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‘Oh God, we praise you as the one universal king over all. You are our leader and our lord and we worship you’

President Donald Trump made a surprise visit to McLean Bible Church outside the nation’s capital on Sunday, where he met with lead pastor David Platt following the tragic shooting in Virginia Beach last Friday.

What happened?

Video from Trump’s visit shows the president onstage at the church. With hat in hand, Trump bows his head while Platt prays.

Here are some of the highlights from Platt’s prayer:

  • “Oh God, we praise you as the one universal king over all. You are our leader and our lord and we worship you. There is one God and one savior — and it’s you, your name is Jesus.”
  • “We stand right now on behalf of our president and we pray for your grace and your mercy and your wisdom upon him. And God we play that he would know how much you love him — so much that you sent Jesus to die for his sins.”
  • “Lord, we pray, we pray that you would give him all the grace he needs…”
  • “Wisdom, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Fools despise wisdom and instruction. Please, O God, give him wisdom and help him to lead our country.”

After Platt finished his lengthy prayer, his congregation erupted in applause and cheers. The president shook Platt’s hand, thanked him, and thanked the church before exiting the stage.

Trump, however, did not make any remarks.

“President Donald J. Trump is visiting McLean Bible Church in Vienna, VA, to visit with the Pastor and pray for the victims and community of Virginia Beach,” the White House said in a statement, according to the Washington Examiner.

Here is Platt’s full prayer:

Oh God, we praise you as the one universal king over all. You are our leader and our lord and we worship you. There is one God and one savior — and it’s you, your name is Jesus. And we exalt you Jesus. And we know we need your mercy. We need your grace. We need your help, we need your wisdom in our country.

We stand right now on behalf of our president and we pray for your grace and your mercy and your wisdom upon him. And God we play that he would know how much you love him — so much that you sent Jesus to die for his sins, our sins. So we pray that he would look to you and that he would trust in you, that he would lean on you, that he would govern and make decisions in ways that are good for justice and good for righteousness and good for equity, every good path.

Lord, we pray, we pray that you would give him all the grace he needs in ways that we just saw in 1 Timothy 2 that lead to peaceful and quiet lives, godly and dignified in every way. God we pray for your blessing in that way upon his family. We pray that you would give them strength, we pray that you would give them clarity, wisdom — wisdom, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Fools despise wisdom and instruction. Please, O God, give him wisdom and help him to lead our country.

Alongside other leaders, we pray today for leaders in Congress, we pray for leaders in courts, we pray for leaders at national and state levels. Please, O God, help us to look to you, help us to trust in your word, help us to seek your wisdom and live in ways that reflect your love and your grace and your righteousness and your justice.

We pray for your blessings on our president toward that end. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: President Trump makes surprise stop at Virginia church. Watch what happens next.

Another federal judge rules against Trump

A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction Friday temporarily blocking the Trump administration’s plan to fund construction of border wall along the southern U.S.-Mexico border.

U.S. District Court Judge Haywood Gilliam — who was appointed to the bench by former President Barack Obama — stopped President Donald Trump from using $1 billion in reallocated Department of Defense funds for border wall construction, where were approved in March.

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“The case is not about whether the challenged border barrier construction plan is wise or unwise. It is not about whether the plan is the right or wrong policy response to existing conditions at the southern border of the United States,” Haywood wrote.

“Instead, this case presents strictly legal questions regarding whether the proposed plan for funding border barrier construction exceeds the Executive Branch’s lawful authority under the Constitution and a number of statutes duly enacted by Congress,” he explained.

However, as Politico reported, Gilliam’s order only limits construction in certain regions of Texas and Arizona, and does not prevent the administration from tapping other funding sources to continue construction in other border sectors.

The ACLU, which filed the suit on behalf of the Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities Coalition, celebrated Gilliam’s ruling.

“This order is a win for our system of checks and balances, the rule of law, and border communities. The court blocked all the wall projects currently slated for immediate construction. If the administration begins illegally diverting additional military funds, we’ll be back in court to block that as well,” Dror Ladin, an ACLU attorney, said.

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: The Blaze: Federal judge appointed by Obama blocks Trump’s $1 billion border wall plans in Texas, Arizona

‘The President’s words weigh a ton, and his hateful and inflammatory rhetoric creates real danger’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a new demand of President Donald Trump on Sunday amid ongoing controversy over Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar’s refusal to identify the 9/11 attackers as terrorists.

Instead, at a CAIR fundraiser last month, Omar referred to the 9/11 perpetrators as “some people” who “did something.”

In response, Trump tweeted a video Friday highlighting Omar’s controversial comments. Spliced in between her words were dramatic scenes from 9/11. Democrats later accused the president of inciting violence against Omar.

What did Pelosi say?

In a short statement released Sunday afternoon, Pelosi demanded the president remove the video, which he has since “pinned” to the top of his Twitter account.

“The President’s words weigh a ton, and his hateful and inflammatory rhetoric creates real danger. President Trump must take down his disrespectful and dangerous video,” Pelosi said in a statement.

“Following the President’s tweet, I spoke with the Sergeant-at-Arms to ensure that Capitol Police are conducting a security assessment to safeguard Congresswoman Omar, her family and her staff,” she said. “They will continue to monitor and address the threats she faces.”

Pelosi’s statement comes after Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), who is one of Omar’s closest progressive allies in Congress, criticized Democratic leadership for seemingly exploiting Muslims.

Omar and Tlaib are the first two Muslim women ever elected to Congress. They were elected last year.

Author: Chris Enloe

Source: Theblaze: Nancy Pelosi issues new demand of President Trump amid controversy over Omar 9/11 video

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