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The Daily Brief August 29, 2008
"Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies; I take refuge in You." (Psalm 143:9 NKJV)
The Daily Brief
1. Iran's Ahmadinejad, Russia's Medvedev to hold talks --Tehran Times
Political DeskIranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad will hold talks with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev on the sidelines at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Dushanbe which begins on Thursday. Ahmadinejad and Medvedev will talk about strengthening relations between the two countries and discuss regional and international issues, the Fars News Agency reported.
· Father, as this dangerous alliance appears to grow stronger, we put our trust in You to reveal Your power in the nations.
· "The Lord has broken the staff of the wicked . . ." (Isaiah 14:5a)
2. McCain Picks Palin - Fox News
John McCain will introduce Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his vice presidential running mate at an event here at noon Friday, senior campaign sources confirmed to FOX News.
· Lord, we ask for Your forgiveness, grace, and mercy over all the candidates and running mates in this Presidential campaign. We pray for Your mercy over America in the upcoming election. We place each candidate and running mate in Your hands and ask that You fill them with Your Holy Spirit.
· For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:17)
3. FDIC May Have To Borrow Money From Treasury - NewsMax.com
Federal Deposit Insurance Corp (FDIC) might have to borrow money from the Treasury Department to see it through an expected wave of bank failures, the Wall Street Journal reported.
· Father, as our leaders seek ways to shore up the economic disaster, we pray for wisdom in their actions.
· Arise for our help, and redeem us for Your mercies' sake (Psalm 44:26)
4. FEMA Officials Prepare For Tropical Storm Gustav - The Wall Street Journal
"Federal Emergency Management Agency officials are ramping up preparations in case Tropical Storm Gustav builds as predicted into a major hurricane and hits the U.S. Gulf Coast. ,"We continue to monitor the storm and encourage individuals and families to review their preparedness plans," FEMA spokeswoman Elizabeth Childs said. In the event that Gustav becomes a hurricane, FEMA has 478 emergency generators, 141 truckloads of tarp and 267 truckloads of blankets and cots that are already stationed in Gulf Coast states, according to a statement. The agency will also have more than 2.4 million liters of water and more than four million meals. FEMA has conducted analysis to determine in advance where federal assistance is most likely needed. It has also prepared advanced plans for its response and recovery efforts and mapped out those plans with other state and federal agencies."
· Father, we ask Your mercy over the Gulf Coast. We are grieved by the arrogance and sin that still resides in that region, as well as the rest of our nation, and once again we repent and ask forgiveness on their behalf.
· The Lord has removed your punishment; He has turned back your enemy. The King of Israel, the Lord, is among you; you need no longer fear harm. (Zephaniah 3:15 HCSB)
5. Rice meets with Olmert about Russia-US friction Israeli-Palestinian deal has 'good chance of succeeding' - ICEJ News
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, met on Tuesday to discuss the escalating tensions between Russia and the West over the Georgian crisis and US missile shields in Poland. With an eye towards its impact on the Middle East, Olmert and Rice also addressed the peace talks with the Palestinians. Though now on his way out of office, Olmert assured through a spokesman that he is still committed to reaching the Annapolis goal of a peace deal by the end of the year. But Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, the leading candidate to replace him as head of Kadima, now opposes Washington's effort to draft a summary document that outlines the areas of agreement between the parties.
· Lord, we pray against the plan to divide the land of Israel, and ask that You prevent it from succeeding. We bow our knees in repentance for our government's role in it, and declare that Your will alone for Israel shall prevail.
· But Judah shall dwell forever, from generation to generation. (Joel 3:20)
6. G7 Countries Condemn Russia's Actions in Georgia - ABC News
The Group of Seven industrialized democracies condemned Russia on Wednesday for its actions in Georgia, underlining the country's growing estrangement from the West.
· Lord, we pray for a hedge of protection around Western nations as the new "cold war" deepens. We take authority over fear, bind it, and loose wisdom and peace in its place.
· And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. (Matthew 16:19)
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: "May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble; may the name of the God of Jacob defend you." (Psalm 20:1)
1. First American Base Being Established in Israel - Ha'aretz
Significant strategic changes often occur surprisingly quietly, without drawing the deserved attention. A clear example of this is the agreement last month for the deployment of a U.S. radar system in the Negev, which will bolster Israel's defense against Iranian or Syrian surface-to-surface ballistic missiles.
2. Poll: 63% of Americans support Israeli strike in Iran - Ynet News
Some 63% of Americans supports a preemptive Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear facilities, should the international community's diplomatic efforts to curb its nuclear development fail, a recent poll held by the Israel Project revealed Thursday.
3. Israel: Assad not serious about peace - Jerusalem Post
Syria's rush to take advantage of the conflict in Georgia and the Russia-US rift to cozy up to Moscow seems to indicate that it is not interested in serious negotiations with Israel, even with US participation, diplomatic officials in Jerusalem said on Thursday.