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The Daily Brief
"Praying for All in Authority"
Thursday, August 8, 2019

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1. Gazans renew arson balloon attacks on southern Israel - Israel Hayom

A fire that broke out on Wednesday in the Gaza-adjacent Simhoni forest was the result of an arson balloon flown over the Gaza border fence, an arson investigator from the Ashkelon Fire and Rescue Service determined Wednesday afternoon.

The incident marked the first fire in the area to be caused by an arson balloon from Gaza after a respite of about a month from attacks of this kind.

Last month, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi and GOC Southern Command Maj. Gen. Herzi Halevi met with heads of local authorities near Gaza. During the meeting, Kochavi said that the IDF was using every tool at its disposal to put a stop to arson terrorism from the Gaza Strip. Kochavi also briefed the local authority heads on the situation in Gaza, as well as provided an overview of the terrorist organizations which are active there.

The meeting touched on common goals and discussed continued cooperation between the IDF and communities that lie to the east of Gaza.

(Read more)

2. Hezbollah Peddling Drugs to Teens in Syria, Locals Joining the Drug Dealing Bandwagon - Jewish Press

Hezbollah must be getting hard up for cash these days, and it's clear that the sanctions imposed on Tehran must be taking their toll as well.

Members of the Iranian-backed terrorist proxy based in Lebanon, which has military bases through Syria, have been spotted selling drugs to high school kids in Syria, in the western Damascus suburb of Wadi Barada, according to Syrian rebel media sources quoted in the Israel Hayom free daily.

The sources reportedly told a Syrian rebel site, "People of the militia come with hashish and 'energy pills' and offer them to the students. Many of the youths have been through trauma and difficulties because of the war, and the escape into drugs is easy for them. They are abusing the youths' weakness."

(Read more)

3. Abbas meets members of Congress - Israel National News

A delegation of US Democratic members of Congress met on Wednesday in Ramallah with Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

At the meeting, which is rare since the Palestinian Arabs decided to boycott the US administration, Abbas said that the PA is not prepared to accept dictates from the US administration, adding that peace can only be promoted using the two-state solution.

Abbas claimed that Israel does not respect the agreements signed with it under international patronage. As such, he said, "the Palestinian leadership has had to make a decision on freezing the implementation of the agreements with Israel."

The PA chairman in late July declared an end to the signed agreements with Israel, following Israel's demolition of 10 illegal Palestinian Arab buildings in the Sur Baher neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem.

(Read more)

4. IDF expanding measures to accept transgenders; cabinet member says top brass must have heatstroke - World Israel News

The IDF says that there is a slow, but stable, increase in the number of Israeli soldiers who have changed their gender during or before their military service, reports Ynet.

There are "several dozen" members of the military who call themselves transgender, according to the report, including officers.

In May, the army confirmed that a directive had been issued to alter enlistment forms so that the spaces for a soldier's parents will no longer read: Mother and Father, but instead - Parent 1 and Parent 2.

Now, the military is making clear that it is taking a series of measures to ensure that transgenders can feel comfortable in the IDF.

LGBT activists reportedly have been involved in waging a campaign for equal rights for transgenders in military service.

(Read more)

5. Israel Approves Construction of 2,300 Homes in Judea and Samaria - Algemeiner - Israel's Defense Ministry has authorized plans for the construction of over 2,300 homes in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, following sessions of the Civil Administration's High Planning Subcommittee on Monday and Tuesday.

According to reports, 838 homes passed all stages of construction approval, with another 1,466 approved in the early planning stage. The majority were approved for smaller Jewish communities as opposed to major blocs.

The permits will provide retroactive legalization to Givat Salit in the northern Jordan Valley, Ibei Hanahal in the Judean desert southeast of Bethlehem and Haroeh Ha'ivri east of Jerusalem, which was approved for an educational campus.

The last time the Civil Administration convened, in April, it authorized 3,659 construction permits.

(Read more)

The Daily Brief

1. Let the 2020 Race Begin: Evangelicals, Pastors Set To Mobilize, Change America - CBN News

Roughly 400 pastors and faith leaders will descend on Lynchburg, Virginia later this week as two major evangelical forces unite together in the beginning efforts of a 2020 national ground game aimed at restoring Judeo-Christian principles across the country and mobilizing an evangelical army of pastors to lead the way.

The event is organized by the American Renewal Project, led by influential political mechanic David Lane. They're bringing in the pastors for the affair, many of whom are expected to take part in a political training session as they mull whether to run for local or statewide office. In 2016, roughly two hundred pastors stepped up to run for office. Two years later in 2018, the figure was about 300 more. In 2020, the goal is to have 1,000 pastors running across the country.

The genesis for this started back in 2014 when Lane's pastor, Rob McCoy, ran for the California State Assembly. He lost a very close race but in the process, assembled hundreds of volunteers from the church. Lane says it was after that race that he heard from the Lord about this idea of pastors running for office in an effort to change the moral fabric of America. He asked his network of pastors to pray about it. It's caught on like wildfire. (Read more)

- Father God, we pray men and women of integrity will step up and change our politics from the inside out by running for office. Give each one favor with the people and bless them with the ability to serve.

- Then Asa called to the Lord his God and said, "Lord, there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, Lord our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this vast army. Lord, you are our God; do not let mere mortals prevail against you." (2 Chronicles 14:11)

2. Vice President Pence Calls on the Nation to Turn to God in the Aftermath of Evil Mass Shootings - RedState

On Tuesday, as Americans continued to process the terrible mass shootings which occurred over the weekend, Mike Pence called on the nation to turn its heart toward God. "As the president said, 'Now is the time to set destructive partisanship aside and find the courage to answer hatred with unity, devotion, and love.' Now is the time to overcome evil with good."

"It has always been true throughout the long history of this country, in times of trial, the American people turn to faith and prayer." Pray for everyone hurt - the victims and the nation. "In this dark hour for the people of El Paso and Dayton, we do well to pray, pray for healing, pray for the families of those that were lost and injured, pray for those communities, and for our nation as a whole."

"As we pray, let us resolve to act to make our communities safer. Let us resolve that we will do our part to ensure that our heritage of family and faith and freedom is renewed and preserved for this generation and the next." (Read more)

- Father, help each Christian communicate the hope we have in Jesus to the hurting world around us.

- For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; it is he who will save us. (Isaiah 33:22)

3. President and First Lady Visit Victims and Thank First Responders at Dayton Hospital - Epoch Times

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump on Aug. 7 met with victims and thanked first responders and hospital staff at a Dayton hospital near the site of the shooting massacre that claimed the lives of 10 people. A total of 27 people were injured during shooting, 14 of them by gunfire. The president and the first lady, accompanied by hospital executives, walked from room to room to visit the survivors.

The president landed in Ohio shortly before 11 a.m. A small welcome party, including Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, shook hands and exchanged words with the president and first lady on the tarmac of the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) was also part of the greeting party. The group then boarded a motorcade to the hospital.

After Dayton, Trump will fly to El Paso, Texas, where another massacre claimed the lives of 22 people just 13 hours prior to the mass shooting in Dayton. Trump has swiftly condemned both massacres, urged Americans to unite against the ideologies espoused by the killers and proposed measures to prevent future attacks. (Read more)

- Father, we pray this visit, and the one in El Paso, will lift the spirits and help heal the wounds of all families impacted by these awful shootings.

- He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. (Psalm 147:3)

4. Biden parrots Trump in Iowa as he blasts him for white supremacy sympathies and gun control inaction - Washington Examiner

"This president has fanned the flames of white supremacy in this nation. His low-energy, vacant-eyed mouthing of the words written for him condemning white supremacists this week, I don't believe fooled anyone," the former vice president said during a speech in Burlington, Iowa.

Biden referenced the promise Trump made in his 2017 inauguration speech to end "American carnage" "right here, right now." The longtime senator for Delaware said the carnage had continued because the president courts the "deepest, darkest, forces in this nation" and has been soft on gun control.

Biden has pegged his campaign as "a battle for the soul of this nation" amid rising extremism. On Wednesday he called for a domestic terrorism law. "We can do it without infringing on anybody's free speech," he said. "We can't and I will not let this man be reelected president of the United States of America," he added. (Read more)

- Father God, we pray our people and legislators will not overreact to these shootings by instituting harmful policies or enacting faulty law.

- He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. (Psalm 91:4)

5. Sen. John Thune: GOP, Democrats Can Come Together for Red Flag Law - Breitbart

Trump called for red flag laws in the wake of the attacks in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. He said, "We must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms and that, if they do, those firearms can be taken through rapid due process."

Sen. John Thune (R-SD) is "confident" Republicans and Democrats can work together to secure the red flag proposals President Donald Trump put forward. Thune added, "Finding ways to address gun violence is a worthy conversation for lawmakers to have, and I believe that by focusing on the areas on which we agree, we can work toward having an honest discussion about the things where we do not."

On August 4, 2019, Breitbart News reported that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) were both supportive of red flag laws as well. Sen. Graham wrote: "Time to do more than pray. Time to enact common-sense legislation in Congress to empower states to deal with those who present a danger to themselves and others - while respecting robust due process." (Read more)

- Father, we pray whatever legislation is produced will truly protect the rights of Americans while correctly identifying those who pose a danger to themselves or others.

- Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise.
(Proverbs 15:31)

6. Defying Congress, Trump administration looks to shift billions in foreign aid - Reuters

President Donald Trump's administration has ordered a review of foreign aid that critics fear could lead to sharp cuts in funds for global health, peacekeeping, narcotics control and other programs despite their having been approved by Congress.

The White House Office of Management and Budget wrote to the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development freezing funds Congress had approved for a range of programs until three business days after OMB receives an accounting of any money that has not been spent.

Programs under review, according to the letter, include contributions to international organizations; international peacekeeping; international narcotics control and law enforcement; development assistance; assistance for Europe, Eurasia and Central Asia; economic support; foreign military financing, and global health. (Read more)

- Father, we pray for the accountability needed for all the funding the United States provides around the world, and we ask for funds to be cut off to all those who have misused foreign aid.

- O my God, in You I trust, Do not let me be ashamed; Do not let my enemies exult over me. (Psalm 25:2)

7. 'Largest Pedophile Ring On Earth': Abuse Lawyers Make First Case Against The Boy Scouts - Daily Caller

The Abused in Scouting (AIS) legal team announced their first case filed against the Boy Scouts of America at a Washington, D.C., press conference, claiming that there has been thus far no Congressional oversight involved in the massive sex abuse scandal within the Boy Scouts.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in Pennsylvania. The file contains the names of over 300 alleged sex abuse predators from 48 states and the District of Columbia. The legal team told those gathered that over 800 abuse survivors between the ages of 14 and 88 have revealed tales of abuse to AIS after the organization began running nationwide ads encouraging survivors of abuse to speak out.

Kosnoff also explained that the distribution of sexual abuse allegations pretty much corresponds to the populations. "You will see more files in states with bigger populations," Kosnoff said, adding that they have not received allegations from North or South Dakota. Kosnoff said that they have received a large number of allegations from California, Texas, and Florida - states with the largest populations, and from North Carolina. (Read more)

- Father God, it is heartbreaking to see how the Boy Scouts were used by pedophiles to have access to children. We pray for justice and healing for the victims and repentance from all who caused harm.

- Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. (2 Timothy 2:22)

8. Change in New York State law to usher in 'tidal wave' of child sex abuse lawsuits - Reuters

Thousands of child sexual abuse lawsuits are expected to flow into New York State courts in the coming weeks exposing decades-old misconduct at schools, hospitals, churches and youth clubs, according to lawyers for victims.

On Aug. 14, the Child Victims Act takes effect, giving people one year to sue over allegations of sexual abuse, regardless of when they said it occurred. Under the law signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in February, New York has gone from one of the toughest states to bring a case because of its strict statute of limitations to one of the easiest, potentially unleashing decades of unresolved claims.

"It's going to be a tidal wave of litigation," said lawyer Mitchell Garabedian, best known for representing victims of child abuse by Roman Catholic priests in the Archdiocese of Boston. Lawyers for victims said they were teaming up to maximize resources and reconnecting with old clients whose cases were barred by the statute of limitations. Jeff Anderson, who specializes in clergy sex abuse cases, said his law firm has dedicated almost 100 people to New York cases. (Read more)

- Father God, we pray this law will bring justice to true victims, but all opportunists will be turned away from the courts.

- Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent-the Lord detests them both. (Proverbs 17:15)

9. U.S. Ready to Target Other Countries for Supporting Venezuela's Maduro - FreeBeacon

U.S. national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday said Washington was ready to impose sanctions on any international company doing business with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, a sharp escalation of U.S. pressure on the leftist leader.

His speech came a day after U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order that freezes the assets of the Venezuelan government and bans any transactions with it, an act that could ensnare its dealings with Russia and China as well as with Western companies.

Trump's Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross also spoke to the Lima summit, promising U.S. support and cooperation to help Venezuela rebuild its oil sector, institutions and economy once Maduro leaves office. The plan has a goal of reversing Venezuela's decline in oil production within a year, and calls for a long-term deal with the International Monetary Fund, Ross said. (Read more)

- Father, we pray this campaign to pressure the Venezuelan government will be effective in removing President Maduro and his cabal of thugs, freeing the Venezuelan people once again.

- The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the Lord: "Lord, save me!" (Psalm 116:3-4)

10. Michael Pompeo: Trump administration pressure is weakening Iran's regime - USA Today

The Trump administration has implemented an unprecedented pressure campaign on Iran's leaders with two objectives: First, to deprive the Iranian regime of the money it needs to support its destabilizing activities. Second, to force the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to the negotiating table to conclude a comprehensive and enduring deal.

The comprehensive deal we seek with the Iranian regime should address four key areas: its nuclear program, its ballistic missile development and proliferation, its support for terrorist groups and proxies, and its treatment and illegal detention of U.S. citizens.

As we raise the cost of Iran's expansionism and the status quo, we seek a comprehensive deal and a far more peaceful, stable relationship. We look forward to the day we can help bring the Iranian people and their neighbors the peace and prosperity they deserve. (Read more)

- Father, we ask You for a breakthrough with Iran and pray for freedom for their people.

- I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.
(Psalm 130:5)

The Daily Jot

Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Corrupt trees bring forth evil fruit
The recent mass shootings in Texas and Ohio have resulted in headlines, politicians and commentators saying that President Trump is inspiring terrorism against Americans. There is enough visceral going around that no one person can be blamed for the horrible choices people make to commit deadly violence. All things add up. But the politicians are clamoring about to enact bans on private ownership of guns. So far, none of the knee-jerk demagoguery has suggested anything that works. We see their ideas failing in places like Chicago every day. Reputable studies indicate that the problem is the character of the person who has the gun, not the gun.

A study of gun control laws in the 50 states conducted by researchers at Harvard and Boston Universities indicated that neither assault weapons nor handguns owned by homeowners increase homicide rates. The study analyzed the relationship between 10 state firearm laws and total, age-adjusted (firearm) homicide and suicide rates from 1991-2016, which included 1,222 observations of homicide analysis. The author of the study, Michael Siegel, professor of community health sciences at Boston University, told in an interview that "tight regulation of who has access to firearms, rather than the type of firearms that are allowed, differentiates states with the lowest rates of homicides."

The study indicated that that universal background checks were associated with a 14.9% reduction in overall homicide rates. Laws that prohibit violent crime convicts from possessing firearms showed an 18% reduction in homicide rates. Siegel told, "What surprised us the most was that in states that enacted a combination of universal background-check laws, laws prohibiting the sale of guns to people with violent misdemeanors, and concealed carry permit laws, the homicide rates were 35 percent lower than in states with none of those three kinds of laws. The practice of keeping guns out of the hands of people who are at the greatest risk for violence-based on a history of violence-appears to be the most closely associated with decreased rates of firearm homicide."

Siegel said, "Laws regulating the sale of assault weapons are unlikely to have a large impact on homicide rates, because these weapons are used in only a very small proportion of homicides. The vast majority of firearm homicides in the United States are committed with handguns...About 99.9 percent of all [gun-related deaths] in the United States are either suicides, unintentional shootings, or non-mass shooting homicides-none of which will be eliminated by getting rid of assault weapons...In contrast, laws that restrict access to firearms among those people who are at the greatest risk for violence-namely, people with a history of violence-are intervening among a subpopulation of people who are likely to commit crimes."

This flies in the face of the shrill narrative that guns must be banned and the US population disarmed to stop mass murders and other homicides. Yet, neo communists keep beating the drum of disarmament. For example, Democratic presidential candidate Corey Booker (D-NJ) claimed in June that "We have in America, in the aggregate, a mass shooting every day, because dozens of people are shot and killed." Disarming America makes tyranny easier, and that's why all the lies about guns. Studies show that it is the character of the person using the gun, not the gun itself, who is the problem. As Christ said in Matthew 7:17, "Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit." Criminal character and lying politicians are both the evil fruit of corrupt trees.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson

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