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The Romans built the most advanced system of roads the world had ever known, but that doesn’t mean travel was easy in New Testament times. Roman roads were built for military purposes, not comfort, and travelers either had to make their way by foot or, for the fortunate few, horse-drawn carriage. These ancient vehicles were rudimentary by modern standards, rough riding and certainly slow moving. A journey that today you might take in several hours by car would then have taken days or weeks. Then there were the roadside inns—notoriously dangerous and filthy, run by unscrupulous and shady characters.
Always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God’s will I may now at least succeed in coming to you.
Romans 1:10
With that in mind, read today’s scripture again. The apostle Paul took at least three missionary journeys – embracing the hazards of travel to visit and help his Christian brothers and sisters. Praying for them, he decided, was just the start.

As you pray for your leaders, your loved ones and your friends in America today, make your prayer the beginning, not the end, of your involvement. What else are you willing to do, what sacrifices are you willing to make, and where are you fearlessly willing to go…to make a difference for Him?
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National Day of Prayer on May 1, 2014 -- Click Here for more information

        Dear Prayer Team Member:

        We need your help today! The National Day of Prayer is quickly approaching. ONLY 6 DAYS AWAY. On May 1st, we will set aside a day for Americans to once again ask for God’s involvement in our country, its leaders and our military.

        Your Prayer Team plays a vital role in providing information and promotion for this sacred annual event, including:

  • Offering our annual prayer guide to nearly 97,000 churches in all 50 states.
  • Broadcasting “I Pray Radio,” our online streaming radio service starting the Monday prior to the National Day of Prayer. It will provide continuous hours of prayerful music and leadership prayers for thousands of listeners.
  • Conducting our online prayer rally, a place where people all across this nation can come together for concerted prayer.
  • Providing online streaming of the National Day of Prayer events being televised direct from Washington D.C. via GOD TV.

        All of these life-altering, faith-building outreaches are in place – and we need to raise additional financial support to replenish our general operational budget that makes all of this a reality. Right now, only 6 days awayfrom the National Day of Prayer, we need $35,850 to fully cover all the program and operational expenses through the first half of May.

        Will you help us meet these costs and, far more importantly, help us provide these incredible services to you and other praying Americans throughout the nation?

        Thank you for your partnership with this vital call for prayer for our nation.

        Your Prayer Team

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The debate over tighter voting laws

by Holly L. Meade

You need identification to buy alcohol, purchase a cell phone plan, board an airplane and enter a government building. Soon, you also may need it to vote. Recent actions taken by states to enhance the integrity of America‘s electoral process by requiring voter ID cards has caused quite a stir, particularly among liberals. 

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives wants to place a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot that—if approved by voters—would allow for a voter ID law. A second bill, to go into effect only if the amendment passes, would impose voter ID. Republicans point to the threat of voter fraud to justify the push, citing research commissioned by the non-partisan Pew Center on the States. The study revealed that more than 1.8 million deceased individuals are listed as active voters and approximately 2.75 million people have active registrations in more than one state. 

True the Vote—a citizen-led effort to restore truth, faith, and integrity to elections— states that in 2012 various counties in Indiana and Ohio had more registered voters than residents. In addition, 160 counties in 19 states had over 100 percent voter registration; and the Democrat Party of Florida and the National Council of La Raza are under investigation for alleged voter registration fraud.  More
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Penny Pritzker, Secretary of Commerce

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Walter Jones, U.S. Representative for North Carolina

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Judge G. Steven Agee, Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

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Will the new HHS Secretary score a touchdown?

by Dr. Tom Askew

As most Washington pundits predicted, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has resigned from the President’s cabinet, although many expected the announcement to come on the heels of the 2012 election. The new Secretary designate—subject to Senate approval—is former Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Sylvia Mathews Burwell. She is touted by President Obama as one who has “demonstrated her ability to field great teams, forge strong relationships, and deliver excellent results at the highest levels,” in both the public and private sectors. 

To those who believe successful national leadership means winning elections, this is a strategic response to the dip in popularity of the current administration on the heels of multiple problems with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) launch. Days after her resignation, former Secretary Sebelius spoke frankly in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” calling the Affordable Care Act rollout “terribly flawed” and asserting that the Obama administration’s original predictions about its timetable were “flat-out wrong.” 

While it is clear that the HealthCare.gov web site had glitches in its initial form, many reports have been documented about individuals for whom this plan has proved cost prohibitive, as well as deceptively marketed. Promises about keeping one’s own physician, the provision of market alternatives, and ease of implementation have regularly failed those seeking to enroll. Nevertheless, supporters of the ACA are claiming a victory, based on the number of enrollees exceeding the Obama administration’s target of seven million people.  More
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Millennials prefer substance over style

by James N. Watkins 

Pity the pastor, choir director or worship leader who has to select music for the weekend service. Traditional, contemporary or blended? (“Blended” simply means 50 percent of the congregation is annoyed 100 percent of the time). Hymnals or video projector? Clapping on beats one and three or on two and four? 

The worship wars’ first battle broke out in A.D. 200 when instrumental music was banned in most churches due to its association with, and I quote, “debauchery and immorality.” Lyres (which were early versions of guitars) were considered “pagan” and associated with prostitution. And everyone knows that sex and drugs lead to rock and roll! 

Congregational singing itself was a radical departure from tradition. From Solomon‘s temple (950 B.C.) to the gothic cathedrals of the 1300s, music was left to trained professionals. Ordinary people could only participate in worship with responsive readings and, of course, the offering. More
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President Obama is on a four-day trip to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines in order to reset his “Asia pivot” hoping to convince Pacific allies of the United States’ continued focus on them and their security.

In honor of Earth Week, Environmental Protection Agency Chief Gina McCarthy is on tour across the U.S. to promote President Obama’s climate change agenda and encourage the public with ways to reduce carbon pollution.
Pray for President Obama as he concludes his travels on Sunday and for wisdom in his foreign and domestic policies.
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Senator John McCain (Arizona) questioned the Administration’s resolve to stop Russia from helping armed separatists in eastern Ukraine. After Vice President Biden called on Russia to stop, McCain asked, “Or else, what?”

The District of Columbia’s attempts to decriminalize marijuana use may have met its match in D.C.Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton who is calling on Congress to overturn the District’s position.
Pray for wisdom for the members of the House and Senate as they deliberate on matters of local and foreign issues.
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The Supreme Court upheld a Michigan voter initiative that banned racial preference in admission to the state’s public universities by a 6-2 vote (Justice Kagan not voting), but it did not prohibit affirmative action policies.

A federal appeals court has ordered the U.S. government to release a redacted copy of a Justice Departmentmemo discussing the legal basis for using deadly drone strikes to kill an American citizen overseas.
Pray for America’s judges and the Justices of the Supreme Court as they deliberate cases impacting many citizens.
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THE WARS
A $375 million hole in the Afghan budget is threatening public projects and civil servants’ salaries, putting the aid-dependent economy under stress just as Afghanistan awaits a new leader and U.S. troops go home.

The number of troops in Afghanistan may fall significantly below the 10,000 minimum prerequisite laid out by U.S. military leaders to train Afghan forces as debate continues in the Pentagon about the U.S. footprint to remain there.
Pray about the difficult logistics and high costs of withdrawing troops and equipment from Afghanistan.
TERRORISM
The U.S. and Saudi Arabia have supplied Syrian rebel groups with a small number of advanced American antitank missiles for the first time in a pilot program that could lead to larger flows of sophisticated weaponry.

Boko Haran Islamist militants from Nigeria regularly come across the border into Niger looking for recruits, enticing young teens by offering them skinny jeans and red t-shirts, as some 500 people a week flee Nigeria seeking refuge.
Pray for people – in many cases, Christians – standing firm against Islamist militants around the world.
THE ECONOMY
The American middle class is no longer the most affluent in the world as Canada takes the number one spot, while the poor in the U.S. appear to be getting poorer, as the poor of much of Europe earn more than working poor in the U.S.

Even accounting for the extended winter weather, U.S. home resales fell to their lowest level in more than 1-1/2 years in March, quite a bit more than economists had expected, and a rebound did not appear to be in sight.
Pray about the ongoing sluggish American economy, and for the millions who remain unemployed.
ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST
The Palestinians would extend the current peace negotiations if Israel agrees to a three-month settlement construction freeze during which the sides would agree on borders of a future Palestinian state, PA President Abbas announced.

A seven-year-old rift between rival Palestinian factions seemingly ended Wednesday as officials from the PLO and Hamas agreed to form a unity government and call for new elections.
Pray about the Palestinian coalition and their ability to enter into further peace negotiations with Israel.
HEALTH CARE
A new computerized eye training program of daily visual workouts could up-end the long-held belief that glaucoma-related vision loss is irreversible, a new study shows. The workout involves the brain’s talent for learning new tricks.

Nearly half of the nation’s 38,329 drug overdose deaths in 2010 involved painkillers like hydrocodone and oxycodone, making many skeptical that a new pain-killing drug would not become more addictive and lethal.
Pray about the research and technologies being employed to overcome pain, disease and disabilities.
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Staying focused in the midst of trials

by Linda Gilden

Despite a seemingly insurmountable obstacle, Army Soldier Specialist Kevin Nguyen has never wavered in his desire and commitment to serving his country.

Nguyen’s career in the military began when he was 19. He knew he wanted to serve in the Army. Soon after he finished his basic and advanced individual training, Nguyen and his unit deployed to Afghanistan. After just three months in that country an improvised device exploded leaving Nguyen’s right foot severely injured. When his foot didn’t heal, doctors gave Nguyen a choice: a lifetime of medication, wheelchairs, and crutches or amputation and, with a prosthesis, up on his feet within a few months. 

Although a difficult decision, Nguyen opted for the amputation so he could remain active and hopefully continue his dream of serving his country.

“It was the hardest thing I have ever done,” Nguyen said. But determination trumped hard and just moments after he received his prosthetic, Nguyen stood on his own. His military dream was back on track.  More
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American Christian Wins Boston Marathon
Mebrahtom "Meb" Keflezighi, the first man among more than 35,000 runners competing inMonday‘s Boston Marathon to cross the finish line, was also being celebrated because he is the first American to claim the top spot in more than 30 years.

The Olympic medalist, who believes God called him to run, completed the 26.2-mile race ahead of other male competitors in 2 hours, 8 minutes and 37 seconds.  More
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            Dear Prayer Team Member:

            We need your help today! The National Day of Prayer is quickly approaching. ONLY 6 DAYS AWAY. On May 1st, we will set aside a day for Americans to once again ask for God’s involvement in our country, its leaders and our military.

            Your Prayer Team plays a vital role in providing information and promotion for this sacred annual event, including:

    • Offering our annual prayer guide to nearly 97,000 churches in all 50 states.
    • Broadcasting “I Pray Radio,” our online streaming radio service starting the Monday prior to the National Day of Prayer. It will provide continuous hours of prayerful music and leadership prayers for thousands of listeners.
    • Conducting our online prayer rally, a place where people all across this nation can come together for concerted prayer.
    • Providing online streaming of the National Day of Prayer events being televised direct from Washington D.C. via GOD TV.

            All of these life-altering, faith-building outreaches are in place – and we need to raise additional financial support to replenish our general operational budget that makes all of this a reality. Right now, only 6 days awayfrom the National Day of Prayer, we need $35,850 to fully cover all the program and operational expenses through the first half of May.

            Will you help us meet these costs and, far more importantly, help us provide these incredible services to you and other praying Americans throughout the nation?



            Thank you for your partnership with this vital call for prayer for our nation.

            Your Prayer Team

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    by Holly L. Meade

    You need identification to buy alcohol, purchase a cell phone plan, board an airplane and enter a government building. Soon, you also may need it to vote. Recent actions taken by states to enhance the integrity of America‘s electoral process by requiring voter ID cards has caused quite a stir, particularly among liberals. 

    The Republican-controlled House of Representatives wants to place a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot that—if approved by voters—would allow for a voter ID law. A second bill, to go into effect only if the amendment passes, would impose voter ID. Republicans point to the threat of voter fraud to justify the push, citing research commissioned by the non-partisan Pew Center on the States. The study revealed that more than 1.8 million deceased individuals are listed as active voters and approximately 2.75 million people have active registrations in more than one state. 

    True the Vote—a citizen-led effort to restore truth, faith, and integrity to elections— states that in 2012 various counties in Indiana and Ohio had more registered voters than residents. In addition, 160 counties in 19 states had over 100 percent voter registration; and the Democrat Party of Florida and the National Council of La Raza are under investigation for alleged voter registration fraud.  More
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    Traveling aboard Air Force One with President Obama, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said businesses spend $400 billion a year to train their workers. She said a goal of new presidential programs will encourage employers to make that training available to others. More
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    Walter Jones, U.S. Representative for North Carolina

    Representative Walter Jones and other lawmakers are pressuring the Air Force to modify its rules that limited top officials’ expression of their religious beliefs. Current regulations limits on free speech and religion in leadership are both unnecessary and unconstitutional, the lawmakers wrote in a letter.More
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    The senior enlisted advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps. Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, answered questions from the total force on the premier of the Pentagon Channel’s “Troop Talk” program that covers topics from women’s roles in combat to hiring veterans. Battaglia answered questions submitted through social media outlets and from studio audience members. More
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    Judge G. Steven Agee, Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

    A federal appeals court has upheld a contempt of court citation against an email service provider used by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. Snowden had used an encrypted email account from the provider. More
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    Sebelius Passes To Burwell
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    Will the new HHS Secretary score a touchdown?

    by Dr. Tom Askew

    As most Washington pundits predicted, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has resigned from the President’s cabinet, although many expected the announcement to come on the heels of the 2012 election. The new Secretary designate—subject to Senate approval—is former Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Sylvia Mathews Burwell. She is touted by President Obama as one who has “demonstrated her ability to field great teams, forge strong relationships, and deliver excellent results at the highest levels,” in both the public and private sectors. 

    To those who believe successful national leadership means winning elections, this is a strategic response to the dip in popularity of the current administration on the heels of multiple problems with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) launch. Days after her resignation, former Secretary Sebelius spoke frankly in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” calling the Affordable Care Act rollout “terribly flawed” and asserting that the Obama administration’s original predictions about its timetable were “flat-out wrong.” 

    While it is clear that the HealthCare.gov web site had glitches in its initial form, many reports have been documented about individuals for whom this plan has proved cost prohibitive, as well as deceptively marketed. Promises about keeping one’s own physician, the provision of market alternatives, and ease of implementation have regularly failed those seeking to enroll. Nevertheless, supporters of the ACA are claiming a victory, based on the number of enrollees exceeding the Obama administration’s target of seven million people.  More
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    Calling Truce In “Worship Wars”
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    Millennials prefer substance over style

    by James N. Watkins 

    Pity the pastor, choir director or worship leader who has to select music for the weekend service. Traditional, contemporary or blended? (“Blended” simply means 50 percent of the congregation is annoyed 100 percent of the time). Hymnals or video projector? Clapping on beats one and three or on two and four? 

    The worship wars’ first battle broke out in A.D. 200 when instrumental music was banned in most churches due to its association with, and I quote, “debauchery and immorality.” Lyres (which were early versions of guitars) were considered “pagan” and associated with prostitution. And everyone knows that sex and drugs lead to rock and roll! 

    Congregational singing itself was a radical departure from tradition. From Solomon‘s temple (950 B.C.) to the gothic cathedrals of the 1300s, music was left to trained professionals. Ordinary people could only participate in worship with responsive readings and, of course, the offering. More
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    President Obama is on a four-day trip to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines in order to reset his “Asia pivot” hoping to convince Pacific allies of the United States’ continued focus on them and their security.

    In honor of Earth Week, Environmental Protection Agency Chief Gina McCarthy is on tour across the U.S. to promote President Obama’s climate change agenda and encourage the public with ways to reduce carbon pollution.
    Pray for President Obama as he concludes his travels on Sunday and for wisdom in his foreign and domestic policies.
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    Senator John McCain (Arizona) questioned the Administration’s resolve to stop Russia from helping armed separatists in eastern Ukraine. After Vice President Biden called on Russia to stop, McCain asked, “Or else, what?”

    The District of Columbia’s attempts to decriminalize marijuana use may have met its match in D.C.Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton who is calling on Congress to overturn the District’s position.
    Pray for wisdom for the members of the House and Senate as they deliberate on matters of local and foreign issues.
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    The Supreme Court upheld a Michigan voter initiative that banned racial preference in admission to the state’s public universities by a 6-2 vote (Justice Kagan not voting), but it did not prohibit affirmative action policies.

    A federal appeals court has ordered the U.S. government to release a redacted copy of a Justice Departmentmemo discussing the legal basis for using deadly drone strikes to kill an American citizen overseas.
    Pray for America’s judges and the Justices of the Supreme Court as they deliberate cases impacting many citizens.
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    THE WARS
    A $375 million hole in the Afghan budget is threatening public projects and civil servants’ salaries, putting the aid-dependent economy under stress just as Afghanistan awaits a new leader and U.S. troops go home.

    The number of troops in Afghanistan may fall significantly below the 10,000 minimum prerequisite laid out by U.S. military leaders to train Afghan forces as debate continues in the Pentagon about the U.S. footprint to remain there.
    Pray about the difficult logistics and high costs of withdrawing troops and equipment from Afghanistan.
    TERRORISM
    The U.S. and Saudi Arabia have supplied Syrian rebel groups with a small number of advanced American antitank missiles for the first time in a pilot program that could lead to larger flows of sophisticated weaponry.

    Boko Haran Islamist militants from Nigeria regularly come across the border into Niger looking for recruits, enticing young teens by offering them skinny jeans and red t-shirts, as some 500 people a week flee Nigeria seeking refuge.
    Pray for people – in many cases, Christians – standing firm against Islamist militants around the world.
    THE ECONOMY
    The American middle class is no longer the most affluent in the world as Canada takes the number one spot, while the poor in the U.S. appear to be getting poorer, as the poor of much of Europe earn more than working poor in the U.S.

    Even accounting for the extended winter weather, U.S. home resales fell to their lowest level in more than 1-1/2 years in March, quite a bit more than economists had expected, and a rebound did not appear to be in sight.
    Pray about the ongoing sluggish American economy, and for the millions who remain unemployed.
    ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST
    The Palestinians would extend the current peace negotiations if Israel agrees to a three-month settlement construction freeze during which the sides would agree on borders of a future Palestinian state, PA President Abbas announced.

    A seven-year-old rift between rival Palestinian factions seemingly ended Wednesday as officials from the PLO and Hamas agreed to form a unity government and call for new elections.
    Pray about the Palestinian coalition and their ability to enter into further peace negotiations with Israel.
    HEALTH CARE
    A new computerized eye training program of daily visual workouts could up-end the long-held belief that glaucoma-related vision loss is irreversible, a new study shows. The workout involves the brain’s talent for learning new tricks.

    Nearly half of the nation’s 38,329 drug overdose deaths in 2010 involved painkillers like hydrocodone and oxycodone, making many skeptical that a new pain-killing drug would not become more addictive and lethal.
    Pray about the research and technologies being employed to overcome pain, disease and disabilities.
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    A Hero’s Stance
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    Staying focused in the midst of trials

    by Linda Gilden

    Despite a seemingly insurmountable obstacle, Army Soldier Specialist Kevin Nguyen has never wavered in his desire and commitment to serving his country.

    Nguyen’s career in the military began when he was 19. He knew he wanted to serve in the Army. Soon after he finished his basic and advanced individual training, Nguyen and his unit deployed to Afghanistan. After just three months in that country an improvised device exploded leaving Nguyen’s right foot severely injured. When his foot didn’t heal, doctors gave Nguyen a choice: a lifetime of medication, wheelchairs, and crutches or amputation and, with a prosthesis, up on his feet within a few months. 

    Although a difficult decision, Nguyen opted for the amputation so he could remain active and hopefully continue his dream of serving his country.

    “It was the hardest thing I have ever done,” Nguyen said. But determination trumped hard and just moments after he received his prosthetic, Nguyen stood on his own. His military dream was back on track.  More
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    Boston Marathon
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    American Christian Wins Boston Marathon
    Mebrahtom "Meb" Keflezighi, the first man among more than 35,000 runners competing inMonday‘s Boston Marathon to cross the finish line, was also being celebrated because he is the first American to claim the top spot in more than 30 years.

    The Olympic medalist, who believes God called him to run, completed the 26.2-mile race ahead of other male competitors in 2 hours, 8 minutes and 37 seconds.  
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    National Day of Prayer on May 1, 2014 -- Click Here for more information

            Dear Prayer Team Member:

            We need your help today! The National Day of Prayer is quickly approaching. ONLY 6 DAYS AWAY. On May 1st, we will set aside a day for Americans to once again ask for God’s involvement in our country, its leaders and our military.

            Your Prayer Team plays a vital role in providing information and promotion for this sacred annual event, including:

    • Offering our annual prayer guide to nearly 97,000 churches in all 50 states.
    • Broadcasting “I Pray Radio,” our online streaming radio service starting the Monday prior to the National Day of Prayer. It will provide continuous hours of prayerful music and leadership prayers for thousands of listeners.
    • Conducting our online prayer rally, a place where people all across this nation can come together for concerted prayer.
    • Providing online streaming of the National Day of Prayer events being televised direct from Washington D.C. via GOD TV.

            All of these life-altering, faith-building outreaches are in place – and we need to raise additional financial support to replenish our general operational budget that makes all of this a reality. Right now, only 6 days awayfrom the National Day of Prayer, we need $35,850 to fully cover all the program and operational expenses through the first half of May.

            Will you help us meet these costs and, far more importantly, help us provide these incredible services to you and other praying Americans throughout the nation?

            Thank you for your partnership with this vital call for prayer for our nation.

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    Your ID Please?
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    The debate over tighter voting laws

    by Holly L. Meade

    You need identification to buy alcohol, purchase a cell phone plan, board an airplane and enter a government building. Soon, you also may need it to vote. Recent actions taken by states to enhance the integrity of America‘s electoral process by requiring voter ID cards has caused quite a stir, particularly among liberals. 

    The Republican-controlled House of Representatives wants to place a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot that—if approved by voters—would allow for a voter ID law. A second bill, to go into effect only if the amendment passes, would impose voter ID. Republicans point to the threat of voter fraud to justify the push, citing research commissioned by the non-partisan Pew Center on the States. The study revealed that more than 1.8 million deceased individuals are listed as active voters and approximately 2.75 million people have active registrations in more than one state. 

    True the Vote—a citizen-led effort to restore truth, faith, and integrity to elections— states that in 2012 various counties in Indiana and Ohio had more registered voters than residents. In addition, 160 counties in 19 states had over 100 percent voter registration; and the Democrat Party of Florida and the National Council of La Raza are under investigation for alleged voter registration fraud.  More
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    Penny Pritzker, Secretary of Commerce

    Traveling aboard Air Force One with President Obama, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said businesses spend $400 billion a year to train their workers. She said a goal of new presidential programs will encourage employers to make that training available to others. More
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    Walter Jones, U.S. Representative for North Carolina

    Representative Walter Jones and other lawmakers are pressuring the Air Force to modify its rules that limited top officials’ expression of their religious beliefs. Current regulations limits on free speech and religion in leadership are both unnecessary and unconstitutional, the lawmakers wrote in a letter.More
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    Bryan B. Battaglia, Marine Corps Sergeant Major

    The senior enlisted advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps. Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, answered questions from the total force on the premier of the Pentagon Channel’s “Troop Talk” program that covers topics from women’s roles in combat to hiring veterans. Battaglia answered questions submitted through social media outlets and from studio audience members. More
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    Judge G. Steven Agee, Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

    A federal appeals court has upheld a contempt of court citation against an email service provider used by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. Snowden had used an encrypted email account from the provider. More
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    Sebelius Passes To Burwell
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    Will the new HHS Secretary score a touchdown?

    by Dr. Tom Askew

    As most Washington pundits predicted, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has resigned from the President’s cabinet, although many expected the announcement to come on the heels of the 2012 election. The new Secretary designate—subject to Senate approval—is former Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Sylvia Mathews Burwell. She is touted by President Obama as one who has “demonstrated her ability to field great teams, forge strong relationships, and deliver excellent results at the highest levels,” in both the public and private sectors. 

    To those who believe successful national leadership means winning elections, this is a strategic response to the dip in popularity of the current administration on the heels of multiple problems with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) launch. Days after her resignation, former Secretary Sebelius spoke frankly in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” calling the Affordable Care Act rollout “terribly flawed” and asserting that the Obama administration’s original predictions about its timetable were “flat-out wrong.” 

    While it is clear that the HealthCare.gov web site had glitches in its initial form, many reports have been documented about individuals for whom this plan has proved cost prohibitive, as well as deceptively marketed. Promises about keeping one’s own physician, the provision of market alternatives, and ease of implementation have regularly failed those seeking to enroll. Nevertheless, supporters of the ACA are claiming a victory, based on the number of enrollees exceeding the Obama administration’s target of seven million people.  More
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    Calling Truce In “Worship Wars”
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    Millennials prefer substance over style

    by James N. Watkins 

    Pity the pastor, choir director or worship leader who has to select music for the weekend service. Traditional, contemporary or blended? (“Blended” simply means 50 percent of the congregation is annoyed 100 percent of the time). Hymnals or video projector? Clapping on beats one and three or on two and four? 

    The worship wars’ first battle broke out in A.D. 200 when instrumental music was banned in most churches due to its association with, and I quote, “debauchery and immorality.” Lyres (which were early versions of guitars) were considered “pagan” and associated with prostitution. And everyone knows that sex and drugs lead to rock and roll! 

    Congregational singing itself was a radical departure from tradition. From Solomon‘s temple (950 B.C.) to the gothic cathedrals of the 1300s, music was left to trained professionals. Ordinary people could only participate in worship with responsive readings and, of course, the offering. More
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    Visit the Prayer Team's website to vote & results
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    President Obama is on a four-day trip to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines in order to reset his “Asia pivot” hoping to convince Pacific allies of the United States’ continued focus on them and their security.

    In honor of Earth Week, Environmental Protection Agency Chief Gina McCarthy is on tour across the U.S. to promote President Obama’s climate change agenda and encourage the public with ways to reduce carbon pollution.
    Pray for President Obama as he concludes his travels on Sunday and for wisdom in his foreign and domestic policies.
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    Senator John McCain (Arizona) questioned the Administration’s resolve to stop Russia from helping armed separatists in eastern Ukraine. After Vice President Biden called on Russia to stop, McCain asked, “Or else, what?”

    The District of Columbia’s attempts to decriminalize marijuana use may have met its match in D.C.Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton who is calling on Congress to overturn the District’s position.
    Pray for wisdom for the members of the House and Senate as they deliberate on matters of local and foreign issues.
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    The Supreme Court upheld a Michigan voter initiative that banned racial preference in admission to the state’s public universities by a 6-2 vote (Justice Kagan not voting), but it did not prohibit affirmative action policies.

    A federal appeals court has ordered the U.S. government to release a redacted copy of a Justice Departmentmemo discussing the legal basis for using deadly drone strikes to kill an American citizen overseas.
    Pray for America’s judges and the Justices of the Supreme Court as they deliberate cases impacting many citizens.
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    THE WARS
    A $375 million hole in the Afghan budget is threatening public projects and civil servants’ salaries, putting the aid-dependent economy under stress just as Afghanistan awaits a new leader and U.S. troops go home.

    The number of troops in Afghanistan may fall significantly below the 10,000 minimum prerequisite laid out by U.S. military leaders to train Afghan forces as debate continues in the Pentagon about the U.S. footprint to remain there.
    Pray about the difficult logistics and high costs of withdrawing troops and equipment from Afghanistan.
    TERRORISM
    The U.S. and Saudi Arabia have supplied Syrian rebel groups with a small number of advanced American antitank missiles for the first time in a pilot program that could lead to larger flows of sophisticated weaponry.

    Boko Haran Islamist militants from Nigeria regularly come across the border into Niger looking for recruits, enticing young teens by offering them skinny jeans and red t-shirts, as some 500 people a week flee Nigeria seeking refuge.
    Pray for people – in many cases, Christians – standing firm against Islamist militants around the world.
    THE ECONOMY
    The American middle class is no longer the most affluent in the world as Canada takes the number one spot, while the poor in the U.S. appear to be getting poorer, as the poor of much of Europe earn more than working poor in the U.S.

    Even accounting for the extended winter weather, U.S. home resales fell to their lowest level in more than 1-1/2 years in March, quite a bit more than economists had expected, and a rebound did not appear to be in sight.
    Pray about the ongoing sluggish American economy, and for the millions who remain unemployed.
    ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST
    The Palestinians would extend the current peace negotiations if Israel agrees to a three-month settlement construction freeze during which the sides would agree on borders of a future Palestinian state, PA President Abbas announced.

    A seven-year-old rift between rival Palestinian factions seemingly ended Wednesday as officials from the PLO and Hamas agreed to form a unity government and call for new elections.
    Pray about the Palestinian coalition and their ability to enter into further peace negotiations with Israel.
    HEALTH CARE
    A new computerized eye training program of daily visual workouts could up-end the long-held belief that glaucoma-related vision loss is irreversible, a new study shows. The workout involves the brain’s talent for learning new tricks.

    Nearly half of the nation’s 38,329 drug overdose deaths in 2010 involved painkillers like hydrocodone and oxycodone, making many skeptical that a new pain-killing drug would not become more addictive and lethal.
    Pray about the research and technologies being employed to overcome pain, disease and disabilities.
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    A Hero’s Stance
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    Staying focused in the midst of trials

    by Linda Gilden

    Despite a seemingly insurmountable obstacle, Army Soldier Specialist Kevin Nguyen has never wavered in his desire and commitment to serving his country.

    Nguyen’s career in the military began when he was 19. He knew he wanted to serve in the Army. Soon after he finished his basic and advanced individual training, Nguyen and his unit deployed to Afghanistan. After just three months in that country an improvised device exploded leaving Nguyen’s right foot severely injured. When his foot didn’t heal, doctors gave Nguyen a choice: a lifetime of medication, wheelchairs, and crutches or amputation and, with a prosthesis, up on his feet within a few months. 

    Although a difficult decision, Nguyen opted for the amputation so he could remain active and hopefully continue his dream of serving his country.

    “It was the hardest thing I have ever done,” Nguyen said. But determination trumped hard and just moments after he received his prosthetic, Nguyen stood on his own. His military dream was back on track.  More
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    American Christian Wins Boston Marathon
    Mebrahtom "Meb" Keflezighi, the first man among more than 35,000 runners competing inMonday‘s Boston Marathon to cross the finish line, was also being celebrated because he is the first American to claim the top spot in more than 30 years.

    The Olympic medalist, who believes God called him to run, completed the 26.2-mile race ahead of other male competitors in 2 hours, 8 minutes and 37 seconds.  More
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  • The Moth and the Bat
    Who has the best ears in the animal kingdom? It’s not the adorable long-eared rabbit. Actually, the tiny Greater Wax Moth responds to sound frequencies up to 300 kilohertz, the highest recorded for any creature in the natural world. The humble moth’s hearing is more than just a cool superpower; it’s essentially his only hope in outmaneuvering his natural predator, the sonar-driven bat.
    Cease to hear instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.
    Proverbs 19:27
    Think about the moth and bat as you read today’s verse. As a follower of Christ, you have an enemy seeking to destroy the good work God is doing in your life. The good news is there is no temptation, oppression, or slavery Christ has not already overcome. Even so, the key to escaping the clutches of your adversary is in listening. When you carefully attend to God’s words, He can faithfully lead you out of danger.

    As you pray today, include your fellow believers in public service who may be secretly captivated by sin and are struggling to respond to God’s voice. Then pray that God’s people in America will be united in listening to His instruction and embracing His power so they can live rescued lives, set apart by what they have heard.
    Recommended Reading: Psalm 34:8-18  Click to Read or Listen
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    Advocacy Group Pressure
    Morality in America
    LGBTQ requests NCAA sever ties with faith-based campuses
    By Candy Arrington
    Campus Pride, an organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students, made a formal request to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) asking it to sever ties with religious campuses that hold Title IX waivers.
    Title IX is an amendment to the U. S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights code intended to protect people from discrimination, because of sex, in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. Schools began seeking waivers in 2014 when Title IX added “transgender” to the list. In most cases, faith-based campuses request waivers because they feel the language in Title IX is inconsistent with the faith and values statement of the college or university.
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    Valerie Jarrett, Senior Adviser to the President

    President Obama’s senior adviser is demanding “gender biases” be removed from media and toys. “We know so many of our young children have those biases and it’s our collective responsibility to try to change the culture, and changing culture is not necessarily easy and it doesn’t happen overnight,” said Valerie Jarrett to a group of business leaders and educators at a White House conference. More
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    Ryan Zinke, United States Representative for Montana

    Representative Ryan Zinke of Montana has slammed the Obama Administration for using “bait-and-switch” tactics to expedite the processing of Syrian refugees to the U.S., a day after the first refugees arrived in Kansas City as part of a new surge program. “President Obama has once again misled the American people and members of Congress in order to get his way,” Zinke said.More



    Admiral Michael Rogers, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command

    The head of U.S. Cyber Command told Congress that his command should be elevated to become its own unified combatant command, a move that would make it one of the most powerful institutions in the Defense Department. “A combatant commander designation would allow us to be faster, which would generate better mission outcomes,” Admiral Michael Rogers told the Senate Armed Services Committee. More



    Judge Greg Holder, Florida Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court

    A new mental health court is being established in Florida to keep jails from becoming repositories for the mentally ill. Judge Greg Holder says the new system will mean positive changes for the Hillsborough County courthouse. “Unfortunately, our jails and our prisons have become a repository for those Floridians who have significant mental health issues and that’s not justice,” Judge Holder said. More

    Task Force Obama
    Inside Washington
    Why is the White House cutting anti-terror funds?
    By Jim Ray
    The first mistake was the notion that the enemy would be frightened. They were not. The second mistake was a lack of proper equipment. And, the third mistake was a profound lack of preparation. Intertwined with all of that was incredible arrogance and enormous ineptitude. Not many Americans today remember the infamous debacle of Task Force Smith, but ask a military historian, and they will tell you all about it.
    On the heels of World War II and America’s rise as a nuclear superpower, the nation’s leaders became complacent. There was an assumption that no one would dare stand up to the United States. Then, on June 25, 1950, North Korea invaded its neighbor to the south, the Republic of South Korea. The U.S. Army assembled a unit, led by Lieutenant Colonel Charles Bradford Smith, to stop the advancing communists. Smith’s forces had almost no intelligence, was equipped with obsolete weaponry, and were badly outnumbered. They were utterly – and quickly – smashed. Task Force Smith is a classic lesson in the dangers of unpreparedness. One wonders if President Obama has read about it, given his decision to drastically cut anti-terror spending—angering even his staunchest political allies.
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    Apathy Among Christian Voters
    Pray The Vote
    Poll shows Evangelicals least engaged in 2016 campaign
    By Bill Noles Jr.
    Evangelicals are the least engaged in the 2016 presidential campaign compared to other major faith groups. That’s the surprising finding from a new online poll conducted by The Barna Group. Only one out of five Evangelicals said they were following news about the campaign very closely.
    Voters who associate with non-Christian faiths (such as Judaism, Islam and Buddhism) reported the highest level of engagement: 41 percent were following campaign news very closely – roughly twice the number of evangelical Christians. Even religious skeptics (atheists, agnostics and unaffiliated) were substantially more engaged in the race with 36 percent.
    In another unusual twist, 38 percent of Catholic voters reported paying closer attention to the race than Protestants. In the past four presidential elections, the reverse was true.
    George Barna, special analyst for the 2016 election polling, stated that the 2016 election is “a constant source of the unexpected” after seeing the survey results taken in February of this year.
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    The White House has demanded a Maryland Super PAC pull an ad backing Representative Donna Edwards for Senate, calling it “misleading,” on the issue of gun control, one of President Obama’s open legacy goals.

    Secretary of State John Kerry suggested President Obama is eying a potentially historic trip to the “gut-wrenching” Hiroshima memorial next month when he will be visiting Japan for an international summit.
    Pray about President Obama’s increasing involvement in politics, and about his coming trip to Japan.


    Representative Hal Rogers (Kentucky), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said he would support immediate action on supplemental funding to fight the Zika virus, but needs precise numbers from the White House.

    House Speaker Paul Ryan (Wisconsin) tried Tuesday to “put an end once and for all” to rampant speculation about his 2016 ambitions, ruling out a late-stage bid for the Republican presidential nomination, saying, “Count me out!”
    Pray for Congress as it works to conclude a budget deal, and for all who are seeking re-election.


    The 26-state challenge to the Obama Administration’simmigration policy, scheduled for Supreme Court oral arguments next Wednesday, could hinge on federal supplemental funding for Texas’ drivers’ license fees.

    A group of California teachers is asking the Supreme Court to reconsider hearing a case over whether public sector employees can be forced to pay union fees, based on the circumstance of the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
    Pray for wisdom for members of the Court, and for clarity among the attorneys arguing cases before them.

    WARS AND TERRORISM
    ISIS numbers are at their lowest levels since 2014 after wave of military action in Iraq and Syria. The territory held by ISIS extremists has been reduced by 40 percent in Iraq and 10 percent in Syria in the last year, officials say.

    The Taliban announced the start of their spring offensive in Afghanistan, pledging to launch large-scale actions using suicide bombers and guerilla attacks against government strongholds to drive the U.S.-backed government from power.
    Pray about the war actions against Islamic terror groups, whether ISIS, the Taliban, al Qaeda or others.
    FOREIGN INTERESTS & CONFLICTS
    U.S. intelligence satellites have spotted signs that North Korea may be preparing for an unprecedented launch of a mobile ballistic missile which could potentially be capable of hitting portions of the United States.

    One out of every five suicide bombers deployed by Boko Haram in the past two years has been a child, usually a girl – using 44 in attacks last year, with the youngest thought to be 8 years old. It is 2 years since the Chibok kidnapping.
    Pray that any launch by North Korea against the U.S. will fail; pray for the kidnapped African children.
    ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST
    The key to fending off the latest Palestinian attempt to get Israel condemned at the United Nations lies withPresident Barack Obama, potentially further alienating Israel, America’s staunchest ally in the Middle East.

    Israel has carried out dozens of strikes against Hezbollah to prevent the Lebanese group from obtaining advanced weapons from Syria and Iran, by involvement in a series of air strikes in Syria.
    Pray about the strength of the relationship between the United States and Israel, especially before the UN.
    THE ECONOMY
    Regulators on Wednesday flunked most big banks on a key test of whether they’re still too big to fail, rejecting their plans for winding themselves down in a crisis. The no-confidence vote puts into question the Dodd-Frank bailout law.

    The U.S. economy is facing a new “impossible trinity” that will most likely create major headaches for investors in stocks and bonds alike. They are higher wages, higher profits and more inflation, putting the Fed on edge.
    Pray about the major aspects of the U.S. economy and how they impact the pocket books of average Americans.
    HEALTH CARE AND EDUCATION
    Researchers have discovered a gene linked to the risk of stroke that could lead to a better understanding of the devastating condition and how to prevent it. It might also have a connection to depression and dementia.

    Senator Lamar Alexander (Tennessee) accused theDepartment of Education of overstepping its authority and trying to work around a provision that says federal funding must be used to supplement local spending on education.
    Pray about levels of funding necessary for medical researchers, and use of federal funds on education.

    Introspection from a Saudi Muslim
    View Point
    Will others heed her challenge?
    By Nikolas Grosfield
    “Her life may even be in danger for writing this!”
    That was the reply of an American woman who lived four years in the Middle East—mostly in Qatar—to a recent article by a female Saudi journalist in Qatar. The American’s husband lived somewhat longer in the region, and he tentatively agreed, although thankfully both of them are wrong – so far. The husband also happens to be yours truly.
    The Saudi’s name is Nadine al-Budair, and her article shamelessly asks how her fellow Muslims would feel if Christians were carrying out suicide attacks all over the Middle East. In just one of seven “imagine” paragraphs in her commentary, al-Budair writes the following:
    “Imagine a Western youth coming here and carrying out a suicide mission in one of our public squares in the name of the Cross. Imagine that two skyscrapers had collapsed in some Arab capital, and that an extremist Christian group, donning millennium-old garb, had emerged to take responsibility for the event.”
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    Legacy of Faith
    Joshua was a brilliant military leader and a strong spiritual influence. Yet the key to Joshua’s success was his submission to the Lord. As a result, Israel remained faithful to God throughout his lifetime. In fact, after the Israelites safely crossed the Jordan River, Joshua asked someone from each of the 12 tribes to retrieve a stone for a memorial. Not only did Joshua build the memorial that He commanded, but he also built one in the middle of the Jordan. The purpose was to allow future generations to remember the power of the Lord.
    These stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.
    Joshua 4:7
    The Bible is full of examples where God’s power has prevailed in the midst of chaos. So when your circumstances seem impossible, run to His Word for encouragement.Then write down the lessons you learn about His faithfulness. Share those milestones with the children in your life so they may understand His promises to them.

    As you thank your Heavenly Father for His faithfulness each day, remember to intercede for America’s leaders. Pray they will return this nation to its biblical foundation and leave a God-honoring legacy to future generations.
    Recommended Reading: Psalm 105:1-9 Click to Read or Listen
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    New Rule Lets Federal Government Easily Hack Millions Of Computers
    Federal agents armed with a single search warrant will be able to hack millions of Americans'' computers unless Congress acts to block a new rule from taking effect in December.
    Paul Ryan Says He Can’t Support Donald Trump “For Now”
    House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, the nation’s highest-ranking elected Republican, says he is “not ready” to endorse Donald J. Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee.
    Israel Launches Airstrikes Against Hamas Targets in Gaza
    Israel''s military says its aircraft hit targets in Gaza after gunmen there fired a rocket at southern Israel. No injuries were reported in the strike or the earlier attack from Gaza.
    Mitt Romney Won’t Attend GOP Nominating Convention in Cleveland
    Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, plans to skip this summer''s Republican National Convention in Cleveland where Donald Trump will be officially nominated as the party’s presidential candidate.
    U.S. Jobless Claims Rise as Planned Layoffs Surge
    The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week, posting the biggest gain in more than a year while planned layoffs are on the rise.
    USDA Announces Final E-cigarette Rule That May Virtually Ban Them
    Electronic cigarettes will soon be regulated the same way as tobacco cigarettes, according to a new federal rule issued on Thursday, which also bans their sale to children.
    ISIS Routed From Ramadi, But City Is Destroyed
    Not a single structure still stands in the Iraqi city of Ramadi’s Haji Ziad Square, where looking in every direction gives the viewer a picture of devastation.
    Social Security Administration Seeks To Block Mentally Ill from Buying Guns
    The Social Security Administration (SSA) is proposing to report people who receive disability benefits and have a mental health condition to the FBI’s background check system.
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    Are Boycotts Biblical?

    Morality in America

    How should Christians respond to worldly behavior?

    By James N. Watkins

    Target’s official policy to allow trangendered customers use the restroom that corresponds to their identity rather than anatomy, has inspired a nationwide boycott of the large retailer.

    Boycotts do have a precedent in Scripture. Daniel and his three friends refused to eat the Babylonian cuisine and denied government orders. Early Christians boycotted pagan temples of fertility gods, refused to buy meat offered to idols, and wouldn’t worship the Roman emperor as a god.

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    John B. King, Jr., Secretary of Education

    Education Secretary John B. King, Jr. announced a proposal by the Department of Education to ask higher education institutions to remove barriers that are keeping students from getting a college education or job training because they have been involved in the criminal justice system in the past. The barriers affect those who have been arrested but not convicted, convicted but never incarcerated or formerly incarcerated. More

    James Lankford, United States Senator from Oklahoma

    More than 90 percent of the United States Congress identify themselves as Christian, compared to 70 percent of the general public. At a recent Senate discussion, members of Congress talked about how they balance faith and politics. Oklahoma Senator James Lankford said “It affects everything.”More

    General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, NATO Supreme Allied Commander

    The new Supreme Allied Commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, U.S. Army General Curtis Scaparrotti, says the alliance should possibly arm Ukraine in its struggle against pro-Russian separatists in East Ukraine. This is a game changer for the Kremlin and U.S.-Russian relations. More
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    Chief Justice Mark S. Cady, Supreme Court of Iowa

    The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled a child not yet born at the time of a parent’s death can still be awarded damages for the wrongful loss of parental companionship. Despite the clear implications about when life begins, the court tried to distance its decision from the abortion debate. More
    What is the Price of Change?

    Inside Washington

    Federal regulations silently drain the economy

    By Carol Hatcher

    Have you heard the one about federal regulations and the $1.885 trillion? No, it’s not a joke; although, many may wish it were. According to the 2016 edition of “Ten Thousand Commandments,” an annual survey of federal regulations and how they affect the consumer, businesses and the nation’s overall economy, the federal regulatory cost in 2015 was a whopping $1.885 trillion. No joke!

    These regulations are often referred to as “the hidden tax,” as the report shows they cost each American household nearly $15,000 a year. Compliance with these regulations has a total cost greater than that collected by the IRS in personal and corporate taxes in 2015. While not laws, these regulations are permanent rules put into effect by federal agencies and published in the Federal Register. The current Code of Regulations document is more than 81,000 pages long. Many businesses can’t keep up with the rules because there are so many of them.

    More
    Is It a Sin to Sit It Out?

    Pray The Vote

    If Christians don't vote, theere will be consequences

    By Jim Ray

    Imagine an alternative version of 2016 in which Hillary Clinton is not the leading presidential candidate but is instead the mostly-forgotten wife of a failed candidate. Suppose that in “man on the street” television interviews, millennials are stumped when asked, “Who was Hillary Clinton?” And imagine that only long-in-the-tooth political junkies would know that Hillary Clinton was the one who helped derail her husband’s 1992 White House bid with an ill-advised remark deriding stay-at-home moms who baked cookies instead of pursuing professional careers.

    Of course, the reality is that everyone knows of Hillary Clinton. Her husband didn’t fail, and she made her mark as First Lady for eight years, a role that elevated her position in the national spotlight, propelled her to a senate seat, then to secretary of state and now, as candidate for president for the second time. And all of it was facilitated by citizens—conservatives and Christians, primarily—who once decided to “send a message” to Washington because they were disgusted with the way things were being done … a message that backfired badly. Could it be the same thing is now happening in 2016?

    More

    President Barack Obama says protecting LGBT rights worldwide remains an essential goal during his remaining time in office. “It is a specific focus of our engagement around the world,” he said. 

    Responding to 3-hour wait lines and missed flights, theTransportation Security Administration is sending more bomb-sniffing dogs – and bomb-detecting people – to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, the agency said.
    Pray about President Obama’s priorities as he nears the end of his term, and for America’s travel security.

    By unanimous consent (avoiding a rollcall), the U.S. Senate has confirmed Eric Fanning to the position of Secretary of the Army, making him the highest-ranking openly gay member of the United States Department of Defense.

    House lawmakers are plowing ahead with their first spending bills despite the lack of a budget resolution to guide them, as they are running out of time on some annually-determined spending authorizations.
    Pray that the members of the House and Senate will always act with the best interests of America in mind.
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    The U.S. Supreme Court rejected Exxon Mobil’s appeal of a $236 million judgment against the oil company in a case brought by the state of New Hampshire over groundwater contamination linked to a gasoline additive. 

    The full appeals court in Washington will hear arguments in a legal fight over President Obama’s plan to curtail greenhouse gas emissions on September 27, potentially accelerating the case’s path to the U.S. Supreme Court.
    Pray for the jurists in America’s courts as they consider health, safety and welfare issues.
    WARS AND TERRORISM
    Secretary of State John Kerry signaled the U.S. is ready to help train and arm forces of the six-week-old Libyan government in its fight against Islamic State, and to support the new “only legitimate” unity government there. 

    Despite pledges from the Obama Administration to “accelerate” the war against ISIS, the Pentagon and a top diplomatic envoy say it has retaken only five percent of ISIS-held territory in Iraq in the past five months.
    Pray for America’s military forces as they serve in the conflicts against ISIS in Iraq, Syria and now Libya.
    FOREIGN INTERESTS & CONFLICTS
    Nigerian forces have reused the first of more than 200 school girls abducted by Boko Haram more than two years ago. The teenager, pregnant and traumatized, was found in the Bambisa Forest near Nigeria’s border with Cameroon.

    The United States, South Korea and Japan will, for the first time, jointly test their ability to detect and track North Korean missiles in a drill to be conducted beginning June 28, involving U.S. ships with the Aegis radar system.
    Pray that more of the Nigerian school girls would be rescued; pray for the joint U.S.-South Korea-Japan drill.
    ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST
    Amid tensions along the Gaza border, southern Israeli residents have been instructed to have packed bags at the ready in the event of an emergency where they must evacuate their houses, after more Hamas tunnels have been discovered. 

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel is ready to engage with Arab states to advance a peace deal with the Palestinians, saying he welcomed new French and Egyptian initiatives as “real opportunities” for a sustainable peace.
    Pray for Israel’s leadership as they guide that nation through the quagmire of daily terror threats and attacks.
    THE ECONOMY
    The concept of “Made in America” is slowly giving way to “Made by China…in America,” as Chinese investors are increasingly snatching up U.S.-based companies and assets, raising the eyebrows of regulators and market speculators.

    U.S. retail sales in April recorded their biggest increase in a year as Americans stepped up purchases of automobiles and a range of other goods, suggesting the economy was building momentum after growth had been stalled.
    Pray about the confidence of average Americans in the nation’s economy and in their own personal financial outlook.
    HEALTH CARE AND EDUCATION
    No “substantiated” evidence exists that genetically-engineered crops have caused health problems in humans or damaged the environment, but it is too soon to make a positive or negative recommendation, according to a new study. 

    An Obama Administration proposal to ensure adequate resources for poor children in the nation’s schools has triggered a backlash on Capitol Hill and among school superintendents who suggest the program breaks the law.
    Pray about the education needs of all U.S. children, but particularly among those who are disadvantaged.
    The Debate Over Global Warming

    View Point

    Fuel for the political fire

    By Holly L. Meade

    Global warming has been a continual “hot” topic of debate among politicians throughout recent years. Al Gore seems to have started it all. In 2006, the former vice president gave his prophecy of doom that there were only 10 years left to solve the climate crisis.

    This gradual increase in the average temperature of Earth's atmosphere and its oceans is believed to be permanently changing our climate. There is great debate among many people but climate scientists say the planet is warming. However, despite global temperatures reaching a record high last year, only four percent of the world’s vegetated land has experienced depletion. In fact, according to a recent NASA study, the excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere apparently has created a greener planet. Around the world, areas that were once icebound, barren or sandy are now covered in green foliage. According to the study, carbon emissions have fueled greening in an area about twice the size of the continental United States between 1982 and 2009.

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    Do you make a conscientious effort to be an accountable steward of God's gift of this planet? ___Usually yes ___When I think about it
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    Are Boycotts Biblical?

    Morality in America

    How should Christians respond to worldly behavior?

    By James N. Watkins

    Target’s official policy to allow trangendered customers use the restroom that corresponds to their identity rather than anatomy, has inspired a nationwide boycott of the large retailer.

    Boycotts do have a precedent in Scripture. Daniel and his three friends refused to eat the Babylonian cuisine and denied government orders. Early Christians boycotted pagan temples of fertility gods, refused to buy meat offered to idols, and wouldn’t worship the Roman emperor as a god.

    More
    h

    John B. King, Jr., Secretary of Education

    Education Secretary John B. King, Jr. announced a proposal by the Department of Education to ask higher education institutions to remove barriers that are keeping students from getting a college education or job training because they have been involved in the criminal justice system in the past. The barriers affect those who have been arrested but not convicted, convicted but never incarcerated or formerly incarcerated. More

    James Lankford, United States Senator from Oklahoma

    More than 90 percent of the United States Congress identify themselves as Christian, compared to 70 percent of the general public. At a recent Senate discussion, members of Congress talked about how they balance faith and politics. Oklahoma Senator James Lankford said “It affects everything.”More

    General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, NATO Supreme Allied Commander

    The new Supreme Allied Commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, U.S. Army General Curtis Scaparrotti, says the alliance should possibly arm Ukraine in its struggle against pro-Russian separatists in East Ukraine. This is a game changer for the Kremlin and U.S.-Russian relations. More
    h

    Chief Justice Mark S. Cady, Supreme Court of Iowa

    The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled a child not yet born at the time of a parent’s death can still be awarded damages for the wrongful loss of parental companionship. Despite the clear implications about when life begins, the court tried to distance its decision from the abortion debate. More
    What is the Price of Change?

    Inside Washington

    Federal regulations silently drain the economy

    By Carol Hatcher

    Have you heard the one about federal regulations and the $1.885 trillion? No, it’s not a joke; although, many may wish it were. According to the 2016 edition of “Ten Thousand Commandments,” an annual survey of federal regulations and how they affect the consumer, businesses and the nation’s overall economy, the federal regulatory cost in 2015 was a whopping $1.885 trillion. No joke!

    These regulations are often referred to as “the hidden tax,” as the report shows they cost each American household nearly $15,000 a year. Compliance with these regulations has a total cost greater than that collected by the IRS in personal and corporate taxes in 2015. While not laws, these regulations are permanent rules put into effect by federal agencies and published in the Federal Register. The current Code of Regulations document is more than 81,000 pages long. Many businesses can’t keep up with the rules because there are so many of them.

    More
    Is It a Sin to Sit It Out?

    Pray The Vote

    If Christians don't vote, theere will be consequences

    By Jim Ray

    Imagine an alternative version of 2016 in which Hillary Clinton is not the leading presidential candidate but is instead the mostly-forgotten wife of a failed candidate. Suppose that in “man on the street” television interviews, millennials are stumped when asked, “Who was Hillary Clinton?” And imagine that only long-in-the-tooth political junkies would know that Hillary Clinton was the one who helped derail her husband’s 1992 White House bid with an ill-advised remark deriding stay-at-home moms who baked cookies instead of pursuing professional careers.

    Of course, the reality is that everyone knows of Hillary Clinton. Her husband didn’t fail, and she made her mark as First Lady for eight years, a role that elevated her position in the national spotlight, propelled her to a senate seat, then to secretary of state and now, as candidate for president for the second time. And all of it was facilitated by citizens—conservatives and Christians, primarily—who once decided to “send a message” to Washington because they were disgusted with the way things were being done … a message that backfired badly. Could it be the same thing is now happening in 2016?

    More

    President Barack Obama says protecting LGBT rights worldwide remains an essential goal during his remaining time in office. “It is a specific focus of our engagement around the world,” he said. 

    Responding to 3-hour wait lines and missed flights, theTransportation Security Administration is sending more bomb-sniffing dogs – and bomb-detecting people – to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, the agency said.
    Pray about President Obama’s priorities as he nears the end of his term, and for America’s travel security.

    By unanimous consent (avoiding a rollcall), the U.S. Senate has confirmed Eric Fanning to the position of Secretary of the Army, making him the highest-ranking openly gay member of the United States Department of Defense.

    House lawmakers are plowing ahead with their first spending bills despite the lack of a budget resolution to guide them, as they are running out of time on some annually-determined spending authorizations.
    Pray that the members of the House and Senate will always act with the best interests of America in mind.
    h

    The U.S. Supreme Court rejected Exxon Mobil’s appeal of a $236 million judgment against the oil company in a case brought by the state of New Hampshire over groundwater contamination linked to a gasoline additive. 

    The full appeals court in Washington will hear arguments in a legal fight over President Obama’s plan to curtail greenhouse gas emissions on September 27, potentially accelerating the case’s path to the U.S. Supreme Court.
    Pray for the jurists in America’s courts as they consider health, safety and welfare issues.
    WARS AND TERRORISM
    Secretary of State John Kerry signaled the U.S. is ready to help train and arm forces of the six-week-old Libyan government in its fight against Islamic State, and to support the new “only legitimate” unity government there. 

    Despite pledges from the Obama Administration to “accelerate” the war against ISIS, the Pentagon and a top diplomatic envoy say it has retaken only five percent of ISIS-held territory in Iraq in the past five months.
    Pray for America’s military forces as they serve in the conflicts against ISIS in Iraq, Syria and now Libya.
    FOREIGN INTERESTS & CONFLICTS
    Nigerian forces have reused the first of more than 200 school girls abducted by Boko Haram more than two years ago. The teenager, pregnant and traumatized, was found in the Bambisa Forest near Nigeria’s border with Cameroon.

    The United States, South Korea and Japan will, for the first time, jointly test their ability to detect and track North Korean missiles in a drill to be conducted beginning June 28, involving U.S. ships with the Aegis radar system.
    Pray that more of the Nigerian school girls would be rescued; pray for the joint U.S.-South Korea-Japan drill.
    ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST
    Amid tensions along the Gaza border, southern Israeli residents have been instructed to have packed bags at the ready in the event of an emergency where they must evacuate their houses, after more Hamas tunnels have been discovered. 

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel is ready to engage with Arab states to advance a peace deal with the Palestinians, saying he welcomed new French and Egyptian initiatives as “real opportunities” for a sustainable peace.
    Pray for Israel’s leadership as they guide that nation through the quagmire of daily terror threats and attacks.
    THE ECONOMY
    The concept of “Made in America” is slowly giving way to “Made by China…in America,” as Chinese investors are increasingly snatching up U.S.-based companies and assets, raising the eyebrows of regulators and market speculators.

    U.S. retail sales in April recorded their biggest increase in a year as Americans stepped up purchases of automobiles and a range of other goods, suggesting the economy was building momentum after growth had been stalled.
    Pray about the confidence of average Americans in the nation’s economy and in their own personal financial outlook.
    HEALTH CARE AND EDUCATION
    No “substantiated” evidence exists that genetically-engineered crops have caused health problems in humans or damaged the environment, but it is too soon to make a positive or negative recommendation, according to a new study. 

    An Obama Administration proposal to ensure adequate resources for poor children in the nation’s schools has triggered a backlash on Capitol Hill and among school superintendents who suggest the program breaks the law.
    Pray about the education needs of all U.S. children, but particularly among those who are disadvantaged.
    The Debate Over Global Warming

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    By Holly L. Meade

    Global warming has been a continual “hot” topic of debate among politicians throughout recent years. Al Gore seems to have started it all. In 2006, the former vice president gave his prophecy of doom that there were only 10 years left to solve the climate crisis.

    This gradual increase in the average temperature of Earth's atmosphere and its oceans is believed to be permanently changing our climate. There is great debate among many people but climate scientists say the planet is warming. However, despite global temperatures reaching a record high last year, only four percent of the world’s vegetated land has experienced depletion. In fact, according to a recent NASA study, the excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere apparently has created a greener planet. Around the world, areas that were once icebound, barren or sandy are now covered in green foliage. According to the study, carbon emissions have fueled greening in an area about twice the size of the continental United States between 1982 and 2009.

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           Now Introducing -- The US Prayer Watch Network

           Everyday America faces new challenges, encounters new changes, and more recently, experiences daily tragedies. We are bombarded daily with these news events, and discouraged at the fact that they only get more frequent. 

          Prayer for our nation can no longer be a once a day matter. Now, within a 24 hours period, there are many news events occuring that require prayer.

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           Prayer is America’s only hope for restoration. Not only that, but prayer can change any circumstance, no matter the elements of the situation. You know this, because you have seen the power of prayer at work yourself.

           The US Prayer Watch Network combines real time news information with the power of prayer. Our full-time experienced news staff scans our nation, monitoring over 73 information sources, to seek out prayer worthy news for you. These stories are then made directly accessible to your smartphone, desktop computer, tablet or reader. Each concludes with several suggested prayer points with specific ways you may pray for that news item.

           The Prayer Team also offers a “Text Alert” system where members are notified when urgent national news or events warrant a ‘Pray Now’ notification.

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