Thursday, July 19, 2018

CHPP Daily Brief "Praying for All in Authority" Thursday, July 19, 2018

Next Week:

Department of State Hosts Ministerial to Advance
Religious Freedom. Details below . . .
Including our invitation to enter into 3 days
of prayer and fasting . . . beginning today!

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The Daily Brief
"Praying for All in Authority"
Thursday, July 19, 2018

"For I will pour water on him who is thirsty,
And floods on the dry ground;
I will pour My Spirit on your descendants,
And My blessing on your offspring . . ."

(Isaiah 44:3)

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Pastor Brunson Remains in Turkish Prison

Trump Blasts Turkey for Sending American Pastor Back to Jail

A Turkish court has sent Pastor Andrew Brunson back to prison to await a new court hearing set for October 12. The American pastor has been imprisoned for nearly two years, held on made-up charges of terrorism, preaching the Gospel and other things. "Pastor Brunson has been the victim of one of the most notorious smear campaigns in Turkish history," Aykan Erdemir, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and former member of Turkey's parliament, told CBN News.

Erdemir and other experts were cautiously optimistic that Brunson would be set free Wednesday, but it didn't come to pass. Since Brunson was jailed, his case has grabbed international headlines and united members of Congress often at odds. A number of members have been to Turkey to visit Brunson and plead his case, along with the Ambassador-At-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback.

"We are hearing President Erdogan has a more concrete idea in the ways in which Turkish relations could be harmed as a result of his hostage diplomacy," Erdemir said. Congress has introduced a range of sanctions, including visa restrictions, against Turkish officials responsible for Brunson's false imprisonment. Members have also blocked the sale of the F-35 fighter jet to Turkey, America's NATO ally. (CBN)Read more

- Father, we are grateful that just next week, the State Department will be hosting a global event to focus on this very challenge: the right of every individual to practice his or her faith without interference of persecution by the government of their nation.

Father, we continue to intercede for Pastor Brunson and pray for Your Presence to sustain him. Give President Trump, Secretary of State Pompeo, and Ambassador Brownback wisdom to negotiate his release.

- The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, And recovery of sight to the blind, To set free those who are oppressed. (Luke 4:18)

Focus on Israel

1. Army told to prepare for large-scale military operation in Gaza - Times of Israel

Israel's political leadership has reportedly instructed the army to prepare for a military offensive in the Gaza Strip, to be initiated if the launching of incendiary devices from the Hamas-run coastal enclave into Israeli territory continues.

According to a Channel 10 news report Tuesday, Israel has set Friday as a deadline for the flaming kite and balloon launches to cease. If this does not happen, Israel may decide it has no choice but to embark on a military campaign in the Strip, the report said.

Israel sent a similar message to Hamas through Egyptian intelligence, Channel 10 reported, with the Palestinian terror group in turn indicating its forces will work to stop the launching of burning materials by Friday.

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2. Israel suspends fuel deliveries to Gaza as arson terrorism flares up-

The Defense Ministry on Monday announced it was temporarily suspending the delivery of petroleum fuels and natural gas to the Gaza Strip through the main cargo crossing linking Israel with the coastal enclave.

Last week, Israel imposed sanctions on Gaza
over Hamas-backed arson terrorism and ongoing border riots, announcing the closure of the Kerem Shalom crossing to anything by humanitarian cases and aid deliveries.

Kerem Shalom is Gaza's only cargo terminal. The
‎‎coastal enclave has been under a maritime blockade ‎‎since 2007, when Hamas ousted the Fatah government ‎‎from Gaza in a military coup. Israel maintains that the blockade is vital to prevent Hamas from smuggling terrorists and weapons into Gaza.

A Defense Ministry statement said Monday that the
delivery of fuel and gas will be suspended until next Sunday, stressing the move will not impact the deliveries of food and medical supplies.
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3. Syrian army says it captures strategic hill overlooking Israeli border - Reuters

The Syrian army and its allies have taken control of a strategic hill overlooking the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights as it pushes forward with an offensive to seize the remaining parts of the southwest from rebels, state tv and rebels said on Monday.

It said the army had taken control of al-Haara hill on the second day of an offensive to take back the last parts of southwest Syria in Quneitra province that are in rebel hands and are close to the border with Israel. The hilltop, which had a major anti-aircraft radar base that was part of elaborate Syrian army defenses against Israel, and is the highest ground in Deraa province, fell into rebel hands in October 2014.

It has been heavily bombed by Russian and Syrian army raids in the past two days as the army has moved closer to the Israeli border after gaining control of most of Deraa province to the east in a push that began last June, according to rebels and a war monitor.

The violence is taking place a few kilometers away from the line marking the start of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force zone, an area monitored by a U.N. force since 1974 in the wake of the Arab-Israeli War. Israel has threatened a "harsh response" to any attempt by Syrian forces to deploy in that zone. Israel does not want its enemies Iran and Hezbollah, both allies of Syrian President Bashar al Assad, who are well entrenched in that area, to move forces near its border.

U.S. President Donald Trump said at a news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday in Helsinki that both had agreed to work together to help ensure Israel's security. Putin cited the need to restore the situation along the Golan borders to the state that prevailed before the outbreak of the Syrian crisis in 2011.

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4. Congressional Hearing Highlights Push for US Recognition of Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights - The Algemeiner

The potential US recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights was the focus of a congressional hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Israel took control of the strategically-important plateau from Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it in a move that was not recognized internationally. Given the civil war that has torn Syria apart over the past seven years, some American and Israeli officials have recently begun pushing for the US to officially recognize that the Golan is part of Israel.

Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis of Florida expressed support for recognition at a meeting of the House Subcommittee on National Security on Tuesday.

"We can only imagine how much worse the threats to Israel's north would be - and threats to the security of the broader region would be - if the Golan was in the hands of what remains of the Syrian regime, or Iran, or Hezbollah, or ISIS," DeSantis, the chairman of the subcommittee, said. "By recognizing the Golan as part of Israel, the US would send a clear signal that Syrian belligerence will not be rewarded, that Israel's victory over its aggressor [in 1967] has consequences," DeSantis noted.

The ranking Democratic member of the subcommittee, Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts, called for "fact-based decision making" when it comes to the Golan recognition question. "In a very, very tumultuous time in the region, we should make sure that whatever actions we take enhance the national security of Israel, the United States, and our allies," he said.

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5. PM praises controversial Jewish nation-state bill, says it will pass this week - Times of Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that the controversial Jewish nation-state bill will pass into law in the next few days, calling the legislation "a law of the highest importance."

"If not in the next few hours, we will pass this law in the next few days," Netanyahu told a Likud faction meeting in a nod to ongoing disagreements over the bill.

"This is a law of the highest importance to ensure the core of Israel's existence as the nation-state of the Jewish people," he said.

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6. Israeli Lawmakers Vote to Ban Some Left-Wing Groups From Schools - The Algemeiner

Israel's parliament passed a law on Tuesday that could see groups critical of government policies toward the Palestinians banned from entering Israeli schools and speaking with pupils. Critics of the law, which passed with 43 votes in favor and 24 against in the 120-seat Knesset, said it was a blow to core democratic values like free speech and part of the Israeli government's effort to delegitimize rights groups and NGOs.

The amendment to the education act grants new powers to Education Minister Naftali Bennett, head of the HaBayit HaYehudi party, to order schools to bar certain groups from giving lectures to students. The legislation has been dubbed the "Breaking the Silence" law, a reference to the Israeli group of that name which collects and publishes testimony from Israeli veterans about the military's treatment of Palestinians in the West Bank and during conflicts with terrorists in Gaza.

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7. Egypt in a Harsh Statement Against Hamas - Jerusalem Online

Egypt has warned Hamas to significantly reduce or completely end within a few days the launching of incendiary balloons and kites into Israeli territory from Gaza, Ynet learned on Tuesday morning, giving the terror group an extended deadline to restore calm to the border.

The ultimatum came after Israel announced on Monday evening that it would be closing the commercial Kerem Shalom crossing to gas and fuel supplies after a ceasefire agreement was violated earlier in the afternoon when a rocket was fired into southern Israel.

Before the Israeli announcement, the Egyptians also announced the same evening that they were temporarily closing the Rafah crossing due to a technical malfunction. However, it was not immediately clear whether the Rafah closure was incidental or coordinated with Israel in a bid to pressurize Hamas to cease its terror activities that threaten to escalate the conflict on the border.

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8. 'The clock is ticking and not necessarily in our favor" - Israel National News

The former commander of the IDF's Gaza Division, Maj. Gen. (res.) Israel Ziv, said on Tuesday that military action will not be enough to stop Hamas in Gaza. "In the end, when we rely solely on the military ability to operate against Gaza from the outside, there are limitations and we are close to exhausting this activity," Ziv said in an interview Radio Darom 101.5FM.

He added that "the ones who are causing the escalation and who will eventually bring about the war are Hamas, not us. I suggest dealing with the situation in a more realistic manner and that we understand that the clock is ticking and not necessarily in our favor." "We are headed toward another military move that cannot be a repeat of the previous one. It must not end only with military thinking. We must solve the problem of Gaza in a comprehensive manner," Ziv concluded.

(Read more)

The Daily Brief

1. CNN's Philip Mudd Calls for 'Shadow Government' to Rise Up, Oppose Trump - MRC

In a disturbing declaration during Monday's CNN Newsroom following President Trump's controversial press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, CNN analyst and former CIA/FBI official Philip Mudd called for a self-appointed "shadow government" to step forward and counter the democratically elected one. He then had the audacity to complain about "Trumpianism" fighting Americanism.

Fresh off of declaring the Trump-Putin press conference "one of the most disgraceful performances" by an American president, AC360 host Anderson Cooper completed the CNN's feedback loop by touting Arizona Republican Senator John McCain saying the same thing. He then turned to Mudd and asked if he agreed. Of course, Mudd did but his next concern was in regards to who was going to step up to oppose the President. "You have seen senators come out. In the past, we have seen the senator who is in the midst of a painful illness, Senator McCain. Senators like Jeff Flake who are leaving the Senate. Now you see Marco Rubio still, obviously, in the fight speaking out," he boasted.

He spoke glowingly about how there were many people at different levels of government who were saying and doing things contrary to the President. "Curious point in American government. When do we see almost a shadow government come out and say, 'We cannot side with the government, whether its cabinet or the Senate.' I think that's the big question," he opined.

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- Father, we pray an impenetrable hedge of protection around President Trump, his family, his Administration, their families and all who are true patriots within our government. Give President Trump wisdom in how to expose the enemy within, and ultimately defeat each and every one.

- Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord? He is your shield and helper and your glorious sword. Your enemies will cower before you, and you will tread on their heights. (Deuteronomy 33:29b)

2. House spending bill would provide $5B for barriers, tech on southern border - Washington Times

The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday released its 2019 spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security that includes $5 billion to go toward "border security assets and infrastructure," including more than 200 miles of new barrier construction along the U.S.-Mexico border. The $5 billion would be for "physical barriers and associated technology along the U.S. southern border," including $126 million for border technology, according to Republicans on the committee.

Mr. Yoder had said Mr. Trump would be pleased with the amount of wall money in his bill. He said last week he hopes the full committee can pass it before House lawmakers head out of town for their five-week break in August. Overall, the House bill provides $51.4 billion in discretionary spending for DHS - a $3.7 billion increase from current year funding. It also includes $7.4 billion for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) - $328 million above the current level - that envisions the hiring of 400 additional law enforcement officers and support staff. The bill also includes $4.1 billion for detention and removal programs, including 44,000 detention beds, or 3,480 more than the current year.

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- Father, we pray these allocations for border security will make it through the process and be signed into law by President Trump.

- For He has strengthened the bars of your gates; He has blessed your children within you. (Psalm 147:13)

3. States Sue IRS, Treasury To Strike Down SALT Cap Under New Tax Law - Forbes

In the days following tax reform, leaders in some states complained loudly about feeling targeted by deduction caps imposed on state and local taxes (SALT). Now they've taken action. Today, four states (Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York) filed a lawsuit in federal court to strike down the cap on SALT deductions under the new tax law.

As part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the amount that taxpayers may claim on Schedule A for all state and local sales, income, and property taxes together may not exceed $10,000 ($5,000 for married taxpayers filing separately). Previously, there was no specific limitations on the amount of taxes you could claim on your Schedule A. The plaintiffs - the states of Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York - are seeking "declaratory and injunctive relief" to eliminate the cap. What that means is that the states are asking the courts to declare that the cap will not be enforceable; there is no separate request for money or other damages.

"The key issue arising from the 141-page lawsuit seems to be whether the SALT deduction is a benefit or a constitutional right. It appears that the authors of the tax reform legislation viewed the SALT deduction as a benefit allowed by the federal government to the States. Whereas, the Plaintiff States view the SALT deduction as a constitutional right and any change to such right as a violation of States' sovereign authority to make policy decisions without federal interference," said Adam Beckerink, Tax partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. "As this lawsuit will likely be slow moving through the courts, many will be watching to see if other states join the suit and if the federal government will increase its scrutiny of the 'workaround' processes that were previously passed by the States."

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- Father, we pray this lawsuit will be adjudicated quickly, and in the favor of the Federal government to levy taxes.

- When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. "What do you think, Simon?" he asked. "From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes-from their own children or from others?" "From others," Peter answered. "Then the children are exempt," Jesus said to him. (Matthew 17:25b-26)

4. Conservatives cheer IRS rule change shielding donor lists from disclosure - Washington Times

Conservatives on Tuesday hailed a move by the Treasury Department to stop requiring certain politically active nonprofit groups, including the National Rifle Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, to identify their financial donors. The rule, announced late Monday, should prevent the IRS and partisan state attorneys general from targeting conservative groups, Republicans say, such as the government scrutiny of tea party groups during the Obama era. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said the move was a victory for free speech and a "straightforward, common-sense policy decision."

"It's particularly welcome news to those of us who are intently focused on defending the First Amendment, for those of us who raised concerns during the last administration about activist regulators punishing free speech and free association," Mr. McConnell said on the Senate floor. "The IRS will no longer pointlessly demand private contributor lists from whole categories of tax-exempt organizations."

The new rule no longer requires information about larger donors from 501(c)(4) nonprofit groups, including social welfare groups that can engage in political activity. Among those organizations are the NRA, Planned Parenthood, the NAACP, the Chamber of Commerce and Americans for Prosperity, an advocacy group affiliated with the Koch network. The Treasury Department said the policy change will maintain donor disclosure requirements for traditional charity groups organized under section 501(c)(3) of tax law. But it frees labor unions, veterans organizations and other nonprofits that do not receive tax-deductible donations from complying with the disclosure rule, which has been in place since 1971.

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- Father, thank You for correcting this invasion of privacy and for protecting conservative organizations and their donors.

- Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice. (Psalm 112:5)

5. Training for the Jobs of Tomorrow -

A new White House initiative will tackle the challenges technology poses to the workforce.

The assembly line, energy plant and retail store have changed dramatically in the past 25 years-and the jobs have, too. Nearly 1 in 5 working Americans has a job that didn't exist in 1980, many in technology, the fastest-growing segment across all industries. Such rapid change is one reason 6.6 million U.S. jobs are currently unfilled. Many of these jobs require skills training, but not a college degree. Yet for too long, both the public and the private sectors have failed to develop innovative and effective training programs. With a new initiative we are launching Thursday, that will change.

With more companies expanding, hiring and raising wages, it is time to deliver better workforce training so that all Americans have the chance to move into better jobs and earn bigger paychecks. Already this administration has taken action to expand apprenticeships, increase access to STEM education for K-12 students, and help 11 million students and workers by working with Congress to pass an improved Perkins Career and Technical Education bill. On Thursday the president will sign an executive order to prioritize and expand workforce development so that we can create and fill American jobs with American workers.

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- Father, we lift up the chronically unemployed and those who have lost hope of a good job. We pray You will lead them and others to receive training, and shift into productive lives.

- So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them? (Ecclesiastes 3:22)

6. George Soros: Obama was 'my greatest disappointment' - Washington Times

Former President Barack Obama was "actually my greatest disappointment," liberal megadonor George Soros said in an interview published by The New York Times on Tuesday. An early supporter of Mr. Obama's 2008 election campaign, Mr. Soros told The Times that he felt let down on a professional level by the lack of attention he received from the former president during his eight years in office.

Mr. Obama "closed the door on me" after he was elected, Mr. Soros said in the interview. "He made one phone call thanking me for my support, which was meant to last for five minutes, and I engaged him, and he had to spend another three minutes with me, so I dragged it out to eight minutes."

"He was someone who was known from the time when he was competing for the editorship of The Harvard Law Review to take his supporters for granted and to woo his opponents," Mr. Soros added. Mr. Soros subsequently committed over $25 million during the 2016 U.S. general election to presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and other Democratic candidates, according to federal records.

He said he would be open to potentially funding moderate Republicans such as Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, but cautioned his support would likely hurt either's prospects. "I don't particularly want to be a Democrat," Mr. Soros told The Times.

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- Father, we pray the Republican party, and all individual Republicans will reject offers of support from George Soros. We ask You, Lord, to utterly cut him off from political influence in our nation and around the world.

- For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction. (Psalm 1:6)

7. Russian National Charged with Conspiracy to Act as Agent of Russian Government - FreeBeacon

The Department of Justice on Monday announced charges against a Russian national for conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian government while influencing American political organizations and politicians. The DOJ said it arrested Maria Butina on July 15 for working at the behest of a high-level Russian government official in order to create inroads for him with unnamed Americans and American political organizations. She is accused of lobbying and advocating on behalf of the Russian government without registering as a foreign agent.

The complaint lists myriad connections and meetings that Butina made with unnamed Americans and American political organizations as well as detailed transcripts of her communications with the high-level Russian government official. They detail Butina's trips to the National Prayer Breakfast and an unnamed gun-rights conference as well as her retelling of her activities to the government official.

Butina publicly attended the 2017 National Prayer Breakfast, organized by the Fellowship Foundation, as a special assistant to Alexander Torshin, deputy governor of the Bank of Russia. She also attended the 2014 NRA Annual Meeting in her role as the public face of a Russian gun-rights group named "The Right to Bear Arms." The DOJ is alleging that her political activities in the United States were undertaken with the objective of furthering the interests of the Russian government and at the direction of the Russian government. Butina faces up to five years in prison if she is convicted of the charges. She has a hearing set for July 18.

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- Father, we lift up Maria Butina and pray she will only be charged with offenses she has actually committed. If this is a case of malicious prosecution, we pray that You will expose those who have perverted justice.

- Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly. (Leviticus 19:15)

. 'Gay Conversion Therapy' Ban Vetoed by Maine Governor Citing Religious Freedom - Christian Post

Maine's Republican Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a controversial bill that would have banned therapy to help minors with unwanted same-sex attraction in the state, saying it posed a threat to religious liberty. "This is so broad that licensed professionals would be prohibited from counseling an individual even at the individual's own request," the governor wrote in his veto message, adding that "parents have the right to seek counsel and treatment for their children from professionals who do not oppose the parents' own religious beliefs," according to The Hill.

"At no time should such treatment take the form of mental or physical abuse and such treatment should always be subject to the statutory requirements of the standard of care for that profession," LePage wrote.

Calling the bill a "bad public policy," the governor added that he strongly agrees "that young people should not be physically or mentally abused if they come out to their parents or guardians because they have experienced sexual or romantic attraction to an individual of the same gender. However, as it is written - 'any practice or course of treatment' - can call into question a simple conversation."

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- Father, we thank You for Governor LePage's reasonable veto. Protect him, his family and administration from any backlash of the enemy.

-All my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish; they will turn back and suddenly be put to shame. (Psalm 6:10)

9. Episcopal Church Expands Gay Marriage to All Dioceses Where Bishops Object - Christian Post

The Episcopal Church's General Convention, led by Bishop Michael Curry, passed a resolution last Friday that expanded the right for gay couples to marry in all dioceses even where local bishops theologically object to same-sex marriage. As the General Convention had previously voted in 2015 to allow clergy to marry same-sex couples, it also gave bishops who opposed gay marriage the right to forbid priests in their diocese from performing same-sex marriage ceremonies.

Although the new resolution still gives clergy the right to decline gay marriage ceremonies, bishops who oppose of same-sex marriage rites will have to call on another bishop who does not oppose to provide pastoral support for the couple and the clergy member that will be involved in the ceremony.

Bishop John Bauerschmidt of the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee told The Tennessean that it still remains to be seen how this new resolution would play out in his diocese after he disallowed same-sex marriage in his diocese following the 2015 resolution. "In other words, there is much to work out. It also preserves the ministry of bishops as chief pastors and teachers in our dioceses," Bauerschmidt told the outlet. "We will be working out what it means for our diocese with clergy and congregations in the coming days."

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-Father, we grieve the institution You created - Marriage - has been perverted in Your churches and by the shepherds of Your sheep. We pray, Lord, for the true repentance, the Godly sorrow necessary to change course in our nation. Only a revelation of Your Holiness will purge the compromise from Your altars.

- And the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled his temple. (1 Kings 8:11)

The Daily Jot

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Truth and Russia

The Mueller investigation of Russian meddling in the US Presidential election is really nothing more than trying to bring down a presidency that, by and large to date, has been successful. People have jobs-unemployment is at the lowest rate in decades. The economic indicators are strong. American foreign policy is no longer supporting Islamic terrorism, is cracking down on unfair trade practices, is making other countries pay their way. Domestic policy has reduced regulation, improved the tax structure, and repealed much of the socialist health care mess. Yet, the loud cry of the regressive left continues to be amplified by a deceitful media that the President should be impeached because of Russian influence.

Mueller is trying to prove that President Donald Trump and Russia colluded on beating Hillary Clinton and that Russia meddled in the US presidential election. To date, the Mueller team has handed down 12 indictments related to Russian meddling-that Russian actors hacked the emails of the Democratic National Committee, Hillary Clinton, and Clinton's campaign manager John Podesta. The media acts as if this proves that Trump and Russia were conspiring. Let us remember the scurrilous details of those emails revealing the dastardly deeds of the Democrats and the Clintons. Also that these people, who were vying for the highest job in the land, were unable or didn't care enough, to protect their sensitive data. What would they do with sensitive government data-maybe keep it on an unsecure server in a closet?

In March 2017, the Daily Jot reported that when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State she completed a deal where nuclear grade uranium was sent to Russia scoring $145 million to the Clinton Foundation, Bill Clinton received $500,000 for a speech in Moscow, Podesta did a $35 million energy deal with Russia, and the Clinton Foundation received $2.35 million in donations from Ian Telfer, head of Russia's uranium company. In October 2017, the FBI released information indicating both the Clinton's and the immediate past "president" were involved in what appears to be a bribery/kickback scheme with Russian officials in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Russian influence in the election?

Russia has been playing dirty tricks during US elections for decades, but maybe not to the extent that the immediate past "president" used tax dollars attempting to defeat Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. When it comes to accusing people of doing exactly what the accuser is doing or has been doing, the regressive left is the master. Trump acquitted himself very well in the meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, yet the media is calling Trump a traitor. We must discern the truth and speak it to others. Think about what Jesus said in John 5:23-"He that honors not the Son honors not the Father which has sent him." Truth is in Christ. Those who deny Christ, deny truth. Where do those in the regressive left stand on Christ-not in just words, but in deeds?

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!

Bill Wilson

State Department News

State Department News

Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom

July 24 - July 26, with other events before and after those dates.

From July 24 to 26, 2018, Secretary Pompeo will host the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington, the first-ever Ministerial to advance religious freedom around the world. This event will focus on concrete outcomes that reaffirm international commitments to promote religious freedom and produce real, positive change. The Ministerial will convene a broad range of stakeholders, including foreign ministers, international organization representatives, religious leaders, and civil society representatives, to discuss challenges, identify concrete ways to combat religious persecution and discrimination, and ensure greater respect for religious freedom for all.

Expanding the Conversation: On July 24, we will equip and empower civil society organizations, including organizations working on religious freedom, to understand better how to access U.S. financial support for their efforts. Civil society, including religious organizations, are vital to protecting and promoting religious freedom. During this session, experts will explain to participants the U.S. grant making process and answer their questions. Then, senior U.S. government officials will provide an overview of foreign policy goals in relation to international religious freedom. Finally, philanthropic and private sector organizations will share best practices for civil society organizations to link their efforts to improve religious freedom with private sector initiatives and resources.
Civil Society Lessons Learned: On July 25, members of civil society groups, including religious leaders and survivors of religious persecution, will convene to tell their stories, share their expertise, and ultimately unite on a path to greater religious freedom in our societies. We have invited more than 175 civil society representatives and more than 100 religious leaders representing every corner of the world to participate. The program will include breakout sessions on the intersections between religious freedom and women's rights; religious freedom and countering violent extremism; religious freedom and economic prosperity; confronting legal challenges to religious freedom; advocating for equal rights for all; preserving cultural heritage; and providing support and care to victims of religious violence or persecution. The Secretary will host an evening reception with foreign government delegations and authorities, select civil society and religious community participants, U.S. government officials, and Members of Congress.
Role of Government: On July 26, government and international organization representatives will participate in plenary sessions focused on: (1) identifying global challenges to religious freedom, (2) developing innovative responses to persecution on the basis of religion, and (3) sharing new commitments to protect religious freedom for all. We have invited authorities from over 80 countries that have a demonstrated record for advancing religious freedom and are committed to promoting Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, or that recently have taken meaningful steps to begin to do so. We also have invited representatives from international organizations to participate. Survivors or close relatives of those who suffered persecution due to their religious beliefs will share their stories. We ask delegations to announce at the Ministerial new actions to protect and promote freedom of religion or belief.
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3 Days of Prayer and Fasting!

3 Days of Prayer and Fasting!

Begins today through Saturday, July 21st

Capitol Hill Prayer Partners is in alignment with a number of other national prayer ministries, to call for three days of prayers and fasting in advance of the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom to be held next week at the Department of State.

As the nations of the world send their ambassadors to Washington, D.C., representing many faith traditions, our desire is to see a great outpouring of interfaith dialogue, building bridges of trust and encouragement among the participating nations.
Please see below for a list of specific prayer requests to be lifted up during these three days, as well as all through next week as this historic, first-ever ministerial is convened.

How to Pray for the Ministerial

How to Pray for the Ministerial:

Ten Suggested Prayer Points to Lift Up Before Our Lord
from Today through Friday, July 27th

We invite all of our 5,000 prayer partners to come before our Lord in this hour, if He would quicken you to join us in prayers and fasting over the ten points below.

We thank you all for your own hearts for the persecuted church worldwide. God bless you.

1. Ask God to raise up intercessors to give prayer coverage covering all meetings:
July 22-27.

2. Pray for the side events before and after the Ministerial. (These meetings have been scheduled at several other venues in Washington).

3. Pray for the 60 countries being represented in this first of a kind meeting of nations.

4. Lift up Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as he convenes this ministerial. Ask that He be led of the Lord in all he says and does as he speaks to leaders of many faith traditions

5. Lift up our Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback as he, too, speaks to various delegations

6. Call forth a new forging of men and women to work together on behalf of persecuted people worldwide

7. Lift up the staff members at the State Department who will be serving these nations in various capacities.

8. Ask our Lord to forge new, vital relationships among all who are participating, establishing networks of friendship that will remain long after the Ministerial is over.

9. Pray for all Foreign Ministers or their assistant Deputies who are attending.

10. Give thanks to our Lord for raising up grassroots organizations in the U.S. that are forming to come alongside and support the challenge of addressing issues of religious freedom worldwide

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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


"His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness." (Lamentations 3:22-23)


Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.


Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.


Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!



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About the Author:

Words: Thomas O. Chisholm, 1923.

Melody: William M. Runyan, 1923.

Signs and Wonders

Yellowstone Volcano latest: Grand Teton National Park closed due to fissure

A 100-foot fissure has opened up in the Grand Teton National Park - not far from the potentially catastrophic Yellowstone volcano.

The giant crack in the Wyoming-based national park has prompted officials to shut down areas from tourists in case of landslides.

The Grand Teton National Park said in a statement: "The Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point areas are currently closed due to elevated potential for rockfall.

"The area was closed to protect human safety on July 10 after expanding cracks in a rock buttress were detected.

"It is unknown how long the closure will be in effect. Geologists are monitoring the buttress for movement and have initiated a risk assessment for the area."

It is currently unclear how the crack opened but it is likely due to normal seismic activity in the national park area. (

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"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

"Sound Waves Reveal Amazing Diamond Cache Deep in Earth's Interior: "We Can't Get At Them, But . . . There's Much More Diamond Than We've Ever Thought Before"

There may be more than a quadrillion tons of diamond hidden in the Earth's interior, according to a new study from MIT and other universities. But the new results are unlikely to set off a diamond rush. The scientists estimate the precious minerals are buried more than 100 miles below the surface, far deeper than any drilling expedition has ever reached . . .

There may be more than a quadrillion tons of diamond hidden in the Earth's interior, according to a new study from MIT and other universities. But the new results are unlikely to set off a diamond rush. The scientists estimate the precious minerals are buried more than 100 miles below the surface, far deeper than any drilling expedition has ever reached.

The ultradeep cache may be scattered within cratonic roots-the oldest and most immovable sections of rock that lie beneath the center of most continental tectonic plates. Shaped like inverted mountains, cratons can stretch as deep as 200 miles through the Earth's crust and into its mantle; geologists refer to their deepest sections as "roots."

In the new study, scientists estimate that cratonic roots may contain 1 to 2 percent diamond. Considering the total volume of cratonic roots in the Earth, the team figures that about a quadrillion (1016) tons of diamond are scattered within these ancient rocks, 90 to 150 miles below the surface.

"This shows that diamond is not perhaps this exotic mineral, but on the [geological] scale of things, it's relatively common," says Ulrich Faul, a research scientist in MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences. "We can't get at them, but still, there is much more diamond there than we have ever thought before." (Breaking Christian News)

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Worship With Us Today!

Kari Jobe - "The Garden"

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About CHPP

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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"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit." (Philippians 4:23)

Join our Bible Readathon!

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 on Sunday mornings) 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.]

Pray for America!

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.

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