CHPP Daily Brief - February 28, 2010
• The Middle East in Focus
• The Daily Jot
• Islamists Confront Rep. Myrick
• NY Judge Expands Review
• The 40-Day University Daniel Fast
• Purim Celebrated This Weekend
• The Good News Corner
• Worship With Us!
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And they were calling to one another: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory." (Isaiah 6:3)
Tomorrow (Monday, March 1, 2010), we will publish another edition of the Daily Brief, instead of "On Capitol Hill This Week, " (the OCAP) as usual. Thank you.
In our urgency to release the prayer request yesterday in advance of the tsunami that was headed to Hawaii, we neglected to post other items for prayer that were waiting in the bin . . .
We thank the Lord that He has blessed us with a forgiving group of Prayer Partners and that, fundamentally, all is well.
Here, then, is "the rest of the news" from that edition. Amen.
We also praise God for the answer to prayer for the safety of all who were in the path of that approaching tsunami, whose waves turned out to be minor, at best.
The Middle East in Focus
This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:
And your eyes shall see, and you shall say, "LORD will be magnified from the border of Israel." (Malachi 1:5)
1. Dubai police seeking global probe of Mabhouh hit - ICEJ News
Dubai police chief Dahi Khalfan Tamim said on Friday he is seeking formal assistance from at least seven other nations in creating an international investigative team to track down the 26 suspects he has identified as members of the team that assassinated senior Hamas arms dealer Mahmoud al-Mabhouh last month.
2. Palestinians riot in Hebron over Tomb of the Patriarchs - ICEJ News
Netanyahu assures no change in status quo
For the fifth day in a row, dozens of Palestinians in Hebron hurled stones at IDF soldiers on Friday in protest of the Israeli cabinet's decision earlier this week to include the local Tomb of the Patriarchs among the sites on its new national heritage list.
3. US not seeking "crippling sanctions" on Iranian people - ICEJ News
Iran insists Arab airlines must use term "Persian Gulf"
The US said on Thursday it does not aim to impose crippling sanctions on ordinary Iranians but rather to pressure the Iranian government to change course on its nuclear program.
4. Iran's "resistance" axis holds trilateral meeting in Damascus - ICEJ News
Syrian President Bashar Assad hosted a dinner in Damascus on Thursday evening attended by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hizbullah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah and held mainly to discuss "the Zionist threat"
Earlier yesterday, (Friday) Ahmadinejad and Assad launched a blistering verbal attack on the "criminal" state of Israel. Ahmadinejad warned "if the Zionis t regime wants to repeat its past mistakes, this will constitute its demise and annihilation." He added that Arab nations will usher in a new Middle East "without Zionists and without colonialists."
5. American support for Israel on the rise - ICEJ News
According to a February Gallup poll of American attitudes regarding global issues, American support for Israel stands at 62%, the highest level since the 1991 Gulf War.
The Daily Jot
Health Care Summit:
"My Way or the Highway"
The president spent his closing remarks of the so-called bipartisan summit on health care belittling all ideas except his and his party's. He asked, somewhat rhetorically, "Is there enough serious effort that in a month's time, or a few weeks time, or six weeks time, we could actually resolve something? And if we can't, then I think we have got to go ahead and make some decisions. And then that's what elections are for." There is a lot in these 48 words. First, this is political jargon for telling those opposed to socialist health care that the man in the White House is saying, "It's my way or the highway."
And opposed, Americans are--a poll taken by oft liberally skewed Gallup says that 49% of Americans oppose the Democratic healthcare bill while only 42% support it. But by a 52% to 39% margin, Americans do not want health care shoved down their throats in a reconciliation bill. Fox News released a poll indicating 50 % of Americans want legislators to do nothing on health care. Interesting that by a margin of 59 to 34 percent, Americans want Congress to start over on health care reform if there was no bipartisan consensus reached at the health care summit. And 56% disapprove of the job Obama is doing on health care.
The American people are aligning against Congress and the White House on socialized health care. The Democratic Party is receiving signals from its boss that it should use its supermajority to ram the socialization of over 10 percent of the economy through Congress and into law. "And then, that's what elections are for." Well, elections are brewing right now. There are efforts in New Jersey and other states to recall senators who vote for such legislation--meaning that if the recall efforts are successful, senators who are not up for reelection would have to stand for reelection early. As these efforts mount, election day may come early for many who take the course set by the Oval Office.
Socialized health care was the big winner at the summit. There was not a mention that socialization of the health care industry is unconstitutional. There was not a statesman among them. They took the bait and debated not whether to have socialized health care, but what type of socialized health care to have. The White House is willing to risk all its political capital to sink socialist hooks into the world's largest free market economy. Perhaps Americans looked upon these leaders as the Lord looked upon Israel in Ezekiel 22:30, saying, And I sought for a man among them that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.
Word of Life Ministry
Islamists Confront Rep. Myrick
Rep. Myrick, Muslims defend, debate in testy town hall meeting
In a testy two-hour town hall meeting, U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick argued Thursday night that the threat of homegrown Islamist terrorism is real and defended herself against charges by local Muslims that she was spreading fear about their religion. Using charts, maps, handouts and even a video slamming a Charlotte TV station, the Charlotte Republican told the crowd of about 175 people, most of them Muslims, that she has never condemned Islam or linked moderate Muslims with terrorism. "I'm talking about the sympathizers and supporters of a radical agenda," she said. "It's not that all Muslims are bad or all Muslims are trying to do this." Hoping to repair her relations with a Muslim community that has taken her comments over the years as inflaming hatred, Myrick said she agreed to the town hall meeting to "build bridges" with her Muslim constituents. She invited them to join her in opposing those who she said were "trying to hijack" Islam. (The Charlotte Observer) Read more
NY Judge Expands Review
Judge Expanded Review on Terrorism Suspect
When a federal judge in Manhattan ordered prosecutors to search Justice Department records concerning a terrorism suspect, he granted a broader review than the government wanted to undertake, a newly released court opinion shows. The case involves Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, who faces charges stemming from the 1998 bombings of two American Embassies in East Africa. He later worked for Osama bin Laden as a bodyguard and cook, the government has said. After his capture in 2004, he was held for nearly five years in the C.I.A.'s secret jails and later at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, before being moved into the civilian court system last year. He has pleaded not guilty. His lawyers have cited the delays in bringing him to court in a motion to dismiss charges on the ground that his constitutional right to a speedy trial was violated. The issue could arise again in a civilian trial of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the professed mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, if he is ever given one. (NT Times) Read more.
The 40-Day University Daniel Fast
Calling all of those whose hearts are stirred in colleges and universities across America to engage March 1st through April 9th in a 40-day Daniel fast (no meats, no sweets and limited intake) releasing one great cry, one dominating prayer, "Lord of the harvest thrust forth laborers into the harvest field. Give us a third great awakening in the universities of America!"
There are moments in history when a door for massive change opens. Great revolutions for good or for evil occur in the vacuum created by these openings. It is in these times that key men and women, and even entire generations, risk everything to become the hinge of history - the pivotal point that determines which way the door will swing. We believe that America is in such a moment of history.
The 40-Day Fast
Four years ago, a profound movement of 40 day fasting and prayer chains spontaneously erupted on university campuses across America. God was breathing prayer for university awakenings. At the same time, Lou Engle joined with the Justice House of Prayer in Boston for 40 days of prayer and fasting from March 1st to April 9th. Hundreds of young people gathered to pray and fast, day and night, for breakthrough at Harvard and for the Ivy League schools. . .
With this faith in our hearts, we are calling all of those whose hearts are stirred in colleges and universities across America to engage March 1st through April 9th in a 40-day Daniel fast (no meats, no sweets and limited intake) March 1st through April 9th releasing one great cry, one dominating prayer, "Lord of the harvest thrust forth laborers into the harvest field. Give us a third great awakening in the universities of America!"
40 years ago a great spiritual rebellion and revolution took place on the campuses of America and now we are reaping the fruit of that 40-year rebellion. But, 40 years are up and we are believing that a new generation will arise with the flaming tongue of the gospel and launch a spiritual revolution that could shake humanism and false ideologies through a mass harvest of souls coming to Christ. Shall we not dare to believe that giants were meant to fall and that God is greater than the boasting spiritual powers that dominate our universities today? Let us go up and possess the land for the sake of Christ.
Lou Engle, TheCall, Inc.
Please visit TheCall.com for more details.
Purim Celebrated This Weekend
Celebrated on the Hebrew month of Adar 14 and 15 (February 28-March 1, this year), Purim is a fun holiday to remember the events from the book of Esther. The book of Esther, called "megila" Esther, is read aloud in the synagogues. Every time the name Haman is read, the entire congregation makes loud noises to drown out the sound of his name. They boo, hiss, and shake noise-makers called "rashanim." Every time the name Mordechai is read, they cheer loudly.
Many costume parties are held, with outlandish costumes being the norm. In Israel, children (often religious) dress up in costumes not seen elsewhere, such as Torah (Gen.-Deut.) scrolls and high priests. The fast of Esther is observed by many. This year it was held early, on Thursday, February 25, so the fast would not land on Shabbat (Sabbath or Saturday).
Israel has had many "Hamans" to deal with throughout the generations since the time of Esther. Today, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who comes from the same general region of biblical Haman, seems to fulfill that role in the minds of many people, but he is not the only one who wishes to destroy Israel. Therefore, we still need "Esthers" who will intercede for Israel "for such a time as this." (By Bridges for Peace Staff)
- Pray for Israel's safety and hold up the shield of faith and God's covenant promises for Israel against all the enemies' plans and schemes. Praise God that His covenant with Israel is a "forever" covenant.
- "For a mere moment I have forsaken you, but with great mercies I will gather you. With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment; but with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you," says the LORD, your Redeemer . . . "Indeed they shall surely assemble, but not because of me. Whoever assembles against you shall fall for your sake." (Isaiah 54:7-8, 15)
The Good News Corner
Third Graders Thank our Men in Uniform!
[From Tussing Elementary School in Colonial Heights , Virginia]
This video shows the children ot Tussing Elementary School in Colonial Hieghts, VA, singing a song of thanks to our men and women in uniform.
NO BETTER TRIBUTE COULD BE PAID TO OUR TROOPS! EVERYBODY SHOULD LISTEN TO THIS SONG AND FORWARD TO ALL OF YOUR EMAIL FRIENDS. THIS IS AWESOME!
GOD BLESS THIS TEACHER AND THE CHILDREN THAT SANG IT
After all the bad press over a few teachers who stepped out of line teaching songs to our children, this one is one you will be so proud to hear! At the end of the song you can even order the sheet music!! Awesome!
I hope this sweeps our Country and gets sung in all our schools! The music teacher wrote the song and had all the third graders sing. Click & enjoy great message.
Worship With Us!
The New Jerusalem
by Michael Card
At this time of PURIM, we set our hearts on Jerusalem . . .and on Zion.
Join us in praying for the peace of Jerusalem by going here
May God bless you all as we enter into the Shabbath of another weekend in Christ. Amen and amen.
This just in . . .
Arab Islamist and terror chiefs called to Tehran for anti-Israel war planning
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has summoned all the terrorist groups Tehran sponsors - Islamist and radical Palestinian - for a broad gathering Saturday, Feb. 27, to finalize their roles in military operations against Israel in the event of a Middle East conflagration. This is reported by DEBKAfile's Iranian and intelligence sources. It will be the sequel to the preliminary discussions Ahmadinejad held with Syrian president Bashar Assad and heads of the Lebanese Hizballah and Palestinian Hamas Thursday, Feb. 25, during a brief visit to Damascus. The guests of honor at the Tehran parley will be Hamas leader politburo chief Khaled Meshaal and Hizballah deputy leader Naim Kassem.
The Lebanese Shiite group's secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah will not be there because he never leaves his Beirut bunker for fear Israeli assassins will catch up with him, especially since the high-profile Hamas official Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was killed mysteriously in Dubai last month. And Nasrallah is not alone; some of his fellow terror chiefs hesitate to show their faces outside their strongholds - even in friendly Tehran - since the Dubai police disclosed that three of the suspects in the Mabhouh killing, carriers of Australian passports, departed Dubai for Iran. They were said to have travelled by sea ferry to Bandar Abbas, central headquarters of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, before flying out of Tehran international airport to unknown Far East destinations. The Arab terrorist chiefs infer that even the Iranian capital and Revolutionary Guards headquarters are no longer secure against penetration by the Hamas commander's assassins.
The Iranians have therefore decided that their official statement on the conference, due to end Monday, March 1, will name only a few of the participants; the presence of many other key figures will be kept secret.
According to DEBKAfile's Iranian sources, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, assisted by a large team of aides, will lead the proceedings and steer them toward conclusions and decisions in line with Iran's regional goals. The conference, called to pull together Iran and its allies' preparations for war with Israel, will be presented officially as an effort to reconcile the feuding Palestinian factions. Few will find this believable, especially when Hamas attends the conference on its own, except for several radical Palestinian splinter groups, and representatives of the rival Fatah and Palestinian Authority were not invited.
Presidential bureau personnel have performed most of the staff work on planning and the roles assigned the various organizations in any conflict with Israeli and/or Israeli forces. Senior members of the Revolutionary Guards and other sections of Iran's armed forces will be recruited to chair discussion panels and subcommittees aided by specialists in guerrilla and terror warfare. (DebkaFile)