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|Focus on Israel|
1. Israel runs successful Arrow-3 missile interception - Jerusalem Post
Amid rising tension on Israel's northern border with Syria, the Defense Ministry and the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) successfully conducted a trial of the Arrow-3 missile defense system Tuesday.
The test, led by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in collaboration with the Israel Air Force, took place at around 6:44 a.m. and caused loud explosions in the vicinity of Palmahim south of Tel Aviv.
"Once the target was launched, Arrow Weapon System radars detected it and transferred the data to the battle management control which then established a defense plan," read a statement by the Defense Ministry. "At the right moment, the Arrow-3 interceptor was launched toward the target and successfully completed its mission."
2. Report: Syria threatens to attack Ben-Gurion, return to occupied Golan - Jerusalem Post
Syria's UN representative, Bashar Jaafari, has threatened to attack Ben-Gurion Airport in response to Israel's continued air strikes against Iranian militias entrenched in the country, according to the Syrian News Agency SANA.
SANA reported that Jaafari made the comments during a UN Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East.
"The aggression of the Israeli enemy against Syria would not have been carried out without the unlimited support provided by UN member states," he said referring to France, Britain and the US. "If [the] UN Security Council don't adopt measures to stop Israel's repeated aggression in Syria, Syria will practice its legitimate right of self-defense and respond to the Israeli aggression on Damascus International Airport in the same way on Tel Aviv Airport."
Jaafari also argued against Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, claiming that Israel's attempts to achieve its recognition were destined to fail and would not affect Syria's right to the territory.
3. Monitor: 21 died in Israeli strikes in Syria Monday, 12 of them Iranian fighters - Times of Israel
Twenty-one people were killed in Israeli retaliatory airstrikes in Syria early on Monday, 12 of them members of the Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, a Britain-based Syrian war monitor said Tuesday.
On Sunday, Israel reportedly conducted a rare daylight missile attack on Iranian targets in Syria. In response, Iran fired a surface-to-surface missile at the northern Golan Heights, which was intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system over the Hermon ski resort, according to the Israel Defense Forces.
Hours later, in the predawn hours of Monday morning, the Israeli Air Force launched retaliatory strikes on Iranian targets near Damascus and on the Syrian air defense batteries that fired upon the attacking Israeli fighter jets, the army said.
4. 'Alsheikh contaminated the investigations against Netanyahu' - Israel National News
The Likud on Tuesday evening blasted former police commissioner Roni Alsheikh, following his comments on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's investigations that were quoted by Channel 12 News on Tuesday evening.
"If it looks like a fixed game and sounds like a fixed game, then it's a fixed game," said the Likud. "Roni Alsheikh contaminated the investigations against Prime Minister Netanyahu and turned them into a process whose outcome is known in advance."
"During the investigations, and now as well, Alsheikh continues to press for an indictment at any price - even when there's nothing," added the Likud, stressing, "Only the citizens of Israel will choose who will be the prime minister who will lead the country, and the citizens of Israel will vote against this witch hunt."
5. Hamas warns Qatari cash freeze by Israel could cause 'explosion' in Gaza - Times of Israel
A Hamas official on Tuesday called Israel's decision to block the entry of Qatari funds to the Gaza Strip later this week "a crime" that could stoke further violence along the frontier.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered Tuesday that a tranche of $15 million set to be transferred to the Strip the next day be halted, after Israeli soldiers were shot at on two separate occasions.
"Netanyahu's decision to prevent its entry is a crime that will push Gaza toward an explosion," the official, who asked to remain anonymous, told The Times of Israel.
|The Daily Brief|
1. White House planning to proceed with State of the Union, but details up in the air after Pelosi threat - FoxNews
The White House is still planning to move ahead with next week's scheduled State of the Union address, but the details remain up in the air after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi strongly urged the president to delay the speech or submit it in writing amid the government shutdown fight.
According to multiple sources, it remains unclear whether the address scheduled for Jan. 29 will in fact go forward. President Trump intends to be at the Capitol next Tuesday to deliver his speech as scheduled, sources said. White House officials told Fox News they essentially are preparing for two tracks for next week's speech. The preferred track is an address, as per custom, at the Capitol. The second track is a backup plan for a speech outside of Washington, D.C.
Ultimately, whether the speech is given on the House floor is up to Pelosi. In an appearance on Fox News on Tuesday, White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley suggested the president could move the location of the speech should Pelosi block it in the House. (Read more)
- Father, we submit all these plans to You and pray the State of the Union address will be given at the time and place of Your choosing.
- A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. (Proverbs 16:9)
2. 'No Cave!' Donald Trump Remains Resolute on Day 32 of Government Shutdown - Breitbart
President Donald Trump again signaled his commitment to fighting for border security on Tuesday, despite the ongoing government shutdown. The president commented on the ongoing partial government shutdown as it entered its 32nd day.
"Without a Wall our Country can never have Border or National Security. With a powerful Wall or Steel Barrier, Crime Rates (and Drugs) will go substantially down all over the U.S. The Dems know this but want to play political games. Must finally be done correctly," he wrote. "No Cave!"
Democrat leaders rejected Trump's proposed compromise of giving a temporary three-year amnesty to DACA recipients in exchange for funding for 230 miles of physical barriers. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi continues to reject any compromise with Trump, demanding that he sign legislation to reopen the government first. (Read more)
- Father, we pray that the final agreement between our leaders will address the real security needs on our border and throughout our nation. We also ask You, Lord, for this shutdown to expose the people and programs that are completely unnecessary and give our legislators the courage to cut them permanently.
- The wicked will see it and be vexed, he will gnash his teeth and melt away; the desire of the wicked will perish. (Psalm 112:10)
3. Senate GOP Releases Proposal to End Shutdown, Build Wall - FreeBeacon
Senate Republicans released a version of President Donald Trump's shutdown-ending proposal Monday, which, if passed, would fully fund the government and invest nearly $6 billion in building a southwestern border wall.
The 1300 page "End the Shutdown and Secure the Border Act" (ESSBA) was introduced by Sen. Richard Shelby (R., Ala.) in his capacity as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Its contents mirror Trump's proposal to provide temporary amnesty for roughly one million illegally resident people, in exchange for funding for the president's long-desired border wall.
The proposal embodied in the new bill is Trump's "effort to compromise" with congressional Democrats, according to Vice President Mike Pence. The ESSBA appears intended as an opening volley in Senate negotiations to resolve the issue, as Sen. Shelby called on his Democratic colleagues to either back the bill or come to the table for a different solution. (Read more)
- Father, we pray the End the Shutdown and Secure the Border Act will be seen as a good faith effort to resolve the shutdown and provide a roadmap for real long-term solutions.
- Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion; build the walls of Jerusalem. (Psalm 51:18)
4. In Refusing to Take Up DACA, SCOTUS Removes Democrats' Incentive to Deal With Trump - CNS News
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused a Justice Department request to directly review President Trump's attempt to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The Supreme Court's refusal to take up the case right now means DACA protections will continue for an undetermined length of time, pending the outcome of legal challenges, including possible Supreme Court review at a later date.
Earlier this month, President Trump said if the Supreme Court allowed him to end DACA -- as he believed the court would do -- it would be much easier for him to make a DACA-Border wall deal with Democats. "But until we win that case," he said on Jan. 2, "they don't really want to talk about DACA."
The Supreme Court's refusal to directly review DACA is sure to frustrate President Trump. As CNSNews.com previously reported, Trump -- at a Jan. 2, 2019 Cabinet meeting -- said Democrats have no incentive to make a deal on DACA, given court rulings blocking Trump from ending the program. (Read more)
- Father, we continue to lift up our courts and pray they would become halls of true justice - justice that flows from Your throne and brings peace to our land.
- Thus says the Lord of hosts: 'Execute true justice, Show mercy and compassion everyone to his brother.' (Zechariah 7:9)
5. Supreme Court lets Pentagon limit transgender military service while lawsuits proceed - Fox News
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the Pentagon to restrict military service for transgender individuals while the Trump administration's policy is litigated in the lower courts.
The ruling reversed the orders implemented by lower courts, which had prevented the Pentagon from proceeding with the plan. The issue brought a 5-4 conservative-liberal split, with Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan voting to keep the block on enforcement in place, while the five conservative justices, including Justice Brett Kavanaugh, voted to allow the policy to go into effect.
The court's decision, though, does not apply to the policy's legality, or President Trump's authority to issue the ban. The decision was simply related to the policy's enforcement while the case continues to go through litigation at the lower courts. (Read more)
- Father, we pray for the restoration of male and female, as You created and called, "Very good". We pray Your love and compassion will flow through us towards those struggling with sexual identity and bring healing.
- Restore us to yourself, Lord, that we may return; renew our days as of old.(Lamentations 5:21)
6. Supreme Court to Consider Gun Rights for 1st Time in 9 Years - Newsmax
The Supreme Court said Tuesday it will take up its first gun rights case in nine years, a challenge to New York City's prohibition on carrying a licensed, locked, and unloaded handgun outside the city limits. The case won't be argued until October.
The challengers are represented by prominent lawyer Paul Clement, who has been urging the justices to elaborate on the extent of constitutional gun rights the Supreme Court declared in decisions in 2008 and 2010. The court had previously rejected several appeals. Clement says the case "is a perfect vehicle to reaffirm that those decisions and the constitutional text have consequences."
Joining in support of gun rights, 17 states said the court should break its years-long silence and use the case to define the scope of gun rights under the Constitution and the level of scrutiny, or skepticism, judges should apply to gun laws. (Read more)
- Father, we pray the Supreme Court will affirm the Constitutional right of the people to keep and bear arms.
- Defend my cause and redeem me; preserve my life according to your promise.(Psalm 119:154)
7. Former Planned Parenthood Director Says Her Pro-Life Organization Has Converted Almost 500 Abortion Workers to Be Pro-Life - CNS News
Abby Johnson, founder and CEO of And Then There Were None, told pro-life activists at the 46th annual March for Life on Friday that her organization has converted almost 500 abortion workers to the pro-life cause. "Most of you know that my goal for the pro-life movement is to facilitate conversion. My own life is a story of conversion. I was once a Planned Parenthood director. I was the person who was pushing women, manipulating them, exploiting them, coercing them into having abortions," she said.
"I believed that abortion was always the right decision for an unplanned pregnancy, but after seeing a 13-week-old baby fight and struggle for his life in the womb during an abortion procedure, my life was changed," Johnson said.
Johnson said the goal of the pro-life movement "must be transformation. The battle will not be won on social media. It won't be won through heated arguments. Faith and science proves our point and shows that we are on the winning side. In scripture it says, 'And you will know the truth, and the truth shall set you free,'" she said. Johnson's upcoming film, "Unplanned" will hit theaters on March 29th. (Read more)
- Father, we come into agreement with Abby Johnson and pray for the transformation of abortion workers. Deliver them from deception and help them receive forgiveness for their sins.
- "Come now, let us settle the matter," says the Lord. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool." (Isaiah 1:18)
8. Central American migrants return home, even as thousands push north in new caravan - San Diego Tribune
Daniel Rodríguez Perdomo endured cold, hunger, sickness, fear and loneliness as he joined thousands of Central Americans who made their way to the Tijuana-San Diego border last fall. But even with cousins in Tijuana and a job at a car wash, the 24-year-old migrant went back to Honduras last week, unwilling to stay in Mexico and abandoning any immediate hopes of crossing to the United States.
"I feel so alone here, I miss my family, my friends, I don't feel good," he said as he prepared to go back to San Pedro Sula, part of a group of three dozen Central Americans traveling from Tijuana back to their countries under a program run by the International Organization for Migration.
As thousands of Central American migrants continue to move north, a smaller but steady flow has been going in the opposite direction. "Some people have come to the realization that this did not meet their expectation, or perhaps they have a family situation that calls them back home," said Christopher Gascon, who heads the IOM's office in Mexico City. (Read more)
- Father, we pray the news of those returning will circulate in Central and South America and prevent harm to those tempted to make the journey.
- Forsake foolishness and live, and go in the way of understanding. (Proverbs 9:6)
9. Here's How The White House Is Trying To Stop Future Caravans - Daily Caller
The president sought to break the 32-day logjam and stave off another missed paycheck for federal workers Saturday by offering Democrats the chance to extend the DACA program for an additional three years and the temporary protected status program. In exchange, the White House maintains its request for $5.7 billion in funding, an increase in humanitarian aid and changes to the U.S. asylum law.
The latter provisions have not received center stage coverage but would seek to strike at the heart of the current migrant crisis at the U.S. southern border. The Trump administration sees current policies as an effective open border with word trickling back to Central America that it is possible to come to the U.S. as long as one is claiming asylum and brings their children.
New language included in legislation the administration is putting before the U.S. Senate this week will instead require Central American migrant children to apply for asylum in their home countries. A senior administration official pointed to a provision of the legislation that would allow for the removal and deportation of individuals from Central American migrants in a timely manner. The provision would end catch-and-release policy and would work to discourage would-be migrants from making the dangerous trek to the U.S. over nearly 1,000 miles of desert. (Read more)
- Father, we pray these changes to U.S. asylum policies will be put into law and allow our nation to vet and regulate the refugee process.
- Why have you broken down its walls so that all who pass by pick its grapes?
10. Appeals Court Vindicates Planned Parenthood Sting Tapes - Patheos
The Fifth Circuit of Court of Appeals has vindicated the undercover videos that exposed the illegal practices of Planned Parenthood and has cleared the way for states to defund the abortion provider.
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission stripped Planned Parenthood of its status as an approved Medicaid provider after watching the sting videos by activist David Daleiden and his Center for Medical Progress. Those tapes showed Planned Parenthood employees talking about selling the organs of their abortion victims, bragging about how they get around laws forbidding partial birth abortion, and other illegal and unprofessional activity.
At the prospect of their being cut off from Texas taxpayer money, Planned Parenthood sued. They claimed that the tapes were misleadingly edited and taken out of context. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals noted that the Texas Office of the Inspector General had independent experts study the tapes. The finding was that the tapes were NOT deceptively edited and that they DID constitute evidence of misdeeds on the part of Planned Parenthood! (Read more)
- Father, we pray as this story is again in the news, more and more people would become aware of the true nature of Planned Parenthood and their wicked practices.
- The wicked band together against the righteous and condemn the innocent to death. But the Lord has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge.(Psalm 94:21-22)
|The Daily Jot|
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Prophecy and truth of the modern church
"More and more I feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than have the people of good will. We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people. Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to be co-workers with God, and without this 'hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation. We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right. Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy and transform our pending national elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood.
"In deep disappointment I have wept over the laxity of the church. But be assured that my tears have been tears of love. There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love. Yes, I love the church. How could I do otherwise? l am in the rather unique position of being the son, the grandson and the great-grandson of preachers. Yes, I see the church as the body of Christ. But, oh! How we have blemished and scarred that body through social neglect and through fear of being nonconformists. There was a time when the church was very powerful in the time when the early Christians rejoiced at being deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed.
"In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. Whenever the early Christians entered a town, the people in power became disturbed and immediately sought to convict the Christians for being "disturbers of the peace" and "outside agitators"' But the Christians pressed on, in the conviction that they were "a colony of heaven," called to obey God rather than man. Small in number, they were big in commitment. They were too God-intoxicated to be "astronomically intimidated." By their effort and example, they brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contests.
"Things are different now. So often the contemporary church is a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. So often it is an archdefender of the status quo. If today's church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century. Every day I meet young people whose disappointment with the church has turned into outright disgust." These words were excerpted from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s letter to fellow clergymen from the Birmingham Jail nearly 56 years ago. Looking back, they are as prophetic today as they were truth in April 1963. As Romans 12:21 exhorts "Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good," the "Church" needs to wake up because what King wrote is happening.
Have a blessed and powerful day,
The Daily Jot Staff
|Eye on Ms. Octavio-Cortez|
Ocasio-Cortez on Millennials: 'We're Like the World Is Going to End in 12 Years if We Don't Address Climate Change'
The world is going to end in 12 years unless the government takes action, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said Monday at a Martin Luther King forum in New York City.
Here's an excerpt from her interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates:
"And I think the part of it that is generational is that millennials and people, in Gen Z, and all these folks that come after us are looking up and we're like, the world is gonna end in 12 years if we don't address climate change. You're biggest issue, your biggest issue is how are going to pay for it? - and like this is the war, this is our World War II. And I think for younger people looking at this are more like, how are we saying let's take it easy when 3,000 Americans died last year, how are we saying let's take it easy when the end person died from our cruel and unjust criminal justice system?
How are we saying take it easy, the America that we're living in today is dystopian with people sleeping in their cars so they can work a second job without healthcare and we're told to settle down. It's a fundamental separation between that fierce urgency of now, the why we can't wait that King spoke of. That at some point this chronic reality do reach a breaking point and I think for our generation it reached that, I wished I didn't have to be doing every post, but sometimes I just feel like people aren't being held accountable. Until, we start pitching in and holding people accountable, I'm just gonna let them have it." (Read more)
Source: Grabie News
- Father God, out of all of the new members that have been sworn in this month in our new Congress, we are keeping a watchful eye on this one. Lord God, just as, in the case of Saul on the Road to Damascus, Your arm was not too short that it could not save, we ask for the same invasion of grace to reach the heart of Ms. Octavio-Cortez. Help her, Lord, we pray . . . and help us, too. In Your Name, amen.
- "And these children will honor me by living holy lives.
In holy worship they'll honor the Holy One of Jacob
and stand in holy awe of the God of Israel.
Those who got off-track will get back on-track,
and complainers and whiners learn gratitude."" (Isaiah 29:24 - The Message)
|Focus on the Supreme Court|
Supreme Court Turns Back on Football Coach Fired for Praying - Todd Starnes
The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a temporary, but devastating blow, to religious liberty after they decided not to hear arguments in the case of Coach Joe Kennedy, a Marine veteran and an assistant football coach at Bremerton High School.
In 2015, Coach Kennedy was fired after he declined to stop praying on the 50-yard-line after football games. Americans United for Separation of Church and State celebrated the Supreme Court's decision.
Coach Kennedy never forced a child to join him in the post-game prayer - ever. He never forced players to do anything religious. The Supreme Court said they needed more information in order to resolve Coach Kennedy's case. "The (federal appeals court's) understanding of the free speech rights of public school teachers is troubling and may justify review in the future," Justice Sam Alito wrote. (Read more)
> > > Editor's comment: We may not have seen the end of this case yet. As quoted above, today's decision is only a "temporary" blow to our free speech.
Below please find more commentary on this case, offered by our friends at the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation, bringing clarification to this report.
[From our source at the CPCF]
"Our legal team wrote the following statement regarding the recent news on the Coach Kennedy Case. I talked to the principal lawyers on the case this morning and they feel it's not over, and do see a path forward."
"The Supreme Court today denied cert in this case in which we filed a brief. At the same time, Justice Alito, on behalf of himself and Justices Thomas, Gorsuch, and Kavanaugh, filed a "statement" in which he said, basically, that the only reason cert had been denied is that the record is not clear that he was only fired for kneeling with head bowed at the 50-yard line after a game (rather than neglecting his duties to supervise the kids).
Also significant were the next two sections of Justice Alito's brief: (a) criticizing some of the Ninth Circuit's overbroad, antagonistic statements about religious exercise by teachers; and (b) suggesting that the time might be ripe to revisit Smith and TWA. That latter portion reads in its entirety as follows:
While the petition now before us is based solely on the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment, petitioner still has live claims under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. See Brief in Opposition 11, n. 1. Petitioner's decision to rely primarily on his free speech claims as opposed to these alternative claims may be due to certain decisions of this Court.
In Employment Div., Dept. of Human Resources of Ore. v. Smith, 494 U. S. 872 (1990), the Court drastically cut back on the protection provided by the Free Exercise Clause, and in Trans World Airlines, Inc. v. Hardison, 432 U. S. 63 (1977), the Court opined that Title VII's prohibition of discrimination on the basis of religion does not require an employer to make any accommodation that imposes more than a de minimis burden. In this case, however, we have not been asked to revisit those decisions."
- LORD GOD have mercy on the remnant, give us wisdom and courage to stand for You boldly and in Your love for the lost and deceived. Bring Holy Spirit conviction of truth to leaders to our culture. Raise up more and young leaders who know You and will be a voice of Truth with the influence they carry in schools, universities, marketplace, their peers and in the public square. LORD let us NOT grow weary, in Your Name, amen.
- "I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry." (Psalm 40:1)
|Trump to Honor Covington Teens|
President Trump to meet Covington students at White House
In his latest expression of support, President Donald Trump has allegedly invited the Catholic school boys at the heart of a media firestorm to the White House, conservative commentator Laura Ingraham revealed Tuesday.
Details are scarce at the moment, but Ingraham announced the news Tuesday afternoon on Twitter, adding that the meeting could occur as soon as Wednesday, before issuing a follow-up that a date was more uncertain, and the meeting might not happen until the current government shutdown dispute is resolved.
This weekend, the press and social media erupted with claims that a group of students from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky harassed an elderly Native American veteran while waiting for their bus to take them home from the just-concluded March for Life.
. . . Many of the students' defenders called on the president to use his platform to speak out on the story, which Trump did Monday evening by tweeting that the students "were treated unfairly with early judgments proving out to be false." He added Tuesday morning that "Nick Sandmann and the students of Covington have become symbols of Fake News and how evil it can be," while predicting the kids "will use it for the good - maybe even to bring people together." (LifeSiteNews) Read more.
- We thank You, Lord, that our President will honor these brave young men, who held their peace this weekend in the midst of several hostile crowds. Praise God.
- In everything, give thanks. . . (I Thess. 5:18)
|Introducing: The MEWC|
Introducing: The MEWC
The Middle East Women's Coalition
Middle Eastern Women's Coalition Endorses President Donald Trump
(Article posted on 12/6/18)
"MUSLIM, JEWISH ,CHRISTIAN MIDDLE EASTERN WOMEN AND CHILD BRIDE WANT TO EXPLAIN WHY THEY WILL ENDORSE PRESIDENT TRUMP"
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- An international coalition of Women's Rights activists will host a high profile Speakers' Forum and News Conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on December 11 to raise awareness about barbaric abuse of women and child brides under Sharia Law, and to express their unwavering support for President Donald Trump, who champions their cause.
"We are bringing women from all across the country and all over the world to raise our unified voices in support of President Donald Trump," said coalition president Rabia Kazan. "President Obama created ISIS and encouraged Sharia Law throughout the Middle East, and for eight years he turned a deaf ear to our cries. Finally, there is hope for us because of President Trump. He is changing the game. He is the only one fighting for us, and for our human rights."
The Middle Eastern Women's Coalition wants to reform the barbaric practices of child marriages, genital mutilations, honor killings and dress code restrictions by initiating a cultural and religious revolution throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. They believe that only President Trump has both the will and the international stature to do that. (PRNewswire.com) Read more.
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Please visit the website for International Christian Concern to lift up prayers for the persecuted around the world, every day. Their link is: www.persecution.org -- or go here to connect. Thank you for interceding for our brothers and sisters who are suffering in Asia, the Islamic World, and the Far East.
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From Joel Rosenberg:
Christians are experiencing an historic new season of hope, security and freedom in the Mideast. The media are largely ignoring it, but I explain in detail in this new column in The Jerusalem Post.
Encouraging new season for Christians in Mideast Something hopeful is happening in the Middle East. As 2019 begins, Christians in the region are experiencing the most encouraging season of personal security, religious freedom and peaceful coexistence with Muslims in living memory.
The media are largely missing this historic development, but it's worth taking a closer look.
Just a few years ago, the so-called Islamic State was waging genocide against Christians in Iraq and Syria and threatening to destabilize Jordan - a country with a historic Christian population - and "slaughter" King Abdullah II, whom they denounced as a "tyrant."
In a 2016 cover story in Dabiq - their English-language propaganda magazine - ISIS leaders vowed to "Break the Cross" by annihilating Christianity in the region.
"Do you claim that . . . Christians follow the right religion and that they will enter the kingdom of heaven?" they asked. "There is no proof for this . . . If you continue to disbelieve, then know that you shall be defeated and then dragged altogether into Hell as your eternal, wicked abode . . . Allah has made our mission to wage war against disbelief until it ceases to exist, as he has ordered us to kill all pagans wherever they are found."
In the resulting bloodbath, the number of Christians in Iraq plunged from about 1.5 million to between 200,000 and 300,000 today. Many were killed. Most fled the country. In Syria, the number of Christians has plummeted from 1.25 million to about 500,000 today.
But the genocide has been stopped. The US put together a stunningly successful coalition of nearly 80 countries to counter ISIS. True heroes have included the Kurds and the leaders of numerous Sunni Arab countries - among them Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain - all of which committed military forces not only to rescue Muslims and Yazidis but Christians, too.
The caliphate was destroyed. ISIS is not yet defeated, but it's on the run. Most followers of Jesus in the region no longer face the threat of annihilation. And while Syria remains a mess, Iraq is calmer and Christians there are rebuilding their churches and their lives.
No Arab leader has done more to protect Christians than Jordan's monarch, himself a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad. He sent Jordanian forces into battle against ISIS, welcomed Christian and Muslim refugees fleeing from Syria and Iraq, and provided them with housing, food, medical care and schools.
Abdullah vigorously protects the right of Jordan's 145,000 Christians to build and operate churches, teach the Scriptures, run tours of important Christian holy sites and operate an Evangelical seminary.
Soon after 9/11, the king established a national park on the east bank of the Jordan River to protect the archaeological remains of "Bethany beyond the Jordan," the site where John the Baptist based his ministry, including baptizing Jesus. The king even granted permission for 13 Christian denominations to build their own churches there, conduct baptisms and teach the rich biblical history of the country.
For all this - and his extensive work encouraging interfaith dialogue and peaceful coexistence between Muslims, Christians and Jews - the king was awarded the prestigious 2018 Templeton Prize.
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About Capitol Hill Prayer Partners
Our Mission Statement
Capitol Hill Prayer Partners (CHPP) is a ministry which is positioned on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., helping members of the Body of Christ to "pray for those in authority over us" in our federal government. Our primary purpose is to offer intercession on site for the members of Congress and their staffs each day that the Senate and the House of Representatives are in session; and our chief prayer focus is that "God's will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." [Matthew 6:10].
Because Jesus Christ has shed His blood for all, we, too, pray for ALL, in a nonpartisan manner. Also, because the scriptures indicate that "the effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much" (James 4:17), we are confident that fervent prayer, offered in the halls of the highest chambers of government in our land, can avail much for America. Capitol Hill Prayer Partners welcomes those who feel called to join us, engaging in this strategic work of intercession for our nation: "For there is no power but of God; the powers that be are ordained of God." [Romans 13:1]
HOW TO SUBSCRIBE
Capitol Hill Prayer Partners welcomes all who wish to pray for our leaders to join us in prayer for our nation. You may sign up to receive our alerts by sending an email to us at CHPP1994@gmail.com requesting that your name be added to our list of subscribers.
Note: You may also learn more about CHPP by going here to visit our blog. Thank you!