" He rules forever by his power, his eyes watch the nations - let not the rebellious rise up against him." (Psalm 66:7)
Today's Daily Brief
1. Negative U.S. media linked to increased insurgent attacks - UPI
Researchers at Harvard say that publicly voiced doubts about the U.S. occupation of Iraq have a measurable "emboldenment effect" on insurgents there.·
Pray that the mainstream media in America will hear this message and thus stop aiding the terrorists. The credibility of Harvard research should carry a strong warning to even the most liberal/leftist. Pray for more maturity in the reporting of the media and less naivite. · "Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof." (Proverbs 18:21)
2. Statistics show traditional families on the rebound - One News Now
Statistics released by the Census Bureau recently are being acknowledged by many pro-family advocates as a good development for the traditional notion of two- parent families.· Praise the Lord that His concept for the healthy family is beginning to flourish again.
Pray for the safety of the two parent family and for their attachment to a Bible-based church. Pray for the message of the Gospel to reach the hearts of every family member. · "For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy where with we joy for your sakes before our God?" ( 1 Thessalonians 3:9)
3. Rivers Keep Rising in Arkansas, Missouri - AP
Muddy water rose to the middle of front doors Monday as a historic flood crest flowed southward on the White River through communities in the state's eastern prairie.· While floods of the midwestern rivers have occurred for centuries, this year seems to have brought excessively bad weather. Is God trying to get our attention?
Please pray for the safety, comfort, and restoration of the people suffering from these floods. Pray that those affected will seek God and not curse Him for their misfortunes. · "See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time because the days are evil." (Ephesians 5:15,16)
4. Huckabee cites power of 'kingmakers' - Washington Times
Mike Huckabee can't definitively explain why he couldn't win the Republican presidential nomination, but he thinks the desire of Christian leaders to be "kingmakers," media coverage and Mother Nature all had something to do with it. "Rank-and-file evangelicals supported me strongly, but a lot of the leadership did not," the former Arkansas governor says. "Let's face it, if you're not going to be king, the next best thing is to be the kingmaker. And if the person gets there without you, you become less relevant." ·
Keep thanking God that HE is in charge of the 2008 elections: that His coice of candidate will be elected to be our next president. Does the Lord have something else in mind for Mile Huckabee? Pray that Mr. Huckabee fulfills the destiny that God has prepared for him. Also, keep praying for the the right person to be chosen by Sen. McCain for his Vice-President. · "Every branch that beareth not fruit, He taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, He pruneth it, that it may bring forth more fruit." (John 15:2)
5. Scientists say Catholic clergy inflaming embryo debate - The Guardian
Leading stem cell scientists last night accused the Catholic church of deliberately targeting parts of embryology legislation that are amenable to "scary language". Their comments come after an Easter break when the human fertilisation and embryology bill was condemned in Catholic sermons across the country. The bill covers a wide range of issues that could be objectionable to Catholics, from fertility treatment to recognising same-sex couples as the legal parents of children conceived through the use of donated sperm, eggs or embryos.·
Praise the Lord for the Catholics' stand on pro-life issues. They have led the way in issues that many in the Protestant churches have either ignored or lack knowledge of. Not one embryonic stem cell has ever produced one cure for any disease, but many diseases have been cured by adult stem cells. Continue to pray that these issues will be brought to the public eye and the truth will be known. ·
"And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in His tabernacles sacrifices of joy." (Psalm 27:6)
6. Markets on wildest ride since Depression - Financial Post
Fear, rumours and uncertainty have driven stock market volatility to its worst level in 60 years, and with the U.S. first-quarter earnings season just around the corner, conditions are tipped to get worse. "It is definitely a dangerous market," Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst at Standard & Poor's in New York said. "A light at the end of the tunnel would be nice, but right now we're not sure if there's another train or not."
· As Christians we are not to be afraid of the stock market and its rise and fall. If we tithe, the Lord will take care of our finances. Nevertheless, pray that the Lord will set aright America's financial basis so that we can export the Gospel and aide in humanitarian efforts to a world that doesn't know Him.
Pray against a spirit of fear entering into the hearts of the American people.· "For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love,and a sound mind." (2 Timothy 1:7)
7. Paramilitaries open fire on hundreds of monks and nuns at Tibet rally - TruNews
Paramilitary police opened fire on hundreds of monks, nuns and Tibetans who tried to march on a local government office in western China yesterday to demand the return of the Dalai Lama. Residents of Luhuo said that a monk and a farmer appeared to have been killed and about a dozen people wounded in the latest violence in Tibetan areas of China.·
The situation in Tibet is truly out of control, but GOD is in control.
Pray for peace to be restored to this nation, and for the safety of all those who live within its borders. Pray, too, that if there be any hidden agenda in all the chaos, it will come to light and its effect be cut off.· "His eyes behold the nations . . ." (Psalm 66:7)