The Daily Brief - Wednesday, October 31, 2007
"This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." (Psalm 118:24)
Today's Daily Brief -- "We report. You pray."
1. Peake Picked To Run Veterans Affairs - The Hill
Retired Lt. Gen. James Peake was nominated by President Bush Tuesday to run the Department of Veterans Affairs. Peake, a Vietnam veteran who was wounded twice in action, returned from the war to become a doctor. "As a medical officer and combat vet who was wounded in action, Dr. Peake understands the view from both sides of the hospital bed - the doctor's and the patient's," Bush said in introducing the nominee. The president noted that, if confirmed, Peake would be the first physician and the first general to serve as head of the VA.
· A human combination of a general and a physician to lead the Veterans Administration? Only You would pick this man to help our nation's retired military after their service to America! May Gen. Peake know that his nomination was known by You before he was born, and may he bring about a positive change in the military's attitude towards You. We pray that he will be confirmed, and that his administration will reflect Your Principles, with many being saved alive spiritually and physically during his tenure!
· "The righteousness of Your testimonies is everlasting; give me understanding, and I shall live." (Psalm 119: 144 NKJV)
2. Bush: Congress 'Not Getting Its Work Done' - AP
President Bush on Tuesday chided the Democratic- led Congress for not sending him any of the required annual spending bills needed to fund the federal government. He also charged that the leaders of the House and Senate instead "wasted valuable time" on political maneuvers.
· Lord God, may this Congress who stands for everything You oppose, be used to glorify You throughout the world! May our president continue to turn his heart toward You for wisdom and guidance in every part of his life!
· "But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive." (Genesis 50: 20 NKJV)
3. Analysis: 1 In 10 Schools 'Dropout Factories' - Fox News
It's a nickname no principal could be proud of: "Dropout Factory," a high school where no more than 60 percent of the students who start as freshmen make it to their senior year. That dubious distinction applies to more than one in 10 high schools across America.
· Abba, we cry out to You as our Daddy to ask You to please indwell our nation's schools for Your glory. May they no longer be a murderer's killing fields or a place to dump children during the workday! May the school boards, administrators, and teachers once again have a heart for You and their students. May all children be able to choose the schools that they would like to attend, and not be forced to enroll at inferior schools that have failed because of indifference towards You!
· "Whoever causes the upright to go astray in an evil way, he himself will fall into his own pit; but the blameless will inherit good." (Proverbs 28: 10 NKJV)
4. Egypt To Build Nuclear Plants - AP
Egypt's president, Hosni Mubarak, announced plans Monday to build several nuclear power plants -- the latest in a string of ambitious such proposals from moderate Arab countries. The United States immediately welcomed the plan, in a sharp contrast to what it called nuclear "cheating" by Iran.
· Dear Lord, only You know what the Egyptians plan to do with these nuclear power plants, and may it be for nuclear power only! President Mubarak has tried to be a friend to our country over the years in the most difficult of circumstances. May He come to know Your Son as his Savior, along with his wife Suzanne, his family and country! Reward and draw Egypt to You for providing refuge for Your son, Jesus as He escaped Herod! These dear people, along with Jordan, also yearn to be called Your Holy Land.
· "Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one's praise will come from God." (1 Corinthians 4: 5 NKJV)
5. U.S. Hands Over Karbala Province To Iraqi Forces - Bloomberg
..complete War Zone Diary - very graphic! An accurate report of what our men and women are fighting for and against in Irag ... for you.
Karbala province, scene of some of the worst sectarian attacks since the fall of Saddam Hussein, was handed over to Iraqi forces after the U.S. judged them ready to take responsibility for security in the Shiite Muslim area. · Dear Lord, we can't help but believe that You will work a great work in Iraq, and this land will eventually be set free for the spreading of Your Gospel. May many be saved alive in this country that has been home to both Abram and Nebuchadnezzar, men of faith each in their own way, but true believers in the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob! Please let the Iraqi army and police know that they need to call on You for help and You will be there to save!
· "The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing." (Zephaniah 3:17 NKJV)
6. Christian Broadcaster's Missionaries Survive Kidnapping In South Africa - TRW News
Doug and Madeleen Schumacher and children.
Two missionaries, Swaziland couple Doug and Madeleen Schumacher, working in South Africa for global Christian broadcaster Trans World Radio were recovering Friday, October 26, after they survived a kidnapping in South Africa "because of prayers." Witnesses sent e-mails to TWR staff and friends around the globe, "asking for prayer for the couple" while other TWR-Africa searched for their then-captive colleagues. TWR's Human Resources Director for Africa, Ray Alary, said the prayers worked. "The man who was holding them at gunpoint said to them, 'I was going to kill you, but you obviously have people praying for you and I am not going to kill you.
· Dear Lord, we humbly thank You for spaing the Schumacher's lives and truly personifying the verses from "Amazing Grace," "I once was lost, but now am found; was blind, but now I see." Thank You for the childlike faith of their friends who sent up fervent prayer to You asking for their release! May their captors and others come to know You as their Savior. Praise You for who You are, the Christ!
· "For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost." (Matthew 18: 11 NKJV)
7. Christian Groups Claim Pro-Atheist 'Stealth Campaign' in Nicole Kidman Fantasy Film 'The Golden Comp - Fox News
A children's fantasy film that stars Nicole Kidman and features a little girl on a quest to kill God has some Christian groups upset over what they believe is a ploy to promote atheism to kids.
· Offer praise that this movie, which will not be released until December, is being revealed now by Christian groups for its stealth agenda. May MANY be warned, take heed, and steer clear of this film -- protecting our children, too, from deception.
· "Go, set a watchman; let him proclaim what he seeth." (Isaiah 21:6)
8. Biggest Quake since '89 Hits Bay Area - CBN News
A magnitude-5.6 earthquake shook the San Francisco Bay area Tuesday night, rattling homes and nerves, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries.
· It is being reported that the epicenter of this quake struck at a church in San Jose, moving it off of its foundation. Might this be prophetic that the Spirit of our LORD GOD ALMIGHTY might be moving now, to move the "church" off any false foundation, and onto the Blood-washed Cross of Christ? May it be so, O Lord!
· "The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief corner stone." (Psalm 118:22)
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:
"A man finds joy in giving an apt reply - and how good is a timely word!" (Proverbs 15:23)
1. Muhammad Deif: We'll strike in heart of Israel - Ynet News
Muhammad Deif. Waiting for orders Photo: AFP
Muhammad Deif, the commander of Hamas' military wing, has said that the movement will strike in the heart of Israel in the near future, a senior Hamas member said Tuesday.
2. Palestinians Demand Deadline for State - AP
The chief Palestinian peace negotiator said Tuesday there would be no talks with Israel without a deadline for establishing a Palestinian state -- the first indication the Palestinians could scuttle a U.S.- sponsored Mideast conference over the issue.
3. Palestinian opponents to Annapolis: We'll elect new president - Ynet News
Palestinian organizations in opposition to the Annapolis peace conference are weighing the possibility of electing a replacement body for the PLO in order to present an alternative to the leadership of current Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, a senior Palestinians official has told Ynet.
Today in Israel's History
Today is a big day for the Negev. There will be a huge celebration marking the 90th anniversary of a great victory in Beersheva. On October 31st, 1917, six hundred soldiers of the Australian 4th and 12th Light Horse Brigade, under the command of Brigadier General William Grant led a daring attack against the Ottoman army in Beersheva.
Armed with only horses and bayonets -- they charged the deeply entrenched Ottoman army. As machine guns fired, and men and horses were dying, the Lighthorsemen dug in their spurs and continued to press forward for victory. The bewildered enemy failed to adjust their sights and soon their gunfire was passing harmlessly overhead. Quickly, the lighthorsemen overran the Ottoman army and the battle was won in less than an hour. This is often described by historians as the last successful calvary charge in history.
Sometimes the battle around us seems overwhelming. We feel inadequately armed and too weak to attack. But with the Lord, we have the weapons we need and there will be victory!!! Not only that, the battle can be won quicker that we think! We need only press forward and put our trust in Him! A man with God at his side is an army undefeatable!
Let's be courageous as we press forward for the Kingdom today! There's so much work to be done!
"Ye shall not fear them: for the LORD your God he shall fight for you." (Deut. 3:22)
Your family in the Lord with much agape love,
George, Rivka, Elianna & Baby Obi
(Written by: George Whitten, Editor, Worthy News) Read More REVERSE THE CURSE ON OCT. 31st! Dear Friends, "It is very clear what God has to say about this kind of thing. The celebration of the dead has it roots in paganism. What does light have to do with darkness? We, like the Israelites are to not take on the culture of the nation we find ourselves in. We are to be an example to the nations. We are to be lights in an ever darkening world leading culture to the Truth of Christ. Satan has always attempted to mix truth with error to diffuse the purity of God's Word. Patty -- WE AGREE and together, we ask our Lord to REVERSE THE CURSE ON OCTOBER 31st! 1. Stand in repentance before our Lord for those who will dedicate tomorrow to the enemy. EVERY DAY BELONGS TO HIM -- INCLUDING OCTOBER 31ST! 4. BREAK ALL THE CURSES ASSOCIATED WITH THIS DATE, ACCORDING TO THE WORD OF GOD. At the Cross, Jesus bore our curses for us, that we might be set free. 5. Pray for PROTECTION of all children who may be wandering the streets of our cities tomorrow, searching for candy and other "treats." 7. Many, many churches hold alternative acitivities tomorrow night for neighborhood children. PRAY THAT THESE EFFORTS WOULD FIND GREAT SUCCESS, and that MANY would be drawn to "enter in" and join these planned Harvest parties -- for righteousness' sake. AND ALL GOD'S CHILDREN SAID:
Tomorrow marks another October 31st on all of our calendars, and we know what that means.
We recently received a note from one of our partners, Patty H., in Tucson, Arizona, addressing this topic, which we would like to share with all of you now. First Patty cites several verses of Scripture, including Leviticus 13:31, 20:6,27, Deut. 18:9-14.
The only thing I think we as believers need to do is preserve the purity of God's Word, the Gospel and present the Gospel. As many are out at that time, this would be a great opportunity to go to where many people congregate at, Malls, Movies and the like and give out good Gospel tracts, speaking with others about the Good News of Jesus Christ and Salvation."
..The devils fingerprints are all over our culture...
Let's take what Satan means for EVIL and turn it to GOOD!!
Here are some points for prayer and action:
2. Ask our Lord to forgive those who follow the traditional practices of this night, for they know not what they do. (Luke 23:34)
3. Pray and cry out for the souls of all who are ensnared by occult practices: witchcraft, sorcery, New Age teachings and others. Jesus came to set the captives free!!
DECLARE THAT OCTOBER 31ST IS A DAY UNTO THE LORD! Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree. (Gal. 3:13)
"He will give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all they ways." (Psalm 91:11)
6. Pray for all law enforcement officers. Ask our Lord to grace them with the ability to find and to arrest all child predators.
"Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known." (Mark 10:26)
He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." (Luke 10:2)
8. Finally, (repeating Patty's words, above) this would be a great opportunity to go to where many people congregate at, Malls, Movies and the like and give out good Gospel tracts, speaking with others about the Good News of Jesus Christ and Salvation.
"How will they hear without a preacher?" (Romans 10:14)
REVERSE THE CURSE ON OCT. 31st!
"It is very clear what God has to say about this kind of thing. The celebration of the dead has it roots in paganism. What does light have to do with darkness? We, like the Israelites are to not take on the culture of the nation we find ourselves in. We are to be an example to the nations. We are to be lights in an ever darkening world leading culture to the Truth of Christ. Satan has always attempted to mix truth with error to diffuse the purity of God's Word.
Patty -- WE AGREE and together, we ask our Lord to REVERSE THE CURSE ON OCTOBER 31st!
1. Stand in repentance before our Lord for those who will dedicate tomorrow to the enemy. EVERY DAY BELONGS TO HIM -- INCLUDING OCTOBER 31ST!
4. BREAK ALL THE CURSES ASSOCIATED WITH THIS DATE, ACCORDING TO THE WORD OF GOD. At the Cross, Jesus bore our curses for us, that we might be set free.
5. Pray for PROTECTION of all children who may be wandering the streets of our cities tomorrow, searching for candy and other "treats."
7. Many, many churches hold alternative acitivities tomorrow night for neighborhood children. PRAY THAT THESE EFFORTS WOULD FIND GREAT SUCCESS, and that MANY would be drawn to "enter in" and join these planned Harvest parties -- for righteousness' sake.
AND ALL GOD'S CHILDREN SAID: