Friday, January 21, 2011

CHPP Daily Brief - January 21, 2011

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• The Daily Brief
• The Middle East in Focus
• The Daily Jot
• The Good News Corner
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The Daily Brief - Friday, January 21, 2011

"This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live." (Deuteronomy 30:19)

The Daily Brief

1. Three Democratic Senators Encourage Repeal of Health Care Reporting Requirement - Fox News

Three Senate Democrats say they'd be supportive of House-passed legislation that repeals the requirement for businesses to comply with a burdensome reporting provision in the new health care law. Sens. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Maria Cantwell of Washington and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota wrote House Speaker John Boehner Thursday, telling him the Senate would move quickly if the House passed a bill to repeal the provision that requires nearly 40 million U.S. businesses to file tax forms for every vendor that sells them more than $600 in goods. The 1099 provision, as it's called, is scheduled to start in 2012 and is expected to raise $19 billion over the next decade in order to fund the $1 trillion, 10-year health care law that is the signature achievement of the Obama administration.

- Offer praise that, in two short weeks, we have already seen light turning back the darkness on Capitol Hill. The health care law included MANY provisions that were egregious, if not actually violating the Laws of God. Undergird these three brave Democrats who are now supporting the repeal of this provision of Obamacare; and pray that the momentum now growing on Capitol Hill to see this health care bill completely repealed will continue to grown until it has become history.

- " . . . he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." (Phil. 1:6)

2. Obama to Deliver State of the Union Address Next Tuesday - Fox News

Will Get Second Chance to Stress Jobs Focus

Obama declared in his last State of the Union address that jobs would be his "number one focus" in 2010. Consider this year's address Take 2. The question is how effective Obama will be in convincing the public he's laser-focused on the issue this time. . .

The pressure is on as the president tries to burnish his new image as a pragmatic, reach-across-the-aisle, business-friendly centrist. It's the style of leadership he's endeavored to project since his party got trounced in the midterm congressional elections. He showed it during the lame-duck session; he showed it again during his address last week honoring the victims of the Tucson shooting.
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- Can a leopard change its spots? Pray for the American people to have great discernment as they listen to this address next week. Pray!

- . . . then they would say to him, "Say now, 'Shibboleth.'" But he said, "Sibboleth," for he could not pronounce it correctly. . . (Judges 12:6)

3. Hu urges US to ease high-tech exports to China - AFP

President Hu Jintao urged the United States to ease restrictions on high-tech exports to China after Beijing and Washington signed $45 billion in trade deals during his US visit.

- Pray that only those deals that will bring forth blessings for our people and a strengthened economy will, indeed, come to pass; and that all others will turn to dust.

- "In whose hands is a sinister scheme, And whose right hand is full of bribes, But as for me, I will walk in my integrity; Redeem me and be merciful to me." (Ps. 26 v 10,11)

4. Cheers Bring Tears to Giffords' Eyes - Fox News

Less than two weeks after she was shot in the head by a deranged gunman, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords left an Arizona hospital Friday to begin treatment at a Houston rehabilitation facility, entering a new phase in her recovery. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' eyes teared up as she heard cheering crowds when she was transported from her Tucson hospital to a Houston rehab facility nearly two weeks after being shot in the head during a meet and greet.

- Our prayers are being answered. May she go forth as His child.

- "She will not die, but live and declare the works of the Lord." (Psalm 118:17)

5. Feds Arrest More Than 120 in New York Area Mob Takedown - AOL News

More than 120 organized crime associates face charges including murder, extortion and narcotics trafficking in one of the largest Mafia crackdowns in FBI history, prosecutors announced Thursday.


- "For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, Whether good or evil." (Ecc. 12:14)

6. Wheat, Corn Prices Gain on Weather Worries - ABC News

Wheat and corn prices rose Tuesday as bad weather renewed concerns about global supplies.

- Father, we trust You to give us bread and corn sufficient for our needs. We look to Your outstretched arm to supply our food and water. You are in total control of the weather that brings the rain needed to grow crops. Therefore, we put our total trust in You to give us jobs and provision so we are protected and sustained by Your mighty hand. In Jesus Name.

- "The fear of man brings a snare: but whoso puts his trust in the Lord shall be safe." (Proverbs 29:25)

7. Iran Christians Urge Prayers Amid Massive Arrests - Worthy News

Iranian Christians requested prayers Sunday, January 16, amid a new wave of arrests of Christian converts, many of them former Muslims.

- Father, we do pray for the Iranian Christians who have found Jesus as their personal Savior. Put a veil of Your blood over them to protect them from harm. Open their mouths to declare the gospel to their persecutors and draw them into the truth of salvation of their souls through the blood of Jesus. In Jesus Name we pray.

- "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish , but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)

8. Egypt to Execute Muslim in Killings Christians - Worthy News

A Muslim men was awaiting execution Monday, January 17, after a court in Egypt sentenced him to death for his alleged involvement in the January 2010 killings of six Coptic Christians following Christmas mass.

- Father, we ask that this incident sets a standard of justice regarding the killing of Christians around the world who are under such persecution. The shedding of one man's blood requires the shedding of the blood of the guilty. We pray this man repents of his evil deeds and finds Christ as Savior of his soul. In Jesus Name.

- "But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that he will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood and your fingers with iniquity." (Isaiah 59:2-3)

The Middle East in Focus

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

Who is like unto You, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? (Exodus 15:11)

1. Clinton: US opposes Palestinian UN resolution - Jerusalem Post

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton strongly opposed efforts made by the Palestinian Authority to submit a resolution to UN Security Council condemninig Israeli settlements, AFP reported Thursday.

2. Jerusalem can never be surrendered, Khalifa says - Gulf News

The UAE is pressing for taking a firm stand against countries which move their embassies to occupied Jerusalem or recognise it as the capital of Israel.

3. Premier Defies Hezbollah as Talks on Lebanon Fail - NY Times

Lebanon's worst crisis in years escalated dangerously on Thursday as a last-ditch effort to negotiate a solution ended in failure and the American-backed caretaker prime minister struck a defiant note toward Hezbollah and its allies, which brought down his 14-month-old national unity government this month.

The Daily Jot

MTV on the ropes in aftermath of child porn series debut

The Parents Television Council has some suits in New York scrambling after asking the US Senate and House Judiciary Committees and the US Department of Justice to investigate MTV for promoting underage sex and child pornography. PTC was so persuasive in its argument that Taco Bell, a main sponsor of the MTV show "Skins," pulled its ads. Skins is, according to MTV, about nine teen friends and how they handle sex, drugs and high school life. Taco Bell's Rob Poetsch tells The Hollywood Reporter, "Upon further review, we've decided that the show is not a fit for our brand and have moved our advertising to other MTV programming." The Skins website quotes a teen saying PTC and others just "don't get it."

PTC and anyone with any sense of character does get it. Even Megan 1, who writes on the Skins website gets it without knowing she is getting it. She says [spelling errors included], "People are blowing Skins way out of perportion. Yeah, it shows TEENS doing drugs and all that jazz, but do parents not think it goes on? Are they that dumb? Maybe MTV is exagerating it a little more than it actually happens in real life, but it still happens. If they don't like it don't watch it. And if they keep their kids from watching it, they are most likely going to sneak and watch it or they are just dumb not to let their kid watch it...I mean it is just a show." And kids are watching this program in record numbers.

MTV reported that the program debuted with a record 3.26 million total viewers. PTC wrote Congress and the Justice Department: "On January 17, the Viacom-owned cable network MTV aired a teenager-based drama, 'Skins.' The episode included all manner of foul language, illegal drug use, illegal activity as well as thoroughly pervasive sexual content. Moreover, future episodes promise much more of the same... The New York Times has reported this morning that Viacom executives met yesterday to discuss whether the show might violate federal law regarding the sexual depiction and presentation of minors and has compelled the producers of the show to make certain changes."

PTC says that many of the actors appearing in the show are below the age of 18, making it clear that Viacom has "knowingly produced material that may well be in violation" of several federal statutes against visual representations of sexual abuse of children, sexual exploitation of children and child pornography. Here is a case where good parenting comes in. 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 the problem. For over a generation in America, children have been brainwashed by leftists in the public schools and the media to hate everything moral and right. Parents, grandparents, need to be more assertive than MTV.

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

The Good News Corner

Homeschooler Crowned Miss America 2011

Crowned Miss America 2011 at Just 17, Teresa Scanlan-a Homeschooler and a Believer-admits she's Aiming for the White House

Last Saturday saw Nebraska's Teresa Scanlan-the youngest competitor since Bette Cooper in 1937-become Miss America 2011, and in the flurry of tears and applause that come with winning the crown, Teresa repeatedly lifted her eyes and hands to Heaven in thanksgiving.

Maybe not your typical pageantry participant, Scanlan is just 17-years-old; having been homeschooled through her junior year of high school. According to a People magazine article, she is the middle of seven children. She noted that her parents "really sacrificed a lot to do what they did" in teaching their children at home.

Scanlan says her favorite subject is "government," which makes sense since the teen revealed that her ultimate goal is to reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, as President someday. She says she'll start by attending law school, with hopes of one day sitting on the Supreme Court (especially since one has to be at least 35 to be president and-as Scanlan put it-she has "another lifetime to wait").
According to the People article, the new Miss America is not shy about her faith, and in her blog she talked about praying before competitions. She said, "When I found pageantry, I realized that God had prepared me for this competition by creating me to love diversity, and here was the place I could use the talents He had given me."

She added that her faith in God "is the whole purpose behind who I am. I'm defined by what God has created me to be."

> > > Watch the video of Teresa Scanlan accepting her crown as Miss America 2011 by CLICKING HERE. And, keep this young girl, who seems to have such a strong calling on her life, in prayer for God's constant protection and direction.


Reported by: Breaking Christian News


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