Wednesday, January 18, 2012

CHPP Daily Brief - Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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The Daily Brief - Wednesday, January 18, 2012

"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)

The Daily Brief

1. Iran offered Syria's Brotherhood power if it agreed to Assad staying on: official
- Al Arabiya

Iran has offered the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood a deal that includes giving the Islamist opposition group all of the government, but under the condition that President Bashar al-Assad remains as the country's premier, an official said in a newspaper interview published on Wednesday.

- Lord God, we ask You to raise up Your strong arm against the Muslim Brotherhood, and the violence and control they have propagated in many nations. Protect believers in all these nations from being slaughtered by enemies who are working to establish the rule of Islam. May Your people be strong and do exploits to stand against their foes. May the people of the United States elect leaders who are wise concerning the Muslim Brotherhood, and courageous to take a firm stand against its agenda. In Jesus' Name.

- "Trust in the Lord forever, for in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength." (Isaiah 26: 4)

2. India: Huge ID project offers multitude of challenges - NZ Herald

The Indian Government is dedicated to giving each of its citizens a unique,12-digit number under a scheme called Aadhaar, or Foundation. By the time it is completed it will be 10 times bigger than the world's current largest biometric database, with some estimates saying it will cost a total of $36 billion. The goal is to issue 600 million IDs by 2014. The Government says this is about empowerment - people who don't have an acknowledged existence by the state, suddenly going from a world of no ID, to a world of online ID. Enrollment is voluntary but the Government has advertised heavily to promote the scheme and set up centres in villages and towns across the country. Recently, a team working out of a former factory in the north of Delhi was inputting data and taking fingerprints and retinal scans. One resident said, "It will make things easier because I will have just one number for everything."

- Lord, it is simply amazing to see the prophecies of Your holy Word falling into place with such accuracy and rapidity. Even those projects that governments may be doing with good intentions, may be the very preparations described in Your Word for the coming anti-Christ. We pray this ID system will work for good, especially for the poor of India. May all who call upon Your Name in sincerity, determine in their hearts to walk with You by faith through these end days of human history. Preserve us from the enemy of our souls because we love You Lord!

- "He (the anti-Christ) causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark" (Revelation 13:16,17, 14:11)

3. Indian TB cases 'can't be cured' - BBC

Tuberculosis which appears to be totally resistant to antibiotic treatment has been reported for the first time by Indian doctors. Concern over drug-resistant strains of TB is growing, with similar 'incurable' TB emerging in Italy and Iran. The Indian reports fuel concerns over the ability of doctors to contain the disease in years to come. TB is one of the world's biggest killers, second only to HIV among infectious diseases.

- Lord, it seems drug resistant plagues are growing across the planet, and the best efforts of good doctors cannot contain them. So we look to You for complete protection and healing, for this was fully provided on Jesus' Cross. Thank You for being our Refuge and Fortress from disease. We receive Your many healing promises found in the Bible with thanksgiving through faith in You.

- " Because you have made the Lord - even the Most High your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling place." (Psalm 91: 9,10) " By His stripes (on the Cross) you were healed!" (1 Peter 2:24)

4. Treasury dips into pension funds to avoid debt - Chicago Tribune

The Treasury on Tuesday started dipping into federal pension funds in order to give the Obama administration more credit to pay government bills. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on Wednesday on the Obama administration's request to raise the country's legal debt limit to $16.394 trillion. Unless the lower chamber and the Senate are able to shore up enough votes to block the White House request, the debt limit will be increased by $1.2 trillion next Friday and a repeat of last year's debt ceiling debacle will be averted.

- Dear Lord, we ask for discretion and wisdom in the legislature concerning monetary issues. We pray they will take a stand against increasing debt, and debt limits! We pray they will act in prudence to cut back expenditures and cease from burying our nation in overwhelming debt. We pray that the White house request will be solidly blocked, and instead, huge amounts of useless and repetitive expenditures will be eliminated. May those whose pensions are being dipped into, be protected from becoming the scapegoats for the government's out of control spending habits.

- Awake America lest the Word of the Lord come to pass: "And it shall be - As with the lender so with the borrower; as with the creditor, so with the debtor. The land shall be entirely emptied and plundered, for the Lord has spoken this word."
(Isaiah 24:2)

5. The Real 2012 Doomsday: U.S. Falls To Tyranny - Personal Liberty

While many Americans deny that the U.S. government will ever use such weapons on a widespread basis against dissenters, recent developments in the country appear to indicate otherwise. The crackdowns on OWS camps carried out by police in riot/military gear, armed with tear gas canisters and rubber bullets, indicate that when large masses of people cry out, no matter what the political agenda, they will be quieted by local, State and/or Federal officials. The National Defense Authorization Bill gives the President the ability to indefinitely detain terror suspects, but this comes at a time when the lines of what constitutes "terror" are becoming increasingly blurry. The Federal government is currently in active negotiations with members of the Taliban, and Obama has made it clear that anyone who rejects his agenda is considered a "right-wing domestic terrorist." Read more.

- Lord, prayerfully this article will be read in its entirety by many, and its contents given the most serious consideration. As our government has increasingly acted to undermine the Constitution and the premises of the Founding Fathers, citizens are being stripped of their rights and even the basic dignity of privacy. We call upon You Lord to rescue us from those who would brand law abiding citizens as "domestic terrorists." Hear our prayers Lord, protect us and show us what to do! Raise up godly leadership empowered by You to turn this nation around from its current course. Help LORD!

- " A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished."
(Proverbs 22:3, 27:12)

[See also: '10 reasons the U.S. is no longer the land of the free' in the Washington Post. Go here.]
The Middle East in Focus

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

"Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto Your name give glory, for Your mercy, and for Your truth's sake. Why should the nations say, Where is their God? But our God is in the heavens. He has done whatever He has pleased." (Psalm 115:1-3)

1. EU: Israel undermines Jerusalem as capital of 2 states - jpost

Israel's policies in Jerusalem are "systematically undermining the Palestinian presence" in the city and making the prospect of it becoming the shared capital of Israel and a future Palestinian state "increasingly unlikely and unworkable," British daily The Independent quoted a report drafted by European diplomats as saying.

2. EU report calls for action against Israeli settlements - BBC

The European Commission is being urged to consider drafting legislation to ensure financial transactions by EU member states do not support Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem. The proposal is made in a confidential report by top EU diplomats in the area.

3. Syrian army 'agrees to ceasefire in Zabadani' - BBC

Syrian troops who were attacking rebels in the town of Zabadani, close to the capital Damascus, have agreed to a ceasefire, an opposition leader says. Radwan Ziadeh told the BBC troops had shelled the town since Friday, but had agreed to stop hostilities as the Free Syrian Army had strong local support. He said many members of the Syrian army had defected to the rebels' side.

4. Syrian 'chemical, biological' weapons concern Israel - Ynet News

Israel has serious concerns about what will happen to "huge stockpiles" of chemical and biological weapons in Syria when the Assad regime collapses, a senior military official said on Tuesday.

The Daily Jot

Encourage, Equip, Evangelize--lessons of a decade

Ten years ago today, the Lord prompted me to begin writing The Daily Jot. At the time, I was not sure what form it would take or what even would be written. I knew, however, that I was to use my journalism experience to encourage and equip Christians to evangelize. The name of the Jot came from Jesus' words in Matthew 5:18, "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." The Daily Jot was to be a small writing about something the Lord put on my heart each day that would help equip or encourage someone to evangelize in some way--whether it be through example, by using the Jot to strike up conversations, or by sharing it.

Another lesson I have learned is that there are many deceivers in the world--many are in Christianity. Paul warned in Ephesians 4:14, "That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive." When you actually study the word, you will find that many doctrines were developed out of context. There are many things I once believed were true because they were taught to me as truth, but I now see they were in great error and are causing deception. Don't get angry when your concepts are challenged. Study the Bible in its full context and find out for yourself.

There have been countless times over the past decade that the Lord has prompted me to write things that have, at first, upset people tremendously. To be honest, I knew they would, but I have to write what the Lord impresses upon me to write. Usually, the upsetting things come to pass. As an award winning investigative journalist, many times people would mock what I wrote, only to find that it turned out to be true. In Christianity, the arena is very unforgiving. Covering prophetic events is a full contact sport so to speak. Here is how I deal with it: Ezekiel 3:17-21. Paraphrasing, the Lord says tell them what I tell you to tell them; if you do, their actions are on their hands; if you don't, the blood is on my hand. And so it goes.

In the times ahead, I suspect there will be many warnings, many doctrines that will be called into question, and many who will just want to lash out rather than check it out. Please understand that I love you; that I have no agenda apart from what I believe the Lord is putting on my heart; and that your prayers and support are cherished because I also have learned that the Lord chooses to work through his people, otherwise this ministry would not exist. Thank you for the past ten years, and I look forward to what the Lord has in store for both of us!

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson

The Good News Corner:

Illinois Abortion Clinic Closes Down

The owners of an abortion clinic in Rockford, Ill., which was just cleared by the state to reopen after violating health standards last year, announced Friday they will shut the clinic for good because of a lack of community support.

On Jan. 4, the state said the Northern Illinois Women's Clinic (NIWC) had satisfactorily corrected the unsanitary conditions inspectors discovered last summer, and gave the owners a choice: Pay a $9,750 fine to keep operating - with the caveat that the least infraction in the future would result in the state closing the clinic for good - or pay $1,000 and voluntarily surrender the clinic's operating license.

The NIWC was one of nine abortion clinics inspected in a statewide sweep, but 13 others in Illinois have never been inspected - and nine of those are exempt from ever being scrutinized, said Eric Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League.

"It's not enough for officials to step up and enforce the weak laws we already have," Scheidler said. "It's time for the General assembly to close the loopholes that keep public health officials from ensuring other abortuaries aren't similarly violating the law."

The conditions at the NIWC weren't just unsanitary, Scheidler said - they were bizarre. Owner Wayne Webster was seen outside wearing a devil costume, and a crucified rubber chicken was hung in a window.

"It's shocking that it had to get this bad for the state to step in," Scheidler said. "If other clinics in the state are half or even a quarter as bad as Rockford, they too need to be closed down."
(by Karla Dial; CitizenLink)

Worship with Us Today!

When I Get Where I'm Goin' - Brad Paisley

"But when I get where I'm going
And I see my maker's face
I'll stand forever in the light
Of his amazing grace
Yeah when I get where I'm going
There'll be only happy tears"