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Tuesday, September 4, 2018
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Judge Kavanaugh Hearings Begin Today
Judge Kavanaugh Hearings Begin Today
Tuesday, Sept. 4: The hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:30. Don't expect any questioning by senators on this day. After Chairman Grassley opens the hearing, the day will proceed with opening statements of 10 minutes each by all 21 committee members (11 Republicans and 10 Democrats). . . .
And the first day will close-probably around 5 p.m.-with Kavanaugh's opening statement.
Wednesday: First round of questioning begins. Each senator will have 30 minutes, and the questioning will alternate back and forth between Republicans and Democrats and in order of seniority. . . .
Thursday: The first round of questioning will probably end by lunchtime, even if that means a late lunch. The second round of questioning will then take place, with each senator having 20 minutes. In theory, that could mean another seven hours of questioning, but Grassley will aim to complete Kavanaugh's testimony on Thursday, so some Republicans will probably waive some or all of their time (and some Democrats might do so as well).
Friday: The committee will hear from four panels of witnesses, 28 witnesses in total (listed here). The panels will be ushered in and out very quickly, and nearly no one will be watching at this point. (Excerpted from National Review, by Ed Whelen. Follow him on Twitter for updates during the hearing: @EdWhelanEPPC.)
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Prayer for the Senate Hearings on Kavanaugh
-- Judicial Action Group
September 3, 2018
Tomorrow we begin Senate hearings on the most consequential judicial nominee in two generations. Thirty-one years ago, we had an opportunity to take a fifth seat - a majority - on the U.S. Supreme Court.
We failed to do so when President Reagan, the Senate, and we put Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.
From that day to this one we have cried out for another opportunity. Today, we seek more than just a majority of the Supreme Court. We seek a Supreme Court that honors the Constitution, that honors the heart of Father God, that renews covenant with Him, and that puts an end to the curse of abortion.
Justice Kennedy's seat now sits vacant and we again have an opportunity to take the majority of the Supreme Court.
A Prayer We Can All Pray
Regardless of what each of us believe about Judge Kavanaugh, there are powerful ways that we can all pray in agreement. So, here are some recommended prayer points:
Father, we pray:
1. That You speak unmistakably to President Donald Trump, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley as well as to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Judiciary Ranking Member Diane Feinstein, as well as to all Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and to all Senators. Reveal to them whether Kavanaugh is Your choice or not.
2. . If Kavanaugh is your choice, then we pray that he will be confirmed.
3. If Kavanaugh is not your choice, then we pray that he will not be confirmed.
4. May these hearings be truly meaningful and more than just a political stage with actors.
5. Please use these hearings to accomplish Your will - not our will.
6. Reveal what You want to reveal.
7. Protect what You want to protect.
8. We declare that this vacant seat is reserved only for Your one appointed Justice.
9. Let Your Kingdom come and let Your will be done on earth - with this seat - as it is in Heaven.
10. Father, may these Senate Hearings and the confirmation of our next Supreme Court Justice bring the Glory to Your Name that has been unjustly denied for far too long.
We pray these things in the matchless name of Jesus Christ our Lord!
Phillip L. Jauregui
Judicial Action Group
SOMETHING TO CONSIDER:
Trump admin withholds 100,000-plus pages of Kavanaugh docs - CNN
To read this article, go here.
- We offer this headline to you today, fully acknowledging that this may be "fake news" due to its source: CNN. Please include this information in your prayers during the hearings this week. Let all the truth be revealed regarding past decisions made by Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Amen.
- "For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light." (Mark 4:22)
Focus on Israel
1. Archeologists Believe They Found the Site of Jesus' First Recorded Miracle - Faithwire
Archeologists have for hundreds of years believed they knew exactly where Jesus performed his first recorded miracle - turning water into wine - but new discoveries are now calling the location into question.
According to John 2, Jesus performed the miracle during a wedding at Cana. When the wine ran out during the celebration, the son of God transformed the water into wine in what is believed to be, according to the biblical account, his first miracle.
Archeologists are, based on new research, now confident the real site of the miracle - in Cana - is actually on a hillside five miles further north of the previously understood location in Israel, The Daily Mail reported.
2. Controversial Duterte to arrive for 1st ever visit by Filipino president - Jerusalem Post
The Philippines' controversial President Rodrigo Duterte is scheduled to arrive Sunday for a four-day visit, on the heels of yet another statement that triggered fury in which he said during a speech Thursday that rape will continue as long as there are beautiful women.
Duterte - known primarily for these types of outrageous statements and for a brutal war against drug dealers, with allegations that his government has executed thousands of people in his war on narcotics - will be the first president of the Philippines to visit the country since ties were established in 1958.
In 2016 he likened his war against drugs to Hitler's war against the Jews, though he later apologized for that remark.
Reflecting awareness that Duterte's visit has sparked controversy in Israel and abroad, the Foreign Ministry took the unusual step Friday of issuing a lengthy statement that read like an explanation as to why Israel will be hosting him.
3. Israel strikes airbase near Damascus, Arab media reports - Israel Hayom
A series of five explosions that rocked the Mezzeh airbase southwest of Damascus late Saturday night was caused by an Israeli airstrike, Arab media reported on Sunday.
Several reports said the strike had caused an unknown number of casualties, while others said Syrian air defenses countered the strike.
The U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said an Israeli airstrike had caused an unknown number of deaths and injuries.
According to Arab social media, Maher Assad, the younger brother of Syrian President Bashar Assad, was wounded in the strike and an unnamed Iranian general was killed.
4. Netanyahu meets U.S. envoy for Syria - Israel National News
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met on Sunday evening with the U.S. Special Representative for Syrian Affairs James Jeffrey. The two discussed the situation in Syria and the joint effort to stop Iran's terror and aggression.
Ahead of Jeffrey's visit to the region, the State Department said he would discuss "maintaining Israel's security while countering Iran's destabilizing activity throughout the region".
Jeffrey is accompanied on the tour by U.S. special envoy for Syria Joel Rayburn.
5. Israel rejects 'confederation' with Jordan and Palestinians - World Israel News
On Monday, senior Israeli diplomats communicated the nation's position on a plan that Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas claimed the US floated, which would create a Palestinian confederation with Jordan and possibly Israel.
According to the Jerusalem Post, the Israeli diplomats cited stated that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to support a directly negotiated agreement with the Palestinians that provides them with a demilitarized entity, referred to at times as a "state minus," with the Jewish state continuing to oversee security west of the Jordan River.
Abbas raised the confederation proposal during a meeting with leftist activists from the Peace Now organization and Israeli lawmakers in Ramallah on Sunday, claiming that the Trump administration floated the idea during an August 2017 visit by Trump senior adviser Jared Kushner and US special envoy Jason Greenblatt
6. INSIGHT FOR INTERCESSORS - Weekly Prayer Bulletin
September 3, 2018
To read this week's bulletin, please go here.
6. Iran Transfers Missiles to Iraqi Proxies, Threatening Israel - United with Israel
Iran has transferred a number of short-range ballistic missiles to proxy forces in Iraq, which could threaten Israel, Saudi Arabia, or American forces in Iraq, Reuters reported Friday, citing multiple sources.
The sources included three Iranian officials, two Iraqi and two Western intelligence sources. A number of the sources said that Iran was teaching its proxies how to manufacture the missiles on their own.
An Iranian source described the transfer as a "backup plan if Iran was attacked." The senior official also told Reuters, "The number of missiles is not high, just a couple of dozen, but it can be increased if necessary."
According to Reuters, there are locations in southern and western Iraq where the missiles would be within range of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, or Tel Aviv, Israel.
The Daily Brief
1. Democrats losing their minds over Trump, Limbaugh says - WND
A Democrat who served in the Bill Clinton administration and now teaches at the University of California at Berkeley has concluded that impeaching President Trump is not a good idea.
Not because the evidence of wrongdoing isn't there. Not because there aren't enough votes in the House and Senate. Not because of anything like that.
It's because it wouldn't reverse President Trump's actions in totality. It wouldn't erase him from the roster of presidents. It wouldn't undo the laws he's signed, the appointments he's made and the executive orders he's issued.
Talk radio star Rush Limbaugh was flabbergasted. The demand for the unprecedented and extra-constitutional "annulment" comes from Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich.
Now a professor at Berkeley, he wrote in Newsweek: "The only way I see the end of Trump is if there's overwhelming evidence he rigged the 2016 election. In which case impeachment isn't an adequate remedy. His presidency should be annulled. (Read more)
- Lord, the Democrats are in the grip of wickedness and hate, and unrighteousness is free flowing. We ask for You to change their hearts, to remove the evil from their minds, and restore righteousness to our nation.
- "Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause." (Psalm 25:3)
2. Christian Cake Baker Turns the Tables, Sues Colorado for Anti-Religious Bias - Daily Signal
Jack Phillips owns Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, and is himself a master baker. He's in trouble with the state of Colorado for declining to create a custom cake for an event because doing so would violate his religious beliefs.
If that sounds familiar, it's because Phillips has already taken a similar case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled in his favor on June 4. Here's the background.
In 2012, Phillips declined the request by a same-sex couple marrying in Massachusetts that he create a custom cake for their reception in Colorado. (Read more)
- Lord, this baker has already won at the Supreme Court on his previous case. We pray that this lawsuit will once and for all stop the states from attacking Christians on the basis of their religion.
- "Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness." (Proverbs 25:5)
3. Twitter Blocks Some Conservatives Including VP Mike Pence from 'Moments' Feature - Breitbart
Twitter has begun blocking certain conservative accounts from being featured in the platform's "Twitter Moments" section. Accounts affected include Candace Owens, Parkland survivor Kyle Kashuv, and the official account of Vice President Mike Pence.
A recent video from Sarah Eaglesfield, a British political activist and commentator, appears to show that Twitter will not allow certain accounts - primarily conservatives and free speech proponents - to be added to a new Twitter Moment. The video from Eaglesfield tests a number of accounts including Candace Owens, Kyle Kashuv, and Scottish YouTuber Markus Meechan, known better as Count Dankula.
Twitter Moments is a feature on the platform that allows users to create lists of tweets on a related topic to share with other users. According to Twitter, "Moments are curated stories showcasing the very best of what's happening on Twitter. Our Moments guide is customized to show you current topics that are popular or relevant, so you can discover what is unfolding on Twitter in an instant."
The video demonstrates that when certain twitter accounts are searched for to be included in a new Twitter Moment, instead of displaying a list of tweets to select from - the normal functionality - the platform instead displays an error message which reads, "Hmm, Tweets aren't loading right now, try again." The message persists despite multiple attempts to find tweets. (Read more)
- Lord, we pray that You will protect our Vice President and other Conservatives/Christians from the censorship by social media.
- "For he who fears God will escape them all." (Eccl 7:18c)
4. Trump Flipped Two Federal Court Circuits from Liberal to Conservative ― And Looks Like More to Come - IJR
While all eyes were on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the president has quietly flipped two federal court circuits - and it looks like two more are on the way.
Trump's first big court win came from his appointment of Justice Neil Gorsuch. Many conservatives were thrilled; many liberals were not. Both sides were very loud about it, though. Now, the same thing is happening for nominee, Judge Kavanaugh.
While the nation's attention was on the Supreme Court, Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell quietly have cranked out dozens of conservative judges to fill in the lower courts, and there are more on the way.
In fact, on Tuesday the Senate will be voting on seven more Trump-appointed judges to fill vacancies at various levels of the federal court system.
And here it is: "Senate just cut a deal to fast-track votes starting at 3:45p today on 11 nominations-including SEVEN Trump nominees to be district court judges." pic.twitter.com/3C9KiNcqSA
- Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) August 28, 2018
Trump has replaced 24 judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals in his first congressional term, according to the New York Times. To compare, former President Barack Obama only approved 15 judges in his first congressional term. (Read more)
- Thank You, Father, for a turnaround in the courts. We ask for it to continue, bringing life and truth back to our gatekeepers.
- "And he set the porters at the gates of the house of the LORD, that none which was unclean in any thing should enter in." (2 Chronicles 23:19)
5. Warrants to Spy on Carter Page Obtained Without FISA Court Hearings, DOJ Filing Reveals - CNS News
A Justice Department (DOJ) filing in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request reveals that neither the initial warrant, nor any of its three renewals, to spy on Carter Page were subjected to a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) hearing for approval.
On Friday, Judicial Watch announced the DOJ's filing in response to Judicial Watch's FOIA request regarding the warrants granted to spy on former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page:
"Judicial Watch today announced that in response to a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, the Justice Department (DOJ) admitted in a court filing last night that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court held no hearings on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) spy warrant applications targeting Carter Page, a former Trump campaign part-time advisor who was the subject of four controversial FISA warrants."
"In the filing the Justice Department finally revealed that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court held no hearings on the Page FISA spy warrants, first issued in 2016 and subsequently renewed three times: (Read more)
- Father, we pray that as more of these egregious actions come to light, You will prevent them from ever occurring again. We declare all hidden things to be revealed and all lies fall before the Truth.
- "Oh, send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me." (Psalm 43:3a)
6. Exclusive: Pentagon cancels aid to Pakistan over record on militants - Reuters
The U.S. military said it has made a final decision to cancel $300 million in aid to Pakistan that had been suspended over Islamabad's perceived failure to take decisive action against militants, in a new blow to deteriorating ties.
The so-called Coalition Support Funds were part of a broader suspension in aid to Pakistan announced by President Donald Trump at the start of the year, when he accused Pakistan of rewarding past assistance with "nothing but lies & deceit."
The Trump administration says Islamabad is granting safe haven to insurgents who are waging a 17-year-old war in neighboring Afghanistan, a charge Pakistan denies.
But U.S. officials had held out the possibility that Pakistan could win back that support if it changed its behavior. (Read more)
- Lord, we thank You that President Trump is attempting to stop terrorists from continuing to obtain money from the United States.
- "A man is not established by wickedness, but the root of righteousness cannot be moved. " (Proverbs 12:3)
7. Arrest of Iranian spies in the US just 'tip of the iceberg,' lawmaker warns - Fox News
The recent arrest of two Iranian agents alleged to have been running spy operations on U.S. soil is just "the tip of the iceberg" in terms of the Islamic Republic's efforts to conduct intelligence operations in America that could result in a terrorist attack, according to a leading lawmaker and U.S. officials who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon about the matter.
Following the arrest of two Iranian individuals charged with spying on Jewish and Israeli facilities in the California area, Rep. Peter Roskam (R., Ill.) told the Free Beacon it is likely Iran has stationed multiple regime-tied agents in the United States to conduct intelligence operations.
While the arrest of the two Iranians was met with shock in the press, Roskam said he was not surprised by the arrests, which have unearthed concrete evidence of the Islamic Republic's efforts to foment discord across the globe, including on American soil. (Read more)
- Father, as these spies may be part of sleeper cells deep in the US, we ask that You root out every terror cell that is hiding inside the nation.
- "Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known." (Matthew 10:26)
8. FBI arrests five New Mexico compound suspects days after multiple charges were dropped - Fox News
The FBI announced Friday that it had arrested all five New Mexico compound suspects, days after multiple charges were dropped. The suspects were now being charged with violating federal firearms and conspiracy laws.
The announcement comes after local prosecutors dropped charges in the death of a 3-year-old boy at the compound site. Taos County District Attorney Donald Gallegos said Friday his office would now seek grand jury indictments involving the death. Gallegos said seeking indictments would allow more time to gather evidence.
"The defendants, Jany Leveille, 35, a Haitian national illegally present in the United States, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40, Hujrah Wahhaj, 37, Subhanah Wahhaj, 35, and Lucas Morton, 40, are charged in a criminal complaint that was filed earlier today in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico," the bureau said in a statement.
"The criminal complaint charges Jany Leveille with being an alien unlawfully in possession of firearms and ammunition in the District of New Mexico from Nov. 2017 through Aug. 2018," the bureau said. "The criminal complaint charges the other four defendants with aiding and abetting Leveille in committing the offense, and with conspiring with Leveille to commit the offense." (Read more)
- Thank You, Lord that these terrorists were re-arrested. We pray that this time the prosecution will be efficient enough to do their duty to protect the people of our country.
- "Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, but establish the just."
9. Mueller's Team Shrinks By Two - Conservative Daily Post
The Robert Mueller special investigation continues to drag on, and although it has finally claimed two successful prosecutions in court, both prosecutions have nothing to do with claims of Russian conspiracy or 'collusion.' However, more interesting than that is the fact that two prosecutors for his team just walked out the door.
While both of the lawyers were relatively junior members of the team, they were frequently in the spotlight. Both also worked on court cases that resulted from the investigation into allegations of Russian interference and 'collusion.' As the lawyers left, the team denied the 'political allegations' had anything to do with their departure.
Peter Carr, a spokesman for the group, refused to explain on Thursday what their leaving could possibly mean for the investigation. (Read more)
- Lord, we pray that this development will help bring to a close the investigation by Robert Mueller.
- "He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed." (Proverbs 13:20)
10. Texas Federal Judge Rules DACA Illegal, But Will Not End It Before Appeal - Breitbart
A Texas federal judge ruled on Friday that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty program for illegal aliens violates federal law, but declined the request of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and other states to issue an injunction blocking the program immediately, and instead certified his order for immediate appeal, fast-tracking this case for quick resolution.
In a 117 page opinion, Judge Andrew Hanen of U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas agreed that the attorneys general, led by Paxton, were correct in their interpretation of the law - that the Obama administration's controversial 2012 executive action violates the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and impermissibly orders the federal government to ignore American immigration laws.
Because the APA, which regulates the actions of federal agencies, was enough for him to find DACA illegal, Hanen did not address the attorneys general's arguments based on the Take Care Clause of the U.S. Constitution. (Read more)
- Father, we ask that You resolve this issue of the "dreamers" quickly over and above the opposition, and resolve it with Your wisdom.
- "Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom." (Proverbs 4:7)
The Daily Jot
Football, prayer and the National Anthem
The First Amendment reads: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." On March 15, 1982, President Ronald Reagan said, "The first amendment was not written to protect the American people from religion; the first amendment was written to protect the American people from government tyranny." On September 25, 1982, Reagan said, "To prevent those who believe in God from expressing their faith is an outrage. The relentless drive to eliminate God from our schools . . . should be stopped."
As we begin football season, there are two issues that will undoubtedly rise to the top. Prayer and the National Anthem. The Supreme Court, wrongly in my opinion, ruled in June 2000 that public schools cannot allow student-led prayer over the public address system before high school football games. Protests during the National Anthem will also be an issue that will cause many to abandon their watching of football games. A recent NBC poll indicates that 54% of Americans oppose protests during the National Anthem. But the divide is even deeper between Republicans and Democrats. Some 88% of Republicans oppose taking a knee during the Anthem, while 72% of Democrats approve of the protests.
I coached basketball and football for over 40 years. Prior to our first game of the season, either myself or someone on my coaching staff would discuss the Anthem and the historic reason of why it is important to stand. I never had an athlete not stand for the Anthem. But we never forced them to stand. Also, whatever team I coached, either myself, another coach, a parent, or an athlete led prayer before the game and after the game. We even prayed during the game (for sure!). My former athletes often tell me about how our coaching and dedication to the Lord changed them at critical points. In training college and pro football athletes, there is no doubt that faith, prayer, and love of country are integral to most of their lives.
First Amendment freedom of speech and the free exercise of religion is for anywhere, anytime and anybody. Judges who rule against the plain language of the First Amendment should be removed from office. Also, when people understand the gravity of the Anthem, they are more likely to stand. Hear me out-I believe people should stand, but if they are forced to stand, they are still sitting in their hearts. Notwithstanding, companies have a right to enforce their policies, and if you want to keep your job, you comply. But I love the example of when the Sadducees in Acts banned Peter and the apostles from teaching in the name of Jesus, "Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men." God is a God of freedom. As we accept his liberty, we should obey God's precepts-not man's.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
News of Special Interest
Trump Presented with Bible with Special Inscription from Evangelical Leaders
President Donald Trump was presented with a Bible on Monday night signed by more than 100 evangelical leaders who thanked him for his "courageous and bold stand for religious liberty."
Trump's spiritual adviser Pastor Paula White - who first gathered faith leaders to meet with the then-Republican candidate in Trump Tower in September 2015 - presented the chief executive with the Bible at the White House's state dinner for faith leaders.
"This group would like to present to you and the first lady a Bible that is signed by over 100 Christians, Evangelicals that love you, pray for you," White said.
She then read the inscription in the Bible, which says, "First lady and president, you are in our prayers always. Thank you for your courageous and bold stand for religious liberty, and for your timeless service to all Americans. We appreciate the price that you have paid to walk in the high calling. History will record the greatness that you have brought for generations."
"We pray this prayer," White said. "And if all of you agree with that, say 'Amen,'" which garnered an "Amen" in response from those in the room.
. . . In welcoming the leaders to the White House, Trump said, "We're here this evening to celebrate America's heritage of faith, family, and freedom. As you know, in recent years, the government tried to undermine religious freedom. But the attacks on communities of faith are over. We've ended it," the president added, which drew applause from the room.
Trump went on to list some of the accomplishments of his administration that are important to many in the evangelical community. They included ending the Johnson Amendment, which threatened churches and religious non-profits with loss of their tax exempt status if they spoke out on political issues.
"We've taken action to defend the religious conscience of doctors, nurses, teachers, students, preachers, faith groups, and religious employers," Trump said in reference to the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate (which included requiring abortion inducing drugs in health care plans) and other related issues.
The president also mentioned efforts to restrict abortions, including reinstituting the Mexico City Policy, preventing federal dollars from being used to fund abortions overseas and proposing regulations to prevent federal money being used to subsidize abortions domestically.
Trump highlighted that he fulfilled his campaign pledge to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Among those attending Monday's dinner were Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell, Jr., Alveda King, Darrell Scott, Robert Jeffries, Ralph Reed, Tony Perkins, Greg Laurie, Eric Metaxas, James and Shirley Dobson, and David Jeremiah. (Western Journal) Read more -- including some of the remarks given by these evangelical leaders at the dinner -- here.
Guatemala Marches for Life!
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words:
Guatemala Marches for Life!
We do not have the source for this article, but we understand that this rally, which took place on Saturday in Guatemala City, Guatemala, is against homosexuality and abortion - but for the family unit.
Please continue to lift up President Jimmy Morales in Guatemala, as he stands for LIFE and as he also blesses Israel by moving their Embassy to Jerusalem.
A Presidential Proclamation
A Presidential Proclamation for National Preparedness Month
National Preparedness Month is a time to focus our attention on the importance of preparing our families, homes, businesses, and communities for disasters that threaten our lives, property, and homeland. During this time, we also honor the brave men and women who selflessly respond to crises and disasters, rendering aid to those in need. These first responders, who work tirelessly to safeguard our Nation and protect our citizens, deserve our utmost gratitude and appreciation.
Over the past year, communities nationwide and across the Territories have witnessed and endured damage from multiple hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, floods, volcanic eruptions, and other natural disasters. The historic hurricane season of 2017 included three catastrophic storms that made landfall within a month, and was followed by a destructive series of wildfires in California. Combined, these natural disasters affected 47 million people and tens of thousands were mobilized to provide aid, comfort, and assistance. We are also especially mindful of those currently affected by ongoing wildfires in California, Oregon, and Colorado. In spite of tremendous challenges, the resilience of the American people continues to prevail.
Tragedies are somber reminders that preparedness is a shared responsibility and that it is critical to maintain readiness. All Americans can prepare for potential disasters by developing and practicing a family emergency response plan, assembling a disaster supply kit, signing up for alerts on mobile devices, setting aside emergency savings, and maintaining adequate insurance policies for their homes and businesses. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Ready Campaign outlines other important steps to best prepare for a major disaster.
This month, I encourage all Americans to take the opportunity to ensure they have an emergency response plan in place and ready to be properly executed. Emergencies and disasters test the resilience and strength of families, communities, and our Nation. It is impossible to avoid every challenge and threat, but we can and must prepare for them. By doing so, we can help protect our communities and save lives.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 2018 as National Preparedness Month. I encourage all Americans, including Federal, State, and local officials, to take action to be prepared for disaster or emergency by making and practicing their emergency response plans. Each step we take to become better prepared makes a real difference in how our families and communities will respond and persevere when faced with the unexpected.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.
DONALD J. TRUMP
(Source: The White House) Go here.
> > > The photo shows the devastation left behind by Hurricane Harvey one year ago today in Houston, Texas.
Dr. Ronnie Floyd invites all of our CHPP Prayer Partners
to attend the NDP 2018 National Leadership Summit
Monday and Tuesday, October 29-30, 2018
The annual NDP Leadership Summit is open to all who wish to learn more about how you can participate and support the work of the National Day of Prayer Task Force in your own state.
This summit is designed to be extremely helpful in engaging and equipping attendees to advance the strategy of prayer for America. This obviously begins at the local level, and this is what we hope to equip you to do even more effectively -- mobilize unified public prayer for America.
This Summit will be held in Northwest Arkansas at Cross Church, Rogers, Arkansas.
You can learn more about this Summit, as well as needed information regarding registration and local transportation, by going here.
"Thy people shall volunteer freely in the day of Thy power."
(Psalm 110:3 NAS)
Our Weekly Bible Study
Our Weekly Bible Study
Week of Sunday, September 2nd - Saturday, September 8, 2018
Themes of Yom Kippur ~ Pt 3 ~ Receiving and Extending Forgiveness
(To listen to this teaching, please go here.)
Torah portion reading for the week of August 20
Nitsavim ~ Standing
Torah portion: Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20
Haftorah portion (Prophets): Isaiah 61: 10-63:9
Gospel/New Testament: John 12:41-50
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Surprise! Stevie Wonder and the Gospel!
Surprise! Stevie Wonder and the Gospel!
With the rest of the world looking on, Detroit is bidding farewell to Aretha Franklin this afternoon with a touching funeral ceremony at the city's Greater Grace Temple.
Franklin, who died on August 16th from pancreatic cancer, is being remembered by guest speakers like Smokey Robinson, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and former President Bill Clinton, as well as musicians such as Ariana Grande, Chaka Khan, and Stevie Wonder.
Grande reached for the skies with her knockout rendition of "Natural Woman", followed by Khan's inspiring performance of the gospel classic "Goin' Up Yonder". Those all led up to Wonder's appearance, which featured a stunning rendition of "The Lord's Prayer" and an electrifying performance of "As"
"We will have never known a Queen like this, we will have never known the joy she gave to us," he told the crowd. Watch the complete performance below. (COS News; Aug. 31, 2018)
> > > To hear Stevie Wonder's amazing rendition of The Lord's Prayer, go here.
- Father God, we rejoice at Your goodness to men. Lord God, we admit that, as we read this article and view this video, we may have a difficult time finding any love in our hearts for many of the faces in this crowd . . . but You don't.
Thank You that Stevie Wonder has reminded us all that LOVE is the answer. We offer this report to You, Father God, as well as to our readers, as a witness that NOTHING IS TOO DIFFICULT for You, and that You can find Your way even into the hardest of hearts, if we but trust You to do so. Amen.
- "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." (I Corinthians 13:13)
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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.