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  President Trump Delivers Remarks at National Prayer Breakfast  CSPAN  February 2, 2017 8:09am-9:51am EST

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[inaudible conversations] >> good morning. good morning. good morning, folks. may we have your attention back here at the front. we kind of hate to interrupt all of the conversations that are going on all over the hall. who knows the new friend that you just met maybe the whole reason that you are here, but we want to respect your time, so it's time to start the program.
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>> it is a thrill for us to look out over this crowd of thousands of people from all 50 states, from 140 countries, from every religious tradition and from every language and community and culture. we haven't come here together today to celebrate power or money or politics. we have come here together to pray. and it may be the understatement of the century in washington, d.c. needs prayer. [laughter] >> chris and i lead the weekly senate prayer breakfast group that come if you can believe it, has been around washington almost as long as the pentagon or the jefferson memorial. and as we said, this national prayer breakfast grew out of the weekly senate group and the id has spread literally all over the world. >> and it's been a weekly miracle for us. we are democrats and republica republicans, like him. where progressives, conservatives, moderates, men
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and women, older and younger. some from rural areas, some from urban areas, some who are tall and some who are usually short. [laughter] >> but when we get together and share a meal and talk about our families and sure about the things that deeply matter to us and humble ourselves and pray, we find our way towards each other and we find a way to come together. >> we had fun. we saying, thanks to our chaplain here, leading us. we laugh, sometimes there's tears shed but it's a rare chance for all of us, at least around this town, to be human and find friends that we can trust. >> john and i don't often vote the same on the senate floor, but to this group with come to really understand and appreciate each other, and that's good news for us. for us, for families, for washington and, frankly, for our whole country and world.
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>> you might want to give it a try when you get back to wherever you came from. you don't need anything fancy. you don't need a ballroom or a capital or even a chaplain. just a meal, few friends in the teaching of jesus to get you started. who knows what might happen? >> so along with her own president, we are most honored to be joined this morning by two heads of state. please welcome a great friend of this prayer breakfast and the united states, his majesty, king abdullah of jordan. [applause] >> and we're so excited that his
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majesty will be addressing us at the lunch that follows in this breakfast. and please also welcome the new prime minister of the democratic republic of the congo. mr. prime minister. [applause] >> there are so many other parliamentarians, members of the senate and house who were here, and we are grateful for all of you have taken the time to join us but it's not our pleasure to introduce the head table of leaders who will take us through this wonderful experience this morning. in the interest of time, please hold your applause until they have all been introduced. way down on my right is been so bruised or you have met come and his wife. if you're coming to the dinner tonight she will be singing for us all and it will be a delight
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and a blessing. next to them joining us from new york city is -- congregation of manhattan. he is a distinguished scholar, rabbi and later and has become an important spiritual guide to members of the first family. next to the rabbi in scheme of upper senate group a former co-chair of this group, of this event, excuse me, senator amy klobuchar of minnesota will offer a closing prayer. next to amy a spokesman robert at her old coach of this event last year and a longtime leader of the house prayer breakfast group. next to him is mark burnett, film and television producer pick last year he and his wife for the keynote speakers at this event and he will introduce the president. years ago he put together a little show called the apprentice which i think many of you have heard of. and good morning again, mr. president. >> it's my great honor to introduce, again, one of us on
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the hill the went on the big time, vice president mike pence and his wife, karen. [applause] he is in the exception. we will clap for him. again, certainly we want you to know that youtube will be in our prayers for your service to our country, and especially for your family. next to them is of the brains of the bluesman clan, my wife kathy pictures in forming this does not count as a date. [laughter] next is a great friend and senate chaplain barry black and his wife brenda. i will be introducing that more fully when he speaks. next is representative juan vargas of san diego who also chaired this event last year, who will be praying with congressman are old. and finally we shannon barton, our singer this morning. let's give them all a big round
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of applause. [applause] bart is a laying singer and for the group mercy me, which has sold millions of records and one numerous industry awards. growing up in texas he wanted to be a football player but broke both his ankles in a game so he knows how to take a hint from god. juicing is great song i can only imagine, please welcome bart. [applause] if anybody i went to high schol with his listening, i made it. [laughter] [applause] this was a song written after my father passed away with cancer
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many years ago. he was abusive most of my life if he had a bad day he took it out on me and he was diagnosed with cancer when i was a freshman in high school. for me it was a blessing and a curse. i was kind of glad because i thought it would all come to an end, but at the same time my parents divorced when i was three and a live with my dad for most of my life. what i didn't realize was from about the next four or five years i saw jesus change him completely. he went from a monster to being a man that was desperately and passionately in love with jesus. he kind of set me on this warpath for the gospel because if the gospel can change that dude, the gospel can change anybody. [applause] ♪ ♪ i can only imagine what it
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would be like ♪ ♪ when i walk by your side ♪ i can only imagine what my eyes will see ♪ ♪ when your face is before me ♪ i can only imagine ♪ i can only imagine surrounded by your glory ♪ ♪
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>> the talmud reports the words of the rabbi, the deputy high priest, who said, -- pray for the well-being of the government. for were it not for respect for that government, people would swallow one another alive.
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eternal god, we thank you for this blessed nation, that for 241 years, has translated into reality the biblical command to proclaim liberty throughout the land for all the inhabitants thereof. we thank you for our constitutional government, represented here by members of all parties, all faiths, all nations. that has created and fostered the american ideals of democracy, freedom, justice and equality for all, regardless of race, religion or national origin. almighty god, we know that we are living in very dangerous
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times. when all of these blessings are threatened from without by forces of terror and unimaginable brutality, and from within by those who sow the seeds of bigotry, hatred and violence, putting our lives and our way of life at risk. and so we pray, dear god, help the leadership of our nation to protect all of our citizens through sound strategy and steady strength. to unite us with words of wisdom and acts of compassion, and thereby to bring peace and harmony, safety and well-being, to our beloved america, and to
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all of humankind. in the biblical words of king solomon, spoken upon the completion of the temple in jerusalem, may the lord our god be with us as he was with those who came before us. may he never forsake us, and may he never abandon us. amen. [applause]
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>> good morning. at first glance you may think that robert aderholt, a conservative republican, very conservative -- [laughter] from northern alabama and a progressive democrat from southern california have nothing in common. and yet we find commonality through our shared beliefs and hope, prayer and jesus. for several years now we have had the privilege to lead and help organize the weekly house prayer breakfast group, to see it grow in both numbers and a friendship. the world around us has always been divided. it's not just the recent phenomenon here but in all such times and have been men and women who have found a true path to unity and cooperation through prayer. we are experienced -- and we would recommend it all to you as well. >> the best way we have found to become closer is to pray with
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each other and for each other. now, like we do so many mornings of the year, we are going to pray. please join us. >> lord, thank you for the unique unifying power prayer. we can't stay angry or divided when we pray. i thank you for my brother paco, here, and all the ways he has enriched and brought joy and encouraged to me. and we just thank you for the house we are able to come together each and every week and to also, have this time together with all of our friends and around the world. >> and i thank you, lord, for robert and the other republican and democratic members of our prayer group. we are constantly learning from one another that we unify and not divide. lord, let us especially remember before you the poor of the
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world. we in this room are graced with your blessings, as such it is our responsibility to pray for and help those who are less fortunate. lord, you taught us that in the economy of your kingdom, the first shall be last and the last shall be first. may our hearts be broken by the things that break your heart, o-interjection lord, and as a result may we pursue personal action and policy that create peace, equality and justice. we privately and silently need your guidance and grace to the poor. >> lord, hear our prayer. >> i agree with my brothers perfect we bring before you now the hearts and the minds and the body of the leaders of this nation and this world. lord, i believe you created the institution of leadership to make the most of this challenging world. we need our leaders to make decisions to organize, effort to
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inspire us and to overcome all the forces that drive us apart. we pray for our republic and the interaction between the three distinct branches, legislative, executive and judicial. we pray for the list of the house and the senate. we pray for president trump and vice president pence and their families but we pray for the new cabinet and the military leaders who serve this nation. we pray for the supreme court, the federal judiciary and the men and women of law enforcement across this land. and we pray for the leaders of the world who serve in lands of endless variety to do well at the same basic human challenges we face. we also also pray for the prime minister and the king who are with us in this room this morning. and we privately and silence now intercede for the leaders you now put on our hearts to pray for. lord, hear our prayer.
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>> lord, as we learn to pray and to love each other as you have called us to do, deliver us from the temptation to get even, to make ourselves overly important and to always need to be right. may your kingdom come and your will be done in our midst. in the name of jesus i pray, amen. [applause] it's now my great pleasure to introduce our keynoter, my friend and spiritual mentor, barry black. i should have introduced him to you with his proper title, where
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admiral and u.s. senate chaplain barry black, because he is both. he served a distinguished career of over 27 years in the navy. he has served the senate family as our chaplain since 2003, for the last 14 years. you. you may not have known it, but the u.s. senate has had an official chaplain since 1789, and i think if you polled the senate members know we would all agree that we doubt that w we've ever had a better one. ladies and gentlemen, barry black. [applause] [applause] >> president trump, vice president pence, heads of state,
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members of congress, speakers of parliament, visiting clergy, my fathers children. as i listened to that beautiful rendition of i can only imagine, i found myself distracted from imagining that one day i could sing like that. [laughter] the bible says thou shalt not covet, and your cause me to transgress the law of god today. [laughter] [applause] i don't get upset with people who sing well. i wish, however, they didn't make it look so easy.
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[laughter] i want to talk about making your voice heard in heaven. as has already been stated, our lawmakers get together each week for a prayer breakfast. one of the things that really inspires me about that prayer breakfast is the closing prayer, when they stand and join hands, and they pray together, to see republican, democrat, independent, praying together, i find myself thinking where are the c-span cameras when you need them? one senator observed, as some of you may have heard, it's difficult to pray like that and then leave that room and go to
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the upper chamber and secretively stab one of your colleagues in the back. the senator quickly added, it's not impossible, but it is difficult. [laughter] fewer of you may know that the next day in one of the hideaways, senators from both sides of the aisle meet for a bible study. the bible study begins and ends with a prayer, again both sides of the aisle praying with and for one another. some of you may not know that every wednesday the chiefs of staff get together for a bible study that begins and ends with a prayer. some of you may not know that
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every friday, more than 100 staffers, capitol police officers, janitors, waiters, waitresses come together for a bible study. and that bible study begins and ends with a prayer. paul had it right in philippians four, 22, there are saints in caesar's household. and i am encouraged by the robust spirituality of so many who work on capitol hill. we had senators who are under the radar but ordained ministers. i won't out any of them right at this time. we also had senators whose spirituality dwarfs my own. and so we need to come together
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and realize that when we pray, we are making our voice, our voices heard in heaven. i believe they gather because of that. now, we work at making our voices heard on earth. we march, we left placards, we are involved in social media, we blog. we have linked in and we have google and youtube and all the ways that we tried to make our voices heard on earth. but when i see a group of people of faith of this size, i get an adrenaline rush. because i know that where two or three are gathered together in god's name, he is there in the mid-spirit so what happens when
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we get this many people gathered together in his name? i feel the palpable presence of god in this place, and far more important than letting our voices be heard on earth is it the opportunity to make our voices heard in heaven. now, i know that there are those who say that the efficacy of prayer does not go beyond the interior light of the intersection. prayer doesn't change anything, but i agree with tennyson that more things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of. i also believe that when we
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pray, humanity cooperates with divinity. my friends, there are things we will never get, except by request only. there are blessings that hang on silken cords that we will never receive, except by request only. james chapter four versus two says you have not because you asked not. in mark chapter six, jesus went to his hometown. jesus had already set a prophet has on her everywhere, except in his hometown. he got there and the people were skeptical. they said, isn't this the carpenter son? where did he get his wisdom?
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and the so-called mighty works? and one of the most startling bible verses i know, mark chapter six, verse six says, and jesus could not do many mighty works there, his hometown, because of their unbelief. not would not, could not do many mighty works, because of their unbelief. in matthew chapter 17, the disciples made an aborted attempt to cast out a demon from a boy. they were unsuccessful, of course. when they got jesus privately, got him some were privately, they asked him, why couldn't we cast out the demons? and jesus said in matthew 17, 20, because of your unbelief. because if you had faith, the
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size of the grain of a mustard seed, you would be able, praise god, to move mountains. my friends, when we make our voices heard in heaven, it makes a palpable difference. so how do we do it? mr. president, you may be familiar with the scripture because it was read at your inauguration, but it is so spot on. new living translation, i urge you, said the tent maker from tarsus to his protége, first of all, to pray for all people, ask god to help them. we need to pray for everyone, all people, whether they read the -- whether they read the holy quran, we need to pray for
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all people, hallelujah to the land of god. [applause] >> ask god to help them, intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. pray this way for kings, and all who are in authority, so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. this is good and pleases god, our savior, who wants -- here this -- who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. praise god. for those who want to make their voices heard in heaven. so how do we do this?
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first of all we pray from a sense of need. i used to have about 45 seconds worth of prayer material, and kelly became a parent. my site if you today. then you got plenty of prayer material, praise god. you break out of a sense of need. my friends, god wants us to pray when we need him. even as a parent wants to be with a child who needs him or her. the bible says in the 50th psalm verse 15, call upon me in the day of trouble and i will deliver you. in philippians four, six and seven, the bible says have no anxiety about anything but pray about everything with thanksgiving. we pray out of a sense of need.
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once an international breast seller bruce walker since book, what a wonderful story, first chapter four, nine and 10. the bible says that this fellow who prayed a powerful prayer, he made his voice heard in heaven, says he was more honorable than his brothers. and his mother named him that because she said i bore him with sorrow. now imagine having your given name sorrow full. imagine being entered is, send it to come i'd like you to meet chaplain sorr sorrowful black. imagine the pushback. sorry for black. and he says, verse 10, praise god.
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called upon the sovereign god out of a sense of need. he said, i love this prayer, he said all that you would bless me indeed, because every blessing is not a blessing indeed. in south carolina where my mother and from and grew up, they used to talk about a sure enough black thing. that's a blessing indeed. i hope the translators won't have a problem with that, but we will help you out, all right? [laughter] and jabez says i want you to enlarge my territory. you see, you have not because you asked not. and then i love it. he says i want you to keep your hand on me. my friends, just to have gods hand on us, we ought to pray that god hand will be on our president or i was talking with
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a vice president backstage and i said i am praying that the hand of god will be on you. the hand of the lord was upon me. we need people who govern, who have the hand of god on them. [applause] >> and then he said, i want you to keep me from evil, that it will not grieve me. my friends, god is no respecter of persons, chapter 10 verse 34, if he he did it for jabez, he will do it for you and he will do it for me. so pray out of a sense of need. secondly, pray with intimacy. jesus said to his disciples in john 15, 16, i no longer call you servants. i call you my friends.
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god wants a relationship with us. jesus said again in his wonderful prayer in john chapter 17, verse one, he lifted his eyes to heaven and said father, the hour has. glorify your son, that your son also might glorify you, as you have given him power. to give to as many as would receive him, eternal life. and verse three of john 17, this is life eternal. that they might know you, abba. and jesus christ who you have sent. my oldest son is in the audience, and one of my pet peeves is he calls and when he calls he says hello, dad, this is barry. really? [laughter] i mean i have caller id and yes
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identify himself? if i get a call that says hello, darling, i should not respond, who is this? [laughter] god wants an intimacy with us. and so in my tradition we sing a hymn that i love, i come to the garden alone. someone knows of this. while the dew is still on the roses and the voice i hear falling on my ears, the son of god discloses. and he walks with me and he talks with me, and he tells me, barry, you belong to me. and the joy we share as we carry carried there, none of us has ever known. pray with intimacy. pray like hannah when she wanted that baby. she prayed with such specificity
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and such intimacy and such fervency, that eli the priest thought she was inebriated. we need to pray with that passion and fervor. finally, pray for those who govern, praise the lord. pray for those who govern. prayed this way, for kings and for all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. we fasted and prayed for months during the presidential election, the presidential primary. we fasted and prayed, hundreds of us, on capitol hill, that the will of god might be done. isaiah 55, eight and nine, god says my parts are not your part. my ways are not your ways.
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newsflash, god, god is smarter than we are. i know that startle some of you. [applause] one of those startling verses in the bible from is daniel chapter one, and god gave joachim, the king of judah, a good guy, into the hands of delivered them into the hands of nebuchadnezzar. remember he was the guy who said heat the furnace seven times hotter than it is right now. god delivered joachim into the hands of nebuchadnezzar. nebuchadnezzar had a dream. he could remember the dream. and he said since you wise men can't remember the dream, i'll tell you what i'm going to do.
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i'm going to kill you and kill the members of your family and make your homes down hills. and daniel and his friends step forward, you remember, daniel, shadrach -- they got together that's right. they are african-americans in the old testament. some of you will get that on the way home, but anyhow. [laughter] just want to make sure you're still with me, okay? and they prayed for king nebuchadnezzar whom jeremiah 27-six, god calls nebuchadnezzar my servant, nebuchadnezzar. proverbs 21, one, says the heart of the king is in gods hands, and he turns it anyway he desires. he gave pharaoh a dream of fat cows and then cows in order to make egypt the breadbasket of
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the world. and daniel walked out to nebuchadnezzar and said we've been praying for you. god has given us what you dreamed and the interpretation of the dream. we must pray for those who govern, and make our voices heard in heaven. i grew up in baltimore, maryland. in fact, i grew up in freddie grays neighborhood. you remember that. all right? my mother had a fourth grade education, the daughter of a sharecropper, an activity that martin king called a new form of slavery covered up with certain niceties of complexity. so i grew up about 30 miles from washington, d.c. i did not shake hands with a white person until i was 16 years old, all right?
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no white people in my church. no white people in my neighborhood. no white people in my school. my mother motivated my siblings and me to study the wor word of. she provided us with a monetary incentive, 5 cents for every person you memorized. so if you would enter our domicile, you would find my siblings and me searching the word of god for short bible verses. [laughter] i knew every short bible verse in the book, okay? my favorite bible verse is not john 3:16 it is john mcxxxv, jesus wept. powerful verse. powerful verse. remember lots wife. powerful verse. powerful verse. [laughter] a treasure trove, quench not the spirit.
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rejoice evermore. and everything give thanks. despise not publicizing. in fact i was doing my read on first thessalonians chapter five and my mother put me on a flat rate. she said hold it, hold it, hold it. [laughter] i don't care how much you memorized them you're only going to get a quarter, okay? all right. and when mother knew what she was doing. one day i memorized first peter one, 18 and 19. i was only 10 years of age. we are redeemed not with corruptible things such as silver and gold, but with the precious blood of jesus christ. and even at 10 i had sufficient analytical skills to know that the value of an object is based upon the price someone is
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willing to pay. and when it dawned on me, a little guy in the inner-city, that god said what john three calls, the only one of its kind, his only begotten son to die for me, no one was ever able to make me feel inferior again. [applause] >> moreover, moreover, i said i've got to get to know this man who died for me. so now it was not just for the nichols that i started reading the word, it was the gratifying this man. and as i searched the scriptures, it was like a
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zeffirelli movie with the man with no name. i kept finding him in genesis. an exit as he is the i am. in numbers he's the star and separate the in deuteronomy is of the rock. in first samuel is in the lord of hosts, in job he is the redeemer. in psalms he is the great shepherd. in proverbs he is the beloved. i kept running into that man. and isaiah he is wonderful counselor, mighty god, the everlasting father, the prince of peace. in daniel he is the fourth man. in micah he is the one it was going forth of old. it's from everlasting to everlasting. in zechariah he is the branch. in maliki he is the messenger of the covenant. matthew calls and savior. mark calls in son of man. luke calls him the great
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physician. john calls him the word made flesh. act says he is the one who will mobilize as to witness. philippians said god has exalted him so that at his name, every knee shall bow, and every tongue that he is the lord of the glory of god the father. first saif polonius says he is the one who will descend from heaven with a shout with the voice of the archangel and the trump of god. and jude says he is able to keep me without stumbling or slipping and present me without fault, without blemish before the presence of his glory, with unspeakable, ecstatic delight in triumphant joy and exultation. and john said, i was in the spirit on the lords day, on that file in the aegean sea. i saw him high and lifted up.
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he is alpha, he is omega, he is beginning, he is ending. and so because i kept meeting that man, my hope does not rest in the various branches of government, executive, legislative or judicial. my hope does not rest in the alliances that we build. my testimony is simply this. my hope is built on nothing less than jesus blood and righteousness. i -- wholly lean on jesus name. on christ the solid rock i stand. all other ground is sinking. all other ground is sinking sand. god bless you.
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>> thank you, chaplin blackbeard thank you for remarkable log, and thank you are the greatest you have shared with us today. and now to introduce the president of the united states, mr. mark burnett. [applause] >> good morning, everybody. chaplain black, you know how much we love you. that was one of the most impassioned keynotes i've ever heard in my life.
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[applause] everybody in here right now feels refreshed, refreshing juices. mr. president, senators, congressmen, your majesty king abdullah, honored guests, i'm so grateful to be back here at my favorite event of the year, the national prayer breakfast. it's wonderful and last year we were so blessed to give the keynote ourselves, myself and made beautiful the angel wife. [applause] most of you in this room know the bible series of chorus. but it's a lot longer than that.
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in the late 80s, i was sitting on venice beach selling t-shirt, wondering how to get going in america and that i start a real business. i came across the book, the arts of the deal. [laughter] .book really, really inspired me, really got me going and thinking america is the kind of place and started business. i wonder if i'm ever going to be in the presence and set eyes on the guy that wrote this book. albert out. it got me going in business. i started a little show called it either. they took the country by storm and after a few years i was producing the finale of survivor. i can take it into the real jungle, new york city. i needed a great actor off, the
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manhattan skyline, a lot of it don't buy the men who wrote the art of the deal. i found a skating rink. right in central park with the backdrop of the manhattan skyline. my dad made a deal with mr. trump only got 5000 seats of bleachers in central park. i still never met mr. trump that i got on stage with five minutes to go and had good energy with live tv sitting right in the front row, mr. donald trump. my dream had come true really. the book had got me going and now i'm in the presence of the man himself, donald trump. the show went great and
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afterwards he came and found me, shook my hand, and as i do know what, i like you. call me. let's do something one day. cut to six months later i'm in the amazon jungle making survivor number six. everything surrounding you there can kill you. the alligators, anacondas, even the plants. he made a satellite home to my son. he said data you've been gone a long time. i forgot what you look like he had i realized i had to get a job at an american city. what can i do after survivor? i know, a show that can inspire business is a job interview, but
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not with made-up resumes. i need someone really dynamic to be the headliner and run the show. someone who's inspiring. someone who's not afraid. i need a real winner. [laughter] [applause] gave me his number, i wasn't sure how it's going to make the show. and i'm going to new york, i'll be there for 10 days to get my head straight and i get an appointment to go see them. coming in a car from jfk i called the number expecting to set an appointment. i got through to your system at the time and she put me in straight through. all i wanted was an appointment and now i'm speaking to donald trump.
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i really thought about hanging the phone not. but i knew he knew it was me. so i think i'm just going an appointment to see you. on the way from jfk. you'll be hearing half an hour. in our trump towers and i'll be waiting. do you dare. click. i really thought of calling not to, i'm not ready. i thought it got to go for it. i went straight up and i'm sitting in mr. trump's office. a lot of people pitch in a reality show ideas. they want to see me calling my hair, living in my apartment. there is nothing if not a day. but this idea, the apprentice could be good to inspire lots of young americans to get into business, to see how business really works.
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you know what, i love this. i want to do this. go with my agent. i chew the real estate mogul? get on the phone with the agent. and just work out the deal. i was so excited. i went next door. compuserve and full of energy. and he said you're kidding, right? you went and saw my client, mr. trump without my permission? i said well, i was going to set an appointment. he said save it. they said you can't do that. you got to tell me the idea right now to approve it. he just said yes. he said i don't care. i went through the whole idea again on the telephone and the one thing mr. trump said trying
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to do this face to face on the telephone. i told the guy i thought he did a great job. he said i hated it. it's never going to work. the apprentice and will not work and i'm going to tell mr. trump he will not do the apprentice. how did it go? mr. trump, got bad news. what you mean? your agent said he hated the idea and is a terrible idea. he's not going to allow you to make it. mr. trump stood up from behind his desk [laughter] she walked around and said correct me if i'm wrong, didn't i just give you my word? didn't i say we were making us? we are going to make it. we're going to make a deal right now you and me.
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by the way, get in touch with the agent and tell him you're fired. [applause] 14 years of a relationship building a highly successful global television franchise where we've never had a single bad word between us. everything that comes up in business we deal face to face, no lawyers, no countenance to do with it straightforwardly. one of the greatest relationships of my life. today i am so grateful to be in here before you. here's to you, the 45th president of the united states of america, my friend donald jay
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trump. [cheers and applause] >> thank you, mark. so nice. thank you very much. [applause] thank you very much. a great honor to be here this morning. so many faith leaders, and very committed very important people from across our magnificent nation in so many leaders from all across the globe. today we continue a tradition begun by president eisenhower sends 64 years ago.
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this gathering is a testament to the power of faith and is one of the great pastimes of our nation nation -- customs of our nation and i hope to be here seven more times with you. [applause] i want very much to thank our cochair, senator boozeman and senator coons and all of the congressional leadership all over the place. we have a lot of distinguished guests and one guest who was just sworn in last night. rex tillerson, secretary of state. some people didn't like racks because he got along with leaders of the world. i think you have to understand that the good thing. not a bad thing.
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he's respected all over the world i think he will go down as one of our great, great secretaries. we appreciate it. thank you. i don't know chaplain wandered back an appointed position. i don't even know if you're a democrat or republican, but i'm appointing you for another year. the with it. and i think it's not even my appointment. it is than its appointment. who will talk to them. your son is here. your job is very, very secure. thank you. appreciated very much. i also want to thank my great friends. where's realm up? she's got the voice. it's so beautiful. everything is so beautiful about roma, including her husband because he's a special, special friend.
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thank you for the wonderful introduction. so true. so true. i said to the agent, sorry. it will never work. the same, i really fired him after i became the number one show. it became so successful and he wanted a commission and he didn't want to do this. that's what i really said. when i ran for president, i had to leave the show. that's when i knew for sure i was doing it. they hired a big, big movie star, arnold schwarzenegger to take my place. and we know how that turned out. the ratings went right down the tubes. it's been a total disaster and mark will never, ever bet against trump again. i want to just pray for ronald if we can.
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but we had an amazing life together the last 14, 10 years. an outstanding man. thank you for introducing. appreciated. it's a great honor. i also want to thank my dear friend, vice president might have, who has been incredible. caught back from his incredible wife carrying. every time i was in trouble with something where they were questioning me, they would say that he picked mike pence. he has to know what he's doing. it is true. you know on the scale of year to 10, i rate him at 12. i want to thank you. thank you very much. appreciate it. but most importantly i want to thank the american people. your faith and prayers have
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sustained me and inspired me through some very tough times. all around america i've met amazing people whose words of worship and encouragement has an icon to burst of strength. what i hear most often as they travel the country are five words that never, ever fail to touch my heart. bad days i am praying for you. i hear it so often. i am praying for you, mr. president. [applause] no one has inspired me more in my travels in the families of the united states military. men and women who put their lives on the line everyday for their their country and countrymen. i just came back yesterday from dover air force base to join the
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family of chief william ryan collins is america's fallen hero was returned home. very, very sad, but very, very beautiful. very, very beautiful. his family was there. incredible family, love kids so much. so does this dated. he was so devastated. but the ceremony was amazing. he died in defense of our nation. he gave his life in defense of our people. our debt to him and i'd debt to his family is eternal and everlasting. greater love hath no man than this but a man lay down his life for his friend. we will never forget the men and women who wear the uniform. believe me.
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[applause] from generation to generation, their vision and has kept our liberty alive. our freedom is won by their sacrifice and our security has been earned with their sweat and blood and tears. god has blessed this plan to give us such incredible here is a patriot. they are very, very special and we are going to take care of them. [applause] our soldiers understand that what matters is not partying or ideology or creed, but the bonds
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of loyalty that link us all together as one. america is a nation of believers. and towns all across our land, and it is plain to see what we easily forget. so easily we forget this, that the quality of our lives is not defined by our material success, but i our spiritual success. i will tell you that. and i tell you that from somebody that is tagged material success and knows tremendous numbers of people with great material success. the most material success. many of those people are very, very miserable, unhappy people. i know a lot of people that have great families. they have great faith. they don't have money, at least not nearly to the extent and
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they are happy. does to me are the successful people i have to tell you. [applause] i was blessed to be raised in a church home. my mother and father taught me that to whom much is given, much is expected. i was sworn in on the very bible from which my mother would teach as as young children. and that's a lives on in my heart every single day. the people in this room come from many, many backgrounds. you represent so many religions and so many views. but we are all united by our faith and our creator and our firm knowledge that we are all equal in his eyes. we are not just flesh and bone
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and blood. we are human beings with souls. our republic was formed on the basis that freedom is not a gift from government, but that three dead is a gift from god. [applause] it was the great thomas jefferson who said the god who gave us life gave us liberty. jefferson asked, can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of god. among those freedoms is the right to worship according to our own beliefs. that is why i will get rid and totally destroy the johnson
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amendment and allow our representatives have faith to speak freely and without fear of richer beautician. i will do that. remember. [applause] freedom of religion is a sacred right. but also under threat all around us and the world is under serious comments. right. in so many different ways. and i've never seen that so much in so the money since i accept the position of president. the world is in trouble, but we are going to straighten it out. okay? that's what i do. we are going to fix things. believe me, when you hear about the telephone calls and haunting, don't worry about it.
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we have to be tough. we are taking it in ichat i every nation in the world virtually. it's not going to happen anymore. we have seen unimaginable violence carried out in the name of religion. ask of slaughter against religious minorities, on the scale that defied description. terrorism is a fundamental right to religious freedom. it must be stopped and that will be stopped. it may not be pretty for a little while. it will be stopped. we have seen -- [applause] by the way, and general as you know, james mann dog is in this room, mattis. there's a reason they call him mad dog.
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always when then and when sam asked. he served as secretary of defense. he is right now in south korea going to japan, going to some other spots. i've gotten to know him really well. he is the real deal. we have somebody who is the real deal working for us and that is what we need. you watch. you just watch. things will be different. we have seen peaceloving muslims brutalized, victimized, murdered and oppressed by isis killers. we have seen threads of extermination the jewish people. we have seen a campaign of isis and genocide against chris shays were they cut off heads. not since the middle ages hardly seem not. we haven't seen matt, the cutting off of heads. now they cut off the head.
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the crowd people in steel cages. i've been a. nobody has the mess for many, many years. all nations have a moral obligation to his beak out against such violence. all nations have a duty to work together to confront it and to confront a vicious way if we have to. so i want to express clearly today to the american people that my administration will do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty in our land. america must forever remain it tolerates society where all faiths i respect good and all of our citizens can feel safe and secure. we have to feel safe and secure. in recent days, we have begun to take necessary action to achieve the goal. our nation has the most generous
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immigration system. there are those who would exploit that generosity to undermine the ballot that we hold so dear. we need security. there're those who would seek to enter the country for oppressing other people based upon their faith or their lifestyle. not right. we will not allow a beachhead of intolerance to spread in our nation. in the coming days we will help ensure that those admitted into our country fully embrace our values of religious numbers of liberty. and that they reject any form of oppression and discrimination. we want people to come into our nation, that we want people to
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love us and to love our values. not to hate us and to hate our values. we will be a safe country. we will be a free country and we will be a country where all citizens can crack if they are believed without fear of hostility for fear of violence. america will flourish as long as our liberty and in particular i religious liberty is allowed to flourish. [applause] america will succeed as long as our most honorable citizen. we have some that are so vulnerable, have a path to success in america will thrive as long as we continue to have faith in each other and faith in
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god. [applause] that faith in god has inspired men and women to sacrifice for the needy, to deploy two wars overseas and lock arms at home to ensure equal rights for every man, woman and child in our land. it is that 8% of pilgrims across the oceans, the pioneers across the plains and the young people all across america to chase their dreams. they are chasing their dreams. we are going to bring those trains at. as long as we have god, we are never, ever allowed. whether it is soldier on the night watch with the single parent on the night shift, god will always give us solace and strength and comfort.
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we need to carry on and keep carrying on. for us here in washington, we must never, ever stop asking god to do with mts serve the public according to his will. that is why -- [applause] >> thank you. that is why president eisenhower and senator carlson at the west end gather together 624 years ago to begin this truly great tradition. that is not all they did together. let me tell you the rest of the story. one year later, senator carl was among the members of congress to send to the president -- a joint resolution that added under god to our pledge of allegiance. it's a great day.
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[applause] because that is what we are and that is what we will always be an artist but our people want. one beautiful nation under god. thank you. god bless you and god bless america. thank you. [applause] [cheers and applause]
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[applause] >> thank you, mr. president. we are coming near the end of this prayer breakfast. the presence of the divine spirit in this room resting on a chart and radiating out forces for me. what scripture insists is one of our most basic obligations to love our neighbor as ourselves. we are all children of god, each of us created in his image. and though we might have different images as we look out at each other, it is in that spirit of prayer as not for all of us that we have gathered. thank you for sharing with us this morning the words of solomon that we must continue to proclaim liberty for all of god's children.
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the congressmen hard disk and the admiral come at thank you for your prayers for the poor and justice and the reminder that we should pray in leadership in our republic. thank you barton alert, mercy me, for sharing about your father and sharing about how your life has been transformed through prayer and song, helping us imagine what our eyes will see when his face is before us and when his glory surrounds us. thank you for reminding us that god's love can transform us. thank you, chaplain black for your service and for years. and for reminding us that with prayer, all the possible. regulate our nation's divisions and are difficult racial history to making our voices heard and have been. as long as we pray with that earnest need, you have not just
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an appointment position chaplain, but an anointed position. [applause] to my partner and friend, senator boozeman, thank you. it's been a wonderful journey together. thank you are joining us this morning and keeping the tradition, one that really does matter and every president has joined this breakfast as we humble ourselves and pray for our nation, for wisdom and for hope. as i said in the opening, the weekly senate prayer breakfast in the house prayer breakfast, parliamentary prayer breakfasts around the world are opportunities for us to come together with those who are our opponents. those with whom we fight and struggle in the daily work of politics. we gather, humble ourselves and we see god face.
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i grew up in a small church in delaware and there is immense prayer group in that church. that church deadbolt eggs. it welcomes refugees. it said the homeless. the pastor asked if anyone had ever tried to make real the challenge of isaiah 61 and other challenges from our old testament that said this is the widow -- visit the widow, or if it can feed the hungry unwelcome strangers. he said i'm going to the prison here in delaware to visit with prisoners. will anyone come with me? this is a suburban, republican presbyterian congregation. we did everything decently and in order. a few men surprised themselves by signing their arms raised and went to this place to visit with people quite different from themselves and to feel the spirit moved them, to challenge
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then, to the brothers at people who had lived very different lives. one of those men became close friends with a convicted murderer named paul. one of those men welcome back man into his home where he was raising three young boys and took a great risk because of the power of that prayer group. batman is my father. it is amazing what prayer can challenge us to do. and so, mr. president, we share a solemn and difficult moment as he came to my home's data delaware. we traveled together with leaders of our military and members of congress. as we gathered with the family of a navy seal, and ryan owens,
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to comfort his widow, his young children, his parents and his family. and as we marched and assembled and prayed at the very edge of his flag draped coffin, i could see the weight of your office upon your shoulders. and so with the same curse my father had in his prayer group, i might ask if you stand with me and john stand alongside him. if you all please bow your head as we pray for a moment i solomon did, as david did. heavenly father, we ask that you would give our president your wisdom that you would open our hearts and his heart and that he would give this card for all your children, a heart of humility and grace.
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amen. [applause] and now for a closing movie and thought, bart mulhern and mercy me. [applause] >> at increase in the name of jesus and this'll be a roomful of people like this just to hear you would be amazing. if you don't know the words of this song, you probably need to go to church more. some of you are like please let me know the words. please let me know the words. ♪
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group, senator amy called the char -- klobuchar of minnesota. >> thank you so much. thank you to mercy me for that beautiful music. thank you to the two senators up here with me who did a wonderful job planning this breakfast. our representatives, thank you to the president. i do have a message for you to pass on to the first lady, something very big cap in a few weeks ago. she officially displaced me as the most famous women in women and washing d.c. she was actually bored an hour away from my relatives and every time i look at her it is like looking in the mirror. [laughter] i do need to also thank the vice president for being here.
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all of these distinguished guests. i want to state the obvious here, regardless of political party, all of us in washington and in fact around the world were truly stunned by what happened this fall. none of us would ever have imagined that a chicago cub would be wearing a world series ring. [applause] i just wish he would have been playing for the minnesota twins. over the years, so many have led us in prayer and reflection in this breakfast. rabbis and imams, priests and pastors, mother teresa, raw shot and even bono. here is what we have learned. across religions, like across our nation, there really is more that unites us than divides us. and the words of the uniquely american poet, walt whitman, i
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hear america singing the very perilous i hear appeared for weapon, these were the sons of mechanics, carpenters, masons and shoemakers readdress gather today, we hear the very perilous of our american religious tradition, a chorus of many states. as we conclude our time together, let us lift up our faith in god and also our faith in one big country, a country filled with big hard and big dreams. a country that is big enough for all people to worship and live. let us pray. god, thank you for gathering us here today. at the center of our american experiment is american faith. we pledge to be one nation, under god, indivisible.
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we strive to be more perfect, endowed to you our creator, and we have certain inalienable rights. maneaters be steadfast searching not just for common ground for higher ground. may we deepen our understanding of one another and our faith in one another. at the same time, and may we recognize that conviction without courage isn't enough, then it our work is to stand with those who need us most. of this new lord who called on us to feed the raid, quote the, visit the imprisoned, look after the second welcome the stranger. we know the importance of being a part of some being bigger than ourselves and believe in something bigger than ourselves. and with that faith, we will
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always hear america singing. in your name, amen. >> the time has come for the president to leave us. we want you to know how honored we are for your being here and such with your enthusiastic participation coming to continue and i broke it position dating back to eisenhower. we promise to pray for you, mr. president, for god's wisdom to light your path. ladies and gentlemen, please remain in your seats as the president departs.
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[applause] [cheers and applause] >> resident trout making his first appearance at the annual national prayer breakfast. this will be online at her website, right national prayer breakfast in the search bar. more like programming coming up today across the c-span networks.
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both the senate and house would n. for business today. the senate begins at 11:00 eastern. senators will continue debate on going back whole waste. the house is a magnet for legislative work. members will consider two bills, one dealing with federal labor laws and another at the criminal background system and gun purchases. the defendant life here on c-span2 and of course watch the house live on our companion network, c-span. >> what should the gop do to
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avoid sort of sitting on their power and not take the most of this opportunity, which could be over in two years. >> they thought they had a long time. the stimulus of $850 billion. they did obamacare and they did doug frink. all of that will be gone in two years. it will all be swept away. the 850 billion you can't find when i talk about investing. >> inspector general from various agencies testified before the house oversight government reform committee on challenges they face including existing staff vacancies. this is just over two hours. we'll show you this as we can