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Urgent Action: Mega Abortion Law Proposed

WASHINGTON (July 15, 2014) – Senate Democrats mad at the Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby ruling saw their attempt to fix it blocked on the Senate floor today. Fifty-six senators voted for the fix, but it needed 60 votes to proceed. The fix would have forced businesses, even those with religious objections, to fund contraception for their workers. Republicans and other critics called it an attack on religious liberty.

This is not the end – DEMS will try again to get a mega pro-abortion law passed before they lose the Senate. Pray and contact your senators; let them know your position!

Days after a new report showed that free birth control is being covered in record numbers, liberals are complaining that the Supreme Court won’t trample the First Amendment to deliver even more – they insist on plowing ahead with their ridiculous agenda to overrule the Supreme Court. And they’ll resort to outright lies to do it. Last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wrongly implied that the justices outlawed birth control altogether.

Recent data from the IMS Institute document a sharp change in birth-control access during 2013.  More than half of privately insured women are getting free birth control under President Barack Obama’s health law, a major coverage shift that’s likely to advance.

CatholicVote.org in Chicago, IL. made this comment:

Harry Reid and his zealous pro-abortion friends are desperate. They know their majority in the Senate is in danger. So guess what? They’ve decided it’s time to dust off the fake ‘War on Women’ playbook again. 

Senate Democrats know that the bogus ‘War on Women’ helped raise millions of dollars in 2012 while also bringing abortion supporters to the polls. Now, the so-called “Women’s Health Protection Act” declares open war on women and their children. What would happen to the numerous pro-woman and pro-child protections passed in the states all across the country if this mega abortion bill became law?

  • Informed consent laws? Eliminated.
  • Laws that protect pain-capable children after 20 weeks? Gone.
  • Clinic regulations? All of them wiped away.
  • Conscience protections? Nearly all such protections would be decimated.
  • Ultrasounds for vulnerable women? Banned.

The far-ranging scope of this bill and the audacity of the Senate Democrats to push such legislation is terrifying. This is what they would impose on America if pro-life legislators were not standing in their way. Thankfully, there is absolutely no way this bill will pass the House, which is in pro-life hands. However, that doesn’t mean we can ignore this legislation. Harry Reid will use this bill to raise money and get out the votes for radical pro-abortion candidates. We can’t let them have the last word. We need to expose their real agenda.

Compiled by Ruth Schofield

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Israel accepts Egypt’s ceasefire plan: Hamas answers with rockets!

(Washington, D.C.) – Early this morning, the Israeli security cabinet voted to accept Egypt’s cease fire proposal. Hamas leaders responded by firing a barrage of 47 rockets at Israel just as the Israelis stopped their combat operations.

Egypt proposed a cease-fire between Israeli and Palestinian militant forces in Gaza to go into effect on Tuesday, July 15th.  Senior Israeli government sources say Hamas’ rejection clears the way for Israel to launch new attacks against the terrorists in Gaza. They also say it provides broad international legitimacy for Israel’s defensive efforts because Israel is being seen by world leaders as reasonable while Hamas is clearly the aggressor.

Netanyahu has ordered Israeli air strikes to recommence. Now the question is whether he and his security cabinet will decide a major ground operation is necessary and wise.

Yaakov Amidror, a former national security adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, states that Hamas still has almost 90 percent of their rocket supply left. 

Ron Proser, Israeli ambassador to the U.N., explained the difference between Israel’s actions and Hamas’ tactics. “Israel is using precision strikes to avoid harming civilians, but Hamas is exploiting our concern for human rights by hiding in Palestinian homes, schools and mosques and using a Palestinian hospital as the headquarters,” Proser told CBN News.

Netanyahu warned the operation to rid Hamas of its ability to fire rockets may take a long time.Some analysts believe Israel’s military campaign also sends a signal to Iran. The IDF’s massive air campaign may be showing Tehran, it is capable of mounting the same kind of large-scale air campaign necessary to destroy its nuclear infrastructure. While Western leaders might be willing to tolerate a nuclear Iran, Israel knows the Islamic Republic, with its nuclear weapons, poses an existential threat to the Jewish state.

We are praying Psalm 35 for Israel and the people. Please keep praying for an effective end to the conflict soon. Pray especially for those Palestinian families in Gaza who have been traumatized by Hamas’ rocket war, and are caught in the crossfire. Continue to pray for calm to be restored soon – so much pain and so much damage has been caused by this latest conflict so far.

Prophetic implications of today’s Israeli-Arab conflict:

Many of today’s top Bible scholars believe the present Israeli–Arab conflict is the conflict outlined in Psalm 83, and is the war which precedes Ezekiel 38 & 39; the coming Russian-Iranian led confederate invasion of Israel commonly called the Gog of Magog Invasion. The reason Psalm 83 is distinguished as a separate prophecy is that the Arab nations are largely absent from Ezekiel 38. Psalm 83:7 refers to the inhabitants of Tyre – who appear to be today’s Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon. Today’s conflict has been underway since 2006, involving Arab Palestinians, Hamas, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Syrians, Saudis, Al-Qaeda, and Jordanians. Bible prophecy indicates that Israel’s borders will be enlarged, its prosperity will increase, and its national stature will be enhanced. Israel will ultimately become a superpower in the MidEast. This will eventually provoke Russia and Iran to lead another coalition of nations who will come from the north to take a spoil, (Ezekiel 38:10-17).

Note: Hamas and Hezbollah are proxy terrorist armies of Iran. Syria supports Iran by getting rockets and supplies to both terror groups.

Compiled by Ruth Schofield

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The Two Sides of the War: Background of the Israeli – PLO Conflict

Since Israel and the PLO signed the Declaration of Principles in 1993, Hamas has perpetrated more than 80 suicide attacks, murdering some 1,000 Israelis. Ever since Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, Hamas has used the territory as a staging ground for rocket attacks, launching over 9,000 rockets and 5,000 mortar bombs. Today, Hamas possesses over 10,000 rockets that threaten 40% of the Israel’s population.

Long-range Iranian-made missiles are being used by Hamas.  In 2014, the IDF captured the Iranian weapons ship Klos-C with its Syrian-made M-302 missiles, which was only the tip of the iceberg of Iran’s involvement in supplying Hamas organizations in Gaza. Despite Iran’s tension with Hamas stemming from the Syrian crisis, recently the ties between Iran and Hamas have been renewed, with the former supporting Hamas’ attacks against Israel.

Why after nine years since Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip and handed full control over to the PA, has the Palestinian leadership not turned Gaza into a model of freedom and opportunity, rather than a place of such suffering and sadness and a base camp for terrorism? Why did Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority (PA) recently make a peace agreement with Hamas, a terrorist organization affiliated with the Radicals of the Muslim Brotherhood?

What about the moderate Palestinians who do not want war but seek peace? We do not see their leaders making wise choices to help their people. Rather, we see the Palestinians in Gaza as sheep without a shepherd, feeling harassed and helpless. Both sides are caught in the crossfire, and we should even have more compassion, as we watch the current crisis unfold. We are deeply concerned for Israeli civilians, especially those who live in the south and on the Lebanon border which is now under fire. As Christians, we need to find ways to bless and care for both sides.

Prayer is a beginning. As people who love Christ and care about the people of the epicenter, we must start by praying for peace. However,  let us not stop there. Now, more than ever, we need to be seeking peace in the epicenter. Because people on both sides are suffering, and God loves the Arabs and the Jews. “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:6).

The Bible is clear that governments are instituted by God to establish justice and protect people from all enemies, foreign and domestic. So followers of Christ should pray for all people to be governed by honest leaders who can establish safety, security and environment of hope, growth and opportunity. This is all part of our Biblical commitment to seeking peace, making peace, and not letting ourselves become cynical when peace is disrupted.

Compiled by Ruth Schofield

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In Support of Israel

We have received reports from several news sources inside Israel. This one is from Joel Rosenberg (author and Middle East expert):

Washington, D.C., July 8, 2014 – The security situation in southern Israel is deteriorating rapidly. We need to be praying without ceasing.

Last month, Palestinian extremists kidnapped and murdered three Israeli teenage boys. Then, a few days ago, Jewish extremists kidnapped and murdered an Arab teenage boy, apparently burning him alive. Meanwhile, Palestinian extremists in Gaza began firing rockets at Jewish and Arab civilians in southern Israel. More than 220 rockets have been fired at Israel by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza since July 1st. Then in just 24 hours, over 130 rockets were fired at Israel, including Tel Aviv.

At one point, they were coming in at about one per minute, (fortunately, Israel’s “Iron Dome” system is shooting down many of them.) The Israeli Air Force is striking Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza, and this morning Prime Minister Netanyahu and his government authorized “Operative Protective Edge” to ratchet up attacks on the terrorists in Gaza. The IDF is calling up 40,000 reservists for a possible massive ground invasion of Gaza.

•  Pray for the Lord to restore calm on the Israeli/Gaza border. 

•  Pray for Palestinian leaders and security forces to move decisively to arrest those committing these war crimes, firing at innocent civilians. 

•  Pray for Israeli leaders to have wisdom to know how best to protect their citizens (hopefully an invasion of Gaza won’t be needed).

•  Pray for safety for Israelis and Palestinians caught in the crossfire. 

•  Pray for the Lord to comfort people on both sides, reveal His Word to them, and draw them to Himself.

Posted by Ruth Schofield, Embassy for World Peace, Washington, D.C. http://www.embassyforworldpeace.org

This is what we are praying in Washington, DC:

As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds His people from this time forth and forever. –Psalm 125:2

Psalm 35:  A Prayer for Divine Intervention

1 [O Lord,] Plead our cause with those who strive to destroy us;

Fight against those who fight against us.

2 Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for our help.

3 Also draw out the spear, and stop those who pursue us.

Let the people say, “[The Lord] is our salvation.”

4 Let those be put to shame and brought to dishonor

who seek to destroy our Godly heritage and sovereignty.

Let those be turned back and brought to confusion

Who plot this nation’s destruction.

5 Let them be like chaff before the wind,

And let the angel of the Lord chase them.

6 Let their way be dark and slippery,

And let the angel of the Lord pursue them.

7 For without cause they have hidden their net for us in a pit,

Which they have dug without cause for our destruction.

8 Let destruction come upon our enemies unexpectedly,

And let the net that they have hidden for us, catch them;

Into that very destruction let them fall.

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Religious liberty won–President Obama’s radical pro-abortion agenda lost.

Conservative Christians rejoiced at the HHS mandate ruling. While significant victories for life and religious freedom have been won at the Supreme Court, including the right to free speech for sidewalk counselors outside abortion clinics, the battle is not over.

On Monday, June 30, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its highly anticipated decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. The Court held that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) “applies to regulations that govern the activities of closely held for-profit corporations” such as Hobby Lobby, Mardel, and Conestoga Wood Specialties. In practical terms, this means that the government cannot require the pro-life Christian owners of those companies to cover abortion-inducing drugs in their employee health care plans.

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in a 5-4 split decision that closely-held corporations can hold religious views under federal law, meaning that religious for-profit companies can refuse to pay for the employee contraceptive coverage required by President Barack Obama’s health care reform law.

This is a notable win for religious liberty and should be celebrated as such. It respects the sincerely held convictions of the Green and Hahn families, who own Hobby Lobby/Mardel and Conestoga, respectively. It validates the wisdom of RFRA, which provides a commonsense way to balance the rights of religious persons with the needs of government policy. And it recognizes that families who incorporate their businesses do not surrender their religious freedom at the door of corporate headquarters.

The decision is also proving to be controversial and politically polarizing, however. In 1993, an overwhelming majority of Congress passed RFRA, and President Bill Clinton signed it into law to great acclaim. Today, given the deepening ideological split between our nation’s two main political parties, there is a good chance that some lawmakers will either attempt to amend RFRA or repeal it outright because they do not like the Court’s decision. More ominously, there is a small but increasingly vocal group of legal scholars who question why the Constitution should protect religious freedom at all.

This controversy is unfortunate. Religious freedom has been called “the first freedom,” not merely because of its leading position in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but also because what the American Founders called “the sacred rights of conscience” are so fundamental to all rights. Religious freedom is the right of all people, no matter what their religion, no matter how unpopular their views may be. The fact that some lawmakers may want to amend or repeal RFRA’s statutory protection of religious freedom because they don’t like the Court’s application of it in this case is deeply troubling and violates the spirit of tolerance that underlies the motive for recognizing the religious freedom of others.

For these reasons, together with leaders of other religious organizations, I have signed an open letter to the leaders of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives urging them to block any effort to amend or repeal the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. I encourage you to write your senator or representative and make the same request.

There are many doctrines that divide religious people in the U.S., but we should be united in our conviction that American society needs more protection for religious freedom, not less. This is especially true when the increasing governmental regulation of all areas of life intrudes on the faith and lives of our diverse fellow citizens. Freedom is never an excuse for immorality, injustice, or incivility. Rather, it is always an opportunity to love our neighbor and seek the common good of our community. “Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil” (1 Peter 2:16, NIV).

Compiled by: Ruth Schofield

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7-7-7 Prayer for Third Great Awakening

Anne Graham Lotz & Southern Baptist Convention president call for urgent prayer for a Third Great Awakening.

(Washington, D.C.)–Two prominent Christian leaders have issued calls for Christ-followers to faithfully pray and fast for the Lord to bring about a Third Great Awakening in America, to purify and mature the Church, and to reach the lost with the Gospel before the Second Coming. We pray that believers will truly heed the wisdom of these two leaders and turn their hearts to the Lord in the spirit of 2 Chronicles 7:14 and the Book of Joel.
Dr. Ronnie Floyd, the internationally-respected senior pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas and newly-elected this month as President of the Southern Baptist Convention, is one of the leaders making prayer for a Third Great Awakening a top priority, in this case for one of the world’s largest evangelical denominations. Dr. Floyd shares this message to the nation: “Yes, America is in big trouble. And yes, there are serious troubles inside the Church. But the Scriptures are clear: Jesus Christ is sovereign, and He is good. His lovingkindness is everlasting. He is coming soon. And we must be ready. May you and I be “joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer” (Romans 12:12) until we see our Savior face to face.
During this year’s National Day of Prayer, Anne Graham Lotz shared from the Book of Joel, chapter one, on the theme, “The Day of the Lord is at hand.” She warned that before Christ returns, which she believes is drawing very close, God will bring judgment to America.
Anne is spear-heading a summer prayer movement. She writes, “In obedience to the Lord, I am blowing the trumpet…sounding the alarm…issuing a national prayer initiative entitled 7 7 7: An Urgent Call to Prayer. The Call is for God’s people to pray for each of the first seven days in the seventh month—July 1-7. Then on the 7th day, July 7, we are to pray and fast for 7 hours. The purpose is…

  • For God the Father to restrain, protect, and deliver His people from the evil that has come into our world.
  • For God the Son to be exalted, magnified, and glorified in His church, in our nation, and in our lives.
  • For God the Holy Spirit to fall on us in a fresh way, compelling the church to repent of sin and our nation to return to faith in the living God, resulting in a great national spiritual awakening.

Sign up now to receive prayers Anne has written specifically for each day, July 1 through July 7, that will help us be united with one voice and one spirit as together we cry out to God.

Compiled by: Ruth Schofield

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