Tuesday, August 31, 2010

CHPP Daily Brief - August 31, 2010

In This Issue
• The Daily Brief
• The Middle East in Focus
• The Public-Private Pay Gap
• An Administrative Amnesty?
• Iran's "Ambassador of Death"
• The Good News Corner
• Worship with Us Today!

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The Daily Brief - Tuesday, August 31, 2010

"As I looked, thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool." (Daniel 7:9)

The Daily Brief

1. Obama Wants Change to Allow Thousands of Illegals to Stay in US - Reuters

A shake-up in immigration policy may lead to deportation proceedings being dropped for thousands of aliens who entered the United States illegally but are applying to stay in the country, officials said on Friday.

They said the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) seeks to end deportation proceedings against detained illegal immigrants who have applications pending to become legal U.S. residents, if agents determine they have no criminal history and do not present a security threat.

- Lord we ask for wisdom and a grasp of their responsibility for security on the part of the administration with regard to illegal immigration. While we know that Your heart is for mercy, it is also true that rewarding illegal actions creates more illegal behavior.

- "Prepare yourself and be ready, you and all your companies that are gathered about you; and be a guard for them." (Ezekiel 38:7)

2. Beck Rally Signals Election Trouble for Democrats - AP

If Democrats had doubts about the voter unrest that threatens to rob them of their majority in Congress, they needed only look from the Capitol this weekend to the opposite end of the National Mall. It's where Ken Ratliff joined tens of thousands of other anti-government activists at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial for conservative commentator Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally.

- Lord as the general feelings of the US grow more volatile against the government, these grass roots movements will increase. We thank You for the peace that descended upon our city during this rally, and we humbly ask You to further guard our hearts against anger. Let us not stand on the bandwagons of the moment, but upon Your truth and wisdom. Let us be unified against our common problems by Your Holy Spirit rather than our emotions. We call forth Your Spirit over America to draw us into Your perfect will!

- "Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life." (Proverbs 4:23)

3. Five Years After Katrina, Obama's Drilling Ban Biggest Threat to Gulf Recovery - NewsMax

Five years after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, both Republican and Democrat officials in Louisiana agree that the Obama administration's moratorium on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is now that state's biggest problem. In fact, it was the biggest concern voiced to President Obama Sunday during his speech marking the fifth anniversary of the disaster.

- Lord it seems as though this administration is bound and determined to destroy jobs rather than create them or save them. We pray that this drilling ban, with reasonable restrictions against oil spills, will be reversed, so that jobs are restored to America.

- "The thief does not come but for to steal, kill, and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." (John 10:10)

4. Mid-Atlantic States Keep Wary Eye on Strengthened Earl - AP

UPDATE: Earl is now a Category 4 Hurricane

Weather warnings take effect as Hurricane Earl pelts Caribbean islands with rain and intense winds, while the National Hurricane Center says it could grow to a dangerous Category 4 storm later this week.

- Lord we take authority over this hurricane and command it to disperse harmlessly out to sea. We call for Your mercy over the land and the people in the path of this hurricane.

- "And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." (Matthew 16:19)

5. Watchdog: Billions Wasted Rebuilding Iraq - Fox News

According to audits from a watchdog agency has been wasted on projects that were abandoned or left incomplete as the U.S. draws down in Iraq, more than $5 billion in American taxpayer funds

- Father this leadership has used taxpayer money as if it were paper towels to throw away. We pray that You would stop these wasteful actions on every front, and cause the wisdom of Your Kingdom to come to our leaders.

- "Remember this, that the enemy has reproached, O Lord, and that a foolish people has blasphemed Your name. Oh, do not deliver the life of Your turtledove to the wild beast! Do not forget the life of Your poor forever." (Psalm 74:18-19)

6. Rev. Slams Those Who Call Obama Muslim - Fox News

Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the president's controversial former pastor, accuses people who wrongly think Obama is Muslim of catering to political enemies during fiery speech in Arkansas

- Father, since this man thinks he is a Christian but is not, so the Obama thinks he is but is not. We ask for a visitation of the Holy Spirit to both Mr. Wright and Barack Hussein Obama. May they be shown what it truly means to be called by Your Name, and walk in Your paths.

- "'Woe to the pastors who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture!' says the Lord." (Jeremiah 23:1)

7. Obama blasts lies, disinformation - Politico

Obama dismissed a recent poll showing that a third of Americans don't know he's a Christian -- and blamed an online campaign of misinformation by his conservative enemies for perpetuating the myth that he's a Muslim.

- Is this not the same man who bowed to the king of Saudi Arabia?

- "By their fruits, ye shall know them." (Matthew 7:16)

8. Indonesian volcano wakes up after 400 years - Jerusalem Post

A volcano in western Indonesia spewed hot lava and sand high into the sky early Sunday in its first eruption in 400 years.

- Pray for safety for all the citizens of Indonesia who are in the path of this volcano. May this act of nature serve as the wake up call that each one needs to be certain of his place in eternity.

- "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28)

9. Russia Will Boost Oil Exports to China With New Pipeline From East Siberia - Bloomberg

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin opened the Russian section of an oil pipeline that will boost oil exports to China from East Siberia.

- As watchmen on the wall, continue to take note of the changing alliances of nations in these end times. In this case, Russia and China seem now to be even more closely allied as they strengthen each other's hand. Pray, too, for the souls of the lost while there is yet time. Pray!

- "The two kings, with their hearts bent on evil, will sit at the same table and lie to each other, but to no avail, because an end will still come at the appointed time." (Daniel 11:27)

The Middle East in Focus

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

"As for Me, this is My covenant with them . . . My spirit that is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, nor out of the mouth of your seed, nor out of the mouth of your seed's seed," says LORD, "from now and forever." (Isaiah 59:21)

1. U.S.: Direct peace talks to begin on September 2 in Washington - Ha'aretz

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas have been invited to Washington to begin direct peace talks on Sept. 2, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said during a press conference on Friday.

2. US wants agreement now, peace later - Ynet News

The Obama administration plans to present Israel and the Palestinian Authority with a new outline aimed at ending the Middle East conflict.

3. Netanyahu: We can reach a peace that will last for generations - Ha'aretz

As he prepared to fly to Washington to renew peace talks with the Palestinians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel had the chance to secure a stable peace that could endure for generations.

4. Arab League chief: Peace talks will likely be unsuccessful - Ha'aretz

Arab League chief Amr Moussa said on Sunday he had little hope that direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, which are due to start on Thursday, will be successful.

5. Netanyahu offers bi-weekly meeting with Abbas - Ynet News

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened his advisors on Thursday evening for a preparation discussion ahead of the restart of direct peace talks with the Palestinians next week in Washington.

Report: Palestinians reject bid for bi-weekly Netanyahu-Abbas meetings - Ha'aretz

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat rejected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's proposal to hold a face-to-face meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas every two weeks, Israel Radio reported on Saturday, citing an interview Erekat gave to the BBC in Arabic.

6. Israel ready to destroy Lebanese Army in four hours - Jerusalem Post

The US warned Lebanon that if it did not prevent any recurrence of the border-fire incident that occurred earlier this month, the IDF would destroy the Lebanese Armed Forces within four hours, Israel Radio cited a report by Lebanese newspaper A-Liwaa on Friday.

7. Israel working to thwart Russia arms deal with Syria - Ha'aretz

Netanyahu asks Putin to stop deal involving sale of advanced P-800 Yakhont supersonic cruise missiles; Israel considers this weaponry dangerous to its navy vessels in Mediterranean Sea.

8. Report: Israel planning to attack Hezbollah arms depots in Syria - Ha'aretz

Israel is planning to attack Hezbollah arms depots and weapons manufacturing plants in Syria, the Kuwaiti newspaper Al Rai reported on Saturday.

The Public-Private Pay Gap

Most Americans are angry that at a time when families are having to tighten their budgets, the Obama administration is engaging in "generational theft" -- spending like there's no tomorrow to pay for programs most Americans do not want. And, according to House GOP leader John Boehner (OH), the Obama administration is also responsible for widening the pay gap between public and private workers. At a time when many Americans cannot find work and others have not had a pay raise in years, Boehner said in a speech earlier this week, "We've seen not just more government jobs, but better-paying ones too."

Boehner and other House and Senate Republicans have proposed legislation to freeze the salaries of the country's two million federal employees. But -- and this won't surprise you -- congressional Democrats have voted down each piece of legislation. Boehner continued:

"Federal employees now make on average more than double what private sector workers take in. More appalling is the fact that this gap more than doubled in President Obama's first year in office -- during a time when millions of private sector workers either lost their jobs or agreed to take pay cuts just to keep the one they have." (Gary Bauer)

An Administrative Amnesty?

In recent weeks, there have been several reports on immigration that strongly suggest the Obama Administration is acting on its own to achieve a "de facto" amnesty.

Several weeks ago, eight U.S. senators wrote to Obama warning against unilateral administrative decisions regarding immigration after learning of a Department of Homeland Security memo that outlined a plan for the widespread use of "deferred action." As in any legal proceeding, the government has a lot of leeway, and deferred action gives immigration authorities the chance to consider the unique circumstances of any illegal alien on a case-by-case basis.

The administration was quick to insist the "deferred action" memo had been dismissed. But consider this report from today's Houston Chronicle:

"The Department of Homeland Security is systematically reviewing thousands of pending immigration cases and moving to dismiss those filed against suspected illegal immigrants who have no serious criminal records, according to several sources familiar with the efforts. Culling the immigration court system . . . has stunned local immigration attorneys, who have reported coming to court anticipating clients' deportations only to learn that the government was dismissing their cases. . . Raed Gonzalez, an immigration attorney who was briefed on the effort by Homeland Security's deputy chief counsel in Houston, said DHS confirmed that it's reviewing cases nationwide.

"Gonzalez said he went into immigration court downtown on Monday and was given a court date in October 2011 for one client. But, he said, the government's attorney requested the dismissal of that case and those of two more of his clients, and the cases were dispatched by the judge. The court 'was terminating all of the cases that came up,' Gonzalez said. 'It was absolutely fantastic.' 'We're all calling each other saying, 'Can you believe this?' said John Nechman, another Houston immigration attorney, who had two cases dismissed."

This is happening not just in Houston, but as the article notes, the Department of Homeland Security is "reviewing cases nationwide."

I feel it is important to state that I support legal immigration. Ronald Reagan was in favor of it too. We should welcome those good folks who want to become Americans. But the American people are outraged that our government has ignored illegal immigration for so long. They are rightly concerned about our porous borders and the national security threat they represent. And here, too, Washington has failed miserably, as this report from CNSNews.com shows.

In fact, it has failed so miserably that the men and women charged with enforcing our immigration laws unanimously passed a resolution of "no confidence" in the leadership of Obama's appointees at the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency. (Gary Bauer)

Iran's "Ambassador of Death"

Iran's Newest Drone Dubbed "Ambassador of Death"

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has unveiled a new 12-foot long flying bomb calling it an "ambassador of death." The first domestically-manufactured, long-range unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is capable of flying over 1,000 kilometers [621 miles].

Officially named Karrar or Striker, the jet-propelled UAV is a virtual cruise missile capable of traveling at about 900 kilometers [560 miles] an hour and delivering guided bombs against ground targets. Should it reduce its bomb payload, experts believe it could stretch its range to reach Israel.

"The jet, as well as being an ambassador of death for the enemies of humanity, has a main message of peace and friendship," Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying at the inauguration ceremony.

(Excerpts of an article by The Media Line August 23, 2010)

Prayer Focus:
Pray that Iran will cease its violent pursuits and hatred towards Israel. Pray for God's protection over Israel and His people around the world.

"But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD; I say, "You are my God." My times are in Your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me." (Psalm 31:14-15)
(Source: Bridges for Peace)

The Good News Corner

Judge halts Administration's tax funded destruction of human life
Embryonic Stem Cell Research Halted . . . for Now . .

In a rare instance, a judge at a US District Court ruled in favor of life. Judge Royce Lamberth granted in Washington, DC a temporary injunction against an Executive Order that illegally expanded a ban on using taxpayer money for embryonic stem cell research. Embryonic stem cell research is illegal if federal money is used to destroy a human embryo. Under President Bush, federally financed research of embryos was limited to 21 cell lines already in existence by 2001. The current president issued an executive order that allowed federal money to be used on hundreds more stem cell lines, so long as donors signed consent forms.

The problem now faced by researchers is that they have eagerly destroyed an unknown number of preborn human embryos--the number could be in the hundreds or thousands--for their so-called research. The White House attempted to bend the meaning of words so that federal tax dollars could be used if technically that part of the funding was not destroying embryos. But the judge ruled that taxpayer money could not be used for any part of the research that resulted in or required the destruction of an embryo--which is the intent of the original law. (This is just one example of how insidious this White House has been with interpreting law.)

The ruling is a temporary halt to the work at dozens of Embryonic destruction facilities that have received millions of taxpayer dollars since the Oval Office edict. Embryonic stem cell research has yielded no intended results over more than a decade. In fact, most of what was thought as breakthroughs eventually yielded terrible results with mutations and harmful, if not deadly, after effects. Adult stem cells, however, have been used to cure scores of health problems, including some forms of cancer. About five years ago, I covered a news conference in Washington, DC where there were some 20 children who were birthed from preserved embryos that could have been destroyed by embryonic stem cell research.

This is a classic battle between good and evil. That government would go against God's law thinking it can destroy human life that human lives may be saved is a deception. Satan has been trying to destroy life on earth since the beginning. From early Biblical edicts of infanticide to today's edict by another ruler that taxpayers should fund destruction of human life--be it abortion or embryonic stem cell research or so-called end of life decisions--is against God's plan for life and the supreme law of America--the Constitution. Jesus said it best in John 10:10, "The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."

Bill Wilson
Word of Life Ministry

Worship with Us Today!

"Every Knee Will Bow, Every Tongue Confess " (Isaiah 45:23 and Philippians 2:9-11)

We decree that Jesus Christ IS King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

Friday, August 20, 2010

CHPP Daily Brief - August 20, 2010

In This Issue
• The Daily Brief
• The Middle East in Focus
• The Daily Jot
• Obama's Growing Problem
• Welcome Home!
• American Minute
• The Good News Corner
• Worship with Us Today!

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The Daily Brief - Friday, August 20, 2010

". . . the LORD alone will be exalted in that day." (Isaiah 2:11)


"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven." (Eccl. 3:1)

The time has come to allow our editors a much-deserved break from their labor -- the time for a vacation!

Accordingly, we will "stand down" next week, and take that break.

The Daily Brief will return on Monday, August 30th, but for now, let's all enjoy a season of resting and refreshing . . . before our Lord. Thank you!!

The Daily Brief

1. Clinton announces direct talks will resume on Sept. 2 in Washington - AP

Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to resume direct negotiations in Washington early next month, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday, with a goal of two sovereign states existing side by side in peace.

The office of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued a statement Friday welcoming the US plan. "Reaching an agreement is a difficult challenge but is possible," the Netanyahu statement said. "We are coming to the talks with a genuine desire to reach a peace agreement between the two peoples that will protect Israel's national security interests, foremost of which is security."

- "Devise a plan, but it will be thwarted; State a proposal, but it will not stand, For God is with us." (Isaiah 8:10)

2. Military Strike Could Delay, Not Stop, Iran's Nuclear Program, Officials Say - Fox News

As Iran, with Russia's help, gets ready to flip the switch on its first nuclear reactor, Washington is engaged in a frenzied debate over whether Israel should consider launching an air attack designed to cripple Tehran's nuclear capabilities.

- As of this writing, all is calm tonight in Iran and in Israel. We must trust that the Israeli authorities have been led by the Spirit of the Lord, in answer to our prayers, as they have held their ground this week in the face of a nuclear Iran. This issue requires intensive, ongoing prayer as Iran continues to develop its nuclear capabilities. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; God is watching over her tonight.

- "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem." (Psalm 122:6)

3. Exclusive: Al Qaeda Plans for Israel War - Yahoo

The terror group's arm in Yemen is ordering jihadists across the region to ready themselves for a war "by the Jews against Iran" that will spread across the globe, according to a new audio message. Bruce Riedel on the assassinations al Qaeda is plotting to exploit the conflict -- and the new threats against America. Read more

- The schemes of the wicked seem to grow more evil by the day. But where sin abounds, grace doth more so abound. Pray for abounding grace to overwhelm and obliterate all the plans cited in this report, and thank God that He is a God who answers prayer!

- Yet He also is wise and will bring disaster, And will not call back His words, But will rise against the house of evildoers, And against the help of those who works iniquity. ( Is. 31:2)

4. Saudi judge 'asks hospital to paralyse man as punishment' - UK Telegraph

A Saudi judge has asked several hospitals to paralyze a man by damaging his spinal cord as punishment after he was convicted of attacking another man, the brother of the victim said on Thursday.

- Pray that the Lord will use this case to awaken the nations to the horrors of the nature of Shariah law; and to then turn their hearts to the way of judging of our Savior. Amen.

- "I can of Myself do nothing, As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me. " (John. 5:30)

5. Oil Plume From Spill Persists, Data Show - Wall Street Journal

Oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill formed an underwater plume of hydrocarbons the size of Manhattan, scientists said Thursday, raising fears of a lingering cloud of trace chemicals in the Gulf with an unknown long-term impact.

- As data continues to surface about the Deepwater Horizon crisis, ask the Lord to intervene for the safety of all who are involved by His miraculous doings.

- Why is my pain perpetual, And my wound incurable, Which refuses to be healed? Will You surely be to me like an unreliable stream, As waters that fail? (Jer. 15:18)

6. President Obama hits GOP on small-business bill - Politico

The last thing President Barack Obama did before leaving for a 10-day vacation on Thursday was call out Senate Republicans again for opposing a jobs bill for small businesses.

a. Weekly Jobless Claims Post Surprise Jump, Hit 500,000 - CNBC

New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly climbed to a nine-month high last week, yet another setback to the frail economic recovery.

- Pray that our people will look unto the Lord for the work that He has for them to do, and not unto man for their supply. He is able, and He is faithful.

- But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:19)

7. Egg recall tied to salmonella grows to 380 million - AP

Hundreds of people have been sickened in a salmonella outbreak linked to eggs in four states and possibly more, health officials said Wednesday as a company dramatically expanded a recall to 380 million eggs.

-Pray for the health and safety of all who are involved in this crisis, and ask our Lord to grant His wisdom to those who are tracking these outbreaks.

- "I shall not die, but live, And declare the works of the Lord." ( Ps. 118:17)

8. AFA Threatens Boycott of Sears Over Online Pornography Issue - LIfesiteNews.com

Retail giant Sears, which was exposed for marketing pornographic posters through their website, could be facing a boycott if they continue their refusal to remove the products. The AFA is calling on men and women of good will to demand that Sears remove the products from their website and their line.

- Thank the Lord for the quick action of the American Family Association in light of this report, and pray that the senior management of the Sears Corporation would, indeed, respond as requested.

- Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. (I Cor. 6 v 9,10)

The Middle East in Focus

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

It shall be said to Jerusalem, "Fear thou not." (Zeph. 3:16)

1. US assures Israel on Iran's A-bomb plans - AFP

The United States has persuaded Israel that Iran would take one year or longer to build a nuclear weapon, dimming the prospects of a preemptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, The New York Times said.

2. Direct Middle East peace talks scheduled to start next month - UK Telegraph

World powers are expected to invite Israelis and Palestinians to begin direct peace talks on Sept. 2 in Washington.

3. Russia: Israel need not fear reactor - Jerusalem Post

Israelis should not be concerned about the uranium fueling of a Russian-built nuclear reactor in the southern Iranian city of Bushehr that is set to take place on Saturday, diplomatic officials at the Russian Embassy in Tel Aviv told The Jerusalem Post.

4. Organizers: Lebanese ship to sail for Gaza Sunday - Jerusalem Post

A Lebanese ship carrying aid and women activists with the intention of reaching Gaza will set sail Sunday from Lebanon despite warnings that they will not be allowed to make it past Cyprus, organizers said Thursday.

5. Arab terrorists preparing for war with Israel - Ynet News

Hezbollah built an elaborate network of tunnels that will allow its members to fight a future war against Israel without being exposed to Air Force bombardments and IDF surveillance, a Kuwaiti newspaper says.

6. Jesus lives on in Jerusalem - Ynet News

Some 15,000 Messianic Jews currently live in Israel, but if you saw one on the street you would almost certainly fail to recognize any difference. They honor Jewish circumcision, bar-mitzvah, and wedding ceremonies, but believe Jesus is the messiah.

The Daily Jot

Survey shows public schools are breeding grounds for immoral activity

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, headed up by former Carter Administration Health, Education and Welfare Secretary Joseph Califano, has released its annual survey of American attitudes on substance abuse. Consistent with its findings over the 16 years of surveys, the Center's survey of some 2,000 teens and nearly 500 parents indicates that the public school system is failing miserably in protecting America's children against drugs and violence. Even the liberal Califano can see that there is trouble with the public school system, although he has no understanding of to fix it.

Califano writes, "Perhaps our most important finding from so many years of surveying teens and other research is this: A child who gets through age 21 without smoking, using illegal drugs or abusing alcohol is virtually certain never to do so. And, for better or worse, no one has greater power to influence a teen's decision whether to drink or use drugs than that teen's parents." The report says, "Our nation's public schools are riddled with gangs--and schools where there are gangs are likelier schools where there are drugs...some 5.7 million public school students attend schools where drugs are used, kept or sold and where gangs are present."

Califano says, "If you want to know one of the reasons why so many public schools are failing our children, consider the difference our survey reveals between public schools and private and religious schools: 46 percent of teens at public schools say there are gangs at their schools compared to only 2 percent of teens at private and religious schools. Think about this situation: compared to private and religious schools, public schools are 23 times likelier to be gang infected." In 2001, the report stated that 62% of public schools were drug free compared with 43% today. Some 79% of private and religious schools, however, were drug free in 2001, and the number is virtually unchanged a decade later.

Take note: the infiltration of public schools by radical anti-moral, humanist liberals and organizations like the National Education Association and the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network have ruined schools and generations of children. You cannot condone an immoral culture and expect to produce good character. Public schools are locally controlled by taxpayers. And taxpayers are us. We must take a stronger role in the schools to hold them accountable to our moral standards. Organizations that do not match our morals should be booted. Proverbs 22:6 says, "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." This is no time to be asleep at the switch.

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

Obama's Growing Problem

Barack Obama has a growing problem on his hands, and it's not Iran. It's much closer to home, but it's not unemployment either. It's more personal - a matter of faith to be precise.

A new poll by the respected Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life finds that after 19 months on the job, more Americans now think Obama is a Muslim. That's a big problem - one that suggests the president is grossly disconnected from the American people.

If this disconnect -- or as one commentator suggested, this sense that Obama's "default setting is in opposition to the general sensibilities of the American people" -- is allowed to grow, it risks undermining the president's legitimacy much like the Left's claim that "Bush lied" about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq undermined the previous administration.

But what amazes me is the media's astonishment that many Americans would question the president's professed faith. The talking heads denounce this as an example of bigoted and extremist fringe thinking. But it is a much bigger problem than they care to admit.

How bad is this problem? Here's a clue: a plurality of Americans don't know what the president's faith is! According to the Pew poll, 18% of Americans believe Obama is a Muslim, up from 11% in 2009; just 34% believe he is a Christian, down from 48%; while 43% have no idea what Barack Obama believes.

This comes in spite of all the fawning and sympathetic press Obama received over the past several years. Why is this problem getting worse, rather than better, the longer we are exposed to Barack Hussein Obama? It is a problem entirely of Obama's making. For example:

• Obama has condemned the construction of homes for Jews in Jerusalem but endorsed the construction of a mosque at Ground Zero.

• His administration dismissed charges against the Muslim New Black Panthers, but it prosecutes the state of Arizona.

• He cancelled National Day of Prayer events at the White House but hosted an Iftar dinner to celebrate Ramadan.

• Obama gave his first television interview as president not to an American network, but to an Arab language satellite network, Al-Arabiya. In that interview, Obama said he felt his "job" was to communicate "to the Muslim world . . . that the Americans are not your enemy."

• He has apologized for America's "arrogance," repeatedly reached out to the Muslim world, including the Holocaust-denying regime in Iran, and even pressed NASA into his Islamic outreach mission.

• He bowed to the Muslim king of Saudi Arabia, but made the Dalai Lama exit the White House through the back door.

• He wrote fondly about his Muslim cultural background in his two autobiographies. In a 2007 New York Times interview, he "recalled the opening lines of the Arabic call to prayer, reciting them with a first-rate accent. . . Mr. Obama described the call to prayer as 'one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.'"

• Yes, Barack Obama says he is a Christian, but he attended a church whose pastor routinely condemned America, gave Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan an award and permitted the distribution of Hamas propaganda.

Given all this and more during the past 19 months, the average American could be forgiven for thinking that Obama is at least deferential, if not predisposed, toward Islam.

So while the media elites may see the Pew poll as evidence of right-wing bigotry, it should be more worrying to them that not even a majority of the president's staunchest supporters -- Democrats (46%) or blacks (43%) -- could say that Obama is a Christian. (Gary Bauer)

Welcome Home!

The last combat brigade left Iraq this week. The 14,000 soldiers of the Army's 4th Stryker Brigade crossed the Kuwaiti border Wednesday night. Under presidents of different parties, they have done their job and done it well. We thank them for their service to our country. There are still 50,000 U.S. troops deployed in Iraq and we will not forget them. They and their families remain in our prayers, as do our troops serving in Afghanistan.

Many Iraqis are sad to see America's troops going home. Our troops are good guys, and they are there for the right reasons. Once again the United States has sent its soldiers overseas not in conquest of territory or treasure but to liberate the oppressed. (Gary Bauer)

American Minute

300,000 miles on horseback (American Minute with Bill Federer)

August 20

300,000 miles on horseback, from the Atlantic to the Appalachians, from Maine to the Gulf of Mexico, for 45 years, he spread the gospel.

This was Francis Asbury, Methodist Circuit riding preacher who was born AUGUST 20, 1745.

When the Revolution started, he refused to return to England:

"I can by no means agree to leave such a field for gathering souls to Christ as we have in America."
He befriended Richard Bassett, a signer of the U.S. Constitution, who converted, freed his slaves and paid them as hired labor.

Francis Asbury dedicated the first African Methodist Episcopal Church and met personally with George Washington, congratulating him on his election.

By the time he died, the Methodist Church in America had grown from 300 members to over 200,000.

Unveiling the Equestrian Statue of Francis Asbury in Washington, D.C., 1924, President Calvin Coolidge stated:

"Our government rests upon religion It is from that source that we derive our reverence for truth and justice, for equality and liberty . . .

This circuit rider spent his life making stronger the foundation on which our government rests."

Coolidge concluded: "Francis Asbury is entitled to rank as one of the builders of our nation."

The Good News Corner

Conference Call to Pray for the Persecuted Church

Every Saturday night at 10:00 P.M. Eastern time

Saints, please join me in prayer for our brothers and sisters who carry the cross in restricted nations. Saints, members of our family are being put to death in over 50 countries because they follow Jesus. Will our legacy be to sleep as those closest to Jesus did when he asked them to pray for one hour? Our persecuted brothers and sisters ask for our prayers. They ask not to be delivered from persecution but to endure it. Let us call out justice for them this Saturday.
For the persecuted,

Blaine Scogin

"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints." (Ephesians 6:18)

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

CHPP Daily Brief - August 19, 2010

In This Issue
• The Daily Brief
• The Middle East in Focus
• The Daily Jot
• Just How "Moderate" Is Imam Rauf?
• IPT Alert #1
• IPT Alert #2
• The Good News Corner
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The Daily Brief - Thursday, August 19, 2010

". . . the LORD alone will be exalted in that day." (Isaiah 2:11)

The Daily Brief

1. U.S. ends combat operations in Iraq After 7½ years - MSNBC.com

Last convoy of fighting forces rolling into Kuwait

The last U.S. combat troops were crossing the border into Kuwait on Thursday morning, bringing to a close the active combat phase of a 7½-year war that overthrew the dictatorial regime of Saddam Hussein, forever defined the presidency of George W. Bush and left more than 4,400 American service members and tens of thousands of Iraqis dead.

The final convoy of the Army's 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, based at Fort Lewis, Wash., began entering Kuwait about 1:30 a.m. (6:30 p.m. Wednesday ET), carrying the last of the 14,000 U.S. combat forces in Iraq, said NBC's Richard Engel, who has been traveling with the brigade as it moved out this week.

The departure marks the official end of Operation Iraqi Freedom, P.J. Crowley, a spokesman for the State Department, told MSNBC TV. But while it is "an historic moment," he said, it is not the end of the U.S. mission in Iraq. "We are ending the war ... but we are not ending our work in Iraq," he said. "We have a long-term commitment to Iraq." Read more.

• Praise the Lord this this conflict is settled sufficiently for US forces to leave. Pray that this move is wise at this point. Keep prayer focused on Iraq, and pray for peace in that country. Ten years were required to bring peace to Japan after WWII by US forces.

"For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And you are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power." (Colossians 2: 9,10)

2. U.S. to double civilian force in Iraq after withdrawal - Fox News

Two weeks ahead of a schedule set by President Barack Obama, the last large U.S. combat brigade has left Iraq. Pentagon officials stress that some American combat forces remain in the country ahead of an August 31st date to formally transition the U.S. presence to an advisory and training operation.

• Pray for the Iraqi government as it is established firmly and unequivocably. Pray also that the remaining US troops are protected against the attacks of Al-Qaeda and any other rebellious groups that think to own and rule Iraq. Ask the Lord to impart His wisdom to the Iraqi leadership and also to the US advisors now working in Iraq. Pray that our president can only work for the US, unable to make any secret deals with Moslems who want to rule the western world.

"... that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of glory of His inheritance in the saints." (Ephesians 1: 17,18)...

3. Iran condemns possible US military action over nuclear program - Fox News

Vows to respond to any attack

Iran took its case against the United States to the United Nations on Wednesday and strongly condemned the top U.S. military chief for saying military action remains a possibility if the country develops nuclear weapons.

• If nothing else, Iran certainly knows how to use western thought for its causes, although Iran would never grant such opportunities to other nations if it were to rule! Iran has lied, refused to cooperate with the UN, and oppressed its people, yet still has the audacity to complain to the UN about the USA. Pray that the leadership in Iran is silenced, rebuked, and dethroned in the coming days. Pray that the Iranian peoples will not suffer the judgment about to fall on its leadership God is able to protect His people there, not only the Christians but also those who are seeking Him.

"The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord. Like the rivers of water, He turns it wheresoever He wishes." (Proverbs 21: 1)

4. UN releases rival reports on Gaza conflict - Ynet News

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday released the results of Israeli and Palestinian investigations into alleged war crimes during the conflict in Gaza in the winter of 2008-2009 which did not appear to include any input from Gaza's Hamas rulers. [This is the infamous "Goldstone report."]

• Will Secretary General Ki-moon report anti-Semitism or honesty and integrity? That women, children, and the aged are killed by Israeli forces is probably true but not in mass numbers. The IDF warns all citizens before attacks on Gaza, not wanting to kill nor injure the innocent. The Israeli rockets are so accurate that they can pinpoint a window for a target. Not so with Hamas: weaponry is placed in schools, mosques, and even homes, setting up targets that will lead the IDF to bring harm to innocents. Wickedness knows no bounds. Pray wisdom for the military leadership in Israel and honesty for the UN report.

"I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from my enemies." (Psalm 18: 3)

5. Islamic Center Backers Won't Rule Out Taking Funds from Saudi Arabia, Iran - ABC News

The developers behind the Islamic center planned for a site near Ground Zero won't rule out accepting financing from the Mideast -- including from Saudi Arabia and Iran -- as they begin searching for $100 million needed to build the project.

• Who are these developers working in America but displaying a total lack of sensitivity about Americans' attitude toward Ground Zero? America must not let these developers have any foothold here. Why are they not like Mayor Giuliano , who refused a check for $10 million from Saudi Arabia? Come against the building of this mosque through your authority in Jesus Christ. This mosque/community center is nothing more than the camel's nose inside the tent

"For the wicked , through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in his thoughts." (Psalm 10: 4)

6. Americans [very] uncertain about Obama's faith - USA Today

Nearly one in five Americans incorrectly [?] say President Obama is a Muslim, up from 11% last year, according to a Pew Research Center poll released today.

• Is the belief "incorrect," as the USA Today reports? Probably the reporter needs to do more research on the topic and certainly needs to know what being a Christian entails. However, it is interesting that so many Americans are doubting the president's faith. Many media people make statements about not understanding the president's various declarations and moves; a look at his background might tell the story. Pray that Mr. Obama has a dramatic encounter with Jesus Christ and can know the liberty that comes from the "abundant" life in Jesus.

• To speak over Mr. Obama: " Thou has proved my heart; Thou has visited me in the night; Thou has tried me, and shall find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress." (Psalm 17: 3)

7. Crosses and Atheists Clash Again, This Time in Utah - Worthy News

Lawsuits against open displays of crosses appear to be on the rise. A series of 14 crosses erected in Utah to honor state Highway Patrol officers that have died on Utah roads are in danger of being removed, Likewise, a cross landmark in Illinois gets state funds, but an atheist has sued.

• The enemy of man is desperate to remove all traces of Jesus Christ from the conscious mind of Americans. And who is this atheist who thinks that he has the right to overrule the will of the people? Like the judges in California who have refused the will of the people about same-sex marriage, a few deceived people think that their authority is stronger than the will of God. Pray that this atheist is led to repent for his rebellion against God and pray that the good people of Utah will prevail in this matter. Cover your own area with the blood of Jesus so that no more demonic incursions can occur. We are still "One nation under God." Those who don't like this affirmation of America's origins are free to move to Russia, or maybe to Venezuela . . .

"Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister: and to give His life for many." (Matthew 20: 28)

8. Al Qaeda Plans for Israel War - Huffington Post

Al Qaeda is warning its supporters and sympathizers to prepare for a new war in the Middle East, which it says will pit Israel against Iran. "what is expected is for the war to begin by the Jews against Iran." Israel will stage air strikes on Iran's nuclear installations to start. Shehri expects the Iranian Shia regime to try to take advantage of an Israeli attack on its nuclear facilities to seize the holy cities of Mecca and Medina by blaming Saudi Arabia for helping Israel attack." Iran will attack American installations in the Gulf, encourage its proxies in Iraq and Afghanistan to attack Americans, and engage in a global terror campaign. Read more.

• Put on your combat boots and full armor of God, intercessors, for spiritual war is staring us in the face! There is no time for fear but rather, prayer. Mr. Shehri may think that he has all his plans for this hour, but allah is no match for our God. The evil conceived by minds deceived by the enemy usually surprises us, for our minds are fixed on the God of all creation. Remember whose we are and turn up the volume of your praise music.

"The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof: the world and they that dwell therein." (Psalm 24: 1)

The Middle East in Focus

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

It shall be said to Jerusalem, "Fear thou not." (Zeph. 3:16)

1. US advances on direct talks statement - Jerusalem Post

American officials made progress on Wednesday in their efforts to draft a statement that will initiate direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians, Israeli diplomatic officials said.

2. UN releases responses to Goldstone - Jerusalem Post

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday released the Israeli and Palestinian investigations responding to the Goldstone report, which alleged war crimes during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza in the winter of 2008-2009.

3. Israel's 'Judgment Day' shelters - Ynet News

The new railway station being built at the entrance to Jerusalem will turn in times of emergency into an underground bomb shelter which would be able to protect 5,000 people against a chemical or biological attack.

The Daily Jot

The prophetic abyss and rising out of it

The Democratic Party has made a mess of things. Both from an economic perspective and a moral perspective. The man who occupies the Oval Office has opened the floodgates to support Islam over Israel; has done his best to establish socialism in this country with the government takeover of the health care, auto, mortgage and financial industries; has supported with taxpayer money a new constitution in Kenya that supports abortion; has taken strident measures to advance the homosexual agenda . . . has overseen record bankruptcies, record deficits, record debt and the highest unemployment in decades.

The Republican Party has made a mess of things. The Republican brand driven by fiscal responsibility and social conservatism is a GOP afterthought. Republicans have offered no effective resistance or alternative to soaring debt, socialistic economic restructuring or the undermining of God and country. In fact, enough have joined the Democratic bandwagon to make Americans question if there is any difference in the parties. An example is Indiana governor Mitch Daniels, calling for a "truce" on the "social issues," suggesting homosexual marriage is not an "existential" issue. Radio commentator Glenn Beck and conservative leader Ann Coulter have also caved on the homosexual issue.

The Church has made a mess of things. Yes, if the political parties have degraded the nation to a hedonistic pulp, the Church has done little, if nothing, to uphold the standards of Christ. The Church has intermixed with the strange fire of other religions. The Church has endorsed homosexuality. The Church has embraced political social justice--code words for communism. The Church has abdicated its role of true religion to the government. The Church has focused its affections on self indulgent, extra biblical man-made doctrines that make a lot of people feel good about themselves, but do nothing for the edification of the body of Christ or the advancement of the Kingdom of God here on earth--as Christ charged it to do.

This country is slipping deeper and deeper into the prophetic abyss. There is no sound leadership. There are only fragments and remnants of God fearing folks. We as a people must turn from our wicked ways and repent, and call on the name of the LORD that He might have mercy and restore us. Our condition as a nation and as a people calls to my attention John 11:35, "Jesus wept." For I know that Jesus loves America and its people, but only He can raise her. And Christ chooses to work through His people. We cannot depend on men, political parties or organized religion. We must become a Mark 10:27 people as Jesus said: "With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible."

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

Just How "Moderate" Is Imam Rauf?

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the man at the center of the Ground Zero mosque controversy, is about to be deployed overseas, courtesy of the United States taxpayer, at the request of the State Department. His month-long trip to the Middle East will purportedly "help people overseas understand our society and the role of religion within our society."

State Department Spokesman P. J. Crowley described Rauf as a "distinguished Muslim cleric." The media routinely refer to him as a "moderate" and a "bridge builder." But just how moderate is Rauf?

This week, the Emergency Committee for Israel, which I co-founded with Bill Kristol, Rachel Abrams and others, posted a column about Rauf's double standard on terrorism. Here is an excerpt of that column: "Feisal Abdul Rauf, a self-styled champion of moderate Islam, was recently asked whether he thinks Hamas is a terrorist organization. 'The issue of terrorism is a very complex question,' he replied. When pressed, he insisted that 'I will not allow anybody to put me in a position where I am seen by any party in the world as an adversary or as an enemy.' But surely there should be no middle ground when it comes to Hamas, just as there can be no middle ground when it comes to Al-Qaeda."

Terrorism should not be a "complex question" for anyone speaking on behalf of our State Department. By refusing to condemn Hamas, Rauf seems to embrace the view that terrorism against Israel is acceptable. Three weeks ago, I reported Rauf's disgusting post-9/11 comment that "Osama bin Laden is made in the U.S.A." Either of those statements ought to disqualify Rauf from representing this country overseas. But taken together, it requires, as Secretary Clinton once said, "the willing suspension of disbelief" to call Rauf a "moderate." (Gary Bauer)

IPT Alert #1

Governor Paterson to meet on mosque 'move' (The Investigative Project)

Gov. Paterson will meet personally with the developers of the Ground Zero mosque this week in a bid to find them a new location, even as one of the project's backers insisted yesterday that the current site is "nowhere near the World Trade Center." "The governor told me there's a meeting," said Rep. Peter King, (R-LI), who spoke with Paterson yesterday morning. "He told me that the builders and the leaders from the mosque" will be there. A spokesman for Paterson confirmed efforts to set up a powwow, but would not discuss the purpose. But King said it would be to discuss getting the state's help to find a new location for their proposed mosque and community center. (New York Post) Read more.

IPT Alert #2

In Canada: Muslim Mosque Critic Reports Threat (The Investigative Project)

A Canadian Muslim woman says she felt threatened by a telephone call critical of her opposition to the proposed Ground Zero mosque in New York. Raheel Raza, a founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress, says the caller identified himself as Sharif El Gamal, one of the developers involved in the mosque effort. Raza attended a meeting last week with Gamal and another mosque advocate and had asked for details about the financing behind the $100 million project, including whether it would come from sources outside the U.S. According to a Toronto Sun report, Raza felt threatened when the caller reached her on her cell phone and "accused me of 'jumping into' the meeting he called and then said 'May Allah protect you.' I was shocked and hung up." If it wasn't a threat, "Why would I need Allah's protection?" she asked. Gamal denied making the call, but the Sun report indicates the number captured in Raza's phone matches Gamal's New York office. (IPT News) Read more.

The Good News Corner

Gay Activists Try to Shake Down Target Corp -- Retail Chain Says 'No'

When the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) -- a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) activist group -- learned three weeks ago that Target Corp. had donated $150,000 to MN Forward, which runs ads for Republican Tom Emmer, a gubernatorial candidate who supports marriage between one man and one woman, the gay activist group went on a social-media rampage, spawning multiple protests online and outside retail stores.

Target's chief executive officer, Gregg Steinhafel, immediately apologized to employees and reiterated the discount retail store's long-standing commitment to homosexual rights. The chain, which has a 100 percent rating on HRC's Corporate Equality Index, even agreed to give money to various gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender causes in the state.

Then, the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), which led the court case to overturn California's marriage amendment, entered the fray with an apparent desire to make the company "an example" "lest other businesses support conservatives.

In a letter to Steinhafel, AFER President Chad Griffin demanded Target to show its true commitment by giving to efforts to undermine marriage:

"A donation to our organization not only has the potential to help gays and lesbians in Minnesota, but across the country. Target's support would come at a critical time for our case, as we prepare for the lengthy -- and expensive -- appeals process to the Circuit Court and eventually the Supreme Court."

After talks between HRC, AFER and Target broke down, the backlash only intensified. LGBT activists vowed to give $150,000 to candidates who support the gay agenda; including the Democrat gubernatorial candidate, Mark Dayton. Liberals called for Congress to move on the DISCLOSE Act when it returns next month. MoveOn.org launched a $35,000 television ad campaign attacking Target, and San Francisco officials went as far as to threaten to block construction of two stores in the Bay Area. (CitizenLink)

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

CHPP Daily Brief - August 18, 2010

In This Issue
• The Daily Brief
• The Middle East in Focus
• The Daily Jot
• Pelosi Demands An Investigation
• Democrats In Disarray
• Muslims Against The Mosque?
• Saudi Commentary on Iran Threat
• About Shariah Law (Part One)
• The Good News Corner
• Worship with Us Today!

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The Daily Brief - Wednesday, August 18, 2010

". . . " the LORD alone will be exalted in that day." (Isaiah 2:11)

The Daily Brief

1. Pelosi Calls for Probe of Mosque Foes - Fox News

Speaker suggests a coordinated political effort is behind the opposition to a proposed mosque near Ground Zero. (To read more on this news, see the article by Gary Bauer, below.)

- Why don't they just let American's take a vote on what should happen? Did Nancy Pelosi check with the victims' families? We the people think it is laughable to detour the public with a probe into the funding behind the voice of America. Pray that no worker will lift a finger to build something so blatantly Anti-American. We would never be able to build a church at Mecca. Intercede for righteousness to rule here.

- Why should the nations say, "Where is their God?" Let the avenging of the outpoured blood of your servants be known among the nations before our eyes!

Return sevenfold into the lap of our neighbors the taunts with which they have taunted you, O Lord!

But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise. (Psalm 79:10,12,13)

2. Decision Not to Rebuild Church Destroyed on 9/11 Surprises Greek Orthodox Leaders - Fox News

Greek Orthodox leaders trying to rebuild the only church destroyed in the Sept. 11 terror attacks expressed shock this week after learning, via Fox News, that government officials had killed a deal to relocate the church.

The St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, once a tiny, four-story building in the shadows of lower Manhattan, was destroyed in 2001 by one of the falling World Trade Center towers. Nobody from the church was hurt in the attack, but the congregation has, for the past eight years, been trying to rebuild its house of worship. Read more.

- As the nation and the world are watching, they know that America's faith was not one of the 'buried treasures" in the rubble of our Twin Towers on 9/11. Ask God for His hand of mercy on these church leaders as we pray and praise Him. Give God glory that when no one can figure out what justice is, we can go to Him.

- Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, 'Get justice for me from my adversary.' (Luke 18:3)

3. Creeping Sharia law comes to the gridiron - American Family Association

Sharia law has now become entrenched in high school football in Dearborn, Michigan as it advances its occasionally noiseless creep over the landscape.

A Michigan high school team, believe it or not, is holding its football practices in the middle of the night to keep its players from committing offenses during Ramadan. The team practices from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.

ESPN notes that the team is "predominantly Muslim," which means of course that every non-Muslim on this squad is forced to yield to Sharia law whether he wants to or not. He is forced to accommodate his sleeping schedule to the dictates of Islam whether he believes in the Koran or not. Their lives are being governed by Sharia law, right here in the United States of America.
So much for religious liberty in Dearborn, Michigan, and so much for the separation of mosque and school and mosque and state. Such a separation does not exist in Islamic thought, and because the ACLU and others on the left hate America as much as Islam does, you will hear no peeps of protest from those who normally are hyper-vigilant about transgressions of their view of the First Amendment.

This illustrates another truth about Islam. It is not a religion so much as an entire, totalitarian ideology that is determined to control every aspect of life, right down to when you can practice football.

Let's be clear here. Dearborn, Michigan has now become a Muslim enclave, a Sharia enclave encircled by sovereign U.S. soil. It will soon be impossible, if it's not already, to recognize this community as a part of the United States of America.

- Please intercede until every ounce of Shiria Law can only be practiced outside of the Continental US and its soil. Ask that God's strategies, which He is giving, work faith and country back into our soil, physically and the 'soil' of our hearts. Pray for these students on both sides that are being wrongly taught, that God will show Himself strong on their behalf through His body of believers, the church in America.

- Because you relied on the LORD, he delivered them into your hand. For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. (I Chronicles 16:8b-9a)

4. New Study: Oil from Gulf Spill Settling on Sea Floor - VOA

A new study by scientists in the Gulf of Mexico finds that oil from the worst offshore oil spill in history is settling on the sea floor, where it is harming critical microscopic organisms.

- The oil might be "buried," but it is not gone. Let's not forget to pray about the impact of every aspect of this disaster -- for the protection and safety of all who live and work in the region of the Gulf Coast, and for the recovery of the economy in that part of our nation. Pray!

- "Pray without ceasing." (I Thess. 5:17)


Deuteronomy says "oil" and "hidden treasures" will be found in Israel in the last days of history. The prophecies of Ezekiel 38 & 39 indicate Israel will be significantly prosperous in the last days, before a Russian-Iranian-Turkish alliance forms against her and seeks to destroy her.

* Today's headline from Ynet News: "1.5 BILLION BARRELS OF OIL DISCOVERED NEAR ROSH HA'AYIN."

Israeli public must wait until September to see if country is sitting on profitable oil reserve, but statement to TASE gives peek into extent of Megged reserve. Question remains: How much of it is recoverable? Full details here.

- Offer a great chorus of PRAISE that oil has been discovered under the land of Israel -- and just in time, too!! Pray that the other questions posed in this article from YNet News will be answered for the blessing of the people of the land. Praise God!

- " . . . if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven." (Matthew 18:19)


On Saturday, Russia begins fueling Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactor. Former Amb. John Bolton says Israel has just a few days to bomb the reactor before it goes hot. I personally don't think they will, but let's be praying for the Lord to give PM Netanyahu and his cabinet great wisdom to do the right thing at the right time.

- We agree: Let's be praying for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu -- that he will know the right thing to do, in the right way, at the right time. Pray!

- "Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength. By me kings reign, and rulers decree justice, by me princes rule, and nobles, All the judges of the earth." (Proverbs 8:14-16)

7. Bolton: Obama won't strike Iranian nuclear reactor - Jerusalem Post

Former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton said he didn't see "any signs whatsoever that President Obama would make the necessary decision" to strike Iran's nuclear reactor, speaking in an interview with Israel Radio Tuesday.

- Not to decide . . . is to decide . . . As Scripture has promised, in the end, Israel must stand alone against her enemies; for no other nation will stand with her. BUT GOD.

Thank God that He, and He alone, will defend this tiny nation from an enemy whose sole desire is to see her wiped off the map of the world. Wait, pray, trust, and behold . . . for GOD is about to show Himself mighty on behalf of Zion. Pray!

- "Also I will ordain a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, and they shall dwell in their place, and shall be moved no more; neither shall the children of wickedness waste them any more, as at the beginning, . . . Moreover I will subdue all thine enemies." (I Chronicles 17:9,10)

8. Iran says to unveil array of weapons next week - AFP

Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi said on Tuesday that Iran will unveil next week an array of weapons, including missiles, speedboats and a long range drone, the ISNA news agency reported. Two missiles, Qiam (Rising) and the third generation Fateh 110 (Conqueror) would be tested next week when Iran marks the annual government week, Vahidi said in reference to the Iranian week which starts on Saturday.

Iran will also unveil the long-range drone, Karar, he said using the nickname of revered Shiite Imam Ali. (Read more)

- Offer praise to our God that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. Pray for the salvation of all the citizens of Iran, even as they must live under the heavy hand of this dictator. Thank the Lord that He WILL fight to protect Israel, when the time comes, too. Pray!

- "In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem. . ." (Zech. 12:8)

9. Floods in Pakistan Worst in UN History - Worthy News

Recent flooding in Pakistan has been called the worst in UN history, with the death toll reaching as high as 1,600 people, and millions more impacted by the devastation, Worthy News has learned. Although this figure is less than 0.003 percent of the total loss of life than that of the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the 2005 earthquake in Kashmir, and the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake combined, estimates are that almost 14,000,000 people are affected by the floods.

- Please intercede for the thousands of people affected by the worst floods in Pakistan's history. Ask the Lord to draw men to himself through this time of trial for so many. Pray for comfort, aid and order in this unfathomable mess, that millions of people would find their hope and help in the love that God is willing to bring to this region.

- For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. (Romans 5:6)

10. PAKISTAN: How You Can Help - CHPP

There are many relief agencies that are sending supplies to Pakistan, as these floods continue. One agency we recommend highly is HISG: the Humanitarian Services International Group. This team really gets the job done; and the funds you send enables equipment and supplies to go directly into the hands of the people of Pakistan.

To learn more about this opportunity to help Pakistan through HISG, please visit their website at by going here. Thank you!!

The Middle East in Focus

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

It shall be said to Jerusalem, "Fear thou not." (Zeph. 3:16)

1. IDF bombs targets in Gaza - Ynet News

Palestinian sources reported that Israel carried out airstrikes in Gaza Tuesday, after two soldiers were injured by mortars that exploded near the border fence earlier in the day.

2. Hezbollah gives anti-Israel evidence to UN court - Ynet News

Lebanon's Hezbollah submitted a dossier to a state prosecutor on Tuesday after a UN court requested the Shi'ite group provide the evidence it said it had of Israel's involvement in the 2005 killing of Rafik al-Hariri.

3. Palestinian 'threatens to kill Jews as he takes hostages at Turkish embassy' - UK Telegraph

An armed Palestinian man held two hostages at the Turkish embassy in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, threatening to "kill any Jews" and demanding political asylum before he was shot by security guards.

The Daily Jot

Ground Zero Mosque: A Prophetic fulfillment of Pauline Letter

In an interview on KCBS Radio, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for an investigation into those who oppose the building of a mosque and Islamic center near Ground Zero of the 911 attacks by Muslim terrorists. Pelosi said, "There is no question there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some. And I join those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque being funded." So now all those who are expressing their disgust over this proposed Islamic monument to its 911 terrorist attacks should be investigated as to how they are getting their money. Some 68% of Americans oppose the mosque. That's a lot of government investigation proposed by Pelosi.

Instead, it might be wiser to investigate where the Muslims are getting their money to build the mosque and Islamic center, and whether the effort is being funded by those who support terrorism or the destruction of the United States. Let's start with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, founder of the American Society for Muslim Advancement and the organizer of the Ground Zero mosque initiative. Rauf has been billed as a "moderate" Muslim Imam who seeks to build the Ground Zero mosque to foster "peaceful Muslim-Western relations." Rauf refuses to say where the $100 million is coming from to build the mosque. He has told American media its being funded by donations from American Muslims.

Rauf, however, in an interview with the Saudi-owned Arab newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat, says funding of the mosque will come from the US as well as from Muslims overseas. Rauf's American Society for Muslim Advancement is partially funded by the Saudis. Interesting that the State Department is sending Rauf on a goodwill mission to the Middle East--a mission Fox News says will take him to United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, and Saudi Arabia. State Department spokesman PJ Crowley says, "we have informed him about our prohibition against fundraising while on a speaking tour. We do not expect him to fundraise. " Yes, but what prevents him from fundraising on his own personal time during the trip? Probably nothing.

Meanwhile, the Ground Zero mosque issue is becoming such a political liability to the Democrats that Democratic New York Governor David Paterson plans to offer "state owned" land to Rauf's group in order to get them to move the project. Separation of church and state apparently only applies to Christians in America. Pelosi wants an investigation into Americans who might be funding the mosque opposition, yet no investigation into whether terrorist money is being used to build it. The Democrats now want to provide state-owned property to build a Muslim mosque and community center. 2 Timothy 3:13 says, "Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse deceiving and being deceived." And so it is today.

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

Pelosi Demands An Investigation

Finally, a leading Democrat is demanding an investigation related to the Ground Zero mosque. For weeks, we've been urging members of Congress to join Rep. Peter King (R-NY) in calling for an investigation of the funding for the planned $100 million mega-mosque. A few Democrats have been willing to break publicly with President Obama on the mosque, but none have gone so far as to demand an investigation.

The good news is that Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants an investigation. The bad news is that she is demanding an investigation of those Americans who oppose building the mosque. On a San Francisco talk show yesterday, Pelosi got frustrated when the first questions asked were about the mosque. Here is her comment:

"There is no question there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some. And I join those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque being funded. How is this being ginned up that here we are talking about . . . something of great interest to [San Francisco] as we go forward to an election about the future of our country, and two of the first three questions are about a zoning issue in New York City?"

Yes, that's right - Pelosi wants to investigate me and anyone else who disagrees with her. I guess we shouldn't be surprised. After all, it was Speaker Pelosi who last year called the ObamaCare town hall protestors "un-American."

Perhaps if her lease on the Speaker's office is renewed for another two years, Pelosi will launch the House Committee on Un-American and Anti-Liberal Activities. But she'll be one busy lady. As I noted yesterday, a recent CNN poll found that 68% of Americans, including 70% of Independents and 54% of Democrats, oppose the Ground Zero mosque!

Pelosi would have to investigate Harry Reid, and she would have to investigate Muslims like Neda Bolourchi. And she would even have to go after the 9/11 Families.

I agree with Rep. Peter King (R-NY), who called Pelosi's comment "a threat." Responding to the speaker's outrageous remarks today, King said: "I only see it as a threat by the speaker to intimidate people who are speaking out against the location of the mosque. . . . I'm thinking of the families - the family members . . .. I mean, these are people whose hearts have been broken by Sept. 11. The wound has now been torn open. Are they going to have to face an investigation by Speaker Nancy Pelosi somehow implying that they're part of a conspiracy?" (Gary Bauer)

Democrats In Disarray

While Dunn is sticking to her talking points by portraying Republicans as villains, the truth is that opposition to Obama's endorsement of the Ground Zero mega-mosque is bipartisan. According to the CNN poll, 70% of Independents and 54% of Democrats oppose the mosque. Surely the White House was aware of this poll and the passions surrounding the issue.

But today's New York Daily News reports that Obama's endorsement of the mosque at last week's White House Ramadan dinner caught virtually everyone by surprise. Many Capitol Hill Democrats are complaining that they were blindsided by the news.

According to the Daily News, top White House officials were divided on the issue and failed to inform New York's two Democrat senators of Obama's decision. As a result, "White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has spent three days on the phone doing damage control with angry Democrats."

Now some of those "angry Democrats" are breaking publicly with Obama. The most notable defection has been Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid, who is struggling in his reelection effort. In a statement yesterday, Reid said, "the mosque should be built some place else." How intolerant of you, Harry!

Jeff Greene, a Democrat candidate running in the Florida Senate primary, said, "President Obama has this all wrong and I strongly oppose his support for building a mosque near Ground Zero especially since Islamic terrorists have bragged and celebrated destroying the Twin Towers and killing nearly 3,000 Americans." Welcome to the Know-Nothing Party, Mr. Greene. (Gary Bauer)

Muslims Against The Mosque?

If left-wing elites want to portray conservative opponents of the Ground Zero mosque as intolerant Islamophobes, how do they explain Neda Bolourchi, Raheel Raza and Tarek Fatah - Muslims who oppose the mosque? Ms. Bolourchi lost her mother in the 9/11 attacks. She wrote a very moving editorial in the Washington Post last week describing the mosque as "a symbol of victory for militant Muslims around the world."

Raza and Fatah are board members of the Muslim Canadian Congress. They recently wrote in the Ottawa Citizen, "we Muslims know the idea behind the Ground Zero mosque is meant to be a deliberate provocation to thumb our noses at the infidel."

Are Neda Bolourchi, Raheel Raza and Tarek Fatah bigots too? (Gary Bauer)

Saudi Commentary on Iran Threat

Saudi Daily: Military Option May be Best Solution to Iranian Nuclear Crisis

An editorial in the Saudi daily Al-Madina, published in the wake of announcements in Iran and Russia regarding the imminent activation of the nuclear reactor in Bushehr, took a hard line vis-à-vis the Iranian nuclear program, claiming that the military option may be the best way to deal with it. The article reflected the Gulf states' growing tension and concern regarding Iran's nuclear program, and mentioned their proximity to the Bushehr reactor.

Following are excerpts from the editorial:[1]

"Tehran's [August 13, 2010] announcement, confirmed by Russia, that an Iranian nuclear reactor would be inaugurated this month in Bushehr, on the Arabian Gulf coast, and that it would be equipped with fuel and would operate as a nuclear facility, is an indication that the region is now entering a new phase.

"In taking this action, Tehran is ignoring all the advice, warnings, and requests to halt its nuclear program, or at the very least to try to continue it under clear and open international inspection that would guarantee that it does not have a military facet. If [Tehran] insists upon going ahead [with the program] without the agreement of the international community, it will bring embarrassment and suspicion upon every [country] that supported [Iran's] right to peaceful nuclear energy.

"More importantly, by means of this action, Tehran is moving its conflict with the international community into high gear, and [in this case] some may consider the military option to be the best solution. [Delaying recourse to this option] may lead to a point where it is impossible to implement it - if Tehran manages to produce a nuclear bomb of its own.

"What is of concern is [the fact] that the Bushehr reactor is closer to several Gulf capitals than to the Iranian capital itself, as well as the fact that it is very near the crucial oil routes which pass through the Arabian Gulf - placing the neighboring countries in great danger, both in the event of an attack and in the event of radioactive leakage. Moreover, [the Bushehr reactor] may become the site where Tehran will develop its nuclear weapons, which it may use to impose demands or exert pressure on the region. This is a suspicion that Iran has not managed to refute to date.

"If Tehran is interested in the success of its nuclear program for peaceful purposes, and if it wants to make progress in order to ensure prosperity for its people, it must maximize its cooperation with the IAEA. The IAEA, for its part, must display a little flexibility with Tehran, since... equipping the reactor with nuclear fuel is the point of no return. When this happens, the Bushehr reactor will become a facility for nuclear energy.

"All parties must be judicious in confronting the new situation, and must make sure that the inauguration of Bushehr is not a preamble to disturbances or tremors in the region."
(Source: Al-Madina (Saudi Arabia), August 15, 2010)

About Shariah Law (Part One)


What is Shariah?

Shariah, often referred to as "Islamic Law," is in actuality a legal doctrine based on the Quran and Hadith (sayings and acts of Mohammed), but one which goes far beyond what Westerners would regard as religious matters or routine legal matters.

What is covered by Shariah?

Shariah covers all aspects of life, including criminal law, domestic law, statecraft and warfare (Jihad). Shariah encompasses personal ethics and legal issues, religion and state governance, this world and the afterlife.

How is Shariah related to violent Jihad?

Shariah mandates violent Jihad as a religious obligation. Violent Jihad's purpose against non-Muslims or former Muslims is to establish Islam's rule worldwide. The establishment of Shariah rule is a stated goal of Al Qaeda, the Taliban, Hezbollah, HAMAS, Al Shabaab, Abu Sayaf, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jemaah Islamiya and other Jihadist known or designated terrorist organizations, as well as the Muslim Brotherhood.

Who interprets and rules on Shariah law?

Shariah is interpreted, adjudicated and substantially controlled by a relatively small group of Islamic Shariah scholars worldwide.

For more information contact the Center for Security Policy: www.securefreedom.org
[Editor's note: Please forgive us for posting Part Two of this article yesterday; and Part One today. Thank you!]

The Good News Corner

More Young Adults are Going into Ministry

By Teresa Neumann, Breaking Christian News, Aug. 13, 2010)

USA Today reports that for the past 10 years theological schools are seeing younger students enroll for master of divinity degrees, a trend many denominations see as a positive sign.
"A pastor usually attracts persons 10 years above and below their own age range," says Gail Ford Smith, director of the Center for Clergy Excellence at the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. "If you have a 27-year-old starting a new worship service, they're going to attract people ages (17) to 37. That really does appeal to us if we're trying to reach mission fields of those who've not yet been connected to God through Jesus Christ." (USA Today) Read more.

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