Tuesday, November 30, 2010

CHPP Daily Brief - November 30, 2010

In This Issue
• The Daily Brief
• The Middle East in Focus
• The Daily Jot
• Repeal Loses Appeal Among Troops
• Senate Committee To Meet on Don't Ask Don't Tell
• The Good News Corner
• Worship with Us Today!

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The Daily Brief - Tuesday, November 30, 2010

"Then said LORD unto me, "You have seen well: for I will hasten [watch over] My word to perform it." (Jer. 1:12)

This Wednesday at sundown, we enter The Festival of Lights . . . Hanukkah. Capitol Hill Prayer Partners wishes all of our friends of the Jewish faith a very Happy Hanukkah . . . for the OIL of the LORD will NEVER give out!!

The Daily Brief

1. Senate Passes Overhaul of Food Safety Regulations - New York Times

The Senate passed a sweeping overhaul of the nation's food safety system on Tuesday, after tainted eggs, peanut butter and spinach sickened thousands of people in the last few years and led major food makers to join consumer advocates in demanding stronger government oversight.

Despite unusual bipartisan support on Capitol Hill and a strong push from the Obama administration, the bill could still die because there might not be enough time for the usual haggling between the Senate and the House, which passed its own version last year. Top House Democrats said Tuesday that they were considering simply passing the Senate version to speed approval but that no decision had been made.

- Last night Sen Coburn said the bill will raise food prices; add 1.5 billion to deficit; and add unfunded state mandates. It will not increase food safety one bite. There is much controversy surrounding S. 510, and uncertainty whether the House will pick this up, or send it directly to the President for his signature.

- Pray for clarity about the true agenda of S. 510 -- that our citizens will know about this bill and understand its agenda. Place a hedge around S. 510, and pray that it dies on the Hill instead of going to the White House. Pray!

- For additional information on S. 510, please go here. See also the website for Glenn Beck by going here.

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

2. Pentagon report: Repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' law poses little risk for military - Washington Post

The Pentagon's long-awaited report on gays in the military concludes that repealing the 17-year-old "don't ask, don't tell" law would present only a low risk to the armed forces' ability to carry out their mission and that 70 percent of service members believe it would have little or no effect on their units, according to sources briefed on the report's findings.

- Ask our Lord God Most High to rule and overrule this finding. The Obama administration is pressing (manipulating truth) for passage of this repeal in Congress NOW, while it still has the votes to do so. The new Congress will certainly oppose the administration and will uphold Don't Ask Don't Tell, thereby keeping our military strong. Stand in agreement that passage of the current legislation will STALL in this Congress; and that man's plans will come to naught.

- "Let them be as the grass on the housetops, which withers before it grows up . . ." (Psalm 129:6)

3. Clinton Says Wikileaks Release of Documents is Attack on American Foreign Policy Interest - AP

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Monday termed the release of 250,000 secret documents by Wikileaks on the Internet as an attack on America and its allies. The U.S., she said, "strongly condemns the illegal disclosure of classified information," as the act puts lives in danger, threatens national security and undermines diplomacy."Let's be clear, this disclosure is not just an attack on America's foreign policy interest, it is an attack on the international community, the alliances and partnerships, the conversations and negotiations that safeguard global security and advance economic prosperity," Clinton said.

The White House, describing the release a serious matter, has been scrambling to contain the potential diplomatic disaster spurred by the release of the classified U.S. State Department documents.

• Lord, this administration has demonstrated repeatedly that it is not capable of responding to attacks against our nation whether in cyber space, air, or land. We pray that you establish leaders who have wisdom, and a strong determination to defend our nation. Help us to stop these attacks quickly. Let our enemies be caught and punished severely.

Let them be ashamed who persecute me, but do not let me be put to shame; let them be dismayed, but do not let me be dismayed. Bring on them the day of doom, and destroy them with double destruction. (Jeremiah 17:18)

4. Tax Cut Battle Looms Over Bipartisan Summit as Obama Looks for Reset With GOP - Fox News

The meeting will be the first post-election test of whether the White House and the incoming Republican House majority are able to find common ground on virtually anything. Republicans and Democrats agree that taxes should not rise on the middle class -- the sticking point is whether the wealthy should be included in that extension. Republicans want the tax cuts extended for everybody. Democrats originally called for taxes to rise on those households making over $250,000 a year -- some Democrats have since started talking about increasing that salary threshold to $1 million a year. Obama, who proposed a two-year federal pay freeze Monday, said that he hopes the sit-down Tuesday will mark "a first step toward a new and productive working relationship."

Despite the drama over the tax cuts, the agenda for the lame-duck session of Congress is much broader. Gibbs said the ratification of the arms reduction treaty with Russia known as START is the other top item on the table for Tuesday's meeting.

• Lord, we pray the two parties will be able to work together. Let them remember the mandate of the people: to cut spending, work to create jobs, and repeal the Obamacare bill. Let them decide quickly - especially the extending of the tax cuts for everyone permanently.

The fear of the Lord prolongs days, but the years of the wicked will be shortened. The hope of the righteous will be gladness, but the expectation of the wicked will perish. (Proverbs 10:27, 28)

5. Next Debt Crisis May Start in Washington: Bair - CNBC

Sheila Bair, chair of the Federal Deposits Insurance Corp. (FDIC) wrote in an editorial in the Washington Post,

"The federal debt has doubled over the past seven years, to almost $14 trillion, and the growth is a result of both the financial crisis and the government's "unwillingness over many years to make the hard choices necessary to rein in our long-term structural deficit.".

"Defense spending is similarly unsustainable, and our tax code is riddled with special-interest provisions that have little to do with our broader economic prosperity," Bair wrote. "Overly generous tax subsidies for housing and health care have contributed to rising costs and misallocation of resources. If no action is taken, US federal debt held by the public could rise from 62 percent of gross domestic product this year to 185 percent in 2035," she warned.

• Lord, we pray for righteous, strong leaders, who will begin to make big cutbacks immediately on programs that are not necessary in our government budget. We pray for a solid committee that has wisdom to make these hard decisions.

Whoever walks blamelessly will be saved, but he who is perverse in his ways will suddenly fall. He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows frivolity will have poverty enough! (Proverbs 28:18,19)

6. Juarez Gang Leader Admits Killings - CNN

An alleged gang member who police say was behind 80 percent of the killings in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, over the past 16 months was arrested over the weekend, officials said. Arturo Gallegos Castrellon, known as "El Farmero," was the leader of the Aztecas gang. There have been more than 2,500 drug-related killings in Juarez this year alone, signifying that if Gallegos' claim is accurate, he would be responsible for more than 2,000 murders. Those numbers would be comparable to those of some of the most ruthless war criminals. He was captured as part of an operation to dismantle the Aztecas gang, police said.

The arrest is a victory for President Felipe Calderon's offensive against the drug cartels, and taken together with other recent killings or arrests of high-level leaders, shows the police strategy, Payan said: to go after the big fish in the drug trafficking organizations.

• Lord, we thank you that there are more victories over these ruthless gang leaders and members. We pray that more leaders and gangs will be dismantled, and these gangsters will come to salvation, so they can work for the Lord.

He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy. Happy is the man who is always reverent, but he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity. (Proverbs 28: 13, 14)

7. Smithsonian Christmas-Season Exhibit Features Ant-Covered Jesus - CNS News

The federally funded National Portrait Gallery, one of the museums of the Smithsonian Institution, is currently showing an exhibition that features images of an ant-covered Jesus, male genitals, naked brothers kissing, men in chains, Ellen DeGeneres grabbing her breasts, and a painting the Smithsonian itself describes in the show's catalog as "homoerotic."

The Smithsonian Institution has an annual budget of $761 million, 65 percent of which comes from the federal government, according to Linda St. Thomas, the Smithsonian's chief spokesperson. The National Portrait Gallery itself received $5.8 million in federal funding in fiscal year 2010, according to St. Thomas. It also received $5.8 million in federal funding in fiscal 2009, according to the museum's annual report. The gallery's overall funding in that year was $8 million. St. Thomas told CNSNews.com that federal funds are not used to pay for Smithsonian exhibits themselves, including the "Hide/Seek" exhibit. The exhibits presented at Smithsonian museums, including "Hide/Seek," are funded by donations from individuals or institutions

• Lord, the time has come to stop these organizations that directly attack our values, our religion, and beliefs. We pray for strong elected officials to make the necessary cuts of these types of organizations. We pray for righteousness and holiness to be the desire and actions of this nation!

For the Lord your God walks in the midst of your camp, to deliver you and give your enemies over to you; therefore your camp shall be Holy, that He may see no unclean thing among you, and turn away from you. (Deuteronomy 23:14)

UPDATE: Smithsonian to Remove Ant-Covered Jesus on Cross Video From Exhibit - Fox News

The Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery will remove a four-minute video feature that contains an image of Jesus on a crucifix covered in ants, its director said in a statement released on Tuesday.

Earlier Tuesday, the museum was under fire for hosting the exhibit that also includes depictions of homoerotic art and an image of Ellen DeGeneres grabbing her breasts. The exhibit outraged conservative leaders and prompted some Republican lawmakers to call for a congressional investigation.

"Absolutely, we should look at their funds," Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, told Fox News. Read more. - Continue in prayer until this entire exhibit is shut down -- not only this four-minute video.

- "Let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end . . ." (Psalm 7:9)

8. Israeli Offshore Drilling Strikes First Hint of Major Gas Reservoir - Ha'aretz

Six weeks after drilling began at the Leviathan 1 deep-sea site off the Haifa coast, the exploration group published its preliminary findings on Tuesday. There is gas, but how much remains to be seen. The exploration partners - Delek Group and Noble Energy of Texas, and Ratio Oil & Gas Exploration - announced that more information will be available in two weeks if all goes according to plans.

The Leviathan partners cautioned that the results are preliminary and that the size and quality, not to mention monetary value, of the field remain unknown. Still, National Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau welcomed the news. "This is another important step toward bringing Israel energy security," he said.

• Lord, we thank you that these American companies are working with Israel to help her find gas reserves. We pray this will be a huge find, so that Israel can maintain her energy independence that she needs. We bless Israel and pray for protection for Israel.

"God brings him out of Egypt; He has strength like a wild ox; He shall consume the nations, his enemies; He shall break their bones and pierce them with his arrows - "Blessed is he who blesses you, and cursed is he who curses you." (Numbers 24:8, 9)

The Middle East in Focus

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

"You will perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which You have sworn unto our fathers from the days of old." (Micah 7:20)

1. Leak: State Dept. sought info on Palestinian leaders - Jerusalem Post

The US State Department under Condoleezza Rice instructed its employees stationed at embassies in the Middle East to collect personal information about Palestinian leaders and closely monitor Israeli military and telecommunications capabilities, according to a diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks.

2. Netanyahu: WikiLeaks cables prove Israel is right on Iran - Ha'aretz

A raft of controversial diplomatic secrets published by the WikiLeaks group has not damaged Israel and in fact strengthened its position, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday.

3. Iranian military official: US plan to attack is 'joke' - Jerusalem Post

An Iranian military commander has said that plans by the US to attack Iran were a "joke," Press TV reported Monday.

4. Iran: Scientist killed by 'Zionist agents' - Ynet News

While the world is shaken by the publication of documents revealing the extent of world leaders' concern over the Iranian nuclear program, The Islamic Republic reported Monday that "Zionist" agents attempted to assassinate two senior scientists in Tehran. One was killed, and the other injured, it was reported.

The Daily Jot

The Chrislam Movement in the apostate church

During the weekend of November 13, many Christian churches across the United States began a series of sermons aimed at bringing about reconciliation between Muslims and Christians. These misguided Presbyterian ministers are trying to focus on a relationship between the Holy Bible and the Koran they call "Chrislam." They are saying that because the Koran mentions Jesus that there is common ground with Christianity. To prove their point, they are placing Korans along side the Holy Bible in their pews. And they are teaching that you can be a follower of Christ without necessarily believing that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, who died for our sins offering the gift of eternal salvation.

Writes commentator Paul Williams: "The Chrislam movement has gained impetus by statements from President George W. Bush and that Christians, Jews, and [Moslems] all worship the same God and by Rick Warren's reference to Isa (the Muslim name for Jesus) in his prayer at the inauguration of Obama." Williams points out that Jesus in the Koran is not the only-begotten Son of God nor the Messiah. Williams says, "He is rather viewed as a prophet who was appointed by Allah to prepare mankind for the coming of Mohammad." In the Koran, Williams reminds readers, "The victim at Calvary, Islam teaches, was either Simon of Cyrene or Judas Iscariot."

The Koran states in Sura 5:17, "In blasphemy indeed are those that say that God is Christ the son of Mary. Say: "Who then hath the least power against God, if His will were to destroy Christ the son of Mary, his mother, and all every-one that is on the earth? For to God belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and all that is between. He createth what He pleaseth. For God hath power over all things." The Koran has many verses that command the followers of allah to kill Christians and Jews if they do not convert to Islam. There is absolutely no common ground between the Holy Scriptures and the Koran when these are the mandates of the prophet Mohammed, who wrote the Koran.

Jesus said in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." This is the central doctrine of Christianity. There is instruction by the Holy Scriptures to not fellowship with those who do not recognize the truth in this doctrine. 2nd John verses 9-11 say, "Whoseover transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the droctine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds." Thus are those deceivers who believe in common ground with Islam.

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

Repeal Loses Appeal Among Troops

Don't Ask. That's more than the name of the policy on homosexuals in the military, it's the unofficial motto of the report surrounding it. When the Defense Department trots out its questionable analysis of the 1993 compromise, it will include a lot of statistics. But our soldiers' opinions of repeal will not be one of them. That's because the Pentagon, despite media spin to the contrary, never asked. "How . . . are you going to assess the effect on morale and battle effectiveness and retention unless you consult and find out what the view of the troops is?" said a frustrated Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

Good question. One that FRC and Center for Security Policy (CSP) determined to answer. Last week, our organizations decided to ask the question the Pentagon didn't: do our troops support overturning "Don't Ask, Don't Tell?" In a national poll, jointly commissioned by FRC and CSP, a solid majority of 10,028 active and retired military members answered no. When asked point-blank, "Do you believe Congress should overturn the current 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy . . . " almost 63% of servicemen and their families said no. Their opposition was consistent across every demographic-including age (younger respondents were actually more opposed to repeal than their middle-aged counterparts), gender, and service branch (Marines were the strongest in terms of opposition to overturning the policy at 68%).

This poll is significant, because unlike almost all other surveys, it doesn't focus on the general population--but the people forced to live and work under the policy. While the American public continues to be divided on the issue, no one has taken the time or energy to survey the brave men and women in uniform.

How would you like it if your boss went outside and started polling people on the street about changing the office rules instead of talking it over with you, the employees? It's just as absurd to assume that civilians know better than the military how to accomplish the mission at hand. Secretary Robert Gates was clear at the outset (it was the first line of his memo in March!) that the Defense Department's job was to "consider how best to implement a repeal of this law"--not whether it should be repealed. As Sen. McCain pointed out, "[With] all due respect, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs is not directly in charge of the troops. The Secretary of Defense is a political appointee who's never been in the military. And the President, obviously, has had no background in the military whatsoever."

FRC has been skeptical of the Pentagon's survey from the very beginning, which, at a one-in-four return rate, is hardly reflective of the general military population. To read more about how the Defense Department cooked up its numbers, check out Lt. Col. Bob Maginnis's summary of the obvious bias in the review process. For more on FRC and CSP's groundbreaking data, click here for the final report. When you're finished, send a note to your Senators and urge them to hold their fire on a repeal until they've held comprehensive hearings on the survey and its shortcomings. Our troops deserve it. (Family Research Council)

Senate Committee To Meet on Don't Ask Don't Tell

Hearing to be Held at 9:00 a.m. Thursday

Prayer Point:

After reading the article, above, by Family Research Council, please pray that all the facts about the Pentagon report would come to light during this committee hearing.

The alert that follows was released today by Mary Murphy.
November 30, 2010


Another crucial vote may be attempted this week by the Senate in order to push through the Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) issue. There is a hearing scheduled for 9:00 am Thursday morning in the Senate. DADT is included in a Defense Department Report.

I am asking once again that you contact your Senators to allow DADT to stand the way it was written in 1993 by Executive order by Pres. Bill Clinton. THIS IS CRITICAL THAT IT NOT BE CHANGED!

You contact your Senators the same manner in which you contact House members www.senate.gov. Then go to the upper left hand corner and click on Senators. This will bring up an alphabetized list of the Senators. This gives an address and phone number. If you choose to email your Senators, please do so.



For more information about Don't Ask Don't Tell and how you can take action, go here

The Good News Corner

Nov 29, 1947: The Story of a Vote

Dear Friends! Do you know the significance of Nov. 29? The following terrific video gives an eye-witness account of the day Israel was voted a Nation! A great video! Aish.com is an awesome Jewish site with tons of good reference material, videos and articles. Very valuable. Enjoy this historical view. Shalom, Kathleen

Worship with Us Today!

The "Hallelujah Chorus" - Again!

This time at a Food Court at the Seaway Mall in Welland, Ontario . . . Praise the Lord -- it's spreading!!

At noon on November 13, 2010 unsuspecting shoppers got a surprise while enjoying their lunch. A flash mob singing the Hallelujah Chorus!

Rejoice in Him today!

Monday, November 29, 2010

CHPP Daily Brief - November 29, 2010

In This Issue
• The Daily Brief
• The Middle East in Focus
• IPT Terror Alert #1
• IPT Terror Alert #2
• IPT Terror Alert #3
• IPT Terror Alert #4
• IPT Terror Alert #5
• The Good News Corner
• Worship with Us Today!

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The Daily Brief - Monday, November 29, 2010

"Then said LORD unto me, "You have seen well:
for I will hasten [watch over] My word to perform it." (Jer. 1:12)

The Daily Brief

1. Full Agenda Ahead for Congress During Lame Duck Session - Fox News

The unemployed and millionaires. Doctors and black farmers. Illegal immigrants hiding from the law and gays hiding in the military. Along with just about everybody else, they all have something at stake as Congress struggles to wrap up its work for the year.

The Senate's main achievement was approval of a long-delayed settlement with black farmers and American Indians who say they were swindled out of aid, subsidies and royalties in past dealings with the government. Under the agreement awaiting House approval, black farmers would receive almost $1.2 billion and American Indians $3.4 billion.

Read more.

- Pray that no legislation will be passed hurriedly and thoughtlessly by the lame duck session. Please offer up to the Lord each of these measures, asking that the Holy Spirit dominate the writing of any bills, and block those that would ultimately cause harm to our economy and culture. Pray for the Lord's wisdom and principles to be promoted in the deliberation of each bill, and that legislators in both houses would have ears to hear truth and eyes to see the flaws written into each bill. Pray for the Senators and representatives of your state.

- "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye." (Psalm 32:8)

2. State GOP leaders grab issue of Obama eligibility - WND

The GOP members of Congress who booted Democrat Rep. Nancy Pelosi from the speaker's seat when they took the majority in the U.S. House this month may be the least of President Barack Obama's concerns as the 2012 presidential campaign assembles. That's because in Pennsylvania, and in at least a couple of other states, there are Republican-controlled Houses, Senates, and governors' offices where being developed right now are plans to use state law to demand proof of constitutional eligibility from presidential candidates before they would be allowed on the state ballot.

- Those who have mocked the "birthers," as many would like to call those who doubt the American birth of our president, may have to eat their words. The Constitution is very clear that the president must be native-born. The proposed plans of many states may preclude such a question ever being asked again. It was Mrs. Nancy Pelosi, who sent out a memo stating that Barack Obama did not need to be vetted for office but that John McCain did before the 2008 election. Pray there will be no intimidation of legislators as they write bills on this matter of presidential eligibility. Pray for the passage of these bills by the various states.

-"When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, Discretion shall preserve you; understanding shall keep you." (Proverbs 2:10,11)

3. California Man Had Bomb Factory In His Home, Say Prosecutors - ABC News

A California man accused of robbing banks and assembling what may be the largest cache of homemade explosives ever found in the U.S. was ordered held on $5 million bail last week.

- God, we thank you for bringing the hidden dangers to light that all may know what has been going on in secret. Destroy the works of darkness, and may nothing prosper that goes against God's will." In Jesus Name.

- "Now is the end come upon you, and God will send His anger upon you, and will judge you according to your ways, and will recompense upon you all your abominations." (Ezekiel 7:3)

4. Rasmussen: Two-Thirds Favor Cutting Federal Payroll by 10% - NewsMax

Two-thirds of the voters nationwide favor a proposal to cut the federal payroll by 10 percent during the next decade, according to a new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey. The survey found that just 22 percent oppose the plan, and 12 percent are not sure.

- God, speak into this majority vote and carry it through to consummation. In Jesus Name.

- "Thus speaks the Lord of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and show mercy and compassion every man to his brother." (Zechariah 7:9)

5. South Korea-US military exercises stoke tensions - BBC

There is high tension on the Korean peninsula as the US and South Korea carry out military drills, five days after the North shelled an island. Residents of the island - Yeonpyeong - were briefly ordered to shelters on Sunday after new shellfire was heard and Seoul asked journalists to leave. China, the North's ally, has told South Korea's president it will try to prevent the situation deteriorating.

Read more.

- Please pray fervently over this situation with N. Korea; for their rulers seem to lack common sense and any concern for human life. The understanding is that Kim Jung Il wants money and supplies for his country and has decided that if he threatens S. Korea and the USA, he will be given aid. What does the Lord have in mind for this man and his son who don't offer any care for his people? Pray that China will make a positive influence on N. Korea and will follow through on its promise to S. Korea.

- "But as for you, you thought evil against me; but God meant it for good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive." (Genesis 50:20)

6. UN report confirms: Iran halted nuke work in November - Ynet News

Iran temporarily halted lower-level uranium enrichment work earlier this month, a UN nuclear watchdog report said, after Western diplomats said Tehran's nuclear program was suffering technical problems.

- Father God, Your hand has come down strong against Iran's nuclear program, and will be held under close scrutiny from this day forth. The Lord is over all and nothing but His will can prevail. In Jesus Name.

- Until you learn and know and recognize that the Most High God rules the kingdom of mankind and gives it to whomever He will. (Daniel 4:25b)

The Middle East in Focus

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

"You will perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which You have sworn unto our fathers from the days of old." (Micah 7:20)

1. Israel could strike Iran without US help: WikiLeaks - AFP

The United States has told France that Israel could strike Iran without US military support but the operation might not be successful, according to a leaked document published on the WikiLeaks website.

2. State officials: US-Israel freeze talks deadlocked - Ynet News

Recent talks between Israel and the Unites States have indicated that the sides are close to reaching a conclusive draft on a guarantees document, which will give Israel US assurances in return for a three-month extension on the settlement building freeze.

3. Mashaal calls for armed 'resistance' in West Bank - Jerusalem Post

Hamas leader in Damascus Khaled Mashaal called for West Bank Palestinians to excercise armed "resistance" against Israel, at a conference in Damascus on Saturday, Reuters reported.

4. Iran offers to protect Lebanon and Hezbollah defense needs - Ha'aretz

Iran is prepared to cover the defense needs of both Lebanon and the anti-Israel Hezbollah movement, the ISNA news agency reported on Sunday.

5. Fatah: No to Israel as Jewish state, no land swaps - Jerusalem Post

The Fatah Revolutionary Council concluded its fifth convention in Ramallah over the weekend by declaring its refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

IPT Terror Alert #1

(From The Investigative Project)

Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani Found Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara announced that Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani was found guilty today for his role in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that took the lives of 224 people, including 12 Americans. Ghailani, 36, a Tanzanian national, and the first detainee held at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba to be tried in a civilian court, was found guilty of conspiring to destroy property and buildings of the United States, following a five week trial before U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan. Ghailani faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life on this count. Ghailani was acquitted of the remaining counts against him. (Dept. of Justice)

IPT Terror Alert #2

(From The Investigative Project)

U.S. Nuclear Plants Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks, Analysts Say

U.S. computer systems that run energy, water, nuclear and manufacturing plants are vulnerable to computer worms similar to one that infected an Iranian nuclear power facility, cyber-security analysts told a Senate panel today. The Stuxnet malicious software, which was discovered in June, appears to have been designed professionally and took advantage of four previously unknown security breaches of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows software to infiltrate computers, the analysts said. "We are extremely susceptible," said Michael Assante, president of the National Board of Information Security Examiners of the United States Inc., a security certification organization in Idaho Falls, Idaho. "You're talking about a very well-resourced and structured adversary." Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joseph Lieberman and Susan Collins, the panel's ranking Republican, said they convened today's hearing in Washington to show the continuing concerns they have over U.S. safeguards for critical facilities. (Bloomberg)

IPT Terror Alert #3

(From The Investigative Project)

'One of a kind' Stuxnet worm remains a serious mystery

Industry and government security experts testifying Wednesday called the Stuxnet worm a wake-up call for critical infrastructure security because of its ability to manipulate control systems for physical industrial processes. "Stuxnet is one of a kind," said Sean McGurk, acting director of the Homeland Security Department's National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, which did some of the early analysis of the malicious code. "It is a game changer." He spoke at a hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. (Government Computer News)

IPT Terror Alert #4

(From The Investigative Project)

DHS intel reports way too slow, local officials say

The Department of Homeland Security is so slow getting intelligence bulletins to state and local police "fusion centers" that they are nearly worthless, according to an internal audit released on Monday. The bulletins, called Homeland Intelligence Reports, or HIRs, are "used to share information quickly with state and local personnel on suspicious activities prior to being fully vetted," the inspector general's report explained. But in the first three months of 2010 alone, it said, 144 HIRs produced by DHS's intelligence and analysis wing were overdue, with "93 . . . more than 90 days behind schedule." DHS spokeswoman Amy Kudwa said the intelligence and analysis office "has efforts underway to address the OIG's recommendations." (Washington Post)

IPT Terror Alert #5

(From The Investigative Project)

Local prosecutors warn TSA agents not to be sexual with pat downs

As nearly 2 million holiday travelers pack Bay Area airports starting Friday, local prosecutors have a warning for overzealous security agents performing the new federal pat-down: touch passengers the wrong way, and we'll throw you in jail. Unsuspecting families and rookie travelers using San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland international airports this Thanksgiving might not know about the Internet catchphrase "don't touch my junk" or the Transportation Security Administration's more invasive searches. But by the end of next week, they might know a little too much about them. Although authorities in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties said they have not received any criminal complaints since the procedures began earlier this month, the searches can involve touching of the genital and breast areas, which critics say is akin to sexual assault. (San Jose Mercury News)

The Good News Corner

"First of its Kind" Museum of American Jewish History Draws People from Around the World

[Editor's note: Hanukkah begins this Wednesday, December 1st. How appropriate to honor men and women of the Jewish faith with this posting, and this news, today!]

(Philadelphia, Pa.)-A "spectacular" dedication of the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) drew more than 1,000 people from all over the world last week to the Independence Mall in Philadelphia.

As reported in Israel National News, the 100,000-square-foot museum, located near Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center and directly across from the Liberty Bell, will be exclusively dedicated to exhibiting and interpreting the vibrant legacy of American Jews, spanning more than 350 years from the arrival of the first Jewish community in 1654 to the present.

Among the treasures featured at the museum are an 1862 Confederate $2 bill with a portrait of Judah P. Benjamin, the Confederacy's Secretary of State, a handwritten copy of "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus, and the nameplate from the chair of Supreme Court Justice, Louis D. Brandeis.

"American Jews are experiencing perhaps the greatest freedoms we've enjoyed in Judaism's long, multi-thousand year history. These freedoms come directly from our nation's foundational documents, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, which were forged on the scared ground of Independence Mall. It is, therefore, compellingly appropriate that the National Museum of American Jewish History is located on the Mall, the very birthplace of American liberty", declared Michael Rosenzweig, the president and CEO of the NMAJH at the opening.
Source: Fern Sidman - Israel National News
Reported by; Breaking Christian News

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"Eagles Wings" by Hillsong

"Come live in me, all my life take over. Come breathe in me, and I will rise on eagles' wings."

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

CHPP Daily Brief - November 24, 2010

In This Issue
• Special Report: North Korea
• The Daily Brief
• The Middle East in Focus
• The Daily Jot
• China, Russia quit dollar
• Another Pastor on Trial
• The Good News Corner
• George Washington's Proclamation
• Worship with Us Today!

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The Daily Brief - Wednesday, November 24, 2010

"Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations." (Psalm 100:4,5)

Happy Thanksgiving!


We will now stand down for the rest of this four-day weekend, in order to enjoy this Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.

We wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving as you, too, gather around your own dinner tables to give thanks to the Lord for His bountiful blessings upon all of us.

Our next alert will be published next Monday, November 29.

In His Grace,

Sara Ballenger and the ministry team
Capitol Hill Prayer Partners

Special Report: North Korea

1. Mullen: North Korean Attack Tied to Leadership Succession
2. U.S. Sends Aircraft Carrier for Joint Exercises With South Korea
3. Key to Restraining North Korea? U.S. Officials Say it's China
4. World edgy on Korea, Russia sees "colossal danger"
5. N.Korea enrichment "worst nightmare" for U.S. intel
6. Events That Led Up to Today's Crisis

1. Mullen: North Korean Attack Tied to Leadership Succession - Fox News

North Korea's attack on a South Korean island appears to be tied to the leadership succession, a top U.S. military official said Wednesday, as the elderly and frail Kim Jong Il prepares to hand control of his regime to his son. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in an interview on "The View" that Kim is generating these kinds of high-profile and dangerous confrontations to coincide with the ascension of his 27-year-old son to power.

Mullen said the United States is working with its South Korean and Japanese allies and also looking to China to exert its influence. The State Department said Wednesday that the administration wants China to restrain the North from further provocative acts. Spokesman P.J. Crowley, calling China "pivotal," said U.S. diplomats sent the message to Chinese officials in Washington and Beijing that the country has to make clear to Pyongyang that its actions are not acceptable. Read more.

- We trust that all of our CHPP Prayer Warriors understand the dynamics of generational curses. Using the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, and applying the Blood of the Lamb, sever the ties between "father and son" in North Korea, setting captives free.

- "But the LORD is righteous; he has cut me free from the cords of the wicked." (Psalm 129:4)

2. U.S. Sends Aircraft Carrier for Joint Exercises With South Korea After Deadly Attack - Fox News

A U.S. aircraft carrier strike group set off for Korean waters Wednesday after President Obama pledged America would stand "shoulder to shoulder" with South Korea and stage joint military exercises in response to what the White House branded a provocative, outrageous attack by North Korea on its neighbor.

Obama called South Korean President Lee Myung-bak Tuesday night, saying the U.S. would work with the international community to strongly condemn the attack that killed the two South Koreans and injured many more. The White House said the two presidents agreed to hold combined military exercises and enhanced training in the days ahead to continue the close security cooperation between the two countries.

The nuclear-powered USS George Washington carrier strike group, which carries 75 warplanes and has a crew of over 6,000, left a naval base south of Tokyo and will join exercises with South Korea from Sunday to the following Wednesday, U.S. officials in Seoul told Reuters. "This exercise is defensive in nature," U.S. Forces Korea said in a statement. "While planned well before yesterday's unprovoked artillery attack, it demonstrates the strength of the ROK (South Korea)-U.S. alliance and our commitment to regional stability through deterrence." Read more.

- Just as our nation is now joining our allies in South Korea in bringing together a "show of force" against the aggressive actions of North Korea, we, too, must demonstrate a true "show of force" where it really counts -- confronting and tearing down the principalities and the powers that are fomenting this evil work through the leaders of North Korea. Take up the Sword of the Spirit, bind the spirit of insanity that afflicts NK President Kim Jong Il, and ask God to set this captive free, in Jesus' name. His Word does not return void!

- "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds . . ." (2 Corinthians 10:4)

3. Key to Restraining North Korea? U.S. Officials Say it's China - CNN

Pressure from China would be key to getting North Korea to change its behavior, the top U.S. military official said Wednesday. "I believe that it's really important that Beijing lead here," Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in an interview to air Sunday on CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS." He added, "I've believed for some time that probably the country that can influence North Korea the most is clearly China."

China, Mullen said, has much at stake in stopping North Korea's leader Kim Jong Il from taking more provocative actions. "It destabilizes the region, and China has as much to lose as anybody in that region with the continuation of this kind of behavior and what the potential might be," he said. Read more.

- It seems to be a sad state of affairs when the United States, in attempting to stand "shoulder to shoulder" with our South Korean ally in this region, needs to turn to the largest Communist regime on earth to make this happen. Pray for great wisdom for all in the Obama administration as they seek to resolve this crisis. Pray that each one will "give up" on trying to figure this out for himself, but will instead yield to the One who holds All Authority in His Hand . . . and all wisdom, too.

- "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye." (Psalm 32:8)

4. World edgy on Korea, Russia sees "colossal danger" - Reuters

Major powers expressed concern or alarm at North Korea's shelling of a South Korean island on Monday.

- God, hold back the evil powers working in North Korea. May they never see victory but only defeat. Call out the people who will turn from their wicked way unto the living God and save them from destruction that is sure to come upon those who turn away from God to serve the forces of darkness. In Jesus Name.

- "Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungobly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him." (Jude 14-15)

5. N.Korea enrichment "worst nightmare" for U.S. intel - Reuters

North Korea's surprise disclosure of an ultra-modern uranium enrichment facility is raising fresh questions about the ability of U.S. intelligence to penetrate one of the world's most reclusive states.

- God, walk among those in the United States intelligence groups and impart divine strategies and wisdom that can come from You only. Bring the hidden out of the darkness that nothing go off the radar screen. Reveal what is going on. In Jesus Name.

- "For promotion comes neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: He puts down one, and sets up another." (Psalm 75:6-7)

6. Events That Led Up to Today's Crisis - CHPP

North Korea: Timeline 2010

26 March: South Korean warship, Cheonan, sinks, killing 46 sailors
20 May: Panel says a North Korean torpedo sank the ship; Pyongyang denies involvement
July-September: South Korea and US hold military exercises; US places more sanctions on Pyongyang
29 September: North holds rare party congress seen as part of father-to-son succession move
29 October: Troops from North and South Korea exchange fire across the land border
12 November: North Korea shows US scientist new - undeclared - uranium enrichment facility

- Pray that God's perfect will be done now in and for the people of North Korea: love, joy, peace, comfort, salvation . . .

- "Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven . . ." (Matt. 6:10)

The Daily Brief

1. US Intelligence Declares START Treaty Unverifiable
2. Americans want 'Israeli' airport security
3. CALM IN THE STORM: Scanner Protest Fails to Take Off
4. India Hindu Militants Attack Punjab Church
5. Obama's UN Officials Silent on Nine Anti-Israel Resolutions

1. US Intelligence Declares START Treaty Unverifiable - Washington Times

With Obama rushing to push through the START treaty before the Senate becomes decisively more Republican on January first, more and more information is leaking out showing the treaty as bad for the United States. Eli Lake of the Washington Times has discovered that Senator Christopher Bond of Missouri is now opposing ratification because of a classified intelligence report stating that Russian compliance with the treaty elements is unverifiable and that Moscow is manipulating the treaty to prevent the U.S. from expanding missile defenses. Read more.

- Father God, we speak death and utter defeat to this START Treaty. Nullify, cancel and scatter those who are attempting to push this forward. Break their grip that they cannot hold it together and cause it to fall from their hands as though trying to hold to a cloud. In Jesus Name.

- "Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine." (Job 17:5)

2. Americans want 'Israeli' airport security - Ynet News

A debate over just that issue has been running at full steam over the past few days due to profound public criticism of invasive security techniques which include a full body search and pat down in intimate areas.

- Father, give American security practices top-rated techniques that will do the most efficient job without being offensive. Impart to them godly wisdom today so it can be implemented speedily. In Jesus Name.

- "At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel." (Isaiah 17:7)

3. CALM IN THE STORM: Scanner Protest Fails to Take Off - Fox News

Lines move smoothly at airports around the country despite an Internet campaign to get Thanksgiving travelers to gum up the works on one of the busiest days of the year by refusing full-body scans.

- As time goes on, our people will probably find more effective ways to protest this sudden violation of our civil liberties, but in the meantime, let's offer our own prayer of Thanksgiving that, today, America's airports are calm. With 42 million travelers on the road and/or in the air today (or by train), please continue to intercede for journeying mercies for all.

- " . . . if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 18:19)

4. India Hindu Militants Attack Punjab Church - Worthy News

A major evangelical group has urged the government of India's Punjab state to protect minority Christians after Hindu militants allegedly attacked a church and injured at least one Christian, Worthy News has learned.

- Father, call forth angels from heaven to stand guard over these Christians that they may become stronger and their testimony more powerful as the Word of God breaks the grip of Hinduism off the people in India's Punjab state. Save their souls that they see in vision the power of Jesus and repent of their sins and turn to God. In Jesus Name.

- "Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." (II Corinthians 3:17)

5. Obama's UN Officials Silent on Nine Anti-Israel Resolutions - Israel National News

The United Nations Human Rights Council this month adopted nine resolutions against Israel. The United States opposed nothing. The Council, engaged in a "universal periodic review" of human rights protection in Lebanon, was examining a report by that country which expressed its objections to "the establishment of the Zionist entity on Palestinian territory."

- God, all of this rhetoric is man's senseless words which have no influence or affect on Israel. The Lord God in heaven holds Israel in the hollow of His hands in complete safety and protection from the world views and any attempts to destroy Israel. May Israel bend their knees to God Almighty in repentance and turn to Him with all their heart, mind, soul, body and spirit. In Jesus Name.

- "And the God that has caused His Name to dwell in Jerusalem destroy all kings and people that shall put to their hand to alter and to destroy this house of God which is at Jerusalem." (Ezra 6:12)

The Middle East in Focus

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

" . . . and the kingdom shall be LORD's." (Obadiah 1:21b)

1. Palestinians, Syria Criticize Israeli Land Bill - VOA News

Palestinian and Syrian officials are criticizing a new bill passed by Israel's parliament that would make it difficult for Israel to withdraw from the captured territories of East Jerusalem or the Golan Heights.

2. Israel to PA: Reject 'findings' on claims to Kotel - Jerusalem Post

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's spokesman Mark Regev called on the Palestinian leadership Tuesday to publicly disassociate itself from the Palestinian Authority "study" denying Jewish claims to the Western Wall, saying "this is not the sort of statement to be expected from a partner in peace."

3. Netanyahu has no choice but to freeze East Jerusalem building - Ha'aretz

"There is no way we will give Bibi [Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu] a license to build in East Jerusalem," the American official said with unconcealed anger. "Our letter will not mention, or even hint at, the explicit word 'Jerusalem.'"

4. US letter on freeze deal has been completed, 'Post' learns - Jerusalem Post

The parties have finalized the text for the US letter to Israel concerning the terms of a renewed settlement freeze, according to Middle East expert David Makovsky.

The Daily Jot

The Prophetic implications of the waking giant of militant China

On November 9 there was a mysterious contrail off the coast of California. The federal government denied that it was a missile contrail, but could not give any details as to what caused the inexplicable event that was caught on film. Since then, there are military experts who speculate that it was a missile launched from a stealth Chinese submarine intended to send the United States a message. Nobody in the government is refuting this theory. The silence is almost deafening. What is not being said is that America's foremost trading partner is an enemy. And the message is: America, we hold nearly a trillion dollars of your debt. Do not mistake our investments as acceptance of an ally.

Each year the Congress requires the Pentagon to give a military assessment of China. It is strongly evident that over the decade since the report is annually issued, there is a direct correlation between the US trade deficit with China and the Chinese military build up. For example, the US-Chinese trade deficit in 2006 was around $350 billion. The Chinese military expenditures estimated by the Pentagon in 2006 were around $125 billion. The Chinese could not build their military at such a pace without the US as a trading partner. The reports have become increasingly concerned with the technology advances China is making, especially for computer espionage and unmanned military drones.

The latest report of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission says missiles fired from the Chinese mainland could destroy five of the six major US air bases in the Far East, adding opposite Taiwan, China's missile force has reached 1,600. The report says that Beijing is also building rockets, submarines and surface fleets to extend her dominance out to the third chain of islands, enabling the People's Liberation Army to strike US carriers and bases as far away as Guam. China also has been at odds with the US over currency. China refuses to benchmark its currency off the world standards. Instead, China is warning that the US is causing a worldwide economic meltdown.

Revelation 9 speaks of the sixth trumpet which loosed the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates that would slay a third part of men. Verse 16 says, "And the number of the army of the horsemen where two hundred thousand thousand." That is 200 million. The drying up of the Euphrates would allow the assembly of armies from Iran, China, Russia, Turkey, Korea and all the places of the East. Standing armies in those places total about 18 million, but their populations could easily conscript 200 million. And today we have North Korea attacking South Korea and China mum on the subject while China is sending messages to America that she intends to contest the global currency and western military.

Bill Wilson
Word of Life Ministry

China, Russia quit dollar

Reported by China Daily

St. Petersburg, Russia - China and Russia have decided to renounce the US dollar and resort to using their own currencies for bilateral trade, Premier Wen Jiabao and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin announced late on Tuesday.

Chinese experts said the move reflected closer relations between Beijing and Moscow and is not aimed at challenging the dollar, but to protect their domestic economies.

"About trade settlement, we have decided to use our own currencies," Putin said at a joint news conference with Wen in St. Petersburg.

The two countries were accustomed to using other currencies, especially the dollar, for bilateral trade. Since the financial crisis, however, high-ranking officials on both sides began to explore other possibilities.

The yuan has now started trading against the Russian rouble in the Chinese interbank market, while the renminbi will soon be allowed to trade against the rouble in Russia, Putin said.

"That has forged an important step in bilateral trade and it is a result of the consolidated financial systems of world countries," Putin said.

Read more.

- Are we within days or weeks or months of the full change over . . . our "Rubles" (our American dollars) worth nothing? If you have money to pay off your property or someone else's property, is now the time to move ahead immediately? Will it be after the "holiday shopping" ends?

Urgent in that light to know this . . . for yourself . . . only days left to get that paid off in dollars-- perhaps.

- Also in light of ths report today, ask the LORD to give you wisdom for your own household in the days ahead. He will be faithful to take you by the hand and to show you the way to go . . . Amen.

- "Should evil come upon us, the sword, or judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before You (for Your name is in this house) and cry to You in our distress, and You will hear and deliver us." (II Chronicles 20:9)

Another Pastor on Trial

Pastor on trial for witnessing to Moslems

A pastor in Wichita, Kansas, headed to court on Friday to defend himself against charges involving his efforts to witness for Christ outside a cult mosque.

Pastor Mark Holick says the incident in late August occurred as members of the Islamic Society of Wichita were marking the holy month of Ramadan. Police were called when Islamists witnessed Holick and 13 others handing out packets that included the Gospel of John, the Book of Romans in English and Arabic, and a DVD with testimonies of former Muslims who have converted to Christianity.

Holick claims he was basically ignored by the arresting officer. "I asked him, 'What am I being charged with?' -- and he wouldn't answer me," the pastor tells OneNewsNow. "And I asked him a second time and I asked him a third time . . . and neither time would he even respond to me."

The Kansas pastor, who was ultimately charged with loitering and failure to disperse, is no stranger to controversy. In 2009 he won a $10,000 judgment after the City of Wichita admitted it had violated his civil rights when he was arrested for witnessing on a public city sidewalk during a homosexual event at a nearby park.

"It's really good for Christians to see what has really happened to our court system," he shares, "because if you haven't gone through it before, you really have no idea what it has become. But I think it's going to be good at trial, regardless of the verdict."

Holick, pastor at Spirit One Christian Center, defended himself before the Sedgwick County Municipal Court. (OneNewsNow)

- "For it is written, As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God." (Romans 14:11)

- "That at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2:10-11)

The Good News Corner

Healing Miracle in Racine, Wisconsin, this past week

[Note: This is a real story. It just happened in the Racine Assembly of God this past week. Submitted by one of our prayer partners in Racine.]

On Sunday Nov 14th the Pastor and congregation prayed for Sammy, 10 years old, who was scheduled to have open heart surgery the following Tuesday, Nov 16th.

The Doctors had said he would be in ICU for at least 3 days and in the hospital for 3 weeks, maybe longer. Sammy insisted that he needed to be baptized prior to the surgery.

Since the baptismal in the sanctuary is presently covered up with the Singing Christmas Tree pagaent props the Children's pastor did the next best thing.

She brought in a wading pool from her home and filled it to do the baptism on the platform of Childrens Church.

Both Sammy and his twin brother Benny were baptized.

As he came up out of the water Sammy told his mom later that "his heart felt hot".

When they went for the scans to make sure where to make the cuts for this complicated procedure the Doctors said "there is nothing wrong, it's like he has a new heart".

Sammy says he can breathe and move - it's like he has "a new life".

When the family came back in front of the congregation this past Sunday Nov 21 the we were wild with excitement to hear the news.

The mother further shared that when the twins were born there were complications and she was told they would not live more than 24 hours.

But God has a big plan for these brothers and this family. Giving God praise in Racine.
-- Donna T. in Racine, Wisconsin


George Washington's Proclamation

Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789

President George Washington

WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLIC THANKSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"

NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed;- for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish Constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;- for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;- and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also, that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; - to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us); and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.

(signed) G. Washington

Source: The Massachusetts Centinel, Wednesday, October 14, 1789

(Source: National Day of Prayer)

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Thanksgiving Medley

Beautiful Thanksgiving Medley with lyrics.
We gather together
to ask the Lord's blessing,
He chastens and hastens
His will to make known.

The wicked oppressing
now cease from distressing
Sing praises to His Name
He forgets not His own

Beside us to guide us,
Our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining
His kingdom divine;

So from the beginning
The fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, wast at our side;
All glory be Thine!


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

CHPP Daily Brief - November 23, 2011

In This Issue
• The Daily Brief
• The Middle East in Focus
• The Daily Jot
• The Act of Being Thankful
• The Good News Corner
• Worship with Us Today!

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The Daily Brief - Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His Name, for the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations." (Psalm 100: 4,5)

The Daily Brief

1. A) North Korea Fires at South - Fox News

North Korea shoots dozens of rounds of artillery onto a populated South Korean island, military officials say, setting buildings on fire and causing injuries; South Korea returns fire and scrambles fighter jets

B) S. Korea Could Seek Deployment of US Tactical Nuclear Weapons - VOA News

South Korea's defense minister says his country may consider having U.S. tactical nuclear weapons deployed on its soil for the first time in 19 years.

__Father we pray against the plans of the enemy and ask that You cover South Korea with Your protection. We ask that all of Your enemies be put to flight!

- "Rise up, O Lord! Let Your enemies be scattered, and let those who hate You flee before You." (Numbers 10:35)

2. Sec. Clinton: Nuclear Arms Reduction Treaty a matter of LIFE-or-DEATH - AP

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Senate ratification of a nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia should be beyond politics." Clinton spoke on U.S. television Sunday from Lisbon, Portugal, where she attended a NATO summit. She said the treaty is a life-or-death issue, rather than a political one. And she said the questions that skeptical Republicans in the U.S. Senate are asking about the treaty deserve thoughtful answers.

On Saturday during the NATO summit, the European Union and Russia urged the United States to ratify the treaty, known as START. The treaty has received strong support from NATO partners, top military officials and former administration officials. But some Republican senators are reluctant to approve the deal, which would cut the nations' nuclear stockpile by about 30 percent.

U.S. President Barack Obama said Saturday that ratifying the treaty is a "national security imperative" that cannot be delayed. He called on the Senate for quick passage of the deal. Ratification requires support from 67 of the Senate's 100 members.

Senator Jon Kyl, the chief Republican negotiator on the issue, has resisted the president's efforts to hold the vote before the new Congress takes office in January with a stronger Republican presence. Kyl has voiced concerns that the new START treaty would harm U.S. missile defense efforts.

__Let no treaty be signed that is not in the best interests of the safety of the United States!

- "Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield." (Psalm 33:20)

3. Al-Qaeda Releases New "Inspire" Magazine - New America Foundation

In the latest edition of its English-language, online magazine, Inspire, released early Sunday, the group said its attempt to bomb two U.S.-bound cargo planes last month cost only $4,200 to mount.

The al-Qaida branch wrote that the operation was intended to disrupt global air cargo systems and reflected a new strategy of low-cost attacks designed to inflict broad economic damage. The group said its main objective is not to maximize civilian casualties, but to threaten the aviation industry, which it described as "vital" for trade and transport between the U.S. and Europe.

In the new issue of Inspire, al-Qaida unveiled what it described as its "strategy of a thousand cuts" that will "bleed the enemy to death."

__ Father we thank You that thus far every major plan of Al-Qaeda has been thwarted. We pray that You will continue to dispel all of their plans, and we apply Your Blood against their hatred.

"The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth." (Psalm 34:16)

4. Hedge Funds Raided in Probe - Wall Street Journal

A three-year insider-trading investigation shifted into high gear Monday as government agents raided the offices of three large hedge funds, sending shock waves through the financial world.

__Lord we take authority over the spirit of greed in America, bind it, and pray that You will forgive and heal our financial institutions. We ask that all plans of the government to "fix" the banking industry be sifted through Your wisdom and understanding before implementation.

- "You have forgiven the iniquity of Your people; You have covered all their sin. You have taken away all Your wrath; You have turned from the fierceness of Your anger." (Psalm 85:2,3)

5. Ground Zero Mosque Seeks $5 Million from 9/11 NYC Fund - UK Telegraph

The developers of an Islamic community centre and mosque near Ground Zero in New York have applied for millions of dollars in public money from a post-September 11 reconstruction fund.

__Lord we pray that this plan will be denied. Let no tax payer money be spent on the Ground-Zero Mosque, (or any other Mosque).

- "Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men;" (Psalm 140:1)

6. Assembly Pushes to Oust Iran President - Fox News

Iran's parliament revealed it planned to impeach President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad but refrained under orders from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, exposing a deepening division within the regime.

__Father we thank You for this apparent uprising and division in the ranks of the fanatic government of Iran. We pray that the split will widen, and the rational, wise people will be brought into power for that nation.

- "Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall." (Proverbs 16:18)

7. Air Force Launches Massive, Secret Spy Satellite - CBS News

A powerful Delta 4 rocket roared to life and climbed away from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Sunday evening on a high-priority mission to boost a National Reconnaissance Office spy satellite into orbit.

- We find it interesting that this secret spy satellite is being reported on CBS News . . . pray for greater wisdom for those in authority, and that this new satellite would be used for the good of our people. Pray!

- "If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you." (James 1:5)

8. Top banks face $100 billion Basel shortfall: report - Reuters

The new Basel III banking rules will leave the biggest U.S. banks short of between $100 billion and $150 billion in equity capital, with 90 per cent of the shortfall concentrated in the top six banks, the Financial Times said, citing research from Barclays Capital.

- As we walk thruogh the wilderness times that lie ahead, offer thanks unto the LORD for His keeping power over all of His people, even in the midst of severe affliction.

- "The Israelites ate manna for forty years, until they came to a habitable land." (Exodus 16:35)

The Middle East in Focus

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

" . . . and the kingdom shall be LORD's." (Obadiah 1:21b)

1. Abbas eyes UN appeal for independent state as peace talks stall - Ha'aretz

Palestinian leaders will meet in the coming days to form a back-up plan in case talks with Israel fall through, a West Bank official said Sunday.

2.Jews have no right to Western Wall, PA 'study' says - Jerusalem Post

The Western Wall belongs to Muslims and is an integral part of Al-Aksa Mosque and Haram al-Sharif (the Islamic term for the Temple Mount complex, meaning the Noble Sanctuary), according to an official paper published on Monday by the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Information in Ramallah.

3. Referendum bill passes Knesset vote - Ynet News

After many hours of debates and political drama the Knesset approved in second and third readings the referendum law which requires a public majority and the votes of 60 Knesset members ahead of any withdrawal from the Golan Heights or east Jerusalem. Sixty-five MKs voted in favor of the bill and 33 opposed.

4. 'Evidence links Hizbullah to 2005 Hariri assassination' - Jerusalem Post

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC) published a report on Sunday night implicating Hizbullah in the 2005 murder of Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri, with what is portrayed by the publishers as clear evidence.

The Daily Jot

North Korean aggression thanks to US President

Thanks to President Bill Clinton we are now seeing North Korea attack South Korea. In 1994, Clinton authorized two light-water nuclear reactors worth over $4.5 billion to be shipped to North Korea in addition to grain and over half a million tons of fuel oil a year. In return, Clinton received assurances that the technology would not be used to build nuclear weapons. The food somehow disappeared in North Korean military trucks, exacerbating the famine. The fuel went to government use. Newsweek reported in 1999 that Secretary of State Madeline Albright said the administration was trying to resolve concerns with North Korea regarding "suspicious underground construction activities and long-range missile programs."

Now the United States has a possible nuclear threat in Asia because of a president who scuttled the doctrine of deterrence to a theory that if everyone had nuclear weapons, nobody would use them. North Korea recently disclosed that it was operating another uranium enrichment program. Over the years, it has been reported that North Korea, China and Russia have been assisting Iran in building nuclear weapons and the missile systems to deliver them. North Korean scientists have been documented at Iranian nuclear facilities. Giving up nuclear technology to the North Koreans assisted all the evil-doers in the region to advance their destructive intentions.

The US was duped in 1991 into removing the tactical nuclear weapons it had stationed in South Korea as part of an agreement with North Korea to "denuclearitize" the North Korean peninsula. Now the South Koreans are sending diplomatic signals that perhaps the nukes need to be redeployed to deter an aggressive North Korea. The White House has issued a statement saying, "The United States strongly condemns this attack and calls on North Korea to halt its belligerent action." The White House also said, "The United States is firmly committed to the defense of our ally, the Republic of Korea, and to the maintenance of regional peace and stability."

The attack is likely to put more pressure on the US-China relationship, which is already deteriorating due to differences over China's refusal to adjust its currency to the world market. It is suspected by military experts, however denied by the White House, that China sent a warning to the US by firing a missile from a submarine off the California coast several days ago. China did not take sides in the North Korean dispute, saying only that the two sides should "do more to contribute to peace and stability in the region." Jesus said in Matthew 24:6, "And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet." Watch and pray.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day
Bill Wilson
The Daily Jot

The Act of Being Thankful

There is simply no way to write today without having a thankful heart. No matter how many frustrations or obstacles we may face, no matter how much our hearts may break, a thankful heart will produce joy, peace, love and hope.

The first time I ever went on an overseas trip my myself, I was gone for 3 weeks. It took me several days to get my bearings in a strange land, and even then it was not home. By the time I came back to the states, I was fully grateful for my country. I actually kissed the wall at the Los Angeles airport! (Now days someone would probably have me put in jail for being crazy.) But my experiences overseas gave me a great love for America, because of the blessings and freedom we have here. So many people are not so fortunate!

In whatever country we live, we face things that make us angry or frustrated. Governments do things that make us wonder if they lost their minds. Circumstances in our personal lives seem to defeat what we think should happen. But in all of it, we must never lose sight of the blessings of God in our lives. God is still on the Throne. Man cannot defeat Him. Man cannot manipulate Him. Man cannot steal one moment of eternity, or change one element of God's plan. Our own weaknesses might seem to slow things down, but if we are thankful to God for His love, nothing, absolutely nothing can destroy us.

So this week, let's light those fires of peace, hope, joy, and love in our hearts. With thanksgiving flowing out of our lips, let's walk onward in spite of the obstacles. Let's take those obstacles and make them steppingstones instead of tombstones. Know that the God of the Universe is on our side and will never let anything come between us and Him. We are chosen, blessed,and deeply, deeply beloved. Who could possibly ask for more than that?

Pastor Faye Higbee
Post Falls, Idaho

The Good News Corner

Christian Giving Holds Steady During Recession, Up For Adoption, Orphan Care

The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) has announced that charitable contributions to its members on average varied little over the past two years.

Donations to the 1,148 ECFA members -- totaling $12.10 billion in 2009, declined only 0.1 percent from pre-recession levels.

Of particular interest in the report is the increased attention to child-related ministries. Donations to child sponsorship, orphan care, adoption and children's homes experienced significant increases.
Dan Busby, ECFA president, said this trend is very significant.

" . . . This segment of the giving world was resilient and maintained itself during a difficult economic time," Busby said. "Our report suggests a strong commitment of givers to the Christian faith and the generosity of God's people."


Read the ECFA Report.
(Reported by: CitizenLink)

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Above All - Michael W Smith

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