Friday, May 14, 2010

CHPP Daily Brief - May 14, 2010

In This Issue
• The Daily Brief
• The Middle East in Focus

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The Daily Brief - Friday, May 14, 2010

"The LORD sat as King at the flood; Yes, the LORD sits as King forever. The LORD will give strength to His people; The LORD will bless His people with peace." (Psalm 29:10,11)

The Daily Brief

1. US faces same problems as Greece, says Bank of England - UK Telegraph

Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England, fears that America shares many of the same fiscal problems currently haunting Europe. He also believes that European Union must become a federalised fiscal union (in other words with central power to tax and spend) if it is to survive. Just two of the nuggets from one of the most extraordinary press conferences I have been to at the Bank.

• Pray that our nation returns to the Source who will provide the answer to all financial problems. Thank you Lord, for empowering and equipping us with the prosperity needed to meet all our needs. Help us to look for windows of opportunity for meeting the needs of each other, instead of the wants of idolatry.

For wisdom is a defense as money is a defense, But the excellence of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to those that have it. Consider the work of God, For who can make straight what He has made crooked? (Ecclesiastes 7:12-13)

2. Missing data pose mystery in Gulf spill probe - MSNBC

Another uncertainty is just how much oil is spilling. Government officials have put the amount at about 5,000 42-gallon barrels per day. But National Public Radio reported Thursday that a scientific analysis of video of the spill source made available by BP showed that the true figure might be far higher -- closer to 70,000 barrels a day.

• Lord, we know your Hand has been upon us regarding this situation, and we continue to thank you for holding back the waters from the massive catastrophe beyond what we could have imagined. As answers are still sought, and decisions still made, we thanks you for holding the waters.

Let not the flood waters overflow me, Nor the deep swallow me up; And let not the pit shut its mouth on me. (Psalm 69:15)

3. US tries to blunt Iran anti-sanctions push - Ynet News

The United States moved Thursday to head off a joint Turkish-Brazilian effort that could help Iran avoid new United Nations sanctions over its suspect nuclear program.

• Lord, teach us the strategies of your way to accumulate the control of the resources measured by you. Grant success of knowledge and wisdom to our leaders to implant friendship and love towards Israel, and your people.

But the Lord is the true God; He is the living God and the everlasting King. At His wrath the earth will tremble, And the nations will not be able to endure His indignation. (Jeremiah 10:10)

4. Georgia Mayor Hopes to End Flap Over Prayer Before Meals at Senior Center - Fox News

If there's one thing Mayor Glenn "Pig" Jones can't stomach, it's telling elderly citizens at a local senior citizens center that they can't pray before meals. But Jones, mayor of Port Wentworth, Ga., a town of roughly 3,000 near Savannah, has been doing just that since last week, when the company that provides food for the seniors -- with federal funding -- determined that saying an organized prayer before meals violates the separation of church and state.

• Lord, we pray that our nation will turn from this strong anti-god stance our courts and government are taking. We pray that what the devil has stolen will be restored and his work destroyed. Let not our enemies prevail and triumph over us!

The counsel of the Lord stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance. (Psalms 33:11, 12)

The Middle East in Focus

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

"Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you." (Psalm 9:10 )

1. Netanyahu: We will never divide Jerusalem - Ha'aretz

"We will never divide Jerusalem," said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his speech commemorating Jerusalem Day on Ammunition Hill on Wednesday.

2. Report: Jordan River could die by 2011 - Ynet News

The once mighty Jordan River, where Christians believe Jesus was baptized, is now little more than a polluted stream that could die next year unless the decay is halted, environmentalists said on Monday.

3. Iron Dome defense system gets new backer: Barack Obama - Ha'aretz

The budgetary difficulty that has been delaying Israel's armament with the anti-missile defense system Iron Dome has apparently been resolved. The Pentagon has issued a message to Israel's Defense Ministry that U.S. President Barack Obama has approved the transfer of special assistance totaling $205 million (just under NIS 800 million) for the purchase of more than ten Iron Dome batteries.