In This Issue
· The Daily Brief
· The Middle East in Focus
· 3rd Circuit Court: Not Protecting our Kids
· One Year Ago . . .
· More on that Birth Certificate . . .
· Lou Engle Conference Call Tonight
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The Daily Brief Thursday, July 24, 2008
1. Obama says he would not hesitate to overrule American commanders - Intenational Herald tribune
Senator Barack Obama said Tuesday, that there was "no doubt security has improved in Iraq," but that he would not hesitate to overrule American commanders, and redirect forces to fight what he called "a perilous and urgent" battle against terrorism in Afghanistan. "My job as a candidate for president, and a potential commander in chief, extends beyond Iraq," Obama told reporters in Jordan after finishing a three-day tour of Iraq and Afghanistan.
· Lord, we pray that the decision-making process of both candidates be rooted in You rather than their own opinions. We bind the mind that tosses to and fro over the issues, and pray for true faith, Godly wisdom and keen insight.
·"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." (James 1:5)
2. Rice To Press North Korean Envoy On Nukes - Washington Times and White House Morning Update
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, held talks with Asian officials here Wednesday , before meeting North Korea's top diplomat in what will be the Bush administration's highest-level contact with the Stalinist State in four years. Amid promising developments in the international effort to get the North to abandon nuclear weapons, Rice is hoping to gauge the North's commitment to the process when she sees North Korean Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun on the sidelines of an Asian security forum in Singapore.Pyongyang has been given a four-page draft document detailing what the United States says it must do to prove it has told the truth about its past atomic programs, a key element in the six-nation de-nuclearization initiative. 'It will give some indication of the amount of effort the North Koreans have put into the completing this verification protocol,' chief U.S. negotiator Christopher Hill said Tuesday. The draft calls for intrusive inspections of North Korean nuclear facilities, soil sampling and interviews with key scientists."
· Great are You Lord, and greatly to be praised! Thank You for keeping many foreign governments from launching their nuclear missiles against us. Please give Ms. Rice and Mr. Hill the stirring to ask You for wisdom as they continue nuclear disarmament talks with North Korea. May they find favor and know that You are the sole reason for their success. For Your glory we pray. Amen.
· "The Lord is righteous; He has cut in pieces the cords of the wicked." (Psalm 129: 4 NKJV)
3. Existing Home Sales Tumble 2.6% - AP
Sales of existing homes fell more sharply than expected in June, as the housing industry continued to be bruised by the worst slump in more than two decades.
· Father, again we plead for mercy for the people of America whose homes have fallen in value, and incomes no longer cover the soaring prices of goods. They tell us that the "recovery" will take until next year now, so Father in Jesus' Mighty Name we pray for Your sustaining power.
·"In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God; He heard my voice out of His temple, and my cry came before Him, even into His ears." (Psalm 18:6)
4. Fake Businesses Certified as Eligible for Government Contracts - CNSNews.com
Government investigators created four bogus companies and within weeks, each of the fictional businesses was able to obtain certification from the Small Business Administration, as vendors qualified to obtain federal contracts under the Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) program, the Government Accountability Office reported on July 17.
· Lord, thank You that these poor administrative practices were revealed. We pray that You will seal up the causes, and that legitimate businesses be the ones granted fair access to government contracts.
· "Justice and judgment are the habitation of Thy throne; mercy and truth shall go before Thy face." (Psalm 89:14)
5 . Germany Confident Ireland Will Approve EU Treaty - UPI
EU rotating president and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, says he's optimistic Ireland will find "a way forward" after a no vote to ratify the Treaty of Lisbon. Irish voters defeated a June 12 referendum to approve the package of EU governance changes. Ireland is the only EU country to put the treaty to a public referendum, analysts say, because the Irish feared giving the European Union more power over its foreign policy and domestic economy. All 27 EU countries need to approve the treaty before it can take effect.The "Treaty of Lisbon," also known as the Reform Treaty, is designed to streamline the workings of the European Union (EU) with amendments to the "Treaty on European Union,"(TEU, Maastricht) and the "Treaty Establishing the European Community" (TEC, Rome), the latter being renamed "Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union" (TFEU.) The stated aim of the Lisbon Treaty is "to complete the process started by the Treaty of Amsterdam and by the Treaty of Nice with a view to enhancing the efficiency and democratic legitimacy of the EU, and to improving the coherence of its action."
· Dear God, You have taught us that we need to have spiritual discernment when dealing with news concerning Rome. Perhaps You have given the Irish this same discernment in their "no vote" to ratify the Lisbon Treaty. May the European Union be a governmental body dedicated to You, and may You protect and use Ireland to bring this about. In Your gracious Name we pray. Amen.
· "Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain." (Psalm 127: 1 NKJV)
6. International Olympic Committee Bans Iraq from Beijing Games
The International Olympic Committee confirmed its decision to ban Iraq from taking part in the Beijing Olympics because of the government's interference with sports by disbanding the country's National Olympic Committee, Reuters reported.
· Lord, what a sad time for the handful of Iraqi athletes who trained to go to the Olympics! Father we ask that You will visit the leadership of Iraq and bring change to their hearts, and move over the athletes to comfort them. May the government of Iraq stabilize to a true democracy that understands Your ways.
· "As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is tried; He is a buckler to all those that trust in Him." (Psalm 18:30)
7. Iran to Get New Russian Air Defenses by '09 -Israel - Reuters
Iran is set to receive an advanced Russian-made anti-aircraft system by year-end, that could help fend off any preemptive strikes against its nuclear facilities, senior Israeli defense sources said on Wednesday.
· Lord, we pray that according to Your word, You will intervene in the plans of Iran against Israel or the United States. We pray that any shipment of arms will not be completed before the nuclear facilities are destroyed.
· "And it shall come to pass at the same time, when Gog comes against the land of Israel, says the Lord God, that My fury shall show in My face." (Ezekiel 28:18 NKJV)
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: "My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of My lips." (Psalm 89:34)
1. 'We must prepare for every Iran option' - Jerusalem Post
While US Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama told Israel during his visit to the country that he would do "everything in his power" to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi seemed to receive the same message from senior American officials during his visit to the Washington, D.C.
2.Obama tells Haaretz: Two states for two peoples - Ha'aretz
If elected, Barack Obama has no intention of wasting time on consolidating an "Obama peace plan." He would rather dive in and promote the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians on the basis of existing American initiatives, associates of the U.S. presidential hopeful said Wednesday during his visit to Israel.
3. Obama visits Sderot, warns of nuclear - Ynet News
Israel should not negotiate with Hamas so long as the Islamist group poses a threat to Israeli citizens, US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said on Wednesday during his visit to the town of Sderot.
4.Obama pledges to coordinate Iran policy with Israel - Ha'aretz
Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama pledged to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert Wednesday that if elected, he will coordinate his policy on Iran with Israel.
3rd Circuit Court: Not Protecting our Kids
In the last week, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals has become a graveyard of decency regulations. First the judges sided with CBS over the fines imposed after Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction." Then, yesterday, the court struck down the Child Online Protection Act (COPA), which tightly regulates Internet content to ensure that kids aren't exposed to inappropriate material. The justices ruled that the Clinton-era law was unconstitutional censorship. Under COPA, adult websites are ordered to "verify visitors' ages." Those caught posting images or content that's unsuitable for children without some form of "age verification" face up to six months in jail.
Although the battle to maintain some sense of online decency without violating the First Amendment has made its way to the Supreme Court twice before, it looks as if COPA is bound for return trip. The Internet continues to be a playground for sexual predators, yet the courts insist on stripping the government of any authority to regulate it. The Justice Department and the government at large have a substantial interest in protecting our children from exploitation. Laws are already in place so that minors can't legally purchase pornographic magazines in convenience stores. Why shouldn't the same protections hold true on the Internet? (Family Research Council)
One Year Ago . . .
Focus on Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA)
A year ago this week, Senator Barack Obama (D-Ill.) told a Planned Parenthood audience that the first thing he would do as President is sign into law the mislabeled Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA). As a new Insight paper from Vice President of Government Affairs Tom McClusky shows, if FOCA were to become law it would overturn hundreds of state laws that have put limits on abortion. Planned Parenthood, NARAL and other pro-abortion groups agree with Tom's assessment. The ACLU proclaims, "This [FOCA] bill prohibits such restrictions as parental notification and consent, as well as the requirement that all abortions be performed in a hospital, spousal consent, waiting periods."
Recent polls show that most Americans agree there should be more restrictions on abortion and that tax dollars should not go to the life-ending procedure. However, the passage of FOCA would guarantee that more taxpayer dollars pay for abortions. Its sponsors, including Senators Obama, Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), argue that they want to make abortion rarer. However, when FOCA-like legislation was passed in Maryland that state saw its abortion rate skyrocket, just as the national abortion rate was dropping. Passage of FOCA would be a big payoff to the abortion industry at the deadly cost of citizens' rights. (Family Research Council)
More on that Birth Certificate . . .
Don't Allow Websites To Establish Truth - Demand Obama Prove His Citizenship
A good part of what The Daily Jot tries to do is to teach thinking and discernment from a Biblical world view. From time to time there are issues that arise that arouse great passion in people. The birth certificate fabrication of Democratic presidential candidate B. Hussein Obama is one such issue. There have been many people who have written in with thanks and encouragement that this story is being brought to the forefront. Others, however, have passed the story along to their friends and family only to be berated, scoffed at, and ridiculed. The premise is that if the dot- com's--snopes or fact or fiction--say its false, then it must be false.
People, learn to think on your own. All the reasons that these web sites give for debunking the story are the very reasons people like myself and other truth seekers want validation of the Obama birth certificate. People say that it doesn't matter that Obama's mother wasn't a legitimate citizen at the time of his birth; others say that it doesn't matter that the "unnamed forensic expert" was threatened; others say that the entire story is a hoax because Obama was born in Hawaii and, therefore, he is a natural born citizen of the United States and is eligible to run for president.
Think, people, think. If a man running for president knows the Constitutional requirement to become president is natural born citizenship, yet he allows his campaign to release and post a fabricated birth certificate, he is trying to hide something. Now this might be just an oversight by the Obama campaign in the mix of a myriad of events that occur daily in campaigns. But I don't think so. If the requirement for me to hold office is to have natural born citizenship, why wouldn't I readily provide proof of that if someone asked? That's just one part of the equation. The real crux of the matter is where Obama was actually born. If he has to fabricate a Hawaiian birth certificate, can he prove where he was born?
America has never had a presidential candidate whose origin was so mysterious. There are those who say he was actually born in Kenya. There are those who say he was born in Canada. There are those who claim one island in Hawaii. There are those who claim another island in Hawaii. Bottom line, what is wrong with requiring validation of Obama's citizenship?--its required by the Constitution. Proverbs 12:17 says, "He that speaks the truth shows forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit." Someone who intentionally would provide the public a fabrication about his birth would deceive about other things. Think, people, think. Demand truth so there is not a shadow of deceit over your land.
Word of Life Ministry www.dailyjot.com
Lou Engle Conference Call Tonight
Join Lou Engle for a Live Conference Call on July 24th - Information Below
As the persistent, lazy heat and the commotion of summer marches on, our nation finds itself in the midst of a great spiritual battle. Rarely seen in the media and not frequently seen by the eye of flesh, deep below the surface a battle wages over the destiny of our nation. As you read this, ungodly and immoral legislation giving license to homosexual marriage literally rests in the hands of a few judges in the Supreme Court of California. Daily the unborn of our nation are being sacrificed to the "God of convenience." Currently our nation stands in the midst of a whirlwind of confusion over what issues are political and which ones are moral. Truly our nation stands at a pivotal threshold-the hour in which we stand is urgent.
As waves of darkness break against our shores, a concurrent move of the Holy Spirit today is breaking forth from the heart of America. Men and women of different races and backgrounds are joining together to cry out in the place of prayer and fasting for an inbreaking of God's mercy in our nation. In grassroots prayer meetings across America, the Holy Spirit is falling on hungry hearts, igniting wholehearted love for God and releasing the groans of Spirit-infused intercession. God is not through with America.
In less than one month men and women, young and old, from across the nation will gather together on the Mall in Washington, DC to cry out to our merciful God for another great spiritual awakening in our nation. Coming from the most obscure parts of our country, busloads of people will be flocking to our nation's capital and for a prayer meeting! People are booking entire airplanes-not to attend a great sporting event or to see a celebrity rock star-but to join the body of Christ in a corporate bowing of the heart in repentance. Truly, God is doing something in this hour that is beyond our good ideas or ministry plans.
Today, even as you read this, across the nation local radio stations, nationally known news agencies and respected newspapers are filled with a new sound. Piercing through the political jargon of talking heads, God has miraculously opened up massive doors in the media for TheCall to trumpet this new sound in interviews with Fox News, the 700 Club, The Christian Post and the Washington Times.
We encourage you to stay connected in a practical level with the movement that God is miraculously raising up. You can do this by: Joining a live conference call with Lou Engle and Steven Strang on Thursday, July 24 at 8 p.m eastern time. To get instructions for joining the conference call by phone or live audio web-stream, sign up at http://www.connect2leaders.com/engle. Register for TheCall DC online at www.TheCall.com (this helps us logistically) Continue to spread the word. Forward this email to 10 of your friends.