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"Praying for All in Authority"
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

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1. Israel Fires At Syrian Missile After Bombing Of Arms Depots Near Damascus- Jerusalem Post

Israel's air defense system - likely the Arrow - was activated late Tuesday night against a Syrian anti-aircraft missile, following an alleged Israeli air strike over the capital of Damascus. Media reports claimed that Israel struck weapon warehouses near the Syrian capital.

There were no damages or injuries to Israeli troops, the IDF Spokesperson said in a statement.

According to unconfirmed Israeli reports, the launch was carried out from the northern city of Hadera, with pictures published on social media of a large tail of smoke heading into the sky and residents in the Hefer Valley Regional Council also reported hearing the sound of loud explosion.

It is still unclear whether any Syrian missiles were intercepted from the IDF's reported perspective.

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2. Israel fires at missile from Syria; IDF jets said to pound Damascus arms depots - Times of Israel

Israel said Tuesday night it had deployed its air defenses against a missile shot from Syria as Damascus attempted to repel an alleged Israeli airstrike against Hezbollah or Iranian targets near the capital.

The Israel Defense Forces said there was no damage or injuries from the surface-to-air missile fired from Syria at Israel.

"An IDF aerial defense system activated in response to an anti-aircraft missile launched from Syria," the army said in a statement.

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3. Netanyahu Calls Erdogan An Antisemetic Dictator As War Of Words Heats Up- Jerusalem Post

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is an "antisemitic dictator," charged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, as the war of words that erupted between Ankara and Jerusalem over the weekend hit a fever pitch.

"He has an obsession with Israel," Netanyahu said of the Turkish leader, who ignited the long-simmering feud between the two leaders, by attacking the Jewish state and its army in a speech he gave on Saturday.

Erdogan "knows what a moral army is and he knows what a genuine democracy is, as opposed to an army that massacres women and children in Kurdish villages and a state, which, to my regret, is becoming more dictatorial day by day," Netanyahu said.

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4. MKs demand Netanyahu answer questions about spurned Russia-Syria deal - Times of Israel

Three opposition lawmakers sent a letter to the chairman of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Sunday, demanding that he disclose a letter presented to Israel from Russian officials on a rejected deal that would have removed Iranian-backed forces from Syria.

The offer was part of a pitch Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev gave to his Israeli counterpart, Meir Ben-Shabbat, in September, and was aimed at fostering better ties between the United States and Russia through a deal on Iran and Syria, Channel 10 news reported last week.

The deal would have seen US forces leave Syria and Iranian militias pushed out, but was rejected by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because it would also have involved an easing of sanctions against Tehran, the TV channel said.

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5. PA leader to dissolve inactive Palestinian parliament; Hamas irate - Israel Hayom

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas pledged on Saturday to implement a court ruling and dissolve the largely inactive Palestinian parliament, triggering warnings of chaos from the Islamist group.

Abbas' announcement is the latest in a series of bitter splits and rivalries between his Fatah party and Hamas, which began in 2007 when Hamas routed Fatah's forces and took over the Gaza Strip, keeping Abbas' rule limited to Palestinian-controlled parts of the West Bank.

Since then, the Palestinian Legislative Council, where Hamas holds a majority after a 2006 landslide victory against Fatah, has been largely disabled. If Abbas follows through, breaking up the legislature would be largely symbolic, maintaining the already entrenched political divide between Gaza and the West Bank.

"We resorted to the Constitutional Court and the court decided to dissolve the PLC and called for parliamentary elections in six months and we have to execute this [decision] immediately," Abbas told a Palestine Liberation Organization meeting in Ramallah.

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The Daily Brief

1. Death toll climbs past 370 in Indonesian tsunami disaster- Breitbart

Body bags were laid out along the shattered coastline as Indonesian authorities stepped up efforts to collect the dead and save the injured Monday in the aftermath of a tsunami that was apparently triggered by a volcanic eruption. The death toll climbed to 373 and was certain to rise. More than 1,400 people were injured and at least 128 were missing after the killer waves slammed into western Java and southern Sumatra without warning Saturday night, smashing homes to pieces and sweeping locals and Christmastime tourists into the sea. Hundreds of military personnel and volunteers searched along debris-strewn beaches. Where victims were found, yellow, orange and black body bags were laid out, and weeping relatives identified the dead.

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__Lord, we pray for the people of Indonesia who have once again become victims of a terrible disaster. Let Your Spirit visit them, to show them of Jesus and the truth of His Kingdom. We bind the lies of false religions that have pervaded that nation, and pray for the hearts of the people to turn to You.

-"As of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession." (Psalm 2:8)

2. Iraq officially declares Christmas Day a national holiday- Fox

Iraq's Cabinet formally declared Christmas to be a national holiday as the country's Christians celebrated the birth of Jesus amid tight security more than a year after Baghdad declared victory over ISIS who sought to eradicate all who did not follow the group's strict interpretation of Sunni Islam.

"We extend our warmest wishes to Christians in Iraq and around the world for a very happy and peaceful Christmas," the government said in a Tuesday morning tweet.

According to Reuters, Iraq's Christian population dropped from 1.5 million to approximately 400,000 after the American invasion in 2003 and that number has likely fallen further after ISIS swept across the north of the country in 2014. Iraq declared victory over ISIS last year, but the effects of the fighting are still visible.

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__Lord, we rejoice in this situation, and ask for a move of Your Spirit now across the nation of Iraq. Draw people to Yourself, bringing true faith and believing hearts for all ethnic groups.

-"We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks! For Your wondrous works declare that Your name is near." (Psalm 75:1)

3. Russia could BULLDOZE to NATO border in just 72 HOURS amid fears Putin ready to invade- Daily Star

Putin's forces are allegedly massing in the annexed Crimea region and along Russia's eastern-most borders with Ukraine.

Kiev have openly accused Moscow of planning to invade, and have been hold war games following the imposition of martial law and the calling up of its reserve army.

Ukraine sits between Russia and the NATO nations of Romania, Hungary, and Poland - all of which host troops from the West.

NATO have been called to intervene in the looming conflict - with Kiev begging for aid and calling the alliance to send warships into the Black Sea.

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___Lord, we don't know the mind of Vladimir Putin, but we do know that the people of the Ukraine are so afraid of Russian invasion that their leader declared martial law. We ask for the people of both Russia and Ukraine - that Your Holy Spirit would come into their midst and change their hearts.

- "For thus says the Lord God ; Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out." (Ezekiel 34:11)

4. Top Trump official calls bankers, will convene 'Plunge Protection Team'- Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump's Treasury secretary called top U.S. bankers on Sunday amid an ongoing rout on Wall Street and made plans to convene a group of officials known as the "Plunge Protection Team."

U.S. stocks have fallen sharply in recent weeks on concerns over slowing economic growth, with the S&P 500 index .SPX on pace for its biggest percentage decline in December since the Great Depression.

"Today I convened individual calls with the CEOs of the nation's six largest banks," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Twitter shortly before financial markets were due to open in Asia.

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_Lord, as the Stock Market continues to be volatile over fears about the future, we speak peace to the investors. We take authority over lies and fears, and pray for Your hand to steady the economic waters. We ask for mercy and redemption for all of America.

-"You caused judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared and was still." (Psalm 76:8)

5. Trump: Confident in Mnuchin, but rates rising too fast- Click Orlando

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he remains confident in his treasury secretary, a day after markets tanked on fears about the Federal Reserve and a peculiar call between Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and bank CEOs.

"Yes I do," Trump said when asked whether he had confidence in Mnuchin. "Very talented, very smart person."

Still, Trump repeated his belief the Federal Reserve is raising interest rates too quickly, blaming the decision on a booming economy.

"They're raising interest rates too fast," he said in the Oval Office after a Christmas Day phone call with US troops. "They think the economy is so good but I think that they will get it pretty soon, I really do."

"The fact is the economy is doing so well they're raising interest rates," he said.

Trump said he remained confident in American firms, and indicated investors should not fear the markets.

"I have great confidence in our companies. They're doing very well," he said. "I think its a tremendous opportunity to buy. Really a great opportunity to buy."

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__Father, we pray that the Federal Reserve would use wisdom in its actions, and not do things to spite the President instead of protecting the America people.

"There is no wisdom or understanding or counsel against the Lord."( Proverbs 21:30)

6. James Mattis signs order to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria- Breitbart

Outgoing Defense Secretary James Mattis signed an order Monday to begin the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria.

A U.S. defense official said "the execute order for Syria has been signed," while a second confirmed Mattis was the one who signed it, CNN reported.

The execute order outlined how and when the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria, which is expected to take place in the coming weeks, will be carried out.

It puts into action an order by President Donald Trump Wednesday to conduct a "full" and "rapid" withdrawal the 2,000 American troops fighting the Islamic State in Syria.

On Wednesday, Trump touted "we have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency" and that "after historic victories against ISIS, it's time to bring our great young people home!"

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_Lord, we know that this decision troubles our military because they are trained as war fighters. We ask that You guard their hearts and minds as they come home. Keep them from PTSD, fill them with the knowledge of Your love. And as thousands of troops also may be coming home from Afghanistan, we ask the same for them.

-"And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:7)

7. President Trump orders Defense Secretary James Mattis to leave immediately, names Patrick Shanahan as acting secretary- USA Today

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will leave Jan. 1, rather than the previously announced resignation date of Feb. 28 because of policy disputes with President Donald Trump.

Mattis announced Thursday he was stepping down Feb. 28 because of disagreements with Trump ranging from Syria to global alliances and sparking deep anxiety among lawmakers about national security.

But Trump tweeted Sunday that Mattis would leave sooner. Trump named Patrick Shanahan, the deputy defense secretary, as acting secretary of defense.

Shanahan will be taking over as acting Defense secretary Jan. 1, Dana White, chief Pentagon spokeswoman, said Sunday.

Mick Mulvaney, acting White House chief of staff, said Sunday that relations between Trump and Mattis had been fraying and that it was the right thing for a cabinet secretary to resign if he couldn't serve the president. But Mattis' departure led to widespread criticism from Republicans and Democrats in Congress.

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-Father, we pray for Your heart of mercy to touch both of these men, and grant truth to them. General Mattis is a legend in the military, and having him leave was a huge blow. We believe that Your heart is the one that matters most in these mixed up situations. We pray that You will grant Mr. Shanahan the wisdom to lead the troops effectively in the midst of this upheaval.

"-Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding." (Proverbs 3:13)

8. Trump's Christmas message to Democrats: Government shutdown will last 'until we have a wall'- Fox

President Trump has a Christmas message for Democrats - the government is going to remain partially shut down "until we have a wall [or] fence."

Trump, speaking to reporters Tuesday in the Oval Office during the fourth day of the impasse, also revealed that he will be going to the border in Texas for a "groundbreaking" ceremony for a portion of the project at the end of January.

"While we're fighting over funding, we're also building, and it's my hope to have this done, completed, all 500 to 550 miles, to have it either renovated or brand new by Election Day," he said.

Democrats, though, remain opposed to approving additional funding for a border wall as part of a new government spending package -- and their hand only strengthens once the party takes control of the House next month. The White House warned over the weekend that the shutdown standoff could extend into the new year, and Trump on Tuesday made clear he's not planning to budge either.

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__Lord, as both sides dig in and refuse to move, we pray that You will find a way to break the stalemate. We pray for a spirit of repentance to move across our nation, softening all hearts on both sides.

-"But I will sing of Your power; Yes I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; for You have been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble." (Psalm 59:16)

9. Backed by Christian Organization, House Passes Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act- Breaking Israel News

The House of Representatives passed the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act on Friday, which would make it policy "to regard the prevention of genocide and other atrocities as in its national security interests."

The Senate passed it by unanimous consent earlier this month. The bill will now head to U.S. President Donald Trump to sign it into law.

The bipartisan bill was introduced in May 2017 by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.). It was backed by some 73 national and local organizations, including In Defense of Christians and the Philos Project.

The U.S. government officially designated the persecution of Yazidis, Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria at the hands of the Islamic State as a genocide in 2016.

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_Father, we thank you for this legislation, and ask that You protect Your people and those who are vulnerable in these areas.

-"But the Lord is with me as a mighty awesome one. Therefore my persecutors will stumble and will not prevail." (Jeremiah 20:11a,b)

10. Guatemalan boy becomes second child to die in U.S. custody in December- Reuters

An 8-year-old Guatemalan migrant boy died shortly after midnight on Tuesday after being detained by U.S. border agents, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said, making him the second migrant child this month to die in U.S. detention.

The boy and his father were in CBP custody on Monday when a Border Patrol agent noticed the child showing signs of illness, CBP said in a statement. The father and son were taken to the Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo, New Mexico, where the boy was diagnosed with a common cold and fever, and eventually released by hospital staff.

But later that evening, the boy began vomiting and was transferred back to the hospital. He died there shortly after midnight, CBP said, adding that the official cause of death is not known.

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__Lord, we pray that You will quickly reveal what caused this child's death, as you did the previous one. We pray against the narrative of the media that wish to blame the Border Patrol, and ask for truth.

-"A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who speaks lies will not escape." (Proverbs 19:5)

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