Thursday, July 21, 2011

CHPP Daily Brief - Thursday, July 21, 2011

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

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The Daily Brief - Thursday, July 21, 2011

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." (2 Timothy 1:7)

The Daily Brief

1. 'Anonymous' Hackers Claim to Breach NATO Security - Fox News

Hackers claims to have breached NATO security and accessed scads of material so confidential the group itself deemed it "irresponsible" to publish them all, despite a series of international raids Tuesday designed to corral the hacking activity.

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- Pray that the Lord will protect the release of any information that could cause harm to NATO's defenses.

- "The eyes of the Lord are in every place, to behold both evil and good." (Proverbs 15:3)

2. Iran says shot down a U.S. spy plane over nuclear site - Reuters

Iran has shot down an unmanned U.S. spy plane over its Fordu nuclear site, a state-run website reported Wednesday, a day after it confirmed it was installing a new generation of advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges.

- While the U.S. denies this report, we pray that all hidden secrets of Iran's nuclear facilities be revealed. May every photograph taken by any spy planes reveal all information to the detriment of enemy plans.

- "No weapon formed against you shall prosper;" (Isaiah 54:17a)

3. Libyan Rebels Advance on a Gadhafi Stronghold - Wall Street Journal

Rebel fighters have penetrated Libya's southwest desert and pulled within 80 miles of Col. Moammar Gadhafi's southern stronghold, opening a new front and suggesting the strongman's grip is slipping even in areas believed firmly in his control.

- As this conflict rages, pray that the Lord will remove Gadhafi, but prevent terrorist groups from filling the gap.

- "And He changes the times and seasons; He removes kings and sets up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to them that have understanding." (Daniel 2:21)

4. Germany, France Reach Deal on Euro Debt Crisis - Fox News

Germany and France have overcome differences over how to combat the continent's spreading debt crises and agreed on a common position ahead of an emergency European summit Thursday, the French president's office said.

- Lord, we rejoice that these two nations have come together on an agreement in Europe's debt crisis. We ask that You bring wisdom for the leaders of their nations so that a complete meltdown can be averted.

- "Nevertheless He saved them for His name's sake, that He might make His mighty power known." (Psalm 106:8)

5. GOP Eyes Mini-Deal on Debt - Fox News

Obama and Senate Democrats are looking to box in House Republicans with a debt-ceiling plan that would give the president his long-sought, $2.4 trillion borrowing-power increase in return for cuts to be determined later.

The White House is now expressing support for a brief extension, an approach that the president had previously deplored, if it is coupled with an agreement on a larger debt increase.

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- Lord, as our nation struggles to find answers, we ask for You to intervene in the debate and the solution, so that false plans are not made. We ask for real answers that will stop the collapse of our economy.

- "Nevertheless, He regarded their affliction when He heard their cry." (Psalm 106:44)

6. a) Blistering heat wave stressing nation's power grid - AP

A lengthy, blistering heat wave that is blanketing the eastern half of the United States is putting significant stress on the nation's power grid as homeowners and businesses crank up their air conditioners.

b) Heat Wave Continues in U.S. - AccuWeather

Another sweltering heat wave is gripping a large part of the U.S., with at least 17 states hitting the 100-degree mark Tuesday and more than 40 surpassing 90.

- Father, we humbly plead for Your mercy over America, and for the people hard hit by this heat wave. We call for Your cooling touch and deliverance for these states.

- "For You will save the afflicted people;" (Psalm 18:27a)

The Middle East in Focus

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

"Call upon Me in the day of trouble. I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me." (Psalm 50:15)

1. Abbas: UN statehood bid will not affect peace process - Jerusalem Post

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday said that efforts to seek recognition of a Palestinian state at the United Nations in September "will not be detrimental to peace nor to negotiations that we want to continue to have."

2. Biggest mall in Gaza Strip opens its doors - Gulf News

The biggest mall in the Gaza Strip opened its doors on Tuesday with several hundreds of residents thronging the complex.

3. Barghouti urges Palestinian march to back UN bid - Jerusalem Post

Jailed Tanzim-Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti has called on Palestinians to stage mass rallies in September in support of a diplomatic bid to gain UN membership for a Palestinian state.

4. Investigation cleared Israelis of spy claims: PM - New Zealand Southland Times

The "unusual" behavior of Israelis in the wake of the Christchurch earthquake sparked a top level investigation, Prime Minister John Key has confirmed.

5. Ex-State Department aide says Israel won't attack Iran - Washington Times

Former State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley is predicting that Israel will not attack Iran, citing the strategic costs to the Jewish state and the uncertainty created by revolts across the Middle East.

The Daily Jot

Congressman Walsh and taking a stand with him

Maybe you are getting tired of the debate. Maybe you just do not want to hear it anymore. But now is not the time to give in. Do you realize what the politicians in Washington are doing? They are moving down the path of raising taxes without cutting spending in order to allow the government to borrow more money. The debt ceiling talk is very simple: The government needs to borrow more money in order to service its debt. That is like you and I running all our credit to their maximum and then borrowing more money to just make the interest payments on the debt. What Americans are watching before their very eyes on the grand national stage is political maneuvering to eventually do nothing.

Here is what is about to happen if things continue as they are. The senate will offer up a debt ceiling plan that Obama will sign. That means there will be a tax increase and some number of trillions of dollars that will be reduced in the government's budget. It will sound good, but that number is likely spread over a 10 year period, so it is worthless. Worthless because in the next ten years there will be at least three presidential elections, and five Congressional elections. Those numbers will change with the political wind. There will be at least two votes on the senate version, and finally Congressmen will say they had to vote for it otherwise the nation will default. Game over.

This could change if Americans will stand. Illinois Republican Congressman Joe Walsh has circulated a letter to his fellow congressmen calling on the Speaker of the House to prevent the Senate plan from coming to a vote in the House. Walsh writes: "Senator McConnell's plan is business as usual and does not offer any real solution to runaway spending." So far it is reported that some 80 Congressmen have signed on. If you want to make a stand here, encourage your congressman to consider the Walsh letter. At least Walsh is trying to stop this political chicanery. Many House congressmen took a no tax pledge before being elected. This is the test of their integrity and whether their word is their bond.

Exodus 18:21 tells us what kind of people should be elected to office, "Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness." We are seeing whether any of them in Congress right now measure up to these standards. Are they able to do what is right? Do any of them respect God? Are their actions truthful? Do they hate covetousness? When they vote to raise more taxes to support government addiction to your money, that is covetousness. Hold them accountable, you may be surprised with positive results!

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson