CHPP Daily Brief - December 30, 2009
• Today's Daily Brief
• The Middle East in Focus
• Good News Corner: Part One
• Good News Corner: Part Two
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Today's Daily Brief
1. Obama Says 'Catastrophic Breach' Led to Bomb Plot - Wall Street Journal
President Barack Obama on Tuesday said a "potential catastrophic breach" of security led to the Christmas Day attempted bombing on a Detroit-bound airplane.
- Father, we thank you for preventing this attempted bombing. You are the omniscient omnipresent God who has infinite awareness, understanding and insight of all the evil forces that were bent on massive destruction. You held up Your hand and stripped and disarmed the enemy. Where all security failed, You stepped in. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus Name.
- God says, "I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the Lord." (Psalm 101:8)
2. Stocks close slightly lower, break 6-day winning streak - USA Today
The stock market edged lower Tuesday, breaking a six- day advance as reports on home prices and consumer confidence did little to excite buyers.
- Father, we decree that the stock market is in Your hands. Hold it steady for the benefit of the investments of the righteous. We ask that Your hand be upon all that affects the fluctuation of the market. In Jesus Name.
- "The Lord has prepared His throne in the heavens; and His kingdom rules over all." (Psalm 103:19)
3. US eyeing more targeted sanctions against Iran - Ynet News
The United States and its allies are weighing focused sanctions against Iran's leadership rather than broad- based penalties that they fear could harm the protest movement, officials and diplomats said.
- Father, give our leaders and our allies godly wisdom regarding imposing any and all sanctions against Iran. Strengthen, protect and deliver those involved in this protest movement. Bind all works of darkness which are ruling over the people of Iran by their tyrannous leaders. We call forth Your perfect will, God. In Jesus Name.
- "By this I know that God favors me, because mine enemy does not triumph over me." (Psalm 41:11)
4. Vt. judge: Birth mom must give child to ex- partner - AP
The birth mother of a 7-year-old Virginia girl must transfer custody of the child to the woman's former lesbian partner, a Vermont judge ruled, adding that it seems the woman has "disappeared" with her daughter.
- Father, just as the mother was awarded custody of her child in Solomon's court (I Kings 3:16-28), so reverse the judgment of this judge and rule from heaven that the mother keep her own child. Otherwise, the judge in Vermont will bring extensive confusion on the land. Hide this mother and her child from her enemies and cover them with the protective blood of Jesus. In Jesus Name.
- "Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child, and in no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof." (I Kings 3:27)
The Middle East in Focus
This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:
"[Yeshua], being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, and took on Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men . . ." (Philippians 2:6-7)
1. Israel Says Iran Close to Nuclear Capability - VOA
Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak says Iran is moving quickly toward the "point of no return." Speaking behind closed doors to the parliamentary Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Barak said Iran will have the technology to build a nuclear bomb by early next year and could produce one in 2011.
2. Israel can't launch strike against Iran on its own - Ha'aretz
The year 2010 will be the year of Iran. Granted, we have said the same thing every year since 2005. But stopping the Iranian nuclear program will continue to top Israel's priorities during the year that begins in two days' time. The major powers are expected to announce soon that diplomacy has failed to persuade Tehran to freeze its nuclear project. And Western intelligence services believe the Iranians have already accumulated enough enriched uranium to build a nuclear bomb or two.
3. Egypt to open Gaza border if Shalit deal succeeds - Ha'aretz
Zaki, who was quoted in the Egyptian newspaper Al Masry al Youm, did not make it clear whether this Egyptian position was coordinated with Israel. Nor was he clear on whether the emerging deal for Gilad Shalit is indeed a comprehensive one that would not only bring the abducted soldier home, but would also grant a normal life to Gaza's inhabitants. Perhaps this was one of the things Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak discussed at their meeting Tuesday.
4. Hamas denies rejecting Shalit deal - Ynet News
Hamas' political bureau has rejected Israel's latest offer for a prisoner exchange deal, quoting "knowledgeable sources". The sources said the decision was made following a 12-hour meeting. Hamas sources in Damascus and Gaza denied the report and said that a decision had yet to be made.
Good News Corner: Part One
'Hand of God' Seen in Christmas Eve Revival of Mother, Baby
Colorado Mom, Baby Revived After Christmas Birth- AP
DENVER -- Mike Hermanstorfer was clutching his pregnant wife's hand in a Colorado hospital on Christmas Eve when she stopped breathing, her life apparently slipping away. Then he cradled his newborn son's limp body seconds after a medical team delivered the baby by Cesarean section.
Minutes later he saw his son show signs of life in his arms under the feverish attention of doctors, and soon he learned his wife had inexplicably started breathing again.
"My legs went out from underneath me," Hermanstorfer said Tuesday. "I had everything in the world taken from me, and in an hour and a half I had everything given to me."
Hermanstorfer's wife, Tracy, went into cardiac arrest and stopped breathing during labor on Thursday, said Dr. Stephanie Martin, a maternal fetal medicine specialist at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, where the Hermanstorfers had gone for the birth of their son.
"She had no signs of life. No heartbeat, no blood pressure, she wasn't breathing," said Martin, who had rushed to Hermanstorfer's room to help. "The baby was, it was basically limp, with a very slow heart rate."
After their miraculous recovery, both mother and the baby, named Coltyn, appear healthy with no signs of problems, Martin said.
She said she cannot explain the mother's cardiac arrest or the recovery.
"We did a thorough evaluation and can't find anything that explains why this happened," she said.
Mike Hermanstorfer credits "the hand of God."
- We are rejoicing with all of you at this GOOD NEWS report tonight . . . from DEATH to LIFE -- twice over! What a tremendous way to end this year, and to welcome in 2010 . . .one day at a time. Praise God!
- "Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord!" (Ps. 150:6)
Good News Corner: Part Two
"How Great Thou Art!"
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM CAPITOL HILL PRAYER PARTNERS . .
"The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof." (Psalm 24:1)
At the end of this tumultuous year, let's praise Him for His Lordship over all things. Go here. THANK YOU, LORD. Amen!