Wednesday, April 28, 2010

CHPP Daily Brief - April 28, 2010

In This Issue
• Today's Daily Brief
• The Middle East in Focus

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The Daily Brief - Wednesday, April 28, 2010

"All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." (Psalm 119:16)

Today's Daily Brief

1. Oklahoma enacts tough abortion laws requiring ultrasounds - AFP

Oklahoma lawmakers overrode their governor's veto Tuesday to enact tough abortion laws that force women to undergo invasive ultrasounds and allow doctors to withhold test results showing fetal defects.

Abortion-Rights Group Sues to Block Okla. Bill - ABC News

The Oklahoma Senate voted Tuesday to override Gov. Brad Henry's veto of two abortion bills, including one that an abortion-rights group has said would be among the nation's strictest measures against the procedure.

- Father, we thank you Lord that you have placed officials in authority who have a righteous heart. We pray that more leaders in government and churches will rise up against this abomination of killing your precious creations from the moment of conception to natural death. All life deserves honor and respect.

- Deliver those who are drawn toward death, And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, "Surely we did not know this," Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds? (Proverbs 24:11, 12)

2. Efforts to Contain Slick Falter - Wall Street Journal

Officials were considering setting fire to a giant oil slick in hopes of preventing it from lapping onto the environmentally sensitive Gulf of Mexico shoreline in the wake of an offshore drilling disaster.

- Father God, we pray for revelation to the officials dealing with this oil spill on how to stop the spread, which could affect hundreds of species of wildlife. We pray for protection over those who are diligently working on this serious problem.

- You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. (Psalm 32:7)

3. Kidnappings, Home Invasions Sparked Ariz. Law - NewsMax

The frustration had been building for years in Arizona with every drug-related kidnapping, every home invasion, every "safe house" discovered crammed with illegal immigrants from Mexico.

- Lord, grant wisdom to the Arizona lawmakers as the heated debate continues over this immigration law. We pray this law be implemented with care and caution.

- Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have understanding and power. (Proverbs 8:14)

4. Goldman Is Bruised, Defiant in Senate - Wall Street Journal

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. endured a day-long thrashing from lawmakers over its tactics in dodging the mortgage market crash, in a spectacle that highlighted the gap between Washington's and Wall Street's narratives of the financial crisis.

- Father, thank you for revealing yet another fraud in the marketplace. We pray integrity and honest business practices would spread across the marketplace. Let businesses hold each other accountable for their performances.

- Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed: (Luke 12:15)

5. Report: Iran's uranium supply nearly out - Ynet News

As the United States encounters difficulties pushing sanctions against Iran through the United Nations Security Council, reports of the rogue country's efforts to get its hands on uranium from world sources have increased. The American weekly Time Magazine reported Tuesday that nuclear experts believe Iran's uranium supply is nearly run out.

- Father, we declare Iran will be blocked from obtaining uranium for the purpose of making weapons. Foil their plans on every side and destroy their ability to produce weapons.

- Behold, all they who are enraged and inflamed against you shall be put to shame and confounded; they who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish. (Isaiah 41:11)

The Middle East in Focus

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

" . . . I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, says LORD your God." (Amos 9:15)

1. Israel warns against giving Iran too much time - Washington Post

The United States is "doing the right thing" by pursuing a diplomatic solution to the threat that Iran may soon gain a nuclear weapon, but the world cannot afford to wait too long, Israel's defense minister said Tuesday.

2. Sarkozy: Netanyahu's foot-dragging on peace process is unacceptable - Ha'aretz

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has told his Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres that he is disappointed with Benjamin Netanyahu and finds it hard to understand the prime minister's diplomatic plan. Sarkozy made his comments at the Elysee Palace two weeks ago.

3. Gates, Barak: Syria providing Hezbollah with missiles - Ynet News

Syria and Iran are providing Hezbollah with rockets and missiles of ever-increasing capability, US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said Tuesday following a meeting with Defense Minister Ehud Barak. He added that the Shiite organization was at a point where it "has far more rockets and missiles than most governments in the world."