Tuesday, January 24, 2012

CHPP Daily Brief - Tuesday, January 24, 2012

News for Prayer!

•  The Daily Brief
•  The Middle East in Focus
•  The Daily Jot
•  The Daily Jot - Part Two
•  Obama Fails Again
•  Soros Sees Chaos
•  12 Hours' Notice
•  Please Weep with Us
•  The Good News Corner
•  Worship with Us Today!

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The Daily Brief - Tuesday, January 24, 2012

"You must be born again . . ." (John 3:7)

The Daily Brief

1. Syria rejects new Arab League plan to end violence - Fox News

Syria rejected Monday a new Arab League plan aiming to end the country's 10-month crisis by calling on the government and the opposition to form a national unity government within two months.

- Lord, we ask that leadership of Syria and the new Arab League become servants to you and fulfill the purposes You have for the people of Syria. We pray protection for innocent people and for those in Your kingdom. In Jesus name. Amen

- "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant."
(Matthew 20:25-26)

2. Britain, US and France send warships through Strait of Hormuz
- UK Telegraph

Britain, America and France delivered a pointed signal to Iran, sending six warships led by a 100,000 ton aircraft carrier through the highly sensitive waters of the Strait of Hormuz.

- Lord, we thank You for the allies of the United States. We pray for a peaceful solution to the problems with Iran.

- "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26)

3. Senior al Qaeda figure killed in drone strike - Reuters

A militant who acted as a senior operations organizer for al Qaeda was targeted and killed in one of two U.S. drone strikes launched against targets inside Pakistan last week, a U.S. official said.

- Lord, we thank you for the exposure of terrorist leaders, and pray more of them will be revealed and dealt with. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen

- "Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You." (Psalm 139:12)

4. Planes expected to reroute following massive solar eruption
- Fox News

An immense blast of plasma spewed late Sunday night from the sun led to the strongest radiation storm bombarding our planet since 2005, and a rare warning from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency -- and even a plan to redirect certain high-flying airplanes.

NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center -- the nation's official source of warnings about space weather and its impact on Earth -- issued a watch for a geomagnetic storm expected to hit our planet Tuesday morning after a satellite witnessed an ultraviolet flash from the massive solar eruption, according to Spaceweather.com.
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- Lord, help us to discern the signs of the times and know what You would have us do. Bring revelation of the times to Your people, so that we may be prepared for the days ahead.

- "You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times." (Matthew 16:3)

5. Supreme Court rejects Texas redistricting map - The Hill

The Supreme Court on Friday ordered a Texas court to take a renewed look at the redistricting maps drawn by the state legislature, saying the court had gone too far in enacting its own plan. The unanimous decision represented a partial victory for Republicans, but plunged the once-per-decade map-drawing process back into chaos ahead of the state's rapidly approaching congressional primaries. In an unsigned decision, the court ruled that a panel of federal judges who drew their own alternative to the GOP-controlled Legislature's initial map deviated too far from what state lawmakers had originally intended.

Read more.

- Lord, we ask You to bring clarity and justice to the confusion over the setting of boundaries. We ask godly wisdom for the court leaders and those who are presenting the right case.

- "You have set a boundary that they may not pass over." (Psalm 104:9)

6. Sen. Mark Kirk suffers stroke - The Hill

Republican Sen. Mark Kirk (R) was hospitalized after experiencing a stroke, his office said Monday. "He was transferred to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, where further tests revealed that he had suffered an ischemic stroke," Kirk's office said, according to The Chicago Tribune. "Early this morning, the senator underwent surgery to relieve swelling around his brain stemming from the stroke. The surgery was successful."

Kirk's office said that doctors are confident that the 52-year-old senator would recover thanks to his "young age" and "good health."

- Lift up Senator Mark Kirk in prayer, asking our Lord to heal him by His stripes. Lift up the medical team that is working on his case, that they may be granted "wisdom from above" as they do so. In His Name, amen.

- " . . . and by His stripes, we are healed . . ."
(Isaiah 53:5)

7. White House sides with TSA in Rand Paul standoff - The Hill

The White House is standing by the Transportation Security Administration in its standoff with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and his father, Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas). The elder Paul called the TSA a "police state" Monday after Rand Paul was reportedly detained by TSA after he refused to take a pat-down from TSA officials at the Nashville International Airport.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday that he didn't have any reaction to Paul's "police state" comments. But Carney sided with the TSA saying, "I think it is absolutely essential that we take necessary actions to ensure that air travel is safe." Read more.

- The U.S. Constitution actually protects federal lawmakers from detention while they're on the way to the capital.

"The Senators and Representatives . . . shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same . . ." according to Article I, Section 6.
Pray that all those in authority would memorize and adhere to every portion of the United States Constitution.

Pray that those in authority at the Transportation Security Agency would make an amend to this senator, who was only trying to do his job.

- "A nation without God's guidance is a nation without order. Happy are those who keep God's law!"
(Proverbs 29:18)

The Middle East in Focus

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

"But the Lord your God ye shall fear; and he shall deliver you out of the hand of all your enemies." (II Kings 17:39)

1. Ashton coming to Israel on heels of EU Iran sanctions - Jerusalem Post

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is set to arrive in Israel on Tuesday for talks, just a day after the EU decided to ratchet up sanctions against Iran, and a day before Israeli and Palestinian officials are expected to meet for a fifth time in Amman.

2. UN Security Council changes won't help PA statehood bid - Jerusalem Post

Security Council dynamics are no more favorable now to a Palestinian UN membership bid than they were last year despite a partial change in the council makeup, the US ambassador to the United Nations said on Monday.

3. EU Foreign Ministers: Israel's settlement building is 'particularly' worrying - Ha'aretz

Israel's continued settlement building on occupied Palestinian land last year was "particularly" worrying, European Union foreign ministers said Monday.

4. IAF strikes Gaza terror weapons site, tunnels - Jerusalem Post

The IAF struck a weapons manufacturing site in central Gaza, two tunnels associated with terrorist activity in northern Gaza and a tunnel in the southern part of the Strip on Monday night, the IDF Spokesman's Office said in a statement.

5. Iran puts US and Israel on 'collision course' - Australian

Israel has warned the US's top general that it will give Washington just 12 hours' notice if it decides to launch a strike against Iran's nuclear facilities.

6. US miffed as Israel hints at unilateral strike on Iran N-sites - Times of India

Israel could launch a unilateral strike on Iran's nuclear facilities without much prior notice to its closest ally for over 60 year, US, according to information reaching here from Tel Aviv.

The Daily Jot

Celebrating the death of a child, of a generation of children

Have we become a people so advanced that the meaning of life is no longer celebrated? According to the man who occupies the Oval Office, the answer is "yes." The president, in celebrating the 39th anniversary of the Supreme Court denying the Constitutional right to life of the pre-born through Roe v. Wade, said the decision affirms a broader principle and ensures that America's daughters have the right to fulfill their dreams. The broader principle, says the president, is that government should not intrude on private family matters. If that were the case, however, the government would not be able to tax an individual, make health care mandatory, or ban prayer in public. But this "principle" is about child sacrifice...

Since 1973 an entire generation of Americans have been sacrificed on the altar of convenience. The guarantee of the unalienable Right to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness has been brutally denied to some 50 million citizens. The Supreme Court was in error; the Congress refused to overturn it; the states that have tried to outlaw abortion have been stonewalled or struck down by the Supreme Court; and the president celebrates the deaths chalking them up to a bogus principle of government not interfering in our private lives. But even more disturbing was the president's immoral justification that abortion gives daughters freedom.

His exact words were: "And as we remember this historic anniversary, we must also continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams." Since when is there a Constitutional right to "fulfill a dream"? Given this Administration's record in raising debt, raising unemployment, increasing food stamp participation, fomenting home foreclosures, raising gasoline prices, and forcing back door taxation, can it even pass the straight face test that there is a jot or tittle care about Americans fulfilling their dreams? The horror in all this is that we have a president, politicians, political parties, even Christians, that celebrate abortion--genocide of the pre-born.

Near the ruins of Solomon's stables overlooking the Jezreel Valley, there is a round platform where pagans sacrificed their children. It is a ghastly, spiritually troubled place. It brings some verses to mind. In Jeremiah 2:34, the Lord says, "Also in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: I have not found it by secret search, but upon all these." In Jeremiah 1:5, the Lord says, "Before I formed thee in the belly, I knew thee." The Lord says in Deuteronomy 30:19, "I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live." Blessing and cursing. Life and death. Repentance or judgment.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson

The Daily Jot - Part Two

The pathetic State of the Union and why it's prophetic

Joseph Curl of the Washington Times has written a preview of the 2012 State of the Union Address to be held on Tuesday when both houses of Congress meet to hear the man who occupies the Oval Office tell us about the condition of our nation. Curl brings up some very interesting facts. First, he says that there is only one person among the over 300 million of us in America who is not to blame for the dismal state of the union--that's the Commander in Chief. Curl says that the president blames every American in some way for the problems of this nation, most especially the previous president, the current Congress, even the Democratic leadership in the Congress. But not himself...

Curl goes on to point out several stark comparisons that those who are the proverbial frogs in the pot to boil may or may not have noticed as they are heating up. I think they are worth repeating. Curl, I'm sure, has validated each claim. Unemployment before the president took office was 6.8%, today it is 8.5%, but the Financial Times says that if the same number of people were seeking work in 2007 as are today, the rate would be 11%. Gas at the pump cost $1.68 a gallon in January 2009, it's up 102% today at $3.39. Average electric bills per household have increased to a record $1,420 a year, up some $300.

Poverty has increased by four million since the president took office--48% of all Americans are now considered "low income," 57% of children are living in poverty. Food stamp use has increased 48% since he took office, now one in seven Americans are using food stamps--14 million more than when he first took office. Curl says, "America's total public debt stands at $15.23 trillion; in January 2009, the debt was $10.62 trillion...[sic "the president"] is on pace to borrow $6.2 trillion in just one term--more debt than was amassed by all presidents from Washington through Bill Clinton combined." Sarcastically, Curl writes the the president "had not one thing to do with it. So don't blame him when you go to the polls. Blame everyone else, especially yourself."

This is the exact "remake" of America that Obama and his gang of socialists promised when he was elected in 2008. He told us exactly what he was going to do. Moreover, his actions both domestically and internationally are prophetic. Curl, through his sarcasm is right. It is the American voter who is to blame. All the signs were there--socialist idealism, Liberation Theology, Islamic sympathizing, and so on. Americans, through their vote determined their destiny. Exodus 18:21 gives us the qualifications of good leadership--"able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness." Our pathetic choice became prophetic. We must take responsibility otherwise we will reap more of what we have sown.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson

Pathetic Obama Fails Again

Remember when Obama flew to Europe to lobby for Chicago as a host city for the Olympic Games? He failed in his mission. Remember when he flew to Brazil to lobby for their oil from huge, newly-discovered reserves? Obama said, "We want to help with technology and support to develop these oil reserves safely, and, when you're ready to start selling, we want to be one of your best customers."

Well guess what? We're not getting Brazil's oil either. China is. And this news came just as the Obama Administration was rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have brought us more oil from Canada.

I know there is a debate among some on the right as to whether Obama is just incompetent or doing exactly what he intends to do. I don't know the answer, but the result is the same and America is losing as a result.. . . (Gary Bauer; End-of-Day; excerpt)

Soros Sees Chaos

George Soros, the billionaire godfather of the political Left, is predicting class warfare and chaos in the streets of America. During a recent interview with Newsweek, Soros warns of "a decade of more stagnation" and possibly "a collapse of the financial system."

When asked about the potential for "riots on the streets of America," Newsweek reported that Soros "almost gleefully" responded, "Yes, yes, yes." Then Soros warns that the violence will be "an excuse for cracking down and using strong-arm tactics to maintain law and order, which . . . could bring about a repressive political system."

But what is the most likely source of the violence he is predicting? It's not the Tea Party.

Remember how the unions behaved in Wisconsin last year during the battle over collective bargaining rights? Remember the New Black Panthers blocking the doorway to a polling station? Democrat pollsters have warned that nearly one-third of Occupy Wall Street protestors "would support violence to advance their agenda." (Gary Bauer; End-of-Day)

- There is a word in the Hebrew language that cancels CHAOS.

That word is: SHALOM!

Begin now to speak SHALOM into every situation and into every circumstance and into every report indicating CHAOS brewing -- whether it be in your personal life or in our nation. The confession of our faith will dismantle, undo, and demolish every work of darkness, leaving His peace.

SHALOM . . .

- "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Phil. 4:6,7)

'Israel to Give Obama 12 Hours' Notice on Attacking Iran'

Israeli officials told visiting USS Chief Joint of Staffs Martin Dempsey that it would give President Barack Obama no more than 12 hours notice if and when it attacks Iran, The London Times reported Sunday. The Netanyahu government also will not coordinate with the United States an attack on the Islamic Republic, according to the report, the latest in a number of suposed scenarios concerning cooperation or lack of it between Jerusalem and Washington. It is left to speculation whether the rumors are based on facts or are leaked by officials to mask the possibility of secret military coordination.

The London Times said its sources explained that Israel fears that Obama would try to torpedo an Israel attack if more notice were given because he is concerned that Iran will respond by blocking the Strait of Hormuz, sparking a rise in the price of oil that could cripple Western economies. If the attack were to occur in the next 10 months, it would put President Obama in a tight spot on the eve of his bid for re-election.

President Shimon Peres told Dempsey, "I am sure that in this fight [against Iran] we will emerge victorious. It is a fight that does not belong exclusively to the United States or Israel, but a global struggle to create a safe world for all peoples."

Dempsey, on his first official visit to Israel, was wined and dined by Defense Minister Ehud Barak and IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gants, who went so far as to arrange an IDF orchestra rendition of song made famous by Frank Sinatra, one of Dempsey's favorite singers.
Dempsey tried to play down the postponement of what was billed as the largest-ever joint military drill between the Israeli and American armies, involving thousands of U.S. Army soldiers. Published reasons for the delay have ranged from budgetary constraints, logistical problems to a signal from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that he distrusts President Obama's commitment to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Dempsey maintained that the delay, which was announced by Israel, will give both countries more time to prepare and "achieve a better outcome."

The top American general left Israel on Friday, before the Sabbath began. (Israel National News) Read more. 

Please Weep with Us: Leading Moslem Cleric in Egypt Declares

"War with the Jews"

We have asked for the truth to be seek clearly. If this isn't that clear truth, I do not know what is. Read it . . . weep . . . pray.

(Submitted by: Kathleen Mitchell)

"Oh nation of Muhammad, Allah says to you: If you fear war with the Jews, brace yourselves for war with Allah. It is either a war with the Jews or a war with Allah.

Allah says that the entire nation could be replaced if it is not prepared to sacrifice its blood for the sake of Palestine. My message to all the Jews is that the battle is bound to come and you will be vanquished. Allah has promised that you will be vanquished and that we will prevail.

Why, oh Messenger of Allah? Because these Jews are a cancer. These Jews are a catastrophe. There is not a catastrophe in the world that is not the handiwork of the Jews. These Jews are a cancer in the body of planet Earth, and if permitted, it will spread and infect the entire body. Getting rid of these Jews is a must."

(Source: Memri) Read more.

The Good News Corner:

John 3:16 Commercial Results in Salvations

Stuart Shepard and Gary Schneeberger discuss the impact of Focus on the Family's John 3:16 commercial, which was aired on Saturday night, January 14th, during the playoff game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots.

To view the video of their discussion, go here. (Source: CitizenLink)

Worship with Us Today!

"Mountains of Israel"

by Paul Wilbur

From the beginning to the end it's been
This way Your promises they never change
Your people will never be put to shame
From the desert to the endless sea
Shores of Egypt to the eastern hills
The earth and the sky tremble at Your will
Wake up and call on the name of the Lord
Weak be made strong you have now been restored
Oh the darkness is light
Oh Your kingdom is now in sight
Lord God of Israel arise
Consume us now with Your fire
Every people and tribe
Mountains of Israel come alive
It's time to bring forth new wine
From now to the end of time

Spirit pouring out from all around
Living waters now they're raining down
The day of the Lord is at hand
Can you hear the voice in the desert calling out Prepare the way
The way for the Lord make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God
Come like a mighty lion roar with Your glory and Your fire
Come now with Your power
Bo Yeshua Mishecheynu Your people wanna see You
Oh the darkness is light
Oh Your kingdom is now in sight
It's now in sight yeah