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"Praying for All in Authority"
Friday, June 22, 2018

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Focus on Israel

1. Monitor group: Hezbollah is pulling back from Israel-Syria border, Iran isn't - Times of Israel

A Syrian war monitor group said Thursday that Hezbollah units deployed in Syria were pulling back dozens of kilometers from the Israeli border in response to a request from Russia, but that Iran was refusing to do the same with its forces in the area.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, citing what it described as "reliable sources," said that the Lebanese terror group and its allied gunmen have begun withdrawing to positions 40 kilometers (25 miles) away for the border, and a similar distance from the Jordanian-Syrian border.

Russia, Iran and its proxy Hezbollah have been providing military assistance to the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad as it battles against rebel groups in a civil war that is in its eighth year.

(Read more)

2. Kushner, Greenblatt discuss Israeli-Palestinian peace with Egypt's Sissi - Times of Israel

US President Donald Trump's adviser Jared Kushner and special envoy Jason Greenblatt meet Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Thursday to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Sissi tells the US envoys, who are touring the region in a bid to revive long-stalled talks, that Egypt supports a "just and comprehensive settlement" to the conflict.

He argues in favor of a "two-state solution on the 1967 borders with east Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Palestine," the presidency says in a statement.

(Read more)

3. Kushner meets with Saudi crown prince to discuss Mideast peace - The Hill

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner met Wednesday with Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman in Saudi Arabia to discuss ongoing Middle East peace efforts.

Kushner was joined by Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt. The three men discussed increasing cooperation between the United States and Saudi Arabia, facilitating humanitarian relief to Gaza, and brokering peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, according to a White House readout of the meeting.

Kushner and Greenblatt, who have been tasked with crafting a Middle East peace plan, spoke with the King of Jordan on Tuesday about similar topics.

(Read more)

4. Sara Netanyahu's lawyer: Fraud indictment is 'ridiculous and bizarre' - Jerusalem Post

Sara Netanyahu's lawyer Yossi Cohen has described the indictment filed against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife on Thursday as "ridiculous and bizarre."

Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit filed the indictment against Netanyahu for fraud with aggravated circumstances and breach of public trust in what has become known as the "Prepared Food Affair," referring to fraudulently obtaining from the state NIS 359,000 (approximately $100,000) in hundreds of prepared food orders.

(Read more)

5. Prime Minister Netanyahu warns of cyber risks that can down military, civilian flights - Israel Hayom

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on governments worldwide on Wednesday to join forces to defend against cyber threats that he said could even bring down military and civilian aircraft.

Cybersecurity also represents an enormous business opportunity, Netanyahu told the Cyber Week conference at Tel Aviv University, adding that Israel receives about 20% of global investments in the sector.

(Read more)

The Daily Brief

1. House Republicans cancel immigration votes - Washington Times

Staring at a certain defeat, House Republicans canceled votes on their immigration compromise Thursday - an embarrassing setback for leaders who thought they had finally been able to wrangle some unanimity on an issue that has bedeviled them for years.

Lawmakers emerged from a closed-door evening meeting to say their new goal is a vote sometime next week, after they try to make tweaks to win over conservatives while keeping moderates on board.

The vote on the "moderate" compromise bill was postponed just hours after a more conservative bill failed in the House by a 231-193 vote. More than three dozen Republicans joined Democrats to kill the legislation.

Worried about a twin rejection on the same day, Republican leaders decided on a cooling-off period. (Read more)

- Father, it seems that everything in the government is now "frozen" or "paralyzed," so that nothing is being accomplished. We go beyond the headlines to the realm where TRUTH abides . . . in Your Kingdom. We take authority over this spirit of paralysis. Using the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, we demolish this spirit through the Blood of the Lamb, and we set all captives free to move forward to accomplish the work that You would have them do. We do this in Your name, amen.

- "Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." (Matthew 18:18)

2. GOP Senators Introduce Bill to Prevent Separation of Illegal Immigrant Families -

A group of Republican senators introduced a bill Wednesday to address the separation of illegal immigrant families on the border.

The bill, Keep Families Together and Enforce the Law Act, prioritizes the resolution of immigration cases involving children and families. It also prohibits family separation. To ensure the timely resolution of family immigration cases, the bill authorizes 225 new immigration judges and requires the DHS secretary and attorney general to prioritize cases of families and children in family residential centers.

Furthermore, the measure sets "mandatory standards of care for family residential centers." It ensures they are given "access to suitable living accommodations, food and water, medical assistance, and any other service necessary for their care."

"My goal is to make sure families are not separated, but also prevent the rampant abuse of 'catch and release' where people are being released who never show up for their court date," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said in a statement. "This bill prevents breaking up real families, but requires adults to show up for court." (Read more)

- Father, we pray for passage of this bill. Amen.

- "If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it." (John 14:14)

3. Rep. Meadows: Border Wall is a Euphemism for Border Security -

At a Thursday morning Conversations with Conservatives meeting, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said the "border wall is a euphemism for border security" and added that he supports funding the border wall proposed by President Donald Trump.

At the meeting on Capitol Hill, asked Meadows, "Would it be better to build a wall at the border-that stops people from illegally crossing it-than have to arrest them when they do?"

Meadows said, "I think the border wall is just part of the issue, and let me just say, for me, the border wall is more a euphemism for border security."

"I can tell you, it's more important to have the ability to actually apprehend at the border than, than really it is to stop their physical entry," he said, "because they can come in from a legal point of entry and say, 'I'm claiming asylum.'" (Read more)

- Father God, we continue to ask for clarity in all issues related to border security, that our nation be kept safe. In Your Name, amen.

- "Until now you have not asked for anything in My name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete." (John 16:24)

4. Trump: 'The Democrats Want Open Borders...We Are Not Going to Let It Happen' -

"The Democrats want open borders," Trump told the crowd [at his rally in Duluth Wednesday night]. "Let everybody come in. Let everybody pour in -- we don't care, let them come in from the Middle East, let them come in from all over the place. We don't care.

"We are not going to let it happen! By the way, today I signed an executive order. We are going to keep families together, but the border is going to be just as tough as it's been. (Cheering)

"Democrats don't care about the impact of uncontrolled migration on your communities, your schools, your hospitals, your jobs, or your safety. Democrats put illegal immigrants before they put American citizens. What the hell is going on?

"Illegal immigration costs our country hundreds of billions of dollars. So imagine if we could spend that money to help bring opportunity to our inner cities and our rural communities and our roads and our highways and our schools."

Mr. Trump signed an executive order Wednesday halting the practice, which had resulted in the separation of more than 2,300 children from their families. The administration's zero-tolerance policy on illegal migrants remains in place, but the president's order says families will be kept together in detention. (Read more)

- Lord God, we are so grateful that, in the heartland of our nation, our President is given such strong honor and such strong support. We ask that the success of this rally in Minnesota would serve to refresh President Trump, giving him the strength to continue to stand against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

- "Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength." (Nehemiah 8:10)

5. Melania Trump makes surprise visit to Texas shelter, seeks to 'quickly' reunite families - Washington Times

First lady Melania Trump made a surprise visit Thursday to a shelter for illegal immigrant children in Texas amid the furor over President Trump's rescinded family separation policy, expressing her desire to see the children reunited with their parents "as quickly as possible."

Mrs. Trump traveled to the facility in McAllen, Texas, to thank law enforcement officials and social service providers for their work during the burgeoning crisis and to put a compassionate face on a political dilemma for her husband's administration. "They are scared without their families," Mrs. Trump said of the migrant children. "I want to thank you for your hard work, your compassion and your kindness you're giving them in this difficult time. I'd also like to ask you how I can help to - these children, to reunite with their families, as quickly as possible."

While she was visiting, the Justice Department asked a federal judge to rewrite the court agreement that Republicans say created the catch-and-release policy leading to the family separation crisis at the border. The move is critical to Mr. Trump's executive order trying to stop family separations.

Government officials say a 2015 ruling by U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee, the so-called Flores settlement, created the catch-and-release practice that Mr. Trump was trying to head off with his zero-tolerance border prosecutions policy. Now they have asked Judge Gee to revise the agreement, saying the "crisis" of families streaming toward the U.S. border has grown out of control and the government needs new tools to stop it.

"This entire journey and ultimate crossing puts children and families at risk, and violates criminal laws enacted by Congress to protect the border. Those illegal crossings must stop," the Justice Department said in its filing. (Read more)

- Father God, we thank You that You have graced our First Lady with such a heart for children. We ask that the information and insights she has gained by this visit would be heard by our President, as he continues to deal with this difficult issue. Amen.

- "And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him." (1 John 5:15 )

6. Federal Judge Says Public Prayer by Police Officers Violates Law - Fox News

The city council of Ocala, Florida has decided to fight back after a federal judge ruled that the city and its police chief violated the Constitution by promoting and holding a prayer vigil.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan ruled in May that Police Chief Greg Graham and city leaders broke the Establishment Clause by organizing, promoting and holding a 2014 prayer vigil after a drive-by shooting injured several children.

"The government cannot initiate, organize, sponsor or conduct a community prayer vigil," Judge Corrigan wrote in his order. "That is what happened here." (Read more)

- Father God, we ask that a higher court would overrule this finding, in Your name, amen.

- "What the wicked dreads will overtake him, but the desire of the righteous will be granted." (Proverbs 10:24)

7. Chris Pratt uncorks some truth in a Hollywood culture of lies - Fox News

There aren't many Hollywood actors who are willing to speak publicly in favor of Christianity. In fact, you could probably count them on the one hand. But on Monday night, as actor Chris Pratt accepted MTV's Generation Award, he thanked his family and then offered some words of Christian wisdom to the younger generation. "This being the Generation Award," he said, "I'm going to cut to the chase, and I am going to speak to you, the next generation. I accept the responsibility as your elder. So, listen up." In the moments that followed, Pratt offered fans nine rules for life. . . . surprisingly, the larger number of Pratt's rules were religious. And, given Hollywood's penchant for condescension toward people of faith, his rules were downright refreshing. (Read his comments here.)

- Lord God, as we come to the end of this very trying week, we thank You for Chris Pratt. We ask that You would cause his message of truth to a generation raised by those who have taught them the lies of humanism, to go viral and to reach multitudes with the Gospel. Thank You, Lord, and please keep this wonderful young man under the shelter and the protection of Your wing, amen.

- "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free." (John 8:32)

> > > To hear his message, please go here.

The Daily Jot

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The science of discernment

President Donald Trump held a rally in Duluth, Minnesota last night at a hockey arena. The venue was packed with "thousands" of people. The AP report about the rally was full of one-liner "tweet"-like sentences that showed the visceral toward the president under the guise of reporting just the facts. Certain word phrases were used: "Trump is complaining," Trump is also falsely accusing the media," Trump is continuing to rail," Trump has been interrupted several times," Trump is "returning to his hardline immigration rhetoric," and "Trump is accusing the media . . ." Can anyone detect the bias here?

In determining a narrative about a topic, there are words to use and words to lose. For example, if you don't want the narrative to give the feel to people that something is unsafe, you may choose words that establish security or protection. You may not use the word "safer," because it implies that something is unsafe. In just this one story by AP about the Trump rally, there are many words designed to create bias. Words like "accusing" implies that there is no substance to the claim. If the reporter was unbiased, the sentence may read, "Trump also said media coverage of . . ."

The words "Trump is complaining" also indicate that the president has no case regarding his complaint. Use of words like "hardline" imply that the president is aligned with right-wing, or nazi-like approaches. These are subtle ways that the media injects its bias against the president while at the same time claiming to report "just the facts." Compare this reporting to that of the previous "president" where softer words were used, explanations about not upholding the law were painted with a word brush of thoughtfulness and reason. When a writer wants to escalate an emotion toward a topic, aggressive words are used. When a writer wants to deescalate, softer words are used.

This is media bias. In reality, it is fake news. The AP took a very positive rally with mainstream Americans and turned it into a suspicious-looking, bigot-slanted, hate event by the words it used to describe the gathering. The reporting looked straightforward, but it had a message with it. 1 John 4:1-6 speaks about discerning the spirits, and it is not unlike discerning the news. Verses 5-6 say, "They are of the world: therefore they speak of the world, and the world hears them; We are of God: he that knows God hears us; he that is not of God hears us not. Hereby, we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error." The science of discernment for disciples of Christ is to discern the spirit of the worldly things to know the truth-in news or in other aspects of life.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!

Bill Wilson

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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: -- or go here to connect. Thank you for interceding for our brothers and sisters who are suffering in Asia, the Islamic World, and the Far East.

Classic Hymns


"I . . . heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands." (Revelation 5:11)


O for a thousand tongues to sing
My great Redeemer's praise,
The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of His grace!

My gracious Master and my God,
Assist me to proclaim,
To spread through all the earth abroad
The honors of Thy name.

Jesus! the name that charms our fears,
That bids our sorrows cease;
'Tis music in the sinner's ears,
'Tis life, and health, and peace.

He breaks the power of canceled sin,
He sets the prisoner free;
His blood can make the foulest clean,
His blood availed for me.

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About the Author:

Words:Charles Wes­ley, 1739.

Melody: Carl G. Gläser, 1828

About the Hymn:

Wesley wrote this hymn to com­mem­o­rate the first an­ni­ver­sa­ry of his con­ver­sion to Christ. This or­i­gin is re­flect­ed in the lyr­ics, "On this glad day the glor­i­ous Sun of Right­eous­ness arose." The stanza that be­gins "O for a thou­sand tongues to sing" is verse seven of Wes­ley's orig­in­al po­em. This work first ap­peared in Hymns and Sac­red Po­ems in 1740.

Signs and Wonders

Martian Dust Storm Goes Global

It's official: A massive dust storm on Mars is now a global event, according to NASA. The storm swallowed NASA's Opportunity rover in early June, silencing the solar powered robot. Two weeks later the dust cloud has encircled all of Mars. NASA's nuclear-powered Curiosity rover is still functioning and reports that the opacity of the air doubled over the weekend, setting a new record for airborne dust. Stay tuned for updates. (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

How 750 People Came to Christ at a Mega Secular Music Fest

"But when He saw the crowds, He was moved with compassion for them, because they fainted and were scattered, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest, that He will send out laborers into His harvest." (Matt.9:36-38).

Here's the deal: While many shy away from evangelistic opportunities that pose challenges, take planning and require sacrifice, God calls us as His "ambassadors" to reach the lost, deceived and broken ones for whom He died.

Here in our Nashville area, Bonnaroo is held yearly and is one of the largest music festivals in the world. Steering clear of drugs and decadent behavior by setting up tents outside the gates, servants of the Lord engaged in meaningful conversations, using creative ways to connect with the passersby.
Providing a "Father's Blessing" to those in need; "Interpreting Dreams" for curious inquirers; giving out free bottles of water and sanitizers; offering personalized face painting and holistic healing; sharing encouragement through spiritual readings from Scripture and prophetic prayer and allowing God to attract curious individuals hearing dynamic praise and worship drew masses of people into unexpected encounters with God.

"OK, OK, but did you really experience good fruit, and were there quantifiable results?" (Charisma News and Breaking Christian News)

> > > To read the evidence of the move of God that has taken place at Bonnaroo, please go here. Hallelujah!

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