Tuesday, January 3, 2012

CHPP Daily Brief - Tuesday, January 3, 2012

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The Daily Brief  - Tuesday, January 3, 2012

"And of the increase of His government and peace, there shall be no end." (Isaiah 9:7)

The Daily Brief

1. Iowa Tied in 4th Quarter: Paul 20%; Romney 19%, Santorum 18%
- CNSNews.com

A poll conducted Saturday and Sunday of 1,340 likely Iowa Republican caucus goers shows a three-way virtual tie going into tonight's caucuses, with Rep. Ron Paul at 20 percent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at 19 percent, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum at 18 percent. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was in fourth place in this poll, with 14 percent. The survey, conducted by Public Policy Polling, has a margin of error of +/- 2.7 points.

- Pray in the Spirit throughout the day for the voters in the State of Iowa as they go to the polls during this primary. Apply Proverbs 21:1 to each one of them, as (like a king)

- They each carry a mantle of "governmental authority" as they cast their votes. Decree that each heart is in the hand of the Lord, to do with as He wills. Amen!

- "The king's heart [i.e. voter's heart] is in the hand of the LORD, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes." (Proverbs 21:1)

2. Two more states allow same-sex civil unions - CNN

Several same-sex couples came together in the first minutes of New Year's Day in Honolulu to become the first in the state's history to enter into civil unions.

- Lord, we know that civil unions and marriage between the same sex is an abomination to You and not Your design and will. We stand in the gap and repent; praying for mercy. Many of Your people have been praying, speaking, and working against these unholy unions. Bless those who are working for righteousness, and open the ears and eyes of the unrighteous to know truth; that You have a better plan for lives caught in sexual bondage, and that there is hope. May Your people also speak in a spirit of love instead of condemnation in dealing with these sexual issues. We ask that You help us turn around Hawaii - and all of our states - to Your ways of sexual purity in the name of Jesus Amen.

- For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. (Romans 1:26-27)

3. Americans buy record numbers of guns for Christmas
- UK Telegraph

According to the FBI, over 1.5 million background checks on customers were requested by gun dealers to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System in December. Nearly 500,000 of those were in the six days before Christmas.

- Lord, we see that people are concerned for their safety as evidenced by more people buying guns. May people receive revelation that You are the One who protects us from evil and harm. We pray for revelation of the blood of Jesus. We pray against violence in the media and for godly programming. We bind spirits of violence and lawlessness and loose spirits of peace and righteousness. Holy Spirit, move across our land and raise up songs of deliverance. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

- You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. (Psalm 32:7)

4. L.A. arson wave grows to about 40 fires; most since 1992 riots - LA Times

With about 40 arson fires across Los Angeles in the last three days, the wave of intentional blazes that started in Hollywood on Friday is the worst since the 1992 riots, officials said.

- Lord, we ask for Holy Spirit fire; the fire of the Lord to arise, instead of these kinds of fires. We pray for people involved in these kind of activities to realize their sins and come to You, and be saved from the fires of Hell. Lord, our work is to rescue those from destructive fire, and we ask for increased anointing to do that work in the name of Jesus. Amen.

- And of the angels He says: Who makes His angels spirits and His ministers a flame of fire." But to the Son He says: Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righeousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions." (Hebrews 1:7-9)

5. Texas airport: explosives found in man's luggage - BBC

A man has been detained at an airport in the US state of Texas after he tried to carry explosives through security, officials say. The man was stopped at Midland International Airport when explosives in military wrapping were found in his carry-on baggage as it went through an X-ray machine. He is being held by the FBI.

- Lord, we thank you that another dangerous person has been caught, and pray for the FBI in the handling of this person. We pray for justice. We thank you also for the security in Texas, and ask that security across the nation will discern and find those who are a threat to the safety of others. Lord, we pray for a godly President who understands these issues and who knows spiritual, as well as physical protection. We pray for increased exposure of the works of darkness. In Your name, Jesus, we pray. Amen.

- I will make darkness light before them, and crooked ways straight. (Isaiah 42: 16)

6. Iran wants negotiations with West - Arab Herald

As Western nations move towards a showdown with Iran over its nuclear ambitions, the Islamic Republic has signaled it wants a diplomatic solution to the crisis. Iran's National Security Adviser Saeed Jalili is proposing the talks as hostilities grew this week when Iran threatened to stifle international oil flows by closing the Strait of Hormoz in response to threats of escalated international sanctions.

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- Lord, we pray for Iran's National Security Adviser Saeed Jalili, and for those who will be talking together for a diplomatic solution. We pray godly wisdom for these leaders to find a peaceful solution. We pray for discernment of truth. We even pray for the salvation of this leader and for God appointments. Lord, plead our case and deliver us from the hand of evil.

- Therefore let the Lord be judge, and judge between you and me, and see and plead my case, and deliver me out of your hand.
(1 Samuel 24:15)

The Middle East in Focus

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

" For I am the LORD, I do not change . . ." (Malachi 3:6a)

1. Saudi hackers leak personal information of thousands of Israelis - Ynet News

Saudi hackers who identified themselves as members of the online Anonymous network claimed on Monday to have leaked files containing personal information, including credit card numbers and expiration dates, belonging to more than 400,000 Israelis.

2. Assad 'Only Has Weeks' - Israel National News

According to Defense Minister Ehud Barak the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has only ''a few weeks'' before it loses control of the already tempestuous country. ''The Assad family has no more than a few weeks to remain in control in Syria,'' Barak told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense committee on Monday.

3. IDF predicts missile attacks on J'lem in future war - jpost

The army recently updated threat scenarios for every major city in Israel - and for the first time predicted that missiles might hit Jerusalem, even in a relatively minor conflict.

4. Persian Gulf tensions mount as U.S. engages Israel on Iran - JTA

The Obama administration is engaged in a full-court press to persuade Israel that Iran's nuclear threat can be contained short of war. The U.S. lobbying has received a mixed reception from Israel, where the Netanyahu government has not ruled out a unilateral strike on Iran. Iran, meanwhile, is taking an aggressive stance in response to mounting sanctions.

5. 'Iran warns departed US carrier not to return' - jpost

Iran will take action if a US aircraft carrier which left the area because of Iranian naval exercises returns to the Gulf, the state news agency quoted army chief Ataollah Salehi as saying on Tuesday. "Iran will not repeat its warning ... the enemy's carrier has been moved to the Sea of Oman because of our drill. I recommend and emphasize to the American carrier not to return to the Persian Gulf," Salehi told IRNA.

6. Iran nuclear crisis: France wants 'stricter' sanctions - BBC

France is convinced Iran is developing nuclear weapons and should face "stricter sanctions", Foreign Minister Alain Juppe has said. He urged EU countries to follow the US in freezing Iranian central bank assets and imposing an embargo on oil exports.

The Daily Jot

2012: Of judgment, consequences and repentance

The year ahead, 2012, is going to be a landmark year with many things happening--some good, most probably not. We can see in the headlines the first day that the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt will not recognize Israel and will work to cancel any peace agreement between the countries. Moreover, America's debt continues to mount, with no end in site and no leadership to curve it. Additionally, Constitutional rights that have been held as the strength of our Republic are eroded by bad legislation and bad government. The state of the Christian church is such that many are so involved with a political gospel or a self indulgent gospel that it resembles a church only in that it carries the title "Christian" in some form.

Often when Christians speak of judgment, they are marginalized, criticized, or worse. Christians these days like to believe that God is this loving daddy that would never dare bring harm unto his wonderful creation. This is not quite scriptural. There are requirements to enter the kingdom of God, the kingdom of heaven. When we as Christians fall short of those requirements there are consequences. Many of them are just ramifications of our actions; many of them are spiritual. But there are consequences--seen or hidden, they are there. But when we talk of our responsibility in the kingdom of God, most like to wax love all over it and try to believe that the consequences are forgiven. In reality, it is the sin that is forgiven.

The consequences are the result. Consequences can reside in a repentant heart. Sins are exposed to the Lord. They are forgiven. Repentance occurs. Consequences can sometimes be an inward reminder that prevents future sin. Other consequences may be an outward reminder. If that sin or those sins are continuously repeated, there is no repentance and the consequences mount up, bad things will happen. Sometimes the mere weight of them cause all sorts of problems. Sometimes a people become so stiff-necked that God lifts his hand of protection and judgment is upon them. America is entering and already has entered this gateway. The lack of good citizenship in God's kingdom is the catalyst.

The Apostle Peter writes in 1 Peter 4:17,18, "For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?" This is a time where the true Christian needs to rise up into his/her place of destiny. If we do, great things will happen for the kingdom of God. If we do not, the questions Peter asks in these verses will be answered for us. Eat spiritual meat. Don't be tossed to and fro with the winds of manmade doctrine. Read the scriptures with understanding. Encourage others to do the same. Pray, repent, stand, act for the time is short.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson

The Good News Corner:

A brutal African warlord with a violent past finds Christ and dramatically turns his life around

Selected for The Economist Film Project, an initiative by The Economist in partnership with PBS NewsHour, "The Redemption of General Butt Naked" is a chilling documentary about the changed life of Joshua Milton Blahyi, once dubbed to be one of Liberia's most feared warlords.

Now renouncing his violent past - which includes confessing to killing nearly 20,000 people during Liberia's 14-year civil war - after converting to Christianity, Blahyi seeks to reinvent himself as an evangelist, traveling the nation as a preacher and asking for forgiveness from those whom he had hurt in the past.

Filmmakers Eric Strauss and Daniele Anastasion spent five years with Blahyi, closely following his troubled life as he sought forgiveness from his former soldiers and his numerous victims. Strauss had become interested in Blahyi after he read about him in a book called The World's Most Dangerous Places.

"It was just a tiny blurb about a notorious warlord who had killed thousands and was now walking the streets preaching truth and reconciliation," Strauss told The Los Angeles Times. "I wondered, 'Could someone like this really exist?'"

"Was transformation this extreme even possible?" Anastasion added. "And how would that play out in the real world?"

Offering a glimpse into their questions through their documentary, the filmmakers created "The Redemption of General Butt Naked," highlighting faith and forgiveness.

"The film forces [viewers] to question the very nature of what true, meaningful reconciliation looks like in a country where justice has not been available," the film's website noted. "It's only Christianity that can help this nation, because Christianity, it is the only belief, the only faith that tell you to love your enemies, that tell you to accept and forgive the one who hurts you," Blahyi stated in an excerpt from the movie, according to PBS.

"All of us you see sitting here were notorious rebels. The only thing that is able to disarm them is love, the love that disarmed me. Only God is able to turn lives around."

The film will air on the Documentary Channel on Jan. 22. (Source: Christianpost.com)

Read more about the details of the amazing conversoin and the ministry that has followed in the changed life of Joshua Milton Blahyi by going here.

Visit Joshua Milton Blahyi's site here.


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