Sunday, October 7, 2007

The Daily Brief - Thursday, October 4, 2007

"For the word of the Lord is right; and all His works are done in truth . . ." (Psalm 33:3-4)

1.Senate Oks Border Funds
- Washington Times

The Senate overwhelmingly approved $3 billion for added border security that includes a 700-mile fence on the Mexico border, as Democrats lost another bid to force a U.S. pullout from Iraq.

· Thank You, Lord, for the passage of this border bill. We pray that it actually be administered with wisdom, and that the funding will go to its intended purpose: to protect our borders. May we rejoice in the day when our nation is protected from illegal immigration.

· We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks. (Isaiah 26:1b)

2. President Vetoes Children's Health Care Bill - Fox News

President Bush on Wednesday vetoed a five-year, $35 billion expansion of the current State Children's Health Insurance Program, arguing the new program offers government run health care to many Americans who don't need it.

· Father we continue to ask that any socialist agendas of our legislators be thwarted. We thank you for the current SCHIP programs, and ask that You guard our nation from changes that would be harmful both to the economy and to the poor children they are supposed to help.

· The just man walketh in his integrity; his children are blessed after him. (Proverbs 20:7)

3. Missile Defense System is up and Running - Int'l Herald Tribune

After a successful test last week, the tracking radars and interceptor rockets of a new American missile defense system can be turned on at any time to respond to an emerging crisis in Asia, senior military officers said Tuesday.

· Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen and stand upright. (Psalm 20:7,8)

4. Iran Could Strike US by 2015 Officials Say Washington - Fox News

Iranian technology is on pace to build a long-range missile that could strike the United States within a decade, a high-level Pentagon official told FOX News.

· Father we bind the spirit of fear that has been unleashed across our nation. We speak peace over the US and ask that You bring truth and faith to the people of America.

· No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. (Isaiah 54:17)

5. War Justifies $23 Billion More in Domestic Spending, Dems Say -

Congressional Democrats say spending on the Iraq war justifies their proposed $23-billion hike in discretionary spending for Fiscal Year 2008. Cybercast News Service went to Capitol Hill Wednesday to ask elected officials, "Do you support spending $23 billion more in discretionary spending than President Bush requested?"

· Father we pray against the war of words in Congress, and bind the hatred that is creating unwise legislative actions. We take authority over out of control spending agendas and ask Your intervention to change the hearts of our law makers.

· But if instead of showing love among yourselves you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another. (Galatians 5:15 NLT)

6. Law of Sea Treaty Hurts US Security, Sovereignty Activists Say -

Europe is using international means, such as the Law of Sea Treaty, to impose a "better safe than sorry" regulatory model for the environment that jeopardizes America's free enterprise system, according to international business attorney and pro-U.S. sovereignty activist Lawrence Cogan.

· Lord, we pray that You will prevent our nation from being controlled by treaties with dangerous agendas. We ask that You either defeat this treaty or revamp it to protect the US from undue international influence.

· Be very careful never to make treaties with the people in the land where you are going. If you do, you soon will be following their evil ways. (Exodus 34:12 NLT)

7. Slow Landslide Gobbles Homes in Upscale LaJolla LA JOLLA, California - CNN

More than 100 homes in an upscale San Diego community were evacuated after a landslide about 60 yards wide pulled the earth from beneath a three-lane road and some of the multimillion-dollar homes that adorn it.

· Father we thank you that there was no loss of life in this incident! We pray that any rebuilding efforts will be done in wisdom.

· The Lord is good to all; and His tender mercies are over all His works. (Psalm 145:9)

8. Rescue Underway After 3,200 Miners Trapped in South African Gold Mine CARLETONVILLE, South Africa - FOX News

Some 2,700 gold miners some singing, some swearing, but most looking dazed, were hauled from deep underground Thursday as efforts continued to bring hundreds more to the surface after an accident crippled an elevator.

· Thank You Lord, for Your mercy in bringing these miners out. We pray that all will be saved!

· God shall send forth His mercy and His truth. (Psalm 57:3b)

The Middle East in Focus

This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:

""Again I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt, O virgin of Israel! You shall again be adorned with your tambourines, and shall go forth in the dances of those who rejoice. You shall yet plant vines on the mountains of Samaria; the planters shall plant and eat them as ordinary food." (Jeremiah 31:4-5).

1. Olmert, Abbas to discuss core issues 'after conference' - Ynet News

The US-sponsored Mideast conference scheduled to take place in Maryland in November will only be one step in the peace process, rather than its goal, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas agreed on Wednesday afternoon.

2. Rice plans trip to Israel next week - Ynet News

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will visit Israel and the Palestinian Authority next week for a bout of shuttle diplomacy ahead of a peace conference this year, her spokesman said on Wednesday.

3. Gaza banks say may shut down by Jan. over financial clampdown - Ha'aretz

The Palestinian bank regulator said on Wednesday some Palestinian banks could be forced to shut their Gaza branches by year-end, due to Israel's financial clampdown on the Hamas-controlled territory.

4. 55,000 turn out for Jerusalem March - Ynet News

Thousands of Israelis from Jerusalem and nationwide turned out to attend the parade, plus some 7,000 Christian tourists came all the way to the Holy Land to express their solidarity with Israel and the Jewish nation.

Homosexual Indoctrination of 3rd Graders

Evesham Township, New Jersey, is divided over a film called That's a Family! which was being shown to third-graders in their school. Clearly produced to indoctrinate, the movie celebrates diverse "families." One child in the film declares that having "two dads [is] really cool." The film promotes homes headed by same-sex couples (NJ became the third state to bless same-sex civil unions in December). When parents objected, a screening was arranged, and Evesham parents are now divided over what is appropriate. The school board removed the video. This issue goes beyond Evesham, and will be repeated across this nation. Homosexual activists have threatened the school with a lawsuit, saying state antidiscrimination laws were violated. To them ending "discrimination" means mandatory homosexual indoctrination for all children.

· Pray that the American people, especially the Church, will rise to firmly stand against the radical homosexual agenda; that community leaders will arise, who are courageous, and fearless to stand for what is morally right. May God give special grace for this to happen in Evesham Township and across America!

(Source: Family Research Council Prayer Alert)