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· The Middle East in Focus
· Georgia in the News
· Pray for the Persecuted Church
· Denver Police: Braced for Convention
· Defense Secretary "Very Satisfied" with New Intel Structure
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The Daily Brief Wednesday, August 13, 2008
"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. . . " (Lam. 3:22)
The Daily Brief
1. Russia Orders Halt to War, Georgia Skeptical - AP
Russian president says military's halted operations in Georgia but Tbilisi casts doubt on announcement, saying Moscow's still bombing towns and villages.
· Continue to pray for the safety of Georgia's skies and citizens. We are dumbfounded at the arrogance of Russia in attacking this small nation. Pray that our media will reveal all aspects of these attacks and not bury the details in silly media reports.
· "Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath." (Proverbs 29:8)
2. BP Shuts Down Georgian Pipeline as Precautionary Measure - Fox News
BP PLC said it shut down an oil pipeline that runs through Georgia on Tuesday as a precautionary measure, but added that it is unaware of any Russian bombings on pipelines in the region. BP said the 90,000-barrel-a- day pipeline to Supsa on Georgia's Black Sea coast from Baku in Azerbaijan will remain closed indefinitely. Another pipeline operated by the London-based oil company in the former Soviet Republic, the larger Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, is already out of action after a fire last week on its Turkish stretch. The BTC pipeline usually provides around 1 million barrels of Caspian crude to international markets.
· Pray for the safety in Georgia of the oil lines to British oil. God can make the oil lines invisible to bombers, and the Holy Spirit can provide the necessary oil. Pray for the sovereignty of the country of Georgia and for the freedom of its citizens.
· "And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Phil. 4:19)
3. Official: Senior Al Qaeda Commander Killed in Pakistan - Fox News
Senior Al Qaeda commander Abu Saeed al-Masri has been killed in recent clashes with Pakistani forces in a Pakistani region near the Afghan border, a security official told Reuters on Tuesday.
· Although we are relieved that the danger posed by this terrorist is now past, we nevertheless cry out to You, Lord, for the salvation of the many other Al-Qaida agents that are yet on the loose. May they each find You as their savior and Lord, and as the answer to their own needs. We ask You, too, to break up this horrible ring of death that still trains for the destruction of human lives, In Jesus' Name we ask this prayer, amen.
· "Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man. Through God we shall do valiantly: for He it is that shall tread down our enemies." (Psalm 60: 11,12)
4. Iraq Demands 'Clear Timeline' for U.S. Troop Withdrawal - Fox News
Iraq's foreign minister insisted Sunday that any security deal with the United States must contain a "very clear timeline" for the departure of U.S. troops. A homicide bomber struck north of Baghdad, killing at least five people including an American soldier.
· Pray that our authorities be given wisdom to know the timing of this withdrawal . . .
· "To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven . . ." (Eccl. 3:1)
5. Pakistan's Punjab Assembly Votes Overwhelmingly for Musharraf to Quit - Washington Post
Members of Punjab province's local assembly voted 321 to 25 Monday that President Pervez Musharraf should leave office, a move that analysts say is likely to be followed by the country's three other provincial assemblies in coming days.
· Because Pakistan is one of the nations in the world that has nuclear weapons, this is a situation that bears close watching . . . and praying. President Musharraf is now being confronted on several fronts, with Pakistan's leaders demanding that he either step down or be impeached. Pray a mantle of PEACE over the nation of Pakistan in this troubled time.
· "Ask, and ye shall receive . . ." (John 16:24)
6. California: Prop. 8 backers drop challenge on wording - SF Chronicle
The state's official description of Proposition 8 on the November ballot will remain as is, a statement that the measure would eliminate same-sex couples' right to marry in California.
· Praise the Lord that common sense has prevailed in California. Pray now for that state so that the residents will vote for Proposition 8 and against the ruling of the activist judges who have tried to override the will of the people. Pray also for Gov. Schwartznegger that he can have the mind of God for this issue.
· "But the Lord of Hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness." (Isaiah 5:16)
7. CA legislature passes bill for 'gay day' celebrations in schools - One News Now
California public schools soon will be planning "gay day" celebrations every May 22 unless Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoes the legislation.
· Pray that the governor WILL veto this legislation!
· "This far you may come, but no farther, And here your proud waves must stop!" (Job 38:11)
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. Severe cash shortage reported in Gaza - Jerusalem Post
A severe cash shortage gripped the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on Monday as tens of thousands of people were unable to withdraw money from banks in the poverty-stricken territory.
2. Barak: 'Syria and Hizbullah gaining significant strength' - Jerusalem Post
Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Tuesday that "it is not a coincidence that the IDF is holding intensive drills in the Golan Heights," adding that UNSC Resolution 1701 was not accomplishing what it set out to do.
3. Israel readies for 'emergency aliya' - Jerusalem Post
The government started preparing Monday for emergency aliya from Georgia, even though at this time only some 60 Georgian Jews have filled out immigration papers following the fighting that began there on Friday.
4. Israel fears Russian-Syrian arms pact - Jerusalem Post
Syrian President Bashar Assad is scheduled to visit Moscow next week, the Russian News Agency RIA Novosti reported Monday.
5. Iran Seeking 'Final Solution' for Israel? - NewsMax
To bomb or not to bomb Iran was now a matter of time, according to the principal players, but none could agree last week on when the clock runs out. For Israel, it runs out before the U.S. elections on Nov. 4. After that Barack Obama may be the next president of the U.S. and Israeli powers that be fear he may disassociate himself from any Israeli military action against Iran.
Georgia in the News
The situation in Georgia is very volatile, and the news is changing there hour by hour.
But our LORD knows it all, and He IS in control.Please pray in the spirit over all the headlines listed below. Thank you!
· " . . . pray always in the spirit . . ." (Eph. 6:18)
1. US military surprised by speed, timing of Russia military action - AFP
The US military was surprised by the timing and swiftness of the Russian military's move into South Ossetia and is still trying to sort out what happened, a US defense official said Monday.
2. Russia Calls Halt to Fighting Because Georgia Punished Enough - ABC News
But Medvedev orders Russian defense minister to "destroy" any resistance.
3. U.S., allies weigh punishment for Russia - MSNBC
Scrambling to find ways to punish Russia for its invasion of pro-Western Georgia, the United States and its allies are considering expelling Moscow from an exclusive club of powerful nations.
4. Sombre mood at Georgian rally - UK Telegraph
Thousands of Georgians rallied in central Tbilisi in a show of support for President Mikheil Saakashvili after the country's army was humiliated in a five-day confrontation with Russian forces.
5. Analysis: What Russia gained and lost in 'Little Victorious War' - Jerusalem Post
This is the beginning of an apparently larger international effort to find a permanent resolution to the South Ossetian and Abkhazian problem.
Pray for the Persecuted Church
Prayers for the Persecuted Church 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. Two Missionaries Released from Detention in Inner Mongolia
China Aid Association has learned that two of the four missionaries detained in Inner Mongolia in early July have been released after serving 30 days adminstrative detention.
2. Eritrea Shuts Christian Students into Shipping Containers
Authorities on Tuesday (August 5) locked up eight high school students at a military training school in metal shipping containers for objecting to the burning of hundreds of Bibles, sources told Compass.
3. President Bush Visit Officially Staged Church Service
As President Bush today (Sunday) visited and attended a service at the Three Self Patriotic Movement's (TSPM) Kuanjie Church established by the government, a renowned Christian social activist in Beijing was arrested once again by the Chinese police, but has since eluded authorities.
4. Muslim Candidate Kills Christian Voter For Refusing To Vote For Him
Widow Zeenat Javed was still awaiting justice Sunday, August 10, four months after her Christian husband was killed for refusing to vote for a Muslim candidate in elections in Pakistan's Punjab province.
Denver Police: Braced for Convention
DENVER POLICE BRACE FOR CONVENTION
Federal and local authorities are girding for huge protests, mammoth traffic tie-ups and civil disturbances at the Democratic National Convention in Denver this month, (August 25-28) fearing that the convention will become a magnet for militant protest groups. Officials say that what makes Denver different than past conventions is the historic nature of Senator Barack Obama's nomination, a megawattage event whose global spotlight could draw tens of thousands of demonstrators, including self-described anarchists who the police fear will infiltrate peaceful protest groups to disrupt the weeklong event.
The Secret Service is wary of discussing threats against the people they protect, but with Mr. Obama poised to become the first black presidential nominee, there are special worries. While law enforcement officials say there are no specific, credible threats against Mr. Obama, they expressed concern about low-level chatter on Web sites frequented by white separatists who spew hate about Mr. Obama's race and what they perceive as his liberal agenda. As a result, the Secret Service, the Pentagon, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and scores of police departments are moving thousands of agents, analysts, officers and employees to Denver for the convention. (NYT, The Hill)
· PRAY FOR THE SAFETY OF ALL THE RESIDENTS OF BOTH DENVER, COLORADO AND MINNEAPOLIS- ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA.
NOVEMBER ELECTIONS PARTY PLATFORMS - Affirm the sovereignty of God and the supremacy of Jesus Christ over all U.S. political parties, candidates, super delegates, platforms, and the August 25-28 Democratic and September 1-4 Republican nominating conventions. (Col 1:9-20)
Intercede for the drafting of all party platform planks, that God will anoint and use individuals to advocate and uphold the sanctity of life, traditional marriage, and biblical morality. Intercede that Godly candidates be granted resources, media attention, and favor with voters. (1 Tim 2:1-4, 1 Jn 5:14) [Reported by: Intercessors for America]
Defense Secretary "Very Satisfied" with New Intel Structure
Executive Order's Amendments Clarify Intelligence Duties
Defense Secretary Robert Gates Says He's "Very Satisfied" With Executive Order Unifying U.S. Intelligence Community.
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who helped develop EO 12333, told reporters: "I'm very satisfied with the executive order. I believe that the authorities of the secretary of defense are adequately preserved in this." Gates knew what he was talking about, as a former director of central intelligence (DCI) and now head of the Defense Department, whose budget and personnel provide more than 80 percent of the money and manpower in the intelligence community. Gates credited solving the contentious Defense Department issues in EO 12333 to Mike McConnell, a former Navy admiral and now DNI; Michael V. Hayden, a former Air Force general and now CIA director; James R. Clapper Jr., another former Air Force general and now undersecretary of defense for intelligence; and himself. He said they "trust each other, and we spent a lot of time together working through a lot of these problems. To be honest, I think with a different cast of characters it probably could not have been done." (The Washington Post, 8/11/08)
CHPP Supports TheCall
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