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Archive for the month “April, 2016”

Passover: Pray For Peace And Safety In Israel

A few days before the Passover holiday begins, a busload of people in Jerusalem were set ablaze by a terrorist in the back of the bus. When everyone is busy preparing for the Festival of Freedom, Israel’s enemies are seeking specifically at this time to attack the joy of the celebration.

On Monday evening, April 18th, a bomb went off in a crowded bus in Jerusalem, showering passengers trapped inside with deadly shrapnel and setting it ablaze. This was the first bombing in eight years and the first bus bombing in almost twelve. It may be a sign the Palestinians intend to escalate their efforts to attack Israelis just as the country is breathing a sigh of relief after what seemed to be an easing off of terror.

First responders said, “It was “a miracle there are no dead. It is only by a miracle that no one was killed in such a difficult attack. This could have ended in a much worse catastrophe, God forbid.”

Biden Slams Netanyahu Hours After Jerusalem Bus Bombing

Hours after a bus bombing in Jerusalem that wounded at least 21 Israeli’s, Vice President Joe Biden said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government was leading the country “in the wrong direction.”

Biden did single out Palestinian leaders, including Mahmoud Abbas, for declining to condemn specific acts of terrorism carried out against Israelis, but saved his harshest words for Israeli officials.

“I firmly believe that the actions that Israel’s government has taken over the past several years – the steady and systematic expansion of settlements, the legalization of outposts, land seizures – they’re moving us, and, more importantly, they’re moving Israel in the wrong direction,” Biden said.

Pending Anti-Israel Resolutions at UNSC

U.S. State Department Spokesman Mark Toner attempted to end speculation this week about the possibility that the U.S. would avoid using its veto at the UN Security Council regarding pending anti-Israel resolutions. “Our position hasn’t changed in terms of action on this issue at the UN Security Council,” he told reporters during the daily press briefing Tuesday. “We continue to oppose one-sided resolutions that delegitimize Israel or undermine its security, but we are not going to speculate on hypothetical resolutions or other actions by the Security Council at this time,” added Edgar Vasquez, an official at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, in remarks to the Jerusalem Post on Wednesday. “We will carefully consider our future engagement if and when we reach that point, and determine how to most effectively advance the objective we all share in achieving a negotiated two-state solution.”

The White House, however, has yet to issue such an unequivocal statement.

Prayer: Father, the nation as a whole supports Israel, and we pray for your mercy and grace from the Obama administration’s actions against Israel, and their failed policies in the Middle East. (Obadiah 1:15)

Pray for Israel, that her enemies would fall into their own evil traps (Psalm 35).

Pray For America To Stand With Israel

O Lord, help America and the Church to stand with Israel as she faces anti-Semitism and her enemies in the Middle East. We ask you O Lord, please cause our leaders to support Israel. “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes” (Proverbs 21:1).

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2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)

 HASC Proposes $20.6B In Shipbuilding, 4-Year Carrier Builds, Possible LPD-29

 April 19, 2016 – Washington, D.C. – *Congressman J. Randy Forbes (R-VA), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, released today the legislative language of his Subcommittee’s mark of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Chairman Forbes wrote legislation that authorizes funds and sets priorities for large parts of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force.

The House Armed Services Committee has been a bastion of rejecting the Obama Administration reductions to defense programs, opposing mandated sequestration cuts and urging higher levels of arms spending. 

The election-year markups issued today by the body’s subcommittees continue to reflect those practices, and the mark proposed by the Seapower and Projection Forces is no exception, boosting ship construction spending by more than $2 billion – a 12 percent jump over the administration’s request.

“The last eight years have shown that bowing down to bullies or ignoring them does not make them go away. We need to make sure that when we have men and women from this country who are willing to stand up to them, that they have the resources they need to win that fight. Among those resources are the ships and planes necessary to win and come home safely,” Chairman Forbes said.

“Hampton Roads is the epicenter for national defense in this country, and its strategic importance as a center of shipbuilding and ship repair make it a national strategic asset,” Chairman Forbes said. “This legislation strengthens Virginia’s maritime industrial base by investing in additional ships, increasing funding for ship maintenance, and preventing further cuts to critical assets like our Navy’s cruisers or a Carrier Air Wing. It is a down payment on the 350 ship Navy America needs. As the world becomes more dangerous, the U.S. will rely even more on its Navy to support our national security. And the Navy will continue to rely, as it has always done, on Hampton Roads.”

Forbes added, “With this legislation, we are rejecting further budget cuts, bending the curve lines, and making a down payment on the 350-ship Navy we need for national defense.”

Forbes’ Legislation:

•     Represents Highest Level of Shipbuilding Funding Since Reagan Era

•     Authorizes 3 More Warships Than Administration Requested

•     Protects 1/12th of the Navy Fleet from Inactivation

•     Stops Administration Plan to Scrap 1 out of 10 Carrier Air Wings

•     Represents “Down Payment” on the 350-Ship Navy America Needs

Read the entire bill…….

Let your voice be heard. Email or call your congressional representatives and express your desire for their support on the “2017 National Defense Authorization Act” (NDAA)

*Congressman J. Randy Forbes (R-VA) Co-Chairs the Congressional Prayer Caucus on Capitol Hill

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Challenging Genocide

There can be no room for any kind of apology that defends or justifies extreme behavior against humanity. The practice, promotion, and toleration of the intentional killing of civilians should be vigorously challenged. Unopposed, extremists will continue to carry out crimes against humanity ranging from indiscriminate attacks against civilians on their own soil to ethnic cleansing and outright genocide in other parts of the world.

Denial is the biggest obstacle to defeating Islamist extremism, which is the greatest security threat the world faces today and the greatest struggle of our generation and likely the next generation to come. A problem cannot be remedied while it remains undefined and failing to identify Islamism by its name guarantees defeat.

Call it what it is. Muslims have carried out genocide for centuries. The Turks committed genocide against Armenians at the turn of the last century. There used to be a large Jewish and Christian population on the Arabian Peninsula, now Saudi Arabia. They’re not there today—they have been exterminated or forced to leave over the centuries under Islam. Muslims throughout Africa and Asia continue to carry out genocide. Why? The Koran teaches followers of Islam to kill and destroy the ‘infidels’ (non-Muslims). This is what their prophet did and true followers of Islam want to emulate their prophet.

CONDEMNING TERROR ATTACKS IS NOT ENOUGH

Open Doors USA, a persecution watchdog group, has warned that world governments simply condemning attacks against Christians, such as the one on Easter Sunday in Pakistan where 73 people were killed, is not enough to save lives.

“Right now few leaders are offering more than condolences after major attacks on Christians,” David Curry, CEO of Open Doors, told the Daily Beast. “They need to go to the countries, meet with its leaders and people to find bipartisan ways to protect Christians and promote religious freedom to all.”

The persecution of Christians has reached its highest level in modern history, with the rise of radical Islam being one of the very top threats to Christian lives and freedom.

“It’s going to continue, because all of the factors that drove the persecution of Christians into these regions are still in place, and they are gaining power. There are 43 groups around the world who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, and I think you’re going to see an expansion of these splinter cells persecuting Christians, because that is their stated goal,” Curry told Christian Post.

ACTIONS MEAN MORE THAN WORDS

World leaders must lead the way to clarify the distinction between Islam, the religion, and Islamism, the ideology. Islam, like any other religion, is a set of ideas, and if some of those ideas are harmful and antithetical to our values, which is something we need to talk about, even if some people may find it offensive.

The West was naïve thinking it could stay out of events of such scale and magnitude such as the Arab Spring, which began first with Tunisia in 2010 and advanced throughout the Arab nations. We live in an extremely interdependent world, where we cannot turn our backs on conflicts within other countries if we want still to be secure.

Peaceful Muslims need to come out of fear and denial and begin to condemn radical attacks in the name of Allah. By saying that such attacks are not Islam, or that the terrorists are not that many, or by using popular hashtags, means very little to the non-Muslim who has just lost his friends and family in an attack.

Muslims need to show they are not foreigners and want to live together in peace. They need to integrate and speak up. They need to be the loud ones representing Islam, instead of the terrorists or extremists.

Resources: The Clarion Project, Open Doors USA

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More Persecution: Tears, or Victory?

When the late Sabina Wurmbrand (co-founder of today’s The Voice of the Martyrs) was told about the persecution of Christians in Sudan, she replied with one word: “Tears.”

That’s what many of us must feel today as we receive word from Open Doors that more than 7,000 Christians were killed for their faith during 2014-2015. That was 3,000 more than the previous year. Many were murdered at the hands of Daesh (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria, and by Boko Haram in Nigeria.

OD says we can expect the numbers to continue to scale upwards.

I have been reporting about persecuted Christians for 32-years and I must say, I have not seen numbers like these. Christians in the Middle East are facing genocide. But it’s happened before. Just ask the descendants of Armenian and Assyrian Christians who were victims of ethnic cleansing about one hundred years ago.

Many Christians may find the latest massive wave of persecution not only disturbing, but perhaps surprising-a bit like John Lennon, who sang shortly before his death in 1980 “Nobody told me there would be days like these.”

But Christ did tell us there would be days like these.

Jesus warned in Matthew 10:21:

“Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. 22 You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.”

So, persecution is nothing new. It’s a way of life foretold by Jesus and it has occurred since the early beginnings of the Christian faith.

Apostle Paul (Saul) was once a persecutor of Christians, but he encountered Jesus on the Road to Damascus and became the greatest evangelist of all time. Yes, we have tears for the persecuted. But let’s pray not only for the persecuted, but also the persecutors. They, too need a “Road to Damascus” experience.

If God can do that with Saul (Paul), he can use Daesh (ISIS) and other persecutors in the same way and grow His church.

In that there are no tears. Only victory.

Source: Global Lane with CBN News Sr. International Reporter, Gary Lane

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