Wednesday, February 6, 2008

The Daily Brief - Tuesday, February 5, 2008

"The LORD is nigh unto all that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth." (Psalm 145:18)

Today's Daily Brief

1. Presidential Race Placed in the Hands of Voters From Coast-to-Coast on Super Tuesday
- Fox News

Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton fought for a breakout in their eyeball-to-eyeball Democratic duel while Republican John McCain hoped to bury his rival's presidential hopes in a blur of voting Tuesday from Alaska to the Atlantic. An enormous cache of delegates was at stake -- not enough to clinch a nomination but plenty enough to mint a runaway favorite, or even two.

· Lord, we believe that You have heard our prayers for a righteous person to win this presidential race. We believe that You will have Your way and not man! Amen!

· A man's heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. (Proverbs 16:9 ) There are many plans in a man's heart, Nevertheless the Lord's counsel--that will stand. (Proverbs 19:21)

2. Born Again Christians Favor Democratic Candidates, Says Survey - Christian Post

A surprising new survey out Monday found that more born again Christian voters said they would support a Democratic candidate than a Republican candidate, breaking the long tradition of born-again support for the GOP.

· Lord, we pray that You will open the eyes of the born- again Christian voters to see that we cannot have anything to do with darkness. The pro-abortion and homosexual stance of the Democratic Party and their candidates is the big schism between those that walk according to God's will and those who do not.

· Every one of them has turned aside; They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No, not one. Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge, Who eat up my people as they eat bread, And do not call upon God? (Psalms 53:3, 4)

3. Media malpractice: Popular support for Ron Paul, Mike Huckabee not news - World Tribune

Whatever you think of Ron Paul, you have to admit that the media are notoriously biased against him. The Fox News Channel unfairly excluded him from its January 6 debate, while MSNBC and CNN tried to keep him from speaking for any significant length of time during their January 24 and January 30 debates. This is a candidate, we must recall, who placed second in the Republican Nevada caucuses on January 19, beating John McCain.

· Father God, You are fair and just in all Your ways. There is not shade of turning with You. We pray that You will cause the media to be fair in covering all the candidates so that citizens can have a real idea of the different viewpoints of the candidates. We pray that only those things that need to be said. Raise up our King David for this time.

· For I proclaim the name of the Lord: Ascribe greatness to our God. He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He. (Deuteronomy 32:3, 4)

4. Bush Proposes First $3 Trillion Budget - AP

In the nation's first-ever $3 trillion budget, President Bush seeks to seal his legacy of promoting a strong defense to fight terrorism and tax cuts to spur the economy. Democrats, who control Congress, are pledging fierce opposition to Bush's final spending plan -- perhaps even until the next president takes office.

· Lord, we pray for peace in our government. Let every person desire peace and pursue it. We pray that You will move on the hearts of our leaders to not only desire righteousness, but courtesy, in all their affairs.

· Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. (Philippians 2:3) Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14)

5. FBI wants palm prints, eye scans, tattoo mapping - CNN

The FBI is gearing up to create a massive computer database of people's physical characteristics, all part of an effort the bureau says to better identify criminals and terrorists.

· Heavenly Father, we pray the You will take charge over these plans. Let nothing be agreed upon that would cause harassment for Christians later on. Direct our decisions and our steps. We ask You to place people who will have Your wisdom in these positions of authority. Amen!

· Direct my steps by Your word, And let no iniquity have dominion over me. (Psalms 119:133)

6. Navy test fires powerful electromagnetic 'railgun' - AFP

The US Navy test fired the world's most powerful electromagnetic railgun Thursday, launching a projectile at a velocity of 2,500 meters per second, or 5,600 miles per hour, into a bunker.

· While we are encouraged by this success on the part of our Navy, we are even more comforted, knowing that our ultimate security rests with our Savior.

· "Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God." (Ps. 20:7)

7. Chad Conflict Rages On, US Embassy Abandoned - ABC News

Fighting raged on for a third day Monday in Chad's capital, N'Djamena, as rebels sought to take control of the oil-rich African nation.

· Lord, we pray that just as You divided their tongues, You will divide these tongues so they will no longer plan violence! Let them be divided and distracted!

· Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues, For I have seen violence and strife in the city. (Psalms 55:9 )

8. China battles "coldest winter in 100 years" - Int'l Herald Tribune

Railways and highways were returning to normal across China on Tuesday, but millions are likely to spend the biggest holiday of the year without power and water in what for some is the coldest winter in a century.

· Pray for a miracle of divine intervention in the nation of China. Thousands are now coming to Christ daily in this huge nation . . . may each one survive this disaster to live to share the witness of the Gospel with others who are perishing. Ask our Lord to loose His angelic forces to miraculously protect the citizens of China; and may He grant grace to the authorities who are responding to this cataclysm. In their own helplessness, pray that they, too, would find the Lord.

· "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28) For thus says the Lord, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited: "I am the Lord, and there is no other. (Isaiah 45:18)

9. BULLETIN! Marriage Amendment Gets Its Place in the Sun - FRC Action

It's official! With a last-minute signature push, Florida pro-family efforts to revive the marriage protection petition were successful. Thanks to leaders like John Stemberger and the many volunteers, a state constitutional amendment defining marriage is certified to appear on the November ballot. Now the real battle begins! For more on what you can do to help Florida become the 28th state to permanently preserve traditional marriage, log on to

The Middle East in Focus

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

"I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." (Psalm 18:1-2)

1. Iran test-launches satellite missile - Jerusalem Post

Iran tested a missile capable of carrying satellites into space, Iranian state television said Monday, as part of a program to launch a research satellite in the near future. The rocket was launched from a new Iranian space center, inaugurated by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

2. Iran greatest threat to Israel, Mossad chief says - Ynet News

The threats against the State of Israel emanating from the south, the north and Iran will intensify in 2008, Mossad chief Meir Dagan told the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday.

3. Hamas claims Dimona bombers came from Hebron - Jerusalem Post

Israel Police decided to increase its presence in main cities and crowded places, fearing that more attacks will follow Monday's suicide bombing in Dimona.

4. Fatah: Bombers infiltrated Israel through Egypt - Ynet News

Members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestinian and the al-Aqsa Brigades, Fatah's military wing, confirmed Monday that the two suicide bombers who carried out the attack in Dimona had entered Sinai from the Gaza Strip and infiltrated Israel through Egypt.

Prayers for the Persecuted Church

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

"But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." (Mt. 5:44)

1. Bangladesh: Elderly Convert From Islam Dies from Burns - Worthy News

A 70-year-old woman convert from Islam died on Friday (February 1) from burns she suffered when unknown assailants in a Muslim-majority area about 150 miles northwest of the capital set her home on fire last month.

2. India Hindu Militants "Force" Orissa Christians To Convert "At Gunpoint" - Worthy News

Hindu militants have "forced" Christian families to "convert" to Hinduism and threatened to resume attacks against Christians in the eastern Indian state of Orissa, where up to nine people were killed in religious clashes last month, an advocacy group said Sunday, February 3.

3. North Korea Christians Face More Persecution Than Ever, New Report Shows - Worthy News

Christians in North-Korea have faced more persecution in 2007 than ever before, according to a major human rights report released Friday, February 1.

C.A.I.R. Trying to Shut Down Free Speech
Council On American Islamic Relations Trying To Shut Down Free Speech

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) poses as a civil rights organization for Muslims, but is, in fact, "a political organization that advocates a specific political agenda on behalf of foreign interests," according to radio talk show host Michael Savage. Savage has sued CAIR for copyright violations when the organization used segments of one of his shows discussing Islam to-as Savage puts it in his lawsuit-"raise funds for CAIR so that it could self perpetuate and continue to perform its role in the RICO conspiracy set forth in Count Two and to disseminate of propaganda on behalf of foreign interests that are opposed to the continued existence of the United States of America as a free nation."

Savage says that CAIR, using his program illegally, set out to raise funds for its organization and "organized contacts with various advertisers including Walmart, AutoZone, JC Penny and others whereby CAIR sought to convince them not to advertise on The Michael Savage Show. Any success in this area was due to the copyright infringement and the false context in which the material was presented. CAIR caused some advertisers to pull advertising but they also made false claims as to many other advertisers. These false claims were done in part to intimidate other talk show hosts."

Savage's point is that CAIR wants to shut down free speech in America by quelling any discourse on Islam. In fact, Savage's lawsuit goes a step further by indicating that CAIR not only illegally used excerpts from his radio show, but also is violating racketeering laws and is representing foreign interests who want to see an end to the United States. Savage accused CAIR of exploiting the 9/11 terrorist attacks to raise money for the Holy Land Foundation-on trial in Texas for funding the terrorist organization Hamas. In CAIR's answer to the lawsuit, it admits that it "offered a link to websites for Muslim and non-Muslim organizations collecting donations for 9/11 survivors, including the Holy Land Foundation's website."

The Muslim Brotherhood plan to colonize North America exposed in the Holy Land Foundation trial called for organizations like CAIR to establish footholds in the U.S. and raise money for terrorist operations and for establishing strongholds in America. The Savage lawsuit against CAIR is one that all Americans should support because it impacts free speech, and further, it exposes the deep web of Islamic insurrection against the United States. This nation needs to turn back to its Christian roots in deed and spirit or it may well face the judgment of Babylon seen in Jeremiah 51:14, "Surely, I will fill you with men as with locusts; and they shall raise a battle cry against you." Michael Savage knows this all too well.

Bill Wilson

Word of Life Ministry

The GOP's Fall from Grace

If Republicans hope to rebuild faith in the party, a new poll suggests that the GOP start with some genuine outreach to its "born-again" base. Proving that believers are increasingly disenchanted with the Republican party, the Barna Group released its latest survey on voters' allegiance. According to the poll, if the election were held today, most born again voters would choose the Democratic nominee for president. Barna's research indicates that "born-again" voters are most likely to vote for Sen. Hillary Clinton (20 percent), followed by Sen. Barack Obama (18 percent), and Mike Huckabee (12 percent).

While the results are striking, it is important to note that Barna uses a broad definition for "born-again" voters. It includes people who make a personal commitment to Jesus Christ as their Savior and believe they will go to heaven when they die. Contrast that with the poll's definition of "Evangelical," which includes seven additional conditions such as believing in the accuracy of the Bible, God as the earth's Creator, eternal salvation through grace, and much more. Yet even among the "Evangelical" subset, the respondents may be firmly committed to "conservative ideals" but less committed to the Republican party. Although 56 percent of Evangelicals are registered Republicans, they indicate some discomfort with "the choices they have at hand" for president.

This is yet another indication that the GOP brand is in danger. On paper, it has become increasingly difficult to distinguish between the Republican and Democratic establishments. Both have deemphasized social issues and attempted to fill the void with big government approaches to poverty and global warming. Both are hoping to spend their way into Americans' hearts. But only one establishment can benefit from this agenda--and it isn't the GOP. The mission creep has already cost the Republicans their credibility and the congressional majority. (FRC Action)

Trivial Pursuit

"Where's the beef?" That's what one research company is asking about the media's latest election coverage. After its survey of 765 news stories from December to January, the Center for Media and Public Affairs (CMPA) confirmed what many Americans already suspected. The press is abandoning substantive policy discussions in favor of shallow reporting that is turning an historic election race into a congeniality contest. Only 20 percent of the most recent news stories have included concrete facts about the key issues at stake. The other stories, though largely positive in nature, have included little more than anecdotes about life on the campaign trail. Through features like the Washington Post's front- page "How They Look" column, readers have been trained to care more about what the candidates are wearing than what they stand for. Unfortunately, appearances can be deceiving, which is why voters want--and deserve--more than a cursory glance through candidates' credentials and policy goals. On the eve of Super Tuesday, the country's voters are running short on time and substance. If you long for some meaty, policy-driven analysis, log on to and download our presidential voter guide, which details where the candidates stand on a host of issues. (FRC Action)