Wednesday, October 1, 2008

CHPP Daily Brief - October 1, 2008

In This Issue
The Daily Brief
The Middle East in Focus
Vice-Presidential Debate Tomorrow
Pray for the Persecuted Church

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The Daily Brief Wednesday, October 1, 2008

"Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the days." (Matthew 28:20)

The Daily Brief

1. A. Senate to Vote on Financial Rescue Plan - AP

The Senate moved toward passage Wednesday of a $700 billion financial industry bailout as opposition to the package among House Republican conservatives appeared to be softening, thanks partly to a provision increasing insurance for people's deposits.The revised package to be voted on in the Senate, which adds $100 billion in tax breaks for businesses and the middle class, temporarily increases the deposit insurance cap from the current $100,000 to $250,000. The Securities and Exchange Commission said Tuesday it was easing the accounting rules in some cases.

Scrambling to revive a package that met with bitter derision among constituents who viewed it as a giveaway to Wall Street, the Senate added a number of sweeteners designed to please rural lawmakers, including disaster aid for hurricane-battered states and money for rural schools. The package was hitching a ride on a popular measure to require health plans for 51 or more employees to give equal treatment to mental health or addiction if they cover such illnesses.

B. Democrat Harry Reid Defends Tax Breaks on the Senate Floor - AP

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) found himself defending tax breaks on the Senate floor Wednesday morning, an unusual position for a liberal Democrat who strongly opposed the Bush tax cuts.

C. House Conservatives Introduce 'Free Market' Substitute for Bailout - AP

Following the defeat of the $700-billion bailout package on Monday, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), introduced a bill that relies on the free market rather than the federal government to solve the nation's financial problems.

· If ever there was a time to seek the Lord and repent for the nations this is it. This month will bring more vision as you are accelerating into a New Year. October 9 is Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement, a time of fasting, prayer, and repentance. The Lord is the Supreme Ruler of your souls. Do not be distracted and lose your focus because of man's report on the state of the union. Pray that the United States unites with God and His commands. Raise up a banner of righteousness and let not your hearts faint. This kingdom shall remain long after all has faded away.

· "Be ye holy as I am holy." (I Peter 1:15-16)

2. Report: Pelosi PAC Paid Hubby - Washington Times

The Washington Times is reporting that the California Democrat Nancy Pelosi's husband, Paul F. Pelosi, owns Financial Leasing Services Inc., which has received $99,000 in rent, utilities and accounting fees from the speaker's "PAC to the Future" over the PAC's nine-year history. Last year, Pelosi supported a bill that would have banned members of Congress from putting spouses on their campaign staffs. The bill banned not only direct payments by congressional campaign committees and PACs to spouses for services including consulting and fundraising, but also "indirect compensation," such as payments to companies that employ spouses. The bill passed the House in a voice vote but died in a Senate committee.

∙ Lord, there is often talk of reform in Washington. Bring to fruition a new spirit in the Capitol that will accomplish that which has only previously been promised. We pray members of Congress will be good stewards of the citizens' money as we are also to be good stewards of the largess You give to us.

∙ No accounting was required from the men who received the money to pay those doing the work, since they worked with integrity. (2 Kings 12:15)

3. VP Debate Moderator Pens Pro-Obama Book - Fox News

Questions are being raised about the objectivity of Thursday's vice presidential debate moderator after news surfaced that she is releasing a new book promoting Barack Obama and other black politicians who have benefited from the civil rights struggle.

· In this season of important decisions, we pray that truths will be evident. If there are any hidden agendas we pray that You will bring them to the light and the people will have discernment when making voting decisions.

· "You are to have honest balances, honest weights, an honest dry measure, and an honest liquid measure." (Leviticus 19:36)

4. Supreme Court Won't Toss Decision to Outlaw Executions for Child Rapists - AP

The Supreme Court declined Wednesday to revisit its recent decision outlawing executions for people convicted of raping children. The unusual request, from Louisiana and the Bush administration, was based on the failure of anyone involved in the case to take into account a federal law from 2006 that authorizes the death penalty for members of the military who are convicted of child rape.

· Your justice will be the final arbiter of punishment for those who abuse children, but we pray for good judgement as to the proper price offenders will pay on earth. Bring peace to the children and families of victims who will have to live with the ramifications of evil and bring renewal to their hearts.

· "Provide justice for the needy and the fatherless; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. Rescue the poor and needy; save them from the hand of the wicked." (Psalm 82:3-4)

5. "Most Iraqi People Say President Bush Is a Hero,' Immigrant Says - AP

Benny Aldosakee left Iraq five months ago, after getting special immigration status through a federal law that allows some translators who worked with the United States in Iraq or Afghanistan to come to America. Aldosakee said that most Iraqis are grateful to President Bush and the U.S. military for removing dictator Saddam Hussein and that the many in the major media, here and abroad, are misinforming people about Iraq and the Middle East.

· Lord, we pray the intentions of the American government and people toward peoples of other countries will be evident. We pray Americans will be in prayerful consideration of the purpose of America in the world, but we will not try to usurp Your place in bringing light to other nations.

· "You must not spread a false report. Do not join the wicked to be a malicious witness." (Exodus 23:1)

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: "The mighty God, even the Lord, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined." (Psalm 50:1-2)

1. Khamenei: Iran will stand by Hamas, 'holy warrior' Haniyeh - Jerusalem Post

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that Iran will stand beside the Hamas government in Gaza and that Israel is weakening and on the path to eventual destruction, state television reported.

2. Syrian FM: Israel is uninterested in attaining a real peace deal - Jerusalem Post

Israel is uninterested in attaining real peace, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem told London-based newspaper Asharq al-Awasat on Wednesday morning. The Syrian official was also quoted by the paper as saying that it was impossible to control the border between his country and Lebanon.

3. NY judge: PLO can't disguise terror as war - AP

The Palestine Liberation Organization can't win dismissal of a lawsuit by victims of bombings in Israel by claiming the attacks were acts of war rather than terrorism, a judge ruled Tuesday.

4. Hamas, Fatah leaders pledge Palestinian unity bid - Ynet News

Leaders of the rival Palestinian groups Fatah and Hamas marked the end of the holy month of Ramadan on Tuesday with pledges to seek unity at talks in Cairo in the coming weeks.

5. Pentagon approves sale of F-35 fighter jets to Israel - Jerusalem Post

The US Defense Department has approved the sale of 25 F-35 stealth-enabled Joint Strike Fighters (JSF) to the Israeli Air Force (IAF), Israel Radio reported Tuesday evening.

Vice-Presidential Debate Tomorrow

We ask all of our CHPP Prayer Partners to bathe in prayer tomorrow night's historic debate between Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and Senator Joesph Biden (D-DE). The debate will begin at 9:00 p.m.; and the venue is in the City of St. Louis.

· Pray for TRUTH to be uncovered regarding the character, wisdom, knowledge and skill of both candidates. Ask that all questions be fair, and that the voters will be able to discern between appearances and reality. Pray!

· "The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." (James 5:16)

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)

[The source for all news of the persecuted church is
Worthy News.]

1. Anti-Christian Violence In India Kills One, Dozen Injured

New clashes between Hindus and Christians in India's eastern state of Orissa has left at least one woman dead and more than a dozen people injured, some critically, police said Tuesday, September 30.

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

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.