CHPP Daily Brief - Thursday, April 17, 2014
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The Daily Brief
"Praying for All in Authority"
Thursday, April 17, 2014
""Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29)" (Psalm 133:1)
We will not publish the Daily Brief tomorrow, Friday, April 18 -- Good Friday.
We wish to encourage all of our prayer partners in joining us as we reflect upon the message of the Cross, released almost 2,000 years ago . . . and to take time to invite our Lord to enter our heats and our homes.
We wish all of you a Blessed Resurrection Sunday; and we will return again on Monday.
In His Amazing Grace,
Capitol Hill Prayer Partners
The Daily Brief
1. Putin Stresses Right to Use Deadly Force- Fox News
Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly stressed his right to send Russian troops into eastern Ukraine, but rejected claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in the region.
- Father,we ask that You touch the lives of the Ukrainian and Russian people, and change the heart of Vladimir Putin to bring peace to the region.
- "For those who are far from You shall perish" (Psalm 73:27a)
2. 86M Full-Time Private-Sector Workers Sustain 148M Benefit Takers -CNS News
Buried deep on the website of the U.S. Census Bureau is a number every American citizen, and especially those entrusted with public office, should know. It is 86,429,000.
- Lord, it is difficult for we who have worked hard all our lives to see so many on government assistance. We ask that You find a way to turn the entitlement nature of America around.
- "if any does not work, neither should he eat." (2 Thessalonians 3:10b)
3. CNN op-ed claims right-wingers 'more deadly than jihadists' -Washington Times
An opinion piece published by CNN on Tuesday suggests that "right-wing extremists" have killed more Americans than jihadists since 9/11.
- Lord, this kind of vicious rhetoric from a major news organization is part of the problem in America today. We pray for this person to be continually visited in the night seasons by Your Holy Spirit to change his heart.
-"Though a host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear" (Psalm 27:3a)
4. IRS emails reveal discussion with Justice about suing nonprofits -Washington Times
IRS emails released Wednesday show that just before the tea party targeting scandal was revealed last year, Lois G. Lerner and her colleagues at the tax agency were talking with the Justice Department about making examples out of nonprofit groups that they felt were violating campaign laws by playing political roles.
- Lord, the deeper we go into this administration, the more hateful, hostile attitudes we find. We ask for a sweep of Your power across the entire administration, and for Your protection to reign over Your people.
- "But You have saved us from our enemies, and have put them to shame who hated us." (Psalm 44:7)
5. U.S. power grid defenseless from physical and cyber attacks -Washington Times
The U.S. electrical power grid is vulnerable to cyber and physical attacks that could cause devastating disruptions throughout the country, federal and industry officials told Congress recently.
- Lord, we stand in the gap over America's power grid and ask for Your hedge of protection over it.
- "He shall cover you with His feather, and under His wings shall you trust: His truth shall be your shield and buckler." (Psalm 91:4)
6. Is Your Home Energy's Meter Spying on You?- Fox News
The information gathered from smart meters includes unencrypted data that can, among other details, reveal when a homeowner is away from their residence for long periods of time. The electric wattage readings can even decipher what type of activities a customer is engaged in, such as watching TV, using a computer or even how long someone spends cooking.
- Father, we pray that smart meters across the country would not provide the kind of information that invades our privacy. We pray that the protection of Your Spirit will reign between us and the invasion of our homes.
- "In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do to me." (Psalm 56:11)
The Middle East in Focus
The Middle East in Focus
This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:
"Thus says YHWH: 'If My covenant is not with day and night, and if I have not given the ordinances of the heavens and the earth, then I will cast away the seed of Jacob, and David My servant, so that I will not take any of his seed to be rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. For I will bring back their captivity, and have mercy on them.' (Jeremiah 33:25-26)
1. Hamas praises fatal Hebron attack, warns of more - Times of Israel
The prime minister of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday praised a shooting that killed an Israeli and wounded his wife and son as they drove through the West Bank the previous evening en route to a Seder, the traditional Passover meal that starts the weeklong Jewish holiday.
2. Israel: Palestinians stockpiling rocks inside al-Aqsa Mosque - Times of Israel
Israeli security officials said on Wednesday evening that they would ultimately have to force their way into al-Aqsa mosque, atop the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City, because hundreds of young Palestinian men are now routinely stockpiling large quantities of rocks and slabs of stone there to attack security forces.
3. Fearing repeat of riots, police bar non-Muslims from Temple Mount - Times of Israel
Police closed the Temple Mount to Jewish visitors and tourists on Thursday as a precaution against a repeat of violent clashes at the site the day before.
4. Dozens wounded in Temple Mount riot - Times of Israel
Dozens of Palestinian protesters and an Israeli policeman were wounded Wednesday morning on the Temple Mount after the site was opened to Jewish visitors.
5. Netanyahu''s coalition crisis worsens - Middle East Monitor
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government is facing a worsening crisis, as more of its main allies appear poised to leave the ruling coalition. The Jewish Home Party, led by Economic Minister Naftali Bennet, has already threatened to withdraw from the coalition and now the leader of the Yisrael Beiteinu Party, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, announced that his party is running independently in future elections.
The Daily Jot
Bear on the prowl and the clipped eagle
There is a bear coming out of hibernation this spring and it is prowling Eastern Europe because of an eagle whose wings are clipped. The world is watching what could turn into WWIII with Russian president Vladimir Putin using American weakness to re-form the former Soviet Union one small nation at a time. The occupant of the Oval Office reportedly has refused so far to share intel with NATO ally Ukraine as Putin tightens the military and political noose around the former Soviet satellite. But it may have been the US president's ongoing policy of supporting revolution over election that has created the circumstances behind the Ukraine situation. Question is: Was it on purpose?
Fred Weir, who has covered Russia from Moscow since 1998 for the Christian Science Monitor, says US support for the unelected Maidan Alliance's February revolution in Ukraine has backfired, giving Putin an opportunity to reestablish control of the country. Weir writes: "...the West underestimated the depth of alienation in the East once Ukraine's unelected government started making controversial decisions...Moscow also says that the US in particular erred by giving its backing to Kiev's efforts to subdue resistance in eastern Ukraine with military force - even though Western leaders had strongly warned [the former] regime not to use police force against the Maidan protesters earlier in the crisis."
In Arab Spring, the US president provided material support--US taxpayer funds and full weight of US political capital--for the Muslim Brotherhood- and al Qaeda-backed revolutions throughout Northern Africa and the Middle East. This allowed non elected Islamists to quickly organize and hold "kangaroo" communist-style elections. Today, two of his gemstones--Libya and Egypt--are in total economic and financial disarray because of this president's support for terrorist Islamic Sharia governments. The dubious foreign policy antics to assist the reformation of the Islamic Caliphate (Muslim Brotherhood's stated goal) is one thing, but the entire relationship with Putin is a different story.
Now, the US president will not assist the unelected government he helped install, and the Russian Bear is circling its prey. The once strong foreign policy of America that would have prevented the mere thought of a Russian invasion of Ukraine appears weak. This could, however, just be the face of two communists. Could the Islamist Marxist and the ex-KGB communist be secretly working together? Flashback to March 2012, the US president whispered to the Russian president: "This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility." To which the Russian replied: "I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir." Jeremiah 17:9 says, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?"
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
ALERT! JEWS IN UKRAINE THREATENED
ALERT! JEWS IN UKRAINE THREATENED
Jews In East Ukraine ordered to register and List Their Property
or Be Deported
". . . masked men were waiting for Jewish people after the Passover eve prayer, handed them the flyer and told them to obey its instructions." -Emanuel Shechter, through friends in Donetsk.
(Donetsk, Ukraine)-In a chilling throwback to the beginnings of the Holocaust, there has been disturbing news this week that pro-Russian militants-who've reportedly 'taken over' government buildings in Donetsk, Ukraine-are ordering Jews in the area to "register" with them.
According to Ynet News in a USA Today report, Jews who were coming out of a synagogue were handed leaflets ordering them to provide a list of their property and pay a registration fee "or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated."
The report noted that the leaflets bore the name of Denis Pushilin, who is calling himself the "chairman of Donetsk's temporary government."
The city of Donetsk in Ukraine has been dominated by certain Ukrainians "who are trying to make the city become part of Russia," according to reports.
One resident of Donetsk, Olga Reznikova, 32, told Ynet News that she had not experienced any anti-Semitism there until she received the leaflet.
"We don't know if these notifications were distributed by pro-Russian activists or someone else, but it's serious that it exists," Said Reznikova, adding that "The text reminds of the fascists in 1941."
(USA Today) Read more here.
More from Ukraine
Unidentified Fighter Jets Open Fire On Kramatorsk Airfield,
Please note: Events are not spiraling out of control in Ukraine. We are sending these reports to you tonight, as we are receiving them, with little or no editing. Thank you for praying over these reports.
Dear Friends of Prophetic Vision
Greetings in Jesus name who said, "Surely I come quickly."
This is an email we received from our TV and ministry office in Kiev today. Please pray for our staff and their families.
We are tentatively scheduled to minister in Donetsk early in June.
The message that follows was sent to Jon Hooper in Delaware]
Yes, this report is truth. Watch video by this link. It was the beginning of jet attack.
Ukrainian government has decided to make the insecure step - they decided to use army against people on South and East of Ukraine. But many soldiers decided to give up and when they were in Donetsk region soldiers went on the side of so called "separatists"! Eventually they even provided their weapon and 10 TANKS! to those people and proclaimed that they are not going to serve current government anymore!
Those people wear "Georgievskaya ribbon" This is the symbol of our victory in the Second World War. They are totally against all the Nazi people and their culture.
They want to create an independent "Donetsk Republic" which will build good relations with Russia. They already created the flag of that Republic and you will see it on the pictures. Some pictures are attached!
NB. Jon, pay attention to one of the attached pictures, People are staying and praying trying to stop army!!!
IRS Scandal Spreads
IRS Scandal Spreads
A few weeks ago, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was on Capitol Hill testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Members of the committee were questioning Koskinen as to why the IRS has failed to comply with a subpoena demanding all of Lerner's emails.
His response was surprisingly candid: "We are going to respond to the subpoena. I'm just going to tell you that to comply with this subpoena, we're going to be at it for years, not months."
It's not every day that a bureaucrat admits to stonewalling. And how convenient that the emails will be available after Obama and his gang leave town.
Commissioner Koskinen's remarks didn't sit well with members of the committee, some of whom suggested he could be held in contempt as well. And perhaps he should be.
Yesterday, Judicial Watch released some of Lois Lerner's emails, which it obtained through a Freedom of Information request. The contents suggest the Tea Party targeting scandal may have also included the Justice Department and the FEC.
In response to this latest revelation, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) said:
"Now I see why the IRS is scared to give up the rest of Lois Lerner's emails. Not only do these e-mails further prove the coordination among the IRS, the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the Justice Department and committee Democrats to target conservatives, they also show that had our committee not requested the inspector general's investigation when we did, Eric Holder's politicized Justice Department would likely have been leveling trumped up criminal charges against Tea Party groups to intimidate them from exercising their constitutional rights." (Gary Bauer)
National Day of Prayer: Almost Here!
A Message from Mike and Cindy Jacobs
Below is a message from the NDP website regarding this year's theme and scripture verse. We encourage you to read it, and find out more from www.nationaldayofprayer.org for ways that you can volunteer and be a part of turning the United States back to the Lord!
Theme and Verse for the National Day of Prayer
The 63rd annual National Day of Prayer, May 1, 2014, will have profound significance for our country. It is an unprecedented opportunity to see the Lord's healing and renewing power made manifest as we call on citizens to humbly come before His throne.
Our theme for 2014 is One Voice, United in Prayer, emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to place their faith in the unfailing character of their Creator, who is sovereign over all governments, authorities, and men. To further highlight our theme, we've chosen Romans 15:6 as our Scripture for this year: "So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ."
For the May 1st observances, Anne Graham Lotz, the 2014 Honorary Chairman, wrote a special prayer to be simultaneously read throughout the nation at noon (EDT). This recitation will create a huge wave of prayer, flowing from one coast to the other, illustrating the unity of God's people and acknowledging His dominion over the circumstances facing us. Millions of people will gather to pray at thousands of events facilitated by our volunteer coordinators and people just like you! We hope you'll join with our staff again as we seek to bring more communities than ever before together in prayer. As a way of assisting you, we have assembled a variety of resources that describe how to organize and publicize citywide prayer breakfasts, worship services, and rallies. These materials also present creative ideas geared toward helping individuals and families to establish meaningful devotional times. If you have any questions after reviewing these items, please don't hesitate to contact our NDP staff at (800) 444-8828. We would count it a privilege to lend a hand in whatever manner we are able.
At this crucial time for our nation, we can do nothing more important than pray. Thank you in advance for making this spiritual discipline a personal priority and for standing with us as we encourage others to incorporate prayer in their lives. The Lord has graciously anointed our efforts, empowering them to touch and change many hearts and lives. We look forward to seeing His hand move across our land in exciting ways each May in response to our petitions! In closing, we ask that you prayerfully consider becoming a volunteer in your church or community to lead a National Day of Prayer gathering. May the Lord's peace fill your heart as you rest in Him throughout the days ahead.
The Good News Corner
The Good News Corner:
Pro-life Couple intentionally Buys Building with Abortion Clinic so they could kick the clinic out!
Michelle Reimer said she and her husband took "a stand for the prolife position in a legal, peaceful and non-confrontational way, purchasing the building in order to advance the cause of life."
(Kalispell, MT)-In January, the owner of the only abortion clinic in Flathead County, Montana was told that she had 90 days to move her business off of the premises. Little did she know the new owners of the building where her clinic was located were Michelle Reimer, Executive Director of pro-life pregnancy center Hope Pregnancy Ministries, and her husband. (Photo via LSN) In a statement, Reimer told Democracy Now that the building was purchased as "a stand for the prolife position in a legal, peaceful and non-confrontational way, purchasing the building in order to advance the cause of life." Michelle Reimer, Executive Director of pro-life pregnancy center Hope Pregnancy Ministries.
Susan Cahill, who has owned the abortion clinic All Families Healthcare for decades, has complained that she had difficulty finding a new location, but Reimer told local news that "Montana commercial and tenant laws and regulations were adhered to during the process. All Families Healthcare found accommodating space that met their purposes within a reasonable amount of time." Reimer's tactic follows on two decades of similar efforts elsewhere in the nation. In Chattanooga, Tennessee, activists purchased property in 1993 at an auction that prevented the creation of an abortion clinic. That location now holds the National Memorial for the Unborn and a pregnancy care clinic. (LifeSiteNews) Read more here.
[Also reported by: Breaking Christian News]
Signs and Wonders
Signs and Wonders:
Tens of millions watch heavenly sign
'God is clearly speaking . . . are we watching and listening?'
From the humid lowlands of Brazil to the intensely cold and clear air of the Colorado Rockies at 10,000 feet elevation, tens of millions early Tuesday watched a lunar eclipse, the first of a "tetrad" of four blood moons that are to occur over the next 18 months.
Amid all of the scientific explanations, even establishment media couldn't help but ask: "Does the Bible predict the 'blood moon'?"
Pastor Mark Biltz, whose "Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs" is one of the hottest books in America, believes that people, indeed, need to be paying attention.
"I believe that the blood moons have great historic and prophetic significance just as they did following 1948 and 1967. In the book of Joel it mentions three times about the sun and the moon going dark and in context it also mentions Divine wrath against all countries that want to divide or part the land of Israel," he said.
"I believe the moons are like flashing red warning lights at a heavenly intersection saying to Israel as well as the nations they will be crossing heavenly red lines and if they do, they will understand as Pharaoh did on Passover night 3,500 years ago that the Creator backs up what He says." (WorldNetDaily) Read more here.
"And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near."
Worship With Us Today!
Worship With Us Today!
Now Behold the Lamb
"Behold the Lamb of God, Who Takes Away the Sin of the World!" (John 1:29)
Worship Him Now!
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Because Jesus Christ has shed His blood for all, we, too, pray for ALL, in a nonpartisan manner. Also, because the scriptures indicate that "the effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much" (James 4:17), we are confident that fervent prayer, offered in the halls of the highest chambers of government in our land, can avail much for America. Capitol Hill Prayer Partners welcomes those who feel called to join us, engaging in this strategic work of intercession for our nation: "For there is no power but of God; the powers that be are ordained of God." [Romans 13:1]
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Today's Birthday on the Hill
Almost every day of the year, a member of Congress or a Senator is celebrating a birthday. Let's lift up these men and women, day by day in prayer on their special day, that God might bless them and show them His love for each one. Indeed, let's move together in obedience to the Lord's mandate in I Timothy 2:1-4. It is written:
"I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth."
Today's Birthday Greeting goes to:
Rep. George Holding (NC)
(Source: Bible Pathways Ministries. www.biblepathway.org)
Pray for the Harvest!
Pray for the Harvest!
"Do you not say, 'Four months more and then the harvest'? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest." (John 4:35)
Every day, in every nation on earth, tens of thousands of men and women are making decisions for Christ. Now, you can monitor this amazing fact online by literally "watching" as these souls are born again into the Kingdom.
Of course, the identities of those who are coming to the Lord are never revealed, but our God knows who they are!
Join us as we monitor these "names" daily, praying over each one to be mentored and to grow in his or her faith . . . even in these perilous times. You may visit either or both of the sites below, to pray for fields that are ripe for harvest.
> > > OPTION ONE: AboutJesus.net
> > > OPTION TWO: The Great Commission Map!