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2 Chronicles 7:14-15
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Closing Letter from the White House
Dear Faith Community Leaders,
It has been such a joy and blessing to work with each of you over the last 2+ years in the White House Office of Public Liaison.
Years ago, I used to walk past the White House and see staff flash their badges to enter beyond the gates. I dreamed that maybe one day, that would be me. I never imagined I’d have that chance so early in life and that I would be able to serve alongside each of you on issues near and dear to all of our hearts.
Thank you for your encouragement, prayers, and for all the ways you, your organizations, and congregations serve your communities. After today, this e-mail will no longer be working but I truly look forward to staying in touch and hope that wherever God leads me next, I will be able to continue to work with you in some capacity.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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12.18.20 - Week at a Glance
Moderna COVID Vaccine Gets Key Endorsement — Vaccinations Are Safe and Will End Pandemic
“The vote Thursday by a U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel to recommend an emergency use authorization for Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine is an important and welcome step in our battle to end the COVID-19 pandemic,” Sally Pipes writes. Vaccinations are already underway for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, as well.
🎬 WATCH: Vice President Pence receives the Coronavirus vaccine!
The COVID-19 Moon Shot: Operation Warp Speed
“What usually takes up to ten years, America’s innovative bio-pharmaceutical companies accomplished–the design and testing of a new vaccine–in less than ten months,” Jerry Rogers writes. “The Trump administration, the American bio-pharmaceutical industry, medical professionals, and America’s supermarkets, grocers, and pharmacies have all risen to the enormous task of defeating an invisible enemy.”
Trump’s Peace Deals Mean the Anti-Israel Boycott Movement Is Dead
-New York Post
“The US-brokered Abraham Accords will almost certainly be remembered as Team Trump’s greatest foreign achievement. Among the as-yet-unappreciated benefits: The accords will utterly delegitimize those in the West who seek to delegitimize Israel, not least the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction the Jewish state,” Sohrab Ahmari writes.
Trump Signs Bill for Women’s Suffrage Monument in Washington, D.C.
“President Donald Trump signed a bill Thursday authorizing an outdoor federal monument in Washington, D.C., to the women’s suffrage movement to honor the activists who won women the right to vote, his latest move to mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment,” Carlie Porterfield reports.
🎬 WATCH: President Trump signs law to honor women’s suffrage
China Lies About Its Wrongdoing on COVID, Spying, Global Aggression, Pollution and More
“China has not taken one step in statecraft that suggests the regime is interested in being a more responsible international partner,” defense expert James Carafano writes. “It is the height of irresponsibility to believe that going easy on the Chinese Communist regime will produce anything other than more deceit and aggression and more disappointment for the free world.”
Updates From the White House From the Past Week
Covid-19 Vaccinations Could Start ‘Monday or Tuesday’ as FDA Set to Approve Pfizer Vaccine, HHS Chief Says
“The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is ‘rapidly’ proceeding toward authorizing Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine and vaccinations could begin by early next week,” Alison Durkee reports. “The FDA’s Vaccine and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee put the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on the track toward authorization Thursday, as it officially endorsed the Covid-19 vaccine as safe and effective.”
MORE: Operation Warp Speed shows America at its best
Morocco, Israel Normalize Ties as US Recognizes Western Sahara
-The Jerusalem Post
“Israel and Morocco have agreed to establish diplomatic relations, US President Donald Trump announced on Thursday. Morocco became the fourth Arab country to normalize ties with Israel in four months,” Omri Nahmias, Lahav Harkov, and Greer Fay Cashman report. “White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner said normalization ‘comes on the heels of four years of very, very hard work and very intense diplomacy.’”
Trump Administration’s National Space Policy Formalizes Space Force Role
“The Trump administration released a new national space policy Dec. 9 that articulates U.S. goals in civil space exploration, commercial growth and national security. The document recognizes the U.S. Space Force as the primary organization responsible for defending the nation’s interests in space,” Sandra Erwin writes.
WATCH: “America is leading in space once again,” Vice President says
Small Business Administrator Carranza: PPP Saved Millions of Small Businesses, American Jobs
“During a year when every sector of society grappled with how to defeat a novel virus, COVID-19, and survive sweeping government shutdowns, we can say with certainty the American small business sector was upheld by the Trump administration,” SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza writes. More than 5 million U.S. businesses were buoyed by the Paycheck Protection Program, with 75% of loans going to the smallest firms.
The Navy Stops Taking On Water
-The Wall Street Journal
“The Trump administration this week is taking an important step to quicken the U.S. Navy’s buildup after its disastrous decline under previous administrations,” White House Budget Director Russ Vought and National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien write. “Mr. Trump delivered on his promises to rebuild the military.”
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Today, medical workers administered the first COVID-19 vaccine doses in the United States–a feat that earlier this year many experts claimed would take a miracle.
“This spring, experts predicted that a vaccine was at least a year or year-and-a-half away,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said. “Yet, within a year, we have one vaccine authorized—millions of doses being shipped—and another vaccine under review by the FDA.”
Accomplishing the “impossible” has defined President Trump’s Administration. When the Coronavirus came to our shores, the President cut Washington red tape and mobilized both the public and private sectors to develop a safe, effective vaccine. The nationwide manufacturing and distribution systems created under Operation Warp Speed constitute the largest mobilization of American industry since World War II.
As President Trump says, this pandemic started in China—but America will end it.
🎬 WATCH: We can see light at the end of the tunnel
On top of clearing unnecessary barriers to get a vaccine to the American people in record time, President Trump just signed an executive order to ensure that U.S. citizens are the first in line for it. President Trump always puts our country first. The delivery of the Coronavirus vaccine is no different.
None of this success would be possible without both our courageous frontline medical workers and our incredible United States military. Today is a momentous victory for all Americans—and the rest of the world—in defeating this terrible virus.
📖 Secretary Azar: The end of this pandemic is in sight
🎬 Dr. Slaoui: Within 3 months, we expect 100 million vaccine doses
Never Give Up
When President Trump took the Oath of Office, he promised an end to the empty talk of politicians and the beginning of a great national effort to rebuild our country:
The American story is the story of patriots—ordinary people of every race, religion, and creed—standing up for their rights to be heard, to protect themselves, and to be free. It’s a story worth telling over and over again so that we never forget it.
President Trump loves America, our shared history, and our great American flag. Today, the far left’s goal is to erase that history and the culture that unites us.
We will never let that happen. The United States was founded on the belief that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are unalienable rights. These principles form the core of our American identity. Our struggle to live up to them defines American history.
🇺🇸 President Trump is restoring patriotic civic education!
President Trump is promoting national unity by renewing the understanding of—and commitment to—these shared founding principles. Through a new Executive Order, he is establishing the President’s Advisory 1776 Commission, which will work to better educate America’s young generations about the history and principles of our nation.
America belongs to all of us. President Trump will always fight to protect it from those who wish to tear it down. Together, we will build it stronger each and every time.
America’s future is in our hands, and the best is yet to come.
🇺🇸 President Trump’s Inaugural Address: Our American Destiny
🇺🇸 WATCH: President Trump’s Fourth of July speech from Mt. Rushmore
Donald Trump fought the establishment—and won
Donald J. Trump won the presidency by challenging both the Republican and Democrat Party establishments. For too long, the political class—including party leaders, paid consultants, lobbyists, donor-funded think tanks, partisan media, and more—ignored the concerns of millions of working- and middle-class American families.
These families didn’t see themselves as Democrat or Republican. They saw themselves as Americans. And they wanted change.
Career politicians didn’t get the message. Rather than listen to the American people, the establishment chose to lecture them instead. Democrats in Congress could’ve joined with President Trump and Republicans to work on infrastructure, immigration, healthcare, the economy, our military, and more.
Instead, Democrats spent four years obstructing that agenda, wasting time—and tens of millions in taxpayer dollars—on political and media stunts.
While the left resisted the American people’s will, President Trump went to work.
He replaced NAFTA, something both Republican and Democrat politicians promised to do for years. His United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement rebalances trade, protects American labor, and levels the playing field for U.S. manufacturers and automakers.
He cut taxes for over 80 percent of Americans by lowering rates for middle-income families, doubling the child tax credit, and nearly doubling the standard deduction.
He ended the Obama-era War on Energy. Rather than relying on foreign oil, today America is the number one producer of oil and natural gas in the world. Last year, for the first time in 67 years, America exported more energy than it imported.
He stood up to Big Pharma, including taking executive action to permit the safe, legal importation of prescription drugs from Canada and elsewhere. In 2018, Americans saw the biggest drop in prescription drug prices in more than half a century.
He slashed income inequality as wages grew faster for workers than for managers and fastest for Americans without a college degree.
He paused immigration to ensure that Americans are first in line for jobs as the country safely reopens from the pandemic. He also closed visa loopholes that allowed companies to replace American workers with low-cost foreign labor.
He fixed our justice system, reforming the Clinton-era crime bill that sent too many young Black men to jail. Today, America has its lowest Black prison rate in 31 years.
He rebuilt our military, secured the largest raise for our troops in a decade, and became the first American President since Ronald Reagan not to start a war.
He held the VA accountable for failing our veterans, signing the VA Accountability Act and removing more than 2,500 employees for misconduct and other issues.
He used bold diplomacy to secure peace deals across the Middle East, supporting our allies instead of starting wars or giving cash to terrorists in Iran.
He protected Medicare and Social Security—including from socialist “Medicare-for-All” schemes, which would kick 180 million Americans off their health plans.
He made the single-largest investment in our national parks and public lands in history, signing the Great American Outdoors Act to protect our natural heritage.
He defended American patriotism from those who want to tear it down, literally, by increasing penalties on those who vandalize or destroy monuments and memorials.
He grew the strongest economy in history, with record-high incomes and record-low unemployment and poverty rates for Americans once left behind—including Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, and others.
And today, as America reopens from the global Coronavirus pandemic, our country is witnessing its fastest economic recovery in history.
Americans outside of our nation’s political class see these results. A majority of our citizens now say they are better off today than they were 4 years ago. In fact, more Americans say they are better off after President Trump’s first term than said so after the first terms of Barack Obama, George W. Bush, or even Ronald Reagan.
The American people wanted change. The establishment didn’t listen. Fortunately for families all across our country, President Trump did—and he’s just getting started.
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Five Things You Should Know about the (evil) Equality Act
Veiled schemes against morality are often neatly packaged with a bow made of nice-sounding names. Abortion is packaged as “pro-choice” or “health care,” the steering away from righteousness is “progressive,” and promoting homosexuality is “tolerance.”
A new and neatly packaged evil has emerged on the scene using a similar word we all consider to be good—“equality.” But make no mistake, the “Equality Act” is anything but good. It is both radical and highly controversial, and is the greatest threat to your religious freedoms of all time. As you review the items included, it becomes clear that this legislation is less about promoting equality and more about punishing dissenters.
What is the Equality Act?
Here are five things every Christian should know about the Equality Act, H.R. 5--116th Congress (2019-2020).
1. The Equality Act Would Amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to Include Sexual Orientation
The Equality Act falsely equates one’s sexual conduct with immutable characteristics like skin color and ethnicity—and openly contradicts the scriptural mandates we were given for our good (1 Thess. 4:3-8). It aims to cover sexual orientation or gender identity for the purposes of employment, housing, public accommodations, jury service, education and federal programs, and to punish those who do not comply.
2. The Equality Act Is the Greatest Threat to Religious Freedom Ever Proposed in America
The Equality Act would invade every area of American life and is the greatest threat to religious freedom ever proposed in America. Here is just a sampling of who would be affected and targeted for discrimination:
3. The Equality Act Would Change Who Churches Can Hire
Under its changes to the employment nondiscrimination provisions in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, some houses of worship would be barred from ensuring their leaders and other employees abide by their beliefs about marriage, sexual behavior and the distinction between the sexes.
4. The Equality Act Would Harm Faith-Based Adoption Agencies
Faith-based organizations in the adoption and foster care system generally receive government funding to help them carry out their work. This funding would be threatened if they did not comply with the Equality Act, including adopting children to homosexual couples, promoting gender transition treatments, and affirming these lifestyles.
5. The Equality Act Would Threaten Religious Employers
Ministries and other faith-based organizations could be forced to offer insurance coverage for hormone therapy, sex reassignment surgery or other procedures that violate their consciences and, more importantly, the Bible.
These are only some of the sobering truths about the Equality Act and its threats to our religious freedoms. When you go to the polls in 2020, it is imperative that you consider who you are selecting to represent you as a Christian. Every Democrat in the House of Representatives voted IN FAVOR of this bill, and almost every Democrat in the Senate is expected to do the same. On the other hand, nearly every Republican has and is expected to OPPOSE it. What can you do? Think. Pray. VOTE. And do so knowing what those you vote for really represent.
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Prayer for President Trump:
Father, I pray the precious Blood of Jesus over my President, his family, his staff and advisors. May Your angels watch over them and keep them in all their ways today and the days to come. (Psalm 91:11)
May the Angel of the LORD encamp around the President and deliver him from every evil. May You deliver him from all his fears and save him out of all his troubles. (Psalm 34:4-7)
I declare that no weapon formed against President Trump shall prosper, and every tongue that rises against him in judgment he shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is from Me, says the LORD. (Isaiah 54:17)
God says: "Do not touch My anointed ones, And do My prophets no harm." (Psalm 105:15)
I pray that You would hide President Trump from the “secret plots from the rebellion of the workers of iniquity, who sharpen their tongue like a sword.” (Psalm 64:2) Let their net that they have hidden catch themselves, into that very destruction let them fall.” (Psalm 35:8)
Keep the President from the snares the enemy has laid for him. Protect him from those who seek to destroy him. Give him Your safe way of escape. (Psalm 141:9-10)
Bless this President, LORD, and surround him with your shield of favor and mercy. (Psalm 5:12 & 32:10) Keep him healthy and give him strength all his days.
The President and his staff “commit their works unto the LORD, and their thoughts shall be established.” (Proverbs 16:3) Father, give President Trump Your wisdom. Help him to make right decisions in all that he needs to do today.
In Jesus name and for your glory Lord.
Did you know?
When President Trump was asked what he wanted people to remember about him, he said, “I want to be known as the President who prayed the most.”
(From Intercessors for America) https://www.ifapray.org/
PLEASE PRAY TO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION
Using the Principles of the Preamble
We the people of the United States,
Thank God for our freedoms and responsibilities as citizens of the United States.
Pray for an educated and engaged citizenry, seeking God’s will for this nation.
Pray: 2 Chr. 7:14; Ps. 33:12; Is. 33:22.
in order to form a more perfect Union,
Thank God for creating us as one people and nation from peoples of every tribe and tongue, and for our Constitutional Republic based on the only true authority.
Pray for our leaders to govern with wisdom.
Pray: Rev. 7:9; Rom. 13:1; Acts 17:26-27, 2 Chr. 1:10.
Thank God that we enjoy one of the most just systems of government in the world.
Pray for the Supreme Court and for federal and state courts.
Pray: Ps. 99:4; 2 Chr. 19:7; Pr 21:15; Deut.16:19.
ensure domestic Tranquility,
Thank God for all the blessings and privileges American citizens possess.
Pray for peace in our nation.
Pray: 1 Tim. 2:2; Heb.12:14; Lev. 26:6.
provide for the common defense,
Thank God for our military.
Pray for the defense of our nation, for our military leaders, and for the strengthening of military families.
Pray: Deut. 20:4; Deut. 28:7; 2 Sam. 22: 40-41; Ps. 35:1.
promote the general Welfare,
Thank God for a government that promotes the good of all, not esteeming some better than others, but seeking the blessing of righteousness for all.
Pray for wisdom for our leaders as they establish governmental policy and that they would not use unjust weights.
Pray: Pr.11:1, 20:23; Pr.14:34; Mt. 6:25-34; Acts 20:35.
and secure the Blessings of Liberty
Thank God for our liberty to pursue true happiness by aligning with the laws of nature and nature’s God.
Pray for the preservation and restoration of the unalienable rights recognized by our Declaration and protected by our Constitution and its Bill of Rights.
Pray: Mt. 5:14; Gal. 5:1; John 8:36.
Thank God for working in our lives, for redeeming and restoring us to Him.
Pray for our nation to return to God.
Pray: Mt. 5:16; 1 Kings 8:57; Ps.112; Ps. 85:6; Jer.18:9-10.
and our Posterity
Thank God for the blessing of children, both born and unborn.
Pray for the protection and preservation of our children. May they seek God and be equipped as adults to lead this nation.
Pray: Ps.127:3; Luke 1:50; Ps. 22:30; Ps.112:2.
do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Thank God for His providence in establishing our nation and our government.
Pray that we will once again find the peace that comes from seeking Him.
Pray: Is. 26:3; Phil. 4:7.
Need Some encouragement about our nation and the transition?
The election on November 8, 2016 was not a work of man, but rather an intervention by Almighty God. Rather than criticizing and complaining, speak words of praise for what God is doing.
Renovation, even for a home, is not always pleasant, but focusing on the outcome brings strength and joy.
"But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust." (Matthew 5:44-45)
ONE NATION UNDER GOD
In the Book of Acts, the Church experienced miraculous breakthroughs as a result of prayer.
As The Church is stepping up prayer across our nation, we will not only see our God save America, but we will also see the Great Outpouring of His Spirit across the land. Prayer always lays track for revival! Always!
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