Thursday, April 29, 2010

CHPP Daily Brief - April 29, 2010

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

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The Daily Brief - Thursday, April 29, 2010

Today's Daily Brief

1. Obama Pledges All-Out Response to Oil Spill - Associated Press

President Obama pledged an all-out response Thursday to the massive oil spill now expected to reach the Gulf Coast within a day and dispatched top officials to the region to help coordinate defenses against the potential environmental disaster. Obama promised to deploy "every single available resource" to the area and ordered his disaster and environmental leaders to go. The Navy is sending 66,000 feet (20,000 meters) of inflatable boom and seven skimming systems, and using its bases in the region as staging areas for the operation.

- Pray that blind eyes will be opened and people will turn to the Lord Jesus Christ as we continually watch His Judgments come forth.

- "And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea; and the third part of the sea became blood. And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea and had life died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed." (Rev. 8: 8-9)

2. The U.S. House is voting today on a bill that allows the government in Puerto Rico to ask its residents if they want to change the island's commonwealth status, in what critics are saying is a backdoor attempt to force Puerto Ricans into choosing U.S. statehood.

For more information on this bill, visit Eagle Forum at: To watch a video of Glenn Beck's commentary on this bill, go here.

- This bill, H.R. 2499, obviously has huge implications for the future of the people of the territory of Puerto Rico and for our nation. Please research all facts carefully (including how their statehood would impact future elections) and pray accordingly. The action on this bill today in the House is just the first of many steps in the process of passing this legislation out of Congress. Pray that when, and if, it reaches the Senate, the LORD would raise up 41 senators to block this move by means of a filibuster. Pray!

- "This far you shall come, but no further, and here shall your proud waves stop." (Job 38:11)

3. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Desert Cross - Intercessors for America

In a 5 - 4 majority opinion filed today, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the continued display of a lone cross in a lonely stretch of the Mojave Desert memorializing veterans of World War I. Atheist organizations had long attacked this tribute to fallen soldiers of World War 1 as unconstitutional.Various Christian legal organizations filed briefs with the Supreme Court arguing that the cross did not violate the First Amendment, as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals had found.

Joining in the majority were Justices Kennedy, Roberts, Alito, Scalia and Thomas. Justices Stevens, Ginsburg, Sotomayor and Breyer filed dissenting opinions.

- Offer thanksgiving for the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of religious freedom. Pray that this ruling will help set a precedent and carry weight in future cases.

- "For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, and His ears attend to their prayer." (I Peter 3:12)

4. GOP's Graham: No immigration bill until 2012 - Washington Times

Sen. Lindsey Graham, the sole Republican working on a bill to legalize illegal immigrants, in effect put the bill on the shelf on Tuesday, saying that a debate now would destroy any prospects for passage and that the issue needs to wait until 2012. The remarks likely signal the end of any serious chance for broad immigration legislation to pass this year, since Mr. Graham, South Carolina Republican, was the best hope for a partnership with President Obama and Democrats who want to write a bill. "It is impossible for me and any other serious Democrat to get this body to move forward until we prove to the American people we can secure our borders," Mr. Graham told Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who was testifying at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. "I believe we can do it by 2012 if we're smart," he said.

- Once more, offer praise . . . this time that this complex bill, covering this complex issue, will be delayed until further research can be done on its impact, and until our national borders are made secure. Praise the Lord.

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

5. Moscow markets cruise missile launched from a freight container - DebkaFile

This relatively cheap, extra-smart, easy-to-use Club-K Container Missile System, which Moscow has put on the open market, allows cruise missiles concealed in freight containers to be launched from a prepositioned or moving land or sea platform. It is virtually undetectable by radar until activated. No wonder, Iran and Venezuela were keenly interested when the Club-K was put on the market at the Defense Services Asia exhibition in Malaysia this week for $15 million.

Western military experts are calling it a "real maritime fear for anyone with a waterfront." The container-cum-missiles, carried by a ship, fishing vessel or truck can approach a targeted coast, highway or international railway and strike behind the target's missile defenses without alerting radar monitors or even surveillance drones and satellites.

- Pray that these missiles fail; and pray that Moscow actually loses money on this deal. Nothing is too difficult for God!

- "For nothing is impossible with God." (Luke 1:37)

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. Bibi be gone: Obama team plotting overthrow of Israel's Netanyahu - World Tribune

The administration of President Barack Obama has launched what officials termed a psychological warfare campaign meant to topple Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

2. Israel Weighs Iran Military Strike - NewsMax

Echoing sentiments earlier expressed by Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Israeli Ambassador to Washington Michael Oren indicated Tuesday night that a military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities was on the table.

3. Hezbollah vows to continue amassing 'arms of resistance' - Ha'aretz

A Hezbollah member of parliament in Lebanon has vowed that the militant Shi'ite group will continue to build its arsenal, media reports said Wednesday.

4. Egypt: Lebanon in 'panic' over fear of Israeli attack - Ha'aretz

"Complete panic" is reigning in Lebanon because of fears of an Israeli attack and another war, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said in a closed meeting earlier this week, sources say.