Monday, April 30, 2012

CHPP Daily Brief - Monday, April 30, 2012

•  The Daily Brief
•  The Middle East in Focus
•  The Daily Jot
•  Federal Judge OK's Mojave Cross
•  HHS Secretary Questioned by House Committee
•  Chaplains Protest Bible Removal from Hotels
•  Worship with Us Today!

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The Daily Brief - Monday, April 30, 2012

"Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD. Blessed are the people he has chosen as his own." (Psalm 33:12)

The Daily Brief

1. Moslem Brotherhood's reach extends to White House - The Blaze

On Wednesday evening, GBTV unveiled a powerful documentary, "Rumors of War III," exposing how radical Islamists, including the Muslim Brotherhood, are infiltrating American government at its highest levels.

Read more.

- Precious Father, we ask that You expose those who have infiltrated our government at the highest levels to subvert and destroy our nation from within. Lord, we forbid it, and agree with You that this nation is founded on Your principles, and belongs to You! Root out the evil, we pray. May those plans contrived in the darkness be exposed to the light, and shouted from the rooftops. May those who love You and Your Word come into positions of responsibility in our government, we pray! Amen!

- "See how they are repaying us by coming to drive us out of the possession you gave us as an inheritance. Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you."
(2 Chronicles 20:11,12)
"For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open." (Mark 4:22)

2. Egypt plans "Farewell Intercourse" law - Ynet News

The law was first introduced in a fatwa (Islamic law) issued by a Moroccan cleric last year. Zamzami Abdul Bari said marriage remains valid even after death. He also said that women have the right to have sex with their dead husbands. The "Farewell Intercourse" law is just one of many new laws being introduced to Egyptians recently by the Islamist-dominated parliament. Other laws call for the legal marriage age to be lowered to 14 and abolish women's rights to education and employment.

Read more:

- "O Lord, God of Israel, we thank You that You are a God who abhors evil and perversion of every kind. We pray for sanity for those considering this evilness and sexual perversion. We ask You to turn their hearts to know wisdom, and to come to know You, O God.

- "He reveals mysteries from the darkness and brings the deep darkness into light. Light arises in the darkness for the upright; He is gracious and compassionate and righteous." (Job 12:21; Psalm 112:4)

3. Russia Is Sending Troops To The US To Learn American Military Tactics
- Business Insider

Russian paratroopers will meet up with American forces next month for an unprecedented military exercise in Colorado, according to RT News. It's the first time Russian service members will be invited into the United States for a joint drill. . . The official purpose of the joint training is to practice airborne tactics and anti-terror operations, such as dropping into a hostile area and conducting a "terrorist camp raid."

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- Father, we are puzzled by this joint drill with the Russian military - especially when the Russians also have troops working in cooperation with China. Father, we cry out for mercy and grace over these decisions. Protect our country from unwise decisions. May American be blessed with strong, righteous, God-fearing leaders! Amen!

- The Lord will perfect that which concerns me: Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, endure forever - forsake not the work of Your hands
. (Psalm 138:8)

4. Obama lifts freeze on $192 million aid package to Palestinian Authority - Times of Israel

Obama has lifted a ban on financial aid to the Palestinian Authority. Obama stated that the aid was "important to the security interests of the United States."

The US Congress froze a $192 million aid package to the Palestinian Authority after its president, Mahmoud Abbas, defied US pressure and sought to attain UN endorsement of Palestinian statehood last September. The presidential waiver means that aid can now be delivered.

Read more.

- Father, we cover this decision in prayer. We lift this concern to You. We pray You surround our leaders with wise counsel. In the Name of Jesus, we cry out for mercy and grace!

- "Let go [of your concerns]! Then you will know that I am God. I rule the nations. I rule the earth." (Psalm 46:10)

5. Speaker Boehner: White House Should Reimburse Taxpayers for Cost of Campaign Trips - Christian Coalition of America

In his weekly press conference on Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) drew a stark contrast between House Republicans' focus on creating jobs and addressing real challenges, and President Obama's taxpayer-funded campaign to distract attention from his failed record on jobs, energy and the economy.

- Father, may both parties come together on the issues facing the American people regarding jobs and the economy. Father, move on our leaders to put priorities first. May they deny themselves and put politics aside, and work to solve our country's challenges.

- " Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it."
(Mark 8:34-35) (NIV)

6. House Votes to Stop Student Loan Rates from Doubling, Cut ObamaCare Slush Fund - Christian Coalition of America

WASHINGTON, DC - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement after the House approved the Interest Rate Reduction Act (H.R. 4628), legislation by Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL) that would extend current student loan interest rates by cutting spending from an ObamaCare slush fund:

"Students and families are struggling in President Obama's economy. Nearly half of college graduates are unemployed or underemployed, and laws like ObamaCare have only made it harder for small businesses to hire them. That's why House Republicans voted to extend current student loan rates and to pay for it by eliminating an ObamaCare slush fund President Obama himself proposed cutting from his budget. It's time for the president and Democrats in Congress to stop exploiting the challenges facing young Americans for political gain, and start working with Republicans to create a better environment for private-sector job growth."

- Father, thank You for these strategies that will help these students on their loans. Continue to give creative solutions to the problems we are facing in America. We cry out for Your help, Lord. You are our Adonae (the one in control), Jehovah Jireh (Provider), Jehovah Nissi (victory in defeated places), and Jehovah Shalom (peace).

- Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me.
(Psalm 138:7)

The Middle East in Focus

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

"For the LORD has chosen Zion. He has desired it for His habitation. This is My rest for ever. Here will I dwell, for I have desired it."
(Psalms 132:13-14)

1. August-September elections highly likely - Ynet News

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked his advisors to explore the possibility of holding August or September elections and is leaning towards this option, Ynet has learned.

2. Jpost poll: Most Israelis support US-led Iran strike - Jerusalem Post

An overwhelming majority of Israelis would support America leading an international consortium of air forces in a military strike on Iran if sanctions and diplomatic talks fail, according to a Smith Research poll sponsored by The Jerusalem Post.

3. OP-ED: Bethlehem's last Christians?
- Ynet News

Ignored by Western media, a systematic campaign of Muslim persecution against the Christians is taking place in Palestinian areas. It's a religious and ethnic cleansing campaign silenced by the global churches.

4. 'Hezbollah boosting drone unit'
- Ynet News

Hezbollah has been allocating increased resources towards bolstering its drone unit, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Friday.

The Daily Jot

Islam as a tool of judgment

Yesterday after our Bible study, we got into a discussion about travel. One of our friends says he refuses to fly because the White House has made it such an indignant process. He made the point that we tell our kids all the time to not talk to strangers, yet the one exception is the TSA agent who is allowed to not only ask your child questions, expecting answers, but also allowed to grope your child ostensibly for weapons or weapon components. Another recently relayed the story when she last visited her grand children. After going through the xray machine, a male TSA agent smiled at her and said, "You just made my day." All this because of Islamic terrorists. But is it necessary? Is it judgment?
There must be a better way. Israel, for example, has a great system. The last time I was there, it was not invasive. It was matter of fact. It was professional. It was serious. It was also very efficient. The problem here is that there is one somewhat small group of people who are making it difficult on a large group of people. If there were no Islamic terrorists, the security at airports could be minimized and millions, if not billions, of dollars could be saved. But Islam's true meaning is submission to allah--their cultic god that they have convinced even the elect is the same as YHVH. In a sense, Islam has brought the world into submission--at least at airports.

It would seem that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is also under submission to Islam. The New York Times Sunday Review wrote about terrorist plots "hatched" by the FBI. The story relates how the FBI says it is regularly saving Americans from "lethal terrorist plots." In reality, the Times concludes, the FBI is facilitating terrorist dramas through undercover agents posing as terrorists to entrap other terrorists. The Times questions, "This is legal, but is it legitimate? Without the FBI, would the culprits commit violence on their own?" Of course, the Times is likely taking the side of poor Muslims who are enticed into being home-grown terrorists. They really don't want to hurt anybody, the Times submits.
Perhaps most Americans believe the world views their nation as one who follows the Golden Rule in Matthew 7:12, "Everything whatsoever you desire that people should do for you, do likewise for them." In reality, the world views America much differently because of US government actions. My friends in Ghana, for example, are well reminded of CIA initiated coups. Though they like Americans, many are suspicious of America. Isaiah 29:15 says, "Woe to those who burrow down deep to hide their plans from YHVH. They work in the dark and say to themselves 'Nobody sees us, nobody knows us.'" What our government has done in darkness has helped bring judgment to light. But who is the government, but We the People? Do the righteous cry out: "Time to repent. Time to act"?

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson

Federal Judge OK's Mojave Cross

Mojave Cross: Judge OKs deal to allow display of war memorial on once-public land

A federal judge has approved a land swap that could end an 11-year legal battle over the right to display a cross memorializing war veterans in a remote part of the Mojave Desert.

U.S. District Judge Robert Timlin in California on Monday, April 23, signed an order that will allow the Mojave Cross to return to Sunrise Rock. According to the settlement, the National Park Service will transfer the title for the one-acre parcel on which the cross sat to the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Barstow, Calif., in exchange for five acres of donated land.

. . . The cross stood quietly for 67 years until the American Civil Liberties Union sued in 2001, contending religious symbols shouldn't be displayed on public land. (U.S.News; MSNBC) Read more.

. . . Meanwhile, While this week's decision will allow one cross memorial to be restored, groups are trying to remove other memorials around the country. One organization is threatening to sue over two memorial crosses at Camp Pendleton, and another just this week demanded that a Rhode Island city remove a 91-year-old memorial cross that was erected to those who died in World Wars I and II. The city has indicated that it may not defend the cross because it fears significant litigation costs.

HHS Secretary Questioned by House Committee

House Committee Questions Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Conscience Mandate

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made yet another embarrassing admission about the lack of constitutional analysis that went into the HHS anti-conscience mandate on Thursday, April 26.

At a full committee hearing of the House Education and Workforce Committee Secretary Sebelius was repeatedly questioned by Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC) on whether she had consulted Supreme Court precedent or any official legal memo before publishing a rule that burdens religious liberty of employers. Under the mandate, almost all employers are forced to provide and pay for coverage of abortion-inducing drugs and contraception - regardless of any moral or religious objections to such services.

Referring to Secretary Sebelius' statement earlier this year that promised an accommodation that "strikes an appropriate balance between respecting religious freedom and increasing access to important preventive services," Rep. Gowdy sharply questioned the Secretary's understanding of a constitutionally permissible "balance."

"There are only three balancing tests that I am aware of when it comes to matters of constitutional significance. There is the rational basis balancing test for economic legislation, there is the intermediate or mid-level scrutiny for gender-related constitutional issues and then there is the heightened or strict scrutiny when fundamental rights are involved. And given the fact that I am sure you can see that religious liberty is a fundamental right, which of those three constitutional balancing tests were you making reference to when you said you balanced things?"

Secretary Sebelius, claiming ignorance of "nuances of the constitutional balancing tests," was unable to provide answer.

Nor could the Secretary answer that she had relied on an official legal memo. As she previously admitted to Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) at an Senate hearing a few weeks ago, it seems the Secretary did not even enlist the legal advise of the Department of Justice on whether it is constitutional to force religious employers to subsidize abortion and contraception services against their moral or religious beliefs.

The inability to adequately defend legal reasoning behind the HHS mandate does not bode well for the Secretary. There are currently seven lawsuits filed against Secretary Sebelius and other applicable department heads by organizations and businesses that are placed in an untenable situation by the mandate. Forced to either discard their deeply held beliefs or cease providing health insurance to their employees - and face a fine after 2014 for doing so - these organizations and countless others are standing up for religious liberty. (The Foundry) Read more.

Chaplains to Air Force: Please Don't Remove Bibles

Officials at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia have decided to remove a question from a 1,200-point checklist for guest accommodations, asking if the room is outfitted with a Bible. The change takes effect in September.

According to base newspaper The Patriot, the Washington, D.C.-based Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers has been pressuring the Air Force to remove all Bibles from guest quarters, saying having them connotes "a special privilege for Christianity."
The Bibles are donated by The Gideons International. Col. Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, said guest quarters on military bases also often include copies of the Koran and the Book of Mormon.

"That is a symptom of the larger problem," Crews said. "It just seems that the Air Force is caving at every point. Any time there's a threatened suit, they just take another step back instead of defending the religious liberty of military personnel."

Air Force Services Agency spokesman Michael Dickerson told The Patriot that though the checklist will be changed in a few months, no promises have been made to remove the Bibles.

"We communicated a legal opinion that there is no requirement (to have Bibles in the rooms)," he said. "The only thing that was communicated to them was that the question would be removed from the checklist. That's it." (CitizenLink)

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Shelter Me

Worship Here:

(Shelter me Lord)
Hide me underneath you wings
Hide me deep inside your heart
In your refuge cover me
The world can shake
But Lord I'm making you my hiding place

Friday, April 27, 2012

CHPP Daily Brief - Friday, April 27, 2012

•  The Daily Brief
•  The Middle East in Focus
•  The Daily Jot!
•  Obama has new 'atrocities czar'
•  House To Cite Holder For Contempt
•  Today's Legislative Focus
•  An Apology And A Retreat
•  Update: National Day of Prayer
•  The Good News Corner
•  Worship with Us Today!

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The Daily Brief  - Friday, April 27, 2012

O LORD, You are our God; let not man prevail against You. (2 Chronicles 14:11)

Please note: beginning this Monday, April 30, and continuing through the next two weeks, the Daily Brief will be published in an abbreviated format. Thank you.

The Daily Brief

1. Jobless Claims Stay Elevated as Labor Market Gains Stall - CNBC

New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits fell slightly last week but a trend reading rose to its highest since January, the latest sign of a weaker pace of healing in the still-struggling labor market.

- Father, we are grateful to You that the trend is moving in the right direction, be it ever so slow. We do continue to ask You to bring healing to our nation, economically, as well as in the job market, and in all phases of our government. We thank You for Your mercies, which are new every morning . . . surely, great is Your faithfulness to us! Amen

- "For I proclaim the name of the LORD; Ascribe greatness to our God! The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He."
(Deuteronomy 32:3,4)

2. Plan to fix Postal Service passes Senate

The Senate on Wednesday passed a plan to save the struggling U.S. Postal Service, an effort that could save thousands of jobs and 100 mail processing plants now slated to be closed or consolidated next month.

- Abba, we come to You and humbly ask that our Senators and Congressional Representatives will enact laws that benefit our nation and our economy. We pray for continued wisdom for them as they work out all the details of this legislation. May it be a good solution, we pray, for all concerned. Amen

- "Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing and benefits those who see the sun. Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves those who have it."
(Ecclesiastes 7:11,12)

3. Marines discharge sergeant for Facebook posts
- Marine Times

A sergeant will be discharged for criticizing President Obama on Facebook in a case that called into question the Pentagon's policies about social media and its limits on the speech of active duty military personnel, the Marine Corps said Wednesday.

Atheist group demands Rhode Island city remove cross from atop war memorial - Fox News

A national atheist organization is demanding that a Rhode Island city remove a cross from a 91-year-old memorial honoring hometown soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

- O, Lord, this saddens us to see that active duty military personnel are not afforded the right to free speech, as the rest of us are. These are the brave men and women who are standing in harm' way, giving their lives for our freedom to speak our minds. We thank You for those who serve in our military, and ask Your protection over them. We also ask those monuments, placed in memory of those who have paid the ultimate price, will not be removed simply because they contain a religious symbol. May freedom of religion extend to all of us, and especially for those who died to preserve that freedom, we pray. Amen.

- "'No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me,' Says the LORD."
(Isaiah 54:17)

4. Pentagon Halts Class Teaching Anti-Islam Material
- ABC News

The Pentagon has suspended a course for military officers that officials say contained inflammatory material about Islam.

Father, we ask that our military would be taught how to wisely understand and counter-act any violent behavior from any terrorists, who would wish to do any of us harm, as a result of their religious beliefs, or ours. Again, we ask for Your wisdom to be given in addition to knowledge, for the safety of all, we pray.

"Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom.Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you." (Proverbs 4:6-8)

5. Rubio Praises U.N., World Bank, IMF for Not Asserting 'Narrow American Interests'
- CNS News

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who was elected to his first term with help from the Tea Party in 2010 and who is sometimes cited as a potential GOP vice presidential pick, lauded the United Nations, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for following their respective visions instead of asserting "narrow American interests" in a speech today on U.S. foreign policy.

- Lord, we pray for Senator Rubio, that You would grant him wisdom and understanding, and a deep love for his country. We understand that he is speaking in "global" terms, but, may we not put aside our own national interests as well, we pray. Protect us, Lord, and give us godly men and women in government who will lead us in accordance with Your Word. Amen.

- "Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; He lifts his voice, the earth melts. The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress." (Psalm 46:6,7)

6. New rules set on background checks for job seekers - MSNBC

Federal regulators Wednesday approved new rules that could make it easier to find work for convicted criminals and others who have gotten into legal trouble.

- Abba, we pray for sanity and clarity of thought, and integrity of heart, to rule in the Federal regulators, who make these decisions. Surely, we know that previously convicted criminals can be rehabilitated, and restored; but, we also know that in some cases that does not happen. We do ask for Your wisdom to prevail in these new rules, that there will be the ability to "trust, but verify"; and that the population as a whole be protected from those who do not choose to leave their criminal behavior behind. We thank You Lord for that wisdom for all of us. Amen.

- "Consider well the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established and ordered aright. Turn not aside to the right hand or to the left; remove your foot from evil." (Proverbs 4:26,27)

7. Mein Kampf to Return to German Bookshelves -

The German state of Bavaria owns this book's copyright, a privilege it has used to prevent publication of the foundational document of Nazism since the end of World War II. But with those copyright restrictions due run out at the end of 2015, officials decided to publish an edition for students, which puts Hitler's work in historic context with critical annotations, before it can be published elsewhere.

Jacob Heilbrunn, writing in The Atlantic, argues that the decision is "good news" for Germany, as "defanging" such a notorious text will help speed "normalization" in a country that still struggles with the legacy of its Nazi years. "Germany is democratic and mature enough to form its own picture of Hitler's book," said Raphael Seligmann, publisher of the newspaper Jewish Voice from Germany. Read more.

- Father, we ask that You would grant wisdom to those making decisions about re-publishing this book by Hitler. We ask that if it is re-published, that it would expose the evil and erroneous thoughts of this man, and that it would actually be used to condemn "anti-semitism", and the resulting bigotry and violence. We ask You to bring good out of this evil, and expose the hatred and insanity of this man, we pray.

- "Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, 'If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.'" (John 8:32,33)

The Middle East in Focus

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

Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime. (2 Samuel 7:10)

1. IDF chief: Other nations could strike Iran - Ynet News

Israel's military chief said Thursday that other countries have readied their armed forces for a potential strike against Iran's nuclear sites to keep Tehran from acquiring atomic weapons.

2. PM to ask court to delay Ulpana homes demolition
- Jerusalem Post

In the next few days, the state plans to ask the High Court of Justice to postpone the scheduled demolition of 30 homes in the Ulpana outpost.

3. Barak casts doubt on successful Iran talks - Jerusalem Post

Defense Minister Ehud Barak cast doubt Thursday on the success of upcoming nuclear negotiations between the West and Iran.

4. Nakba march: We can free ourselves of brutal regime - Ynet News

"The Jews' independence day is our day of mourning," thousands of Arab Israelis chanted Thursday during a march commemorating the "Nakba," or the "catastrophe" of the establishment of the State of Israel.

5. TV's 60 Minutes slammed over segment on Christians in Israel - Times of Israel

Thousands of Christian and Jewish supporters of Israel have bombarded CBS executives with complaints about a "60 Minutes" segment that blamed Israel for the exodus of Christians from the West Bank and Jerusalem.

 The Daily Jot!

Dominion Theology vs Civic Responsibility

Many believe there is a blurred line between Dominion Theology and civic duty. Dominion Theology is the belief that Christians must prepare the way of the Messiah in order for him to return. In preparing the way, Christians are to take over leadership positions in all aspects of society and government and rule on behalf of Christ, even by the authority of the Christ in them. This is the only way that Christ can return. If He tarries, or does not return, then Christ's kingdom on earth is established through the Christ living in those who are ruling on his behalf. There are many shades of this belief. Preterists, for example, believe that all prophecy is fulfilled and that they are Christ's kingdom on earth.

The problem with Dominion Theology is that it is extra-Biblical in the least and heresy in the most. The nature of the "Christ" they proclaim is changed dramatically. Consider the prophets and the book of Revelation, both speaking of the end time "Day of the Lord" where Yeshua Ha Mashiach returns and establishes his kingdom on earth. In Isaiah 63:3-4 the Lord says, "I have trodden the winepress alone; and the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come."

Revelation 19:15 describes the Messiah, "And out of his mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treads the winepress of fierceness and wrath of Almighty YHVH." Many, many verses prophesy the return of Yeshua in the fullness of time where he alone (although he is "followed" by the" armies which were in heaven" v. 14) establishes his kingdom on earth. Yeshua Ha Mashiach is the only one worthy of this. Revelation 5:4 says, " man was found worthy to open and to read the scroll." Only Yeshua--"behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll, and to loose the seven seals."

While man may "prepare the way" by conducting the Great Commission here on earth, man has absolutely no control or power over when Yeshua returns to restore his kingdom. Yeshua says in Acts 1:7 "It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father has put in his own power." Then he instructs his disciples to receive the Holy Ghost and be witnesses "unto the uttermost part of the earth." A careful study of the scriptures indicates that Dominion Theology is merely man trying to put himself in a position of importance and control over the actions of YHVH. This is heresy. Civic responsibility from a Christian perspective, however, is being salt and light to a dark and dying world.

Romans 12:1-2 says, "...present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto YHVH, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of YHVH." Simply put, YHVH has given us--through the toil and blood of our forefathers and the blessing of YHVH--a nation where we are free to worship, speak our minds and assemble. Our civic duty is to keep it that we are able to make disciples. As Patrick Henry said, "God presides over the destiny of nations." If the salt has lost its savour its not good for anything. Let us not be luke warm in our vigilance.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson

Obama has new 'atrocities czar'

[Hussein] Obama's National Security Adviser Samantha Power will head the new White House Atrocities Prevention Board, which is tasked with formulating a response to war crimes, crimes against humanity and mass atrocities.

Power helped to found a global military doctrine called Responsibility to Protect that was also devised by several controversial characters, including Palestinian legislator Hanan Ashrawi, a staunch denier of the Holocaust who long served as the deputy of late Palestinian Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat.

Power once suggested investing "literally billions of dollars" in a "mammoth protection force" to intercede in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Notorious left-wing radical Tom Hayden recently wrote Power sees war as an "instrument for achieving her liberal, even radical, values."

In his speech at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on Monday, Obama announced the new Atrocities Prevention Board to be chaired by Power. (WorldNetDaily) Read more.

- This new Atrocities Prevention Board seems to be its own atrocity! Call forth a congressional hearing about the mission of this new creation, and whether such an entity is needful given the current state of our economy. Pray!

- "The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity."
(Proverbs 11:3)

House To Cite Holder For Contempt

CBS News reports that Speaker John Boehner has given Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, permission to draft a resolution formally citing Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt. Rep. Issa has been investigating the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal for two years now, and has grown increasingly frustrated by the Justice Department's reluctance to provide information.

This is not just a petty partisan game of "gotcha." Fast and Furious was a botched operation that cost the life of an American law enforcement official. As you may recall, the Fast and Furious scandal involves a government program that allowed weapons to "walk" across the U.S./Mexican border. Ultimately, weapons that were part of the Fast and Furious operation were used in the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

The Justice Department is already in hot water for previously transmitting false and misleading information about Fast and Furious to Congress. But rather than stop the stonewalling and fully cooperate with Congress, Holder has dug in and evidently exhausted the patience of the House leadership. Stay tuned. (Gary Bauer)

- Lord, we ask that all the branches of our Federal Government, including the Department of Justice, would work together for the good of the people, without regard to personal politics. We ask for an openness of communication, and co-operation between these bodies for the smooth flow of information. We pray that there actions would be with integrity and truthfulness, in Your Name we pray. Amen.

- "Behold, You desire truth in the inner being; make me therefore to know wisdom in my inmost heart."
(Psalm 51:6)

Today's Legislative Focus

From The Madison Project

Bonus Legislation

[Every week, we will try to spotlight some positive legislation that is worthy of conservative support.]

The Budget for Disasters Act (H.R.4386)

In recent years, Congress has been using "disaster spending" to increase the total spending above and beyond the levels set in the annual appropriations bills. Last year, Congress used $11 billion in disaster spending to ensure that not a single penny of spending was cut from the previous year. The Budget for Disasters Act, sponsored by Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-CO), is very simple. This bill would clarify that all disaster spending is subject to the annual spending caps, thereby forcing Congress to offset disaster spending with cuts from other areas in the budget.

- Pray for passage of this commonsense bill.

An Apology And A Retreat -- For Now

Here's some good news. Al Armendariz, the EPA regional administrator who compared his enforcement philosophy to crucifixions, is apologizing for his outrageous remarks. In a statement released Wednesday, Armendariz wrote: "I apologize to those I have offended and regret my poor choice of words. It was an offensive and inaccurate way to portray our efforts to address potential violations of our nation's environmental laws." Offensive is certainly correct, but I fear it is an accurate representation of this administration's mindset when it comes to our energy producers.

The Labor Department is beating a hasty retreat from its plans to impose child labor laws on family farms. In a statement released yesterday, the Department stated: "The decision to withdraw this rule . . . was made in response to thousands of comments expressing concerns about the effect of the proposed rules on small family-owned farms. To be clear, this regulation will not be pursued for the duration of the Obama administration."

Labor's backing down is good news. But I suspect it was reacting not to the thousands of comments but the possibility of Obama losing 50 votes. No that's not a typo. I'm referring to the number of votes in the Electoral College from a handful of key states where the farm vote could be decisive.

But I guarantee you, my friends, these are just temporary victories. Remember what Obama said when he leaned over to whisper in Russian President Dmitri Medvedev's ear? "After my election I have more flexibility." If Obama gets reelected this farm child labor issue is coming back, along with cap and trade and much, much more of Obama's radical agenda.

Speaking of which, First Lady Michelle Obama has been dropping some not-so-subtle hints about what Obama's true agenda is and what is at stake this November. It has been reported that in private meetings with donors Michelle is promising that Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor will vote to redefine marriage. Here's what Mrs. Obama has said:

"Let's not forget what it meant when my husband appointed those two brilliant Supreme Court justices, and for the first time in history our daughters and our sons watched three women take their seat on our nation's highest court. But more importantly, let us never forget the impact their decisions will have on our lives for decades to come -- on our privacy [abortion on demand] and . . . yes, love whomever we choose [same-sex marriage]. That is what's at stake here."
She's right. If Obama gets four more years not only will he raise taxes through the roof, gut defense, spend us into bankruptcy and crucify our most productive industries, he will also continue to pack our courts with left-wing ideologues who will redefine and undermine every value and virtue pro-family, pro-life conservatives hold dear! (Gary Bauer)

Update: National Day of Prayer

Next Thursday, May 3rd, believers across America will observe America's 61st annual National Day of Prayer (NDP). Over 50,000 NDP prayer events will take place across America. If you have not made plans, visit the official Task Force site to Find an Event in your area!
The National Day of Prayer (NDP) is an anchor for the prayer movement (see History). It has played a huge role in restoring prayer to our churches and nation. Congress passed a resolution to establish the National Day of Prayer in 1952 and President Harry S. Truman signed it into law. In 1988, due to the lobbying efforts of Vonette Bright (wife of the late Dr. Bill Bright and founder of the National Prayer Committee), President Ronald Reagan signed a law designating the first Thursday in May as the official day to observe NDP each year. Later, Shirley Dobson (wife of Dr. James Dobson) became chairman of the NDP Task Force, which has facilitated NDP events across the nation, and helped catalyze a prayer movement that has powerfully impacted America's churches and given a public face to the nationwide prayer movement.

The National Observance on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, will take place from 9:00 AM-12:00 Noon EDT, and will be broadcast LIVE via webcast and through GOD TV and Direct TV (Channel 365). Presenters will include NDP Honorary Chairman, Dr. David Jeremiah, Dr. James Dobson, Shirley Dobson, Bishop Harry Jackson and others.

- May God stir his people to make the National Day of Prayer a solemn assembly unto the Lord. May it grow in numbers and power and may God hear the united prayers of his people! Thank you, Lord, for allowing us to live in a nation whose Forefathers were praying men. Thank your for those who labored to make this event possible! May God now use this great day to stir America to prayer and, ultimately, to make every day a National Day of Prayer for our nation!!!

- "Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD . . ." (Psalm 33:12)
(Source: FRC Prayer Targets)

The Good News Corner:

90-Hour Bible Reading Marathon Begins in D.C.

The national event serves to honor the Bible, celebrate religious freedom and unite the diverse branches of Christianity around the Bible. Members of Congress and world-renowned Christian leaders and pastors stand alongside street people, families, military personnel, school children, nurses, teachers, and otherwise ordinary Believers to raise up the Word of God.

The 23rd annual U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon begins at 6:00 PM on Friday, April 27, 2012. For 90 continuous hours beginning with the reading of Genesis 1:1, every word of the Bible will be read aloud and without commentary, culminating at @ 1:00 PM on Tuesday, May 1, with the reading of the final chapters of the book of Revelation. During those five days, hundreds of Bible Believers will gather on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol to read a portion of the Bible, to listen and to pray.

The U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon began in 1990, the year proclaimed by a Joint Congressional Resolution and Presidential Proclamation by President George H.W. Bush as the International Year of Bible Reading. The event serves to honor the Bible, celebrate religious freedom and unite the diverse branches of Christianity around the Bible.

Readers who participate come from many backgrounds and locations all across America. Members of Congress and world-renowned Christian leaders and pastors stand alongside street people, families, military personnel, school children, nurses, teachers, and otherwise ordinary Believers to raise up the Word of God.

Each year the Bible is read there by visitors from around the world in their native tongues. Bibles will be on hand in @ 100 languages. Every culture, age, denomination, race and political party is represented. Many branches of faith are represented as well, including Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, Messianic and Jewish.

The U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon is a part of a weeklong celebration of prayer and the Word, not only in the Nation's Capital, but across the nation. Bible reading marathons will be taking place in many state capitals and county seats in conjunction with the National Day of Prayer.

Reading times can be reserved through Terry Shaffer Hall, 202-441-6455 or

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

CHPP Daily Brief - Thursday, April 26, 2012

•  The Daily Brief
•  The Middle East in Focus
•  The Daily Jot!
•  Update: VAWA
•  Supreme Court Considers AZ Immigration Law
•  Today's Legislative Focus
•  "60 Minutes" Anti-Israel Report
•  WIN Report: Grand Mufti Declaration
•  The Good News Corner
•  Worship with Us Today!

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The Daily Brief - Thursday, April 26, 2012

O LORD, You are our God; let not man prevail against You. (2 Chronicles 14:11)

The Daily Brief

1. Iran readying hacker attacks on U.S. infrastructure, specialists say - Washington Times

Iran is recruiting a hacker army to target the U.S. power grid, water systems and other vital infrastructure for cyberattack in a future confrontation with the United States, security specialists will warn Congress Thursday.

- Lord, we continue to erect a hedge of Your protection around America's infrastructure, computer systems, and all other essentials. We stand firmly in Your hand and praise You for remembering Your people in spite of the threats.

- "The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all nations that forget God."
[Psalm 9:17]

2. Analysts say North Korea's new missiles displayed at parade are fakes - AP

A half dozen ominous new North Korean missiles showcased at a lavish military parade were clumsy fakes, analysts say, casting more doubt on the country's claims of military prowess after its recent rocket launch failure.

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- Father, we rejoice at this good news about the missiles. We ask that You reveal all secrets of North Korea, and bring their government to shame for their aggressive rhetoric. We ask for a move of Your Spirit over that nation, drawing people to Yourself.

- "Let them be confounded and dismayed forever; yes, let them be put to shame and perish." (Psalm 83:17)

3. Republicans Eye Missile-defense site on US East Coast - NewsMax

Republicans who control the House of Representatives' Armed Services Committee called on Wednesday for studies on what could become a third missile-interceptor site in the United States, this one on the East Coast.

- Father, You alone know whether this missile site is necessary, so we ask that You make the determination and bring it to pass if it is indeed something that America should establish.

- "Some trust in horses, and some in chariots, but we will remember the Name of the Lord our God." (Psalm 20:7)

4. Pentagon confirms plan to create new spy agency
- Fox News

The Pentagon confirmed Tuesday that it is carving out a brand new spy agency expected to include several hundred officers focused on intelligence gathering around the world.

- Lord, as the bureaucracy of America grows exponentially, we pray for wisdom on the part of our leadership with regard to adding yet another agency to the mix.

- "In the multitude of words sin is not lacking"
(Proverbs 19a)

5. EPA Official's 'Philosophy' On Oil Companies: 'Crucify Them' - CNS News

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) took to the Senate floor today to draw attention to a video of a top EPA official saying the EPA's "philosophy" is to "crucify" and "make examples" of oil and gas companies - just as the Romans crucified random citizens in areas they conquered to ensure obedience.

- Father, we bind up these curses and delete their effects over the American economy. We speak peace in the place of conflict with American oil and gas companies. We pray Your protection over them, and blessings to them as long as their actions are in the best interests of our nation and our land.

- "Death and life are in the power of the tongue."
(Proverbs 18:21)

6. Supreme Court casts doubt on Obama's immigration law claim - Washington Times

Supreme Court justices took a dim view of the Obama administration's claim that it can stop Arizona from enforcing immigration laws, telling government lawyers during oral argument Wednesday that the state appears to want to push federal officials, not conflict with them.

- Lord, we pray for the enforcement of immigration laws to be safeguarded in the state of Arizona. We pray for a favorable outcome of this Supreme Court review.

- "Hold me up, and I shall be safe, and I shall observe Your statutes continually."
(Psalm 119:117)

The Middle East in Focus

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

Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime. (2 Samuel 7:10)

1. PM: Throughout history, Jews have overcome enemies - Jerusalem Post

Jews have overcome all their enemies throughout history, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said during the state ceremony for fallen soldiers at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem Wednesday.

2. Israel's top general says Iran unlikely to make bomb - Reuters

Israel's military chief said he does not believe Iran will decide to build an atomic bomb and called its leaders "very rational" - comments that clashed with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's assessment.

3. EU urges Israel to reverse its authorization of three West Bank outposts - Times of Israel

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Wednesday urged the Israeli government to reverse its decision to authorize the West Bank outposts of Bruchin, Sansana, and Rechelim.

4. Palestinians call on UN to stop Israeli settlement legalization - Ha'aretz

The Palestinian UN observer Riyad Mansour denounced on Wednesday Israel's legalization of three unsanctioned West Bank settler outposts as an illegal attempt to entrench "its massive network of illegal settlements."

5. Palestinian Authority blocks news websites critical of Abbas, report says
- Ha'aretz

The Palestinian Authority began blocking access to websites which expressed criticism toward it, the Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported Wednesday. According to the report, the PA instructed its internet providers to block access to news websites that are critical of President Mahmoud Abbas.

The Daily Jot!

What to do to turn around a dying nation

Daily Jot readers are expressing their frustration about the nation: "A few months ago, I heard a youthful friend glibly say, "Well if we lose our freedom, we'll still have Jesus." My stomach curdled at those words as I thought, "You have no idea of what you speak."... "I write the congress people, but they don't care and just send back 'thank you ' letters, etc. So I guess most people feel that they can't do anything. We sign petitions that get passed around. What good do they do? News writes what they want and most people don't even get the true stories. Any suggestions for people?"... "What can I do to make a difference? I have written letters over the years to politicians. Seems to never make a difference...What more can I do?"

First off, we have to recognize the con game. Politicians encourage you to write or fax so that they can get your information and build a list on various issues. That way they can contact you to show you what a good job they are doing on issues of your interest. Organizations use petitions to get your name and email so they can raise money from you. Generally speaking, neither the politicians nor the lobbyists care a thing about what you think, they just want your information for their own purposes. Christian organizations are just as guilty. So beware. Your opinion doesn't matter much, just your money and your information. Having confirmed why writing and signing is not effective, what to do?

Mark 8:34 says, "And Yeshua called the crowds with his disciples, and he said to them, "Whoever is willing to come after me, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and let him come after me." The cross was very offensive because it represented the worst of torture and death reserved for the worst of people. Yeshua was saying that following him will be difficult. Turning a nation back to YHVH is also difficult. The church has become like the world. Christians are apathetic like the Laodiceans. 2 Chronicles 7:14 is overused and underplayed. We are a whole lot about action that takes place from a computer or a chair, but we need to be about Ephesians 6:13, "having done all, to stand." That is much harder.
I believe getting rid of the problem before us is like the example Yeshua gave regarding the demon that could not be driven out, only by prayer and fasting. Pray and fast for our nation.

Beyond that we have to take action. So many will say that if you organize and take to the streets, you are being rebellious. I say that if we stand together overcoming evil with good, and we do it publicly in great numbers, we are not in rebellion, but crushing a satanic rebellion that has been allowed far too long. We need to put away this "dominionism" nonsense, and waiting for the rapture, and put our arms and legs and voices in motion in numbers. We need to be men and women of YHVH speaking boldly as we ought to speak. Anyone game?

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson

Thank Your Senators for Voting Against VAWA

The Senate just voted to reauthorize the so-called Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) through 2016. Originally passed in 1994, VAWA is feminist pork that has already squandered over one billion dollars each year on programs that have done little or no good for real victims of domestic violence. Instead, the funds been allocated on a highly political basis to fill feminist coffers and to lobby for feminist objectives and laws. Although every spending bill should be subject to rigorous auditing procedures in order to curb waste and fraud, VAWA has somehow ducked accountability for the money it doles out to radical feminist organizations.

Click here to read more about VAWA and the many reasons Eagle Forum has worked to reform this expensive, ineffective bill.

Although the bill passed the liberal-controlled Senate today, the good news is that 31 Senators voted against it. Historically, very few legislators have had the guts to vote against the bill because of intense pressure and threats from the feminists and fear of appearing "anti-woman."

Today's vote sends a strong signal that the left's phony accusations that conservatives are waging a "war on women" aren't working.

Here is a list of Senators who voted against VAWA. If either of your Senators is on this list, please take a moment to thank them and urge them to continue to stand strong against liberal rhetoric and feminists' demands.

[Scroll down to see the section marked "Grouped by Vote Position."]

Tell them that we know it is liberals who are raging the real war on women and all Americans through their attacks on our religious and economic freedom, as I detailed in my recent column, "Obama's War on Women."

Phyllis Schlafly
Eagle Forum

Supreme Court Considers AZ Immigration Law

High Court Takes Up Illegal Immigration

The justices of the United States Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday on Arizona's tough anti-illegal immigration law known as SB 1070. The law allows police officers to check the immigration status of individuals who have been detained for other offenses. The Arizona law is overwhelmingly popular. A recent Quinnipiac poll found that 68% of registered voters support the law, while just 27% opposed it. Hispanic voters were narrowly divided with 47% in favor to 49% against. The Obama Administration, however, sued to block implementation of the law, arguing that immigration enforcement is a federal responsibility with virtually no role for the states. Historically, the courts have adopted that view.

But the Roberts court has shifted somewhat towards expanding state authority. Last year in a 5-to-3 decision, the court upheld another Arizona law that revoked business licenses for companies that repeatedly hired illegal immigrants.

And according to various press reports, the justices appeared likely to uphold SB 1070 too. As MSNBC noted, "The justices strongly suggested Wednesday they are not buying the Obama administration's argument that the state exceeded its authority" and "even some of the court's liberal justices seemed to find no strong objection."

And while I would be surprised if Justice Sonia Sotomayor ruled in favor of SB 1070, she was nevertheless especially critical of the administration's lawyer, Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. At one point Sotomayor, who once deemed herself a "wise Latina woman," said of Verrilli's argument against the Arizona law, "General, I'm terribly confused by your answer," and added, "You can see it's not selling very well." (Gary Bauer)

Today's Legislative Focus

From The Madison Project

Highway Bill

Last week, the House voted for a 90-day extension of surface transportation projects (H.R. 4348), a move that will pave the road for a conference with the Senate over its bill, S. 1813. The House will formally vote to go to conference some time on Wednesday. House GOP leaders have already admitted that the final conference bill will resemble the Senate bill. [We detailed all the pernicious aspects of that bill in last week's issue.] They will only attempt to negotiate for a provision to force Obama to approve the Keystone pipeline. Aside for the fact that attaching a good provision to a bad bill is terrible policy, this provision will not necessarily force Obama to approve the pipeline. Call your representatives and ask them to vote no on going to conference with the senate until the House passes a conservative bill first.

Farm Bill

It's that time of the decade. The 2008 Farm Bill is slated to expire at the end of the fiscal year, and the Senate Agriculture Committee has released a new 5-year reauthorization. They are scheduling a markup for April 25. For all the talk of too much partisanship in Washington, the farm bill contains too much bipartisanship. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) are working in lockstep with their House counterparts to expand the federal crop insurance program as a way of "softening the blow" of ending direct subsidies. This 900-page bill will spend $10 billion more than even Obama's agriculture budget. Now is the time to begin winding down government involvement in farming and decreasing dependency on government, not entrenching the federal government deeper into rural subsidies. We must begin sounding the alarm that we expect all Republicans to oppose the farm bill.

"60 Minutes" Anti-Israel Report

Respond to 60 Minutes Anti-Israel Report!

Dear Friend, Sunday night CBS reporter Bob Simon presented an episode of "60 Minutes" that was a pathetic excuse for objective journalism. He begins the segment by remarking on the tragic state of Christians in the Middle East, where violence against Christians has spiked during the recent regional turmoil which some have dubbed the Arab Spring. His remarks on Christian persecution in the Middle East lasts all of two sentences before he plunges into an attack on the only country in the region where Christians are safe: Israel. The irony of this story is remarkable.

The irony unfolds in the first 30 seconds of the episode as Simon says ". . . In Iraq and Egypt scores of churches have been attacked, hundreds murdered. In Syria, revolution seriously threatens Christian communities. The one place where Christians are not suffering from violence is the Holy Land." Simon then goes on to present a skewed narrative filled with misrepresentations and inaccurate facts, which ultimately paint Israel as the Villain. For those of us who feel deeply for the persecuted Christians of the Middle East, it is hard to comprehend what motivates a Journalist to casually gloss over the travesty of the ongoing annihilation of ancient Christian communities throughout the region, in order to attack the only country in the Middle East where the Christian population is thriving.

The damage that this piece of irresponsible reporting inflicts is two-fold. First, and most obviously - it paints the democratic country of Israel in a negative light in a blatant attempt to dislodge Christian support for Israel. Secondly- it deflects attention from the real tragedy befalling Christians all over the Arab world. The real news story is that throughout the so called Arab Spring, the rapes, beatings, murders, looting and terror perpetrated against Christians in the Middle East have been endemic. At a time when Christians are being terrorized by Islamic extremists and complacent regimes throughout the entire region, "60 Minutes" chooses to vilify the only safe haven for Christianity in the entire Middle East.

Click here to write to CBS and tell them that this reckless, politicized reporting will not do! This is a poor example of news reporting and we expect more from a leading news network.

Secondly we encourage you to speak out now in support of persecuted Christians in the Middle East. Visit the website which sends a message to Congressional leaders that US Aid of $600 million to the Palestinian Authority is not acceptable, especially with its poor record of the treatment of Christians. On this site you can also learn the truth about who is actually persecuting Christians in the Middle East (which wasn't reported by CBS).

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WIN Report: Grand Mufti Declaration


SUMMARY: On March 12, 2012, the Grand Mufti of the Saudi Arabia declared that it is "necessary to destroy all the churches of the Arabian [Peninsula] region." This shocked many Christians and angered others, but was not widely reported in the Western press. The Grand Mufti based his decree on Muhammad's deathbed statement: "There are not to be two religions in the [Arabian] Peninsula."

The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia (Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh) recently called for the destruction of all churches on the Arabian Peninsula. In his address to a Kuwaiti delegation, the Grand Mufti stated that it is "necessary to destroy all the churches in the Arabian [Peninsula] region."

The Grand Mufti is the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia; however, he does wield influence throughout the Arabian Peninsula. Muftis are Islamic leaders who issue fatwas (rulings on Shari'a law).

The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia (Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh) recently called for the destruction of all churches on the Arabian Peninsula. In his address to a Kuwaiti delegation, the Grand Mufti stated that it is "necessary to destroy all the churches in the Arabian [Peninsula] region."

The Grand Mufti is the highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia; however, he does wield influence throughout the Arabian Peninsula. Muftis are Islamic leaders who issue fatwas (rulings on Shari'a law).

"Since Christianity is already forbidden in Saudi Arabia and no churches exist there," writes journalist Dave Bohon, "the implications of the cleric's words were that the church ban should extend to other countries in the region, including Yemen, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates."

Most nations on the Arabian Peninsula allow expatriates to worship in compounds. The Grand Mufti's statement calls for these nations to follow Saudi Arabia's example and outlaw Christianity.

Now is the time to rise up and pray for protection for our Brothers and Sisters living in Islamic nations.

Pray For:

- the Lord to open the blind eyes of Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul's, so he may experience the concern, love, and power of the Almighty God. (The Bible, Luke 4:18)

- the Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul to encounter Jesus Christ, just as Paul did on the road to Damascus. Pray for him to receive the knowledge and revelation of Christ as the Son of the Living God. Pray for him accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Acts 9:3)

- the Grand Mufti to retract his declaration and churches in the Arabian Peninsula will not be impacted by his statement. Pray for him to issue an official statement promoting the establishment of freedom religion in Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Peninsula. (The Bible, Psalm 103:6)

- the Lord to send the Holy Spirit upon Christian Believers in the Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Peninsula, surrounding them with comfort and courage. (The Bible, John 14:26)

- Christian Believers to remember that God has not given them a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. (The Bible, 2 Timothy 1:7)

- the Lord to use the Christian Church in Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Peninsula to proclaim and demonstrate the love and miraculous power of God. (The Bible, Psalm 55:9)
(SOURCES: Reuters, The Washington Times)

The Good News Corner:

A Baby Boy Raised from the Dead

"I felt God speaking to me saying: 'He has the right to live'. So, immediately, I put my hand over him, and started to pray . . ."

Montevideo, Uruguay)-Dr. Marta Martínez is a respected doctor from Montevideo, Uruguay, who believes that God still heals the sick today. And she should know, for in an interview, Dr. Martinez told me about an extraordinary miracle that she witnessed and was personally involved with.

"I experienced this miracle some years ago, while I was working in a hospital in one small city, far from the capital city," she said. "It concerned a baby who was about one month old and his mother was an adolescent and very poor.

"The baby boy had come to the hospital in a very bad condition, with malnutrition, dehydration and septicemia. There appeared to be nothing we could to do for him. Finally he died. While I was present, watching him at the moment of the death, I thought: 'It is better for him to die, because in his environment, with his kind of family, he would have not any chance of success, the rest of his life would be a 'Calvary', with a lack of hope and no opportunities'.

"At that moment, I felt God speaking to me saying: 'He has the right to live'. So, immediately, I put my hand over him, and started to pray and thank God he was 'resurrected'-he came back to life! It was an amazing miracle."

Dr. Martinez went on to say that the baby was then sent to "a better hospital" in Montevideo called "Filtro" for further treatment.

"After some months, I went to the 'Filtro' hospital just to visit a patient and while I was there, I asked one of the nurses about this baby that I had prayed for. She told me that 'he's here right now and he's five months old.' She added: 'He is fine now, but we have him still here just so he can gain more weight. Would you like to see him?'

"When I saw him, I was astonished to see that, by now, he was a very big and healthy baby. God allowed me to see the complete miracle.

"I have also seen other healings and I believe in divine healing because, first of all, it is written in the Bible, and secondly I have seen others healed in a miraculous way and have also experienced it in my own body."

Dr. Martinez is now hoping to travel to Nairobi, Kenya, to attend the 9th Annual World Christian Doctors Network (WCDN) conference to be held at the Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, from May 25-26, 2012.

WCDN is an interdenominational organization composed of Christian medical professionals from around the world who believe in divine healing and meet under the title of "Spirituality and Medicine."

I concluded my interview with her, by asking why she thought other doctors should believe in the power of prayer to heal the sick, and she replied, "Not just Christian doctors, but all Christians should believe in divine healing because it is written in the Bible and also, it was a very important part of Jesus' ministry on this earth, and also because the Holy Spirit dwells in us (Luke 4:18-20)." (Source: ASSIST News Service)

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

CHPP Daily Brief - Wednesday, April 25, 2012

•  The Daily Brief
•  The Middle East in Focus
•  The Daily Jot
•  We Stand Corrected!
•  Government Gone Wild
•  Today's Legislative Focus
•  Israeli Myths Debunked at the U.N.!!
•  Israel's 64th Birthday is Today!
•  The Good News Corner

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The Daily Brief - Wednesday, April 25, 2012

O LORD, You are our God; let not man prevail against You. (2 Chronicles 14:11)

 The Daily Brief

1. Department of Homeland Security buying up enough ammo to wage seven-year war against the American people - Natural News

...the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), an agency that says its main purpose now is to thwart "homegrown terrorism," has awarded a contract to ammunition manufacturer ATK for acquiring 450 million rounds of .40 caliber hollow point ammo. You can view the announcement of the ammunition purchase at this press release:

- Lord, protect us as we feel threatened by the very government established to protect and serve us! May Your power prevail over the power hungry. Protect us by Your might, in Jesus' Name!

- " The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms; He will thrust out the enemy from before you..."
(Deuteronomy 33:27)

2. Democrats plan to force vote on Arizona immigration law if it's upheld by court - BBC

Senate Democrats are making plans to force a floor vote on legislation that would invalidate Arizona's controversial immigration statute if the Supreme Court upholds the law this summer.

- In the Name of Jesus we bind any efforts by the federal government seeking to strip States of their constitutionally valid rights to govern their own state. We also bind the efforts of any branch of government that is attempting to usurp power not granted to them by the Constitution. We pray this in the power of Jesus Name.

- " Does God subvert judgment? Or does the Almighty pervert justice?" (Job 8:3) " He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He." (Deuteronomy 32:4)

3. Proposed Law Would Force Churches to Host Gay Weddings - Fox News

Religious liberty groups are blasting a proposed ordinance that would force churches in Hutchinson, Kan. to rent their facilities for gay weddings and gay parties. The Hutchinson City Council will consider adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the protected classes in the city's human relations code. The Hutchinson measure would also have a major impact on private businesses and landlords. Restaurants, bars and retail shops would be required to provide special bathrooms for individuals who may have male body parts but identify as a female. According to a FAQ sheet provided by the city, employers would also be forced to allow workers to dress based on their gender identity. They are expected to vote on the changes next month.

- Dear Lord, we ask You to stir every church, business, and family organization in this city to protest this measure - with such an outcry, and with such wisdom - that it will not stand a chance of being passed! May the failure of this measure to pass become the prototype of all such efforts across America. We bind in Jesus' Name any proposed legislation that would override the religious freedom that is protected under the First Amendment.

- " Thus says the Lord God: "Behold, I will lift My hand in an oath to the nations, and set up My standard for the peoples....Then you will know that I AM the Lord, for they shall not be ashamed who wait for Me. " (Isaiah 49:22a,23b)

4. Fourth U.S. case of mad cow confirmed - UPI

U.S. Agriculture Department officials confirmed the fourth case of mad cow disease, but the infected California dairy cow was never a risk to the food supply. "As part of our targeted surveillance system, the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed the nation's fourth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy," John Clifford, USDA chief veterinary officer, said in a statement.

- Lord, we ask that this disease be halted in its tracks with no further spread. May the USDA function as an effective watchdog and prevention agency. We ask You to help and to bless this nation's farmers and ranchers, and to protect our population from food born diseases, in Jesus Name.

- "...if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways, the Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock...(Deuteronomy 28:9b,11a)

5. Drones hovering over your neighborhood? - World Net Daily

There are at least 63 active drone sites around the U.S, federal authorities have been forced to reveal following a landmark Freedom of Information lawsuit. The unmanned planes - some of which may have been designed to kill terror suspects - are being launched from locations in 20 states. Most of the active drones are deployed from military installations, enforcement agencies and border patrol teams, according to the Federal Aviation Authority. But, astonishingly, 19 universities and colleges are also registered as owners of what are officially known as unmanned aerial vehicles.

- Lord, we are so thankful to know that we are continually watched over by You and by Your heavenly host, whom You send to minister to those who are the heirs of salvation. We pray for oversight, checks and balances in the lawful and merited use of this technology. Protect us Lord in Jesus' Name!

- " so let my life be valued much in the eyes of the LORD, and let Him deliver me out of all tribulation." (1 Samuel 26:24)

6. Mitt Romney's Gay Spokesman: A Milestone in Republican Politics
- The Atlantic

The recent hiring of Richard Grenell, Mitt Romney's openly gay foreign-policy spokesman, represents a breakthrough in the world of Republican presidential campaigns. . . Grenell, a former United Nations mission spokesman in the George W. Bush administration . . . has been publicly, outspokenly gay for years. Read more.

- The gay agenda marches on, and seems to know no boundaries in its quest to capture all of the American spirit. Lift up each presidential candidate, asking that they be strengthened to remain "true to the true" and not compromise the Gospel for the sake of gaining votes. We need to have a man (or woman) of principle in the Oval Office. Pray!

-"With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him." (Daniel 11:32)

The Middle East in Focus

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

Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime. (2 Samuel 7:10)

1. Barak: We're not playing games when we prepare for a possible strike at Iran - Times of Israel

Defense Minister Ehud Bark on Monday declared an unmistakeable Israeli readiness to strike at Iran's nuclear program if sanctions and other non-military measures fail to thwart the Tehran regime's march to the bomb.

2. IDF chief to Haaretz: I do not believe Iran will decide to develop nuclear weapons - Ha'aretz

"If Iran goes nuclear it will have negative dimensions for the world, for the region, for the freedom of action Iran will permit itself," Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz told Haaretz in an Independence Day interview.

3. Netanyahu says Iran sanctions 'better work soon' - Jerusalem Post

While sanctions against Iran are visibly impairing its economy, they have not impacted its continuing nuclear activities, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told CNN in a Tuesday interview.

4. Netanyahu: 'I could deliver a peace agreement' - CNN

In an exclusive interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he could bring bring a peace agreement that would work for Israel and Palestine. "I think I could deliver a peace agreement," Netanyahu said. "I could get the Israeli people to follow me if I believe I have a serious partner on the other side willing to make the necessary compromises on the Palestinian side."

5. U.S. Joins World, Condemns Legalization of Communities - Arutz Sheva

The United States on Tuesday joined those condemning Israel for its decision to legalize three Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

The Daily Jot

God presides over destinies of nations

I find it amazing that when I write about the civic responsibility of the Christian that I get more people pushing the "unsubscribe" button than at any other time. This leads me to the question, Do Christians not see that we have a civic duty in the very least as Romans 12:20 points out to: "Be not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good"? I thought it good timing to bring to our attention--to the notice of Christians, and in particular, American Christians, what a Christian farmer once said to the legislature. Here are some excerpts from a speech that was recalled from memory because it was so memorable.

"This is no time for ceremony. The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the majesty of heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings...

These are excerpts from the speech given on March 23, 1775 by Patrick Henry. Henry understood first hand the oppression of government over religious expression. The British government and the Episcopal Church were trying to stamp out the Baptists by persecuting them--even holding them under water until they nearly drowned. Upon news of one such beating, Henry rode his horse some 50 miles to attend the trial of two pastors who were accused of preaching the gospel. During the trial, Henry interrupted and asked the court if he heard it right that these men were on trial for "preaching the gospel of the Son of God?" Henry was instrumental in changing the laws against religious persecution.

I left out the parts of his speech that pertained to the British. But I wanted to make the point that Christians in America were not always so concerned about themselves and their self-improvement, or paranoid about supporting their country, or waiting for the rapture, that they didn't take seriously what was happening to them and their nation. We as a nation are pretty far gone--one pastor friend of mine said we are in hospice--you can call it a result of judgment or just deserts or apathy or whatever you wish. The fact remains as Henry said, "There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations" and if we cared enough to get before the Lord and get right with Him, and act as Christians, we just might make a difference.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!

Bill Wilson

We Stand Corrected!

Like SOPA, CISPA Must be Voted Down, Too.
Editor's Comment:

On Monday's OCAP (quoting an article in The Hill) we featured a new bill called CISPA to monitor internet activity and to protect us from hacking incidents. At the time, CISPA seemed to be a vast improvement over an earller bill, SOPA, that everyone protested. Well . . . not so fast! Several alert readers have now flagged us that CISPA, too, must be voted down in its present form when it comes up for a vote TOMORROW in the House. Thank you! Please read on for further details, and now please agree that this bill, too, will "bite the dust." (Matthew 19:18)

THIS THURSDAY, the House plans to vote on the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). CISPA strips the privacy rights of all Americans. It has a good chance of passing because lawmakers were able to get Internet giants on board with them. These online companies may have gotten what they wanted out of CISPA, and they are protected from litigation under these bills...but, the individual is not.

There are several bills in the House and Senate that threaten our online privacy...and Harry Reid has one in the Senate, sponsored by Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins. These bills are bad because:

* There is no limit on the information that can be shared with government agencies. And because that info is shared "notwithstanding any law," privacy laws do not apply.

* The government will begin monitoring even more of your private communications.

* Cybersecurity control will shift from private companies to government agencies like the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

* Once the information is captured by the government, it can be used for any purpose and given to whatever other agency or organization the government chooses.

* H.R. 1981 requires online service providers to spy on your online activities and provide that information to the government. Information like your internet activity, name, address, bank account numbers, IP addresses, etc., must be accessible to the government regardless of whether or not you have been accused of a crime.

Everything you do online . . . reading political blogs, checking your bank statements, purchasing products, signing up for the latest coupon offer ... everything you do online will be captured by your service provider and given to the U.S. government. They can then use this information however they want; and they can shut down any website they want to, without judicial review. . .

CISPA, SOPA, PIPA and H.R. 1981 are huge threats to our freedom and privacy, giving private companies and our government the right to spy on our emails, social posts, banking transactions, and chats . . . everything we do online. They are pushing to get this power and calling it a way to stop cybersecurity threats and copyright infringement. But, it's only outcome will be to stifle free speech and kill our Fourth Amendment rights. (Source: Conservative Action Alerts) Read more.

Government Gone Wild

(Published by Gary Bauer, End-of-Day, April 25, 2012)
[We praise God that the word is now spreading about this dangerous new policy that the Department of Labor is about to enforce against America's farming families. In case you missed it, please see below for our OCAP article on a bill introduced by Senators John Thune and James Moran that will block this policy and preserve our dear farming families. Thank you.]
With all the issues making headlines these days -- from rising gas prices to our record national debt -- you would think that Obama could get his bureaucrats to focus their attention and prioritize their efforts. Think again.

There is news today that Obama's Labor Department is getting ready to ban chores on family farms. The bureaucrats in their infinite wisdom have decided that it is an urgent priority to enforce child labor laws down on the farm.

The Daily Caller reports, "The new regulations . . . would also revoke the government's approval of safety training and certification taught by independent groups like 4-H and FFA, replacing them instead with a 90-hour federal government training course."

Not to be outdone, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a ruling this week expanding federal anti-discrimination statutes to include transgendered individuals. As if small business owners needed yet one more confusing and burdensome regulation from the Obama Administration, the EEOC contends that "The term 'gender' encompasses not just a person's biological sex but also the cultural and social aspects associated with masculinity and femininity."

America cannot afford four more years of Barack Obama's out-of-control bureaucracy! (Read more.)

And now, from Monday's OCAP: Vol. XIX, No. 11-1


U.S. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) today (3/21/12) introduced common sense legislation, the Preserving America's Family Farm Act, to prevent the Department of Labor (DOL) from enacting its controversial proposed restrictions on youth working on family farms.

"The Department of Labor has proposed 85 pages of unreasonable and overreaching rules that would unnecessarily restrict the participation of young people in agriculture related activities," said Thune. "Family farms and farming communities teach young people responsible work ethics and these proposed rules would change that by severely limiting the commonplace activities in which young people can learn about agriculture. This is another example of the Obama administration initiating unsolicited regulations that would prohibit normal practices that have been carried out in rural areas for generations-not to mention limiting a desperately needed workforce to replace the current generation of farmers whose average age is nearing 60 years old."

Last December, DOL proposed rules that would restrict family farm operations by prohibiting youth under the age of 18 from being near certain age animals without adult supervision, participating in common livestock practices such as vaccinating and hoof trimming, and handling most animals more than six months old, which would severely limit participation in 4-H and FFA activities and restrict their youth farm safety classes; operating farm machinery, etc. At that time, Thune and Moran and 28 of their Senate colleagues sent a letter to Secretary Solis requesting that the proposed rule be withdrawn and outlined numerous concerns. As of today, DOL has not responded to the bipartisan letter. (Office of Senator James Moran) Read more.

- Father, we ask for Your divine intervention regarding this proposal by the Dept. of Labor, to interfere in the relationship between parents and their children on their family farms. We thank You for Senators Moran and Thune and the other 36 Senators who have joined together to block this proposal. We ask You to stir up the people of this great nation, to become aware of this overreach into our private lives, and to express their outrage. Surround these Senators with Your favor, and may this proposal by the Dept. of Labor be soundly defeated. In Your great Name, we pray! Amen!

- "You shall not remove your neighbor's landmark, which the men of old have set, in your inheritance which you will inherit in the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess." (Deut. 19:14)

Today's Legislative Focus

From The Madison Project

Violence Against Women Act

This week the Senate planned to vote for cloture on S. 1925, the reauthorization of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act. This law represented a massive expansion of the federal government by intruding into the affairs of local law enforcement in dealing with domestic violence. It authorized $1.6 billion for programs to train law enforcement and community activists in dealing with such unfortunate problems. Just like almost every other Democrat proposal, this is an insidious attempt to frame Republicans as "antiwomen" because they don't support a puerile effort to throw money at a problem that is frankly not within the purview of the federal government.

Democrats are ostensibly assured of success because the bill has 60 cosponsors. The egregious thing is that the bill has 8 Republican cosponsors; Kelly, Ayotte, Scott Brown, Susan Collins, Mike Crapo, Dean Heller, Mark Kirk, Lisa Murkowski, Olympia Snowe. Other Republicans have already announced that they have no intention to filibuster the law.
Additionally, this bill would add some awful provisions to the original law.
Conservative concerns:

* The last reauthorization expanded the programs and protections to the elderly and children. This one would expand "coverage" to men, homosexuals, transgendered individuals and prisoners.

* It expands the definition of domestic violence to include causing "emotional distress" or using "unpleasant speech."

* It expands the law's reach to give tribal Indian authorities jurisdiction over non-Indians accused of abusing Indian women.

* It would grant more visas to illegal immigrants who are victims of domestic abuse.
Punchline: Sadly, this travesty is on the cusp of passing the Senate with much help from Republicans. We must defeat it in the House. Unfortunately, John Boehner has already expressed support for reauthorization, albeit without the new provisions, and Lamar Smith said he's committed to working "in a bipartisan way." Call your representatives and request that they oppose this massive expansion of government that has shown no positive results in reducing domestic violence, while infringing on people's rights and encouraging fraud and abuse in the judicial system.

Israeli Myths Debunked at the U.N.!!

UN Ambassador Prosor Explodes 'Myths' of PA-Israeli 'Struggle'

Israel's U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor tore apart several myths Monday in an "Open Debate on the Situation in the Middle East" in the United Nations Security Council.

After quoting Winston Churchill's statement, "In the time that it takes a lie to get halfway around the world, the truth is still getting its pants on," Prosor methodically brought up and tore apart myths that he said have fertile ground in the Middle East.

"Facts often remain buried in the sand. The myths forged in our region travel abroad - and can surprisingly find their way into these halls," He said.

- Myth number one:

"The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict is the central conflict in the Middle East. If you solve that conflict, you solve all the other conflicts in the region." Prosor tol d the Council members. "The truth is that conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Egypt, Bahrain, and many other parts of the Middle East have absolutely nothing to do with Israel.

"It is obvious that resolving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict won't stop the persecution of minorities across the region, end the subjugation of women, or heal the sectarian divides. Obsessing over Israel has not stopped Assad's tanks from flattening entire communities. On the contrary, it has only distracted attention from his crimes.

"Thousands are being killed in Syria, hundreds in Yemen, dozens in Iraq - and yet, this debate again repeatedly is focusing on the legitimate actions of the government of the only democracy in the Middle East. And dedicating the majority of this debate to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, month after month after month after month, has not stopped the Iranian regime's centrifuges from spinning.

- Myth number two:

"There is a humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip."

The Ambassador pointed out that even the Deputy Head of the Red Cross Office and "numerous international organizations have said clearly that there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza." He added, Gaza's real GDP grew by more than 25 percent during the first three quarters of 2011. There is not a single civilian good that cannot enter Gaza today. Yet, as aid flows into the area, missiles fly out. This is the crisis in Gaza."

- Myth number three:

"Settlements are the primary obstacle to peace."

Prosor said he can save time for the UN Human Rights Council, which has proposed another 'fact-finding' mission to Israel - this time to explore Israeli settlements. He said that "the facts have already been found," explaining that when Egypt and Jordan controlled Judea, Samaria and Gaza between 1948 and 1967, "The Arab World did nothing - it did not lift a finger - to create a Palestinian state. And it sought Israel's annihilation when not a single settlement stood anywhere in the West Bank or Gaza.

Prosor charged that the Arab world's "primary obstacle to peace is not settlements [but]. . . is the so-called 'claim of return' - and the Palestinian's refusal to recognize Israel's right to exist as the nation-state of the Jewish people.

He said that claims that Israel is "Judaizing Jerusalem" are "accusations [that] come about 3,000 years too late. It's like accusing the NBA of Americanizing basketball." Prosor also said that the percentage of Arab residents in Jerusalem has grown from 26 percent in 1967 to 35 percent during the period that Israel supposed has been exercising "ethnic cleansing."

- Another myth the Security Council has overlooked for the past 64 years, when Israel was reestablished as a state. is the "one great untold story, or - to be more specific - . . . more than 850,000 untold stories [of] Jews . . . uprooted from their homes in Arab countries," he said.

Prosor pointed out, "These were vibrant communities dating back 2,500 years [but] . . . were wiped out. Age-old family businesses and properties were confiscated. Jewish quarters were destroyed. Pogroms left synagogues looted, graveyards desecrated and thousands dead."

"The pages that the UN has written about the Palestinian refugees could fill up soccer stadiums, but not a drop of ink has been spilled about the Jewish refugees.

- He told the Council he "saved the most obvious myth for last: the myth that peace can somehow be achieved between Israelis and Palestinians by bypassing direct negotiations. History has shown that peace and negotiations are inseparable."

"Palestinian leaders continue to pile up new pre-conditions for sitting with Israel. They are everywhere except the negotiating table." (Source: Unity Coalition for Israel) Read more.

- Offer praise for Ambassador's brilliant, succinct analysis of the myths that the United Nations has been operating under in its policy towards Israel. Pray that his insightful words will sink deeply into the hearts of the other ambassadors, so that the U.N. may become an instrument in the Hand of God that will "wage peace, and not war." Pray!

- "A truthful witness gives honest testimony, but a false witness tells lies."
(Proverbs 12:17)

Israel's 64th Birthday is Today!

Netanyahu: When Sirens Sound, We are One Family

When Memorial Day sirens sound, "We will all become one family," Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said as Israel remembers fallen soldiers and terror victims. A one-minute siren sounded at 8 p.m. Tuesday and a two-minute siren will sounded at 11 a.m. today.

The Prime Minister recalled his brother Yoni, who was the commander and the only IDF casualty in the daring raid on Entebbe to rescue more than 100 hostages on a plane hijacked to Uganda.

"Like you, my dear brothers and sisters, on every Memorial Day I think of my dear fallen brother; I think about my parents who lost their beloved son, and about my brother Iddo, who lost his eldest brother," he said.

Prime Minister Netanyahu also noted comrades who died when he was serving in the armed forces.

"I remember Chaim Ben Yona from Kibbutz Yehiam," said the Prime Minister. "Chaim was an outstanding young man. He fell next to me while we were crossing the Suez Canal in the dead of night.

"I also remember my fellow soldiers Zohar Ben Linik and David Ben Hamo, both remarkable fellows who were killed during preparations for a military operation, shortly after we enlisted together to the Special Forces unit Sayeret Matkal. I escorted Zohar and David, who were seriously injured, to the hospital, where they were both pronounced dead . . .

"David Ben Hamo died in my arms on the drive from the training ground to the hospital . . . When they say that it's the best ones who fall, they mean people like Chaim and Zohar and David.

"Decades later, I visited David's home in Beer Sheva, and I went into his room. The room was left exactly as he had left it the last time he was there. For us, the bereaved families, time stops as soon as we get the terrible news. A brutal sword rips our lives in two, and our lives will never be the same.

In a separate message to bereaved families, Prime Minister Netanyahu said, "It was the heartfelt duty of our dear ones that led them to face the enemy . . . Today, the People of Israel lay aside disagreements and stand as one beside you."

Remembrance Day is immediately followed by Independence Day - Yom HaAtzmaut. The Prime Minister remarked that thanks to Israel's soldiers, especially those who fell, the State of Israel was reestablished.

"Thanks to them, the State of Israel will continue to develop and prosper, and thanks to them the members of the younger generation will also be able to live their lives in security and tranquility," he told the families.

Yom HaAtzmaut began in the evening of Wednesday, April 25, 2012, and ends in the evening of Thursday, April 26, 2012.

A Commentary, and a Prayer Request, by Barry Battelstein

Shalom Friends: When Memorial Day Sirens in Israel sound, Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke truth saying, "When the sirens sound in Israel, we are all one family." Memorial Day in Israel is much like it is here today in America. On this day Israel remembers the fallen soldiers and terror victims who have died. The Prime Minister is a man who has personally experienced the loss of his brother Yoni in combat, as well as close comrades who died with him on the field of battle.

War is not something he has read about in books or watching television. He has experienced it up close and personal. When he spoke at the Holocaust Memorial recently he said about the Holocaust, "Never again we allow this to happen!" These are the same words he spoke when he addressed a joint session of the US Congress this past year, declaring, "Never again," means, "Never Again."

Iran is marching steadily toward its goal of obtaining nuclear weapons, and there is no real evidence that sanctions have had any real effect on causing them to stop. Time is short! Never Again is getting closer by the day! Pray for wisdom for Prime Minister Netanyahu and those in his cabinet who must make the decision to attack Iran's nuclear facilities.

- Pray for wisdom for each of us, because when this horrendous event takes place everything in this world is going to radically change. God is testing the nations, leaders, and you and I as to where we stand. Are we standing with God's covenant with Israel and the Jewish people, or against them? Will we experience blessings or curses? Where we stand matters with God!

- "I searched for a man among them who would build up a wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so I would not destroy it; but I found no one. Thus I have poured out My indignation on them, I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; their own way I have brought upon their heads," declares the Lord God. Ezekiel 22:30-31

Are you standing in the gap before the Lord for the land of Israel, and for America in prayer and by your actions? If not, why not? Scripture says, "God is searching for such men." Are you one of them? Seek the Lord, pray, and act on behalf of your God and His commands. Be blessed!

The Good News Corner:

APRIL 25, 1789:

Establishing the Office of the Senate Chaplain

Posted on the official U.S. Senate website is:

Chaplain's Office - Throughout the years, the United States Senate has honored the historic separation of Church and State, but not the separation of God and State.

The first Senate, meeting in New York City on APRIL 25, 1789, elected the Right Reverend Samuel Provost, the Episcopal Bishop of New York, as its first Chaplain.

During the past two hundred and seven years, all sessions of the Senate have been opened with prayer, strongly affirming the Senate's faith in God as Sovereign Lord of our Nation."
This was a continuation of the practice of the Continental Congress during the Revolution, as Ben Franklin remarked in 1787:

"In the beginning of the Contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayer in this room for Divine protection."

Beginning with Senate Chaplain Bishop Samuel Provoost, who conducted George Washington's Inaugural Service at New York's St. Paul's Chapel, all 62 Senate Chaplains have been Christian, though occasionally members of other faiths have been invited to offer prayers.
The U.S. Senate Chaplain after World War II was Peter Marshall, who prayed:

"Our liberty is under God and can be found nowhere else. May our faith be not merely stamped upon our coins, but expressed in our lives."

On February 7, 1984, President Reagan addressed the National Association of Secondary School Principals:

"God . . . should never have been expelled from America's schools. As we struggle to teach our children...we dare not forget that our civilization was built by men and women who placed their faith in a loving God.

If Congress can begin each day with a moment of prayer . . . so then can our sons and daughters."

U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black was elected in 2003.

A note from Capitol Hill Prayer Partners:

Today we honor this mighty man of God, and ask that all of our Prayer Partners continue to lift Chaplain Black and his staff before the Lord for strength, joy and peace in these troubled times. Amen.


Hatikva -The National Anthem of Israel

Yom HaAtzmaut [Independence Day] began in the evening of Wednesday, April 25, 2012, and ends in the evening of Thursday, April 26, 2012.

This year marks 64 years since the nation of Israel was reborn. Congratulations, dear friends!

We pray for the peace of Jerusalem.