Prayer Targets: Warring with the Devil; VVS; John Boehner; Obscene Military Injustice

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12

Rich Carmichael serves on the editorial team of the Herald of His Coming, a powerful monthly newsprint magazine which has published messages on revival, prayer, repentance, holiness, and similar themes since 1941. Carmichael’s contributions include dozens of timeless articles from 1999 to the present (available online). From his Spiritual Victory through Christ:

A spiritual battle rages for our souls and the souls of all mankind… Our “adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Pet 5:8). The crafty serpent who, in the opening of Genesis, deceived our first parents and enticed them to sin (Gen 3:1-15), is the dragon and serpent of old in the closing chapters of Revelation, deceiving the nations and gathering them for war, until he is thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone (Rev 20:7-10; Mt 25:41).

The devil disguises himself as an angel of light (2 Cor 11:14), but he is full of deceit, evil and darkness (1 Jn 2:13; Acts 26:18). He is a murderer, a liar, the father of lies, and there is no truth in him (Jn 8:44). He deceives the world and blinds the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not know the Gospel of Christ (Rev 12:9; 2 Cor 4:4). He distorts the Word of God and tries to snatch the Word of God out of people’s hearts (Mt 4:6-7; 13:19).

He is the accuser of God’s people and he seeks to afflict and destroy us (Rev 12:10-11; Job 2:4-7). He tempts us, opposes us, schemes against us, and tries to take advantage of us, deceive us, ensnare us, oppress us and gain a foothold in our lives (Lk 22:31-32; Acts 5:3; 2 Cor 2:11; 11:3; Eph 4:27; 6:11, 16; 1 Th 3:5; 2:18; 1 Tim 3:6-7; 4:1; 2 Tim 2:26).

Christ’s Power over the Devil – All around us we can see evidence of the devil’s activity and impact in people’s lives. Many are living in fear, unbelief, anxiety, confusion, oppression, darkness, deception, sin, condemnation, and so forth. Perhaps you are suffering in some way because of the influence of the evil one. Or perhaps you see his impact in the life of someone to whom you are ministering. If so, the good news is that through Christ the power of the devil can be broken! “…The Son of God appeared for this purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil” (1 Jn 3:8). God anointed His Son with the Holy Spirit and power to do good and heal all who were oppressed by the devil (Acts 10:38). The devil was no match, is no match, and will never be any match for Jesus. “Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” (1 Jn 4:4).

Consider the encounters in Scripture between Jesus and the devil and demonic realm. In every case, Jesus wins decisively. He overcomes the strongest of the devil’s temptations (Mt 4:1-11; Heb 4:15). He sets people free of the most severe forms of demonic possession and oppression (for example, see Mk 5:1-20). He exercises complete control over evil and authorizes others to overcome all the power of the enemy (Lk 4:36; 9:1; 10:17-19). He is fully aware of the devil’s schemes and rebukes him accordingly (Mt 16:23). He intercedes to protect His followers from the devil’s attempts to ruin their faith (Lk 22:31-32; cf. Heb 7:25). And through His death on the cross, Jesus crushes and disarms the devil, triumphing over principalities and powers, and rendering powerless the one who had the power of death! (Col 2:15; Heb 2:14). (Read the victorious conclusion HERE).

Those who pray little pose little threat to the enemy of our souls.  Those who take a strong stand for Jesus and accept the intercessor’s mantel similarly face all the problems in life that others face, but even greater resistance from the enemy at every level: personal, family, work, finances, etc. We must prevail in prayer over our personal challenges so that we have the capacity to engage the principalities and powers in their sweeping assault upon the souls of our countrymen, and the soul of our nation. We can do this best by praying together with other likeminded intercessors.

Values Voter Summit –There was huge enthusiasm among the 2,700 attendees of the 10th Annual Summit as well as some memorable fireworks on the stage. But it was not just the presidential candidates who were worth taking time to hear. All of the speeches and panels were extremely informative, inspirational and motivational. The main plenary sessions were captured on video and are available for you to view online. It will be worth your time to view and hear messages from the presidential contenders in one of their premier opportunities to address VVS’s mostly conservative Christian audience.

Kim Davis (the Rowan County, KY Clerk jailed for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses) was presented FRC’s 2nd Annual “Cost of Discipleship Award.” Brent Bozell, Founder of Media Research Center (MRC), CNS News, and News Busters was awarded FRC’s “Vision and Leadership Award” at the Gala on Saturday night.

In addition to all of the leading presidential candidates, we heard from David and Jason Benham, Dr. Bill Bennett, Lt. Gen. William Boykin (USA, Ret.), Gov. Sam Brownback (R-Kans.), Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, David Daleiden (Producer of the videos exposing Planned Parenthood), Erick Erickson, Brigitte Gabriel, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Aaron & Melissa Klein (Sweetcakes by Melissa), Mark Levin, Star Parker, Gov. Rick Perry, Dr. Steve Riggle (Senior Pastor, Grace Church, Houston), and many other well-known leaders in the conservative Christian movement.  Please take time to listen and forward the video links to friends and family. (see; Cruz Makes Hay with Straw Poll; Cruz: Three Years in a Row; Bozell Honored)

John Boehner Resigns – Summit attendees were greeted with the news last Friday morning of Speaker John Boehner’s resignation. Boehner will resign as speaker and as a member of Congress from Ohio at the end of October. Boehner says he is stepping down for the sake of the institution. Many are concerned about how the lame-duck Speaker will lead during the critical month ahead. The Speaker of the House is third in succession to the President, and would become President in the event the President and Vice President were both killed or incapacitated. House members are rallying to elect the next Speaker. Announced contenders include Rep’s. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), now House Majority Leader, and Daniel Webster (R-Fla.), who was a candidate to replace Boehner in January. Other mentioned contenders include Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), and  Raul Labrador (R-Idaho).  Some appear to be positioning themselves to replace McCarthy as Majority Leader and others, experts believe, are long shots for Speaker (see Boehner Stuns Congress; McCarthy Launches Bid; Fox Video: Resignation Announcement; Tony Perkins: Resign of the Times; Pressure Builds for Outsider; Is McConnell Next?).

  • May the members of the House of Representatives select the man of God’s choosing for the next Speaker! Like all candidates for public office, may this person meet God’s standards found in Exodus 18:21. May he or she be 1) capable; 2) God-fearing; 3) devoted to truth, and 4) hate dishonest gain (covetousness)! (Ex 18:21; 1 Sam 16:1-13; 2 Sam 23:1-4; Ps 75:4-8)

Finally, the career of yet another decorated military warrior, Sgt. First Class Charles Martland, is now at risk because he did the right thing, intervening to stop the sexual abuse by an Afghan military leader of a 12 year-old boy chained to his bed in order to repeatedly rape him.  American soldiers have been told to ignore what is culturally “normal” in Afghanistan. Please read about, pray for Sgt. Martland, and sign FRC’s petition. We believe Congress and the Pentagon will respond if we create enough outcry.

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Prayer Targets: Socialist Evangelicals?; Papal Visit; Army Secy.; Tolerating Abuse; Life Votes; More

Thou shalt not steal. Exodus 20:15

Rob Schwarzwalder, FRC Senior Vice President, is a public policy expert and theologian, wholly qualified to analyze the use of Scripture by politicians to advance their agendas (see more about Mr. Schwarzwalder HERE; and his official biography HERE). In these excerpts, he exposes the abuse of Scripture by some who use them to advocate socialism, claiming biblical authority:

Romans 13:1-7 is the New Testament’s most extensive teaching on the role of secular government and the Christian’s relationship to it [take a moment to read it]. Peter makes the same points as does his fellow apostle Paul, only more briefly [read I Peter 2:13-17].

Both Catholic and Protestant interpretation of these passages has been essentially consistent: The role of the state is to protect the just and punish wrongdoers and thereby provide society with a safe, stable environment. Christians are required to obey the authorities, show them respect, and pay what they owe in taxes and duties (see Catholic interpretation HERE and HERE, and Protestant HERE and HERE).

According to Romans 13, government’s role is that of protector of the just and punisher of those who do evil. To exposit from this text that government is to be a provider is eisegesis – “the act imposing meaning onto a text – reading ‘into’ the text rather than ‘out of’ it” (see Eisegesis).

[One champion of the Religious Left] uses this seminal text to justify his view that the state should be the implementer of biblical charity through coercive redistribution. Read his comment:

Government is meant to protect its people’s safety, security, and peace, and promote the common good of a society – and even collect taxes for those purposes. Read Romans 13 by the apostle Paul and other similar texts. The Scriptures also make it clear that governmental authority is responsible for fairness and justice and particularly responsible to protect the poor and vulnerable…. God will judge kings and rulers (governments) for how they treat the poor… That’s what the Bible says; so let me be as clear as I can be (Rev. Jim Wallis).

Of course one of the purposes of the state is justice, and Scripture is indeed replete with myriad references that speak of the state’s duty to protect the vulnerable and weak (does this not include the most vulnerable, the unborn within the womb?). Yet the purpose of the state is not to take income from one group and give it to another: That’s called theft, something condemned by God from Genesis to Revelation.

The duty of government to be just and foster justice means that it must protect those in need from exploitation and ensure that the law favors no group or individual over another. Justice does not mean coercive charity – the state seizing resources from an individual or private corporation and doling them out to a more favored group. The state’s duty is not to function as a parent, a nurturer, or a surrogate spouse. It is to serve, do justice, protect, and punish… (Schwarzwalder: Jim Wallis: His Flawed Arguments on the Shutdown, Bible and Justice, The Christian Post, 10/9/13)

God calls individuals and churches to practical concern for the poor, but too many Christians have been willing to let government shoulder the job. America has enjoyed God’s blessing with a government confined to its biblical, constitutional sphere.  As a result, religious, political and economic liberty have flourished. Christians must labor diligently to preserve all three, including economic liberty.  Socialism can only be sustained by confiscatory taxes. Our forefathers warned, “The power to tax is the power to destroy!”

Pope Francis’ Visit – Dominating the news this week is the Pope’s first-ever visit to the U.S., with his arrival last night, a meeting and reception at the White House today, and a speech to the Congress in joint session tomorrow. The Pope’s meeting and grand reception at the White House today was muddled by the President’s insistence that invitees to the “Welcoming Ceremony” include Gene Robinson, the openly homosexual Episcopalian Bishop whose ordination led to a split in the denomination. The Vatican also took offense at the inclusion of transgender activists and a nun whose group does not hold to Church doctrine on life issues. Evangelical Christians are concerned about the impact of the Pope’s open support for a Palestinian State, support for socialistic government policies (i.e., redistributing wealth by taxing the “haves” to give to the “have nots”), and international government solutions to “Global Warming.” Meanwhile the Pope’s commitment to life issues and religious liberty are welcomed by Catholics and Protestants alike (see Obama Guests Offensive; Invitees; Congressional Report: Pope on Global Issues; Conservative Reaction).

  • May American Christians give the Pope a hearty welcome! When hearing his views on “Climate Change,” economic policy, and proposed Palestinian State, may they be like the Bereans who respectfully and eagerly listened to the Apostle Paul but examined the Scriptures daily to see if what he taught was true (Jn 8:30-32; Acts 17:11; 2 Tim 2:15; 1 Pet 3:15; 2 Pet 2:12-15).

President Nominates Open Homosexual for Army Post – Using the closing months as President to push the liberal-progressive agenda as far as possible, President Obama has done the unthinkable in nominating homosexual activist for Secretary of the Army. Eric Fanning has spent his last several years lobbying for open transgenderism in the ranks as Air Force Undersecretary and then as the Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s Chief of Staff. If confirmed he would continue his practice of battering and intimidating the troops to affirm and approve these variant sexual practices.

Child Sexual Abuse Is to Be Tolerated– Meanwhile it has been reported that soldiers in Afghanistan have been told to tolerate the sexual abuse of children by Afghan soldiers because it is a “cultural thing.” Soldiers unable to stomach the practice who acted to stop it, were allegedly disciplined for doing so. The anti-Christian mistreatment of our servicemen and chaplains, and the sexual immorality that they have been forced to tolerate has led to the lowest morale anyone can remember. Not surprisingly, army recruiting is down measurably. Moreover the Obama agenda has weakened the inner strength of our armed forces and made us a laughingstock among our enemies (see Keeping Faith at Army’s Length? Force Tolerance of Child Rape; Soldiers Disciplined for Reaction; Decimated Morale).

  • May God send a President and Congress in 2016 who will put America and especially our military back on moral solid ground! May God-sent awakening revive a love for moral purity among all Americans! (Ex 18:21; Ps 75:6-8; Pr 29:2; 1 Timothy 5:22; Jas 1:19-24)

Values Voter Summit – Beginning this Thursday evening, FRC Action’s premier annual event – will begin, with plenary sessions starting at 8:45 a.m. Friday morning and running until Saturday evening. Visit to see the schedule, then view the individual sessions live via the Internet. As you do, please pray for the speakers and every aspect of the event. Many of the presidential candidates will speak, and a straw poll will be taken among the “values voters” present. C-Span will carry the sessions on Friday.

  • Pray knowing that you are praying with dozens of men and women at VVS in the onsite Prayer Room. May the prayer fires be kept burning throughout and bring God’s presence to those onsite and online – impacting each one’s life powerfully. Pray too, for the press (400 will be there) that they, too, will be mightily impacted for good! (Ps 26:11-12; 40:8-11; 68:18; Eph 6:18; 1 Th 5:17Heb 7:25)   

Finally, 1) H.R. 3134: The Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015; and 2) H.R. 3504The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, passed in the House of Representatives last week and are expected to be brought up in the Senate today or tomorrow; 3) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is determined to avoid a government shutdown and promises to proffer a “clean CR.” Yesterday the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a Continuing Resolution (CR) that would fund the government through December 11 – and put a one year moratorium on funding for Planned Parenthood. Debate and a vote will take place tomorrow or Friday. FRC has advocated for a showdown between Congress and the President on Planned Parenthood to stop forced taxpayer funding of this deadly evil!  4) Unfortunately the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 1553), fell short of the 60 votes needed to stop a Democratic filibuster; 5) Wall Street Journal analysts say Bernie Sanders, a proud socialist and a leading contender in the Democratic Presidential primary race, would cost Americans $18 trillion in new spending over 10 years, to keep his promises; 6) The recent campaign flap over whether a devout Muslim can be a U.S. President prompted Bill Federer to reproduce his brief, but worthwhile study: the Quran vs. the U.S. Constitution.  Please pray over these matters, and thank you for praying!

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Prayer Targets: Obey God; Kim Davis; Defunding Bills; Iran; SYATP; Prayer for Jerusalem; VVS

And they… commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered… Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye… [Later] the high priest asked… Did not we straightly command you that ye should not teach in this name? And, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine… Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. Acts 4:18-19; 5:27-29

In 2007, FRC President Tony Perkins in introducing a booklet about religious liberty, began with a quote from our first U.S. President: “The Liberty enjoyed by the people of these states of worshiping Almighty God agreeably to their conscience, is not only among the choicest of their blessings, but also of their rights” (George Washington, in a message to the Annual Meeting of Quakers, 1789).

Tony continued:

The Founders of our country considered religious liberty our “first freedom.” In their view, it was the bedrock upon which all other freedoms rest. Why? They understood that one’s right to worship God and follow his conscience according to the principles of his religious faith was foundational to all morality. A man whose religious faith was repressed could never be a loyal citizen, since the state was usurping his first allegiance and costing him his primary, or first, freedom. George Washington’s motto was, “Deeds, not Words.” He lived it: During the Constitutional Convention, he rarely spoke, and those who knew him well noted his courtly, almost diffident manner. Yet his actions – his leadership during the Revolution, his policies and practices as our first President, and his well-reputed example as a man of prayer and reverence – spoke to a measure of conviction few American statesmen have ever come close to matching…

In his Farewell Address, Washington wrote, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labour to subvert these great Pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of Men and citizens. The mere Politician, equally with the pious man ought to respect and to cherish them.” Without religious liberty, Washington’s exhortation would be meaningless. With religious freedom, it forms the very fabric of our nation… (Tony Perkins’ introduction to What the Founders Really Did on Religious Liberty: “Deeds not Words” by FRC’s Senior Fellow for Policy Studies, Bob Morrison. Download and read Mr. Morrison’s Booklet in PDF Format HERE).

If we wish to preserve our freedom to obey Jesus Christ openly at home, at work, and in the public square in the months and years ahead, Christians must take a stand for Religious Liberty now. We must prevail for our own children and for Christians around the world who have looked to America in hopes that they would one day enjoy religious liberty in their own nations. If our elected executives and lawmakers do not act to undergird our Constitutional guarantees with policies and laws that protect Christians from being forced against conscience to approve of behavior the Bible clearly deems as sinful (Rom 1:32), we will soon see not just a few, but hundreds and thousands of American Christians punished for their simple faith and obedience to God. Every American has a stake in this fight, whatever their political or religious persuasion.   

Kim Davis: Freedom Still Uncertain – Kim Davis, Rowan County Kentucky Clerk, is free for now after Federal District Court Judge David Bunning jailed her for contempt. When deputy clerks in her office began issuing marriage licenses to both opposite-sex and same-sex couples, Bunning ordered Davis’ release last Wednesday.  Davis was jailed for five nights but she is not bending. Upon returning to work, she removed her name from the marriage licenses and told deputies they were issuing licenses without her authorization. On Friday, her attorneys filed a motion with the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, asking that she be allowed to continue the ban on issuing marriage licenses in her office until the case is settled, but the Court denied her request this week.

Bible–believing County Clerks across America face this same dilemma and several states have made accommodations for the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses.  An accommodation would allow County Clerks to avoid having to choose between fidelity to God and conscience on one hand and on the other the dictates of 5 unelected Supreme Court Justices and the lower Courts who view their own unconstitutional mandates as above the laws of Almighty God.  How many more will be jailed?  FRC has announced that it will award Kim Davis the 2nd annual “Cost of Discipleship Award” at the annual Values Voter Summit which begins next week (see Appeal Fails; Freed but not Free; Tony Perkins on Davis & Religious Liberty; Tony at Rally; Davis Freed; Jailhouse Rally; Tony on Kelly File; ; Schwarzwalder: Accommodation, Burden; see Free to Believe Website; FRC to Honor Davis).

May God use the outcry of His people, by prayer, by public response and political action to reverse the abuse of Kim Davis and other Christians by public officials! May those guilty of violating the religious liberty of individuals be held to account. May true marriage be restored and respected in law as a byproduct of the God-sent Spiritual Awakening we pray for! (Ex 2:24; 6:5; Jdg 2:18; Neh 4:14; Ps 85:6 Rom 14:12; 1 Cor 4:2)

Defunding Planned Parenthood – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has scheduled a House vote to Defund Planned Parenthood for this Friday, September 18th. Meanwhile Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has repeatedly declared that it is useless to attach a defunding bill to the must-pass Continuing Resolution (CR – the bill to authorize additional discretionary spending to keep government running).  Leadership’s rationale?  Because it would lead to an Obama veto and 2/3 of the Senators would unlikely vote to overturn his veto. Indeed, the President would likely veto – then blame Republicans for a government “shutdown.” Conservatives believe Congress should stand up to the President and let him take the blame for the “shutdown.” Most Americans fear a government shutdown would mean veteran’s benefits, Social Security checks, welfare checks and other “entitlements” would be stopped.  In actuality only 14% of government spending on non-essential services and jobs would be affected.

But the dignity of human life should trump fear of a “shutdown.”  Christians believe the revelation that Planned Parenthood is conducting illegal partial-birth abortions and wholesaling aborted baby parts for a profit leaves Congress with no excuse.  No tax dollars should be used to fund these atrocities.  Neither should Republicans, who hold majorities in Congress and who purportedly have protecting pre-born babies in their platform, cave into the fear of a government shutdown.  If Planned Parenthood’s friend in the White House vetoes the CR because of his alliance with these merchants of death and those who take their blood money in Congress sustain it, so be it.  At least we did all we could, and our consciences can be clear before God. Twenty-eight House Republicans have pledged not to vote for any spending bill that continues funding for Planned Parenthood (see  Defunding Vote Scheduled In House; McConnell: “Exercise in Futility”; 28 Republicans, Sad Poll: Most Americans Fear a Government Shutdown).

May God give Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader McConnell moral courage and determination to stand up to President Obama. May God-fearing Americans object to the government’s use of their hard-earned dollars – against their will and conscience – to fund Planned Parenthood! (1 Sam 17:26 ; 2 Sam 24:22-24; Neh 11:2; Ps 94:16; 110:3; Pr 28:4; Rom 12:1)

Betraying Israel; Empowering Iran –Thousands rallied on Capitol Hill last week to protest President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. One protestor’s sign read, “What part of death to Americadeath to Israel don’t you understand.” Nevertheless, with the deadline today, a Senate cloture vote failed last night when 42 Democrats decided not to allow the resolution of disapproval” to come to a vote. Fifty-eight Senators, including 4 Democrats would have voted to pass the resolution, but Republicans needed 60 votes to end debate. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) responded to the vote by promising to introduce a new amendment that would prevent the President from lifting sanctions on Iran (part of the “Deal”) unless Iran 1) officially recognizes Israel’s right to exist and 2) releases the four American citizens now in Iranian prisons. Democrats prevented passage despite the President’s purportedly having hidden information from Congress about Iranian side deals (see Democrats Stop Effort to Disapprove Deal; Rally on C-Span; 2/3 of Americans oppose Deal; Obama Arm-twisting;  42 Senators; Side-Deals).

May God stir American citizens to use their influence to persuade the Senators who approved the “Deal” to support McConnell’s measure requiring Iran to acknowledge Israel and to release our American prisoners there, before we lift sanctions. May the president not dare to defy them! May God have mercy upon the U.S. and Israel! (1 Sam 17:26 ; 2 Sam 24:22-24; Neh 11:2; Ps 94:16; 110:3; Pr 28:4; Rom 12:1)

Finally, “See You at the Pole” will take place next Wednesday, September 23rd. Thousands of public and private school children will meet at 7 AM to pray for their classmates and America. On October 4th, Christians around the world will observe the annual Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem. How desperately it is needed now! Please come if you can to the Values Voter Summit, which will begin next Friday morning.  If you can’t attend, please pray. Visit the VVS website to see parts of the powerful event. And as always, thank you for praying!



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Join us for “Cry Out America” tomorrow!

cryAmericaCry Out America is today, Friday, September 11, 2015 – There is still time to Help “Cry Out America!” to mobilize 9/11 prayer gatherings across our land. Visit Awakening America. Call 888.929.2538; call a few friends and lead or join an event in your area! (2 Chr 7:14Lam 2:18-191 Kgs 8:28-30Neh 1:5-9Is 62:6-7Joel 2:17)

Also continue to pray for Rowan County Kentucky Clerk, Kim Davis who is Free, for Now – But what she will do Monday when she returns to her office and what Federal District Court Judge David Bunning, who jailed her for contempt, will do next, is yet unknown. (see Kim Davis now Home; Freed but not Free; Tony Perkins on Davis & Religious Liberty; Tony at Rally; Davis Freed Jail; Jailhouse Rally; Tony on Kelly File; ; Schwarzwalder: Accommodation, Burden; Sign  Keep Kim Davis out of Jail Petition; see Free to Believe Website; Ex 2:24; 6:5; Jdg 2:18; Neh 4:14; Ps 85:6 Rom 14:12; 1 Cor 4:2)

Pray for Congress as they consider the so called “Iran Deal” – Thousands Yesterday, thousands rallied at the U.S. Capitol in protest of the misguided and dishonest Iran Nuclear “Deal” that imperils Israel and America (see Congress’ Deal Pickle; 42 Senators: YES?; Rally on C-Span; 2/3 of Americans oppose Deal; (1 Sam 17:26 ; 2 Sam 24:22-24; Neh 11:2; Ps 94:16; 110:3; Pr 28:4; Rom 12:1)

Pray for Congress and State Legislatures as they consider Defunding Planned Parenthood

Pray for the success of Tony’s new book, No FearIt comes just when needed. Tony recounts stories of courageous young Christians who have taken a stand for Christ in the public square, and who have not backed down under pressure or persecution. Values Voter Summit Just weeks away is the nation’s premiere Christian/conservative annual event, in Washington, DC.

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Prayer Targets: Blood; Defunding Vote; HHS Loses; Cry Out America; Iran Deal; Watchmen Summit; More

And he said, “What hast thou done? The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.” Genesis 4:10

George D. Boardman, D.D. (1828-1903), born in Burma to young missionary parents, George and Sarah Boardman, followed his father’s footsteps into Christian ministry, studying at Brown and Newton Theological Institution. He took his first pastorate in 1855 at the Baptist Church in Barnwell, South Carolina. His convictions regarding human slavery led him to the 2nd Baptist Church in Rochester, NY, then, in 1864, the First Church of Philadelphia, where he served for 30 years. From his brief article, “The Scriptural Doctrine of the Blood.”

“Blood” is one of the characteristic, regent words of Scripture, occurring in it more than four hundred times. A word so recurrent must mean something fundamental. In fact, it is the blood of Christ which is the basis of Christianity, the very pivot of the Christian religion.

Moses forbad the eating of blood: “For the life of the flesh is in the blood; and I have given it to you upon the altar, to make an atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul” (Lev 17:11). “The life (soul) of the flesh is in the blood.”… How thoroughly the idea that blood is the seat of life has taken possession of the race is evident… The word “blood” occurs 731 times in Shakespeare’s plays… (Similarly often in the ancient classics).

So the Scriptural writers: “The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto Me from the ground”; “Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God”; “Precious shall their blood be in His sight”; “All the righteous blood shed upon the earth from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zachariah the son of Barachiah”; “I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood.” “How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost Thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” The blood being thus instinctively conceived as the seat of life, and so the representative of the soul or person, no wonder that blood has ever been regarded as a sacred thing. Here is the secret of the Mosaic prohibition to eat blood, a prohibition frequently repeated, and in vss. 10-14 with solemn minuteness of detail. The blood being regarded as the symbol and home of the personality, to eat it was to be guilty of sacrilegious cannibalism… (Boardman, read all at

The blood of 56 million innocent unborn children, slaughtered “legally” since 1973, like Abel’s, cries out to God. Among them are the millions decapitated and mutilated by Planned Parenthood, their body parts sold for profit, while U.S. Taxpayers mindlessly funds half of the group’s giant budget. Part of repentance is defunding Planned Parenthood. Our nation’s only hope is in repentance and the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

Planned Parenthood Defunding – With lazy August vacations have come a slackening in viewership of The Center for Medical Progress’ groundbreaking video Planned Parenthood exposé. With number 8 of a promised 12, viewers may be sick of the horrors that they see going on behind closed doors at Planned Parenthood. But if we refuse this opportunity to stop taxpayer funding of an organization that practices such evil (we taxpayers fund half of the abortion giant’s enormous budget) while the nation has been awakened to these horrors, we will be a sorry. Only God knows the degree to which growing violence in America is the result of our 42 years of sowing abortion violence. But we know Scripture warns that God is not mocked and we will reap what we have sown (Gal 6:7): who knows to what degree destroyed lives, broken homes, epidemic sexual immorality, etc. are related to our sowing of abortion. But we are beginning to see a radical increase in murder and violence across America, and many believe it is a direct product of our national sin of abortion. House leaders are discussing a plan to vote to freeze funding for Planned Parenthood this fall. And the Senate has reserved the right to vote on their defunding bill a second time.

But Pro-lifers who understand the politics fear that the GOP leadership will not take a risk to push the bill through by attaching it to must-pass legislation such as the Continuing Resolution (CR) which would authorize spending and borrowing to keep the federal government running. They fear that the President would rather shut down the government than stop funding Planned Parenthood – then blame Republicans. A simple vote on a stand-alone bill to defund, then facing a presidential veto, then failing to override would be business as usual and caving in to the President. Experts believe Republicans must exercise the political will to stop this evil once for all, even as many state governors and legislatures are doing so. Meanwhile at least 3 states have defunded Planned Parenthood and 13 are conducting investigations since the exposé began. (See Whole Hearted Congressional Leadership?; Planned Parenthood on the Offense; PP Sues Gov.’s Jindal, Bentley; DOJ Sides with PP; View CMP videos – Warning – Graphic:  ##1 Uses Partial-Birth Abortions to Sell Baby Parts; ##2 Senior Exec Haggles Prices, Methods; ##3 PP’s Black Market in Baby Parts; ##4  VP Says Some Fetuses Intact, Payments Specific to Specimen; ##5  Intact Fetuses “Line Items”; ##6 Inside PP Supply Site; ##7 PP’s Custom Abortions for Superior Product; ##8 StemExpress Wants “Another 50 Livers/Week”; Read. Sign FRC’s Petition to Congress to Defund PP).

March for Life Beats HHS Mandate – While a federal court ruled that the Little Sisters of the Poor must provide their employees insurance that covers abortion producing contraceptives, the March for Life has won in Federal Court with a ruling that they may not be forced to provide such insurance. While Hobby Lobby, a closely held family business won at the U.S. Supreme Court Level, the Obama Justice Department has continued to spend our tax dollars in an effort to force Christian ministries to provide abortifacient drugs in their employee insurance programs. But Judge Richard J. Leon of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia humbled the government lawyers, rejecting their arguments against the March of Life (see March for Life; Moral – Not Just Religious Objections Enough!).

  • May the many non-profit organization lawsuits be swiftly taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court and may they rule in favor of religious freedom! (Mt 18:6; Lk 18:1-8; Rom 14:16-17; Gal 5:1)

Cry Out America! September 11, 2015 – Every September 11th, “Cry Out America!” mobilizes 9/11 prayer gatherings across the nation – not just to reflect and remember, but to REPENT and seek God for revival and awakening. September 11, 2001 was a wakeup call for America. True repentance will touch God’s heart. He promises to hear from heaven and heal our land. Most gatherings convene at NOON at county courthouses and other public venues. Visit Awakening America or call 888.929.2538 to register as a coordinator in your area!

Finally, please pray over 1) The Iran Deal, an official U.S. betrayal of Israel and her national security. If Congress does not stop it, they and we the American people will be complicit in it. Two hundred retired generals have signed a letter appealing to Congress to vote against the deal. A new poll shows that a strong majority of Americans oppose the Deal;  2) FRC conducted an urgent Watchmen Pastors Summit outside Dallas, Texas last week, supported by 55 onsite intercessors. You may view the powerful videos HERE; 3) Preparations are underway for the Values Voter Summit, September 25-27 in Washington, D.C. Please PRAY and come if you can. 4) A new Barna Study shows that Christians want their pastors to keep them informed about government and politics from a scriptural perspective. 5) The Movie: War Room is now in the theaters. This powerful movie by the Kendrick brothers (Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and Courageous) is about prayer and intercession. Every believer should see it, but especially those whom God has stirred to embrace the call to intercession!

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Prayer Targets: ‘Defactualization,’ Election Prayer; Planned Parenthood; Prayer Leaders

They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth…. 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12

Dr. William Jeynes is a Professor of Education at California State University (LB). He was first in his class at Harvard (M. Ed.) and “most outstanding student” in his cohort at the University of Chicago (Ph.D.). His writings include 145 published articles, 12 books and more. He has spoken before and counseled U.S. Presidents and foreign leaders on 5 continents. His official bio does not tell of his strong Christian faith and ministry. From his article, “Defactualization” is Causing American Schools to Become Bastions of Anti-Intellectualism are these edited excerpts:

Truth has been relegated to a secondary position in the nation’s public schools, universities, political forums, and public squares. In the classic television show, Dragnet, Sergeant Joe Friday would often say, “Just the facts, ma’am, just the facts.” In today’s public schools, many teachers ask the opposite: “Just your opinion, child, just your opinion.” When schools emphasize the subjective over the objective and opinion over fact, it is no wonder that so many American students lack basic knowledge and yet have opinions galore….

Jesus declared, “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” Ivy League universities were founded on this principle. The Puritans, who founded Harvard in 1636, believed that the quest for truth did not end in the spiritual realm… but applied to all of life, demanding both intellectual and academic vigor… reflected in the mottos of seven of the eight Ivy League universities… Harvard University’s motto is “truth (veritas)” … Yale University’s motto is “light and truth,” Columbia’s is “In Thy light shall we see light” and Penn’s is “Laws without morals are useless.”

The most dangerous people on earth are those who are educated or intelligent, but are not virtuous. In contemporary American society, truth has been relegated to a secondary position in our public schools, universities, political forums, and public squares. Diversity and subjective opinion have been elevated to greater prominence… Consensus is attainable only in a nation that pursues truth.

Truth and Facts – for many, truth is only of value if it is convenient and supports one’s ideology. Over a decade ago, I coined the term “defactualization” to describe societies in which facts are either habitually denied or ignored due to an emphasis on subjectivity. In my view, defactualization is quickly becoming one of the greatest crises of modern times.

Many Westerners are increasingly denying biological and historical facts. Many Americans call life in the womb not life. Laws in some states assert that it does not matter what sex you are; what matters is the gender that you say you are… Whatever one’s moral view of abortion, a child is not an extension of his or her mother’s flesh. The child has his or her own unique DNA. That is a fact. Any debate about abortion that denies that reality succumbs to the quagmire of defactualization. Facts have to be an important component of any intelligible debate. Opinions do not negate facts.

The Danger of Education without Facts -In thousands of public schools in the United States and Western Europe, defactualization is expanding exponentially. This trend should be called what it is: a modern form of anti-intellectualism. Those with the facts behind them often do not prevail. Instead, debates are won by those with the loudest mouths and the ability to manipulate the emotions of others. As a result, the vast majority of high school and university students hold views based on a dearth of evidence and a plethora of biased opinions.

Truth sets both individuals and nations free, because basing one’s life on truth and facts creates unity and agreement… Opinions count, because people and their experiences count, but they do not change facts. The temptation to be politically correct at the expense of accuracy is nothing new, but it is a temptation that must be resisted if we hope to give our children a strong education(Dr. Wm. Jeynes, July 2015, edited for space. See Witherspoon Institute’s Public Discourse; see Dr. Jeynes Lecture: Bible & Prayer Back in Public Schools; More from Dr. Jeynes’ at

Planned Parenthood Defunding – The Senate vote failed to reach the 60 vote threshold Monday night: 53-46. Two Democrats, Sens. Joe Donnelly (IN) and Joe Manchin (WV), voted to defund; while two Republicans, Sen. Mark Kirk (IL) and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY), voted no. Majority Leader McConnell switched his vote from yes to no to preserve his parliamentary option under the Senate Rules to take up the bill in the fall as an amendment to the Continuing Resolution (CR) budget bill. The press has been slow to point out that there were 12 more votes to defund than when last the bill was taken up. Had Sen. Graham been present, there would have been another yes vote. Just five more votes are needed.

With the release yesterday of a fifth, even more devastating undercover video by the Center for Medical Progress, more and more Americans are awakening to the deeply disturbing and evil practices of Planned Parenthood. At least 7 more such videos are yet to be released.  So far Planned Parenthood’s targeting of minorities for abortion, deceptive and illegal practices regarding underage girls, support for the sex slavery industry, etc. have not been raised. On Monday, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced that all state Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood would be rerouted to community health centers that do not perform abortion. Ten states and three congressional committees are currently investigating Planned Parenthood (view Senate debate: Defund Planned Parenthood; GOP Thwarted?; Jindal; the latest video).

Pray for those conducting investigations. May those who exposed these horrors receive God’s full protection! May taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood be ended forever! (Pr 24:11-12Is 59:15; Lk 10:19; 11:2-5; Rom 1:28-32; 1 Cor 4:5; Eph 5:11-14)

Presidential Races – The 2016 Presidential Race is underway in earnest. Our task in prayer is to ask for discernment to see the ones who best meet God’s standards and to pray fervently for them.

Republican Candidates are former Gov. Jeb Bush (Fla.), Dr. Ben Carson, Gov. Chris Christie (N.J.), Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, former Gov. Jim Gilmore (Va.), Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), former Gov. Mike Huckabee (Ark.), Gov. Bobby Jindal (La.), Gov. John Kasich (Ohio), former Gov. George Pataki (N.Y.), Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), former Gov. Rick Perry (Texas), Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.), former Sen. Rick Santorum (Penn.), business entrepreneur Donald Trump, and Gov. Scott Walker (Wisc.).    

Democratic Candidates are Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I-R.I.), former U.S. Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, former Gov. Martin O’Malley (Md.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and former Sen. Jim Webb (Va.). See link below for future GOP and Democratic Primary debates (see the Union Leader Report; C-Span video: 2016 Republican Candidates “Voters First Forum.”Republican Presidential Primary Debate Schedule; Democratic Presidential Primary Debate Schedule.

Lord, our hope is you! We have seen the devastation that comes from ignoring your commands about choosing leaders. Let 2016 be a year of revival and awakening. Help us to repent of our sin of making alliances with those who oppose your principles and guide us to choose leaders after your own heart. Have mercy upon your people and our nation. Draw America back to you. May our returning be reflected in the people we choose to lead us in this pivotal election! (Ex 18:21; 2 Sam 23:3; 2 Chron. 19:2; Ps 85:5-7; Mal 3:7; Jn 6:44; Acts 13:22; 1 Cor 15:33-34; 1Tim 1:1)

Finally, please pray for Doug Stringer, and Taechin (T.C.) Kim, leaders in the national prayer movement. Both men, mightily used of the Lord, are presently fighting life-threatening cancers: Doug, stage four B-Cell lymphoma, and T.C., stage four colon cancer spread to his lymph system. Both men are undergoing heavy chemotherapy. Please pray for God’s healing touch and that both will be enabled to resume their desperately needed ministries. Thank you for praying!

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Prayer Targets: Church Tax Exemption; National Watchmen Pastors Summit; Defunding Planned Parenthood

Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar’s, and unto God the things which be God’s. Luke 20:25

Senior Vice President, Rob Schwarzwalder, leads FRC’s Communications and Policy divisions, including the Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI). He spent years on Capitol Hill in leadership roles working with House and Senate Conservatives. The scholars on his team research, produce and distribute FRC’s extensive policy analysis in the form of Congressional testimony, scholarly papers, booklets, issue analyses, radio & TV appearances, speeches, articles and op-eds for national media, FRC University lectures, email publications, the Social Conservative Review and more. Excerpts from his Tax Exemption for Churches: An American Value, a Social Imperative: 

Some Americans seem to think that churches are merely large buildings that, after about noon on Sunday, lock their doors and occupy space for the balance of the week. This misperception could prove quite costly in the wake of the Supreme Court’s finding of a constitutional “right” to same-sex marriage.  Already, some are calling for the ending of tax exempt status for churches, religious-affiliated schools of all kinds, and non-profits in general if they do not actively make accommodations for same-sex partners.

Not only would this be an act of political aggression against religious entities…it would adversely affect untold millions of lives by shrinking countless church ministries to people with profound and urgent needs.

Tax exempt status for churches is a historic, even intrinsic, part of the federal tax system… In Walz v. Tax Commission of the City of New York (1970), Chief Justice Warren Burger wrote “the grant of a tax exemption is not sponsorship since the government does not transfer part of its revenue to churches but simply abstains from demanding that the church support the state.” …

Tax exemption for churches protects religious entities from the state. Giving government authority to tax religious entities not only breaches the protective wall of separation that guards the church from the state, but effectively knocks that wall down. Religious values have long infused American public life and law, yet as institutions, church and state are distinct…  Giving any government legal authority to tax religious entities is only a first step toward making churches institutionally subservient to that government… 

According to the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, eliminating tax exemption for nonprofit organizations would amount to …  a tax on free assembly, free religion, and free speech. This would be, in essence, a “Bill of Rights Tax.”

What Churches Do for Their Communities -Churches, whether liberal or conservative… are not empty boxes sitting idle except for a few hours a week.  In addition to… Bible studies, fellowship meetings, youth group events, and other spiritually-oriented ministries… they provide services… to people in all walks and stages of life regardless of religious belief.  The financial value of these services has not been calculated, but no one can dispute it is profound and also relieves federal and state governments of duties that would cost them huge amounts of money [Rob lists a few dozen ministries that span the breadth of human need].

If the church tax exemption is lost, religion will lose even more influence and reliance on the state will become more prevalent. Religion will become a private, publically irrelevant force, as in the Soviet Union.

While God cannot be thwarted and his church will thrive even in secret, local communities around the nation will lose the benefits that churches have provided to them over the years if churches are forced out of public life. Countless Americans in need of help will be the ones who suffer.

Churches are essential to any society desiring both the amelioration of conflict and the gentle influence of voluntary charity.  They do great good for many, and discourage evil that so readily creeps onto culture’s pathway if not diligently suppressed.  Keeping them tax exempt will preserve their ability to do these things.

Writing in Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville observes, “Freedom sees in religion… the divine source of its rights.  It considers religion as the safeguard of mores; and mores as the guarantee of laws and the pledge of its own duration.” Dare we risk fraying such a lifeline to the very soul of our national character? (Read Mr. Schwarzwalder’s carefully documented, 7 page analysis, HERE)

More on Church Tax Exemption – Pastors and local churches perform sacred functions like administering baptisms, marriages, communion, funerals, confirmation, catechisms, etc. The federal government is unlikely to tax churches any time soon that restrict their activities to what secularists call “religious worship.” Yet believers who carry their faith to the public square through Christian colleges, Pregnancy Care Centers, K-12 Christian schools, and a vast array of ministries organized to minister to the spirits, minds and bodies of people outside the church are likely to be targeted first.  U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli admitted as much and Christian college administrators are waiting on edge to see how the feds will keep Verrilli’s promise.

The IRS, which is the same agency that targeted the Tea Party and Christian groups, will be approving or disapproving the tax exempt status of new and existing Christian institutions under the new order established by the Obergefell ruling. Some Christian schools have already changed their constitutions to comply with Obergefell. Others have strengthened their constitution’s to reflect an unbending commitment to biblical marriage. Parachurch ministries will be next, and few believe local churches will ultimately go untouched. In Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., Catholic Charities closed their highly respected adoption services because their faith would not allow them to place children in same-sex couple’s homes, as was required under new same-sex marriage laws. The groundwork is now in place for this to happen nationwide under Obergefell.

When will the wholesale assault on these ministries begin? It will take time, and no one knows for sure, but unless Congress acts to protect both churches and para-church Christian ministries, it is inevitable. Given the EEOC’s recent decision to identify homosexuals as a protected class under federal civil rights laws without an Act of Congress, it would be no surprise to see them supporting discrimination lawsuits against churches that refuse to rent their facilities for same-sex ceremonies and celebrations or hire self-identifying LGBT individuals for non-pastoral jobs, etc., any day. The First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) introduced by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) is not likely to pass in either House before the August recess, but it will be an important first step to check the application of the Obergefell ruling, and protect pastors and churches from assault by the IRS. But the States must also act to protect their pastors, churches and believers from state and local governments.

Like many businesses, many non-profit ministries operate on a slim margin. The property tax, alone, would put some churches out of commission and greatly reduce the ministry capability of many more. A number of states tie their state tax exemption to the federal tax status. The sum total of federal, state and local taxes would put scores of Christian non-profit organizations out of the ministry, and unconstitutionally entangle and empower the government over the church. “The power to tax is the power to destroy.” (Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall in McCulloch v. Maryland, 1819)  (See FADA – House: H. R. 2802 and Senate: S. 1598, Same-sex “Marriage”: Pews before Pulpit; view FRC video: Christian Schools at Risk).

May God’s people arise to take a stand now, as caretakers of God’s church, both to defend God’s ministry and His treasury, both of which belong to Him! May God give wisdom to every pastor and church and may He use what some people want to use to control the church to awaken it to new devotion, vitality and power. May FADA pass speedily and overwhelmingly with bipartisan support! Gen 50:20;  Lev 27:30; Josh 6:19; Jdg 5:1-31; Ezra 6:5; Dan 2:23; 1 Cor 1:20, 30

National Watchmen Summit in Dallas Texas –True shepherds will not flee, compromise, nor stand by idly while wolves move to devour the flock (Jn 10). That is why FRC President Tony Perkins has called for an emergency Pastors’ Summit on August 24th & 25th at Prestonwood Baptist Church (North Dallas), 6801 W Park Blvd, Plano, TX 75093. The event is open to Pastors Only.  Please forward this to your pastor. If you are a pastor, get more information HERE and REGISTER HERE.

Please pray from now through the end of the Summit, that God will pour out His Spirit, wisdom and power upon the pastors. May pastors rush to be a part of this Summit, each and every one whom God wants to be there! May God guide and set forth direction and strategy that will bless His people, lead to awakening in America’s churches and benefit our nation and the nations until the Lord returns! (1 Sam 22:1-2; 2 Sam 23:1-39; Jn 10:10-17; Eph 6:10-20)

Finally, challenging days are ahead. We need to hear from God and move as one to advance the gospel, defend our churches and be the standard God promised to raise up in such a day (Is 59:19b). Please pray for swift passage: Dianne Black’s (R-Tenn.) – Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015); Sens. Joni Ernst (Iowa), James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) Senate version. The Senate may vote on it before the August recess. Pray, too, that more companies will decide to stop funding Planned Parenthood (3 of 41 have already done so: Coca Cola, Ford, and Xerox). Thanks for praying!

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Prayer Targets: Richard Owen Roberts, Planned Parenthood, FADA

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance. Ps 33:12.

Dear Praying Friends,

Richard Owen Roberts founded International Awakening Ministries. After studying at Gordon, Whitworth, and Fuller Seminaries, he pastored churches in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and California. His 9,000+ book collection regarding historic revivals and awakenings is at the heart of the Billy Graham Center Library, Wheaton College. These excerpts are from a 2004 message.

God is interested in more than the redemption of individuals. I am convinced God has a plan for the nations. It is long past time we developed concern for our nation. Here in America, we must have revival or the whole cause of missions that we have been deeply involved in for centuries is going to dissolve. The collective testimony of the American church is so dreadfully erroneous that the average person witnessed to does not believe in Christ because they cannot believe in the Christians they know. Hypocrisy! There is an incredible change when the church is revived and becomes the living, vital body of Christ. The testimony then to the individual is ringing and clear.

I am sure that about all of you admit that America is at a crisis point. I do not have the impression that God is longing for the chance to destroy us. I do not see any evidence whatever that He has set aside His plan for the United States of America. If things go rotten even more than they have already, if God is to become our enemy in a 100% fashion, it will not be because that is His heart. It will be because we are content to maintain a focus in our lives and in our churches that does not represent His heart.

God Has Made America a Great Nation. If you know anything about the history of this land, you know that we did not get where we are at by our strength or by our piety. It was God who put us in the position we are in. Democracy is an outgrowth of Christianity.

I am saying to you that the heart of God is for the nation. And the heart of God was toward these United States because there were men deeply committed to make this a Christian nation… Samuel Adams said, “The supreme Ruler of the universe having been pleased in the course of His providence, to establish the independence of the United States of America, we ought to be led by religious feelings of gratitude to walk before Him in all humility according to His most holy law, but with true repentance and contrition of heart we may unitedly implore the forgiveness of our sins through the merit of Jesus Christ, and humbly supplicate our Heavenly Father.” Few are the preachers that call their churches to repentance, to say nothing of political leaders who call the nation to fasting, prayer, confession, repentance and crying out to God to come and save us!…

Can you explain the incredible growth, the strength, the beauty, the wonder of America apart from Jesus Christ? Do you think it is possible for a nation to move from being a howling wilderness to a great nation in a relatively short span of time, merely on the basis of its natural resources or the imagination of its scientists or the might of its politicians? You cannot explain America apart from God (Richard Owen Roberts, The Lord, the Nation, and The Choice, 2004 Heart-Cry for Revival conference, The Cove, Asheville, NC. Read the unedited message at Herald of His Coming).

God says, where sin abounds, grace much more abounds (Rom 5:20). God can mix our faith and prayers with those of our forefathers to pierce the present darkness. Our faith, like theirs, must be extraordinary (Heb 11).

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Prayer Targets: Beth Moore; Pastors Standing!; Iran; Transgender Army, Kleins Stand, 10 Commandments

Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God; that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand… Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints… Ephesians 6:13, 18

Beth Moore began Living Proof Ministries in 1994 to teach women “how to love and live on God’s word.” Her international ministry is headquartered in Houston.  She and her husband Keith go to Bayou City Fellowship where their son-in-law is pastor. Their two adult daughters serve with them. Beth writes books, hosts a radio program and appears weekly on TV. These excerpts are from her blog post.

What do we do… In this climate of increasing hostility toward Christians? How do we glorify God and do people good in an environment where we’re colossally unpopular?

Bemoaning will not help us. Believing will. We here in the West have, generally speaking, gotten away with living out our Christianity selfishly, carnally, politically, lazily, and, forgive me and include me, sloppily… That’s not going to work now… These are days for sanctification… to walk in a manner worthy of [our] calling…

In my upbringing, practically everybody went to church whether or not they believed in God… But we didn’t speak much about Jesus outside those walls… My family wouldn’t have known to get down on the floor together on all our knees and cry out with one unified heart for God to come and rescue us from our destruction, our bitterness, our despair, our unforgiveness, our addictions and our hypocrisies. We’d never been taught or shown such a thing. Issues like rampant prejudice and sexual abuse never came up. Church didn’t sort through the trash… church was mostly about being proper… I don’t have anything against being proper… But it’s a new America and one the cross of Christ foresaw. The tide of Christ’s blood reached these banks way back then. He hasn’t moved off shore… we who live here are called to inhabit on purpose and serve well…

In all those years I never heard anyone pray like I hear people pray today… I heard sweet prayers and meaningful prayers and reverent prayers and, all of them, genuine prayers. And they were heard by God… But I never heard anybody pray under such an unction of the Holy Spirit that I had to open my eyes to see if they were lit up like a torch. I didn’t hear prayers like that at church until the last few decades. I don’t mean screaming and yelling. That doesn’t move me. I’m just talking about an atmosphere filled by the power and conviction of the Holy Spirit where the Word of God is not just taught, it is walked and stalked and pounded out on the pavement of our workplaces and social environments and under the roofs of our very own homes. An atmosphere not of convenience but of desperation where the Word of God has the power to break addictions and mend factions. When I was growing up, the only people who studied their Bibles were clergy…

Yesterday’s gone… Jesus longs to work here and now and among us in this world. A gift has come to us if we’ll receive it. Our old way of doing things won’t work anymore. We won’t get away with being lazy in our faith and in our spiritual disciplines… We won’t get away with virtual church. We can’t be equipped that way. We can’t fulfill our callings autonomously and self-contained. We won’t get away with all our fracturing and infighting over secondary issues. We’ll need each other too badly. The padding on the Body of Christ in America has been stripped away with the last threads of nominal Christianity… But make no mistake. Lean can be strong. Lean can run fast and hard with the gospel around the globe…

We won’t get away with all our carnality. It’s cheating us of the Spirit (Eph 4:4). We won’t get away with these things if we’re to walk worthy of our callings in a culture increasingly unwelcoming to Christians. Not if we’re going to love people who hate us. Bless people who curse us. Help people who hurt us. (Eph 4:22-24)…

Before we know it… we will stand before Jesus and look at His glorious face and marvel over His worthiness of every ounce of our devotion… We’ll have only had this one chance to do this thing with all our hearts. Let’s not go back… Let’s go forward… to the Bible… to prayer… to the Holy Spirit… The Spirit pouring. He’s doing something wildly significant today. Let’s congregate… so we can spread out and splash on a dry and thirsty land… For we are members one of another. (Ephesians 4:25). And the devil’s not playing out there (Beth Moore, Going Forward: What do we do in this climate of increasing hostility toward Christians? July 8, 2015, edited for length).

Denominations, Pastors, People and the Court – The Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage opinion brought more confusion, not less, to the issue.  Yet it is prompting believers to examine their commitments and make hard choices.  Thankfully, pastors across America are making bold, unequivocal public commitments to stand by biblical marriage no matter what the cost, and reports are that their people are standing behind them wholeheartedly and almost universally.  Others remain shamefully silent, and their silence signals consent.  The resultant sifting will continue and out of it will come a stronger church and a stronger individual people!

The stark reality is that some churches will pay a price for standing. Homosexual activists have already targeted Christian businesses for bullying and fines, but many have their sights on churches. Some in the insurance industry have indicated that churches will not be covered for lawsuits pertaining to same-sex marriage. Meanwhile new calls are coming for church tax exemption to be ended, and some experts predict that employment discrimination and other lawsuits related to the LGBT issue are imminent for churches.  The good news is that Congress’ First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) to protect Christians who believe in biblical marriage is gaining momentum, even as pundits debate the “limits of religious liberty.” (see Preacher’s Habit; Churches Ponder; Insurance; Audio/Video: Dr. David P. Murray on Court Ruling; Evangelical Strangers; Religious Liberty Bill; Limits of Religious Liberty; What Happened!).

May both houses of Congress move quickly to pass the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) protecting Americans, who view marriage as a covenant between one man and one woman! (Gen 1:28-31; Pr 22:28; Mt 19:4-6; 2 Cor 6:1-3; Eph 5:11-17).

Iran Nuclear Deal Struck – The U.S. has struck a deal with the world’s leading terrorist sponsoring state – Iran.This despite President Obama’s promises to Naghmeh Abedini that he would make getting her pastor husband, Saeed’s release from prison a priority, and his promises to “leave no American behind” the deal was struck while three innocent Americans remain in Iranian prisons, each shamelessly to subjected abuse, even as negotiations were underway.  Iranian leaders have repeatedly promised to destroy the United States (“the Great Satan”) and Israel (“the Little Satan”). Our strongest ally, Israel, abhors the deal, which experts say will produce an arms race among Middle Eastern nations. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu warned that the deal would guarantee Iran a nuclear weapon sooner than later, resulting in great danger to the region and the world.

Meanwhile, even during the most furious days of the negotiations, President Obama hosted yet another Iftar Feast at the White House on June 23rd to celebrate the end of Ramadan, Islam’s holy month of fasting, a memorial to Mohamed’s first “revelation.” The guest list included imams, muftis, and prominent American Muslims. The agenda included Islamic prayers and a speech by the President honoring Islam and the achievements of American Muslims, which was a stark contrast to his chiding of Christians at the National Prayer Breakfast in February and again at Easter (see Nuclear Deal; Three American Abandoned; 16 Reasons Deal a Catastrophe; Netanyahu’s Response; White House Iftar Feast; National Prayer Breakfast; Easter).

Please pray that the U.S. will re-embrace its long-standing policy not to negotiate with terrorists. May Congress move quickly to reject any “deal” with a radical Islamist regime that is determined to destroy America and wipe Israel off the map (Jdg 2:1-3; Ps 2:1-6; Pr 12:6-19; 22:24-28; 26:24-28; Is 28:14-22).

Finally, please pray for these issues:  First, pray for our military. While morale among the troops is at an all-time low, the Pentagon has announced a plan that would end the prohibition against transgender military personnel (see FRC’s Responding to the Transgender Movement).  Pray also about the fact that activists are calling for the ouster of military chaplains. Pray for Aaron and Melissa Klein, who decided that they will not pay the $135,000 fine nor obey the gag order imposed by Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian pertaining to their decision not to bake a same-sex wedding cake (see 10 Questions). Give thanks to God for Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, who will not remove the Ten Commandments in the wake of that state’s Supreme Court ruling. Thank you for praying!

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Prayer Targets: Charleston Light; Columbus Revival; Call2Fall & PrayUSA; Supreme Court; Larry Hogan

Dear Praying Friends,

The nation continues to mourn the tragic murder of nine men and women in a Bible study in their Charleston, South Carolina church. While the pundits argue over human means of addressing such evil, we know that we “wrestle not against flesh and blood,” but against “spiritual wickedness in the spiritual realm” (Eph 6:10-20). We see this “spiritual wickedness” not only behind the senseless violence motivated by racism, but also behind the determined efforts to silence Christians and to permanently undermine our nation’s Judeo-Christian foundations. Yet in the midst of it all, there are also powerful signs of hope! Even in Charleston, the Christian testimonies of the shooting victims have been bought to light and the gracious and godly responses of their believing family and church members are shining like a bright light to a watching world, pointing us all to Jesus! What a contrast to rhetoric from the purveyors of racial division that has dominated the airwaves for many months. Amid all this, God promises that if we who believe in Him will humble ourselves and pray, seek His face and turn from our wicked ways, He will do what we cannot: heal our land (2 Chr 7:14)! God is our hope, our only hope!

Revival in Columbus, Ohio – Southern Baptists comprise the largest Protestant denomination in America. The network of independent churches has weathered the storms of time and cultural change, and prevailed against extraordinary pressures and internal efforts to water-down Scripture and embrace liberal views to which many other Protestant churches have succumbed. Indeed, many once-vital mainline churches have become spiritual graveyards where men and women, boys and girls can seek but have a tough time finding Biblical truth and new life in Christ. Some churches are now cheerleaders for a left-wing political agenda, attempting to give religious credence to same-sex “marriage,” abortion, anti-Israel politics, and more.

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