Wednesday, October 29, 2008

CHPP Daily Brief - October 29, 2008

In This Issue
· The Daily Brief
The Middle East in Focus
The Economy in Crisis

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The Daily Brief Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008

"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28)

The Daily Brief

1. Obama Citizenship Case Appealing to the Supreme Court - Worthy

Philip J. Berg, Esquire, the Attorney who filed suit against Barack H. Obama, challenging Senator Obama's lack of "qualifications" to serve as President of the United States, announced today that he is immediately appealing the dismissal of his case to the United States Supreme Court. The case is Berg v. Obama, No. 08-cv-04083.This is a question of who has standing to uphold our Constitution. If I don't have standing, if you don't have standing, if your neighbor doesn't have standing to question the eligibility of an individual to be President of the United States - the Commander-in-Chief, the most powerful person in the world - then who does? So, anyone can just claim to be eligible for congress or the presidency without having their legal status, age or citizenship questioned.

· Pray that Philip Berg's lawsuit will be heard by the Supreme Court - this week. Pray also for the mind of the Pennsylvania judge who denied Berg's right to challenge the eligibility of Sen. Obama's citizenship for presidency and ask the Lord to expose this question of citizenship to the full American public. Only the Lord's hand behind this message will enable Americans to accept the truth; otherwise political manipulation will be charged.

· "Be Thou exalted, Lord, in Thine own strength: so will we sing and praise Thy power." (Psalm 21:13)

2. MSA Chapter Official: Don't Vote; Destroy - IPTNews

In the final days of the 2008 Presidential election season - with just 6 days now remaining until voters cast their ballots - both campaigns are carefully maneuvering to gain an edge, while still others are singularly focused on just "getting out the vote." Regardless of the outcome desired by these activists, there seems to be one unified message across the American political spectrum these days: Participate in our democratic system.However, one college's Muslim student organization has sought to air a completely different message regarding the election: that of the Islamists. A student named Farhad Akbari posted an essay on the internal Yahoo! Group of the Muslim Student Association (MSA) at San Diego Mesa College on October 14. In his post, "The Issue of Voting," Akbari delves into the election, warning his fellow group members of the fate in store for those who cast a ballot for "a person who fights Islam, governs contrary to Islam, and is himself a kafir [infidel or unbeliever] " Akbari does not reserve this treatment for any specific candidate. Rather, he holds both major party candidates in equal regard.(read more)

· Since Mr. Akbari holds views so contrary to the principles of our republic, one wonders what he is doing in the USA. Why would he and others of his ilk want to attend an American university? Pray for this student and his fellows so that they may live in a land that follows Moslem law. Pray for American colleges so that they will be more discerning about those whom they matriculate. Pray for the salvation in Jesus Christ of all those involved.

· "He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in His sight." (Psalm 72:14)

3.Stocks were sharply higher Wednesday afternoon as the markets bet the Federal Reserve will unveil another interest rate cut. - FOXBusiness

As of 1:45 p.m. EDT, Wed., Oct. 29,2008, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 116.04 points, or 1.28%, to 9181.56, the broader S&P 500 added 10.73 points, or 1.14%, to 951.24 and the Nasdaq Composite picked up 23.22 points, or 1.41%, to 1672.69. The consumer-friendly FOX 50 gained 3.80 points, or 0.52%, to 733.84. Yesterday's DOW closed 900 points above last Friday. The Federal Reserve Board did cut interest rates by ½ points to encourage buying.

· Ask the Lord if this latest move by the Federal Reserve Board is His desire to help our economy. What we all know is that tithing brings God's blessing upon a nation as well as following righteous standards for living. We need repentance for our sins in this nation more that some agency that is not under the jurisdiction of the Congress.

· "I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and He gave ear unto me." (Psalm 77:1)

4. Obama Gets Support From Gaza Strip - CNS News

A Palestinian student in the Gaza Strip is spending his nights making phone calls to the United States, urging Americans to vote for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, according to Palestinian media.

· Pray that Sen. Obama publicly renounces any help from Moslem believers/countries, as illegal and un-American, showing written documents backing up his rhetoric. Where is this student getting his money to make so many long distance calls from the Middle East? Why is the Palestinian media bragging about this student's telephone calls? Pray that the Lord exposes all truth.

· "Woe to them that devise iniquity and work evil upon their beds! When the morning is light, they practice it, because it is in the power of their hands." (Micah 2:1)

5. U.S. Official: Unclear If Al Qaeda Coordinator Killed in Syria Raid - Fox News

An Al Qaeda coordinator in Syria who was wanted for sending operatives, weapons and cash into Iraq was captured during a U.S. strike, but it was not clear whether or not he survived, a senior U.S. military official told FOX News.

· Praise the Lord that a nest of vipers has been wiped out from sending weapons into Iraq to destroy Americans and foment rebellion among the Iraqi people. If this leader has not been killed, ask the Lord to reveal his position and to bring him to justice. Ask the Lord to protect the Syrian people who have nothing to do with the machinations of their president, Bashar Assad.

· "Everyone that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished." (Proverbs 16:5)

6. U.S. Mulls Talks With Taliban in Bid to Quell Afghan Unrest Gen. Petraeus Backs Effort to Win Over Some Elements of Group - US News

The U.S. is actively considering talks with elements of the Taliban, the armed Islamist group that once ruled Afghanistan and sheltered al Qaeda, in a major policy shift that would have been unthinkable a few months ago. Senior White House and military officials believe that engaging some levels of the Taliban -- while excluding top leaders -- could help reverse a pronounced downward spiral in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan. Both countries have been destabilized by a recent wave of violence. The outreach is a draft recommendation in a classified White House assessment of U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, according to senior Bush administration officials. The officials said that the recommendation calls for the talks to be led by the Afghan central government, but with the active participation of the U.S. The idea is supported by Gen. David Petraeus, who will assume responsibility this week for U.S. policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

· Pray that this issue be according to the Lord's will - either He blesses the plan or He brings it to confusion. Whatever the case, pray that negotiators look at every aspect of talks with wise eyes that are not deceived by clever rhetoric nor promises made without any intention of being fulfilled.

· "Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known." (Proverbs 14:13)

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: "When LORD shall build up Zion, He shall appear in His glory. He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer. This shall be written for the generation to come [lit: the last generation]: and the people which shall be created shall praise LORD." (Psalm 102:16-18)

1. Diplomats: IAEA says Syrian nuke info needs probe - Ynet News

Diplomats say soil and air samples from an alleged Syrian nuclear site bombed last year by Israel provide enough evidence to justify a further probe.

2. Olmert to remain PM until gov't formed - Jerusalem Post

President Shimon Peres began the countdown to new elections in his address at the opening of the winter session of the Knesset on Monday afternoon, while Prime Minister Ehud Olmert declared that he would remain caretaker premier until the formation of a new government early next year.

3. Morocco king's Jewish aide urges Israel to adopt Saudi peace plan - Ha'aretz

A Jewish adviser to Moroccan King Mohammed VI called on Israel on Tuesday to adopt the 2002 Saudi peace initiative, which offers Israel normalized relations with the Arab world in exchange for its withdrawal to the 1967 borders, and to advance the peace process with the Palestinians.

4. Abbas: Plan to end Hamas-Fatah rift reached - Jerusalem Post

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced Monday that he has reached an agreement with Egypt on ways of ending the Hamas-Fatah power struggle and achieving reconciliation among all Palestinian factions.


For all the headlines below, we lift up this prayer today: Lord, we join together in thanking You for Your grace in this time of financial questions and we pray for Your continuing peace over the spirits of the people of this nation. Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, "I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you," so that we confidently say, "The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?" (Hebrews 13:5-6)

1. Gas prices hit 3-year low - CNN

Gas prices fell for the 42nd-straight day today, according to a nationwide survey of credit card swipes at gasoline stations. The average price of unleaded regular gas dropped 4 cents to $2.589 a gallon, according to the survey released by motorist group AAA. The last time gas was this low was Aug. 18, 2005.

2. Buying Blitz: Dow Surges 889 - Fox News

A barrage of bargain hunting swept Wall Street late Tuesday, sending the Dow to its second best one-day point jump in history.

3. Fed Is Set to Cut Rate Again Amid Economic Deterioration - Wall Street Journal

The Federal Reserve is widely expected to cut its benchmark interest rate again Wednesday, possibly to 1%, amid a darkening economic outlook.