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"Praying for All in Authority"
Thursday, December 27, 2018

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Focus on Israel

1. Russia Calls Israeli Strikes In Syria 'Provocative Acts'- Jerusalem Post

IAF air strikes against targets in Syria on Tuesday put two civilian airlines in "immediate danger," said Russia's Defense Ministry on Wednesday.

According to ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov, Israeli F-16s carried out air strikes on Syrian targets as two civilian flights were landing in Beirut and Damascus, putting the passengers at risk.

"Provocative acts by the Israeli air force endangered two passenger jets, when six of their F-16s carried out air strikes on Syria from Lebanese airspace," he was quoted by RT news as saying.

According to the report, the Syrian military didn't deploy surface-to-air missiles and electronic jamming "to prevent a tragedy" and to let Damascus air traffic control divert one of the passenger jets to the Khmeimim air base near Latakia.

(Read more)

2. As Predicted, Erdogan Is "Determined" To Drive The Kurds Out Of Syria - Hot Air

Earlier this week we heard rumors that the President's decision to pull out of Syria abruptly was reached during a phone call to Turkish tyrant Recep Tayyip Erdogan. At the time, I wrote, "The real danger to the Kurds comes from Turkey, where Erdogan has been hell-bent on exterminating them for quite some time. I'm somewhat less concerned with allowing ISIS in Syria and Iraq to slip the noose than abandoning the Kurds to a massacre."

Well, that didn't take long. I generally enjoy a good "I told you so" moment as much as the next guy, but I can take no pleasure in this. It sounds like Erdogan isn't wasting any time in preparing his next move. Whether he can (or even truly wants to) eradicate ISIS in Syria and Iraq, his first objective clearly seems to be clearing our allies the Kurds out of the entire region. (Associated Press)

(Read more)

3. Netanyahu vows to keep hitting Iran in Syria: 'We stand firmly on our red lines' - Times of Israel

Brushing aside Russian criticism of a reported Israeli airstrike in Syria overnight, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday doubled down on Israel's policy of attacking Iranian-linked targets in Syria. "We will not abide an Iranian entrenchment in Syria," Netanyahu, who is also the defense minister, said at a graduation ceremony for fresh Israeli Air Force pilots at the Hatzerim air base in the south.

"We are taking action against it aggressively and powerfully, including in these very days," he said.

(Read more)

4. Livni calls on Center-Left to form bloc to take down Netanyahu - Jerusalem Post

Opposition leader Tzipi Livni begged her fellow leaders of the Center-Left on Tuesday to act unselfishly in order to defeat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the April 9 general election, as two new parties were announced earlier in the day.

Speaking at an event of the Israel Democracy Institute and Interdisciplinary Center, Livni said Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit's forthcoming ruling on Netanyahu's criminal cases could help decide the election and create an opportunity for her camp to win if it handles the race smartly.

"All those who are partners in our path and who declare that they are putting the good of the state first, must also be a partner to unifying us," Livni said. "We can form a larger, winning team, but all of us must set our egos aside for our joint goal of a political upheaval. We must say first state, then party, then ourselves."

But key figures Livni was referring to appeared to go in the opposite direction on Tuesday when they took steps toward forming parties that could make it harder to defeat Netanyahu's Likud.

(Read more)

5. Israeli MPs dissolve Knesset, set date for early elections - Press TV

The MPs unanimously approved the bill to dissolve the 20th Knesset during a session on Wednesday, with 102 votes in favor and only two opposing votes.

"I confirm that bill to dissolve the 20th Knesset has been approved as required in three readings. I hope that we have a clean and successful election campaign and I wish you all success, and for the 21st Knesset to be more transparent and successful," Speaker of the Knesset Yuli-Yoel Edelstein said.

Earlier on Monday, the coalition of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had announced that the Knesset would be dissolved and early elections will be held on April 9th.

The decision came after Netanyahu's Likud party failed to garner the necessary support to pass controversial legislation aimed at drafting ultra-Orthodox Jews into the military.

(Read more)

The Daily Brief

1. Trump, first lady in Iraq for surprise visit with troops - Fox News

President Trump and the first lady appeared in Iraq on Wednesday for a surprise visit with troops and senior military leadership at Al Asad Air Base, where he said he has "no plans at all" to remove any of the 5,000 U.S. troops from the country. Trump's visit -- his first as president to a combat zone -- comes on the heels of his announcement about pulling troops out of Syria and the rumored removal of thousands of troops in Afghanistan. The president was joined at the air base by National Security Adviser John Bolton for meetings with political and military leaders. "President Trump and the First Lady traveled to Iraq late on Christmas night to visit with our troops and Senior Military leadership to thank them for their service, their success, and their sacrifice and to wish them a Merry Christmas," White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted.

Trump's surprise visit to the region came a week after he declared ISIS had been "defeated" in Syria in a tweet and ordered all American diplomats and soldiers out of the country. The president told reporters traveling with him that he wants to get U.S. soldiers home from Syria and that Iraq can still be used as a base to stage attacks on Islamic State militants if needed, according to the Associated Press. (Read more)

- Father, we pray for Your protection to surround President Trump and all of our service members as they achieve strategic objectives for the United States and help bring stability around the world.

- You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me. (Psalm 139:5)

2. House Democrats Are Lining Up Behind What Could Be The Largest Expansion Of Government In Decades - Daily Caller

Democrats are increasingly lining up to support a "Green New Deal," which, while vague on details, could end up being the largest expansion of government in decades. More than 40 Democratic lawmakers support the "Green New Deal" as part of a broad plan to fight global warming and bring about what they see as "economic, social and racial justice."

Ocasio-Cortez's "Green New Deal" calls for creating a House committee to draft legislation to fight global warming and [socialize] the U.S. economy. Those goals include moving the U.S. to 100 percent green energy, federal job guarantees for workers forced out of their fossil fuel jobs, guaranteed minimum income and universal health care.

The libertarian Mercatus Center released a study in July that found Sanders's "Medicare for All" plan would cost $32.6 trillion over 10 years. That same month, hedge-fund manager Ray Dalio estimated the cost to taxpayers of a universal basic income policy would top $3.8 trillion a year - and that's assuming every American citizen got just $12,000 a year. (Read more)

- Lord God, we pray this "Green New Deal" will fall flat and not receive the support of the American people.

- For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naïve people. (Romans 16:18)

3. Are Russians Secretly Backing US Enviros? Lawsuit Intends To Find Out - Daily Caller

An open records lawsuit filed against the State Department is attempting to uncover whether Russian entities attempted to financially support U.S. environmentalist causes. The Institute for Energy Research (IER) - a free-market energy group based in Washington, D.C. - filed the lawsuit on Monday. IER has requested that the State Department hand over correspondence concerning hydraulic fracturing, environmental advocacy and Russia that was exchanged to and from high-ranking employees.

The lawsuit follows a Freedom of Information Act request filed by IER back in October. However, the free-market group claims State Department officials are dragging their feet on providing the requested information. The State Department failed to hand over responsive records to IER by Nov. 23, despite a legal obligation to do so.

The lawsuit follows mounting questions over Russian support of environmentalist groups that have opposed U.S. fracking. American officials confirmed back in 2017 that RT, a Kremlin-controlled media outlet, ran anti-fracking programming with an intent to protect Russian energy interests. (Read more)

- Father, we pray You will expose every scheme that subverts our nation's interests and the interests of her citizens.

- Good people obtain favor from the Lord, but he condemns those who devise wicked schemes. (Proverbs 12:2)

4. Asylum-Seekers to be Returned to Mexico Pending Decision; Pompeo Foresees 'Historic Drop in Illegal Immigration' - CNS News

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday predicted that a new plan to send illegal aliens back to Mexico to await the outcome of U.S. asylum applications will result in "a truly historic drop in illegal immigration," since the prospect of being able to disappear into the U.S. will no longer be an incentive.

"The idea of 'catch and release' will be replaced with 'catch and return,'" Pompeo told Laura Ingraham on the final episode of her long-running radio show, after Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced the policy, which is to be implemented with immediate effect.

Aliens crossing the southern border illegally, or arriving at a border port of entry without proper documentation and applying for asylum will be given a court date and "notice to appear" before being returned to Mexico. The Mexican government has agreed they may stay there on the basis of a humanitarian visa, apply for paid employment, get access to immigration attorneys, and be able to travel to the U.S. for their court hearings. (Read more)

- Father, we thank You for this historic shift in cooperation with Mexico. We pray migrants around the world will not attempt to enter our nation illegally, but only go through legal channels and ports of entry.

- They also gave money to the masons and the carpenters, and food, drink, and oil to the people of Sidon and Tyre to bring cedar logs from Lebanon to the sea, to Joppa, according to the permission which they had from Cyrus king of Persia. (Ezra 3:7)

5. DHS Calls CDC To Investigate Growing Number Of Sick Migrants - Daily Caller

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is requesting that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) investigate the cause of the growing number of sick migrants illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, officials revealed to reporters Wednesday morning.

A DHS official told reporters that "literally dozens" of sick migrants are being transported to hospitals across the border each day and that growing numbers of children showing illness are present in border patrol custody. An official also told reporters that DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is requesting that Mexican authorities also investigate the living conditions of migrant holding camps across the border to see if that is the source of illness.

DHS officials revealed their concern during a phone call to discuss the plight of an 8-year-old Guatemalan child who died in border patrol custody Monday. The child's death came just days after DHS also announced the death of a 7-year-old girl who died in mid-December. (Read more)

- Father, we pray our nation will be protected from infectious diseases from migrants and travelers from around the world. We also ask You to bring help and healing to those who are sick.

- David built there an altar to the Lord and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. Thus the Lord was moved by prayer for the land, and the plague was held back from Israel. (2 Samuel 24:25)

6. 'Greatest Atrocity of Our Time': Megachurch Pastor Doesn't Hold Back in Scathing Instagram Post on Abortion - CBN News

A pastor at the influential California megachurch "Bethel" has penned a lengthy and impassioned Instagram post in which he called the American abortion epidemic the "greatest atrocity of our time." Vallotton didn't hold back, declaring that people "will do anything to justify their selfish lifestyles," and hinting at the overwhelming number of babies that are terminated out of simple convenience.

Some 638,169 abortions were reported to have taken place in 2015, according to the most recent statistics released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That being said, this report excluded three states - California, Maryland and New Hampshire - as each declined to provide the CDC with abortion statistics for every year the survey took place.

Planned Parenthood alone is regularly responsible for carrying out more than a third of the annual abortions. Vallotton noted that the bloodshed "could be stopped in one year in America if we refused to vote for any candidate who was pro-abortion," adding that "100 years from now abortion will go now as one of the greatest crimes ever perpetrated against a people." (Read more)

- Father, we pray all the Pastors of our churches will be in unity, passionately advocating for Life - especially the lives of the unborn. Raise up leaders, Lord, to lead us in intercession and remove this abomination from our land.

- I in them and you in me-so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (John 17:23)

7. 'Pro-life' John Kasich vetoes bill banning abortions on babies with heartbeats - LifeSiteNews

Today, outgoing Ohio Gov. John Kasich vetoed for the second time a bill that would have prevented babies with beating hearts from being aborted. Kasich, a former Republican presidential candidate, touted his allegedly "pro-life" views as he explained his veto.

"As governor, I have worked hard to strengthen Ohio's protections for the sanctity of human life, and I have a deep respect for my fellow members of the pro-life community and their ongoing efforts in defense of unborn life," said Kasich. "However, the central provision of Sub. H.B. 258, that an abortion cannot be performed if a heartbeat has been detected in the unborn child, is contrary to the Supreme Court of the United States' current rulings on abortion."

The bill passed the Ohio Senate 18-13 on December 12. On the same day he vetoed the bill, which would have made Ohio the safest state in the country for pre-born children, Kasich signed a ban on dismemberment abortions. The move is reminiscent of his veto of the 2016 heartbeat bill, which he did the same time he signed a 20-week abortion ban into law. (Read more)

- Father, we bless the people of Ohio for expressing their desire to protect and defend Life. We pray they will be successful in passing the heartbeat bill into law in this upcoming session.

- Just as you do not know the path of the wind and how bones are formed in the womb of the pregnant woman, so you do not know the activity of God who makes all things. (Ecclesiastes 11:5)

8. Sen. Mike Lee Blocks EEOC Appointee, LGBT Activist Chai Feldblum - CNS News

Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) is blocking Senate confirmation of President Donald Trump's nominee to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Chai Feldblum, for fear she could threaten religious freedom and traditional marriage. She was first nominated in 2010 by then-President Barack Obama, and finished her second term in July 2018.

The EEOC is a bipartisan commission that enforces federal laws prohibiting discrimination against job applicants or employees on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability or genetic information. In a 2006 interview with the Weekly Standard, Feldblum said, "There can be a conflict between religious liberty and sexual liberty, but in almost all cases the sexual liberty should win because that's the only way that the dignity of gay people can be affirmed in any realistic manner."

In an article for the American Family Association, radio host Bryan Fischer said, "What makes Ms. Feldblum a threat to religious liberty is that she has already decided that the prohibition against religious discrimination is meaningless - Christians in her view can be discriminated against at will and without restriction," Fischer added.

The Family Research Council said Feldblum's statements on religious liberty were "chilling," and urged the Trump administration "to withdraw Feldblum's name from consideration and find a candidate with at least a veneer of objectivity." (Read more)

- Father, we pray President Trump will withdraw Ms. Feldblum's nomination and replace her with a true advocate for religious liberty.

- Rather, worship the Lord your God; it is he who will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies. (2 Kings 17:39)

9. In Court, Steele Claimed His Dossier Was Meant to Help Hillary Challenge 2016 Election Results - PJ Media

The DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign funneled cash to ex-British spy Christopher Steele to help them "challenge the validity of the outcome" of the 2016 election in the event Clinton lost, according to a new British court filing.

Steele, the author of the Democrat-financed anti-Trump dossier alleging Trump campaign collusion with Russia, said in court that he was hired by Democratic law firm Perkins Coie so they would be able to contest the results of the election should Clinton lose, the Washington Times reported. In the end, the intelligence wasn't strong enough for her to challenge the election, but it was good enough for Democrats to use it to hobble Trump's presidency with deep state leaks, media hit jobs, and a special counsel investigation. (Read more)

- Father, thank You for this revelation. We pray this fact will bring closure to the Mueller investigation.

- Why should I fear when evil days come, when wicked deceivers surround me.
(Psalm 49:5)

10. Rev. Graham: 'News Media' Attacks on Trump Are 'Vicious and Relentless,' 'Sickening' - CNS News

Commenting on the seemingly never-ending political battles in Washington, D.C., evangelist Franklin Graham blasted the liberal "news media" for their "vicious and relentless" attacks on President Donald Trump, which are so overwhelming now it is "sickening."

In a Dec. 26 post on Facebook, Rev. Graham, head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), said he was a bit exhausted from all the Christmas activities but he was also tired of all the fighting in Washington. "The news media are so vicious and relentless in their fault finding and their attacks on the president," said the reverend. "It's just sickening."

"We have the potential for so much good and so much progress for our nation, but Washington is squandering it away over political agendas," he said. "I'm thankful that I have put my faith and trust in God who never grows weary and is never shut down, no matter what the problems are." (Read more)

- Father, we pray for Your discipline and judgement to come upon those who slander President Trump, his staff and administration.

- Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. (Isaiah 40:28)

The Daily Jot (Part One)

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Traditional America does exist

The anti-everything-America crowd has attacked Hallmark Christmas movies as being too white, too traditional, too heterosexual, and not enough gay, black and, yes, Islamic. As put it in 2017, ". . . they all depict a fantasy world in which America has been Made Great Again." agreed: "This is a cultural representation issue and one made especially disheartening when you take into account the way these movies sell a nostalgia for a false, if durable, vision of an America that never existed." Slate and Salon are leftist publications that criticize everything they perceive as traditional American values. But they are clearly wrong that the Hallmark-depicted America never existed. I grew up in it.

Wayland, Ohio is a small, rural burg even today. While Griff's old post office/general store no longer exists, and the town hall and church built in the early 1800s were sold by the township trustees in the late 1970s, Wayland still recalls the strength and ideals of America and the American way of life. Wayland is connected to Paris, Palmyra, Deerfield, Charlestown, and Edinburgh-each about five miles from the other. The people that lived in these communities when I was growing up were diverse-Italian, Welsh, Hungarian, German, Black, White, Catholic, Protestant, very poor, middle class, upper middle class. They were farmers, factory workers, storekeepers, volunteer firemen, construction workers.

I remember one Christmas, the Umbaughs across the road from our church lost everything in a fire. They were not members of the church and they were largely first generation "foreigners" to the area. But everyone made sure they had food, clothing, housing, fuel and fellowship until they got back on their feet. Leonard Bell's father died. They lived next to Paris school. Everyone chipped in and made sure their needs were met. If someone's car stopped alongside the road, a neighbor would make sure they got what they needed to fix it and get back on the road. When it was harvest time, my Dad and our neighbors helped one another get the crops in. We took freshly baked cookies and pies to one another for no good reason except to be kind and neighborly.

There was a connection between all the families in the area. And you know something, these traditions continue today. They are instilled in each of us. My wife's family lived only about 10 miles from mine. We knew each other from young ages. The American tradition depicted by Hallmark lives in them every day of the week, every month of the year, not just on Christmas. It reaches beyond differences in religious beliefs, politics, ethnic backgrounds, race, or all the "isms" the anti-America crowd likes to throw in our faces. We aren't perfect, but we are kind and civil. We follow a simple rule as spoken by Christ in Luke 6:31, " And as you would that men should do to you, do you also to them likewise." The America of Hallmark does exist in the hearts of those who love God, country and family.

Have a blessed and powerful day,

The Daily Jot Staff

The Daily Jot (Part Two)

Monday, December 24, 2018

The memories we make this time of year

Growing up on the farm on the fringe of the snow belt in Northeastern Ohio left many memories of snowy Christmas seasons. Christmas time was always special at our house because Christmas Eve also was my father's birthday. He often said that when he was young, it didn't seem fair that he only got a present one time a year. Back in the early 1900s, they didn't go all out for Christmas like they do now-he would get an orange in a stocking hung by the fireplace, maybe some extra candy or a fruitcake if it was a good year. Things were different then. They were even different from today when I was little. We lived out in the country on a working farm that had been in the family nearly 200 years. It was real different.

Usually, on Christmas Eve we would get the livestock in early. We wintered about seven brood cows and up to 16 horses. Feeding time was done quickly because of the wind and cold lake effect coming off Lake Erie about 50 miles away. We would start by going up in the hay mow and throwing down some bales. Putting the hay in the mangers and the feed in the feedboxes. Then we would let out a yodel and the animals would start coming. Cows in their stanchions, each horse knew their own stall. The barn would start to warm up and we would begin putting water in the buckets for the horses. If the pump was froze up, I would take a bucket and an axe out to the pond some 75 yards away and carry water a bucket at a time.

One particular snowy Christmas Eve, Dad quit working earlier than normal. There was about eight inches of snow on the ground and it was pretty cold. We put the livestock in early and Dad asked if I wanted to play in the snow a bit. He had an idea in mind. I was game for anything he wanted to do. He saddled up Hollywood, his champion palomino quarter horse stallion, got a long rope, tied it to the handle of a scoop shovel. The idea was that he would ride Hollywood along the field at a gallop pulling the shovel. I would sit on the shovel, holding onto the handle as we glided through the snow. Great idea. Sounds like fun. But in practice it was more difficult than imagined. After a few disastrous bumps and flies, probably caused by the corn stalk stubs, I got the hang of it and it was-how did we say it back then-"swell!"

There was always a party after Christmas Eve services at our house. People would come from all around with birthday wishes for Dad. One such couple, Betty and Gene Flynn, often arrived a little later than others because they lived farther away. And every time Betty walked in the door on Christmas Eve, a fuse would blow. This happened for about five years straight (until we replaced the fuse box with breakers). Dad would get a flashlight and precariously make his way down the crude steps to the back of the cellar and replace the fuse while the guest waited for the lights to come on. Psalm 104:17 says, "But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children." These memories, to the Lord's mercy, are everlasting. I'm thankful for them. Make some this year.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!

Bill Wilson

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