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Then he shall put his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted on his behalf to make atonement for him.
Imagine the perfection of Jesus covering you from head to toe in the sight of God every moment of the day. Does that sound like a dream? My friend, that is your reality today because Jesus became your burnt offering at the cross.
In the case of the burnt offering, when the offerer lays his hand on the animal sacrifice (Leviticus 1:3–4), the perfection and beauty of the unblemished sacrifice is transferred to him, and God sees and accepts him in the perfection of the animal.
In Hebrew, the word “accepted” implies being treated with favor, delight and acceptance. This means that you, for whom Jesus became a burnt offering, are treated by God with favor, delight and acceptance because the beauty and perfection of Jesus have been transferred to you. As your burnt offering, Jesus has made atonement for you on your behalf.
Jesus is your atonement or covering for sin. How precious Jesus is to the Father is how precious you are to the Father because when the Father sees you, He sees Jesus, your atonement, your covering.
So every day, take Jesus as your burnt offering. Come to God and say, “Father, I thank You that Jesus is my burnt offering. He covers me from head to toe with His righteousness. I thank you Father, that You see me without spot or wrinkle. You see me covered in all the value and perfection of the work of Your Son. What He is to You, I am. Who He is to You, I am. As He is now, so am I. I am in Him!” (1 John 4:17)
Jesus has you covered. You don’t appear before the Father with all your faults and shortcomings. Jesus proclaims to you what is right with you in spite of what is wrong with you because He has covered you with His perfection. Today, hear Him telling you, “Go, girl! I have you covered. There is nothing for you to worry about!” Hear Him saying to you, “Go for it, son! I am covering you. There is nothing for you to fear!”
WASHINGTON, May 29 (Reuters) - Former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert, indicted on Thursday on federal criminal charges, was paying a male from his past to try to conceal sexual misconduct, the Los Angeles Times reported on Friday, citing two unnamed federal law enforcement officials.
One of the officials cited by the newspaper said the alleged misconduct involved a male and occurred during Hastert's time as a high school wrestling coach and teacher in Yorkville, Illinois, before becoming a lawmaker.
The Justice Department said the charges related to Hastert's alleged effort to hide $3.5 million in payments he was making to a person to conceal past misconduct, but did not detail the nature of the misconduct. Asked why Hastert, a Republican from Illinois, was making the payments, the official told the Times that it was intended to conceal Hastert's past relationship with the male.
Frustrated American pilots and retired generals are striking out at the Obama Pentagon’s restrictive rules of engagement and White House micromanagement they say are crippling the war against Islamic State terrorists before it even gets off the ground.
“There were times I had groups of ISIS fighters in my sights, but couldn’t get clearance to engage,” one F-18 Navy pilot told Fox News.
“They probably killed innocent people and spread evil because of my inability to kill them,” he added. “It was frustrating.”
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Pilots are forced to seek approval before engaging each target, a process they say takes an hour on the average. By the time approval is received, conditions on the ground or the air often change.
“You’re talking about hours in some cases, which by that time the particular tactical target left the area and or the aircraft has run out of fuel,” retired Lt. Gen. David Deptula, a former director of the Combined Air Operations Center in Afghanistan, told Fox News.
“These are excessive procedures that are handing our adversary an advantage.”
And he places the blame directly on the steps of the White House.
“The ultimate guidance rests in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,” he said. “We have been applying air power like a rain shower or a drizzle. For it to be effective, it needs to be applied like a thunderstorm.”
The U.S. Air Force’s Central Command pushed back at the complaints.
“We refute the idea that close air support strikes take ‘an hour on average.’ Depending on the how complex the target environment is, a strike could take place in less than 10 minutes or it could take much longer,” a central command spokesman said, according to Fox News.
“As our leaders have said, this is a long-term fight, and we will not alienate civilians, the Iraqi government or our coalition partners by striking targets indiscriminately.”
Fox News Pentagon correspondent Jennifer Griffin told Shepard Smith Wednesday that U.S. pilots are averaging 14 strikes per day targeting the Islamic State.
“Compare that to the first Gulf War,” she said. “The United States averaged 1,125 strikes per day. In Kosovo 135 strikes a day.”
But a senior defense official called those unfair comparisons.
“The Gulf War and Kosovo are not reasonable comparisons. In those instances, we were fighting conventional forces. Today, we are supporting a fight against terrorists who blend into the civilian population,” he said. “Our threshold for civilian casualties and collateral damage is low. We don’t want to own this fight. We have reliable partners on the ground.”
But it’s not just the pilots who are frustrated — allies are too.
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Iraqi officials are complaining that the Obama administration’s excessive caution in approving airstrikes is giving the terrorists a huge advantage, according to The New York Times.
The seven buildings comprising Islamic State headquarters, located in Raqqa, Syria, for instance, have been off limits for targeting in the 10 months since they were first identified, out of a fear of collateral damage to the civilian population.
They also cite numerous missed opportunities to strike troop movements. The Times reported:
And just last week, convoys of heavily armed Islamic State fighters paraded triumphantly through the streets of the provincial capital Ramadi in western Iraq after forcing Iraqi troops to flee. They rolled on unscathed by coalition fighter-bombers.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., recently charged that 75 percent of U.S. pilots return to base without having released a single weapon, according to Fox.
It’s not a way to win a war.
In the new birth or spiritual regeneration, we receive a renewed spirit and motivation to serve Yah. But as we follow Ha'Adonai (the Lord), He leads us to new places that require new thinking. (I have previously recommended the book, Switch on Your Brain by Dr. Caroline Leaf.) New thinking not only affects us physically but it prepares us for whatever is ahead. We learn to respond to life instead of reacting to it. New thinking prepares us for the sudden unexpected events.
When YIsrael left Egypt, they still had old thinking as former slaves. Complaining was a constant habit that they had formed while in Egypt. They reacted negatively to every trial. They tested Yah and that generation died between the past and the future.
The Yhudi of Yeshua’ day had the same problem. They could not get their minds around the fact that Meshiach was not as they expected and they remained unprepared for catastrophic events. Religion does not necessarily prepare us. But a renewed mind drives us to seek Yah perspective.
When change comes, we can love Yah but mentally refuse to adjust to His will. The habits formed in our various traditions can actually overpower the work of the Ruach Ha'Kodesh (Holy Spirit) in our lives. Then our wills become an obstacle and leave us unprepared for His will and the future.
Let me be clear, all change is not good. Falling and breaking your hip is not good. War is not good. Famine is not good. But Yah is the Redeemer, and if we love Him and are called to His purpose, He can bring good out of even bad changes. A renewed mind looks for the purpose of Yah in any situation and that makes us different-no longer conformed to selfish thinking or the cultural thinking. Shalom!
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An Idaho law that prohibits abortions of fetuses 20 or more weeks after fertilization is unconstitutional, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday.
The ruling, from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, also struck down an Idaho law that required all second-trimester abortions to occur in a hospital.
Bans on abortion after 20 weeks have been passed in 12 U.S. states since 2010, according to NARAL Pro-Choice America, an abortion rights advocacy group. The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives passed a measure this month that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks. The bill faces an uncertain future in the Senate, and Democratic President Barack Obama opposes it.
The Idaho laws have not been enforced in the state, as a lower court judge had reached the same conclusion as the 9th Circuit. A spokesman for the Idaho attorney general was not immediately available for comment on Friday.
The Idaho case began when a local prosecutor filed a criminal complaint against Jennie Linn McCormack for self-inducing an abortion by ingesting a pack of pills. That case was dismissed, but McCormack then filed a civil lawsuit challenging several Idaho abortion statutes.
In a unanimous three-judge opinion on Friday, the 9th Circuit said U.S. Supreme Court precedent barred the Idaho laws.
McCormack's lawyer, Richard Hearn, said he and his client were "very pleased" with the ruling.
The case in the 9th Circuit is Jennie Linn McCormack and Richard Hearn vs. Stephen Herzog, 13-35401.
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