Thursday, July 8, 2010

CHPP Daily Brief - July 8, 2010

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

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The Daily Brief - Thursday, July 8, 2010

Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people. . . to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. (Luke 1: 67,74,75)

The Daily Brief

1. Reporters Heated over DoD's Press Policy - Fox News

After signing a two page memo last week, entitled, "Interaction with the Media," Defense Secretary Robert Gates set off a firestorm of objections within the Pentagon press corps and pushed journalists to further question promises of increased transparency within the Obama administration.

Reporters argued with defense officials in an on the record gaggle on Wednesday morning that almost every story they write has "national or international implications" and questioned just how far the Pentagon plans to take this rule. At the very least, Pentagon reporters said they fear that already reluctant military officers or commanders will be less likely to speak to the press, and that it could send a "chilling effect" across the military leadership at a time when the country is engaged in two wars.

- Lord, as the inevitable fallout from General McChrystal's interview hits the press corps, we ask that both the media and the military will work together with wisdom. At a time when our Armed Forces are leery of the White House, and the White House not knowledgeable about military matters, we pray for truth and wisdom to come out of this difficult situation.

- "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28)

2. Oklahoma, South Carolina and Utah may follow Arizona's lead on immigration law - Washington Post

Attention is focused on Arizona and the federal government's challenge to the state's strict new immigration law, but three other states could adopt similar legislation next year.

- Lord, we pray that such pressure will come to bear on the Federal government, so they will begin to enforce the laws against illegal immigration. We pray, Father, that You will intervene to protect the borders against terrorists, and those who would seek to destroy this nation.

- "Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them." (2 Kings 6:16)

3. Gulf Oil Spill: Latest Plan Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal Supports Draws Criticism From Federal Gov - ABC News

Scientists and government officials fired back at Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal today, saying homegrown plans he is backing to protect the state's delicate coastline could actually do more harm than good.

- Father, as the Federal government has failed to move forward with any real assistance to the Gulf Coast, we pray that You will bring wisdom to Governor Jindal as he attempts to save his state from total disaster.

- "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; but fools despise wisdom and instruction." (Proverbs 1:7)

4. BP Pushing to Stop Gulf Leak Weeks Early - Fox News

BP PLC is pushing to fix its runaway Gulf oil well by July 27, possibly weeks before the deadline the company is discussing publicly, in a bid to show investors it has capped its ballooning financial liabilities, according to company officials.

- Lord, we ask that BP will be able to stop the oil leak by the deadline given. We pray for a rapid reversal of damage, and restoration of the coastline and ocean.

- "You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; and You renew the face of the earth." (Psalm 104:30)

5. Convicted Russian Spy Sutyagin Reportedly Flown to Vienna - Fox News

Russian news agencies reported Thursday that Igor Sutyagin, a Russian convicted of spying for the United States, has been flown to Vienna in what appeared to be the first step of a Russia-U.S. spy swap.

- Father, as we appear to have returned to the practices of the Cold War, we pray that You will bring to light any other hidden secrets that may be lurking in our midst. You are the God of justice, so we place our nation in Your hands for protection.

- "Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; mercy and truth go before Your face." (Psalm 89:14)

The Middle East in Focus

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

"The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding, but as for you, you have no share in Jerusalem or any claim or historic right to it." (Neh. 2:20)

1. Netanyahu to CNN: I'm prepared to discuss future of settlements - Ynet News

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday he was prepared to discuss "right away" the future of Jewish settlements if Palestinians entered direct peace talks with Israel.

2. McCain: Israel not considering strike against Iran right now - Ha'aretz

U.S. Senator John McCain said Wednesday that he does not believe Israel is currently considering military action against Iran over its contentious nuclear program, The Washington Post reported.

3. Netanyahu to U.S. Jews: Direct Mideast talks will begin very soon - Ha'aretz

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told U.S. Jewish leaders on Wednesday that direct Palestinian-Israeli talks would begin "very soon", but warned that they would be "very, very tough."

4. IDF Releases Proof of Hezbollah Arms Buildup - CBN News

The Israel Defense Forces released maps and other intelligence information on Wednesday confirming Hezbollah's stockpiling of weaponry in southern Lebanon.

The Daily Jot

Government sponsored tyranny, hate, and appeasement vs love for one another

I just watched the film clip of New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense member Samir Shabazz intimidating voters on November 4th, 2008 at the Fairmount Avenue polling location in Philadelphia. I watched further clips of Shabazz harassing people on South Street in Philadelphia. He said, "I hate white people. All of them. Every last iota of a cracker...You want freedom? You going to have to kill some crackers. You going to have to kill some of their babies." Shabazz's website hosted by BlackPlanet shows many pictures of him holding pistols and weapons, some in an apartment looking out a window as if defiantly waiting for an enemy. Throughout the site are slogans preaching revolution and hate against white people.

Shabazz, a militant Islamist, and his comrade Jerry Jackson, were charged with voter intimidation. After the White House appointment of Eric Holder as Attorney General, the Department of Justice dropped charges against Jackson, who identified himself as a member of the 14th Ward Democratic Committee. Upon winning the voter intimidation suit in court, Holder's Justice Department dismissed the case against the militant Shabazz. DOJ attorney J. Christian Adams resigned over the matter. Adams told Fox News, "I mean we were told, 'Drop the charges against the New Black Panther Party.'" He said political appointee Loretta King, acting head of the civil rights division, ordered the dismissal.

The Founding Fathers chose a Constitutional Republic form of government over democracy because they rightly believed that government must protect the rights of the people through the rule of law. Democracy abrogates rule of law to the rule of power. Unsustainable debt, miscarriage of justice, refusal to secure the borders, using strategic agencies such as NASA for Islamic appeasement are all indicators that by design or by ignorance, the tenets of the Declaration of Independence are being violated. The Declaration says, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

The Declaration continues, "That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness." Jesus said in John 15:17, "These things I command you, that ye love one another." Are we demonstrating true love for one another if we are allowing through apathy or selfishness the seed of tyranny to mature in our government?

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson
Word of Life Ministry