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"Praying for All in Authority"
Thursday, August 23, 2018

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The Day After . . .

The Day After . . . Prayers Offered for President Trump

In the aftermath of the indictments of Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen, both of whom have worked for President Trump in days past, there has been a tsunami of news to process. We offer the following headlines for your own prayerful consideration, as well as the prayer, below. Thank you.
- Lord God, when all seems to be shaking and shaken, we turn to You, the Rock of our Salvation, praising You as the anchor of our souls. We lift up President Trump before Your Throne of Grace, asking that he be granted your strength to stand so that he will not be shaken in this time of shaking. We thank You, Lord, that You will cause all to turn to good, in Your time, amen.

- "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28)

- "The eternal God is a dwelling place, And underneath are the everlasting arms." (Deuteronomy 33:27)

1. Dershowitz: Impeachment not even close - WND

. . . The impeachment rants started up as soon as onetime Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort was convicted of financial crimes that happened long before he worked for Trump, and onetime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to paying off women who claimed they had encounters with Trump.

What was revealed, they explained, was not an imminent departure by Trump from the White House, but a clear double standard for those accused of election crimes - one standard for Republicans and another for Democrats. (Read more)

2. Dems split over 'Impeach Trump!' movement - OneNewsNow

Michael Cohen's guilty plea implicating President Donald Trump in a crime reverberated across the political landscape Wednesday, with Republicans rejecting talk of impeachment without evidence of Russian collusion.

Democrats steered clear of the word, too, and zeroed in instead on what they called a "cesspool" of corruption engulfing the White House. The one-two punch ahead of the midterm elections - the plea from former Trump lawyer Cohen and the fraud conviction of one-time campaign chairman Paul Manafort - is presenting the biggest loyalty test yet for Republicans who have been reluctant to criticize the president. Democrats face their own challenge in trying to tamp down calls for impeachment for fear that will galvanize GOP voters in November.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brushed past reporters Wednesday without answering questions about Cohen or the possibility that the lawyer's accusations about an illegal campaign cover-up are grounds for impeachment proceedings against Trump. GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is away from Washington, had no direct response either. Trump's strongest supporters are taking the view that, absent evidence of collusion with Russia to influence the 2016 election, there is just no case for impeachment. (Read now)

3. Santorum: Giving Mueller Team Unfettered Access to WH Counsel Shows Trump Not Trying to Obstruct Anything -

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union With Jake Tapper" that President Donald Trump's decision to give Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team "unfettered" access to White House lawyer Don McGahn shows that the president is not trying to obstruct the Russia investigation.

Santorum was asked during a panel discussion what he thought of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani's comments that Trump wants to be open and transparent, which is why he encouraged 30 witnesses, including McGahn, to testify. (Read more)

4. Cohen's Lawyer Claims Client Has More to Tell Mueller About Trump - The Western Journal

Lanny Davis, the attorney for President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen, launched a full-fledged offensive against Trump on Wednesday, one day after telling the media that Cohen "would be happy" to tell special counsel Robert Mueller everything he knows about Trump's activities during the 2016 presidential campaign. On Tuesday, Cohen pleaded guilty in federal court to eight criminal counts, including campaign finance violations.

Later in the day, Davis said Cohen had knowledge "of interest" to Mueller and was "more than happy to tell the special counsel all that he knows," according to The Washington Post. In an interview with Rachel Maddow on MSNBC, he said his client is "liberated to tell the truth," according to The Washington Times.

Davis said Cohen could address whether Trump was part of a "criminal conspiracy" to hack into the emails of Democratic Party leaders, CNN reported.

Trump on Tuesday denied that Cohen's guilty plea and a jury's conviction the same day of Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort on fraud charges had anything to do with alleged Russian collusion in the election, the official purpose of the Mueller probe. "Where is the collusion?" Trump said at a West Virginia rally.

Trump's current attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, downplayed the importance of Cohen's plea.

"There is no allegation of any wrongdoing against the president in the government's charges against Mr. Cohen," Giuliani said. (Read more)

Focus on Israel

1. Netanyahu Angers Settlers By Only Advancing 1,400 Homes - Jerusalem Post

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu angered settlers and right-wing politicians by only advancing plans for close to 1,400 new Jewish homes in West Bank settlements on Wednesday.

Rather than welcoming the new construction, the bulk of which was advanced by the Higher Planning Committee for Judea and Samaria on Wednesday morning, Netanyahu's right-wing partners complained that it was far too little.

"This is the smallest number of units that the committee has advanced in the last year-and-a-half," the settlers' Yesha Council said.

"At past committee meetings some 2,000-3,000 housing units were advanced - and this number is small compared to the tens of thousands of housing units authorized throughout the country," it said.

(Read more)

2. Israel calls on UN to restore its peacekeepers to Syria border - Israel Hayom

Israel has asked the United Nations to reinstate its Disengagement Observer Force on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights border, outgoing Northern Command Chief of Staff Brig. Gen. Asher Ben-Lulu has confirmed to Israel Hayom.

UNDOF peacekeepers were first deployed on both sides of the Golan Heights border in 1974 as part of the Separation of Forces Agreement between Israel and Syria after the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Under the agreement, UNDOF is the only force authorized to be in the buffer zone, and its role is to monitor the military presence of both sides near the border.

However, UNDOF abandoned two-thirds of its border positions on the Syrian side four years ago, after 45 Fijian peacekeepers were kidnapped by members of the al Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front. Seventy-two other Filipino UNDOF troops were trapped but managed to escape.

Ever since the withdrawal, UNDOF troops have largely been stationed on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights border, where they report to the U.N. on the movement of IDF forces. One small UNDOF stronghold stayed in territory that remained under Syrian President Bashar Assad's control.

(Read more)

3. PA rejects 'something good' from Trump - Israel National News

Palestinian Authority leaders rejected overtures by US President Donald Trump on Wednesday after he said they would get something "very good" in exchange for his country recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Senior PA official Ahmad al-Tamimi said the US president's assertion that he had removed Jerusalem from future negotiations was "a continuation of the US policies in favor of Israel".

Speaking to official PA news agency WAFA, he added that Trump's push for a peace deal was impossible without "recognizing east Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state."

The December decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the US embassy to the city sparked fury among PA officials, with the political leadership cutting off ties to the US administration.

(Read more)

4. UN official urges Israel not to hold Gaza aid 'hostage' to politics - Times of Israel

AP - The UN political chief called on Israel Wednesday to ensure that urgently needed humanitarian supplies for the Gaza Strip are not "held hostage to political and security developments."

Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo told the Security Council its meeting was taking place "in the wake of yet another series of violent escalations that threatened to plunge Gaza into war." She said the recurring violence "highlights the urgency" of UN and Egyptian-led efforts, along with regional and international partners, "to prevent another devastating outbreak of hostilities, respond to the most urgent humanitarian needs, and support intra-Palestinian reconciliation."

(Read more)

5. Netanyahu to meet Baltic leaders in first trip by Israeli PM to Lithuania - Times of Israel

Benjamin Netanyahu will on Thursday become the first Israeli prime minister to visit Lithuania, where he will hold talks with the leaders of the three Baltic countries. Netanyahu's trip comes as he seeks to improve ties with Eastern European countries who may be more sympathetic to Israel in international bodies than other EU nations.

He will meet the leaders of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia together during his visit, which will last until Sunday, according to an Israeli official.

(Read more)

The Daily Brief

1. 3,453 days later, the US bull market becomes the longest on record - CNBC

With the stock market attaining the crown of the longest-running bull market in modern financial history, investors should not fret over the milestone but should focus on the solid underpinnings driving the run.
The current bull market rally, which started March 9, 2009, became the longest one on record since World War II on Wednesday by avoiding a 20 percent or more decline, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices. The market has risen more than 300 percent since its low nine years ago. On Tuesday, it tied the rally from 1990 to early 2000, which totaled 3,452 days, and hit a record high.
(There's only one caveat: if the stock market failed to rise above Tuesday's record and dropped 20 percent from here, then it would be a tie. In early trading Tuesday, the S&P 500 was sitting just below that record and flat for the day.)
For more details, go here.

- Father, in many ways, the stock market represents hope for the future, so we are very thankful. We pray these gains will be sown into Your Kingdom purposes and provide for the needs of people around the world.

- How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. (Psalm 36:7-8)

2. Target CEO raves about the state of the economy: This is the best consumer environment 'I've seen in my career' - CNBC

Consumer spending is back and has never been better as far as Target CEO Brian Cornell is concerned. "There's no doubt that, like others, we're currently benefiting from a very strong consumer environment - perhaps the strongest I've seen in my career," Cornell told analysts on a call Wednesday.

The retailer's shares are surging after reporting second-quarter results that beat on earnings, revenue and comparable store sales. Just when many investors have written off brick-and-mortar retailers in the era of Amazon, Target is seeing a huge jump in foot traffic. "We're seeing a great consumer response . . . unprecedented traffic. As we go back and look, we've never seen traffic growth like this," Cornell said on CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Wednesday morning.

The big-box retailer also said digital sales skyrocketed more than 40 percent during the second quarter, as it's been investing in adding more items to its website and adding more delivery options for online orders. Building on that momentum, Target raised its earnings outlook for the full year.

Its shares climbed more than 5.5 percent in early trading on the news, hitting an all-time intraday high of $88.89. (Read more)

- Father, we thank You that people are enjoying the labor of their hands and are able to provide for their families. We pray this Christmas season will be one of gratitude for Your generous blessings upon our land.

- No longer will they build houses and others live in them, or plant and others eat. For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of my people; my chosen ones will long enjoy the work of their hands. (Isaiah 65:22)

3. NLRB Puts Call Out for Early Retirements - Free Beacon

The Trump administration is looking to use early retirement incentives to cut staffing levels at the federal government's top labor arbiter.

The National Labor Relations Board has put out a call for early retirements to reduce its workforce. The agency said the voluntary retirement and separation programs are needed to restore balance between its caseloads and employees, as well as address "flat funding" as Congress and the White House have rejected bids for budget hikes.

"The NLRB has an imbalance in staffing in both headquarters and the NLRB's regional offices," the agency said in an Aug. 7 announcement. Incentivizing workers to retire or quit, the announcement says, "will enable the Agency to reallocate its limited resources and to, among other things, provide employees with the tools they need, including training and improvements in technology."

The agency has seen its caseload fall in the past several years. In 2017, NLRB handled 1,854 union election petitions, down from more than 2,000 in 2016 and a 25 percent drop from the 2,418 it handled in 2018, according to NLRB data. Unfair labor complaints, which workers or unions file against employers or labor organizations, also fell to 19,280, down from 21,326 in 2016 and 22,495 in 2008.

An agency spokesman declined to comment about the staff reduction levels it hopes to achieve through early retirements and whether layoffs could follow if those goals are not met. The spokesman referred the Washington Free Beacon instead to the Aug. 7 announcement.

Officials at the Wisconsin-based National Labor Relations Board Union did not return calls for comment. The union collected more than $200,000 from its 661 members in 2017, according to federal labor filings. It has seen steep membership declines in recent years and is half the size it was at its peak of 1,230 in 2002. (Read more)

- Father, we pray these staffing reductions will be quick, meeting the interim goal of meeting this year's budget. We also pray these structural changes will lead to the successful combination of the Labor Department with the Education Department.

- He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. (Proverbs 2:7-8)

4. Court Says Abortion is an "Aberration" of Law - Liberty Counsel

The Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals criticized the Supreme Court's abortion decisions, calling them an "aberration of constitutional law." While disagreeing with the Supreme Court, the court of appeals acknowledged it is not the Supreme Court, and thus affirmed the lower court's decision that found Alabama's law prohibiting dismemberment abortions of live unborn babies, known as Dilation and Extraction (D&E), violates the High Court's decisions. The three-judge panel's decision reflects its reluctance to overturn the law, but its allegiance to its role as an intermediate appellate court under the authority of the Supreme Court's previous decisions. (Read more)

- Father, we pray this case, West Alabama Women's Center v. Thomas Miller, will be appealed and heard by the Supreme Court. We pray the Supreme Court will agree with these appellate judges, recognizing their abortion decisions have been an "aberration of constitutional law" and reversing them.

- Now therefore amend your ways and your deeds and obey the voice of the Lord your God; and the Lord will change His mind about the misfortune which He has pronounced against you. (Jeremiah 26:13)

5. Out of Wedlock Births Declining in US After Decades of Increase - Christian Post

After decades of rapid growth, the rate of children being born outside of wedlock is now in decline in the United States.

In 2016, the share of babies born to unmarried mothers in the U.S. dropped below 40 percent, the first time it has been that low since 2007, noted Lyman Stone, research fellow at the Virginia-based Institute for Family Studies in a blog post last Thursday.

This substantive social change is happening concurrently with changes in marital status and in childbearing, and a decreasing fertility rate for the entire nation, she added. While a growing percentage of children today are born into two-parent households, the number of children overall is dropping.

"Since the recession [of 2007-2008], unmarried births have fallen, while births within wedlock have risen slightly. If the share of children born to unmarried moms were falling simply because of more married births - but unmarried births were still rising - then it wouldn't be quite correct to say that unmarried childbearing is on the outs. But with absolute numbers falling, it seems clear that we are genuinely enjoying a period where unmarried parenting is in decline," he went on to explain, noting the trend is holding across all ethnic and racial groups. (Read more)

- Father, we thank You for the reversal of this trend and are grateful for improved family health. We lift up the unmarried people in our nation and pray for a new desire to make marriage and children a priority once again.

- Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. (Psalm 128:3)

6. Rep. Duncan Hunter, wife indicted by federal grand jury - Washington Times

A California congressman and his wife were indicted Tuesday on charges of filing fraudulent campaign-finance records, the Justice Department announced. Rep. Duncan D. Hunter, a Republican, and his wife Margaret Hunter allegedly used $250,000 in campaign money for their own personal expenses, including tuition, groceries, trips to Italy and Hawaii, and dental work.

The Hunters characterized the misuse of funds by labeling expenses as "campaign travel" or "dinner with volunteers."

"The indictment alleges that Congressman Hunter and his wife repeatedly dipped into campaign coffers as if they were personal bank accounts, and falsified FEC campaign finance reports to cover their tracks," said Adam Braverman, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of California.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan called the charges "deeply serious" and said Mr. Hunter would be removed from his committee assignments while the case proceeds. (Read more)

- Father, we lift up Duncan Hunter and his wife Margaret. We pray, if these charges are politically motivated, that You will expose the Justice Department. We also pray for those targeted by "lawfare" to be treated fairly by our justice system.

- The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.
(Psalm 33:5)

7. California's 'Must Stay Gay' Bill Is Nearing Passage. Here's the Severe Harm It Would Do - Daily Signal

A groundswell of opposition from churches, pastors, and ordinary citizens in California may have delayed but ultimately could not prevent the passage of AB 2943 by the California Senate on Aug. 16.

The bill itself is a perfect storm of leftist political correctness that attacks free speech and freedom of religion while institutionalizing the sexual revolution. The state's Assembly and Gov. Jerry Brown have one last chance to stop it from becoming law.

On its face, AB 2943 is round 2 of the California legislature's attack on sexual orientation change efforts, referred to by critics as "conversion therapy." "Sexual orientation change efforts" is an umbrella term for talk therapies or counseling practices that assist people who experience unwanted same-sex sexual attractions in overcoming those feelings, or abstaining from homosexual behavior.

The first round of attack was a 2012 bill prohibiting licensed mental health providers from giving this therapy to clients who are minors-an approach since imitated in more than a dozen other states. AB 2943 would significantly expand this restriction, applying it to clients of any age whatsoever. The bill, which would prohibit advertising or providing sexual orientation change efforts, would also apply to any counselor who is paid a fee for their services, regardless of whether they are state-licensed (including religious or pastoral counselors).

The bill has awakened many people to the threat that such therapy bans pose to core freedoms of speech and religion. The implications of these attacks extend well beyond the limited population of people with unwanted same-sex attractions and the compassionate therapists who seek to help them achieve their client-driven goals. (Read more)

- Father, we pray this California bill will not be signed into law. We ask You, Lord, to protect counselors, pastors, and other professionals who desire to help people overcome unwanted sexual attractions.

- But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. (1 Corinthians 12:18)

8. Stop Funding Terror Education - Liberty Counsel

Congress has introduced a bipartisan bill to annually review whether educational resources used in Palestinian schools continue to encourage "violence or intolerance toward other nations or ethnic groups." The Palestinian Authority Educational Curriculum Transparency Act was recently introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. David Young and requires the U.S. State Department to submit annual reports reviewing the educational material used in schools in the West Bank and Gaza run by the Palestinian Authority (PA) and UNRWA, the United Nation's Palestinian-refugee agency. The Jerusalem-based IMPACT-se (Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education), a research institute that analyzes educational materials, participated in crafting the bill.

Despite being reformed in 2016 and 2017, Palestinian curriculums for grades 1 through 11 "fail to meet the international standards of peace and tolerance in educational materials established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization." The bill will mandate the secretary of state to monitor the PA curriculum through internationally recognized standards of peace and tolerance which includes promoting respect, peacemaking, gender equality, sound prosperity and cooperation, unbiased information, and free from wording and illustrations that condone hatred for others. (Read more)

- Lord Jesus, You died for these children just as You did for us. Deliver them from the plan of the enemy. We pray they will come to know the truth, the saving power of Jesus and redemption for their sins.

- For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
(Romans 1:16)

9. South Africa risks economic destruction in seizing white-owned farms, analysts warn - Washington Times

South Africa faces potential economic calamity if it moves ahead with the seizure of largely white-owned farmland, analysts warned this week, as global investors reacted to a plan that government leaders say is necessary to correct decades-old wrongs of apartheid that left deep, systemic wealth inequalities and land ownership disparities along racial lines.

South African economic analysts and U.S. observers say the country risks inviting the kind of devastation that left neighboring Zimbabwe's economy in ruins after a similar forced expropriation scheme targeting some of the country's most productive farmland.

Officials with South Africa's state-owned Land Bank reportedly warned Tuesday that the plan could cost the government as much as $2.8 billion in payouts because of a specific clause on expropriation of land. Amid growing media coverage of the land grab program, the Trump administration faced growing pressure to speak and immediately suspend South Africa's status in the African Growth and Opportunity Act, which gives the country vital access to U.S. markets.

The looming economic storm stands in stark contrast with the pro-market promises of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa as he came to power in February and has repeated throughout his tenure. He vowed that the country's economy would grow and that he would bring newfound credibility to the South African government, even while calling the sharp inequality over land ownership a "festering wound" from the apartheid era. "The landowners must not be afraid to embrace this process," Mr. Ramaphosa told critics in a parliamentary session Wednesday. "You say the landowners want certainty. I can tell you the people who are hungry for land also want certainty." (Read more)

- Father, we pray Your church in South Africa, first and foremost, will repent for the nation cutting diplomatic ties with Israel. Give those who love You wisdom to pray and fight for the soul of their nation.

- If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

10. Hawaii may face direct hit, serious damage from Hurricane Lane to end this week - Accuweather

Major Hurricane Lane is forecast to close in on Hawaii and threaten lives and property on the islands due to pounding surf, flash flooding, mudslides and strong winds.

There is the possibility of Lane making a direct hit on one or more of the islands late this week and into this weekend. The ultimate severity of impacts will depend on the exact track and strength of Lane.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige has signed an emergency proclamation in advance of the hurricane. Some schools have also been closed until further notice. Even in lieu of a direct hit, "Lane has the potential of bringing the state of Hawaii serious and perhaps record damage," according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.

"All residents and interests on the islands should closely monitor Hurricane Lane and pay particular attention to local officials on possible evacuations and preparations," Kottlowski said. (Read more)

- Father, we lift up all those in the pathway of this storm and pray they will prepare as much spiritually as they do physically. We pray You will use this storm to bring many to repentance and into Your Kingdom.

- Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you islands, and all who live in them. (Isaiah 42:10)

The Daily Jot

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Conspiracy 2

President Trump is now being criticized for his admission that anything he says will be twisted and used against him. In an interview with Reuters, Trump said he is faced with a perjury trap. Reuters reported that "The president expressed fears that investigators could compare his statements with that of others who have testified in the probe, such as former FBI Director James Comey, and that any discrepancies could be used against him." He said, "So if I say something and he (Comey) says something, and it's my word against his, and he's best friends with Mueller, so Mueller might say: 'Well, I believe Comey,' and even if I'm telling the truth, that makes me a liar. That's no good."

Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort was found guilty of eight of 18 charges connected to financial fraud. Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight charges associated with tax evasion, illegal contributions to campaigns, and paying off women with whom Trump had sexual relations. The Mueller Special Counsel levied these charges and "pressured," which in today's terms means legally blackmailed, these men into admitting guilt or not even presenting a defense. None of the charges are remotely related to the Russians conspiring with Trump to influence the US Presidential election. None. But this is the way of the world these days.

America spent eight years of the previous administration selectively enforcing laws; harassing conservative non-profits; doing under the table business deals with Russia; sending Iran billions of dollars in cash that bolstered its nuclear program and expanded its terrorist operations; voting scandals; sending taxpayer dollars to terrorists; and the list goes on and on. Yet, there were no investigations, Special Counsels or convictions. The only investigation is the current one, spawned from the Clinton Campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and the previous Administration paying for a false dossier on Trump and using it to get the secret FISA Court to allow the administration to spy on Trump and his campaign.

There is plenty of bad stuff going around in government. We are in a period of great disruption. The information being reported all has a slant of bias to it. All the indictments and guilty findings are not related to the Mueller Russian probe, but they add up to one thing: Everyone doing illegal things is related to Donald Trump in some way. That, in the public's eye, makes Trump also guilty-even without evidence against him. I do not know if Trump is guilty of illegal business dealings. I know as sure as I'm writing this, Russia did not change the election outcome. But as Romans 16:18 warns, "good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple." The coup-makers are using this noise to suit their own passion and to turn people away from the truth to pursue myths. Seek truth and be no deterred by the deceivers and evildoers.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!

Bill Wilson

Conflict is Unavoidable

Conflict is Unavoidable

A Commentary by Dr. Ronnie Floyd, President
The National Day of Prayer

Conflict is unavoidable. Conflict happens between husbands and wives, parents and kids, brothers and sisters, Democrats and Republicans, employees and supervisors, CEOs and boards, pastors and leaders in the church, people on social media, and a myriad of other ways.

Sadly, conflict is just one click or thoughtless response away.

In this explosive culture in America, motives are challenged endlessly. Trust in relationships is not earned easily. Criticism of others is ruthless. Cynicism is applauded loudly. Leaders are under detailed scrutiny. With as many conflicts as we endure, one might think people really are not that concerned with it, content to live with fractured relationships and just move on. I do not believe this is the case.

People Want Conflict Resolved, but do Not Know How

A few years ago, I read that eighty-five percent of people surveyed said they wanted to resolve conflict between themselves and others. The percentage may not be this high in America any longer, but I am certain people do not like to live in conflict.

So why do people not resolve conflict? Why do they let their anger simmer into a rage, privately or publicly? I believe this occurs because they just do not know the actions to take to see it resolved.

> > > To read Dr. Floyd's suggestions for resolving conflict, please go here.

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Prayers for the Persecuted Church

"Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body." (Hebrews 13:3)

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


"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet And a light unto my path." (Psalm 119:105)


Holy words long preserved
For our walk in this world
They resound with God's own heart
O let the ancient words impart
Words of life words of hope
Give us strength help us cope
In this world where'er we roam
Ancient words will guide us home


Ancient words ever true
Changing me changing you
We have come with open hearts
O let the ancient words impart

Holy words of our faith
Handed down to this age
Came to us through sacrifice
O heed the faithful words of Christ
Holy words long preserved
For our walk in this world
They resound with God's own heart
O let the ancient words impart


Martyr's blood stains each page
They have died for this faith
Hear them cry through the years
Heed these words and hold them dear



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Signs and Wonders

'Big One' talk swirls as 69 massive earthquakes hit the Pacific's Ring of Fire in 48 hours

A large swath of earthquakes hit the Pacific's so-called Ring of Fire earlier this week, prompting some to wonder if it is a precursor to the oft-discussed massive earthquake, colloquially known as "the Big One."

Sixty-nine earthquakes, including 16 tremors registering 4.5 or above on the Richter scale, recently hit the area, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), which recorded the events but did not issue a warning.

Several of the quakes registered significant impacts, including one that hit 5.0 and shook the area on Tuesday morning. Fiji appeared to be the most impacted, as five tremors above a 4.5 magnitude hit the small island.

Luckily, the earthquakes did not reach the western coast of the U.S., which partially sits on the Cascadia subduction zone, a fault that stretches from mid-Vancouver Island to Northern California. The recent tremors have sparked concern that "the Big One" could be near, according to The Daily Mail, but the USGS has made no mention of this.

Of the 69 earthquakes, 53 hit the area on Sunday, followed by the 16 subsequent tremors, impacting Indonesia, Bolivia, Japan and the aforementioned Fiji.

"The Big One"

"The Big One" is often described as an earthquake with a magnitude 8 or above, causing massive destruction to California, which some have said is overdue for an earthquake of this magnitude. California sits on the San Andreas fault, a 750-mile fault that has been responsible for some of the state's most devastating earthquakes.

The last earthquake that came close to a 8.0 magnitude in California was the great earthquake of 1906, which hit a magnitude of 7.9 and shook San Francisco to the ground, destroying 80 percent of the city and resulted in 3,000 deaths.

A massive earthquake registering 8.2 was registered on Sunday, hitting 174 miles north-northeast of Ndoi Island, Fiji, according to the the USGS. Luckily, the massive quake did not cause any significant damage, hitting at a depth of 347.7 miles, too deep to cause a tsunami.

The Ring of Fire

The Ring of Fire is a 25,000 mile horseshoe-shaped ring, accounting for approximately 90 percent of the world's earthquakes, according to the USGS.

The region also contains 452 volcanoes, more than 75 percent of the world's active and dormant volcanoes.

Though the USGS did not issue a warning, the recent spat of earthquakes in the Ring of Fire could eventually cause some problems for the western part of the U.S. and other close regions. (Fox News) Read more.

> > > See also: 'Big one' coming? Earthquakes off the West Coast could eventually trigger a global event - Fox News

Read here.

"I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke." (Acts 2:19)

The Good News Corner

Facebook Apologizes, Reverses "Hate Speech" Suspension of Christian Blogger Activist Mommy: "Carry On, People of God!"

As previously reported by LifeSiteNews, Johnston revealed last Wednesday she had just been given a three-day suspension from posting, commenting, or using Messenger because she allegedly posted "something" that violated the website's "standards on hate speech." Facebook did not identify the offending content.

Other administrators were able to keep the Activist Mommy Facebook page running during the time period in question, but Facebook's refusal to specify a basis for the suspension alarmed Johnston.

"How are we supposed to even work with Facebook if they won't tell us what is and what's not allowed, and if anything, we say that dares to go against the radical left narrative may be deemed 'hateful'?" she asked.

On Saturday, Johnston announced that Facebook had reversed the decision, with a representative claiming one of their detection systems "mistakenly flagged your content and unpublished it." The spokesman apologized, but did not offer further details.

"Guess I wasn't so hateful after all," Johnston said

Johnston told the Christian Post she was fortunate to have human contacts within Facebook she could contact to quickly resolve the issue, but noted that's not an option for many people wrongly censored by the social media giant. (Breaking Christian News) Read more.

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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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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: 712-432-0075.

The access code is: 206425#. 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.]

Welcome to our NIGHTWATCH!

Welcome to our NIGHTWATCH!

"My eyes are awake through the night watches, That I may meditate on Your word." (Psalm 119:148)

From now through Sunday morning, August 25th, CHPP is sponsoring 21 NIGHTS OF PRAYER for our nation and for Israel. And . . . in the current political climate, we are crying out for the protection of President Donald J. Trump. AMEN.

Using the Daily Briefs as our prayer guides, we are crying out in the night, in repentance, asking God to pour out His mercy upon our land. We then pray, too, for the peace of Jerusalem.

You can reach us anytime from midnight tonight to 5:00 a.m. by calling 641-715-0862; Access Code 418253#.
For more details, please go here.