Tuesday, January 26, 2010

CHPP Daily Brief - January 26, 2010

In This Issue
• Today's Daily Brief
• The Middle East in Focus
• Terror Alert #1
• Terror Alert #2
• Terror Alert #3
• The Daily Jot (Part One)
• The Daily Jot (Part Two)
• The Good News Corner

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The Daily Brief - Tuesday, January 26, 2010

In that day you will say: "Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted." (Isaiah 12:4)

Today's Daily Brief

1. U.S. Home Sales Tumble as Tax Credit's Boost Wanes - Reuters

Sales of previously owned U.S. homes suffered a record drop last month as the boost from a popular tax credit waned, raising doubts the housing market recovery can be sustained without government support.

• Heavenly Father, we pray for the people who have been affected by the economic downturn - that their finances will be sufficient to carry them through this time. Let them rely on you to provide for them and trust you more than ever.

Give me neither poverty nor riches, feed me with the food allotted to me; lest I be full and deny You, and say, "Who is the Lord?" (Proverbs 30:8)

2. Poll: Just 43 Percent Would Re-elect Obama - Washington Times

Only 43 percent of Americans would vote to re-elect President Obama, fully 10 percent lower than the percentage that put him into office just more than a year ago.

• Heavenly Father, we pray that people will have their eyes opened to see who You would have to lead this nation. We pray for that person to have your wisdom and anointing.

And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. (Daniel 2:21)

3. Obama to Seek 3-year Freeze on Domestic Spending - Reuters

President Barack Obama, under pressure from deficit hawks, will seek a three-year freeze on domestic spending in his 2011 budget that would save $250 billion by 2020, administration officials said on Monday. "The news of a spending freeze, in our opinion, will have little impact on the U.S. dollar or economy in medium term."

"We doubt it will make any visible dent in the deficit projections - that requires spending cuts and tax raises, not just spending freezes," said Michael Katz, an economist at Forecast in Sydney.

• Lord, we pray the over-spending and deception will stop. We pray they will find a solution to bring down the deficit without resorting to taxes. Let only people who know how to manage money be appointed to oversee our national finances.

Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding; (Proverbs 3:13)

4. McCain Says Campaign Finance Reform Is Dead - ABC News

Sen. John McCain says the movement he led to reform how political campaigns are financed is dead. McCain says the Supreme Court has spoken on the constitutionality of political contributions by corporations. The Arizona Republican had sought to regulate them with a landmark campaign finance law he wrote with Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis.

• Father God, we pray for new legislation to control the political contributions by corporations; to prevent large companies from having a huge advantage over smaller groups.

• But banish those who turn to crooked ways, O LORD. Take them away with those who do evil, and let Israel have quietness and peace. (Psalm 125:5)

5. Obama Announces Initiatives for Middle Class - The Washington Times

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Monday offered help for Americans struggling to pay bills and care for their families, appealing to a middle-class he says has been "under assault for a long time." Obama is seeking to offer some attractive options to taxpayers, mindful of the painful implications of the loss of a traditionally Democratic Senate seat that Republicans won for the first time in decades. In a partial preview of a State of the Union address that aims to answer voter angst about the economy and reconnect with the public.

• Lord, we continue to pray that all hidden things and motives in government will be revealed, so that no unscrupulous deals will be put forth in our laws and government.

Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are in your midst deceive you, nor listen to your dreams which you cause to be dreamed. (Jeremiah 29: 9)

6. Brown's Win Shows GOP How to Seize Obama's Old Senate Seat - The Hill

In a year when populism is good politics, Scott Brown has given Republicans a model for how to harness voters' frustration.

• Lord, we pray the parties and the candidates will not use Brown's win as a template if they are not really seeking to serve our nation. Let there be no guile in the parties and candidates - only honesty.

Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, But establish the just; For the righteous God tests the hearts and minds. (Psalm 7:9)

7. Report: Al-Qaida aims to hit U.S. with WMDs - MSNBC

The group is determined to attack U.S. with chemical, biological or even nuclear weapons, report says. The report, by a former senior CIA official who led the agency's hunt for weapons of mass destruction, portrays al-Qaeda's leaders as determined and patient, willing to wait for years to acquire the kind of weapons that could inflict widespread casualties.

The commission's initial report in December 2008 warned that a terrorist attack using weapons of mass destruction was likely by 2013.

• Heavenly Father, we ask forgiveness for our sins that have brought down the Hedge of Protection around our nation. Restore us and our hedges. Heal our land! We pray against the plots of these terrorists.

Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. (Job 1:10)

The Middle East in Focus

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

" For ever, O LORD, Your Word is settled in heaven." (Psalm 119:89)

1. Report: Abbas studying Mitchell's plan to launch low-level peace talks - Jerusalem Post

A US proposal to renew peace talks, handed over by US Mideast envoy George Mitchell on his recent visit to the region, is being studied by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, according to Palestinian officials quoted in a Reuters report Monday.

2. Olmert's negotiator: Full Mideast peace impossible - Ha'aretz

"I do not believe that in the foreseeable future there is a possibility of an agreement with the Palestinians on all the issues, especially on the problematic core issues," says Udi Dekel, who headed the negotiations task force in the previous government.

3. Israeli Electric Car Company Secures Major Funding - Media Line

An Israeli funded and U.S.-based cleantech company secured $350 million in funding on Monday from several major financial companies.

4. 'Jews exploit Holocaust as propaganda' - Jerusalem Post

The Holocaust only gets media coverage because of affluent Jews' financial backing, military might and lobbying fronts, presenting a skewed version of events to the world, a high-ranking Polish bishop told a Catholic news portal on Monday.

5. Palestinians study US idea for Mideast talks - Ynet News

President Mahmoud Abbas is studying a US proposal for talks between the Palestinians and Israel at a level below full-scale negotiations between their leaders, a Palestinian official said on Monday.

Terror Alert #1

Buffalo, NY: Man accused of beheading wife claims abuse

New lawyer for Hassan says husband was a victim, humiliated by his wife

The cable TV executive accused of beheading his wife in Orchard Park last year now claims he was the one humiliated and abused. Through his new lawyer, Muzzammil S. "Mo" Hassan claimed Friday that he was a "battered spouse" who was left emotionally out of control by the constant abuse his wife inflicted on him. Hassan's lawyer, Frank M. Bogulski, called the legal defense the first of its kind in the country. Hassan, 45, is charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 12 beheading of his wife, Aasiya Zubair Hassan, 37. The Pakistani-born couple were best known for Bridges TV, the station they formed in 2004 to counter negative Muslim stereotypes . . .
(Buffalo News) Read more

Terror Alert #2

Details of arrest of bombing suspect disclosed

Badly burned and bleeding, the suspect in the attempted bombing of the Christmas Day flight to Detroit tried one last gambit as he was led away: He said there was another bomb hidden on board, officials said. It wasn't true, federal agents learned after a tense search. But the Nigerian suspect's threat began hours of conversations that are now the subject of fierce political debate over the right way to handle terrorism suspects. In interviews, U.S. officials described for the first time the details of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's arrest Dec. 25 at Detroit Metro Airport and the decisions that were made about how to interrogate him.

Captured after a bomb hidden in his underwear ignited but did not explode, Abdulmutallab initially spoke freely and provided valuable intelligence, officials said. Federal agents repeatedly interviewed him or heard him speak to others. When they read him his legal rights nearly 10 hours after the incident, he went silent. Since the attempted bombing, several prominent lawmakers have argued he should have been placed immediately in military custody. The nation's top intelligence official said he should have been questioned by a special group of terrorism investigators, rather than by the FBI agents who responded to the scene.
(Assoicated Press) Read more

Terror Alert #3

Indictment accuses Syrian of lying to FBI on Holy Land Foundation

Michigan authorities unsealed a nearly 2-year-old indictment Friday charging a 47-year-old man with lying to the FBI about his involvement with the former Richardson-based Holy Land Foundation. Immigration officials arrested Mohamad Mustapha Ali Masfaka on Thursday as he tried to cross from Canada into the U.S. in Detroit, officials said. On Friday, prosecutors unsealed an Aug. 28, 2008, indictment alleging that Masfaka lied to FBI agents when he denied being a paid Detroit representative of Holy Land in the 1990s. Holy Land was the largest Muslim charity in the U.S. before the Bush administration shut it down in December 2001 for its ties to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. After a 2007 mistrial, five of Holy Land's former organizers were convicted by a federal jury in Dallas in November 2008 of funneling more than $12 million to Hamas. Prosecutors say that in addition to Detroit, Holy Land had representatives in New Jersey and Phoenix, among other U.S. cities.
(Dallas Morning News) Read more.

The Daily Jot (Part One)

The National Consequences of the Lack of Christian Endurance

Drastic times bring out things in people that one would never think. America is in drastic times. There are headlines that even pizza deliverers in Philadelphia are being killed for their petty cash. These tough economic times, the uncertainty in foreign events, natural disasters are big picture. But they impact everyone down to the family and the family member. Jesus described times such as these in Matthew chapter 24. He said in verses 12 and 13, "And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved." Jesus told us what would happen in the latter days, and He gives us the hope of His return that we might endure to the end.

Jesus also said in Matthew 10:21, "And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death." And once again in the following verse, Jesus said, "And you shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endures to the end shall be saved." Enduring to the end is a common theme. Endure here means to have fortitude, persevere, abide and undergo. Jesus shows us that no matter what is going on around us, that we should abide in Him and His commandments. And He has told us through the scriptures to occupy till He comes.

Jesus also tells us in Matthew 24:4, "Take heed that no man deceive you." There has been a lot of teaching within Christianity that has led to the deception of many Christians. The vast majority who have written me this past week see clearly that we as Christians have a civic duty as salt and light to impact not only our family, friends, community, but also our nation. Most see that as this nation was established that Christians would have the voice in government, we as Christians have a clear responsibility to impact both the government and the nation toward a Christian world view. As Proverbs 14:34 says. "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to all people."

There are still those Christians, however, who do not see it as their civic duty to, as they put it, "save the nation." And they have been influenced by many various doctrines that their nation matters not, only their own salvation and that of those around them. And they passionately believe this error. As a watchman, I must say this is a destructive belief. Hear this: God judges the nations and the people suffer the consequences of their rulers. That God would give a nation to a people, and assist them in establishing it in His name with His people having a say on how they are ruled, they have a responsibility to God to preserve it in His name. To do otherwise is dishonor the Father. To His people He calls. Do you hear Him?

Bill Wilson
Word of Life Ministry

The Daily Jot (Part Two)

A Peaceful, Legal and Effective Way To End This Government's Tyranny

Many Americans have been asking what they can do beyond writing and calling their unresponsive lawmakers to change the course of this tyrannical government. Over the past several months, I have been working on a project that I believe makes a lot of sense. It is the recall of U.S. Senators. In this effort, I have partnered with the American Civil Rights Union and several others interested in sending a strong message to Congress that "We the People" are no longer going to accept tyranny and injustice at the hands of a socialist government. Therefore, we are going to educate the people and help provide a vehicle that they can legally and peacefully change the course of history.

Some 18 states have recall provisions in their state statutes or Constitutions. Within these 18 states, there are nine that have language empowering the recall of Congressional and all public officials. Some of the best Constitutional attorneys in the nation have vetted this concept and have agreed that the U.S. Constitution protects the rights of the people to recall elected officials. The First Amendment grants the right for a redress of grievances; the 10th Amendment states that powers not delegated to the federal government or prohibited to the states are reserved to the states or to the people; and the 17th Amendment empowers voters in the states to elect their senators and to fill vacancies.

The states we are talking about are Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin. There are 12 senators from these states who have voted for the unconstitutional socialist health care legislation; the unconstitutional bail out and government takeover programs; and have broken their oath of office by exercising malfeasance in these areas and in fiscal mismanagement of our tax dollars. If all 12 were successfully recalled, the balance of the Senate would change dramatically. Even so Americans can send a loud and clear message to all of Congress. If you do not live in one of these states, there are many ways in which you still can support their efforts.

Jesus told us in Matthew 5:13, "You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men." The United States was established that a moral and Christian people can choose those who govern. We have fallen short on choosing leaders that represent the people by upholding both the Constitution and the tenets of God. It is now time to correct this short-falling that we as a nation do not permanently lose the savor of our salt. You can find out more about what you can do by emailing me at wcwilson@verizon.net or by visiting http://recallcongressnow.org.

Bill Wilson
Word of Life Ministry


Ministry News in Haiti Bold
[This news comes from my home church in Virginia. Like many of you, we are choosing to support those ministreis that are networked directly with "boots on the ground" in Haiti. Thank you -- Jim and Sara Ballenger]

Updates from Grace Network's ministry in Haiti:

• Grace Network Leaders are trying to get a small team to Delmas to assess the situation and determine how we can best respond.
• Grace Network Leaders will be taking a special offering for Haiti Relief that will go directly to meet the needs of our church family at L'Eglese Baptiste Siloe.
• To follow updates, click: http://gracenetwork.org/news/haiti-updates
Updates from Hope Force International's ministry in Haiti:
Hope Force Int'l is a Disaster Recovery ministry that we as a church have been supporting for three years. They are currently on the ground in Haiti serving in a number of capacities.
• For updates on Haiti and ministry info on HFI, click: http://hopeforce.org/index.php
[Sample prayer requests from our church . . . thank you for praying with us as we lift up these needs in Haiti.]

HAITI UPDATES -- Jan. 18, 2010

Grace Network deeply mourns the loss of life and devastation from the tragic earthquake in Haiti. Here is what we know - updates will be added as they become available:

• It is confirmed that Pastor Bienne L'Amerique perished in the earthquake, but his wife and children are alive.
• The church (L'Eglese Baptiste Siloe) sustained severe damage and many people in the church are presumed to be dead. The congregation is using the church property at Delmas for safety and support as we speak.
• Selem Jeannis, the worship leader and teaching deacon is alive and well, as is his family.
• Merlin (Associate Pastor) is alive but injured and some of his family members are injured.
• We have no information regarding the people or church in LaRousse.
• Se Tata's house sustained severe damage and she is presumed to be dead.
• GN leaders are trying to get a small team to Delmas to assess the situation and determine how we can best respond.
• The GN Haiti Council is holding an emergency meeting on Sunday afternoon (1/17). Please pray for wisdom as they discuss next steps and determine the most effective way to move forward in providing relief and support.
• GN churches are taking a special offering for Haiti Relief, which will go directly to meet the needs of our church family at Siloe Baptiste.
• Individuals or other churches that would like to donate to this relief effort may contribute through a Grace Network Church (please see network directory), or directly to Grace Network. If you are choose to donate through Grace Network, please make checks payable to Grace Network and designate "Haiti Fund" in the memo line. Checks should be mailed to Grace Network, PO Box 307, North Chili, NY 14514.

The Good News Corner

"Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)"

by Robin Mark

This is a great song, by a good Northern Irish man!