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Focus on Israel
1. Putin to meet Netanyahu five days before Trump - Jerusalem Post
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to Moscow next week to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, just five days before Putin is scheduled to meet in Helsinki with US President Donald Trump.
The issues that will dominate Netanyahu's talks with Putin - Iran and Syria - are also expected to be high on the list of topics to be discussed when the Russian and US leaders hold their first summit.
Netanyahu's meeting with Putin comes just two months after the prime minister last flew to Moscow to discuss the situation in Syria, and comes amid growing concerns in Jerusalem about the situation in southwestern Syria, where Syrian President Bashar Assad, together with Russian air support and Iranian backed Shi'ite militias, are poised to regain control of the area.
2. In bid to buy sway in Jerusalem, Turkey renovates Muslim Quarter - Israel Hayom
Turkey's efforts to deepen its foothold in east Jerusalem are persisting unabated, Israel Hayom has learned.
The Turkish nongovernmental organization Mirasimiz ("Our Heritage") has recently been renovating homes in east Jerusalem and distributing food to Arab residents of the capital who are in need, with the aim of expanding Turkish influence in the city.
Based on a thorough investigation, and following previous reports in Israel Hayom on the topic, it appears that Mirasimiz and other Turkish-backed NGOs are actively intervening in many aspects of east Jerusalem's daily life.
Currently, for example, the NGO is investing significant resources into renovating homes in the Old City's Muslim Quarter. The laborers it hires even wear vests emblazoned with the Turkish flag. This is while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reverted to publicly denigrating Israel at every turn.
3. Slovakia Declares it Will Move its Embassy to Jerusalem - Algemeiner
JNS.org - "Slovakia is on its way to relocating its embassy to Jerusalem," Head of the Slovak National Council Andrej Danko told Israel's President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, the visiting delegation of Slovak lawmakers announced the Eastern European country would open a cultural center in the Israeli capital. The move, when it materializes, would mark a break from European Union policy on Jerusalem. Slovakia would join the Czech Republic and Bulgaria as the other European Union member states to expand their diplomatic presence in the city since US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The visiting lawmakers did not give a time frame for when the new cultural center would be opened.
4. IDF chief visits Golan Heights as masses of Syrians flee to the area - Times of Israel
IDF chief Gadi Eisenkot and other top military officers traveled to the Israel-Syria border on Wednesday to hear updated assessments from soldiers in the field about the battle raging next door between Syrian dictator Bashar Assad's forces and rebel groups in the Daraa province, the army said.
"During the visit, the IDF chief of staff held a situational assessment about the fighting in Syria and the preparedness of the Northern Command," the army said in a statement.
Last month, Assad and his Russian allies launched a renewed offensive against rebel holdouts in the country's southwest. Bombing raids by the Russian and Syrian air forces, along with a ground offensive, have resulted in dozens of deaths and the displacement of over a quarter of a million Syrians, according to UN assessments.
5. Heaviest airstrikes yet batter rebel-held areas of southern Syria - Times of Israel
The Syrian government and its Russian ally pounded rebel-held areas of the southern province of Daraa on Thursday with the heaviest airstrikes of a two-week-old offensive, an AFP correspondent and a monitor reported.
Hundreds of missiles and barrel bombs were unleashed before dawn by both Syrian and Russian aircraft, after talks on rebel surrenders broke down on Wednesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The intensity of the bombardment allowed government forces to seize control of a security checkpoint on the Jordanian border for the first time in more than three years, the Britain-based monitoring group said.
6. Israel irked over Jordanian diplomat greeting Prince William on Temple Mount -Times of Israel
A senior Jordanian diplomat was among the dignitaries greeting Britain's Prince William last week on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City against the wishes of the Israeli authorities, The Times of Israel has learned.
On June 28, the future king undertook "private visits" to various holy sites in Jerusalem's Old City, including the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. He also spent time at Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, which are located on the Temple Mount.
The international community does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over East Jerusalem, which is why foreign dignitaries usually bill their visits to the Old City as "private" and are not accompanied by Israeli officials but rather by religious leaders.
On the Temple Mount, Prince William, also known as the Duke of Cambridge, was greeted by Nizar al-Qaissi, a Jordanian diplomat with the kingdom's diplomatic mission to Ramallah.
Israel's Foreign Ministry and police were opposed to al-Qaissi's presence and made their position known to organizers of the prince's visit, a well-placed source told The Times of Israel, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Both the Foreign Ministry and the police declined to comment. (Read more)
The Daily Brief
1. The Next American Revolution: #WalkAway - American Spectator
[T]he Democratic Party has become so dependent on the African-American vote that it cannot hope to win a national election without generating a level of enthusiasm in that community comparable to that which former President Obama enjoyed. Consequently, any Democrat should be terrified by the #WalkAway movement. Candace Owens, one of its most influential voices (ask Kanye West), constantly reminds her huge social media following that the Democratic Party has used African-Americans to gain power and provided very little in return:
"When over 90% of a community is voting for one political party, they become irrelevant. Our voting predictability made it so that neither side needed to make good on promises to our community. This is all about to shift, dramatically."
The Democrats and their media enablers, preferring to blame the Clinton defeat on Vladimir Putin, Barack Obama, James Comey, Jill Stein, Donald Duck, et al., have of course tried to downplay the influence of Owens and the movement in general. A few days ago, the Washington Post ran a typically dismissive piece titled, "The #WalkAway meme is what happens when everything is viral and nothing matters." Its author, Abby Ohlheiser, describes Owens as "a conservative commentator who believes that black people have been brainwashed by the media to vote for Democrats," and relegates #WalkAway to the "pro-Trump Internet". (Read more)
- Father, we pray for the spread and multiplication of this movement, #WalkAway, to set people free from indoctrination, intimidation and oppression. We ask You, Lord, as these people begin to question everything, that they will have a curiosity about the Gospel and be welcomed by those called by Your Name.
- But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9)
2. A Religious and Conservative Test for Trump Nominees? Why These Two Contenders Are Already Under Fire - CBN News
President Donald Trump is just days away from announcing his US Supreme Court pick and already, two of his potential nominees are under fire from members of Congress and the media - one for not being conservative enough and the other for her Christian views. It was a star-spangled Fourth of July celebration at the White House Wednesday night as the president mulled over his Supreme Court pick. "Such an important decision and we're going to give you a great one, like Justice (Neil) Gorsuch. We - we hit a home run there, and we're going to hit a home run here," he said.
Kavanaugh is opposed by three Republican senators for troubling comments he's made about his judicial philosophy, like in 2015 when he said judges need to keep an open mind. "It means a willingness to change your mind. That is something that judges have to do - to say, 'Well, I didn't look at it that way a few years ago, but now I see that it looks different to me,'" Kavanaugh told a Columbus Law School audience. Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) fear that comment indicates Kavanaugh won't stick with the view that the Constitution means what it says.
As for judge Amy Coney Barrett - liberals are trying to smear her for her faith. She's a committed, faithful Christian who is part of a Roman Catholic group called "People of Praise." Some on the Left are trying to label it a cult because its members are so committed to their faith. But Barett supporters say she is just like millions of other committed American Christians, and she's an outstanding jurist who once clerked for the late Justice Antonin Scalia, and a mother of seven - including a special needs child and two children born in Haiti. (Read more)
- Father, we praise You! We know the battle is already won for the man or woman You have chosen to serve on our Supreme Court.
- The evil will bow down before the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous. (Proverbs 14:19)
- "Therefore say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign Lord says: None of my words will be delayed any longer; whatever I say will be fulfilled, declares the Sovereign Lord.'" (Ezekiel 12:28)
5. WH: Trump Could Announce Supreme Court Pick Before Monday - CNSNews.com
During a press gaggle on board Air Force One en route to Lewisburg, W.Va., Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley told reporters Tuesday that President Donald Trump has interviewed eight potential justices, including Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah.), and that he is on track to announce Justice Anthony Kennedy's replacement on Monday, but he could "make it before then."
When asked whether Trump was getting closer to his decision, Gidley said, "Look, the president said he would make his mind up on Monday and make the announcement -- excuse me, I guess -- make his announcement on Monday. He may make it before then.
"But, look, he's been very clear what he wants. He wants somebody with a superior intellect. He wants someone who will uphold the Constitution. He wants someone with the right temperament. Those are the criteria he's looking for, and he's going to go through the process in totality. It's an important pick to him. You know he wants it done quickly, as he's said many times, and so we'll have an announcement on Monday," Gidley added. (Read more)
- Father, there is now so much tension across our nation over this one woman or man's nomination to occupy the seat on the Supreme Court now vacated by Justice Kennedy . . . we ask for peace in our land. If President Trump has, indeed, arrived at his decision, we thank You for this news, and ask shalom over our nation as this name is released. In Your Name, amen.
- "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven." (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
4. Supreme Court Ruling Protecting Pregnancy Centers Dismantles 'Conversion Therapy' Bans, Lawyer Says - Christian Post
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of pro-life crisis pregnancy centers should encourage those resisting bans on counseling services for individuals dealing with unwanted sexual struggles and gender confusion, according a family advocate's analysis of Clarence Thomas' opinion.
Last week, the high court, in NIFLA v. Becerra, handed down a narrow 5-4 win to a network of pregnancy centers in California who objected to a state law compelling them to advertise abortion services. But the text of the majority opinion effectively overturns restrictions on therapists who assist people with unwanted same-sex attraction and gender confusion, which is particularly relevant given bans on what is often derisively referred to as "conversion therapy," argues Curtis Schube, legal counsel for the Pennsylvania Family Institute.
"For too long laws in some jurisdictions have mischaracterized and banned these important services," Schube said in a email to The Christian Post on Friday. "The NIFLA decision is encouraging to those who wish to address their same-sex attraction because they can now seek the compassionate and professional help that they desire. Likewise, professional counselors who wish to provide services to same-sex attracted patients should no longer have to fear professional discipline." (Read more)
- Father, we thank You again for this decision, to protect the freedom of speech for all people in our nation. We pray the conversion therapy bans will quickly fail in court so those who want to help others pursue a life that honors You will not face persecution.
- And it happened, when all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations around us saw these things, that they were very disheartened in their own eyes; for they perceived that this work was done by our God. (Nehemiah 6:16)
5. GOP to attack unfunded federal mandates next week - Washington Examiner
House Republicans will make a new push next week to rein in federal rules and regulations that can cost local governments companies millions of dollars each year - 23 years after Republicans first sought to limit unfunded federal mandates. GOP leaders will call up legislation to amend the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995. That law required agencies to try to limit the cost of federal rules on local governments and companies, but Republicans say it has fallen short of its promise over the last two decades, and needs improvement.
The bill, from Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., would close that loophole and require scrutiny for all major rules, regardless of how they came about. Foxx has tried to pass her bill to improve the law for the last few Congresses, and said it's needed because federal rules are still running roughshod over companies and local government officials. "Every year, Washington imposes thousands of rules on local governments and small businesses," she said last year when she first introduced the bill. "Hidden in those rules are costly mandates that stretch state and city budgets and make it harder for businesses to hire." (Read more)
- Father, we pray this Unfunded Mandate Reform bill will pass through Congress quickly and be signed by President Trump before the November elections.
- Since I am afflicted and needy, let the Lord be mindful of me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God. (Psalm 40:17)
6. Trump withdraws Obama-era guidelines on considering race in college admissions - CNBC
The Trump administration on Tuesday withdrew Obama-era policy guidelines that encouraged the consideration of race in college admissions. The guidelines encourage colleges to voluntarily promote diversity and "avoid racial isolation" in their admissions practices. They were issued to provide guidance on the administration's interpretation of a number of Supreme Court cases related to affirmative action.
The Trump administration signaled the rules could be on the chopping block a year ago, when it began searching for lawyers who were interested in investigating "intentional race-based discrimination" on college campuses. Administration lawyers are investigating a 2015 complaint alleging that Harvard University discriminates against Asian-Americans in its admissions practices.
"The Supreme Court has determined what affirmative action policies are Constitutional, and the Court's written decisions are the best guide for navigating this complex issue," Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said in a statement. "Schools should continue to offer equal opportunities for all students while abiding by the law."
Reversing the Obama-era guidelines would be the latest move by the Trump administration to reshape higher education policy. In February 2017, the Justice Department withdrew two policy documents related to colleges' enforcement of Title IX, a gender discrimination statute. Withdrawing the guidelines could add new energy to the debate over affirmative action policies, which the Supreme Court has for decades found constitutional as long as they are paired with certain restrictions regarding the importance of race in admissions decisions and the impact on white students. (Read more)
- Father, thank You for ending these discriminatory policies within our education system. We pray for increased competition among students to incentivize every individual to do their very best.
- All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. (Proverbs 14:23)
7. Ex-Dem IT aide Imran Awan pleads guilty to bank fraud in deal with prosecutors - Fox News
Imran Awan, the former IT aide to congressional Democrats whose federal court case has drawn the interest of President Trump and other Republicans, pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal bank fraud in a plea deal where prosecutors said they "uncovered no evidence" that Awan "violated federal law with respect to the House computer systems." During a hearing before U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan in Washington, Awan pleaded guilty to making a false statement on a loan application. As part of the deal, the prosecution dropped fraud charges against Awan's wife, Hina Alvi.
The case has generated interest from Republicans on Capitol Hill, who have suggested Awan could have been involved in a cyber breach operation. But prosecutors said Tuesday they investigated allegations of misconduct by Awan while on the job in Congress and determined federal charges were not warranted. "Particularly, the government has found no evidence that your client illegally removed House data from the House network or from House members' offices, stole the House Democratic Caucus server, stole or destroyed House information technology equipment, or improperly accessed or transferred government information, including classified or sensitive information," the prosecution said in the plea deal. Prosecutors said the government conducted a "thorough investigation of those allegations."
Philip G. Kiko, the chief administrative officer of the House, said in April that the House's inspector general "discovered evidence of procurement fraud and irregularities" and "numerous violations of House security policies" by Awan and other IT employees connected to him. Awan and other IT aides for House Democrats originally had been on investigators' radar for months over concerns of alleged equipment theft, access to sensitive computer systems and more, according to reports dating back to early 2017. Awan was born in Pakistan, but came to the U.S. with his family when he was a teenager. He was arrested last summer at Dulles International Airport outside Washington before trying to board a flight to Pakistan. (Read more)
- Father, it appears this investigation was used to cover up embarrassing incompetence and espionage. Because man's justice has failed, we ask for Your justice to prevail. Expose everything intended to remain covered - bring forth whistleblowers and those who witnessed what truly happened.
- The sins of some are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them. In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not obvious cannot remain hidden forever. (1 Timothy 5:24-25)
8. Leaked documents show China using tariffs to target Trump's base: report - The Hill
A leaked propaganda notice from the Chinese government states that the country is using to tariffs to try to disrupt and split President Trump's base, Business Insider reported on Tuesday. The notice, leaked and published by the China Digital Times, which monitors media censorship in China, states the tariffs are meant to split "apart different domestic groups in US."
"We stop negotiation for now, acting tit for tat, roll out corresponding policies, hold public opinion at a good level without escalating it, limit scope, and strike accurately and carefully, splitting apart different domestic groups in US," the propaganda notice reads. "The trade conflict is really a war against China's rise, to see who has the greater stamina," the document continues. "This is absolutely no time for irresolution or reticence."
Experts have warned that the Chinese tariffs could be used to specifically target Trump supporters, particularly with tariffs on goods like soybeans and sorghum. The crops are produced largely in areas that backed Trump in the 2016 election. The U.S. will hit China with $34 billion worth of tariffs on goods on July 6. China has promised to strike back with retaliatory tariffs, totaling the same amount, with some targeting agricultural goods. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters Tuesday that China is "fully prepared" for a trade war with the U.S., according to The Associated Press. (Read more)
- Father, leaked or intentional - the Chinese think they have a winning hand. We pray these trade disputes will be resolved quickly, protecting our nation, our workers and our farmers.
- Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight!
9. US Vows To Keep Gulf Waterway Open After Iran Threatens Blockade - ZeroHedge
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani suggested Iran could stop all regional gulf oil exports in retaliation for the US seeking to collapse the nuclear deal, and in response to aggressive new US sanctions.
"The Americans have claimed they want to completely stop Iran's oil exports. They don't understand the meaning of this statement, because it has no meaning for Iranian oil not to be exported, while the region's oil is exported," the state-run website, president.ir, quoted Rouhani as saying. "The Americans say they want to reduce Iranian oil exports to zero... It shows they have not thought about its consequences," Rouhani said.
After the provocative Iranian statements, widely understood as a threat to impose military blockade on the world's most crucial oil choke point, spokesman for the US military's Central Command, Captain Bill Urban, told the Associated Press on Wednesday that US sailors and its regional allies "stand ready to ensure the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce wherever international law allows".
Washington has issued an ultimatum to countries dealing with Iran: halt all imports of Iranian oil from Nov. 4 or face punitive US economic measures with no exemptions. Rouhani called these threats "crime and aggression" and an act of "self-harm" as the unwavering stance is "against U.S. national interests and the interests of other countries." He said this while in Vienna attempting to rally European governments to stand against Trump's policies targeting Tehran.
So far the EU is standing by Iran as a major longtime oil importer, but some European officials have acknowledged US sanctions will create an unpredictable environment, potentially making guarantees to Tehran impossible to fulfill. (Read more)
- Father, we pray the Middle East will be freed from the oppressive influence of Iran. Lord, this is Your battle - free the Iranian people and show them the God of Israel is still the One, True, Living God.
- "All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give all of you into our hands."
(1 Samuel 17:47)
10. Trump closes in on Supreme Court pick; 3 judges top list - One News Now
President Donald Trump is closing in on his next Supreme Court nominee, with three federal judges leading the competition to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Trump's top contenders for the vacancy at this time are federal appeals judges Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge, said a person familiar with Trump's thinking who was not authorized to speak publicly.
Working closely with a White House team and consulting with lawmakers and outside advisers, Trump has spent the week deliberating on the choice. He conducted interviews on Monday and Tuesday and has spoken to seven possible candidates. He has not yet publicly indicated that he has narrowed the list and could still consider others in the mix. (Read more)
- Father God, we do ask favor for Amy Coney Barrett to be placed as the next justice on the Supreme Court. But most importantly, we ask for Your will to be done in this critical matter. May our President be led by Your Spirit as he prepares to make this announcement on Monday. In Your Name, amen.
- "The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him- the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord- and he will delight in the fear of the Lord." (Isaiah 11:2,3)
The Daily Jot
July 4, 2018
Day of Liberty Part III-The Struggle
As we celebrate the day of our Independence from Britain, it may be helpful to be reminded of the sufferance of the Founding Fathers and what was going through their minds as they decided to take on the most powerful political and military force on the planet. They said, "A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people." What happens when that "Prince" collectively becomes the Supreme Court, the Congress and the Executive Branch working in concert with one another toward a world order foreign and detrimental to the people they are charged with representing and to the Constitution they vowed to uphold? What are citizens to do?
The Declaration of Independence is a masterful document that served as the true "preamble" to our Constitution. It begins by saying: "When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
-That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. "But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government." The signatures of 56 men were written on the Declaration after this sentence: "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor." They risked everything. They counted the cost. They understood the will of God. They acted.
This Independence Day, please take time to remind yourself and others about the struggle of those who made such a pledge on their Lives, Fortunes, and sacred Honor. Think about those "progressives" who are a major threat to liberty and enemies of God. Please contemplate our national condition. Please seek God. For as Peter and the disciples said in Acts 5:29, "We ought to obey God rather than men." And recall the words of James 1:25, "But whoso looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed." The body without spirit is dead. Faith without works is also dead. It is a struggle to remain free. Let us share in it.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
The Daily Jot (Part Two)
Thursday, July 5, 2018
Patriot or Christian-either/or, or both/and
Each year around July 4 there is much debate within the Christian community about whether the Founding Fathers were Christian or if their legacy has been a carefully crafted lie. Some now say that America was not formed up by Christians and did not reflect a nation founded in the name of Christ. In 2011 for example, Filmmaker Chris Pinto appeared on radio and television shows lambasting David Barton of Wallbuilders for misleading Christian Americans about the foundation of Christ as the cornerstone of this nation. While I am not a historian, it is of interest to me. It is a fact that this United States of America, had predominantly Christian roots at its founding and its laws are based on the laws of the Bible.
The land was claimed in covenant with God to advance the Christian faith over 150 years BEFORE the Declaration of Independence. In1565, the Protestant French Huguenots, who came to what is now Florida to escape persecution, were martyred by Catholic Spanish troops. The 1606 Jamestown Charter from King James stated ". . . in propagating of Christian Religion to such People, as yet live in Darkness and miserable Ignorance of the true Knowledge and Worship of God, and may in time bring the Infidels and Savages, living in those Parts, to human Civility, and to a settled and quiet Government." The Mayflower Compact 16 years later proclaimed: "Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia."
The Founding Fathers of the United States of America may not all have been Christians. They knew, however, that the Holy Scriptures contained in the Bible were the basis for all law. They unabashedly based the formation of the nation upon the laws of the God of the Bible. One can find Biblical principles throughout the Declaration and the Constitution. On January 10, 1963, Florida Congressman A.S. Herlong, Jr. read into the Congressional Record the 45 stated goals of communism from "The Naked Communist" by Cleon Skousen. Numbers 27-30 stated: "27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a "religious crutch."
28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state." 29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis. 30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man."" Jesus said in Matthew 24:4, "Take heed that no man deceive you." Those trying to say that because the Founders were not necessarily Christian, our nation is inherently evil are liars and deceivers. Rest assured that God was in control of forming this nation for His good purpose. You can be both a patriot and a Christian-the freedom of one confirms the other.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
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- Signs and Wonders
- The Good News Corner
- Worship with Us Today!
Prayers for the Persecuted Church
"Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body." (Hebrews 13:3)
Please visit the website for International Christian Concern to lift up prayers for the persecuted around the world, every day. Their link is: www.persecution.org -- or go here to connect. Thank you for interceding for our brothers and sisters who are suffering in Asia, the Islamic World, and the Far East.
"I was blind but now I see!" (John 9:25)
"I was blind but now I see!" (John 9:25)
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found; Was blind, but now I see.
'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, And grace my fears relieved; How precious did that grace appear The hour I first believed!
Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come; 'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, And grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me, His Word my hope secures; He will my Shield and Portion be, As long as life endures.
Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail, And mortal life shall cease, I shall possess, within the veil, A life of joy and peace.
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow, The sun forbear to shine; But God, who called me here below, Will be forever mine.
When we've been there ten thousand years, Bright shining as the sun, We've no less days to sing God's praise Than when we'd first begun.
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About the Author:
Words: John Newton, 1779
Melody: James P. Carrell and David S. Clayton, 1831
About the Hymn:
This is probably the most popular hymn in the English language-a television documentary was even made about it. Perhaps it is because its words so well describe the author: John Newton was a slave trader before coming to Christ. It was sung at the funeral of American president Ronald Reagan.
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Amazing Grace was written by a former slave trader John Newton. Once sailing a ship full of slaves from Africa his ship was hit by a fierce storm.
Newton feared for his life and got down on his knees and begged the good Lord to spare his life.He promised the Lord that if he would only spare his life he would change his ways a stop trading slaves.
The storm calmed down and Newton wrote the song Amazing Grace, full of sorrow and love and hope that he would be forgiving of his sins. One of the most powerful songs ever written and this is one of the most beautiful versions ever recorded.
Signs and Wonders
Something is Shaking: Four Galilee Earthquakes in One Day
Warm-Up for Pre-Gog Global Upheaval?
Northern Israel was shaken by four small earthquakes in less than 24 hours on Wednesday and though it is impossible to absolutely predict seismic activity, seismologists warn that the region is due for a major shake-up.
The recent earthquakes hint at deeper meanings. One mystic predicted 80 years ago that major earthquakes in Israel would precede the War of Gog and Magog, making the earth-shattering changes necessary to bring the Messiah. And a scientist, seeking to find a historical pattern, discovered a compelling link between earthquakes and prophecy.
The first earthquake hit at around 4:50 a.m., followed by another at around 10:45 p.m..Two more followed at around midnight and 1:30 a.m., all registering aout 4.2 on the Richter Scale with their epicenter approximately 5.5 miles north of Tiberias. Though relatively gentle, the tremors were felt in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
Though there were neither reports of injury or damage, earthquakes are cause for concern in Israel which is part of the geologically active Syrian-African Rift, extending from Lebanon to Mozambique. Israel has experienced several small earthquakes in recent years but experts say the region experiences a major quake every 100 years or so. The last major quake struck on July 11, 1927, killing over 400 and leaving "not a house in Jerusalem or Hebron . . . without some damage," the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported in the days following.
The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because he was angry. (Psalms 18:7)
The Good News Corner
Hallelujah! Israel Invents New Home-Use Breast Cancer Detection Device
It's always inspiring when the good guys win. That was certainly the feeling that swept the 5,000-person strong audience at the WeWork Creator Awards last week when Jerusalem-based MonitHer won the $360,000 grand prize.
The company was founded by American immigrant to Israel, Yehudit Abrams, who honed her ultrasound expertise while doing a post-doc at NASA before moving to Israel.
MonitHer makes a handheld ultrasound system that women can use at home to regularly monitor for abnormalities in breast tissue.
The MonitHer device allows women to scan their breasts once a month in about 10 minutes. Software that combines artificial intelligence with the power of the cloud detects any potential problems. MonitHer increases the chances of early detection compared with monthly self-exams and can be done more frequently than annual mammograms. (Breaking Christian News) Read more.
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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]
HOW TO SUBSCRIBE
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 CHPP1994@gmail.com 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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"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." (Psalm 119:105)
Our numbers of readers continues to grow over time. All are welcome to join!
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[Note: we are reading from these versions of the Scripture: King James, New King James, New American Standard, and NIV.]
Pray for America!
Now you can join the Salt & Light Council, praying for our nation six days each week on a conference line!
Repentance and Restoration Prayer Line
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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