Friday, February 5, 2010

CHPP Daily Brief - February 5, 2010

In This Issue
• Today's Daily Brief
• The Middle East in Focus
• Super Bowl Special
• The Good News Corner

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The Daily Brief - Friday, February 5, 2010

"Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent . . ." (Acts 17:30,31)

Today's Daily Brief

1. Blizzard Begins to Shut Down Mid-Atlantic States - Fox News

Historic snowfall is predicted for the nation's capital while up to 28 inches of heavy, wet snow accompanied by powerful winds were forecast in surrounding areas. Life in the nation's capital ground to a halt Friday as steady snow fell, the beginning of a storm that forecasters said could be the biggest in modern history.

- As this storm has begun to hit our city and the East Coast, please pray for the safety of the seven million residents who are now in the path of this event, which local forecasters are now calliing "snowmageddon." Ask our Lord to send His angels to guard over our region, either canceling any power outages or helping those affected to survive. In the midst of the storm, may many "look up" to behold the One who holds all things in His hands. Amen.

- "Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding . . ." (Psalm 148:7,8)

2. Storm Brews Over Decision to Reveal Abdulmutallab's Cooperation Fox News

The White House strongly rejected assertions by Sen. Kit Bond on Thursday that administration officials defied an FBI request for secrecy when it held a briefing with reporters Tuesday about Christmas bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's cooperation with authorities. The White House strongly rejected assertions by Sen. Kit Bond on Thursday that administration officials defied an FBI request for secrecy when it held a briefing with reporters Tuesday about Christmas bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's cooperation with authorities.

- May those in authority be aware of the lives that they endanger by putting secrets out in the media. We pray intelligence officials will not be discouraged by those who spread protected information and may secrets be kept hidden from those who will use them for political gain.

- The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. (Proverbs 13:3)

3. Obama Concedes Health Care Effort May Die in Congress - AP

No, maybe he can't. Obama, who insisted he would succeed where other presidents had failed to fix the nation's health care system, now concedes the effort may die in Congress. Obama's comments Thursday night came hours after Republican Scott Brown was sworn in to replace the late Edward M. Kennedy, leaving Democrats without their filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, and Obama's signature health legislation with no clear path forward. "I think it's very important for us to have a methodical, open process over the next several weeks, and then let's go ahead and make a decision," Obama said at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser. "And it may be that ... if Congress decides we're not going to do it, even after all the facts are laid out, all the options are clear, then the American people can make a judgment as to whether this Congress has done the right thing for them or not," the president said. "And that's how democracy works. There will be elections coming up, and they'll be able to make a determination and register their concerns."

- We thank You that this may be a block to the government grasping that has characterized the last year. We are amazed at the continual roadblocks that have kept anti-child policies from being enacted.

- So they will make him stumble; Their own tongue is against them; All who see them will shake the head. (Psalm 64:8)

4. Pentagon Allows Morning After Pill on Military Bases - ABC

Female soldiers will now have access to the morning after pill at military bases worldwide. The Pentagon announced the ruling this week that the Department of Defense would provide the soldiers with Plan B, otherwise known as the morning after pill. Department of Defense spokeswoman Cynthia Smith told The Associated Press that the decision came after a recommendation of an independent panel of doctors and pharmacists in November. Meeting minutes show the Department of Defense's Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee voted for the allowance 13-2. Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, praised the Pentagon and the shift from the resistance of the Bush administration to provide emergency contraception when the issue was raised in 2002.

- May pharmacists and doctors who are Christians be strengthened so they will protect women and children despite this pill being stocked.

- And their bows will mow down the young men, They will not even have compassion on the fruit of the womb, Nor will their eye pity children. (Isaiah 13:18)

5. Dow Down 4% for 2010 After Brutal Selloff - CNBC

The Dow fell below 10,000 Thursday for the first time since last November amid worries about the US job market and Europe's ability to get a grip on its debt.

- Lord, help us to hold our earthly possessions with loose grips and begin to focus on treasures that add to the kingdom. May we be good stewards of the blessings You have given us but recognize that all gifts are to be used for Your glory or they can be taken away.

- Who has given to Me that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is Mine. (Job 41:11)

6. Next in Line for a Bailout: Social Security - Fortune

Don't look now. But even as the bank bailout is winding down, another huge bailout is starting, this time for the Social Security system. A report from the Congressional Budget Office shows that for the first time in 25 years, Social Security is taking in less in taxes than it is spending on benefits. Instead of helping to finance the rest of the government, as it has done for decades, our nation's biggest social program needs help from the Treasury to keep benefit checks from bouncing -- in other words, a taxpayer bailout.

- We pray for a re-awakening that will allow families to again take responsibility for all the members, including those who are elderly. May we again honor parents and grandparents for their sacrifices.

- But if any widow has children or grandchildren, they must first learn to practice piety in regard to their own family and to make some return to their parents; for this is acceptable in the sight of God. (1 Timothy 5:4)

7. Holder sued over 'Hate Crimes Act' - One News Now

A federal lawsuit has been filed against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, challenging the constitutionality of the recently enacted federal "Hate Crimes Act."

- We pray for wisdom for judges who will be hearing this case so that no one will be deceived and allow legislation that will punish those who speak truth.

- O sons of men, how long will my honor become a reproach? How long will you love what is worthless and aim at deception? Selah. (Psalm 4:2)

8. Is the US swine flu epidemic over? - AP

If the U.S. swine flu epidemic isn't over, it certainly looks as if it's on its last legs. While federal health officials are not ready to declare the threat has passed and the outbreak has run its course, they did report Friday that for the fourth week in a row, no states had widespread flu activity. U.S. cases have been declining since late October.

- Thank You that this flu threat has been stopped. We give You praise for Your saints who have lifted up this concern and may they be encouraged by the action of Your hand to protect.

- And He said, If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the LORD your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the LORD, am your healer. " (Exodus 15:26)

The Middle East in Focus

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

Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!" (Isaiah 5:20-21)

1. Israel warns Syria it would lose future war - AP

Israel's outspoken foreign minister harshly warned Syria Thursday against drawing the Jewish state into another war, saying the Syrian army would be defeated and its regime would collapse in a future conflict.

2. Will Rockefeller build 3rd Temple? - WND

A Rockefeller is raising capital to rebuild the Jewish Temple, said the news release published on CNN Money's Internet site and other news sources.

3. Huckabee in Israel: Iran threatens US as well - Ynet News

Focusing his attention on the Obama administration, Huckabee continued by saying, "The current Iranian regime is as equal a threat to the United States as it is to the Jewish State. It is America, not Israel, that (Iranian President Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad calls the Great Satan."

4. Assad: Golan withdrawal before peace - Ynet News

"(The Israelis) are like children fighting each other, messing with the country; they do not know what to do," Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview published by The New Yorker this week.

5. The Jewish dilemma of accepting Evangelical support - Ha'aretz

Israel may have become a punching bag for much of the world, but 50 million Americans back the Jewish state 100 percent, no ifs, buts or maybes.

6. Iran Says US Defense Missiles Easily Defeated - VOA

A senior Iranian military official is warning Gulf Arab nations not to buy U.S. missile defense systems, saying they can easily be thwarted.

7. Iran: U.S. is fighting a 'psychological war' in the Gulf - Ha'aretz

Iran accused the United States on Thursday of launching a "psychological war" in the Gulf region by presenting Tehran as a threat to Gulf Arab states to convince them they needed U.S. protection.

Super Bowl Special

Learn More about Tim Tebow's Pro-Life Ad

The whole country is talking about the sanctity of life, thanks to an upcoming Super Bowl ad featuring star quarterback Tim Tebow and his mom. In the Focus Action Update, Stuart Shepard asks Gary Schneeberger to describe was it was like to be with the Tebows on the day the commercial was shot.

To learn more, watch the Focus Action Update that includes an interview with Focus Vice President Gary Schneeberger, who had a chance to meet Tim Tebow and his mother on the commercial shoot for a pro-life Super Bowl ad.

The Good News Corner

The Good News Corner: Yes, I Know - Gaither Vocal Band

Yes, we do know . . . Jesus' Blood can make the vilest sinner free. Praise Him today!
this link to enjoy this wonderful hymn this weekend. God bless you!