Thursday, April 21, 2011

CHPP Daily Brief - April 21, 2011

In This Issue
• The Daily Brief
• The Middle East in Focus
• The Daily Jot
• Governor Perry: Pray for Rain
• The Good News Corner
• Worship with Us Today!

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The Daily Brief - Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me." In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me." (Luke 11:23 - 25)

As we now prepare our hearts to pray through this weekend of the agony of the Cross, and the triumph of the Resurrection, let us consider the work of the Cross: through the forgiveness of sins, that They Shall Be One.

In this video, the 'pastorale' flute solo sets the scene for the processional anthem, which describes the gathering together of His sheep from every nation and tribe, from every mountain and valley. This future gathering will be made possible through the laying down of Christ's life.

All of us at Capitol Hill Prayer Partners wish all of you a tremendous time of blessing, as together, we celebrate His victory on the Cross. Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed!

The Daily Brief

1. Government Cash Handouts Now Top Tax Revenues - Fox Business

U.S. households are now getting more in cash handouts from the government than they are paying in taxes for the first time since the Great Depression.

- Father, we are saddened by the actions of those who have made citizens dependent upon government rather than personal responsibility. We pray that You will turn this situation around.

- "To make it your ambition and definitely endeavor to live quietly and peacefully, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we charged you;" (1Thessalonians 4:11 Amplified)

2. Obama Feeling Heat on Debt Ceiling - Fox News

Obama's own party starts to pressure him to tie spending cuts to a vote on raising the debt limit, even as the administration expresses confidence that Congress will ultimately raise the cap.

- Lord, You know the stakes of raising the debt ceiling, and You know what will happen to the economy if debt continues to rise. We pray for wisdom for our leadership and a solution that will help our nation to start on the road to sound practices.

- "Get wisdom, get understanding; forget it not;" (Proverbs 4:5a)

3. Obama calls GOP Medicare, spending plan 'radical' - AP

Obama said Wednesday that congressional Republicans are pushing a radical plan to trim Medicare and Medicaid, ramping up the rhetoric as he and Congress approach crucial decisions on spending and the nation's debt.

- Lord, we take authority in the Name of Jesus and bind the spirits of deception and false witness on both sides of these arguments. We loose Your Holy Spirit to convict those who have personal agendas that will not truly help the people of America.

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

4. Dollar hits 3-yr low; gold, Asian stocks march on - Reuters

The U.S. dollar slid to a 3-year low against a basket of major currencies and Asian stocks jumped to a 3-year high on Thursday, as investors scrambled to get in front of upward momentum in higher-yielding assets, particularly in emerging markets.

- Father, as stock markets and investing continue volatility, and the US dollar tanks at the prospect of poor credit ratings, we pray for assistance for Your people in Your wisdom and power. As the world shifts its investments and new markets emerge, we ask for stability in You.

- And upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." (Matthew 16:18b)

5. UN Calls for Restraint in Yemen Following Clashes - VOA News

The U.N. Security Council has met for the first time to discuss the escalating crisis in Yemen, hours after security forces in the Gulf Arab state fired on anti-government protesters, killing three and wounding several others in two major cities.

- Lord, as clashes continue to grow throughout the Middle East, we know that our enemies stand ready to take control in the midst of chaos. We pray for the people involved in these nations and ask for Your Holy Spirit to move across them. We pray for this time of uprising to be a time of opportunity to bring in the inheritance for Your Son Jesus.

- "Ask of Me, and I shall give you the nations for your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for you possession." (Psalm 2:8)

6. a) Japan to Enforce Exclusion Zone Near Nuclear Plant - VOA News

Japanese officials have decided to legally enforce an exclusion zone within 20 kilometers of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant starting at midnight Thursday.

b) Magnitude 6.1 Quake Rattles Tokyo - NewsCore

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck Japan late Thursday, shaking buildings in the capital Tokyo, the US Geological Survey said.

- Father, no one who has watched the horrific devastation on TV from Japan can be without sorrow for these people. We stand before You and plead for mercy and salvation for the people, and restoration for their homes, lives, and future.

- "O Lord, revive Your work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known: in wrath remember mercy." (Habakkuk 3:2b)

The Middle East in Focus

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

"For there shall be a day, that the watchmen upon mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise, and let us go up to Zion unto the LORD our God. For thus says the LORD, Sing with gladness for Jacob, shout among the chief of the nations: publish, praise, and say, O LORD, save Your people, the remnant of Israel. " (Jeremiah 31:6,7))

1. Abbas: No third intifada; PA seeks int'l recognition - Jerusalem Post

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday said he is against a third Palestinian intifada (uprising) against Israel, even if current attempts to achieve peace fail, according to the Associated Press.

2. Netanyahu to surprise int'l community in Congress speech - Jerusalem Post

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu wants to surprise the international community in his speech before the US Congress in late May -- and is unlikely to unveil more than the rough outlines of what he will discuss before then, government sources said Wednesday.

3. Palestinian leader: There will be no new uprising - Ynet News

The Palestinian president says he is opposed to another armed uprising against Israel, even if faltering peace efforts fail altogether.

The Daily Jot

Paying the price of our beliefs and apathy

The rising cost of oil as reflected at the nation's gasoline stations is but the first ramifications of a failed economic policy that will surely have a lasting impact on all Americans, their families and their livelihoods. The price of food; the price of goods; the price of everything will inflate beyond the imagination in the weeks and months to come. This is not only because of the surging price of oil, but also because of the huge record debt amassed by the federal government. If Americans did not understand that there are forces out to destroy this nation and the American Judeo-Christian way of life, it will become abundantly clear in the near future.

At gas stations in the Washington, DC area, gasoline prices have reached $5 a gallon or more. This reality hits every American squarely and it is tantamount to a huge governmental tax increase. On June 11, 2008, CNBC's John Harwood asked then senator Barack Obama if higher oil prices would help America reduce oil consumption. He replied: "I think that I would have preferred a gradual adjustment. The fact that this is such a shock to American pocketbooks is not a good thing. But if we take some steps right now to help people make the adjustment, first of all by putting more money in their pockets, but also by encouraging the market to adapt to these new circumstances more rapidly, particularly U.S. automakers."

He said at a campaign gathering on August 1, 2008, "There are things that you can do individually though to save energy. Making sure your tires are properly inflated. Simple thing. But we could save. All the oil they're talking about getting off drilling, if everybody was just inflating their tires, and getting regular tune ups, you could actually save just as much." This is wrong minded thinking. This is the type of thinking that has gutted this nation and its people in a silent and deceptive war on our freedoms, our Constitution and our way of life. The foreign and domestic policies of this Administration, and to a certain extent the second four years of the Bush Administration, have resulted in secret national casualties beyond measure.

Our generation is in a huge hole. It is not one in that Americans can trust ruling class and godless politicians to bring us out. As we enter into these most holy days of the resurrection of Christ, we should be mindful that this judgment before us is as much self-inflicted as it is God's hand of protection moving away. Jesus died that we may no longer be in the bondage of sin. We should operate our lives as such, and as Jesus said in Matthew 5:16, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." To turn this around, we must first repent. We must decide to stand in the gap for our nation. We must become radical Christians such that our light cannot be denied.

Bill Wilson

Governor Perry issues proclamation for Days of Prayer for Rain

Because of the severe drought and massive wildfires in Texas, Gov. Rick Perry has proclaimed Friday through Easter Sunday as Days of Prayer for Rain. You can read the whole proclamation here. The release is below:

Gov. Rick Perry has proclaimed the three-day period from Friday, April 22, to Sunday, April 24, as Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas, following extreme drought conditions that have sparked dangerous wildfires across the state, which have taken lives, engulfed more than 1.8 million acres and destroyed nearly 400 homes.

"Throughout our history, both as a state and as individuals, Texans have been strengthened, assured and lifted up through prayer," Gov. Perry said. "It is fitting that Texans should join together in prayer to humbly seek an end to this ongoing drought and these devastating wildfires, and for the safety of the brave firefighters and emergency management officials who have worked tirelessly to protect lives and property around the state."

Gov. Perry urges Texans of all faiths and religious traditions to offer prayer for the healing of the land, rebuilding of communities and the restoration of our normal and robust way of life in Texas.

The Good News Corner:

Kansas Governor Signs Pair of Pro-Life Bills

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (left), who for nearly 16 years was one of the most consistently pro-life lawmakers in the U.S. Senate, continued his track record by signing two new state laws April 13 aimed at protecting pre-born babies.

One of the new measures prohibits abortion after 22 weeks of pregnancy, because of evidence that unborn babies can feel pain by that time, while the other law, among other provisions, bans abortionists from performing the procedure on minors without written consent from parents. Both laws go into effect in July.

. . . In signing the pro-life bills, Governor Brownback said both pieces of legislation represent important steps toward creating a culture of life in Kansas. "It is our calling to support the dignity of every human being," the Governor explained, "whether that person is unemployed, undereducated, or unborn. These bills establish that Kansas in the heart of America is a culture of life state and we're not going back." (New American) Read more.

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Watch the Lamb - Ray Boltz

I said, "Dear children, watch the lamb. . ."