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"Praying for All in Authority"
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
"For how can I endure to see the calamity which will befall my people, and how can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred?" (Esther 8:6)
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Terrorists on a Rampage
Terrorists on a Rampage:
Violence Breaks out in Netherlands in Wake of New Zealand Massacre
1. Heroes of New Zealand Massacre Risked Their Lives Tackling Shooters, Firing Back - Faithwire.com
A good guy with a gun
According to local news outlets, at least 30 of those killed Friday were attending the Masjid Al Noor mosque, while at least 10 others were killed at the Linwood Masjid Mosque. The death toll likely would have been much higher had it not been for a brave worshipper with a gun who chased one of the gunmen out of the Linwood mosque.
The New Zealand Herald reported that a "well known Muslim local" man "returned fire with a rifle or shotgun," firing two shots at the attackers as they ran away. When police arrived, the armed hero noted that he fired in "self-defense," describing the suspects and their vehicle to the authorities. (Read more)
- Father, we thank You for those who took action to prevent an even worse slaughter last Friday in New Zealand. We ask they receive the honor due their names.
- "Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven." (Matthew 18:19)
2. White House dismisses praise of Trump by New Zealand shooter - Reuters
The White House pushed back on Sunday against any attempt to link President Donald Trump to the accused shooter who killed 50 people in two New Zealand mosques, saying the act of a disturbed individual cannot be blamed on any one politician.
"The president is not a white supremacist. I'm not sure how many times we have to say that," White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said on "Fox News Sunday."
Trump on Friday condemned the "horrible massacre" at the mosques and the White House called the shooting a "vicious act of hate." Asked by a reporter on Friday if he sees white nationalism as a rising threat around the world, Trump said: "I don't really. I think it's a small group of people."
The accused gunman's manifesto praised the U.S. president as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose," even though he did not support his policies. The reference revived criticism that Trump has not been strong enough in condemning hate speech and has fomented anti-Muslim sentiment. (Read more)
- Lord, we pray that You will protect the President from these lies about the statements he is making following these tragedies. We take authority over the twisting of the President's words and loose Your spirit to bring truth to the ears of his listners. We ask this in Your name, amen.
- "And like their bow they have bent their tongues for lies, they are not valiant for the truth on the earth." (Jeremiah 9:3a)
3. New Zealand Eyes Stricter Gun Laws After Mosque Killings - CNSNews.com
New Zealand's gun ownership laws have been more relaxed than those in many Western countries but that looks set to change after Friday's deadly shooting in two mosques in Christchurch, which killed 50 people.
"Our gun laws will change," New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters in Wellington on Saturday, noting that the suspected "primary perpetrator," had used "two semi-automatic weapons and two shotguns" in the shooting, and had also been in possession of a "lever-action firearm." Some appeared to have been modified. (Read more)
- Father God, we are not familiar with the Constitution of the nation of New Zealand, but we do know You as our King of all kings. We ask Your grant Your wisdom to the leaders of New Zealand, that its citizens might yet enjoy the right to bear arms and to protect themselves, when needed. In Your Name, amen.
- "See, a king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice." (Isaiah 32:1)
4. Former White House adviser John Podesta praises 'superstar' Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern - New Zealand Herald
Hillary Clinton's former presidential campaign manager has labelled Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern a "superstar".
John Podesta, who was the White House chief of staff to President Bill Clinton and a counsellor to President Barack Obama, told Newstalk ZB's Heather Du Plessis-Allan that Ardern had given hope to social democrats all around the world.
"She's made an impression on the world. She's somebody that people are paying attention to.
"I think they look to her as someone who has found a way to directly connect and make people feel like they are bonded to their political leader," he said. (Read more)
- Lord God, we ask, now that P.M. Jacinda Ardern has become an overnight figure on the international scene, her followers would be awakened to the fact that Ms. Ardern is a zealous advocate of the social democratic platform. Let us offer prayers of wisdom for this new world leader, offering only informed intercession. We ask in Your name, amen.
- "What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also . . ."(I Corinthians 14:15)
5. Manhunt underway after tram shooting in Netherlands kills 3, injures 9 - Global News, Canada
Three people are dead and nine others are wounded after a shooting on a public tram Monday morning in the small city of Utrecht, Netherlands, the mayor of the city told reporters. The city is located about 50 kilometres south of Amsterdam.
Police are asking the public to look for 37-year-old Gokmen Tanis in relation to the incident. They say Tanis is originally from Turkey. If seen, police are asking the public not to approach but instead to call the authorities. "Several shots were fired in a tram and several people were injured. Helicopters are at the scene and no arrests have been made," said police spokesman Joost Lanshage. (Read more)
- Father, we ask that the perpetrator of this tragedy be captured quickly, and that no other casualties occur.
- "Let evil hunt the violent man to overthrow him." (Psalm 140:11b)
Focus on Israel
1. Rouhani urges Iranians to 'put all your curses on Zionists, US' - Times of Israel
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's president urged Iranians Monday to put a curse on the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia - blaming the US and its allies for his country's ailing economy.
Monday's televised remarks by Hassan Rouhani were meant to deflect criticism of his administration's performance amid a spiraling economy after the Trump administration pulled out of the nuclear deal and re-imposed sanctions on Tehran last year, targeting Iran's vital oil sector.
Rouhani urged Iranians to "put all your curses on those who created the current situation" and added that "the United States, the Zionists" and Saudi Arabia were to blame. (Read more)
- "Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow, So a curse without cause shall not alight." (Proverbs 26:2)
2. Turkey's Erdoğan renews verbal attack against Israel - Israel Hayom
The war of words between Turkey and Israel continued Friday when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan rebuked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's son for suggesting Istanbul - formerly Constantinople - was under Turkish occupation. The Turkish and Israeli leaders have been trading barbs this week, with Netanyahu calling Erdoğan a "dictator" and criticizing the imprisonment of scores of journalists in Turkey. Erdoğan brandished the Israeli leader a "thief" and a "tyrant" in reference to corruption allegations and Israeli policies toward Palestinians.
Netanyahu fired back on Twitter, describing the Turkish president as a "dictator who sends tens of thousands of political opponents to prison, commits genocide against the Kurds, and occupies Northern Cyprus."
Erdoğan, Netanyahu said, was preaching to him, "to Israel, and to the Israel Defense Forces about democracy and the ethics of war. A joke."
3. Pro-Israel voices silenced at the UN - Israel National News
The United Nations Human Rights Council debated a report accusing Israel of war crimes Monday. However, not all voices were allowed to participate in the debate. Anne Bayefsky, the Director of the Human Rights Voices NGO and the Touro Institute and Human Rights and the Holocaust, attempted to give a rebuttal to the testimony of Canadian Law Professor Michael Lynk, who accused Israel of using disproportionate force against peaceful protesters during the 'March of Return' riots along the Gaza border over the last year.
Human Rights Council President Coly Seck, of Senegal, interrupted Bayefsky twice as she delivered her remarks. In addition, the audio of her remarks was cut off, preventing much of her points from being heard.
4. Gantz tells confidants he could invite Netanyahu into his coalition - Times of Israel
Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz has told close confidants that he would not rule out a unity government with Benjamin Netanyahu leading the Likud and the ultra-Orthodox parties if it means ousting Netanyahu from the prime minister's seat.
On the night after Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced on February 28 he intended to indict Netanyahu in three corruption cases, Gantz convened a press conference, in which he announced that "given the circumstances," his party would not sit with a Netanyahu-led Likud after the election. Blue and White officials said at the time that they would not rule out a coalition with Likud, but not if Netanyahu remained party leader.
But in a recording broadcast Monday evening by Channel 13, Gantz appeared to walk back that declaration - at least in a scenario where he, and not Netanyahu, becomes prime minister.
5. Palestinians in Gaza resume night time border protests - Times of Israel
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip resumed night time protests along the border between Israel and the coastal enclave on Monday, a week after halting them. Pictures and videos posted on Twitter show Palestinians in several locations in the border area, setting off small explosions, lighting tires on fire, and pointing lasers at Israeli security forces.
The loud sounds created by the explosions at previous night time protests have caused significant distress for some Israelis living adjacent to Gaza.
6. White House working to reassure Evangelicals on Middle East peace plan - Axios
Ahead of the launch of President Trump's Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, the White House has been engaging with Evangelical leaders to reassure them about the plan.
Why it matters: Evangelicals are a crucial part of Trump's political base and senior officials in his administration, like Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Pompeo, are Evangelicals. Most U.S. Evangelicals are strong supporters of Israel, and many Evangelical leaders are stanch allies of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.
On Thursday a group of Evangelical leaders arrived at the White House for a briefing with Trump's Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt.
7. Jordan's King Abdullah II meets with U.S. peace team to discuss its plan - Jerusalem Post
US President Donald Trump's Middle East peace team met with Jordan's King Abdullah II on Monday in Washington.
The 45-minute meeting took place at the Jordanian ambassador's residence and briefly touched on the administration's upcoming effort to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the officials said. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, US special representative for international negotiations Jason Greenblatt and the president's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner all attended the meeting.
8. Iran demands US leave Syria, as Damascus threatens American ally - Ynet News
Iran and Syria on Monday demanded the United States withdraw its troops from Syria, and the Damascus government threatened to defeat Washington's Kurdish allies by force if they did not submit to the return of state authority.
The Iranian and Syrian military chiefs were speaking after a meeting in Damascus that also included their Iraqi counterpart, who gave a political boost to President Bashar al-Assad and Tehran by announcing the Syrian border would soon be reopened.
Their remarks point to the risks of a new escalation in Syria after the defeat of Islamic State, with Assad seeking to retake the two major territories outside his control, and the United States working to curb Iranian influence.
Washington has vowed to contain what it calls Tehran's "destabilising" role in the region, but the entrenched nature of Iran's ties with both Damascus and Baghdad were on vivid display on Monday.
9. Egyptian officials to Hamas leaders: 'Israel will destroy you, and we won't do a thing to stop it' - JNS.org
Shortly after 9 p.m. on Thursday-minutes after sirens blared across central Israel and a loud boom overhead shook the area-senior Egyptian intelligence officers became outraged during a meeting with Hamas officials in Gaza.
"Just so you know," they leveled at Hamas leaders Yahya Sinwar and Ismail Haniyeh, "if Israel decides to launch a comprehensive military operation in Gaza, we won't do a thing to stop it, even if it decides to simultaneously topple Hamas and conquer the Gaza Strip."
The Daily Brief
1. President Trump Welcomes Brazil's President to the White House Today - 24/7 National Strategic Prayer Network (24/7 NSPN)
President Donald J. Trump will welcome President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil to the White House today, Tuesday, March 19, 2019. President Trump and President Bolsonaro will discuss how to build a more prosperous, secure, and democratic Western Hemisphere. The leaders of the Hemisphere's two largest economies will also discuss opportunities for defense cooperation, pro-growth trade policies, combating transnational crime, and restoring democracy in Venezuela. Finally, they will talk about the major role that the United States and Brazil are playing in the effort to provide humanitarian assistance to Venezuela.
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Brazil's President visits the White House - Jair Bolsonaro, known for making racist, sexist and homophobic remarks, is President Donald Trump's guest Tuesday. The leaders both have taken hard lines on immigration and moved to reverse their nations' climate change policies.
- Lord, let the truth be reported and all these slanted attempts to cast good and Godly people in the wrong light be thwarted! Let the righteous be seen for who they are and the ungodly for who they are!
- "You shall follow what is altogether just, that you may live and inherit the land which the Lord your God is giving you." (Deut. 16:20)
2. Trump's Proposed Foreign Ops Budget Again Targets UN Funding - CNS News
President Trump's FY 2020 budget proposal seeks $43 billion for the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development significantly below what the U.S. Congress approved for 2019, $54 billion.
The proposal to Congress says the funding requested for the U.N. and other international organizations aims to fully fund "those organizations critical to our national security but makes cuts or reductions to those whose results are unclear, whose work does not directly affect our national security interests, or for which the funding burden is not fairly shared among members."
The 193 U.N. member-states' contributions to the U.N. regular and peacekeeping budgets are assessed according to their "capacity to pay," a formula based on factors including population size and gross national income. Under those assessments, U.S. taxpayers are expected to provide 22 percent of the U.N. regular budget and - in 2019 - 27.89 percent of the U.N. peacekeeping budget. (Read more)
- Lord, the UN has been a financial drain on the US for many years. We ask for a solution that will allow the US to be set free of unnecessary costs.
- "A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is His delight." (Proverbs 11:1)
3. Pompeo to meet Netanyahu in Israel, denies it's last-minute 'election gift' - WorldIsraelNews.com
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Israel this week for "critical" meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a three-country tour in the Middle East.
Pompeo will arrive in Jerusalem after attending the annual U.S.-Kuwait Strategic Dialogue event on Tuesday in Kuwait City, a senior State Department official told reporters last week, before moving on to Beirut.
Pompeo will meet with "a range of senior Israeli officials" to discuss "the challenges posed to the region, to Israel, to the United States by Iran and by Iranian proxies," the official said. He will "reaffirm both privately and publicly during that visit our unwavering commitment to Israel's security and its right to self-defense."
Although the official stressed that the visit has nothing to do with Israel's upcoming elections and is not an attempt to bolster Netanyahu among the electorate, it has been painted as such by Netanyahu's opposition, who expect a final election gift from U.S. President Donald Trump to Netanyahu ahead of the April vote. No political challengers to Netanyahu are included among the dignitaries scheduled to meet with Pompeo. (Read more)
- Father God, we ask that You bless our Secretary of State with favor with these nations, and that progress will be made to bring true peace to the Middle East. In Your Name, amen.
- "If you ask anything in My name, I will do it." (John 14:14)
4. In Hong Kong, top US religious freedom official says Chinese gov't is 'at war with faith' - Christian Post
In his speech, the U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, Sam Brownback declared that China needs to respect the "sacred right" of people to worship. According to Radio Free Asia, Brownback argued that China's concentration camps were "created to wipe out the cultural and religious identity" of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities, who hold "strong religious views" and "politically incorrect" ideas. Such detainments are part of Beijing's wider "war with faith," he said.
China's hostility toward non-state-sponsored religion has led to the demolition of many churches and the tearing down of thousands of crosses. Even for state-sponsored religion, China Aid founder Bob Fu warned Congress last year that the Chinese government is trying to rewrite the Bible as part of its goal to "sinicize Christianity" and make Christianity more compatible with socialism.
"Religious freedom in China has really reached to the worst level that has not been seen since the beginning of the Cultural Revolution by Chairman Mao [Zedong] in the 1960s," Fu told members of the House Foreign Affairs' Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations last September. (Read more)
- Father, we pray for our brothers and sisters in China. We ask for a hedge of Your Fire around them, and inner strength with faith to be able to continue in the Faith. We thank you that Ambassador-at-Large Sam Brownback has been graced with the ability to speak the truth in a gentle yet specific manner, causing his audience to truly hear what he is saying. In Your Name, amen.
- "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:10)
5. US Navy veteran held in Iran sentenced to 10 years, lawyer says - Stripes
A U.S. Navy veteran from California has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran, his lawyer said Saturday, becoming the first American known to be imprisoned there since President Donald Trump took office.
Though the case against Michael R. White remains unclear, it comes as Trump has taken a hard-line approach to Iran by pulling the U.S. out of Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers.
Iran, which in the past has used its detention of Westerners and dual nationals as leverage in negotiations, has yet to report on White's sentence in state-controlled media. Its mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment. "Obviously the concern is that the Iranians are using this as a tool against the United States, given the other individuals who are in custody," Washington-based lawyer Mark Zaid told The Associated Press.
White's arrest was first reported by IranWire, an online news service run by Iranian expatriates, which interviewed a former Iranian prisoner who said he met White at Vakilabad Prison in the northeastern city of Mashhad in October. (Read more)
- Lord, we pray for Your solution for this man jailed in Iran. We ask for You to touch his heart and bring new life, healing him of all diseases.
- "Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am weak; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are troubled." (Psalm 6:2)
6. Labor leaders urge support for Democratic 'Dreamer' bill - Washington Examiner
Labor leaders on Tuesday urged their members to back Democrats on the American Dream and Promise Act, the bill to grant a pathway to citizenship for the so-called "Dreamers" who arrived in the U.S. illegally as children.
"It is long past due that all members of Congress work together to immediately pass legislation that will give Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients a pathway to citizenship," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a message to members Tuesday, after Democratic leaders introduced the legislation.
While labor groups now support pro-immigration policies, in the 1970s and '80s it generally viewed immigrants as unfair competition for domestic workers. That changed as more immigrants became part of unionized industries, particularly service and labor ones. (Read more)
- Lord, we ask that Labor Unions will be able to see the DACA issue with clear eyes, and not stand with these politically correct ideas.
- "The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the Lord has made both of them." (Proverbs 20:12)
7. Commissioners consult with prominent Black Lives Matter activist on Portland police contract - The Oregonian
Staff for Portland Commissioners Jo Ann Hardesty and Chloe Eudaly met Thursday with national Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson to strategize over the city labor contract with the Portland police officers' union, an official in Hardesty's office said.
Mckesson, 33, met with the officials as part of his work managing Campaign Zero, a group that reviews police union contracts nationwide and points out what it says are policies that shield officers from accountability for misconduct.
Campaign Zero's analysis of the Portland police contract pointed to what the group says is problematic language that restricts questioning of officers, gives officers undue access to information about investigations of which they are targets, and limits officer discipline and recordkeeping of misconduct. Daryl Turner, the police union president, declined to comment.
The official in Hardesty's office said Mckesson gave "a detailed presentation about policing, contracts, accountability and their relationship to violence." (Read more)
- Father, we pray for the city of Portland to come out from under the left-wing Marxist, Democrat leanings they've had. As 50 officers plan to leave the department in the next month, we ask for a strong wake up call in the city government.
- "Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven. Now this 'Yet once more" indicates they removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain." (Hebrews 12:26,27)
8. Drag queen storytime reader once charged with child sex assault - ABC News
Houston Public Library is apologizing after a man charged for sexually assaulting a child was allowed to entertain children at Drag Queen storytime.
The library said Friday that a review revealed the volunteer never completed a background check before he was allowed to participate in the program.
Albert Alfonso Garza, 32, was last seen reading to children at the Montrose Library in September 2018. ABC13 Eyewitness News has learned Garza was charged with child sex assault in 2008. According to records, his victim was a child under the age of 14 years old.
The library said appropriate action is being taken to ensure every participant in every program is verified to ensure similar incidents cannot happen in the future.
Each program is supervised by staff, and all children are accompanied by a parent or guardian, the library said. (Read more)
- Father, we pray for repentance on the part of Your church and the library. Apologies are different than repentance - this program should never have been instituted in the first place. Lord, may the people in charge of these children see truth, and may the souls of those who participated in this program be saved.
- "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." (John 3:17)
9. Scheming parents are grade A frauds - Boston Herald
Money talks. But news that famous actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, along with 40 other people, were charged in a scheme to buy their kids' entrance into elite schools is shameful. These crimes are an affront to all the hardworking students who were not able to buy their way in to these institutions. The message sent to them is that power and influence supersede achievement and merit.
According to U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling, well-to-do parents bribed college coaches and others to help grease the skids for their children so they might sit alongside the brightest minds in the country.
"There will not be a separate admissions system for the wealthy. And there will not be a separate criminal justice system either," Lelling said. According to prosecutors, "Parents spent anywhere from $200k to $6.5 million to guarantee admissions to elite schools for their children." (Read more)
- Lord, we are appalled at the bribery scandal that has rocked our elite Universities. We ask that Your Spirit visit the perpetrators of these crimes, and bring light.
- "With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible." (Mark 10:27)
The Daily Jot
Monday, March 18, 2019
Of hate and condemnation
The Daily Jot condemns in the strongest possible terms the massacre of Muslims at a Christchurch, New Zealand mosque by a white supremacist. But there are a few points that need to be made in the wake of this tragedy. Right away, the New Zealand politicians are talking about further banning guns. Guns are non-emotional. The person who uses them can use them to save lives or to take lives. It is the character of the person using the gun that is the variable. So long as people are driven by hate for others and so long as there are guns, the two will find each other. When these hate-killings happen, society needs to have some introspect about the sanctity of life, and what it is doing to preserve and value it. Another point is that Christians are quick to condemn these terrible acts of hate. There isn't dancing in the streets and celebrations in Christian communities over the deaths of Muslims worshipping in their mosques. The leader of the would-be reconstituted international Islamic caliphate, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the deadly attack, saying, "With this attack, hostility towards Islam, that the world has been idly watching and even encouraging for some time, has gone beyond individual harassment to reach the level of mass killing . . .If measures are not taken right away, news of other disasters will follow this one... I am calling on the world, in particular the West, to take quick measures."
Erdogan's remarks not only signal to Islamists that more violence will occur (likely the dual meaning that violence due to retaliation will follow), but also that the world "idly" sits by and watches Muslims be massacred. The fact of the matter is that Islamists have been committing acts of terrorism, massacre, bullying and murder since the beginning of Mohammad's cult. There was dancing in the streets and celebrations in Islamic countries after the 911 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, DC that killed nearly 3,000. Erdogan and the political representatives of the Islamic community are slow to condemn Islamic terror, especially against Israel, but they are quick to pull the victim card when the tables are turned.
I know this is a harsh word, and I will probably take heat for it, but hate is hate and it needs to be condemned. It is, however, the height of hypocrisy for an Islamic leader to advocate Islamic terrorism on one hand-he aided and abed ISIS and often praises acts of Islamic violence against Israeli citizens--and say that the world idly watches the massacre of Muslims on the other hand. In all sincerity, Muslims ought to come to a realization that they must stand against hate not only when it is against them, but also when their own perpetrates hate against others. As asked in Romans 2:3, "And think you this, O man, that judges them which do such things, and does the same, that you shall escape the judgment of God?" I think we know the answer.
Have a blessed and powerful day,
The Daily Jot Staff
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Fox News . . in the News!
Fox News . . . in the News!
1. Fox News pulls Jeanine Pirro's program after hijab remarks- LA Times
Fox News pulled Saturday's episode of conservative commentator Jeanine Pirro's program after publicly admonishing her for on-air comments she made last week about a Muslim congresswoman's hijab.
"Justice With Judge Jeanine" - which airs Saturdays at 6 p.m. Pacific and is typically the most watched cable news program on the night - was replaced with a repeat airing of the documentary series "Scandalous: The Trial of William Kennedy Smith," according to the Fox News schedule. (Read more)
- Lord, we pray for the restoration of this judge's show. We declare that truth will go out, even in the face of lies and actions which attempt to cover that truth. We pray Your conviction for the leaders of Fox News to stand against their owners in the face of opposition.
- "So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void." (Isaiah 55:11a,b)
2. Unapologetic Tucker Carlson praises Fox News for having his back: 'Toughness is a rare quality' - Washington Examiner
Fox News host Tucker Carlson said Monday his network has his back after a liberal media watchdog group published years-old audio of him on the radio making disparaging and perverse comments about young girls and women.
At the end of an eight-minute-long monologue about the controversy, which began Sunday evening when Media Matters published excerpts from between 2006 and 2011 of Carlson calling in to the shock jock radio program of Bubba the Love Sponge, Carlson said he would not bow to a liberal "mob" of critics.
"First, Fox News is behind us as they have been since the very first day," he said. "Toughness is a rare quality in a TV network, and we are grateful for that. Second, we've always apologize when we're wrong and will continue to do that. that's what decent people do: They apologize. But we will never bow to the mob, ever, no matter what."
Carlson suggested his words were mischaracterized saw no reason in trying to make a case. "There's really not that much you can do to respond. It's pointless to try to explain how the words were spoken in jest, or taken out of context, or in any case bear no resemblance to what you actually think, or would want for the country," he said.
"None of that matters. Nobody cares," Carlson added. "You know the role you're required to play: You are a sinner, begging the forgiveness of Twitter. So you issue a statement of deep contrition. You apologize profusely for your transgressions. You promise to be a better person going forward. With the guidance of your contrition consultants, you send money to whatever organization claims to represent the people you supposedly offended. Then you sit back and brace for a wave of stories about your apology, all of which are simply pretexts for attacking you again. In the end, you get fired, you lose your job. Nobody defends you. Your neighbors avert their gaze as you pull into the driveway. You are ruined." (Read more)
- Lord we thank You that the network has stood with Tucker Carlson against these attacks. We pray against the continual attacks by "keyboard warriors" against all Conservatives. Let wisdom begin to rise and prevail against lies.
- "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." (Proverbs 9:10)
A Time to Die . . . a Time to Weep . . .
A Time to Die . . . a Time to Weep . . . A Time to Speak
Rabbi Achiad Ettinger, 47 and father of 12, died of his injuries Monday, a day after being shot by a Palestinian terrorist during an attack in the northern West Bank, a family spokesperson said. Doctors had been working to save his life since the attack near Ariel Sunday morning in which a soldier, Gal Keidan, was also killed.
Rabbi Ettinger was shot in the head and neck as he drove by Ariel Junction by terror suspect Omar Abu Laila, 19, who had stolen Keidan's gun and opened fire on passing cars, according to the IDF. The Rabbi was rushed to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva in critical condition, and doctors worked for a day to save his life before he succumbed to his injuries, the hospital said.
Life here in Israel can change in the blink of an eye. It can change in an instant because the Palestinian Authority has placed a bounty on the head of every Israeli man, woman, and child.
The terror suspect, Omar Abu Laila, who shot and murdered an IDF soldier as well as Rabbi Ettinger has now qualified, under Palestinian law, for his family to receive a bounty of up to $3,000 a month for life from the Palestinian Authority government as a reward for murdering the Rabbi and an IDF soldier.
Thankfully, under the leading of President Trump and the US Congress, they have cut off funding to the Palestinian Authority, funds from which they used to pay the monthly bounties.
Israel has finally acted as well, deducting over $300 million from the taxes it remits to the Palestinian Authority, depriving them of the funds to pay the monthly bounties.
This brings into question the upcoming release and presentation of the Trump "Peace Plan." How does anyone in their right mind expect Israel to make peace with people who put a bounty on the head of every Israeli?
How does anyone in their right mind believe that signing a piece of paper dividing Jerusalem and the land of Israel, will change suddenly what is in the heart, mind, and soul of the Palestinian leaders?
How does anyone in their right mind expect Israel to cede land and half of Jerusalem to the Palestinian Authority who openly declare they want not only all of Jerusalem, but all of Israel?
Such is the state of politics in the Middle East, and in the mind of the leader of America. Prayerfully this so called, "Peace Plan" is dead before it is birthed! May it be likened unto a still born child!
It is a time to mourn the absolute naivete of President's, Prime Ministers, Foreign Ministers, and so many others, who believe any Israeli leader who believes in the God of Israel, will ever make peace with the Devil and his agents.
Pray for Rabbi Ettinger's wife and children. Pray for IDF soldier Gal Keidan's family. Pray for the Lord to have mercy on Israel, and to bring some sanity to the world's leaders who believe they can bring peace by dividing up Jerusalem and the land of Israel.
WATCH AND PRAY!
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From the National Day of Repentance
From the National Day of Repentance:
Pray NO DEAL on the Two-State "Final Solution"
I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you; and all the families of the earth will be blessed through you. (Genesis 12:3)
Dear Christian Warriors:
We are calling all Christian prayer and fasting warriors to participate in an EMERGENCY ESTHER FAST on March 20th which is also the Jewish Festival of Purim.
After the Israeli elections on April 9th, President Trump is planning to unveil a Two State "Final Solution" which will not only be dangerous for Israel, but will be the 4th and Final National Apostasy which positions the United States to receive God's poured out Judgment.
While it is not our desire to push "politics" here at National Day of Repentance, this issue transcends politics and has the potential to be a spiritual "nuclear bomb" for Western Civilization.
Regardless of your individual party affiliations, all proper thinking Christians should NOT SUPPORT the division of Israel for one single reason alone:
God has declared otherwise
JOIN US on Purim, March 20th, to FAST and PRAY for Israel and, in doing so, also SAVE OUR OWN PEOPLE FROM DESTRUCTION.
For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, BUT YOU AND YOUR FATHER'S HOUSE WILL PERISH. And who knows but that you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this? ~ Esther 4:14
In Christ's love,
Pastor Jeffrey Daly
National Day of Repentance
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Prayers for the Persecuted Church
"Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body." (Hebrews 13:3)
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.
ARE YOU WASHED IN THE BLOOD?
"They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." (Revelation 7:14)
ARE YOU WASHED IN THE BLOOD?
"They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." (Revelation 7:14)
Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb? Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Are you washed in the blood, In the soul cleansing blood of the Lamb? Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Are you walking daily by the Savior's side? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb? Do you rest each moment in the Crucified? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
When the Bridegroom cometh will your robes be white? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb? Will your soul be ready for the mansions bright, And be washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin, And be washed in the blood of the Lamb; There's a fountain flowing for the soul unclean, O be washed in the blood of the Lamb!
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Words and Melody: Elisha A. Hoffman, 1878
Signs and Wonders
A meteor exploded in the Earth's atmosphere with 10 times the energy of the Hiroshima atomic bomb
While you were living your life on December 18th, 2018, a giant space rock exploded 16 miles above the Earth's surface, giving off 10 times the energy of the atomic bomb detonated over Hiroshima. No big deal.
The event is properly called a "fireball," NASA's term for "exceptionally bright meteors that are spectacular enough to to be seen over a very wide area."
With an impact energy of 4.2 kilotons, December's fireball was the second-most powerful to enter Earth's atmosphere in 30 years. You may recall the first -- it was that huge, blinding fireball that rocked parts of Russia in 2013.
This may sound catastrophic, but images being shared of December's fireball are actually quite poetic in scale. This atomic, otherworldly force appears as a simple red blip above the clouds. (CNN) Read more.
Satellite images show Nebraska and Iowa rivers swallowing towns - CNN
Satellite images show just how high the water has risen along the Platte and Missouri Rivers, including a large portion of a US Air Force Base under water.
Upstream from Scribner, Nebraska, on the Elkhorn River, a flood gauge measured its second highest crest: 17.65 feet. The flood gauge just downstream from the town stopped reporting on Wednesday when minor flooding was taking place; it could have been affected by ice floes.
The images show how the Elkhorn River temporarily made the town of Scribner an island. It appears, looking at satellite imagery, the only connection for the almost 900 residents of the town was Highway 275. Normally, the Logan Creek Dredge, the river that flows into the Elkhorn River, is barely visible. It, too, far exceeds its usual banks. (Read more)
"I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke." (Acts 2:19)
The Good News Corner
Revival hits army base with 1459 receiving Christ
Army Chaplain Jose Rondon believes "there is nothing more exhilarating in life than seeing people come to Christ." In the last six months, Rondon has experienced that exhilaration with more than 1,400 professions of faith - something one could describe as a spiritual awakening - at Fort Leonard Wood, his place of ministry.
Because of his reputation for being intentional in his ministry, many have come to hear Rondon share the Gospel on Sundays.
"We have seen 1,459 soldiers come to Christ since March of this year," Rondon said. "God is doing great things at Fort Leonard Wood among the hundreds of soldiers who have come to know Christ personally." (God Reports) Read more.
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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]
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