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Saturday, December 1, 2018

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"Advent: Week One" -- HOPE

The Daily Jot

Friday, November 30, 2018

The Church's role in the great falling away

We are seeing a falling away of our youth and others from the "Church." A February Barna Research study indicates, "Among those who say attending church is not important to them, three out of five Christian teens say "I find God elsewhere" (61%), while about the same proportion of non-Christians says "church is not relevant to me personally" (64%). The non-Christians' most popular answer makes sense (they're not Christians, after all), but Christians' reasoning is an indicator that at least some churches are not helping to facilitate teens' transformative connection with God." We are also seeing that this apathy about church carries over to political and societal beliefs that impact a decline in society.

Recent election exit polls indicate that those who do not attend religious services are more likely to support Democrats over Republicans. While there is much to disagree with both political parties, the fact is that the leadership and platform of the Democratic Party support ideals that are counter to the Holy Scriptures, ranging from lawlessness to abortion to Biblically-immoral lifestyles to enemies of Jews and Christians. Republican leadership at least pays lip service to, and in many cases, supports Biblical values. A CNN poll, for example, indicated that 68% of those who never attend church services voted Democratic. An AP VoteCast poll affirmed the CNN results, and indicated that 61% of those who attend church at least once a week voted Republican. I'm not judging here, just pointing out the facts.

Christian author and Revival List commentator Andrew Strom writes: "Despite the thousands in our megachurches today, soaking up the warm entertainment offered to them every week, I want to put it to you that we have lost Christianity. Despite the Christian books now found in every Walmart, and the "crossover" of Christian artists into the mainstream, and our Christian mega-stores and CD´s and DVD´s and Study-Bibles, I want to put it to you that we have lost Christianity. Despite our lavish Cathedrals in the suburbs (`Charismatic or not) with their pastel hues and comfortable pews, their projector screens and $30,000 sound systems, I want to put it to you that we have utterly lost Christianity. We left it behind when we stopped preaching "take up your cross" and turned the gospel into a success formula-`Seven Steps to your Best Life Now.´"

This is not just an American situation. It is found in Europe and even in Africa. A young lady in Ghana told me she left her large church because of a poor widow who was denied a small amount of assistance for food. The pastor refused her request and drove away with his wife in their Mercedes. Out of her own purse, the young woman gave the widow the money she needed and didn't go back to the church again. This is a prophetic state of many churches and why The Daily Jot ministry goes on its own to reach the unreached where they are. Christians often point to the end times prophecy found in II Thessalonians 2:3, "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first." It would be a horrible sorrow to be part of something that would cause that to happen from within.

Have a blessed and powerful day,

The Daily Jot Staff

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Judicial Nominations, Congressional Probes Likely to Flourish in 2019

Senate Floor
Senate Floor Schedule
Program for Monday: Senate resumes consideration of the nomination of Bernard L. McNamee, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and votes on the motion to invoke cloture thereon at 5:30 p.m.

Senate Committees
Senate Committee Meetings Schedule
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Armed Services
Hearings to examine the nominations of Lieutenant
General Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr., to be General and Commander, Central Command, and Lieutenant
General Richard D. Clarke, to be General and Commander, Special Operations Command, both of the Department of Defense.

Foreign Relations
Hearings to examine the nominations of
Michael S. Klecheski, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Mongolia,
Matthew John Matthews, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, and
W. Patrick Murphy, of Vermont, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia, all of the Department of State;
to be immediately followed by a Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy hearing to examine the China challenge, focusing on democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.

Hearings to examine the nomination of Courtney Dunbar Jones, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court.

Rules and Administration
Business meeting to consider
• S. 1010, to amend title 17, United States Code, to provide additional responsibilities for the Register of Copyrights,
and the nominations of
Donald L. Palmer, of Florida, and Benjamin Hovland, of Maryland, both to be a Member of the Election Assistance Commission.

Foreign Relations
Hearings to examine the nominations of
Carol Z. Perez, of Virginia, to be Director General of the Foreign Service, and
Arthur B. Culvahouse, Jr., of Tennessee, to be Ambassador to the Commonwealth of Australia, both of the Department of State.

To receive a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters.

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
To receive a briefing on fighting terror, focusing on comparing notes across the Atlantic.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
An oversight hearing to examine the Food and Drug Administration, focusing on leveraging cutting-edge science and protecting public health.

Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
An oversight hearing to examine pilot programs at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Energy and Natural Resources
Subcommittee on National Parks
Hearings to examine
• S. 2395, to amend title 54, United States Code, to authorize the provision of technical assistance under the Preserve America Program and to direct the Secretary of the Interior to enter into partnerships with communities adjacent to units of the National Park System to leverage local cultural heritage tourism assets,
• S. 2895 and H.R. 5613, bills to designate the Quindaro Townsite National Historic Landmark,
• S. 3291, to reauthorize the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route,
• S. 3439 and H.R. 5532, bills to redesignate the Reconstruction Era National Monument as the Reconstruction Era National Historical Park,
• S. 3468, to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the Nashua, Squannacook, and Nissitissit Rivers as components of the Wild and Scenic Rivers System,
• S. 3505, to provide for partnerships among State and local governments, regional entities, and the private sector to preserve, conserve, and enhance the visitor experience at nationally significant battlefields of the American Revolution, War of 1812, and Civil War,
• S. 3527 and H.R. 5585, bills to extend the authorization for the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission,
• S. 3533, to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate certain river segments within the Wood-Pawcatuck watershed as components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System,
• S. 3545, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve home health payment reforms under the Medicare program,
• S. 3571 and H.R. 5420, bills to authorize the acquisition of land for addition to the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site in the State of New York,
• S. 3646, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to accept certain properties in the State of Missouri,
• S. 3609 and H.R. 801, bills to amend the National Trails System Act to designate the Route 66 National Historic Trail,
• S. 3659, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to annually designate at least one city in the United States as an "American World War II Heritage City",
• H.R. 1220, to establish the Adams Memorial Commission to carry out the provisions of Public Law 107-62,
• H.R. 3607, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to establish fees for medical services provided in units of the National Park System,
• H.R. 3961, to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the Kissimmee River and its tributaries in the State of Florida for study for potential addition to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System,
• H.R. 5005, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to determine the suitability and feasibility of establishing the birthplace of James Weldon Johnson in Jacksonville, Florida, as a unit of the National Park System,
• H.R. 5706, to establish the Pearl Harbor National Memorial in the State of Hawai'i and the Honouliuli National Historic Site in the State of Hawai'i,
• H.R. 6077, recognizing the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York,
• H.R. 6599, to modify the application of temporary limited appointment regulations to the National Park Service, and
• H.R. 6687, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to manage the Point Reyes National Seashore in the State of California consistently with Congress' long-standing intent to continue to authorize working dairies and ranches on agricultural property as part of the seashore's unique historic, cultural, scenic and natural values.

Foreign Relations
Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy
Hearings to examine Zimbabwe after the elections.

Hearings to examine China's non-traditional espionage against the United States, focusing on the threat and potential policy responses.

Joint Economic Committee
Hearings to examine the economic outlook.

Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
Hearings to examine the future of nuclear power, focusing on advanced reactors.

Armed Services
Subcommittee on Sea Power, Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support
Hearings to examine Navy and Marine Corps readiness.

Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights
Hearings to examine a comparative look at competition law approaches to monopoly and abuse of dominance in the United States and European Union.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
Hearings to examine preparing for maritime transportation in a changing arctic.

Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Hearings to examine proxy process and rules, focusing on current practices and potential changes.

Armed Services
To receive a closed briefing on the security situation in Afghanistan.

Rules and Administration
An oversight hearing to examine the Architect of the Capitol's human resources policies.

To receive a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters.

House Floor
House Floor Schedule
On Monday, no votes are expected in the House.

On Tuesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
1) H.R. 5513 – Big Bear Land Exchange Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Cook / Natural Resources Committee)
2) H.R. 3008 – George W. Bush Childhood Home Study Act (Sponsored by Rep. Michael Conaway / Natural Resources Committee)
3) H.R. 6118 – To direct the Secretary of the Interior to annually designate at least one city in the United States as an American World War II Heritage City, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. David Rouzer / Natural Resources Committee)
4) H.R. 6665 – Offshore Wind for Territories Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Madeleine Bordallo / Natural Resources Committee)
5) H.Res. 792 – Urging the Secretary of the Interior to recognize the historical significance of Roberto Clementes place of death near Piones in Loza, Puerto Rico, by adding it to the National Register of Historic Places, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jos Serrano / Natural Resources Committee)
6) S. 245 – Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments of 2017 (Sponsored by Sen. John Hoeven / Natural Resources Committee)
7) S. 825 – Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Land Transfer Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski / Natural Resources Committee)
8) S. 2511 – CENOTE Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Sen. Roger F. Wicker / Natural Resources Committee)
9) H.R. 6893 – Secret Service Overtime Pay Extension Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Russell / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
10) House Amendment to S. 2248 – Veterans Benefit and Transition Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe / Veterans Affairs Committee)
On Wednesday and Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business.
Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
1) H.Res. 1165 – Condemning the Assad regime and its backers for their continued support of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria (Sponsored by Rep. Brian Mast / Foreign Affairs Committee)
2) H.Res. 1091 – Calling on the Government of Burma to release Burmese journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo sentenced to seven years imprisonment after investigating attacks against civilians by Burmas military and security forces, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Chabot / Foreign Affairs Committee)
3) H.Res. 1157 – Reaffirming the strong commitment of the United States to the countries and territories of the Pacific Islands region (Sponsored by Rep. Madeleine Bordallo / Foreign Affairs Committee)
4) H.Res. 1149 – Recognizing that the United States-Republic of Korea alliance serves as a linchpin of regional stability and bilateral security, and exemplifies the broad and deep military, diplomatic, economic, and cultural ties shared between the United States and the Republic of Korea (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce / Foreign Affairs Committee)
Possible Consideration of the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2, Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018
Consideration of Legislation Making Further Appropriations for FY 19
Additional Legislative Items are Possible

Text of Bills for the Week of December 3, 2018

House Committees
House Committee Meetings Schedule
Tuesday — December 4, 2018

Oversight Hearing for the Antitrust Enforcement Agencies (Federal Trade Commissions Bureau of Competition and the Department of Justices Antitrust Division)
Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial, and Antitrust Law (Committee on the Judiciary)


Wednesday — December 5, 2018

Discussion Draft: The 21st Century Transportation Fuels Act
Subcommittee on Environment (Committee on Energy and Commerce)

Oversight of Nonprofit Organizations: A Case Study on the Clinton Foundation
Subcommittee on Government Operations (Committee on Oversight and Government Reform)

Department of Defenses Artificial Intelligence Structure, Investments, and Applications
Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities (Committee on Armed Services)

Transparency & Accountability: Examining Google and its Data Collection, Use, and Filtering Practices
Committee on the Judiciary

Is VA Ready for Full Implementation of Appeals Reform?
Committee on Veterans' Affairs

Examining the Availability of SAFE Kits at Hospitals in the United States
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (Committee on Energy and Commerce)

The Veterans First Program after Kingdomware
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (Committee on Veterans' Affairs)

Mandating a $15 — Minimum Wage: Consequences for Workers and Small Businesses
Subcommittee on Workforce Protections (Committee on Education and the Workforce)

Reviewing International Child Abduction
Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations (Committee on Foreign Affairs)


Thursday — December 6, 2018

Exploring Alternatives to Fetal Tissue Research
Subcommittee on Healthcare, Benefits, and Administrative Rules (Committee on Oversight and Government Reform)

RAY BAUMS Act: A Bipartisan Foundation for Bridging the Digital Divide
Subcommittee on Communications and Technology (Committee on Energy and Commerce)

Development, Diplomacy, and Defense: Promoting U.S. Interests in Africa
Committee on Foreign Affairs

House and Senate Committees on Veterans' Affairs Tracking Transformation: VA MISSION Act Implementation
Committee on Veterans' Affairs

National Defense Strategy Commission: Assessment and Recommendations
Committee on Armed Services

Oversight of the Department of Homeland Security
Committee on the Judiciary

Naval Surface Forces: On the Road to Recovery?
Subcommittee on Readiness (Committee on Armed Services)

Examining Back Door Spending by Federal Agencies
Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Affairs (Committee on Oversight and Government Reform)


Reference Links
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Prayer Guide

Prayers and Presidents

Prayers and Presidents:

Our 42nd President: William J. Clinton


[Each week, we will publish one prayer that was spoken by each of our presidents, in chronological order. Today's prayer was written by our 42nd President: William J. Clinton]

A couple of days ago when I was in Florida, a Jewish friend of mine gave me this liturgy book called "Gates of Repentance." And there was this incredible passage from a Yom Kippur liturgy, and I would like to read it to you.

Now is the time for turning. The leaves are beginning to turn from green to red to orange. The birds are beginning to turn and are heading once more toward the south. The animals are beginning to turn to storing their food for the winter.

For leaves, birds and animals, turning comes instinctively.

But for us, turning does not come so easily.

It takes an act of will for us to make a turn. It means breaking old habits. It means admitting that we have been wrong, and this is never easy.

It means losing face. It means starting all over again. And this is always painful. It means saying I am sorry. It means recognizing that we have the ability to change. These things are terribly hard to do.

But unless we turn, we will be trapped forever in yesterday's ways. Lord help us to turn from callousness to sensitivity, from hostility to love, from pettiness to purpose, from envy to contentment, from carelessness to discipline, from fear to faith.

Turn us around, oh, Lord, and bring us back toward you. Revive our lives as at the beginning. And turn us toward each other, Lord, for in isolation, there is no life.

I thank my friend for that and I thank you for being here. I ask you to share my prayer that God will search me and know my heart, try me and know my anxious thoughts, see if there is any hurtfulness in me and lead me toward a life everlasting. I ask that God give me a clean heart, let me walk by faith and not sight.

I ask once again to be able to love my neighbor -- all my neighbors -- as myself, to be an instrument of God's peace, to let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart, and in the end, the work of my hands, be pleasing.

This is what I wanted to say to you today. Thank you, God bless you.

Transcript: Clinton speaks to prayer breakfast - September 11, 1998

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