trump will agree to an interview, The Post reported. In those negotiations, Mr. Mueller reiterated that he wanted to speak with the president on obstruction of justice issues "to understand whether he had any corrupt intent to thwart the Russia investigation and to complete this portion of his probe," The Post wrote. Those mixed signals - saying both that Mr. Trump is not a target and trying to coax him into an interview - produced a split within the Trump legal team, The Post reported.
Some within the president's circle interpreted it as vindication and meant the risks to an interview were low, while others cautioned Mr. Trump about the risk of a "perjury trap" that can make non-targets of an investigation into targets. In March, John Dowd resigned his post as Mr. Trump's lead attorney on the Mueller investigation, reportedly because the president wasn't taking his advice to refuse flatly Mr. Mueller's interview request. (Read more)
- Father, if President Trump is not a target, then there is no reason to maintain this investigation. We pray You would sovereignly shut it down and remove this distraction from the Trump Administration.
- 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. Clinton Admits Meddling in Israel's 1996 Elections - Breaking Israel News
At a time when the United States continues to be embroiled in a lengthy investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections, former US President Bill Clinton admitted that he himself once meddled in a foreign election, specifically in Israel. Clinton's interference in Israeli elections would be the first of two times in which a sitting Democratic US President would make an apparent attempt to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Three years earlier, Clinton had helped to engineer the signing of the Oslo Accords between the late Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin and the late chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Yasser Arafat. Israel was still reeling seven months after the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin put Shimon Peres in office. As terror attacks and bombings put a damper on the popularity of the Oslo process, Netanyahu managed to close in with Peres' who was Rabin's successor after the latter was assassinated. Nevertheless, the polls predicted a victory on Peres' part, but Netanyahu managed to pull off an upset with a margin of 29,457 votes, less than 1 percent of the total number of votes cast.
Almost 20 years later, the administration of the next US Democratic president, Barack Obama would also interfere in Israeli elections. A US Senate inquiry confirmed in 2016 that a grant of $350,000 from the US State Department given to the OneVoice International, an NGO that supports the creation of an "independent and viable Palestine" alongside Israel, was used to organize a campaign dubbed, "V15" with the goal of preventing the reelection of Netanyahu in 2015. Although the actions of the Obama administration were not considered to have been illegal, the bipartisan committee rebuked the State Department for procedural shortcomings. (Read more)
- Father, we pray the media will no longer repeat what anyone with the surname Clinton says about anything.
- Let them be like weeds ignored by the reaper and worthless to the harvester.
4. Congress may seek to rescind some of spending package - OneNewsNow
Congress is considering letting President Donald Trump roll back some of the just-passed $1.3 trillion federal spending package, as Republicans in the House and Senate home on spring recess are getting hammered politically by conservatives for having approved the big spending bill. Trump has been talking with Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., on the plan over the past couple of days, according to an aide to the House leader. It is not clear how widely the idea has been embraced by other top Republicans, including Speaker Paul Ryan or Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Congress is on recess until next week. The idea centers on a rarely-used provision of the 1974 Congressional Budget and Impound Control Act. It allows the White House to propose rescinding funds and forces the House and Senate to vote on the issue.
Trump, who toyed with vetoing the sweeping spending bill before signing it into law, has been fuming since Congress passed it last month. He is particularly upset the packaged did not include $25 billion he sought for the border wall with Mexico. Sparks didn't specify how much spending could be rescinded or in what categories, but Trump would likely seek to focus on domestic spending he has derided in recent tweets. (Read more)
- Father, we pray Congressional leaders will agree to this strategy to pull back the wasteful spending in the Omnibus bill.
- The wicked will see and be vexed, they will gnash their teeth and waste away; the longings of the wicked will come to nothing. (Psalm 112:10)
5. Trump judiciary creates legal landscape to overturn Roe v. Wade, pro-life activists say - Washington Times
Pro-life activists say a federal judiciary freshly stocked with Trump appointees presents the best legal landscape in decades to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that created a constitutional right to abortion. With renewed confidence in the courts, Republican-led states are pushing the envelope on abortion restrictions. Take Ohio, where legislation to protect life from the moment of conception was introduced last month. Barry Sheets, legislative consultant for the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio, said the prospect of challenging Roe "factors into every piece of legislation we're working on." The pro-choice Guttmacher Institute said 19 states enacted 63 abortion restrictions last year, the most since 2013.
Pro-choice groups have met legislation with litigation. Jackson Women's Health Organization, Mississippi's last remaining abortion clinic, sued to prevent the 15-week abortion ban from taking effect. On March 19, U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves, an appointee of President Obama, granted a temporary restraining order. Dana Chisholm, president of Pro-Life Mississippi, sees things differently. Although she favors the repeal of Roe, she attributes the flurry of pro-life legislation at the state level to dissatisfaction with modest pro-life gains made by Congress. "We're optimistic, with one solid appointment to the Supreme Court, and the possibility to have one, two or maybe three more appointments between now and the end of 2020," he said. "Then the only question is how fast we can get that challenge up to the Supreme Court." (Read more)
- Father, we are so grateful for jurists who honor life and honor You. Bless them with favor and promotion, so that our nation will turn to You in both law and justice.
- "Then I will restore your judges as at the first, And your counselors as at the beginning; Afterward you will be called the city of righteousness, The faithful city." (Isaiah 1:26)
6. Parents, teachers sick of school chaos look to Betsy DeVos to erase Obama discipline rule - Washington Times
What the Obama-era discipline guidance has taught Nicole Landers is that your kids can be bullied, roughed up, even sexually assaulted, and the school won't do a whole heck of a lot about it. The Maryland mother said two of her sons have been picked on and threatened, while her 11-year-old daughter was repeatedly groped over the course of several months by a classmate. Even so, Ms. Landers said the boy was never suspended. "Eventually I went in and met with the principal, and she told me that the other student has rights," said Ms. Landers. "I told her she was conditioning my daughter to [accept] sexual aggression. I don't understand how you can look at my daughter and tell me that she should tolerate her body parts being touched by this other student. No one should be asked to be put in that learning environment." She and her daughter, a Baltimore County Public Schools student, plan to share their experience at Wednesday's school safety commission roundtable in Washington with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who's considering rescinding the Obama administration's 2014 Dear Colleague letter urging schools to lighten up on discipline.
Not all teachers are willing to speak up for fear of losing jobs, said Ms. Landers, who has collected dozens of horror stories from the trenches, including statements from educators who wish to remain anonymous. "They're just terrified that word will get out and they'll lose their jobs and their teaching licenses," said Ms. Landers. "They are threatened. They experience retaliation. [They fear] they'll be subject to unscheduled classroom supervision and the administration will mark out teaching issues and then terminate them. "In February, she and her husband Josh Landers founded the Parent2Parent Network aimed at bringing parents together from across the nation to discuss and address "the school violence crisis. We feel that the future of our country is at stake," said Ms. Landers. "We're either conditioning students that their behaviors don't have consequences and we're turning them out as undereducated, conditioned criminals, or we have a whole population of victimized and re-victimized students who believe the system is not going to protect them." (Read more)
- Father, we agree in prayer for this discipline rule - which prevents discipline - to end. We ask You to protect all our children and give them good teachers who will hold them accountable for their actions.
- If you withhold correction and punishment from your children, you demonstrate a lack of true love. So prove your love and be prompt to punish them. (Proverbs 13:24)
7. President tells embattled EPA chief to stay strong - The Hill
President Trump offered a show of support on Tuesday for embattled Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt, who is facing calls to step down following a series of controversies related to his travel, staff and accommodations in Washington. Trump called Pruitt on Monday night, the White House said, telling him to "keep your head up," "keep fighting," and that "we have your back." Two GOP lawmakers said Tuesday that Pruitt should resign following reports he rented a two-bedroom condo on Capitol Hill for $50 each night he slept there. Pruitt's daughter also lived for a period of time in the condo, which was owned by the wife of a prominent energy lobbyist. Democrats are upping the pressure on Pruitt. On Tuesday, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.) and Reps. Don Beyer (Va.) and Ted Lieu (Calif.) called for the EPA's inspector general to investigate the circumstances surrounding Pruitt's condo rental. Beyer and Lieu wrote that Pruitt's rental cost "is far below market value and, as such, would constitute an impermissible gift under federal regulations."
A source with knowledge of the EPA's operation, however, said Pruitt was only likely to find himself in real hot water with the president if the media narrative distracted from his regulatory reform effort - something the source said Pruitt is well aware of. So long as the news of his personal travel or rental agreements doesn't overshadow the EPA's policy decisions - like its Monday announcement to roll back car emission standards - the president wouldn't have cause for concern, the source said. "These stories are obviously a distraction, and I hope he can work through them," said Myron Ebell, head of the energy and environment program at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. "The president causes enough problems with the administration with things that he gets into. So far [Pruitt's] doing a great job and I think these are fairly minor issues." (Read more)
- Father, we pray Secretary Pruitt will use more discretion in his decisions and continue the good work he is doing for our nation.
- Getting wisdom is the most important thing you can do! And with your wisdom, develop common sense and good judgment. (Proverbs 4:7)
8. EPA Revises Emissions for Cars, Light Trucks - CNS News
The Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it is revising the emissions standards of cars and light trucks, saying the Obama administration cut the process short "with politically charged expediency. Administrator Pruitt is also announcing the start of a joint process with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to develop a notice and comment rulemaking to set more appropriate GHG emissions standards and Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards," it added.
The EPA is also reexamining the waiver that California was granted by the Obama administration to set stricter standards for emissions of certain pollutants than the federal government requires. "Cooperative federalism doesn't mean that one state can dictate standards for the rest of the country. EPA will set a national standard for greenhouse gas emissions that allows auto manufacturers to make cars that people both want and can afford - while still expanding environmental and safety benefits of newer cars," Pruitt said. The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) applauded the EPA's decision, saying NADA "has long supported a data-driven and informed process for determining future greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards, and we applaud EPA for putting us back on this path." (Read more)
- Father, thank You for removing this burden from our manufacturers and consumers. Help our people care for the environment out of reverence for You, rather than a mandate from our government.
- The Lord God then took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden, to cultivate and care for it. (Genesis 2:15)
9. Prison Fellowship Lauds Trump for Helping Americans With Criminal Records Reach Their God-Given Potential - Christian Post
Christian ministry Prison Fellowship has praised President Donald Trump for designating April 2018 "Second Chance Month." James Ackerman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the ministry, which serves prisoners, former prisoners and their families, called it a "bold move," saying it will help Prison Fellowship and more than 135 organizations "fight for those who have paid their debt to society." In his proclamation Friday, Trump said, "Affording those who have been held accountable for their crimes an opportunity to become contributing members of society is a critical element of criminal justice that can reduce our crime rates and prison populations, decrease burdens to the American taxpayer, and make America safer."
Craig DeRoche, senior vice president of advocacy and public policy at Prison Fellowship, applauded Trump "for recognizing and celebrating our returning neighbors. This proclamation gives us hope in our work to help people with a criminal record reach their God-given potential in life," he said. "The barriers placed on people who have paid their debt to society wastes human potential and adds to recidivism, ultimately jeopardizing public safety." In January, Trump hosted a roundtable discussion among top administration officials, evangelical leaders and state political leaders and activists at the White House, focusing on ways the administration can improve the nation's criminal justice system.(Read more)
- Father, we pray for these lives to be fully restored to whom You created each one of them to be - without hindrance because of past mistakes.
- You open the eyes of the blind and you fully restore those bent over with shame. You love those who love and honor you. (Psalm 146:8)
10. China strikes back with list of tariffs on $50 billion in U.S. goods - Washington Times
Beijing announced Wednesday a $50 billion list of U.S. products targeted with tariffs, responding in kind to President Trump's new import tax on Chinese high-tech in an escalating trade dispute. China's list of 106 U.S. products to be hit with a 25 percent tariff range from soybeans to cars to whiskey. The value of the U.S. products was virtually identical to the $50 billion in Chinese high-tech products that the Trump administration identified on a list released late Tuesday. This second round of tit-for-tat tariffs continued to stoke fears of a trade war between the world's two largest economies.
"We are not in a trade war with China, that war was lost many years ago by the foolish, or incompetent, people who represented the U.S. Now we have a Trade Deficit of $500 Billion a year, with Intellectual Property Theft of another $300 Billion. We cannot let this continue!" he tweeted Wednesday. The series of tariffs rolled out by the Trump administration follow through on the president's campaign promise to get tough on China's trade abuses. He said the measures crack down on longtime unfair practices including the theft of American intellectual property. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer unveiled Tuesday a $50 billion list of proposed tariffs on 1,300 high-tech products from China that included aerospace, pharmaceuticals and electronics. (Read more)
- Father, we pray China and the United States will come into agreement before any actual tariffs or trade restrictions go into effect.
- "Come now, and let us reason together," Says the Lord, "Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool." (Isaiah 1:18)
11. Trump is no dangerous idiot, as his nifty diplomacy on North Korea and China trade shows - South China Morning Post
Trump-bashers pounce on every opportunity to pummel his crass language and swagger as unpresidential. But being presidential got predecessors Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama nowhere. Trump wasn't far off when he said their conventional diplomacy bought Kim time to fine-tune his nuclear know-how. What scares people is Trump's brash unpredictability. You never know if he really means what he says. At least with poker-faced card players, you can risk calling a bluff. But dare you assume it's a bluff when a mercurial leader with his finger on the button of the world's most potent nuclear arsenal makes a threat?
Kim knows that if he dares aim just one missile at the US and its allies, he and his country would be reduced to dust. So he used his own smarts to sell himself as the leader who is ready to talk, to flatter Xi to get the Chinese on his side, to ease Trump's destructive sanctions, and to charm Moon into thinking rapprochement is possible between the north and the south. Again, let's call a spade a spade. Do you really think it's by accident that China now promises to further open its markets and pledge it will no longer demand foreign firms hand over hi-tech secrets if they want to do business on the Chinese mainland? It was Trump's threatened trade war that rattled Xi enough to send envoys to the US to discuss market opening. Xi is expected to make a market-opening speech at next week's Boao Forum. (Read more)
- Father, we pray for continued progress with North Korean and Chinese negotiations. Show President Trump what to do and help his nominees receive approval in the Senate.
- But the Lord is with me like a dread champion; Therefore my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will be utterly ashamed, because they have failed, With an everlasting disgrace that will not be forgotten. (Jeremiah 20:11)
Another court vacancy
Another court vacancy you need to know about
On Thursday of last week, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt passed away. He was 87. Justice Reinhardt was nominated to the court by former President Jimmy Carter in 1980 and was still active on the court until his death.
Reinhardt was the liberal face of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals who was involved in many high-profile decisions over the course of his judicial career. He authored the Ninth Circuit's 2012 decision on Proposition 8, overturning California's state ban on gay marriage. He also joined a ruling to remove 'under God' from the pledge of allegiance, stating it violated the U.S. Constitution. That ruling was later overturned.
Reinhardt's passing leaves a new vacancy on the Court of Appeals, which is one of the federal judicial positions filled through a nomination process by the President of the United States. (Source: MyFaithVotes)
- Father, we lift up this vacancy on the 9th Circuit Court< before the Supreme Court in Heaven. We ask for Your man or woman to be nominated to fill this seat by the President of the United States, and for swift passage in the Senate. We ask this in Your name, amen.
- " . . . and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight." (I John 3:22)
The Return of the Prodigal Court
The Return of the Prodigal Court:
Reflections on "Where We Are Now"
Published by the Judicial Action Group (JAG)
> > > Please find below an excerpt of this important article. To read all of this commentary, please go here.
The Supreme Court is in a process of change. This change is neither seasonal nor generational. Rather, the change is truly reformative and is being directed by God who rules and reigns in the affairs of nations.
Change is occurring in two realms: the spiritual and the natural. We see natural changes in the natural/physical realm, but spiritual changes typically precede natural changes and can only be seen in the Spirit.
This is all a bit mysterious and requires faith to see. As the Bible reveals:
"faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
To better understand the changes occurring in the Supreme Court, it helps to consider Jesus' teaching from "The Parable of the Prodigal Son."
. . . The Supreme Court is like the prodigal son that dishonored his Father.
. . . In the days and years to come, I believe we will see the Supreme Court come home to the heart of Father God. We will see the Court repair the breach in our National Relationship with God. Roe will be reversed. Life will be restored. Common Sense and the Constitution will be restored in the Supreme Court.
In any family, restoration is usually imperfect and messy. The Supreme Court may take one step forward and two steps back. Change may occur over time amidst disappointing setbacks, but the Supreme Court is making the long journey home . . .
And the Father can't wait to restore it to its noble role in our Constitutional family.
Phillip L. Jauregui
Judicial Action Group
A Pentagon Victory!
FRC Applauds Air Force Secretary for Restoring Col. Bohannon's Career, Dealing Another Blow to Obama Era Political Correctness
(Excerpt: Read full article by going here.)
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Family Research Council commends Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson for overturning a punishment that was imposed on Col. Leland Bohannon after he sought a religious accommodation exempting him from having to sign a "certificate of spouse appreciation" for an airman in a same-sex marriage.
Last December, Family Research Council (FRC) and American Family Association (AFA) delivered a petition with 77,024 signatures to the Air Force Secretary in support of Colonel Leland Bohannon. The petition asked Secretary Wilson to fully reverse the complaint against Colonel Bohannon and remove any indication of it from his record. The letter signed by a coalition of 31 religious liberty advocacy groups also asks the Air Force Secretary to correct Air Force policy to ensure this does not happen again
. . . Family Research Council President Tony Perkins stated:
"As most service members understand all too well, religious hostility in the military didn't disappear when Barack Obama did. President Trump has had to walk a long and determined road to weed out the bureaucrats still loyal to the intolerance of the last administration. And thankfully, he has leaders like Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson to help him do it," concluded Perkins.
To read the letter signed by 31 religious liberty advocacy groups: go here.
More Prayer Resources
More Prayer Resources:
For the Month of April
1. National Day of Prayer: Prayer Targets for the Month of April
Please go here to read the latest prayer points from Dr. Ronnie Floyd and the National Day of Prayer Task Force.
2. International Prayer Council: Prayer Targets for the Month of April
Please go here to read the latest prayer topics from the International Prayer Council for the Month of April.
3. Intercessors for America: Praying for Israel's Leaders
You can send your prayers to the leaders of Israel by going here!
4. Intercessors for America: Prayer Guide for the Midterm Elections - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
You can find and download this prayer guide by going here. Hint: scroll down the page to locate this guide.
50 Years Later: Dr. King's Assassination
Memphis honors Martin Luther King 50 years after he was assassinated
Thousands gathered Wednesday at the site where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated 50 years ago, for an emotional ceremony honoring the civil rights icon.
Former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young was with King at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, the evening an assassin's bullet killed King, 39, as he stood outside room 306.
"What I thought was a firecracker went off, until I looked up and I didn't see him," Young told Fox News. "I saw his shoes stuck in the grate. And I ran up the steps and realized that he'd been shot. And he'd been shot directly into his spinal cord. And he probably did not hear the shot, nor did he feel any pain. And he was laying there in a puddle of blood. And even though his pulse was still beating, it was obvious that he was gone."
King and his entourage - which included Young, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Hosea Williams, and Ralph Abernathy - had come to Memphis the previous day to support striking sanitation workers.
King rallied the workers with his "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech. (Read more)
In Washington, D.C.:
50 years later, MLK memorial visitors reflect on past,
future civil rights fight
On the 50th anniversary of his assassination, few visitors to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial would describe his expression captured in granite as "satisfied." "He's looking out over us, into the future, kind of gazing past us," said Gail Dixon, during her first visit to the memorial, dedicated in 2011, overlooking the Tidal Basin. "He's not looking down on us, but he's looking out, like the work is still out there to be done."
From Columbus, Ohio, Dixon was a young girl when King was shot and killed April 4, 1968. She said she has tried to paint a picture for her teenage daughter about the hope that King elicited for blacks, whites, and people of all colors.
Gazing at the statue of King, standing with arms crossed, looking toward the Jefferson Memorial, many visitors remarked on King's bravery and magnetism, during the 1960s fight for civil rights.
"It's overwhelming," said Dawn Caldwell, of North Carolina. "Just reading all of his quotes - it's just really inspiring,"
Caldwell said she was most impressed by King's ability to mobilize people of different backgrounds to strive for a common goal.
"I think that's what's missing, is that we don't have someone like that," she said, while looking at the memorial with her husband and teenage son. "We have a lot of different people, but I don't think we have anyone that is as powerful, or as eloquent and learned as he." (WTOP; Washington, D.C.)
Read more and view a photo essay of today's events in our nation's capital by going here.)
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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)
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IN THE SWEET BY AND BY
"In My Father's house there are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you." (John 14:2)
IN THE SWEET BY AND BY
"In My Father's house there are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you." (John 14:2)
There's a land that is fairer than day,
And by faith we can see it afar;
For the Father waits over the way
To prepare us a dwelling place there.
In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore;
In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore.
We shall sing on that beautiful shore
The melodious songs of the blessed;
And our spirits shall sorrow no more,
Not a sigh for the blessing of rest.
To our bountiful Father above,
We will offer our tribute of praise
For the glorious gift of His love
And the blessings that hallow our days.
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About the Author:
Words:Sanford F. Bennett, 1868.
Melody: Joseph P. Webster
This song was sung in the Academy Award winning movie Sergeant York (1941).
About the Hymn:
Mr. Webster, like many musicians, was of an exceedingly nervous and sensitive nature, and subject to periods of depression, in which he looked upon the dark side of all things in life. I had learned his peculiarities so well that on meeting him I could tell at a glance if he was melancholy, and had found that I could rouse him up by giving him a new song to work on.
He came into my place of business [in Elkhorn, Wisconsin], walked down to the stove, and turned his back on me without speaking. I was at my desk. Turning to him, I said, "Webster, what is the matter now?" "It's no matter," he replied, "it will be all right by and by." The idea of the hymn came me like a flash of sunlight, and I replied, "The Sweet By and By! Why would not that make a good hymn?" "Maybe it would," he said indifferently. Turning to my desk I penned the words of the hymn as fast as I could write. I handed the words to Webster. As he read his eyes kindled, and stepping to the desk he began writing the notes. Taking his violin, he played the melody and then jotted down the notes of the chorus. It was not over thirty minutes from the time I took my pen to write the words before two friends with Webster and myself were singing the hymn.
Sanford Fillmore Bennett (1836-1898)
Signs and Wonders
Are Scientists Close to Finding a Way of Predicting Earthquakes?
"In recent years, more and more research has found that large earthquakes in subduction zones are often preceded by foreshocks and slow earthquakes." - Kevin Chao
The interdisciplinary team from Northwestern University found that so-called "slow" earthquakes potentially lead to "regular" earthquakes. Slow earthquakes release energy at a gradual rate, stretching from hours to several months. What we consider to be regular earthquakes release energy much faster and suddenly.
The researchers' findings could help seismologists and geologists to narrow down a time frame when a major earthquake could occur.
"While the build-up of stress in the Earth's crust is largely predictable, stress release via regular earthquakes is more chaotic in nature, which makes it challenging to predict when they might occur," explains data science scholar Kevin Chao, who works in the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems and is the study's first author. "But in recent years, more and more research has found that large earthquakes in subduction zones are often preceded by foreshocks and slow earthquakes."
The researchers examined a region in Taiwan that has over 100 seismic stations that have continuously recorded ground motion for years. They found deep tremors there, slow earthquakes that recur in cycles days or weeks long. To detect and monitor these deep tremors, Chao and his team created highly sophisticated algorithms and applied them to data collected from ten of the seismic stations in the area. They noticed deviations in the deep tremors' behavior in the weeks leading up to Taiwan's major earthquake in March 2010.
"After the 6.4-magnitude earthquake occurred, we noticed a potential to study deep tremor near the event," says Chao. "We identified the increase in tremor duration three weeks before the earthquake, but we initially could not draw conclusions because tremor rates increase all the time and for different reasons."
But three years later, by comparing data from other seismic stations and earth observatories, like global positioning satellites, with their statistics and algorithms, the team showed that deep tremor pattern changes could signal an impending earthquake nearby. To be sure, the authors looked at four other earthquakes and found similar preexisting conditions and patterns ahead of the quakes. (Breaking Christian News) Read more here.
"I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke." (Acts 2:19)
Good News Corner
Good News Corner
MLK Called for the Races to Join Together in Unity at Stone Mountain; Atlanta-Area Ministers are Making It Happen
As America remembers the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., two Atlanta-area ministers are rebirthing the racial unity movement for a new generation.
Today marks 50 years since the tragic assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by a gunman in Memphis, Tennessee. The night before, King had inspired thousands of local workers gathered at a Christian church with a prophetic speech grounded in Biblical allusions. A peaceful march to protest unfair wages was planned.
Five decades later, many leaders note that prejudiced public policies persist. Only weeks ago, police officers in Sacramento, California fatally shot 22 year-old black man Stephon Clark. While voices on the right and left mourn with his grieving family, our racial chasm remains.
Fortunately, Christian leaders are once again rising up to stand in the gap. Two Atlanta-area pastors, Bishop Garland Hunt and Billy Humphrey, have a vision to see 30,000 people come together this summer to renounce racism-at Stone Mountain, long associated with Confederate history and white nationalism. Their regional gatherings have continued to grow, with hundreds of local pastors involved.
Despite diverse backgrounds, the two ministers share a unified message as they speak from downtown Atlanta.
(Breaking Christian News)
Read more here.
> > > Please see also:
Evangelist Alveda C. King: Remembering the Legacy of MLK
By denouncing racism, violence and hurtful human deeds today and in the days ahead; by embracing nonviolent actions of a "One Blood Human Race" with our words and behavior, we can march towards a brighter day. We must agree to "value the human personality" from the womb to the tomb.
> > > You can read Dr. King's inspiring words by going here.
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