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Dalai Lama to Open US Senate Session With Prayer.

The Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, will give the opening prayer on the floor of the U.S. Senate on Thursday, the first time he has done so, reports said.

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, said he and his committee also would host the Dalai Lama on Thursday afternoon. The Tibetan holy man is expected to meet with House leaders as well, The Hill reported.

Senate Chaplain Barry Black usually opens the Senate session with a prayer.

The Dalai Lama, who first visited the United States in 1979, has been in the country for a few weeks, sparking a controversy along the way.

President Barack Obama met with the spiritual leader in the White House two weeks ago — their third talk in recent years, the Washington Post reported.

China, which angrily objected to the meeting, calls the Dalai Lama, who fled to India after a failed uprising in 1959, a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” who seeks to use violent methods to establish an independent Tibet.

The Dalai Lama, 78, says he wants autonomy for Tibet and denies advocating violence.

During the White House meeting, Obama reiterated the U.S. stance against an independent Tibet but encouraged dialogue between the two countries.

“The president commended the Dalai Lama’s commitment to peace and nonviolence and expressed support for the Dalai Lama’s ‘middle way’ approach,” the White House said of the meeting, The Hill reported.

The Dalai Lama has appeared on Capitol Hill before for meetings with congressional leaders, and was awarded Congress’ highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, during a 2007 ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda in an event attended by President George W. Bush.

In 2009, he focused on compassion in an opening prayer for the New York State Senate.

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Democrats Invite The Dalai Lama To Invoke Pagan ‘Blessing’ Over US Senate.

“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” Psalm 14:1

HuffPost: The Dalai Lama will step in for Chaplain Barry Black to lead the U.S. Senate’s opening prayer on Thursday, March 6, 2014 according to the Chaplain’s office.

The Director of Communications for Chaplain Black’s office told The Huffington Post that Senator Reid nominated the Tibetan spiritual leader to lead Thursday’s prayer in the place of the chaplain, whose office regularly facilitates prayers by visiting religious leaders.


The Dalai Lama believes that he is a god, and as such recognizes no gods outside of himself. When he prays before the US Senate, he will be giving his blessing as a god, and not asking for God’s blessing on our nation.

The Dalai Lama’s prayer has been pre-approved, the director said, and if it is similar to the one he gave in 2009 to the New York State Senate, he may highlight the need for compassion and an “inner peace of mind.” He will be continuing the Senate’s 207-year tradition of beginning each session with a prayer, a role Chaplain Black has fulfilled since 2003 when he was elected 62nd Chaplain of the United States Senate.

Known for a firm commitment social activism, the 14th Dalai Lama is a controversial figure in China, where his relationship with the U.S. is regularly criticized. On February 21, the Dalai Lama met with President Obama for the third time prompting a reaction from the Chinese Foreign Ministry whose spokesperson called the meeting an “interference in China’s internal affairs.” source – HuffPost

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“That Verse Saved My Life”.

My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.
Proverbs 1:10

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Referring to Proverbs 1:10, Barry Black, Chaplain of the United States Senate, wrote: “This simple Bible verse saved my life during my early teenage years when I refused to follow two friends who eventually murdered someone. The same morning I memorized this verse, I refused to go with them. The refusal kept me from going to jail for life — the penalty they received for the crime. God’s warnings are designed to protect us, not to destroy our joy. He challenges us to refuse to follow sinners.”1

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When we accept the Word of God, it ultimately affects our decisions, our walk, and our entire life. It provides rules when we don’t know where the guardrails are. And it’s a fountainhead of strength when we’re overcome by fear or weakness.

Are you currently memorizing a particular verse or passage from the Bible? If not, find a verse and begin today. You might start with Proverbs 1:10. You never know when the right verse at the right time will save your life.

1 Barry C. Black, The Blessing of Adversity (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale, 2011), 100.

2 Corinthians 1-4

By David Jeremiah.

Prepared for Action.

Across America, there are gyms everywhere: for men, women, body building, sculpting, toning and trimming. Most people go to the gym to shape their bodies to be more attractive. But when my friend Ron goes to a gym to jog or lift weights, his primary concern is not how big his muscles can get or how ripped his abs will be: Ron is on active duty in the military. When he trains, he is preparing his body for action.

Bible study can be like going to the gym. The question is: what is our motivation? Are we mostly concerned with sculpting our minds so that others will admire how well shaped they are? Like those who are diligent about hitting the gym every morning, hoping for physical admiration, we may be doing our “daily devotions” because we long to be acknowledged for our theological aptitude. Yet Peter, in his first letter, tells us the real purpose of Bible study: “Prepare your minds for action” (1 Pet 1:13 NIV).

This admonition from Peter now colors my daily devotions. As I read a text, whether it is part of a reading plan or merely a favorite passage, I stop and ask myself, “How might this prepare me for action?”

For example, when considering how Hannah’s story from 1 Sam 1–2 might “prepare me for action,” I noticed something I passed over many times: When Hannah’s prayers were misunderstood as the quiet blabbering of a drunk woman, she did not get offended by the priest, Eli. Instead, she maintained her humility, explained herself, and welcomed his prayers for her.

By nature, I am a defensive person. This passage challenged me to prepare myself not to get offended when I am misunderstood. It may seem like a minor thing, but it isn’t. I have seen families torn asunder by misunderstandings that were not handled with humility. And, sadly, I have seen relationships in the church damaged because of a misunderstanding that led to an offense.

Being misunderstood is a terrible feeling. More than once, someone has falsely accused me of something because they misunderstood something I said. My immediate reaction is to feel insulted at the implications of their misunderstandings: How dare she accuse me of that? But as God’s Word prepares me for action, I am prepared to stop and clarify the situation, like Hannah did with Eli. Consequently, I am able to quench a wild fire before it causes lasting damage.

What if Hannah had become insulted by Eli’s suggestion that she was drunk? What if she had stormed out of the temple, declaring, “I’ll never set foot in this place again!” She, and indeed all of Israel, would have suffered consequences. After all, the child born in response to those prayers became a great judge who crowned Israel’s first king.

According to Peter, preparing our minds for action is a matter of being nourished by the “pure milkof the word” (1 Pet 2:2 NASB). By stopping to consider how our Bible reading can prepare us for action in the real world—in the office, in the kitchen, in traffic and in our house of worship—we will find that our daily study can prepare us to do more, not just know more. This will affect not only how our minds are shaped, but also how those around us encounter the God whose image we bear.

  • By Christy Tennant /Contributor to Bible Study Magazine

Article courtesy of Bible Study Magazine published by Logos Bible Software. Each issue of Bible Study Magazine provides tools and methods for Bible study as well as insights from people like John Piper, Beth Moore, Mark Driscoll, Kay Arthur, Randy Alcorn, John MacArthur, Barry Black, and more. More information is available at Originally published in print: Copyright Bible Study Magazine (May–June 2010): pg.8.

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