Wednesday, December 22, 2010

CHPP Daily Brief - December 22, 2010

In This Issue
• The Daily Brief
• The Middle East in Focus
• Publishing Notice

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The Daily Brief - Wednesday, December 22, 2010


"But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob's descendants forever; his kingdom will never end." (Luke 1:30-33)

The Daily Brief

1. Obama Signs 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal - Fox News

Fulfilling a campaign promise, Obama signed the repeal Wednesday of the longstanding policy banning gays from serving openly in the military, capping off a yearlong legislative push that just weeks ago seemed in danger of collapsing.

- This is one of the saddest and most tragic days in the history of our nation. Let us not be shaken, for our hope lies not in the whims of man, but in the Rock of our salvation. Ask God to remember mercy in the midst of coming judgment. Pray.

- "Indeed their rock is not like our Rock, Even our enemies themselves judge this." (Dt. 32:31)

2. Obama's Changing Position on Gay Marriage - Fox News

On the same day Obama signed legislation repealing "don't ask, don't tell" the law that allowed gays to serve in the military without declaring their sexual preference, the president hinted he may be changing his mind about gay marriage in the United States. . . "This is going to be an issue that is not unique to the military. This is an issue that extends to all of our society and I think we're all going to have to have a conversation about it." Read more.

- Now that the gays have established a beachhead for their agenda inside the military, cry out to the Lord that the movement for "gay rights" not enter into the civil realm, as well. Do not lose hope; God has a plan.

- "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." (Gal.6:9)

3. Obama Wins Senate Approval of START Nuclear Arms Pact With Russia - Fox News

After wearing down Republican opposition in the last days of the 111th Congress, Obama secured a major victory Wednesday with Senate adoption of a resolution to ratify the nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia.

- When all hope is lost . . . all Hope is not lost.

- "I will say to the Lord, my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." (Psalm 91:2)

4. Obama: Lame-Duck Legislation Marks 'Season of Progress' - Fox News

In year-end news conference, Obama claims the votes taken over the past several days in Congress challenge assumptions that Washington will be halted by partisanship and gridlock in 2011. Read more.

- With all (uhhum) respect to Obama . . . this isn't over yet. Offer praise for the NEW DAY that is coming to Capitol Hill in a mere two weeks from now, when the "tea party Congress" takes control and voices of reason return to the halls of Congress. Lift up the new Speaker of the House, Rep. John Boehner, and his leadership team during the holidays, that they will be granted "wisdom from above" to develop strategies that will lead to legislative "damage control" in the New Year. Help is on the way!

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

5. DHS Uncovers Plot to Poison Food in U.S. Hotels and Restaurants - IPT News

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has discovered a plot to poison food in U.S. hotels and restaurants, CBS News reports.

The plot, uncovered earlier this year, involved the simultaneous poisoning of food served in hotels and restaurants across the U.S. over a single weekend. Two different poisons, ricin and cyanide, would be slipped into salad bars and buffets.

Officials believe that those behind the plot may be tied to the Yemeni-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder told ABC News that he is trying to "make people aware of the fact that the threat is real, the threat is different, the threat is constant."

In the poisoning case, it appears officials stopped it from coming to fruition. Yet, Holder's warning Tuesday rings clear - "The terrorists only have to be successful once."

- Lord, we plead Your Blood over America's Food supplies for all venues; hotels, restaurants, fast food places, grocery stores, water supplies and farms. We bind all attempts to harm the American people by poison, and loose Your Holy Spirit to reveal every hidden plot before it comes to fruition. Secondly, we ask that You grant revelation knowledge to the Department of Homeland Security and all agencies that are charged with our security. We ask for Your angelic Host to assist them wherever necessary to keep our country safe.

- "I will both lay me down in peace and sleep; for You, Lord, make me dwell in safety." (Psalm 4:8)

6. White House Admits Intel Chief was not Briefed on Britain Terror Arrests - Fox News

The White House counter terrorism adviser acknowledged Wednesday that the reason the nation's top intelligence official was stumped on an interview question two days ago about a major set of terror arrests in Great Britain was because his staff hadn't told him about it.

- Father, this situation is unacceptable in so many ways. We pray that You would bring cohesion and wisdom to the forces who are supposed to keep us safe, and cause them to work together as a team so that they will be effective.

- "Through indolence the rafters [of state affairs] decay and the roof sinks in, and through idleness of hands the house leaks." (Ecclesiastes 10:18) Amplified

7. Senate Passes Defense Authorization Bill that Limits Gitmo Detainee Trials - Fox News

The Senate passed legislation Wednesday that authorizes the Pentagon to spend nearly $160 billion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan this budget year and includes a ban on the transfer of any detainees in Guantanamo Bay for trial and incarceration.

- Father, we thank you for military funding, and that this bill restricts Gitmo terrorists from coming to the mainland US for trial. We pray that You will bring justice to those who are incarcerated at Guantanamo, and redeem their souls from the enemy.

- "Break the arm of the wicked and the evil man;" (Psalm 10:15a)

8. Strongest storm yet could bring flooding, tornadoes, hail and high winds to L.A. area - LA Times

The National Weather Service warned Southern California that the most intense in a series of storms will slam into the region before dawn Wednesday.

- Lord, we call for Your mercy over Southern California, and that You will use this natural disaster as an opportunity to bring souls into Your Kingdom.

- "Help me, O Lord my God: O save me according to Your mercy: that they may know that this is Your hand; that You, Lord have done it." (Psalm 109:26, 27)

9. Study: Nearly 1 in 4 Students Fail Military Entrance Exam - AP

Nearly one-fourth of the students who try to join the U.S. Army fail its entrance exam, painting a grim picture of an education system that produces graduates who can't answer basic math, science and reading questions, according to a new study released Tuesday.

- Lord, we are appalled that such basic questions as 2+2=4 cannot be answered by high school graduates. We pray that You will touch the hearts and minds of children of every age all across the spectrum. We ask for a mighty infusion of wisdom and knowledge into our younger generation, no matter what ungodly situations may be in their schools.

- "To receive instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity, to give subtlety to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. A wise man will hear and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels." (Proverbs 1:3-5)

10. Powerful earthquake hits south-east Iran - BBC

A powerful earthquake has hit south-eastern Iran, killing at least seven people and destroying several villages in Kerman province.

- Lord, we ask that You will use this time to draw the people of Iran to Yourself, comforting those who are suffering and grieving. We pray that in their sorrow, You will show Your love.

- "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." (John 3:17)

The Middle East in Focus

This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:

You, God, sent plentiful rain, whereby You did confirm Your inheritance, when it was weary. (Psa. 68:9)

1. Israel fights recognition of Palestinian state - Ynet News

An increasing number of ambassadors and representatives of Latin American states have been walking the corridors of the Foreign Ministry in recent weeks. One after the other, like a red wave, they have come to meet with senior figures and diplomats.

2. Ashkenazi: IDF tank hit by Kornet missile - Ynet News

Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi admitted Tuesday that a Kornet missile had been fired at an Israeli tank earlier this month.

3. Israel submits complaint to UN on continued Gaza attacks - Jerusalem Post

Israeli ambassador to the United Nations Meron Reuben filed a complaint with the Security Council, following a series of Kassam rocket attacks on Ashkelon on Tuesday.


Our Annual Christmas Greeting to You . . .

For sixteen years, at this time of year, we have been pleased to publish this stirring message from an author whose name is unknown. When all is said and done, the greatest governing power of earth came to mankind in the form of a precious babe, in a manger.

As our staff prepares now to stand down for the remainder of this season, let us each take a moment, bow our heads, and offer a prayer of thanksgiving for the one gift that was given, two thousand years ago, bringing to earth "Emmanuel - God With Us." Amen.


He was born in an obscure village, the son of a peasant woman.

He grew up in another village, where he worked in a carpenter's shop until he was thirty. Then for three years he became a wandering preacher.

He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family or owned a house. He didn't go to college. He never visited a big city. He never travelled two hundred miles from the place where he was born. He did none of those things one usually associates with greatness.

He had no credentials but himself.

He was only thirty-three when the tide of public opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. He was turned over to his enemies and went through a mockery of a trial. He was executed by the state. While he was dying, his executioners gambled for his clothing, the only property he had on earth. When he was dead he was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.

Twenty centuries have come and gone, and today he is the central figure of the human race and the leader of mankind's progress. All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man on this earth as much as that One Solitary Life.

Publishing Notice

CHPP's Revised Holiday Schedule

Capitol Hill Prayer Partners will be on vacation from now through Monday, January 3, 2011.
On that date (and every Monday following) we will resume publication of "On Capitol Hill This Week," as we welcome the new 112th Session of Congress to Washington, D.C.
The Daily Brief will be published all other weekdays from then on.

And now, may our Lord grant each one of you a wonderful holiday, filled with the intmate knowledge of His presence in your lives.


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

CHPP Daily Brief - December 21, 2010

In This Issue
• The Daily Brief
• The Middle East in Focus
• The Daily Jot
• One Victory; One Defeat
• Votes Can Change; Not Our Values
• Investigating Radical Islam
• A Miracle in Korea
• The Good News Corner
• Worship with Us Today!

Capitol Hill Prayer Partners
P.O. Box 5152
Herndon, VA 20172-1970

The Daily Brief - Tuesday, December 21, 2010

"But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob's descendants forever; his kingdom will never end." (Luke 1:30-33)


Please be advised that the Daily Brief will be published three days this week, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, only. We will then stand down [barring a national emergency] until Monday, January 3, 2011, allowing our hard-working staff much-needed time to celebrate the birth of our Savior with family and friends. Thank you for your continued support of our ministry in prayer and in giving. God bless you!


Almost two weeks after we posted this question, the answer seems to be: "some do, and some don't!"

We so thank those of you who have so graciously given to our end-of-year appeal, and we ask others to please remember us now, as you can. If we all pull together, our prayer network will continue thrive, and to serve our Lord at the altar of intercession as ONE BODY MESSIAH. Praise God!

You may give your tax-deductible gift either by sending a check to the address at the top of this section, or by going to this link, below.

At CHPP, we continue to pray for God's richest blessings to be evident in each of your lives, and that you would be prospering in all He calls you to do. Amen and amen!

Sara Ballenger
Capitol Hill Prayer Partners
Herndon, VA

The Daily Brief

1. Latest Census Results to be Released Tuesday - CNN

On Tuesday, U.S. Census Bureau officials will unveil numbers that will determine which states gain House seats and which states lose them in the once-a-decade reapportionment of congressional districts--and in the process launch a high-stakes political round of musical chairs. The U.S. Constitution mandates that a Census be conducted every 10 years to track population shifts in the country. Its primary purpose is to determine how many people live in the United States and which states will gain congressional seats and electoral votes and which states will lose them. But Census population figures are also used to distribute federal funds to states and communities.

In states where one party dominates, the redistricting process could give that party an advantage, and the results could have a big impact on the 2012 battle for control of Congress. The Census numbers could also have a big impact on the next race for the White House, as some states will gain or lose electoral votes, and thus influence over the outcome of the next presidential race.

• Lord, we pray wisdom on this redistricting process. We pray this reapportionment will allow conservative states to take back ground that has been lost. Keep us vigilant at all times to what our government is doing.

And you shall divide the land by lot as an inheritance among your families; to the larger you shall give a larger inheritance, and to the smaller you shall give a smaller inheritance; there everyone's inheritance shall be whatever falls to him by lot. You shall inherit according to the tribes of your fathers. (Numbers 33:54)

2. $2 Trillion Debt Crisis Threatens to Bring Down 100 US Cities - Guardian UK

Overdrawn American cities could face financial collapse in 2011, defaulting on hundreds of billions of dollars of borrowings and derailing the US economic recovery. Nor are European cities safe - Florence, Barcelona, Madrid, Venice: all are in trouble. More than 100 American cities could go bust next year as the debt crisis that has taken down banks and countries threatens next to spark a municipal meltdown, a leading analyst has warned. Cities from Detroit to Madrid are struggling to pay creditors, including providers of basic services such as street cleaning.

Meredith Whitney, the US research analyst who correctly predicted the global credit crunch, described local and state debt as the biggest problem facing the US economy, and one that could derail its recovery. "Next to housing this is the single most important issue in the US and certainly the biggest threat to the US economy," Whitney told the CBS 60 Minutes program on Sunday night.

• Lord, we pray for this new Congress to immediately implement wise legislation to help cut the reckless over-spending. Give them a fierce determination and focus. Help them cut needless expenses so we can quickly see changes. Let opponents be silenced so they cannot block this crucial work.

Then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of Your servants, Your people Israel, that You may teach them the good way in which they should walk; and send rain on Your land which You have given to Your people as an inheritance. (1 Kings 8:36)

3. Govt 'Creating Vast Domestic Snooping Machine' - Breitbart

The government's goal is to have every state and local law enforcement agency in the country feed information to Washington to buttress the work of the FBI, noted the paper, which has conducted its own investigation of the matter. The probe has revealed that technologies and techniques developed for use on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan have migrated into the hands of law enforcement agencies in the United States, the paper pointed out. At least 935 of these organizations have been created since the 2001 attacks, The Post said.

In addition, the FBI is building a database with the names and personal information of thousands of US citizens and residents, the report said. The system collects, stores and analyzes information about thousands of US citizens and residents, many of whom have not been accused of any wrongdoing, the report noted.

• Father God, we pray against any actions that would allow the needless invasion into our private lives. Let records be kept of only people who have been determined as either sympathetic, or involved in any terrorist activities. Place people in authority who will have your wisdom, and not go beyond that which is necessary to keep us safe.

When you go to war in your land against the enemy who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, and you will be remembered before the Lord your God, and you will be saved from your enemies. (Numbers 10:9)

4. Two US Senators Promise 2011 Deficit-Cutting Bill - NBC

It would face an uphill political climb next year, despite wide agreement in Congress the yawning deficit must be dealt with soon, a commission established. Warner and Chambliss led a discussion last week among more than a dozen Democrats and Republicans on the Senate floor about the $1.3 trillion deficit for fiscal 2011. Warner said on the conference call that key goals will be both deficit reduction and tax reform that reduces business taxes and simplifies income taxes, while making them more progressive.

Chambliss said on the call that an impending vote in Congress to raise the government's debt ceiling - expected to be needed in the first or second quarter of 2011 - will be an important turning point. "It gives us a deadline to look to from the standpoint of getting some meaningful decisions made . . . If we can use that as leverage that's an ideal scenario," Chambliss said.

• We thank you Lord, for answering our prayers to place people in office who see the gravity of our nation at all levels. Thank you, that these two senators are willing to work together to reduce the deep debt and simplify taxes. We pray against any stalemate - but that the parties will work toward conservative goals as soon as possible.

Now these were the heads of the mighty men whom David had, who strengthened themselves with him in his kingdom, with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of the Lord concerning Israel. (1 Chronicles 11:10)

5. FCC to Vote Tuesday on 'Net Neutrality' Rules - CNN

The "net neutrality" rules, proposed by the Obama administration, would be the government's biggest foray yet into one of the Web's fiercest debates. If it passes, as it is expected to do, the plan will go before Congress for final approval. That isn't expected to happen until the new Congress, elected in November, takes office next year. Internet-freedom advocates have called the rules a step in the right direction but say they don't go far enough. Technically, Copps said he will vote to concur, which means not endorsing all parts of the plan but letting it move forward and, theoretically, be tweaked later.

Copps' two fellow Democrats also are expected to concur, while its two Republicans likely will vote no. One of those Republicans, Robert M. McDowell, criticized Genachowski's proposal Sunday in a Wall Street Journal column. "Nothing is broken that needs fixing ... " he wrote. "Analysts and broadband companies of all sizes have told the FCC that new rules are likely to have the perverse effect of inhibiting capital investment, deterring innovation, raising operating costs and ultimately increasing consumer prices."

• Heavenly Father, we pray against the actions of those who want to control the internet. It may someday be used against conservatives and Christians. We also know that these types of rules sometimes suppress business endeavors - so we pray you will block these actions that place more oppressive regulations on our nation.

But He turned and said to Peter, "Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men." (Matthew 16:23)

6. Federal Program Aims to Keep Seniors Out of Hospitals and Nursing - Washington Post

ElderPlus is part of PACE, the Program for All-Inclusive Care for Elderly, which provides comprehensive medical and social services to frail, low-income seniors with serious health problems. ElderPlus operates a clinic, a pharmacy, an adult day-care center, a dining hall and a fleet of eight vans to ferry participants to and from home. Hospital care is provided by Johns Hopkins. If done effectively, supporters say, the program can reduce costly hospital and nursing home stays. And keeping seniors healthy can save money for Medicare, To be eligible for PACE, people must be at least 55 years old and qualify for Medicaid, Medicare or, in most cases, both. They must meet their state's Medicaid criteria for requiring nursing home care, live within the PACE service area and be able to live safely at home with PACE assistance. Since PACE is a managed-care plan, the enrollees must agree to get their medical care only through PACE providers.

In many parts of the country, PACE seems to be gaining popularity. The National PACE Association reports that 57 percent of sponsors are planning to expand their services. And the health-care overhaul law provides funds to test similar non-institutional alternatives for treating people who need long-term care.

• We thank you Lord, for these compassionate people who are reaching the largest group of Americans with practical, loving solutions to meet their needs. We pray that all useless programs that drain our resources will be removed in government, so that these types of programs can be financed for more elderly and sick citizens.

"If there is among you a poor man of your brethren, within any of the gates in your land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother, but you shall open your hand wide to him and willingly lend him sufficient for his need, whatever he needs. (Deuteronomy 15: 7, 8)

7. Civil Rights Groups Seek Review of Texas Schools - Fox News

Two civil rights organizations are seeking a federal review of public school education in Texas, accusing state school administrators of violating federal civil rights laws after curriculum changes approved earlier this year by the Texas Board of Education. The request to the U.S. Department of Education made by the Texas NAACP and Texas League of United Latin American Citizens on Monday contended that the curriculum changes passed in May "were made with the intention to discriminate" and would have a "stigmatizing impact" on African-American and Latino students.

The ideological decisions by the school board contribute to what 4.8 million Texas students learn about political events and figures over the next decade. The request by the civil rights groups argued those decisions may have influence beyond the state boundaries because Texas, as one of the nation's largest textbook purchasers, influences publishers whose textbooks are sold elsewhere.

• Lord, we celebrated this victory to have the curriculum changed back from the revisionist history that the liberals have done for years. Now they want to revert to the liberal interpretation of history for our children. Block them Lord, so they will never succeed. Keep guard over the minds of our children and all our citizens. Give us your truth.

"The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways. (Deuteronomy 28:7)

The Middle East in Focus

This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:

You, God, sent plentiful rain, whereby You did confirm Your inheritance, when it was weary. (Psa. 68:9)

1. IDF to deploy super-armored tanks along Gaza border - Ha'aretz

The Israel Defense Forces decided on Sunday that it will begin deploying tanks equipped with an active armor protection system known as Windbreaker to the border area along the Gaza Strip.

2. Israel enjoys peace with Egypt, Jordan, but not peoples - Jerusalem Post

Israel's relationship with Egypt and Jordan is "fraying," warned the US in a year-old WikiLeaks cable released late Sunday night. "Israel enjoys peace with Egypt and Jordan, but not with its people," said the cable, which was sent from the US Embassy in Tel Aviv in November 2009, in advance of a visit to Israel by Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg.

3. IAF strikes 7 targets in Gaza Strip following mortars - Jerusalem Post

The IAF stuck seven terror targets early Tuesday morning following the firing of 10 mortar shells into Israeli territory on Monday.

4. Israel has secret accord with US to maintain settlements - Jerusalem Post

Defense Minister Ehud Barak told French officials in Paris on June 15, 2009 that Israel has a "secret accord" with the US government to maintain the "natural growth" of settlements in the West Bank, revealed a WikiLeaks cable released on Sunday which quoted Middle East Director at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Patrice Paoli.

The Daily Jot

Christianity--the new pornography of the internet

They are calling it some fancy, freedom sounding name--net neutrality. But what the White House is doing is getting its hooks into the information superhighway in a way that may well impact free speech, especially free speech that disagrees with the leftist agenda. Republican FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell says, "We will witness jaw-dropping interventionist chutzpah as the FCC bypasses branches of our government in the dogged pursuit of needless and harmful regulation. The darkest day of the year may end up marking the beginning of a long winter's night for Internet freedom." The Federal Communications Commission is a regulatory body now consisting of three Democrats and two Republicans.

They use words like "treating all online traffic equally" and "open internet", but don't believe it. The government intends to regulate the content on the internet by regulating the companies that provide the bandwith that allows the information flow. It starts with calls for regulating child pornography. In Britain, for example, the government is calling for internet providers to block sites that may be harmful to children. There is no doubt that child pornography is harmful to children and to those who look at it. In fact, all pornography is harmful and should not be protected as free speech or free expression. It is demeaning to those who participate and to those who consume. Pornography should be banned. But regulating the internet is not the answer.

The internet got its origins as a US Defense Department experiment to be able to share information even in the event of a disaster. In the 1990's, I was part of a group of entrepreneurs who worked to commercialize the internet by bringing it to the general public. The concept was a "people's" network, free from regulation holding to the principle of free speech. Right away there were pornographers setting up shop. And it invaded all homes, drawing attention to the need for responsible use by families. Now the internet has grown to a vital information exchange, free speech, and business and economic staple in the lives of all peoples. And now governments from around the world fear the power of people communicating.

So its not about protecting children from pornography. If the government wanted to do that, it would have banned pornography as offensive content on the internet. This government intervention is headed toward what Venezuela's Hugo Chevez is doing--banning messages and content that "disrespect public authorities," "incite or promote hatred," or are aimed at creating "anxiety." This is bureaucratese for stopping free speech, and especially religious free speech. Even in America, Christian principles are considered by many as worse than pornography. Net neutrality aims to someday regulate Christianity as the offensive pornography. Jesus said in Matthew 24:4, "Take heed that no man deceive you."

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson
Word of Life Ministry

One Victory; One Defeat

With time running out on the lame duck Congress, Harry Reid held the Senate in session this weekend to play Santa Claus -- handing out presents to the radical Left by pushing liberal legislation while he still can. The results were mixed. Conservatives won a victory when the so-called DREAM Act, or "Nightmare Act" as I call it, failed.

Democrats had pinned their immigration "reform" hopes on this amnesty-lite legislation for much of the year. But on Saturday it lost in the Senate when five Democrats broke ranks and voted to filibuster the bill. Only three Republicans -- Bennett (UT), Lugar (IN) and Murkowski (AK) -- voted for it. Previous immigration "reform" advocates, such as Sens. John McCain (AZ) and Lindsey Graham (SC), voted against the "Nightmare Act," an encouraging sign they understand that border security must come first.

Hours later, however, conservatives suffered a crushing defeat when the Senate voted to ignore the concerns of many frontline combat troops and top military commanders by repealing the 1993 federal law against open homosexuality in the military. Pentagon personnel that I know are deeply concerned about the impact on morale and recruiting. The 65-to-31 vote was another unfortunate consequence of the 2006 and 2008 elections, which sent scores of liberals to Congress. Fifty-seven Democrats voted for the repeal bill, joined by eight RINO Republicans.

During Saturday's debate, Democrats cloaked their rhetoric in the language of the civil rights movements. But, like much of the liberal agenda, these votes were all about political payback to powerful left-wing special interest groups that provide money and manpower to the Democrat Party. This weekend's session is just more evidence why this Congress has earned a record low approval rating of 13%. (Gary Bauer)

Votes Can Change; Not Our Values

In spite of these votes, don't be fooled into thinking that either issue is settled. In the wake of their defeat, amnesty advocates are turning to the Obama Administration. The New York Times reported yesterday, "Mr. Obama will now face growing pressure from immigrant and Latino groups to temper the [worksite] crackdown and perhaps find ways to use executive powers to bring some illegal immigrants out of the shadows."

As for "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," it will take time to implement a new policy. It is not inconceivable to me that a conservative president and a new conservative Congress could revisit this issue in 2013, along with ObamaCare, the offshore drilling ban, etc.

But today's Washington Post reports that the militant homosexual rights movement sees the vote as a huge victory that gives them: "significant new leverage. . . . if the Army trusts gay men and women with rifles, why shouldn't society trust them wedding rings?" In addition to a renewed assault on the meaning of marriage, congressional liberals will make a new push next year for the so-called Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

While votes can be changed -- through education or elections -- our values do not. And we will continue to defend our values as aggressively as we can. (Gary Bauer)

Investigating Radical Islam

Here's one positive example of the impact of last month's elections: The incoming chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee is promising to hold hearings on the "radicalization of the American Muslim community."

When Republicans take control of the House of Representatives on January 5th, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) will take control of the House Homeland Security Committee. A New York Republican, King is not perfect on all issues. But there are few in Congress who are as fearless as he is when it comes to taking on the threat we face from radical Islam.
In an op-ed today, King writes:

"Earlier this month, I was elected by the House Republican Conference to be chairman of the Homeland Security Committee. I've made it clear that I'll focus the committee on counterterrorism and hold hearings on a wide range of issues, including radicalization of the American Muslim community and homegrown terrorism. . . As chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, I will do all I can to break down the wall of political correctness and drive the public debate on Islamic radicalization."

Predictably, Rep. King is already being denounced by the Muslim apologists at CAIR. Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR's spokesman, accused King of trying to "demonize Islam" and said the hearings will turn into "witch hunts." King's promised hearings are long overdue and Mr. Hooper sounds like a man with something to hide. We will stand with Rep. King and defend him from the inevitable attacks from liberals and Islamists who label him a "hater." (Gary Bauer)

A Miracle in Korea

Written by: Sara Ballenger

Capitol Hill Prayer Partners

Events over the past few days, and now the news coming out of Korea, have left us amazed at the power of God to turn events, in answer to prayer.

This past weekend began with reports that the tense situation in North Korea, in advance of South Korea's planned military exercises, was "precarious." The leadership of North Korea had threatened that, were these exercise to take place, South Korea would be facing a "catastrophe" and swift retaliation was promised.

Things looked so desperate that, at the United Nations, both Russia and China called for an emergency session of the six-member U.N. Security Council to find a way to end this crisis. Sadly, at the end of the day on Sunday, the press announced that the U.N. was helpless to achieve their goal, and no hope was in sight.

BUT GOD . . .

By midnight on Sunday (now Monday in Korea), the South had already begun their live-fire exercises -- one day ahead of schedule. Intercessors who were keeping watch that night literally held their breath, and went into deep travail that GOD would intervene to keep the peace.

BUT GOD . . .

We asked prayer on our Daily Brief yesterday morning over this situation as follows:

- This story is now changing hour by hour. Please monitor all events surrounding the growing conflict between the two Koreas, and ask our Lord to bring peace to all who are involved. May He quell the troubled waters of the Korean Peninsula, by His Spirit. Amen.

- On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, "Let us cross over to the other side." Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, "Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?" Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace, be still!" And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, "Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?" And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, "Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!"
(Mark 4:35-41)

Then later that day (Monday), to the surprise of everyone, North Korea made two announcements:

1. That it would "stand down" from its threat of "catastrophe" against South Korea and

2. That it was now willing to engage in a "dialogue" with South Korea, attempting to improve relations between their two nations!

BUT GOD . . .

And so today, we offer a great chorus of praise to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords for these developments, and we stand in agreement that the ground that has been gained, bringing peace on the Korean peninsula, will not be lost.

BUT GOD . . .

"To him [be] glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen." (I Peter 5:11)

The Good News Corner


DECEMBER 11, 2010

The Dutch annual March for Life was held Saturday, December 11, 2010. It was organized by Cry for Life and Christians for Truth. It attracted some eight hundred participants who braved the cold day in the nation's political capitol, The Hague. This year's attendance was more than last year, approximately 30% of the group were young people.. These last two years have greatly encouraged the March leadership; it has been the largest participation since the Marches began eighteen years ago. A new trend we hope!

The March for Life is held each year in December commemorating the date, December 18, 1980, when abortion was approved in the Dutch Parliament. Abortion up to the 24th week is allowed. This year the venue was changed. The March was held in The Hague, the political capitol of the Netherlands. We gathered at noon on the Plein Square located directly in front of the Parliament buildings. We stood near the statue of William of Orange (1533-1584). He was the Dutch hero statesman who helped liberate Holland from Spain. An hour was spent praying, singing spiritual hymns and listening to uplifting leaders in the movement who encouraged those present to continue the work.

The officials greeted us. Mr. Cees van der Staaij, a member of parliament enthusiastically thanked the assembled group for coming. Although he admitted that his Christian party is small, he promised to faithfully lead the fight in parliament against abortion.

. . . Allan Parker founder of the Justice Foundation related that his group now has more than 5000 personal testimonies which will become legal affidavits from women who have suffered from abortion. They are telling their painful stories, how abortion did unbearable hurt to them through the ministry, Operation Outcry. These collected testimonies will be presented in upcoming court cases dealing with abortion. More testimonies are needed Allan said, They would like to have at least two million testimonies to drop on the Supreme Court's docket for all to see.

. . . The leadership of the 2010 March for Life believes that this year even tops last year's surprise huge attendance. So many new people have become part of the pro-life movement in Holland. And so many of these are from the youth - tomorrow's leaders. They have pledged to fight abortion until it is abolished. They have a long way to go. During this past year, 30,000 abortions were made in Holland, making the aggregate total now more than 630,000 lives sacrificed on the altars of selfindulgence since 1980. But someday it will all end. March for Life in Holland, December 11, 2010, was a day of victory. Rejoice with us as we go forward into a new year.

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Worship the Lord tonight in the beauty of His Majesty. . .

Monday, December 20, 2010

CHPP Daily Brief - December 20, 2010

In This Issue
• The Daily Brief: On The Hill
• The Daily Brief: International News
• The Middle East in Focus
• The Daily Jot
• Al-Qaida Plots Include U.S
• The Good News Corner
• Worship with Us Today!

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The Daily Brief - Monday, December 20, 2010

"But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob's descendants forever; his kingdom will never end." (Luke 1:30-33)


Please be advised that the Daily Brief will be published three days this week, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, only. We will then stand down [barring a national emergency] until Monday, January 3, 2011, allowing our hard-working staff much-needed time to celebrate the birth of our Savior with family and friends. Thank you for your continued support of our ministry in prayer and in giving. God bless you!

The Daily Brief: On The Hill

1. US Senate lifts 'don't ask, don't tell' gay soldier ban - BBC News

The US Senate has approved landmark legislation allowing openly gay people to serve in the military. Senators voted 65-31 to overturn the 1993 "don't ask, don't tell" law, which bars gay people in the military from revealing their sexual orientation. The House of Representatives had already approved the repeal bill. Obama says he is looking forward to signing it into law.

• Today, we are shocked and chagrined that the US Senate has voted to legalize sodomy in our armed forces. Our soldiers say that homosexual behaviors break the bonds of the "band of brothers" that they must develop in order to protect each other on the battlefield. Many senators have never been in the military and have no clue about the damage they are creating. Pray that the Lord, by His power, will block any overt or covert homosexual behavior in the military. Again, keep your prayers focused on God's mercy until this bill can be repealed and ask our Lord to forgive those who voted "yes" for the repeal. Remember God in His mercy!

"The fear of the Lord prolongs days; but the years of the wicked shall be shortened." (Prov. 10: 27)

2. Republican Amendment to START Accord Fails Senate; Debate Continues
- Fox News

The Senate on Sunday blocked a Republican-sponsored amendment on a nuclear arms reduction treaty that would have sent the accord back to the negotiating table with Russia. Democratic senators will continue to try to win over reluctant Republicans to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, START, but may find several unwilling to budge on ratification because of language in the preamble that Republicans say will inhibit U.S. authority to develop its missile defense capabilities. The failed amendment offered by Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, would have changed the preamble to include language on tactical weapons and the "inter-relationship between non-strategic and strategic offensive arms." It failed on a 32-60 vote. Any changes to the treaty would require re-negotiation with Russia.

• Pray against the passage of the START Treaty with Russia this week by this "lame duck" session of the Senate. What is the hurry? Any treaty with Russia must be considered very carefully. Obama is perhaps too young to remember the "cold war" with the USSR, and is therefore a bit na├»ve to trust Putin with this treaty. Pray that the Lord gives strategies to the Senate to delay any agreement with Russia until all aspects of the treaty and wording can be thoroughly investigated and the American people told the truth.

"You shall make no covenant [treaty] with them, not with their gods." (Ex. 23: 32)

3. DREAM Act Goes Down in Flames in Senate - Fox News

An immigration bill that would blaze a trail to legal status for hundreds of thousands of undocumented students went down in flames in the Senate on Saturday, delivering a critical blow to Democrats and Hispanic activists. Even though the House approved the DREAM Act last week, the Senate fell five votes short of the 60 needed Saturday to advance the bill past Republican opposition.

• Praise the Lord that the Dream Act has been blocked. We should not even entertain the thought of rewarding illegal actions, as this bill would do. Call your Senators to vote "no" on this act. If it comes up for a vote again this week. Pray that the Lord hears our cry and praise Him and remember that He is the lawgiver.

"Keep My commandments, and live: and My law as the apple of your eye." (Prov. 7:2)

4. Mike Pence: Cut All Taxpayer Funding for Planned Parenthood - Lifesite News

Rep. Mike Pence, the leading member behind legislation in Congress that would de-fund Planned Parenthood, is not happy about the new annual report the abortion business released.

The annual report shows the total government grants and contracts received by PPFA affiliates from government sources including state, local and federal governments, increased from $350 million in 2009 to $363 million in the 2009-2010 fiscal year. That comes after a September report revealing the number of abortions Planned Parenthood performed in 2008 increased to 324,008, a 6.1 percent increase over the 305,310 abortions it did in 2007.

Pence, an Indiana congressman with potential presidential ambitions, sent a statement to Friday afternoon responding to the new taxpayer funding figures. "It is morally wrong to end an unborn human life by abortion. It is also morally wrong to take the taxpayer dollars of millions of pro-life Americans and use those funds to promote abortion."

• Praise the Lord for the uncompromising convictions of Congressman Pence to object to using taxpayers monies' to promote abortions. Also, praise the Lord for sending man of such strong moral conviction to Congress. Pray that Mike Pence will never yield to pressure to follow what he knows is a violation of God's laws. Ask the Lord to give other members of Congress ears to hear the Word of God and to follow his lead.

• "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord:, and He delights in his way." (Psalm 37:23)

5. In Sunday-evening surprise, Senate unanimously passes food safety bill
- The Hill

The Senate unexpectedly approved food safety legislation by unanimous consent Sunday evening, rescuing a bill that floated in limbo for weeks because of a clerical error. . . Reid announced he would send the legislation - this time properly attached to a House-originated measure - back to the lower chamber for final approval. The bill is number S. 510. Read more.

- Although the mainstream media has avoided addressing this issue, a number of friends of our ministry have voiced serious concerns about a number of the parameters "buried" within this legislation. Pray that this is blocked in the House, so the next Congress can slow down and take a very careful look at every bit of the language of the Food Safety bill before passing it.

- "The LORD is far from the wicked but he hears the prayer of the righteous." (Prov. 15:29)

The Daily Brief: International News

1. S. Korea conducts firing drills from border island - Fox News

South Korea fired artillery in a 90-minute drill from a front-line island Monday and launched fighter jets to deter attacks after North Korea warned of catastrophic retaliation for the maneuvers. There was no sign of any North Korean military response during the drill, a South Korean Defense Ministry official said, speaking on condition of anonymity, citing office rules. The South had evacuated hundreds of residents near its tense land border and sent residents of islands near disputed waters into underground bunkers amid soaring fears of war.

- This story is now changing hour by hour. Please monitor all events surrounding the growing conflict between the two Koreas, and ask our Lord to bring peace to all who are involved. May He quell the troubled waters of the Korean Peninsula, by His Spirit. Amen.

- On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, "Let us cross over to the other side." Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, "Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?" Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace, be still!" And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, "Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?" And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, "Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!" (Mark 4:35-41)

2. American Christian killed by terrorists, Messianic friend wounded - Israel Today

Arab terrorists attacked and killed a visiting American Christian woman and badly wounded her UK-born Messianic Jewish friend in a forested area south of Jerusalem on Saturday. Kay Wilson is a leading tour guide with Shoresh Tours, which operates under the auspices of the CMJ global ministry from the Christ Church complex in Jerusalem's Old City. Kristine Luken came to Israel with a Shoresh tour three years ago. From there she became involved win CMJ's US branch, and then went on to become adminsitrative secretary at the UK branch.

- Please join us today in asking God to comfort the family of Kristine Luken, as they mourn the tragic loss of their loved one. Clearly, this saint of God has given her life for the work of the Kingdom of God, and has left a legacy of blessings for many others to receive.

Lift up the Israeli authorities as they work to apprehend the thugs who perpetrated this heinous deed. And finally, offer a quiet word of thanks for God's protection over Kay Wilson. May she, too, be healed and comforted in this difficult time. Amen.

- "Comfort ye, comfort ye, My people." (Isaiah 40:1)

3. Mexico Drug War Death Toll Climbs to 30,196 Since 2006, Government Says - Bloomberg

Mexican Attorney General Arturo Chavez said that 30,196 people have been killed in drug-related violence nationwide since President Felipe Calderon took office four years ago.

• Mexico is a country that needs to repent for allowing the seeds of violence and wicked power to gain control. Pray that Mexico's leadership will turn to the Lord for His healing of their land. Ask the Lord to expunge corruption from the land at every level and to lead the people to fall onto their knees, crying out to the Lord for His help.

- "Here is the man who did not make God his strength, But trusted in the abundance of his riches, And strengthened himself in his wickedness." (Psalm 52:7)

4. Putin: Moscow riots show need for stronger order - AP

Violent rampages outside the Kremlin have highlighted the need to strengthen public order and raise police prestige, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Thursday, using the occasion to lash out at liberal critics.

• Please pray for peace in Moscow and satisfaction for rule there. Overall, the Russian people need Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, not a resurgence of the communist party. Pray for the presence of the Holy Spirit in Moscow and throughout Russia and for the decline of Putin's power.

• "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom He hs chosen for His own inheritance." (Psalm 33 12)

5. Iran reportedly in nuclear fuel swap negotiations - Jerusalem Post

Iran is in negotiations with France, Russia, Turkey and the United States on a nuclear fuel swap deal that Teheran hopes will curb sanctions levied against it, The Telegraph reported on Thursday.

• Why in the world would Iran be in negotiations with the USA? Do we need a swap of nuclear fuel with Iran? Jesus told us to be loving to our enemies, but a nuclear fuel swap aggravates the enemy and lets him "off the hook" to do more mischief. The Iranian president Ahmadinejad has insulted Americans and the American president; he talks of obliterating Israel, and America has said nothing. We have heaped love on the Iranians when they suffered catastrophes. Pray for the end of these negotiations.

• "I will punish the world for its evil, And the wicked for their iniquity, I will halt the arrogance of the proud, And lay the haughtiness of the terrible . . ." (Isaiah. 2:11)

6. EU agrees new debt plan, but near-term help needed - AP

Even though EU leaders have agreed on a new rescue system for future debt crises, rating agencies' increasingly pessimistic view on some euro nations' ability to handle debts added pressure Friday to come up with more short-term measures to ease the crippling market turmoil.

• The darkness surrounding the EU has produced not the salvation of the European countries but a loss of hope in economics. When a number of countries like Ireland, Portugal, and Greece accepted the socialistic views and EU monies, they bought into a system not sanctioned by the Lord.

Please pray that the EU countries turn back to the Lord for His sustenance and salvation in Jesus Christ. Ask the Lord to remove from the leadership the many wicked men and women at the top of the EU, many of whom are hidden from the public.

- "Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done And on the labor in which I had toiled; And indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind, There was no profit under the sun." (Ecclesiastes. 2:11)

7. UN mulls internet regulation options - IT News

The United Nations is considering whether to set up an inter-governmental working group to harmonise global efforts by policy makers to regulate the internet. ...At a meeting in New York on Wednesday, representatives from Brazil called for an international body made up of Government representatives that would attempt to create global standards for policing the internet - specifically in reaction to challenges such as WikiLeaks.

• Rather than punish the users of the internet with regulations, the perpetrator of the Wikileaks should be punished, especially since his name is known. Regulations only lead to more problems, and we certainly do not want the UN to become involved - with so many Moslem countries having gained power within the UN. Pray that this maneuver bears no fruit. If any meeting does occur, ask the Lord to direct the US representatives to move very wisely and carefully. America is not obligated to sign any treaty with the UN. Why is Brazil so concerned?

"The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them." (Proverbs 11: 3)

8. Will Tuesday Be the Darkest Day in 456 Years? - Fox News

Break out the flashlights. When a full lunar eclipse takes place on the shortest day of the year, the planet may just get awfully dark. The upcoming Dec. 21 full moon -- besides distinguishing itself from the others in 2010 by undergoing a total eclipse -- will also take place on the same date as the solstice (the winter solstice if you live north of the equator, and the summer solstice if you live to the south).

- According to a report published by NASA, this moon will have a reddish, copper color at the height of its eclipse. That fact, in combination with the solstice on the same day, gives one pause to think. We then factor in the situation in North Korea, which one Russian diplomat has called "precarious," and it certainly seems to be a time to pray.

Thank the LORD for His signs in the heavens, for His soon coming, and for the harvest of souls about to be released into His Kingdom. It is time to walk in the fear of God. Amen.

- "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered." (Joel 2:30-32)

The Middle East in Focus

This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:

You, God, sent plentiful rain, whereby You did confirm Your inheritance, when it was weary. (Ps. 68:9)

1. Erekat: 10 EU states will upgrade their PLO missions - Jerusalem Post

Around 10 EU countries are set to upgrade the status of Palestinian representative offices in their capitals in the near future, chief Palestinian Authority negotiator Saeb Erekat declared on Sunday.

2. American Christian killed by terrorists, Messianic friend wounded - Israel Today

Arab terrorists attacked and killed a visiting American Christian woman and badly wounded her UK-born Messianic Jewish friend in a forested area south of Jerusalem on Saturday.

3. Netanyahu: Stalled peace talks are not catalyst for anti-Israel sentiments - Ha'aretz

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday rejected claims that the standstill in the peace process since his government took power is the reason for the delegitimization campaign against Israel.

4. Mubarak to Israel: Peace, not occupation, will ensure your security - Ha'aretz

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak blamed Israel on Sunday for the stalemate in negotiations with the Palestinians, warning that security could be ensured only through peace and not occupation or force.

The Daily Jot

Where is the Birth Certificate?

There is a lot of discussions about whether the man who occupies the Oval Office is a natural born citizen. His birth certificate, if it exists, is so highly protected that even WikiLeaks has not found it. A battery of his lawyers also have been very successful at fending off challenges to his eligibility through the court systems. To qualify for president one must meet the standards in Article II, Section I of the Constitution saying, "No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President." There is still no verifiable proof by the president, although he has publicized a certificate of live birth--not a birth certificate.

The kids on my football team have to show us a verified copy of their birth certificate in order to prove their age eligibility to play. No one seems to mind. Its amazing that such a simple thing has already cost over a million dollars by a man who does not want to show his birth certificate. But even worse, there are those who think that just by raising the subject demonstrates disrespect to the office. They say it is unthinkable to believe that a man who is elected president may not be eligible to serve because of such a small thing as a birth certificate. Yet many of these very same people would be the first to deny the authenticity of another historical figure because there is no birth certificate.

The same, however, would say that Jesus Christ is not the Messiah. No proof, no birth certificate. They also would deny well over 350 Biblical prophecies that foretold Jesus Christ. They deny that the Bible is the inerrant and infallible word of God, yet they are often found quoting scripture to make themselves look wise in the sight of others. They would count as superstitious the account of Herod in Matthew 2:4, 5, "And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea." Herod murdered all the males under two years old in and around Bethlehem--just a story they would say.

What makes the world fighting mad if someone questions the eligibility of a president who refuses to show his birth certificate, but denies the very existence of Jesus Christ as savior of the world? 2 Corinthians 4:3,4 says, "But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them." Indeed, the truth is hid by satan. Verse 6 says, "For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." So let us shine, so that the truth of the gospel is known.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson
Word of Life Ministry

Al-Qaida Plots Include U.S

International Al-Qaida Plots Include U.S. as Target

IPT News - Al-Qaida is preparing a series of attacks on Western targets, especially in the United States, during the Christmas season, Middle Eastern and European officials say.

Iraqi authorities said Wednesday that captured insurgents confessed that al-Qaida is plotting suicide attacks in the United States and Europe in the coming weeks. Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari called the confessions indications of a "critical threat."

Some of the insurgents told Iraqi authorities they are part of a group which takes direct orders from al-Qaida's central leadership. The captured suspects "represent the main structure of the al-Qaida organization in Iraq," said Iraqi Interior minister Jawad al-Bolani.

Last Saturday's car and suicide bombings in Stockholm were just a small part of many attacks planned as part of the wider al-Qaida plot, the captured insurgents said. The Iraqi-born man suspected to be behind the attacks, Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly, is now said to have been trained by al-Qaida's affiliate in Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI). After Saturday's bombings, the ISI warned that if NATO countries didn't withdraw their troops from Afghanistan "immediately and unconditionally," that they "should expect that we will strike at the heart of Europe." The ISI also said that the bombings were "only the beginning of a new era of our jihad."

• Here is another reason to keep a serious attitude during this Christmas season. Pray fervently for your unsaved friends and relatives, for we do not know what tomorrow will bring. God does promise peace in our hearts but not in the world. Now that our American Congress has legalized sodomy in our military, we do not know when and where God will lift His shield of protection over the USA. Pray for God's mercy.

• "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you; not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." ( John 14: 27)

The Good News Corner

ANOTHER "Outbreak of Grace!"

"The Hallelujah Chorus" Sung at the Orlando International Airport - Orlando, FLORIDA

Saturday, December 18, 2010

First at Macy's Department Store in Philadelphia on Saturday, October 30th. . .

Then at a Food Court in a mall in Canada on Saturday, November 13 . . .

And now, this past weekend in Florida. . .

Offer praise to the Lord as more and more folks join together in the public square to sing The Hallelujah Chorus!!

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"O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" by Selah

This beautiful rendition of "O Come Emmanuel" is by the highly anointed group, Selah. The beginning background music is Hatikvah (The Hope), The National Anthem of Israel. This is significant because Emmanuel, the Messiah, will return to save His people, Israel. Emmanuel is "The Hope Of Israel".