Tuesday, November 27, 2018

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The Daily Brief
"Praying for All in Authority"
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 

"But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings . . ."(Malachi 4:2)

"The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them."
(Matthew 11:5)

" . . . if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." (Mark 16:18)

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Updates: Migrant Crisis

Updates: Migrant Crisis

1. Mexico to Deport 500 Migrants Who Stormed U.S. Border - Daily Caller

Mexico intends to deport the approximately 500 migrants involved in illegally trying to cross the border between Mexico and the United States, the country's Interior Ministry said in a statement.

Though the country's authorities reportedly contained the protests on their side of the San Ysidro port of entry between Tijuana and the San Diego area, Mexico still does not intend to send its military to help control the over 7,000 migrants already gathered at the border, the statement added, according to Reuters. (Read more)

- Father, we pray that the government of Mexico will follow through on what they have promised.

"Help, Lord, for the oddly man ceases! For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men." (Psalm 12:1)

2. Thousands of Additional Migrants Headed to U.S. Border - Breitbart

Thousands of additional migrants are expected to arrive Tijuana, Mexico, expecting to claim asylum at the U.S border. The migrants expected to arrive are in addition to the approximately 5,000 migrants who already arrived in this border city during recent days.

Jean Guerrero from KPBS first reported on the expected migrant arrivals after she spoke to a group who had just made their way to Tijuana, Baja California. The new migrants appear to be from a group of 200 who, according to Frontera.Info, arrived at the border city after having been stranded for days in Mexicali. The Mexican news site reported that the group was primarily made up of young adult males. The migrants said they felt betrayed by their compatriots who had told them that they would be allowed to enter the U.S and request asylum.

The arrival of the new caravan comes just hours after a group of migrants tried to rush the U.S. border at the San Ysidro port of entry. As Breitbart News reported, the effort forced U.S. Customs and Border Protection to shut down the port of entry and establish barricades with federal officers in riot gear. U.S. Customs and Border Protection tweeted that Border Patrol agents were forced to fire tear gas into the crowds as some of the migrants threw rocks. (Read more)

- Father, we pray that these migrants will not be allowed to stay and will be turned around.

"But You, O Lord, shall laugh at them; You shall have all the nations in derision. O You, his Strength, I will wait for You." (Psalm 59:8,9)

3. Homeland Security arrests about 50 migrants who crossed US border, official says - Fox News

Dozens of migrants who illegally crossed the U.S. border this weekend as part of a chaotic rush at one of the boundary's busiest entry points are now in custody, a senior Homeland Security official told Fox News. The official said Monday about 50 migrants have been detained after they crossed the border near San Ysidro, Calif., on Sunday. The exact number of those apprehended is expected to be made public later today, the official added.

In Mexico, Tijuana's municipal government also announced it arrested more than three-dozen migrants for disturbing the peace and other charges related to the crossing attempt. Thousands of migrants have been gathering there after crossing through Mexico in a series of caravans that originated from Central America -- and presumably are amongst those who were arrested on both sides of the border.

During the mad dash, U.S. border agents shot several rounds of tear gas after some migrants attempted to penetrate various points along the border and threw what appeared to be rocks and bottles at U.S. authorities. (Read more)

- Lord, we thank You that the Border Patrol was on this situation from the beginning and were able to thwart their plans.

"Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God, and because of them we set a watch against them day and night." (Nehemiah 4:9)

4. Migrants Report Cash Transactions Between Mexican Officials to Allow Them Access to US Border - Western Journal

A number of migrants are alleging that Mexican officials at the U.S. border are charging substantial sums of money to gain access to make asylum claims in the U.S. The Los Angeles Times reported that Mexicans are overseeing a list, which they are using to decide who is allowed to cross two bridges over the Rio Grande into Brownsville, Texas from Matamoras, Mexico.

Cuban asylum seeker Elvis Gonzalez Rodriguez, 23, said that when he arrived at one of the bridges over the Rio Grande last week, a uniformed Mexican immigration official demanded he pay $1,000 to cross. When Rodriguez refused, the official made him leave.

"There's a lot of corruption here," Rodriguez, an electrician from Havana said. "It's the responsibility of Mexican officials to protect immigrants. I want to come the correct, legal way." He wants U.S. officials to help asylum seekers and investigate what's happening on the bridges. (Read more)

- Father, we pray for an end to this blatant form of corruption. In Your Name, amen.

"'Thus far and no farther shall you come, and here shall your proud waves stop'?"(Job 38:11)

5. Significant Doubts Surround Photo of Migrant with Children Fleeing Tear Gas - Western Journal

A Reuters photograph showing a migrant mother reportedly fleeing with her young children from tear gas at the U.S-Mexico has sparked anger from many on the left, while raising questions from some skeptics on the right.

One observant Twitter user noticed some usual things in the picture, The Daily Wire reported. First, many people in the immediate background were not running. Second, a family not far from the mother appears to be stationary as a cameraman stood next to them, as if they were preparing to take a staged picture. Third, a cameraman can be seen set up with his tripod just down the way with a young boy running toward him. Finally, the smoke is actually blowing downwind from the woman. (Read more)

- Father God, we bind the spirit of deception, that underlies all reporting of "fake news" about this very real crisis, and we loose the spirit of TRUTH, in Jesus' name, amen.

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

6. Trump's 'Message to Caravan': 'Turn Back Now, We Will Not Let You In' - Fox News

President Donald Trump issued a message to the Central American migrant caravan encroaching on the southern border, while speaking at a rally for Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith.

"I have a simple message to the lawless caravans: Turn back now, go back home, we will not let you in," Trump said.

He said Republicans are "committed to halting this incursion" and defending America's "sovereign borders." (Read more)

7. President Donald J. Trump Is Upholding the Rule of Law and Ensuring Consequences for Those Who Illegally Cross Our Border - The White House

"Illegal aliens will no longer get a free pass into our country by lodging meritless claims in seeking asylum. Instead, migrants seeking asylum will have to present themselves lawfully at a port of entry."

President Donald J. Trump

This statement includes specifics on the following three topics:

PROTECTING OUR NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY: President Donald J. Trump is taking action to ensure asylum is not a free pass to cross our borders illegally without consequence.

UPHOLDING THE RULE OF LAW: The Trump Administration is rightfully and fully restoring the rule of law on our southern border.

RESPONDING TO THE BORDER CRISIS: Our Nation is experiencing an unprecedented crisis on our southern border, driven in part by fraud and abuse that has overwhelmed our asylum system.

> > > To read all details in this document, go here.

- Father God, we continue to uphold our President in prayer, as he fights to defend the sovereignty of our nation. In Your Name, amen.

"When Moses' arms grew tired, Aaron and Hur brought a stone for him to sit on, while they stood beside him and held up his arms, holding them steady until the sun went down." (Exodus 17:12)
Focus on Israel

1. Palestinians said scrambling for support as Arab, Muslim world warms to Israel - Times of Israel

Israel's ongoing thawing of relations with various Arab and Muslim countries in the Middle East and Africa is said to be sending Palestinian Authority officials scrambling, concerned that support for their cause is waning among allies.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas's senior adviser Nabil Shaath told the Haaretz daily Monday that Ramallah is seeking to convene emergency sessions of the Arab League and Organization of Islamic Cooperation as it worries that countries such as Chad, Sudan, Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia are moving closer toward normalization with Jerusalem - relations that would counter resolutions passed by the two umbrella bodies. "There are a number of Arab and Islamic resolutions and declarations stating explicitly that there will be no process of normalization with Israel without a resolution of the Palestinian issue based on the Arab Peace Initiative and decisions of the international community," Sha'ath told Haaretz.

(Read more)

2. USAID said to plan firing over half its employees in West Bank and Gaza - Times of Israel

WASHINGTON - The United States Agency for International Development will reportedly lay off over half of its employees in the West Bank and Gaza in the coming weeks, with the intention of completely shuttering its facilities by next year.

According to the Haaretz daily, the US State Department has told USAID, one of the largest humanitarian outfits operating in the Middle East, that by December it will need to provide a list of 60 percent of its employees in the West Bank and Gaza who can be released as the first step in the shutting down of operations.

A Trump administration official contacted by The Times of Israel neither confirmed nor denied this development.

(Read more)

3. 35,000 Christian Palestinians 'Losing Hope,' Awaiting One-State or Two-State Solution - Christian Post

Christian Palestinians are "losing hope" amid the desperation and oppression they face, asking for human rights while world leaders continue debating the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"People are losing hope that there will be any solutions. They feel that things are going back instead of going forward. The whole political instability, the economic pressure that ... the Palestinians are facing . . . with no solutions," Jack Sara, president of Bethlehem Bible College, told Mission Network News.

There has been a stall in recent years when it comes to talks over a two-state or one-state solution to the conflict, which has made the lives of 35,000 or so Christian Palestinians near Bethlehem difficult.

"A lot of the Christians are still desperate to find a place where they, their kids are growing in peace and the ... atmosphere where in Palestine it's not that way. Still, the checkpoints are all over the place. The wall is being just erected, continued to kind of like suffocate almost the life of our Palestinians, especially in Bethlehem where the concentration of Christians is the highest in all of the West Bank," Sara said.

(Read more)

4. Iran Calls the Muslim World to Unite Against Israel - Jerusalem Online 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has urged Muslims across the world, including those from Saudi Arabia, to remain united in order to prevail over the US and Israel. "Today, the Muslim world is alone and Muslims should join hands. Relying on outsiders is the biggest historical mistake. Today, there is no way for Muslims except unity and solidarity and if we unite, we can undoubtedly score a victory against the Zionists and the Americans," he said at the 32nd International Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran.

Commenting on the ties with Saudi Arabia, another major power in the Middle East which has been called Tehran's rival, he stressed that Iranian people perceive them as their "brothers", and that Tehran is ready to defend Saudi Arabia's interests against "terrorism, aggressors and superpowers" without expecting anything in return.

"We will not even request a $450 billion deal from you and will not insult you as we consider you to be our brothers and view the nations of the region and the people of Mecca and Medina as our brothers," Rouhani pointed out.
(Read more)

5. At Knesset, Czech president pledges to move embassy to Jerusalem - World Israel News 

During a speech in a special session held in his honor at the Knesset on Monday, Czech President Milos Zeman referred to his nation as Israel's closest ally in Europe, and referred to himself as "Israel's best friend" in the Czech Republic.

In his speech, Zeman focused on "solidarity with Israel and the Jewish people" and the battle against "Islamic terrorism."

Zeman also reiterated his support for moving the Czech Republic's official embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. "I am no dictator unfortunately," he jested, "but I promise I'll do my best in order to realize the third step, after the honorary consulate and after the Czech House [in Jerusalem], and you can guess what is to be the third step," Zeman added, referring to his previously announced three-stage plan to move the Czech embassy to Jerusalem.
(Read more)
The Daily Brief

1. Dershowitz: Mueller Report 'Politically Very Devastating'- NewsMax

Special counsel Robert Mueller's eventual report on election meddling is "going to be politically very devastating" even if it will not get President Donald Trump on criminal charges, Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said Sunday.

"I think the report is going to be devastating to the president, and I know that the president's team is already working on a response to the report," Dershowitz told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.

When the attorney general ultimately releases the findings - if the AG does - it will be with President Trump's response, side by side for the public to make their own conclusions, Dershowitz said.

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- Father, we call for Your report on this matter, and ask for Your protection for the President against anything that is not of Your creation.

-"Alas, do not fear, for those who are with us are more that those who are with them."(2 Kings 6:16)

2. Corsi: Mueller Offered Deal, But 'I Will Not Lie' - Newsmax

Conservative writer Jerome Corsi, an associate of Roger Stone, has been offered a plea deal in connection with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia collusion, according to several news outlets, but he is swearing that he will not accept it.

"Corsi tells me he's been offered plea deal on one count of perjury," NBC News Senior Producer Anna Schecter tweeted Monday, quoting him as telling her "'They want me to say I willfully lied. I'm not going to agree that I lied. I did not. I will not lie to save my life. I'd rather sit in prison and rot for as long as these thugs want me to."

Read more

- Lord, it is appalling that anyone involved in this investigation would attempt to force someone to lie in order to get to President Trump. We pray for Your truth to prevail over lies, and that You will stand with Mr. Corsi.

-"A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who speaks lies shall perish." (Proverbs 19:9)

3. Experts on Climate Change Assessment: 'Every Conclusion of This Latest Government Report Is False' -Breitbart

The federal government's Fourth National Climate Assessment, released on Friday, has gained praise from leftists and left-wing environmental groups as a dire warning of the coming death and destruction in the United States if we don't stop global warming.

But critics of the report, including scientists, have slammed it as "exaggeration," bad science and even said its conclusions are "false."

"This latest climate report is just more of the same - except for even greater exaggeration, worse science, and added interference in the political process by unelected, self-serving bureaucrats," Tim Huelskamp, president of the Heartland Institute said in statements released by the free-market think tank following the report's release.

"With a new volume out in December, The Heartland Institute has published 4,000 pages of the Climate Change Reconsidered series by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), Huelskamp said. "Those reports cite many hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific papers that show how every conclusion of this latest government report [is] false."

"This report from the climate alarmist Deep State in our government is even more hysterical than some United Nations reports," Huelskamp noted. "The idea that global temperatures could rise as much as 12 degrees in the next 80 years is absurd and not a shred of actual data and observation supports that."

Read more

- Father, it seems that results are often skewed for the agendas of one group or another. We ask for truth to be revealed in a manner that all Americans can understand.

-"Do not be wise in Your own eyes." (Proverbs 3:7a)

4. Climate contrarian uncovers scientific error, upends major ocean warming study - San Diego Union Tribune

Researchers with UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Princeton University recently walked back scientific findings published last month that showed oceans have been heating up dramatically faster than previously thought as a result of climate change.

In a paper published Oct. 31 in the journal Nature, researchers found that ocean temperatures had warmed 60 percent more than outlined by the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. However, the conclusion came under scrutiny after mathematician Nic Lewis, a critic of the scientific consensus around human-induced warming, posted a critique of the paper on the blog of Judith Curry, another well-known critic.

"The findings of the . . . paper were peer reviewed and published in the world's premier scientific journal and were given wide coverage in the English-speaking media," Lewis wrote. "Despite this, a quick review of the first page of the paper was sufficient to raise doubts as to the accuracy of its results." (Read more)

- Thank You, Father, for this report. Only You know the true facts about this so-called "climate change." We rebuke fear and the unwise policies that are being promoted according to this myth, and we ask for truth to prevail over deception, in Your name, amen.

"Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God." (I Corinthians 4:5)

5. 'War on Christmas': Idaho Man Wins 4-Year Battle Over Holiday Lights Display - Fox Insider

A homeowner in Idaho recently won a four-year battle with his town's homeowners association (HOA) over the Christmas lights he displayed on his home.

Jeremy Morris and his wife sued the West Hayden Estates Homeowners Association board last year after it threatened to block his display in 2015.

According to the Coeur d'Alene/Post Falls Press, Morris cited religious discrimination in his lawsuit, as the board's letter reportedly said it was "hesitant" to mention that some of the town's residents "are non-Christians or of another faith and I don't even want to think of the problems that could bring up."

Morris said Sunday on Fox & Friends that the sellers of his home even testified in federal court that they didn't want his family's "beliefs" pressed on others.

"Anyone who doubts that the war on Christmas -- or as I like to call it, the war on Christians -- is real in this country, they could just look to my case for proof of that."

Read more
- Thank You, Lord, for this Christmas victory!

-"Oh send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me!" (Psalm 43:3)

6. You will get chipped - eventually - USA Today

You will get chipped. It's just a matter of time.

In the aftermath of a Wisconsin firm embedding microchips in employees last week to ditch company badges and corporate logons, the Internet has entered into full-throated debate.

Religious activists are so appalled, they've been penning nasty 1-star reviews of the company, Three Square Market, on Google, Glassdoor and social media.

On the flip side, seemingly everyone else wants to know: Is this what real life is going to be like soon at work? Will I be chipped?

"It will happen to everybody," says Noelle Chesley, 49, associate professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. "But not this year, and not in 2018. Maybe not my generation, but certainly that of my kids."

Gene Munster, an investor and analyst at Loup Ventures, is an advocate for augmented reality, virtual reality and other new technologies. He thinks embedded chips in human bodies is 50 years away. "In 10 years, Facebook, Google, Apple and Tesla will not have their employees chipped," he says. "You'll see some extreme forward-looking tech people adopting it, but not large companies."

The idea of being chipped has too "much negative connotation" today, but by 2067 "we will have been desensitized by the social stigma," Munster says. 

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- Father, we pray for Your people in the midst of this development, that we will remember to reject this technology according to Your Word.

-"And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their hand or on their foreheads." (Rev 13:16)

7. Paris burning: Protesters set streets on fire on 8th day of protests against rising fuel taxes- ABC

Violence erupted on the streets of the city of lights on Saturday as about 8,000 protesters faced off against thousands of police deployed to contain the demonstrations.

As angry protesters blocked streets and lit various materials on fire, including large sheets of plywood and garbage bins, police hurled tear gas and shot water cannons on the crowds, the majority of which were centered near the Champs-Elysees.

Saturday was the eighth day of protests over rising fuel taxes and French President Emmanuel Macron's economic policies. Since the protests began on Nov. 17, two people have been killed, according to the Associated Press.

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- Lord, we ask that You help France find the truth not just about the globalist agenda, but Jesus. We pray for a move of repentance and Your Spirit to change the hearts of Emanuel Macron and all of France.

-"And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with others tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance." (Acts 2;4)

8. Russia ignores Western calls to free captured Ukrainian ships - Reuters

Russia on Monday ignored Western calls to release three Ukrainian naval ships and their crews it fired on and captured near Crimea at the weekend and accused Kiev of plotting with its Western allies to provoke a conflict.

Ukraine in turn accused Russia of military aggression and put its armed forces on full combat alert, saying it reserved the right to defend itself. Ukrainian lawmakers were due to decide later on Monday whether to approve President Petro Poroshenko's call to impose martial law in Ukraine for two months.

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- Lord, we pray for the people of this region, and our troops who are stationed in surrounding nations for exactly this kind of problem.

-"You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies." (Psalm 119:98a)

9. Ukraine introduces martial law citing threat of Russian invasion - Reuters

Ukraine on Monday imposed martial law for 30 days in parts of the country most vulnerable to an attack from Russia after President Petro Poroshenko warned of the "extremely serious" threat of a land invasion. Poroshenko said martial law was necessary to bolster Ukraine's defenses after Russia seized three Ukrainian naval ships and took their crew prisoner at the weekend. 

U.S. President Donald Trump said he did not like what was happening between Russia and Ukraine and was working with European leaders on the situation. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Russia's seizure of the Ukrainian vessels "a dangerous escalation and a violation of international law" and called for restraint from both countries. "The United States condemns this aggressive Russian action. We call on Russia to return to Ukraine its vessels and detained crew members, and to respect Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity," Pompeo said in a statement. The State Department said Pompeo spoke by phone with Poroshenko and reiterated strong U.S. support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russian "aggression". 

The Ukrainian parliament approved the introduction of martial law after Poroshenko reassured some skeptical lawmakers that it would not be used to curb civil liberties or delay elections scheduled for next year. (Read more)
- Father, we ask for a miracle. We ask that a move of Your Spirit would sweep over this region, ushering in Your peace. We ask, too, that You grant both President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Your wisdom as they seek to bring peace to this troubled region of the world.' In Your Name, amen.

"For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers . . ." (I Peter 3:12)

10. Plunge in Clinton Foundation donations fuels GOP scrutiny amid DOJ probe - Fox

Newly released tax documents showing a plunge in Clinton Foundation donations after Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential election defeat have fueled long-standing Republican allegations of possible "pay-to-play" transactions at the organization, amid a Justice Department probe covering foundation issues.

The tax filings, which were made public this month, show the Clinton Foundation pulled in $62.9 million in 2016, but only $26.6 million the following year, representing a nearly 58 percent drop. Tax documents for 2018 are not yet available.

A spokesman for the foundation told The New York Post, which first reported the figures, that they "anticipated a decline" in 2017 and said it was "largely attributable to the absence of sponsorship and membership contributions for CGI [Clinton Global Initiative]."

The final CGI meeting was held in 2016, and the wind-down was a likely factor in the donation drop. Representatives for the Clinton Foundation did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment.

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- Lord, we pray for truth to be revealed regarding this foundation.

-"The integrity of the upright will guide them, but the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them." (Proverbs 11:3)
The Daily Jot

Monday, November 26, 2018

Corporate tyranny threatens Constitutional religious freedom 

The First Amendment to the US Constitution 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." This is the case for the government. What happens, however, when non-governmental open-speech platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., ban selective free speech in disagreement with corporate political or religious points of view? Is not freedom of speech and of religion then compromised because millions depend on these open platforms to express their views?

These privately-owned entities with very public platforms are banning those speaking out about vaccinations, the flawed science of global warming, citing the Koran as the reason Islamists kill Christians and Jews, illegal immigration, homosexuality, and abortion. These platforms are open to free speech so long as you don't disagree with anything the news media, leftists, leftist politicians or certain political parties say. If you do, you are labeled a racist, bigot, homophobe, xenophobe, Islamophobe, misogynist, or some such other slur-especially if you respond with facts. It's their legal right as private companies to allow free speech to insult you, as well as to ban your speech in the public exchange of ideas.

As early as 1722, Benjamin Franklin wrote, "Without Freedom of Thought there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as Public Liberty, without Freedom of Speech." In the midst of the Revolutionary war, General George Washington addressed his troops on March 15, 1783, "If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter." Thomas Jefferson is quoted as saying, "Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers, too plainly prove a deliberate, systematical plan of reducing us to slavery." Is this not what techno-billionaires are doing when they ban certain speech on their so-called "open platforms"?

When these entities ban selective speech and religious expression, they are practicing an insidious brand of corporate tyranny because millions depend on their open platforms to express themselves. This is how freedom of speech and religion can be usurped without the government doing it. The Founders knew that if government suppressed freedoms of religion and speech that liberty would be no longer, but they may not have considered how multinational companies in agreement, could subject Americans to tyranny. We must vigilant to protect our freedoms of speech and religion. Otherwise our ability is endangeredto be an Ephesians 6:19 people, "that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel."

Have a blessed and powerful day,

The Daily Jot Staff
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Signs and Wonders (Part One)

Signs and Wonders (Part One)

Almost 150 whales die on New Zealand beach

A group of up to 145 pilot whales have died after becoming stranded on a beach on Stewart Island in New Zealand. The animals were discovered by a walker late on Saturday, strewn along the beach of Mason Bay. Authorities said half the whales had already died by then, while the other half were put down as it would have been too difficult to save them. 

In separate incidents, 12 pygmy whales and a sperm whale also beached in New Zealand over the weekend.
(Source: BBC) Read more.
Signs and Wonders (Part Two)

Signs and Wonders (Part Two):

Scientists: 'superheated blast from the sky' destroyed Dead Sea cities, pointing to Sodom in Bible

Scientists have found that a "superheated blast from the skies" destroyed cities near the Dead Sea 3,700 years ago, which biblical analysts are saying echoes the destruction of Sodom. Science News reported that the new findings were revealed at the annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research last week by archaeologist Phillip Silvia of Trinity Southwest University in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The scientists discovered radiocarbon dating and unearthed minerals that instantly crystallized at high temperatures at what used to be cities and farming settlements north of the Dead Sea, suggesting that a massive air-burst, possibly by a meteor, destroyed communities in a 15-mile-wide circular plain. 

Silva said that following the cataclysmic event, people did not return to the region for 600 to 700 years.
Researchers have been studying five large sites in Middle Ghor in present day Jordan, which are believed to have been continuously occupied for at least 2,500 years, until they suddenly collapsed at the end of the Bronze Age. 

Some of the strongest evidence for a low-altitude meteor explosion was found at the remains of the city of Tall el-Hammam, where radiocarbon dating shows that the mud-brick walls of nearly all structures were suddenly wiped out 3,700 years ago.
Other remarkable finds show that the outer layers of pieces of pottery seemed to have melted into glass, as a result of extremely high temperatures.
The fiery destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is famously depicted in Genesis 19 of the Bible, which says that "God destroyed the cities of the plain," with "dense smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace." 

The Biblical account also mentioned that God overthrew "all those living in the cities" along with "the vegetation in the land." (Christian Post) Read more.
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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.]
God bless you!