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The Daily Brief Friday, September 26, 2008
"We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work." (John 9:4)
The Daily Brief
1. President Bush Pushes Bailout Plan - ABC News
President Bush and Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain pleaded with GOP members of the House to end their party rebellion and quickly approve a Wall Street bailout plan.At a meeting scheduled for Friday afternoon on Capitol Hill, Republican lawmakers failed to show up. Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, said the Republicans were a no-show due to a "miscommunication."Sources in the Senate told ABC News's George Stephanopoulos that a final vote on that bill would be "unlikely" until Wednesday of next week.
· Lord, we continue to ask Wisdom for our leaders. Help them to come to an agreement and do what is best for our country.
· Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Phil 4;6)
2."Friends on the Hill are requesting prayer"
Nobody knows the future but many people are saying that we are on the verge of a domino affect and that all kinds of banks and financial organizations are on the verge of collapse. The world economy is tied to the US and this could have terrible world wide consequences.
· "Pray for Wisdom" as the President, his financial advisors and the congress debate on how to address this financial crisis.
· "If any man lacks wisdom, let him ask God who gives to all men generously and without finding fault, and it will be given to him." (James 1:5)
3. Debate on tonight for McCain and Obama - AP
Republican John McCain agreed to attend the first presidential debate Friday night even though Congress doesn't have a bailout deal, reversing an earlier decision to delay the event until Washington had taken action to address the crisis. An Associated Press-Knowledge Networks poll out Friday just before McCain's announcement showed the public overwhelmingly wanted the candidates to debate, 60 percent to 22 percent, with the rest undecided.
· Please pray that the truth of God be clearly revealed on the issues - and regarding both candidates. Pray for discernment for the nation to know truth, and discern lie, to have a heart to return to the truths and goodness of God, and that lies and falsehoods be exposed, and defeated. May we as a nation have a heart to choose life and not death.
· He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure. (Isaiah 33:6)
4. Russia Scuttles Meeting on Iran Nukes - NY Times
Russia said Tuesday that it would not participate in a meeting with the U.S. this week to discuss Iran's nuclear program, effectively scuttling the meeting. Russia and the U.S., with China, Britain, France and Germany, had been scheduled to meet Thursday in New York to discuss additional punitive actions against Iran in the wake of a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency criticizing Iran's failure to fully answer questions about its nuclear activities. Russian officials had already made clear that they did not support new sanctions beyond three rounds already approved by the UN Security Council. [Reported by: Intercessors for America]
· Lord, we ask that You will reveal the agendas of Russia as it moves into complete alignment with Iran. May Your hand be clearly seen at this time.
· "So I will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel ; and I will not let them pollute My holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel." (Ezekiel 39:7)
5. A. Homeland Security Detects Terrorist by Reading Your Mind - Fox News
Baggage searches are SOOOOOO early-21st century. Homeland Security is now testing the next generation of security screening -- a body scanner that can read your mind.
B. Al Gore Urges Civil Disobedience Against Coal Plants - Fox News
Al Gore called Wednesday, for "civil disobedience" to combat the construction of coal power plants without the ability to store carbon, Reuters reported.
C. Chinese Food Scare Spreads to Europe - AP
Food recalls expanded in Europe and Asia on Thursday, as an industrial chemical linked to the deaths of four babies turned up in candies and other Chinese-made products that were quickly pulled from store shelves in China and abroad.
· Lord, we rebuke the spirit of fear over us, and stand in the knowledge that You alone are our God and will deliver us.
· "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell." (Psalm 27:1,2)
6. EU Warns Iran Close to Nuclear Capacity - AP
Iran is nearing the ability to arm a nuclear warhead even if it insists its atomic activities are peaceful, the European Union warned Wednesday.
· Father, we declare that all plans of Iran be destroyed.
· "... their iniquities shall be upon their bones, though they were the terror of the mighty in the land of the living." (Ezekiel 32:27b)
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: "Arise, shine; for your light is come, and the glory of LORD [YHWH] is risen upon you. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but LORD shall arise upon you, and His glory shall be seen upon you." (Isaiah 60:1-2)
1. President George W Bush 'turned down Israeli request to bomb Iran' - London Telegraph
Israel's then prime minister Ehud Olmert reportedly spoke to Mr Bush about the possibility of a strike on Iran during the American leader's visit to the Jewish state in May.
2. Palin: Don't 'second guess' Israel - Ynet News
The United States shouldn't second guess Israel if it decides to attack Iran, according to Gov. Sarah Palin, Republican presidential candidate John McCain's running mate, in an interview with Katie Couric on CBS.
3. Abbas, Bush stress need for peace push - Jerusalem Post
US President George W. Bush told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday that the United States has not given up hope on an agreement to create a Palestinian state.
4. Barak orders filters for new secure rooms - Jerusalem Post
Worried about a non-conventional attack against Israel, Defense Minister Ehud Barak has approved a new plan under which all "secure rooms" built after 2009 will need to be fitted with chemical and biological filters.
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. Christian Aid Reaches Destroyed Indonesian Village
An international Christian aid group said Thursday, September 25, it has begun helping to rebuild a mainly Christian village in a remote area of Indonesia, which was destroyed by Muslim militants earlier this year.
2. Indonesia: Pastor Forced to Stop Worship Services in Home
Residents in North Jakarta have ordered the pastor of a small congregation to cease holding services in his home, despite a letter of permission issued by the Religious Affairs department.
3. Eritrea Evangelist May Die In Prison, Report
An Eritrean evangelist who has been imprisoned since 2006 has reportedly told friends he may die soon as he receives harsh prison treatment because of his evangelistic activities among fellow inmates, BosNewsLife monitored Thursday, September 25.
4. Belarus Bans Christian Festival, Group Says
Belarus has banned a Christian music festival, initiated by Catholics, minutes before it was due to begin, a religious rights group said Thursday, September 25.
5. Laos Threatens Expulsion Christian Villagers Widow Forgives Husband's Killers
Dozens of Christian villagers in Laos were reportedly facing uncertainty Thursday, September 25, after local authorities told them they will be expelled because several Christian families refuse to renounce their faith in Christ. It came as a widow said she had forgiven those who killed her husband because of his church activities, the latest in several violent incidents against Christian villagers in parts of the Communist nation.