Friday, June 25, 2010

CHPP Daily Brief - June 25, 2010

In This Issue
• The Daily Brief
• The Middle East in Focus
• Home, Sweet, Home
• The Daily Jot
• The Good News Corner
• Worship with Us Today!


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The Daily Brief - Friday, June 25, 2010

"I AM with you always, even unto the end of the age." (Matthew 28:20)

The Daily Brief

1. Congress moves to deal on Volcker rule - The Hill

Congress on Thursday moved a step closer to striking a deal on a controversial part of Wall Street overhaul legislation aimed at restricting trading at big banks.

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) unveiled the new language, which was still under debate Thursday night among lawmakers on a conference committee finalizing the bill.

At press time, lawmakers were vowing to complete the conference on the legislation late Thursday, setting up a final vote on the bill before the July 4 recess.

A deal on the Volcker measure could help ease final passage of the 2,000-page Wall Street overhaul bill, and would put President Barack Obama on the cusp of a second major domestic policy victory before the midterm elections. Read more.

- As the House and the Senate move closer to the finish line in passing this legislation at the bidding of the White House, pray that the intricacies of the language of this bill would be written according to the will of God, and not according to the will or the agenda of man. Pray!

- So he said, "I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and goods, And I will say to my soul , Soul, you have many goods laid up for years; take your ease, eat drink and be merry. But God said to him, Fool! This night your soul will be required of you, then whose will those things be which you have provided? "So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." (Luke 12 v 18 - 21)

2. Obama: G-8, G-20 Nations Must Work to Re-balance Global Economy - VOA

Obama arrives in Canada Friday for the G-8 and G-20 summits of the world's major industrialized nations. VOA chief White House correspondent Dan Robinson reports, discussions at the G-8 will focus on development, economic, peace and security issues, and the G-20 summit will assess steps member nations are taking along the path of financial recovery.

- Just two days ago, an earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter Scale roared through Ottawa, where the G8 is meeting this weekend. Witnesses on the ground said that, in addition to the intense shaking, this quake sounded and felt like a "freight train" roaring under their feet. Is God shouting a warning from heaven? Pray that the world leaders will pay attention to the voice of God, who warns us to seek Him before we make any plans to interfere with the finances of the nations of the world. Pray that hidden agendas will be exposed and corrected.

- Who is the man that fears the Lord? Him shall He teach in the way He chooses, He himself shall dwell in prosperity. And his descendants shall inherit the earth. "The secret of the Lord is with those who fear him, And He will show them His covenant. (Ps. 25 v 12- 14)

"Once more (it is a little while) I will shake the heaven and earth, the sea and dry land; I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple with glory." (Haggai 2:6)

[ Note: The midday quake was felt in Canada on Wednesday and in a number of U.S. states, including Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.. To learn more about this quake, go here.]

3. Russia plans second military base in Kyrgyzstan - London Telegraph

Russia plans to build a second military base in Kyrgyzstan in a bold gambit likely to alarm Washington and other countries in the region.

- About one year ago, Russia was trying to lay claim to part of the nation of Georgia, in an attempt to gain a geographic foothold toward Israel. That attempt failed then; pray that this similar attempt in the nation of Kyrgystan, follows suit.

- All the horns of the wicked I will also cut off, But the horns of the righteous shall be exalted. (Ps. 75:10)

4. Belarus orders cutoff of Russian gas to Europe - Deutche Welle

In a dispute with Russian gas giant Gazprom, Belarus has moved to stop the flow of Russian gas to Europe until it is paid outstanding transit fees.

- God, we bind the powers of darkness that would withhold essential gas supplies from getting to the people in Europe. Move upon the leaders of Belarus and Europe to reach an agreement as soon as possible. May the God of heaven rule over this situation that none can withstand Your strength and wisdom to prevail. Protect the people from harm. In Jesus Name.

- "Because God has been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings will I rejoice." (Psalm 63:7)

5. Youths attack Jewish dance group in Germany - AP

Arab youths threw stones at a Jewish dance group during a street festival in Hanover, injuring one dancer and forcing the group to cancel its performance, German police and dance officials said Thursday. The teenagers also used a megaphone to shout anti-Semitic slurs during the attack Saturday, Hanover police spokesman Thorsten Schiewe said. "I don't remember such a dramatic attack in Germany in recent times," said Michael Fuerst, the head of the Jewish community of the state of Lower Saxony. Read more.

- Offer praise that this horrible incident has not remained hidden, but has come to light. Pray for the hearts of the Arab teenagers to be softened towards the Jewish people. May they be delivered from the bitterness in their souls to walk instead in the full light of the grace and Counsel of God, according to His Word. In Jesus' name, amen.

- If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. (John 15:18)

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. (John 13:34)

6. Bible translators hope to have every language covered in 15 years - Denver Post

A Christian endeavor of almost 2,000 years could be substantially completed by 2025.

- God, we give thanks for the Bible translators who give incredible hope to people of every language in the world. Reward them abundantly for their tireless and faithful service to all men everywhere. Anoint them by Your Holy Spirit that this work be completed way ahead of time. May angels stand beside them and give constant encouragement as they put the powerful Word of God into every hand around the globe. In Jesus Name.

- "For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12)

The Middle East in Focus

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

" Show me your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths." (Psalm 25:4)

1. FM urges EU ministers to visit Gaza - Jerusalem Post

Just days after refusing a personal request from German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle to let a prominent German politician visit Gaza from Israel, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman asked his Italian counterpart in Rome Thursday to put together a group of seven European foreign ministers to visit the Strip.

2. Iran activists cancel Gaza aid flotilla 'due to Israeli threats' - Ha'aretz

One of the organizers of an Iranian aid flotilla that was to said to Gaza in efforts to break Israel's naval blockade on the territory, announced Thursday that the event has been cancelled due to "Israeli threats."

3. Barak: Clear mines from Israel-US ties - Ynet News

Defense Minister Ehud Barak concluded his visit to Washington on Thursday night with two targets: A peace initiative and restoring Israel's relations with the United States.

4. IDF strikes in Gaza in response to rocket - Ynet News

Israel Air Force aircraft bombed a weapons warehouse in northern Gaza and two smuggling tunnels in the southern Strip on Thursday night.

5. Is Israel Arming in Saudi Arabia? - Media Line

Israeli Air Force aircraft dropped off large quantities of military gear at a Saudi Arabian military base last week in preparation for a potential attack on Iran, a number of Iranian and Israeli news outlets have reported.

6. Council of Europe: Israel broke international law - Ynet News

After a series of debates last week, the Council of Europe avoided condemning Israel and decided not to call for an international commission of enquiry into the flotilla affair under the Council's auspices. The decision is contrary to previous declarations from the Council's secretary general, Thorbjrn Jagland. However, the Council did criticize Israel for its handling of the flotilla affair and called for the complete lifting of the Gaza Strip blockade.

Home, Sweet, Home

Lightning Strikes TWICE Over Chicago (Home city of Obama Takes a Direct, Double Hit)

The moment lightning struck twice in the same place at the same time: Stunning images as storm breaks over Chicago.


They came as severe storms rolled through the Windy City Wednesday night. There were tornado warnings as winds gusted to up to 80mph, and flooding closed some major roads.

The Department of Streets and Sanitation said 450 'tree emergencies' had been reported - but fortunately there were no injuries. Read more. (Source: Daily Mail UK)

The Daily Jot

What the news media is NOT reporting about the court decision to allow oil drilling

According to the Federal District Court judge, who reversed the White House ban on deepwater oil drilling, the White House lied that experts recommended the ban. While, the judge's decision does not use the word "lie", it says the White House was "misleading," "It was factually incorrect." The decision goes on to say, "Although the experts agreed with the safety recommendations contained in the body of the main Report, five of the National Academy experts and three of the other experts have publicly stated that they "do not agree with the six month blanket moratorium" on floating drilling. They envisioned a more limited kind of moratorium, but a blanket moratorium was added after their final review."

The panel of experts recommended a six month moratorium on drilling exploratory wells deeper than 1,000 feet, but the White House reduced it to 500 feet. The judge's decision estimated that there were 150,000 jobs directly related to offshore drilling in the area. And that the 3,600 structures in the Gulf account for 31% of total domestic oil production. Some 64% of active leases are in water over 1,000 feet. The decision says that those bringing the suit against the ban employ over 11,875 people and that "at least 19 other companies, aside from BP's operations involved with Deepwater Horizon, are presently operating deepwater drilling rigs."

The decision points out, "If some drilling equipment parts are flawed, is it rational to say all are? Are all airplanes a danger because one was? All oil tankers like Exxon Valdez? All trains? All mines? That sort of thinking seems heavy-handed, and rather overbearing...Nonetheless, the Secretary's determination that a six-month moratorium on issuance of new permits and on drilling by the thirty-three rigs is necessary does not seem to be fact-specific and refuses to take into measure the safety records of those others in the Gulf." The Court agreed that the employers of these nearly 12,000 people would suffer irreparable harm as a result of the White House moratorium on oil drilling.

The decision says, "the Court is persuaded that it is only a matter of time before more business and jobs and livelihoods will be lost. The defendants (sic the White House) trivialize such losses...but it does not follow that this will somehow reduce the convincing harm suffered." This judge believes after reviewing the "facts" that the truth is the man who occupies the Oval Office's decision to stop all oil drilling was "arbitrary and capricious." 2 Timothy 3:13 says, "But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived." Why is the White House appealing this decision when so many jobs are at stake, the price of oil will skyrocket, and there is no basis for public endangerment?

Bill Wilson
Word of Life Ministry

The Good News Corner

Stem cell breakthrough for blind patients 'after treatment restores vision'

Patients who were left blinded after chemical accidents have had their sight restored using corneas grown from their own stem cells, scientists have claimed.

In the largest study of its kind, Italian researchers said they restored the sight of patients left blinded or suffered severely impaired vision, after suffering chemical burns. Experts said the study, undertaken between 1998 and 2007, offers new hope to the thousands of people who suffer chemical burns on their corneas from heavy-duty cleansers or other substances at work or at home. The research is also being hailed as a key breakthrough in scientific regeneration that could give hope to other patients with otherwise irreversible eyesight.

Graziella Pellegrini, from the University of Modena's Centre for Regenerative Medicine in Italy said the study showed that "at least one kind of therapy can give stable results for up to 10 years. . . They were incredibly happy. Some said it was a miracle," said Dr Pellegrini, who led the study. "We have a couple of patients who were blind in both eyes. Can you imagine for these patients the change in their quality of life."

In the study researchers used so-called adult stem cells, which are partly developed cells found throughout the body. The technique was first performed in 1995. Dr Pellegrini said it has now been done on 252 patients. (London Telegraph) Read more.

- Offer a shout of praise for this report! In this example, doctors do not need to destroy a life in order to save one; but simply use existing stem cells for healing.

- So Jesus answered and said to him, "What do you want Me to do for you?" The blind man said to Him, Rabboni, that I may receive my sight. (Mark 10:51)

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