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CHPP Daily Brief "Praying for All in Authority" Thursday, May 10, 2018

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"Praying for All in Authority"
Thursday, May 10, 2018

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Focus on Israel

1. Liberman warns Iranian anti-aircraft systems in Syria could shut Israel skies - Times of Israel

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman warned Wednesday that an Iranian military entrenchment in Syria could see the deployment of anti-aircraft systems that would close Israeli air space as far as Tel Aviv to military and civilian traffic alike.

Liberman cast doubt that Israel is on the verge of a war with Iran But while Jerusalem is doing everything it can to prevent an escalation, he said, it is also preparing for any eventuality.

Liberman gave interviews to major television networks in which he talked about the current face-off with Iran that has seen defense officials warn of an imminent Iranian missile strike on northern Israel.

(Read more)

2. Problems are mounting for Iran, which may make it particularly dangerous - Times of Israel

According to Hebrew TV news reports on Wednesday night, Iran was literally minutes away from launching a salvo of missiles into northern Israel late Tuesday when an airstrike attributed to Israel eliminated the threat. Eight Iranians were among the 15 reported fatalities in the strike at a base in Kisweh, south of Damascus.

Israel patently does not believe the danger of an Iranian strike has passed - public bomb shelters in the north are being opened, the IDF chief of staff toured the north on Wednesday, Iron Dome rocket defense systems are being deployed and tanks are heading north.

To date, Iran's relentless efforts to deepen its military foothold in Syria would appear to have been tolerated by the real powerbroker in that country, Russia.

(Read more)

3. 'Israel attacked stockpiles of Iranian missiles' - Israel National News

Syrian media reported on Tuesday evening that a number of explosions were heard south of the Syrian capital, Damascus.

According to some of the reports, Israeli planes fired missiles at Iranian targets near Damascus.

Syria's official news agency SANA said that the Syrian army intercepted two Israeli missiles fired towards a district near Damascus.

"Anti-aircraft defenses intercepted two Israeli missiles launched against (the district of) Kissweh and destroyed them," said the news agency.

(Read more)

4. Bomb shelters activated in Israel in response to Iranian troop movements in Syria - Jerusalem Online

The IDF detected "abnormal" Iranian troop movement in Syria moments before US President Donald Trump announced his decision on the Iranian nuclear agreement. In light of the development, the military ordered cities and towns in the Golan Heights area to open their bomb shelters.

(Read more)

5. Iranian MPs burn US flag after Trump's decision to withdraw from nuclear deal - Jerusalem Online

Members of Iran's Parliament burned a US flag while shouting "Death to America" during a parliamentary session following US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from Iran's nuclear deal. Iran's parliament speaker Ali Larijani slammed Trump, saying that he "lacks the mental capacity" to deal with the nuclear issues.

(Read more)


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The Daily Brief

1. N. Korea releases 3 Americans held captive; men returning with Pompeo - Washington Times

North Korea on Wednesday released three U.S. citizens who had been held captive, another sign of goodwill ahead of a planned summit with President Trump. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo secured their release during his second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and left the country with the three Americans aboard his plane. Mr. Trump made the announcement Wednesday morning, Washington time. The longest-held prisoner was Kim Dong-chul, a 64-year-old formerly of Fairfax, Virginia, who was arrested in October 2015. He was sentenced in 2016 to 10 years in prison on charges of espionage and subversion. Tony Kim, 59, had been detained at Pyongyang's airport as he prepared to depart in April 2017. He was arrested for "committing criminal acts of hostility aimed to overturn" North Korea. Kim Hak-song, an agricultural consultant, was detained also in the spring of 2017.

Mr. Trump said he will greet the returning Americans at Andrews Air Force Base in suburban Maryland when they return on the government plane around 2 a.m. on Thursday. "Very exciting!" the president said. The president also said Mr. Pompeo had a "good meeting with Kim Jong Un." He said the date and location of his summit with Mr. Kim are set, but didn't reveal either detail. In a phone call Tuesday with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Mr. Trump said he is insisting that North Korea agree to "permanently" dismantle its nuclear and missile programs before international sanctions would be lifted. (Read more)

- Father, we thank You for the release of these men and the continuing goodwill being exchanged with North Korea. We pray for their lives to be fully restored and Your blessing upon their testimonies.

- Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. (Psalm 71:20)

2. Pompeo in North Korea: 'We have been adversaries. Now we are hopeful that we can work together.' - Politico

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed hope to North Korean leaders on Wednesday that their nation will have "have all the opportunities your people so richly deserve" should efforts to denuclearize the Korean peninsula succeed. The secretary of state met Wednesday with two top North Korean officials: Kim Yong Chol, a former intelligence chief, and Ri Su Yong, a former foreign minister who was North Korea's ambassador to Switzerland when Kim Jong Un attended school there as a boy.

Kim Yong Chol, addressing Pompeo's delegation, said "everything is going well in Pyongyang now" and that North Korea would focus its energy "into the economic progress of our country." Those efforts, he said, are "not a result of sanctions that have been imposed from outside," a reference to the package of heavy economic sanctions imposed on North Korea by the U.S. and its allies. Pompeo praised his North Korean counterparts for their work so far in negotiating the details for a Trump-Kim summit, the date and location for which the U.S. president said Tuesday have already been selected. Such details have yet to be released publicly. "There are many challenges along the way. But you have been a great partner in working to make sure our two leaders will have a summit that is successful," Pompeo said. (Read more)

- Father, You turn things around and make even our enemies to be at peace with us! We wait in eager anticipation for when You glorify Yourself by setting all of North Korea free.

- "Father, glorify Your name." Then a voice came from heaven, saying, "I have both glorified it and will glorify it again." (John 12:28)

3. Pompeo returning from North Korea with American hostages: Trump - OneNewsNow

Three Americans detained in North Korea for more than a year are on their way back to the U.S. with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday in the latest sign of improving relations between the two longtime adversary nations.

Trump said on Twitter that Pompeo was "in the air" and was with "the 3 wonderful gentlemen that everyone is looking so forward to meeting." The president, who had been hinting about an imminent release, said he would greet them at Andrews Air Force Base at 2 a.m. Thursday. (To read more about the three men who will be arriving with Mike Pompeo late tonight at Andrews AFB, please go here.)

- O Lord God, our hearts are filled with JOY at this news! This is a miracle report, indeed! We ask that Your gentle, Holy Spirit would help these three detainees upon their return, as they are reunited with their families; and we ask that Your hand of mercy would rest upon all other American citizens who are still imprisoned in North Korea, amen.

- "Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them." (Psalm 126:2)

4. Saved by our bold disrupter - New York Post

In making the decision to commit murder and mayhem abroad while oppressing their own people, the ruling mullahs sealed their fate with President Trump. Instead of using the sanctions relief they gained under the deal President Barack Obama negotiated to expand their economy and human rights at home, they used their cash windfall to develop a ballistic-missile program and spread terrorism throughout the region. They daily threaten Israel with destruction and put proxy armies on Israel's borders with Syria and Lebanon. They are trying to put Saudi Arabia in a similar vise by arming rebels in Yemen.

As the president said, he is withdrawing from the pact not just because the terms are terrible, which they are. It's also because the deal is too narrow and because Iran's malignant behavior has actually gotten worse. He called the sunset provisions of up to 15 years "unacceptable" and added, "If I allowed this deal to stand, there would soon be a nuclear-arms race in the Middle East. Everyone would want their weapons ready by the time Iran had theirs." That is just one of the under¬appreciated flaws of the deal. Long before the terms expired, the prospect of Iran getting nukes would have triggered others in the region to get one first. And so instead of restraining Iran, the deal more likely would have sparked a nuclear-arms race.

Trump's decision, which keeps faith with a campaign promise, predictably infuriated the usual critics. To their discredit, they trotted out a parade of horribles while neglecting to address Iran's behavior and its unwillingness to negotiate major changes to the pact. And as Trump stressed, the military option is still available. If Iran races to build a bomb, he warned, "it will have bigger problems than it has ever had before." "The United States no longer makes empty threats. When I make promises, I keep them," Trump said. He then announced that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was on his way to North Korea to finalize negotiations involving the president's historic meeting with Kim Jong-un. Once again, Trump is keeping his word. (Read more)

- Jesus, You are King of Kings and Lord of all - we pray Your Lordship will be recognized by the Iranian people and they will be delivered from their oppressive rulers.

- You caused judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared and was still, when God arose to judgment, to deliver all the oppressed of the earth. (Psalm 76:8-9)

5. Morrisey Wins as GOP Gets Its Wish in West Virginia, Indiana, Ohio - RealClearPolitics

Republicans breathed a collective sigh of relief Tuesday night as primary contests for the U.S. Senate produced a trio of candidates they consider effective challengers to Democratic incumbents in states President Trump won in 2016. The races in West Virginia, Indiana and Ohio were the first in what will be a months-long string of crowded primaries for Republicans in key battleground states, lasting until Wisconsin and Arizona vote in August. While the GOP was pleased with Tuesday's results, Democrats believe that the divisive primaries left the respective victors wounded, giving their party's incumbents an edge heading into the general elections.

The biggest victory for Republicans came in West Virginia, where Don Blankenship, a former coal baron who recently served a prison sentence related to a mining disaster that killed 29 people, finished a distant third. The national party spent more than $1.3 million in recent weeks hoping to sink his campaign, and Trump intervened in the final hours to urge voters against supporting Blankenship. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey ultimately won, and will take on Sen. Joe Manchin in the fall.

In Indiana, businessman and former state legislator Mike Braun defeated Reps. Todd Rokita and Luke Messer to face Sen. Joe Donnelly, whom many Republicans view as their best target on the 2018 map. And in Ohio, Rep. Jim Renacci won his race to take on Sen. Sherrod Brown. Renacci won 47 percent of the vote, but he faces a stiff test against Sen. Sherrod Brown, the best-funded incumbent Democrat in the country with nearly $12 million in the bank. Trump's eight-point victory in Ohio in 2016 could make it fertile ground for Republicans in 2018, but Brown's fundraising prowess and personal, populist brand in the state sets him apart from other Democrats running for re-election in states Trump won.

All three nominees have endeared themselves to Trump, aiming to capitalize on his presidential achievements in order coalesce the base and overcome Democrats with strong individual brands that have contributed to their past successes. (Read more)

- Father, we lift up our November elections and ask You for representatives who will honor Your Name and serve our citizens with integrity.

- When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan. (Proverbs 29:2)

6. Conservatives to McConnell: Time to Force Issue on Nominees, Spending Bills - FreeBeacon

Conservative senators and outside groups are asking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) to take a more confrontational approach with Democrats to confirm President Donald Trump's nominees and pass spending bills before they pile up and become bloated at the end of the year.

Canceling the August recess would be particularly punitive for Senate Democrats, as well as vulnerable Republicans running for reelection, although there are far more Senate Democrats than Republicans in close reelection contests this year. Perdue and other rank-and-file Republicans, such as Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma, have spent months trying to press McConnell to do more to pressure Democrats to back down from their delaying tactics. Instead of deferring to most presidential appointees by agreeing to conserve precious Senate floor time, Democrats have demanded that each political nominee receive 30 hours of debate, a process known as invoking cloture.

Marc Short, the White House legislative affairs director, said on Tuesday there's an even greater need for the Senate to remain and complete its work with 270 Trump nominees still waiting for Senate confirmation and Democrats continuing their "historic obstruction." In 16 months in office, Short said the Trump administration has faced 89 Democratic-led filibuster votes on nominees compared to just 32 Senate filibusters of presidential nominees over the course of the Obama, George W. Bush, and Clinton administrations combined. "The only way to stop this is to stay in on weekends and through the summer recess until [Democrats] go back to the normal process," Short said. (Read more)

- Father, we pray all of these 270 nominees will receive an up-or-down vote from the Senate prior to the November elections.

- Do not delay me, since the Lord has prospered my way. (Genesis 24:56)

7. Paul Ryan calls for Justice Department to hand over Russia investigation documents - Washington Times

House Speaker Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, Tuesday called on the Department of Justice to hand over controversial documents related to the Russia investigation. "We expect the administration to comply with our document requests as a matter of form for the executive branch and our legislative branch oversight," Mr. Ryan said at morning press conference. "So I haven't spoken with Devin about this, we have a thorough process we go through, but we clearly expect the administration to honor our document requests." The battle over the documents has fallen along partisan lines.

Democrats allege Republicans are using the Justice Department's delay to create a contempt resolution that could be used by President Donald Trump to justify firing Mr. Sessions and thus undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe. Republicans have argued the documents are crucial to learning more about Mr. Mueller's investigation and what evidence, if any, he has accumulated. Mr. Nunes said during a Sunday appearance on Fox & Friends that the Justice Department is not going to comply with the document and request and he could hold Mr. Sessions in contempt this week. "We have to move quickly to hold the attorney general of the United States in contempt, and that's what I want to press for this week," Mr. Nunes told Fox News on Sunday. (Read more)

- Father, we pray for the continued exposure of all malfeasance within our government agencies and the political will to remove every corrupt federal employee.

- They have sunk deep into corruption, as in the days of Gibeah. God will remember their wickedness and punish them for their sins. (Hosea 9:9)

8. Trump's 'Rescission' Package Would Save Unspent Tax Dollars - Daily Signal

President Donald Trump on Tuesday submitted a special message to Congress requesting that $15 billion in unspent funding be rescinded. That's a good first step toward re-establishing fiscal responsibility. Congress should embrace it and quickly adopt the president's rescission package. Still, the package does nothing to claw back the tens of billions of additional dollars in wasteful spending authorized by the 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act. Nor is it the answer to the nation's long-term debt problem.

The funds targeted have, in most cases, been sitting for years and are unlikely ever to be spent. It should make sense to members of Congress-Republicans and Democrats alike-that taxpayers would be better served if this money were used for deficit reduction. The rescission process was commonly used by presidents from Thomas Jefferson to Bill Clinton, but it hasn't been used in the past 20 years. This noncontroversial package should serve as a reminder to lawmakers as to how the process works, in addition to saving some money.

But Congress and the president shouldn't stop there. The 2018 omnibus bill provided $63 billion in new nondefense discretionary spending beyond the caps set by the Budget Control Act of 2011. Trump should submit additional rescission requests that cut down this unwarranted spending increase. To address the long-term fiscal path, the 2019 budget should include reconciliation instructions that target reforms of Medicare, Medicaid, and welfare. A budget resolution that includes reconciliation instructions is the best path toward making meaningful spending reforms this year. (Read more)

- Father, we pray for the success of this modest request and a renewed desire to control spending in Washington D.C.

- The Lord will open for you His good storehouse, the heavens, to give rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hand; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. (Deuteronomy 28:12)

9. Hispanics Score Under Trump - RealClearPolitics

Among Latinos, the jobless rate has only registered below 5 percent for seven months total - in the history of this country. Six of those months have occurred with Donald Trump in the White House, including the April report released last week. The jobs data was terrific news for Americans of all ethnicities. For the first time since the year 2000, the overall unemployment rate dipped below 4 percent. Just as significant, almost 1 million Americans who had previously given up on finding a job have rejoined the workforce since Trump was elected.

The recently passed tax cuts also represent a big win for Hispanic families who struggled under the previous administration. The harsh reality is that under President Obama, despite his popularity among voters of color, both blacks and Hispanics saw the gap widen between household wealth of white families and minorities families. The slow growth of the Obama years propelled massive asset appreciation, which exacerbated inequality because wages stagnated, much to the detriment of Hispanic prosperity. Thankfully, help is not just on the way, help is already here: The first quarter of 2018 saw wages - for all Americans - grow at the fastest clip in over a decade. (Read more)

- Father, we pray this evidence of prosperity - for all Americans - will be understood and rewarded by the people of our nation.

- Adversity pursues sinners, but the righteous will be rewarded with prosperity. (Proverbs 13:21)

10. In Eric Schneiderman's Fall, Trump Resistance Loses 'Ringleader' - Daily Signal

Just two weeks ago, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was coming off a legal victory against the Trump administration's deregulatory agenda for fuel efficiency standards. "When the Trump administration puts special interests before public health and our environment, we'll take them to court-and we will win," Eric Schneiderman says. And Saturday, Schneiderman boasted about taking on the Trump administration in a tweet with comic book art presenting him as a superhero. But Monday evening, the Democrat resigned as New York attorney general amid allegations that he had beaten and physically abused four women.

The sudden fall came just hours after he announced plans to lead eight state attorneys general in a lawsuit against President Donald Trump's Environmental Protection Agency. Touting his lawsuits against the Trump administration on the travel ban, environmental issues, immigration, and other matters, Schneiderman embraced his stature as a "resistance" figure. In a February video made for the leftist to encourage voting in local elections, he said: "If you really, truly want to be part of the resistance, this is where the fight lives." Schneiderman filed 100 lawsuits or administrative actions against the Trump administration in 2017, The Daily Caller News Foundation reported in December.

"Schneiderman was the ringleader of the activist attorneys general that sought to use the courts to pursue their liberal political agenda," Rutledge said. "While there will be a reckoning for those who directly benefited from his political power, unfortunately there remain plenty of activist Democrat attorneys general who will push each other down to lead the charge against the rule of law." In its 2017 year-end report, the Democratic Attorneys General Association heralded Schneiderman's work in opposing Trump administration policies on abortion, contraception, student loans, and net neutrality. (Read more)

SEE ALSO: "Schneiderman accusations show how he was shielded to protect Dem brand" - Washington Times
(Go here)

- Father, we are grateful You have removed this man from his position of authority. We pray for his soul, for the Godly sorrow that can restore him to right relationship with You and bring healing to the women he has hurt. We pray, too, for people trapped in darkness and lies to be shaken out of their complacency, bringing honesty to our political dialogue.

- Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. (2 Corinthians 7:10)

The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them. (Isaiah 9:2)

The Daily Jot

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

​​​​​​​​​​​Fallout from Trump ditching Iran nuke deal

The Iranian-backed Houthi movement fired missiles over Saudi Arabia from Yemen. Israel's military says it identified irregular activity by Iranian forces in Syria, causing bomb shelters in the Golan Heights to be opened to citizens. Iranian lawmakers did the same thing in response to President Donald Trump pulling out of the Iranian nuclear deal as they did when the previous "president" entered the deal-burn the American flag and shout "Death to America." Sounds like a pretty normal day in the Middle East-Islamic led violence against Israel and Islamists trying to kill Islamists with which they don't agree. What's not normal is that the United States is no longer part of empowering the foremost sponsor of terrorism-Iran.

AP reports, "Israel's prime minister is praising President Donald Trump for withdrawing the U.S. from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Benjamin Netanyahu called Trump's decision Tuesday a "historic move." He says leaving the Iran deal unchanged would be "a recipe for disaster, a disaster for our region, a disaster for the peace of the world." Netanyahu is a leading critic of the deal, saying it did not contain sufficient safeguards to prevent Iran from reaching nuclear-weapons capability or address Iran's other activities across the region. He says Iran's aggression has grown since the deal, especially in Syria, where he says it is "trying to establish military bases to attack Israel.""

Siding with Russia's response, AP reports that the previous US "president" who signed the infamous Iran deal, "is calling President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran deal a "serious mistake" that will erode America's global credibility. He said Tuesday that Trump's decision to withdraw is "misguided," especially because Iran has been complying. "The consistent flouting of agreements that our country is a party to risks eroding America's credibility, and puts us at odds with the world's major powers."" AP reported the ex "president" claiming that without the deal, the U.S. "could eventually be left with a losing choice between a nuclear-armed Iran or another war in the Middle East.""

Let's look at the obvious. Iran has used the $100 billion the ex US "president" shipped it on pallets to foment war and terrorism, and according to Netanyahu's documentation, continue its nuclear and missile development program. The ex "president," who started all this current unrest with his support of the Arab Spring revolutions across the Middle East, says without the Iranian deal the US would be faced with a choice of a nuclear Iran or another Middle East war. Wow. Isn't that the same choice as with his Iran agreement intact? While the world is worried over the fallout of America abandoning the Iran nuclear deal, we should be more concerned that America is aligned with God's position in the Middle East. Psalm 122:6 says, "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love you."-a good place to start.

​​​​​Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!

Bill Wilson

Pray for Andrew Brunson



Jailed American pastor Andrew Brunson went on trial again Monday. After nearly 12 hours of courtroom proceedings, Turkish judges for a second time sent him back to prison, pending a July 18 continuation. Sunday night I attended an overnight vigil at Brunson's home church in Black Mountain, N.C., where about 25 people-including Brunson's 75-year-old mother, Pam-gathered to pray starting at 2 a.m. EDT to coincide with the beginning of the trial in Izmir. Pam Brunson-who with her husband, Ron, is a Presbyterian missionary who served in Mexico, Pakistan, and Russia-prayed throughout, including for jailed Christians in North Korea. She said, "Andrew is not a victim. Andrew is an instrument." Her husband is currently in Mexico training Bible study leaders.

Brunson's pastor and representatives from the Evangelical Presbyterian Church attended Monday's trial, along with Sandra Jolley, vice chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
Among many issues, this international case now hinges on a push on Capitol Hill to clamp sanctions on Turkey and block future military sales to the NATO ally as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan moves forward in purchasing S-400 anti-aircraft missiles from Russia. "I want to stay hopeful, and I am hopeful he might be released. But in cases like this, it's not all law here," Brunson's Turkish attorney, Ismail Cem Halavurt, told The Atlantic. "There are other things that are in play."

- Please continue to pray that the imprisonment and trial of Pastor Andrew Brunson would bring glory to God.

- "Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted." (2 Tim 3:12)

> > > Senator James Lankford has introduced legislation preventing the transfer of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft to Turkey as a way of pressuring Turkey to release Pastor Brunson.

Let your Senators know you are praying for them as they consider S. 2781 and other actions for Pastor Brunson.


Let your senators know that you are praying about diplomatic efforts to pressure Turkey for his releaseCLICK HERE.

(Source: Intercessors for America)

Facebook a "Friend" of ISIS!


"The social media giant Facebook has helped connect thousands of Islamic State terrorists with other potential jihadis across the globe via its 'suggested friends' feature, a watchdog group has warned.

The Counter Extremism Project, a nonprofit dedicated to countering terrorism-related support networks, conducted a study to be released later this month on how jihadis are using Facebook to recruit potential comrades and spread extremist ideologies.

According to The Telegraph, the study analyzed the Facebook accounts of over 1,000 IS (also known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) supporters in 96 countries and analyzed various posts designed to radicalize their targets.

The study concludes that Facebook administrators are not doing enough to tackle the extremism that is found and facilitated using the platform. (Intercessors for America) Read more.

- Pray that evil will be further exposed in all social media platforms.

"Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit, but righteousness delivers from death." (Proverbs 10:2)

Prayer in the White House

There's Prayer on a Regular Basis in This White House':

Mike Pence Reveals Faith Behind the Scenes

"After President Donald Trump held a celebration for the National Day of Prayer in the Rose Garden, and signed an executive order setting up a new faith-based office, Vice President Mike Pence did an interview with CBN News' David Brody - in his office.

The new executive order expands upon a religious freedom executive order signed last year. Vice President Pence says it makes sure all levels of the federal government are partnering with faith-based groups on various federal programs.

'This is really about making sure that as we develop policies for the country, that we are always making room for those inalienable rights, the free exercise of religion that Americans cherish,' the vice president explained.

While the White House faith initiative is making headlines, it's what's happening behind the scenes inside the White House that is having quite a bit of spiritual impact.

'There's prayer going on on a regular basis in this White House. And it's one of the most meaningful things to me, whether it's public meetings or not, I've lost count of the number of times that the president has nudged me, or nudged another member of the Cabinet and said, 'Let's start this meeting with prayer,'' he told Brody.

Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem

Praying for peace in Jerusalem is also on the hearts and minds of evangelicals. The administration is preparing for the new embassy in Jerusalem to open later in May. Mr. Pence said he recently saw photographs of some of the finishing touches being put on, and he says the White House is still finalizing plans about the American delegation.

One of the biggest threats to Israel is Iran. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently pointed to thousands of Iranian documents showing how he says Iran had been lying for years about the extent of its nuclear program. This comes as President Trump is prepared to decide whether the United States should essentially pull out of the current Iran nuclear deal.

Pence says the United States has confirmed the authenticity of the materials that Israel obtained.

'Despite what Iran said for years, (that) they had never attempted to develop a nuclear weapon, clearly here are volumes of evidence that prove that Iran was in a headlong rush up unto and past the beginning of the 21st Century to develop a nuclear weapon,' the vice president said. (CBN News; Reported by Intercessors for America) Read more here.

- Give thanks to the Lord for His righteous influence on those that are following His plans for our nation. Pray for protection and further influence in the affairs of state. Join the thousands who have committed to pray for President Trump regularly throughout 2018,CLICK HERE.
- "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people." (Proverbs 14:34)
(Source: IFA)

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- 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)


Submitted by:

Liberating Ministries International

Dear Friends and Liberating Partners,

Please read the following text from Sam in Madurai (India) and make intercession accordingly.

Good morning. In Tamilnadu a pastor was beaten up and killed, and other pastors were stabbed. In Madurai, many Bibles were burnt and many churches were attacked during worship time and damaged. During this summer vacation, Bible classes for children were stopped and threatened. Much more horrible things are happening in Tamilnadu. Especially there is no safety for women. Children have been kidnapped, raped, and are being killed. So horrible. . .
Please take a few moments as soon as you read this to pray for these believers in India. Pray with your understanding and in the Spirit and press into some spiritual warfare to stop these attacks and bring some heavenly help to these areas. This must stop!!!

In the Master's service,
Dale and the LMCI Staff

Classic Hymns


"He will rule from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth." (Psalm 72:8)


Jesus shall reign where'er the sun Does his successive journeys run; His kingdom stretch from shore to shore, Till moons shall wax and wane no more.

Behold the islands with their kings, And Europe her best tribute brings; From north to south the princes meet, To pay their homage at His feet.

There Persia, glorious to behold, There India shines in eastern gold; And barb'rous nations at His word Submit, and bow, and own their Lord.

To Him shall endless prayer be made, And praises throng to crown His head; His Name like sweet perfume shall rise With every morning sacrifice.

There Persia, glorious to behold, There India shines in eastern gold; And barb'rous nations at His word Submit, and bow, and own their Lord. To Him shall endless prayer be made, And praises throng to crown His head; His Name like sweet perfume shall rise With every morning sacrifice. People and realms of every tongue Dwell on His love with sweetest song; And infant voices shall proclaim Their early blessings on His Name.

Blessings abound wherever He reigns; The prisoner leaps to lose his chains; The weary find eternal rest, And all the sons of want are blessed.

( > > > To read all the lyrics to this magnificent, ancient hymn, go here.)


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About the Author:

Music: Words: Isaac Watts, 1719.

Melody: John Hatton, 1793.

Signs and Wonders


This week, Jupiter makes its closest approach to Earth for 2018. Rising in the east at sunset, the giant planet is up all night long, shining brighter than any star in the sky. Paul Martini sends this picture from Bluff, Utah. (Go here)

Bluff is the gateway to Utah's Bears Ears National Monument and the Valley of the Gods, where wind- and rain-sculpted sandstone formations jut beautifully out of the ground. "I caught Jupiter behind one of those formations using a 15 second exposure at ISO 12,800," says Martini.

If you have a telescope, point it at Jupiter. Even inexpensive department store telescopes will show the planet's cloudy bands and four largest moons. The exact date of closest approach is May 10th, but every night this week is a great time to see Jupiter.


"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

From Franklin Graham to Greg Laurie, Christian Leaders Praise North Korea's Hostage Release

North Korea released three hostages on Wednesday, including a pastor, in a good will gesture after meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
ABC News reports the hostages Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Kim Sang Duk, who is also known as Tony Kim, have been detained in North Korea for more than a year.

The three men are expected to arrive in Washington, DC by 2 a.m. Thursday.

The big picture here is of God providing blessing and answering [of] prayer [to] God's people for these individuals. This is partly in response of the president's and administration's commitment to push back against that which is evil, the North Korea regime and everything they're doing, and commit to help those who are being persecuted for their faith, not just in North Korea but elsewhere around the globe.
(Read more, and view photos of these men, here.)
Source: CBN and Breaking Christian News

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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]


Capitol Hill Prayer Partners welcomes all who wish to pray for our leaders to join us in prayer for our nation. You may sign up to receive our alerts by sending an email to us at requesting that your name be added to our list of subscribers.

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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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 every night, except Sunday morning, from midnight to 6:00 a.m. EDT. 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.]

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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.

605-468-8015 / Access Code 338083#

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8:30 am PT 9:30 am MT
10:30 am CT 11:30 am ET