Tuesday, May 29, 2012

CHPP Daily Brief Tuesday, May 29, 2012

•  The Daily Brief
•  The Middle East in Focus
•  The Daily Jot!
•  Urgent national pro-life alert in Congress
•  More on PRENDA
•  Bilderbergs Gather in VA Beginning Tomorrow
•  Shavuot: A Message from Israel
•  The Good News Corner
•  Worship with Us Today!

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The Daily Brief Tuesday, May 29, 2012

"Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you."
(James 4:8a)

[The Senate is out of session this week; the House is in session.]

 The Daily Brief

1. Outrage grows over Syrian massacre

World outrage grew Saturday as details emerged about an attack in the Syrian village of Houla, which left more than 90 people dead, including nearly three dozen children, according to the United Nations.

- Lord, we are always saddened to hear of these deaths - especially involving children. We pray freedom upon the Syrian people from the captivity of physical and spiritual death that comes from sin, and not following You and Your ways. We pray wisdom upon the leaders who are handling the situation. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

- Yet she was carried away, She went into captivity. Her young children also were dashed to pieces at the head of every street; They cast lots for her honorable men, and all her great men were bound in chains.
(Nahum 3:10)

2. Russian arms shipment en route to Syria: report - Reuters

A Russian cargo ship loaded with weapons is en route to Syria and due to arrive at a Syrian port this weekend, Al Arabiya television said in a report that Western diplomats in New York described on Friday as credible.

- Lord, we pray these distribution of weapons be stopped in the name of Jesus. Give wisdom to those who are monitoring these weapons. Amen.

- Wisdom is better than weapons of war; But one sinner destroys much good. (Ecclesiastes 9:18)

3. U.S. considering plan that arms Syrian rebels - AP

As one diplomatic effort after another fails to end more than a year of brutal violence in Syria, the Obama administration is preparing a plan that would essentially give U.S. nods of approval to arms transfers from Arab nations to some Syrian opposition fighters.

- Lord, only You can bring truth from confusion, and we ask for truth to come forth. Lord, we pray that our President and his administration - and Syria - would learn righteousness, deal justly, and come to behold the majesty of the Lord. We pray that our leaders would not support unjust causes. In the name of our Lord Jesus we pray. Amen.

- Let grace be shown to the wicked, Yet he will not learn righteousness, In the land or uprightness he will deal unjustly, And will not behold the majesty of the Lord. (Isaiah 26:10)

4. Panetta: U.S. is Ready to Stop Iran from Creating Nuclear Weapons
- National Journal

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Sunday indirectly confirmed recent remarks by the Ambassador to Israel that the U.S. is "ready from a military perspective" to stop Iran from making a nuclear weapon if international pressure fails.

- Lord, we continue to pray for a peaceful solution to the Iran nuclear situation. Guide leaders - including U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta - into that peaceful solution. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

- Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. (Matthew 5:10

5. Supreme Court justices' summer plans point to big decisions by late June - Fox News

One never knows when the Supreme Court will hand down its last, often biggest, opinions of the term. But the justices' summer travel schedules make it a pretty safe bet that blockbuster health care and immigration cases will be decided by the end of June.

- Lord, we pray for the Supreme Court justices to make right decisions according to the law of liberty. We pray these judgments will also show mercy to this country, and the decisions will preserve liberty. In the name of Jesus, our righteous judge, we pray. Amen.

- So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. (James 2:12-13)

6. House to examine plan for United Nations to regulate the Internet - The Hill

House lawmakers will consider an international proposal next week to give the United Nations more control over the Internet.

- Lord, we pray for the House as they examine this plan for UN regulation of the Internet. Lord, show them Your way. Have grace and mercy on this nation, and protect the people from the loss of God given freedoms. We pray for righteousness to prevail, and for the Internet to be used for good and not evil. Lord, consider that You have many people in this nation, and have mercy on us. We stand in the gap and repent, for many in this nation have turned from You. Bring an awakening from spiritual death to the nation, and the Internet. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

- Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight. And consider that this nation is Your people. (Exodus 33:13)

The Middle East in Focus

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

"I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, so shall I be saved from my enemies . . . The LORD lives, and blessed be my Rock, and let the God of my salvation be exalted." (Psalms 18: 3, 46)

1. Netanyahu deputy hints at Israeli involvement in Iran cyberattack - Ha'aretz

In Israel's first official comment on Flame worm, which was revealed on Monday to have infected computers in Iran and various Arab countries, Vice PM Ya'alon says such steps 'reasonable' in face of Iranian threat.

2. Peres to Gauck: Iran preparing another Holocaust - Jerusalem Post

In welcoming Joachim Gauck, the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, to Israel on Tuesday, President Shimon Peres expressed concerns about the Iranian nuclear threat and the wholesale slaughter in Syria.

3. Powerful cyber weapon found in Middle East - Ynet News

Security experts have discovered a new data-stealing virus dubbed Flame they say has lurked inside thousands of computers across the Middle East for as long as five years as part of a sophisticated cyber warfare campaign.

4. Israel sees Iranian hand in Syria killings - AFP

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday voiced "revulsion" over the bloodshed in Syria, while accusing Iran and its Lebanese militia ally Hezbollah of being accomplices.

5. Russia's Putin to visit Israel in June - YnetNews

Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to visit Israel at the end of June, this following talks between high-level officials in Moscow and Jerusalem. The Yedioth Ahronoth daily reported Friday that the exact date of Putin's 24-hour visit has not been set, but it will likely take place during the last week of June.

During the snap visit, Putin will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres. Peres, the report said, will host a special ceremony saluting Russia's role in liberating the death camps at the end of World War Two.

While in Israel, the Russian leader is expected to visit Netanya, where he and Netanyahu will unveil a monument honoring Jewish Red Army soldiers who fought in World War II. The monument, which was erected on Netanya's beach, was designed by three renowned Russian artists in the shape of a labyrinth.

 The Daily Jot!

Be email careful--the government is watching

"Iran's Nuclear facility represents a toxic nuclear threat to Israel because it is allegedly developing weapons grade materials that could be used in a terror attack. In fact, many have been concerned for a long time that Iran could supply al Qaeda with dirty bombs, which in turn, could be distributed to the Taliban, Hezbollah, Hamas or any other terrorist organization that might initiate a suicide attack on any number of targets. American nationalists believe that Islamist fundamentalists will attack.They could be setting up a communications infrastructure to watch ports, bridges, subways and power grids for opportunities." Almost all these words trigger the federal government looking at your emails.

In fact, because this email contains such words, it is probably being monitored by the Department of Homeland Security. If you even write about going to work on the "Metro" or having to leave for the "Airport" for your vacation to "Mexico" your email could trigger the watchful eye of the government. Thanks to a Freedom of Information request by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the DHS was forced to release the 2011 Analyst's Desktop Binder used by the National Operations Center which identifies "media reports that reflect adversely on DHS and response activities." The UK Daily Mail reports that DHS officials, however, deny that they police the internet for signs of government dissent.

Whether they do or not, they can and are using their technology to read emails that have hundreds of words in them that normal folks like us could use in every day back and forth conversations with our friends and associates. Now many people will say, "if that is what it takes to keep us safe, I'm ok with it." Others will say, "I am not doing anything wrong, so they won't bother me." There is a fine line between sniffering out potential terrorists (ooops, there I triggered another search of this email) and spying on Americans. The Founding Fathers were so concerned about the government becoming a spy organization on its own people that they gave us the Bill of Rights in the Constitution.

The 4th Amendment says, "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." Our personal security is violated by this government. 2 Corinthians 5:10 says, "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Messiah; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad." I would much rather be in the hands of YHVH and His judgment than that of our government.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson

Urgent national pro-life alert in Congress

Dear Sara, We just received news from our friends on Capitol Hill that this coming Wednesday, May 30, the House of Representatives will vote on the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA), H.R. 3541, introduced by pro-life hero Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ). H.R. 3541 would ban abortions that are done solely because the unborn baby is the "wrong" gender.
Take Immediate Action: Tell your Representative to protect unborn children from sex-selective abortion by voting YES on PRENDA (H.R. 3541)

It may seem hard to believe, but every day precious unborn girls have their lives brutally ended in their mother's womb simply because they are girls.

Sex-selection abortion isn't just happening in countries like China where human rights hero and activist Chen Guancheng was imprisoned for exposing forced abortions under the government's brutal one-child policy. Tragically, this is happening right here in the United States.

Researchers at Columbia University have studied gender-ratios within communities here in the U.S. and have found evidence that baby girls are being aborted solely because of their gender.
This common-sense measure to fight gendercide happening in our own country has overwhelming public support. A poll released just last week by the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the SBA List's research arm, shows that 77% of Americans support legislation banning abortions performed solely because the unborn child is a girl. Such legislation is even more popular among women, with 80% supporting a ban.

Make no mistake: this is a winning issue that will save the lives of countless unborn girls. There is no reason that any elected official should vote against this common sense, life-saving bill that prohibits the one of the most prevalent forms of violence and sex discrimination against women.

Only the most radical pro-abortion organizations are against this measure.

Planned Parenthood, the nation's #1 abortion provider, opposes this pro-women bill and has even said they will perform abortions for any reason, even if the reason is to abort a baby girl. This radical stand is anti-women, anti-life, and simply unacceptable.

That's why it is urgent that you take immediate action to contact your Representative to support H.R. 3541.

After you've contacted your Representative, forward this email to at least 5 or 10 of your like-minded friends and ask them to join in the fight to ban sex-selective abortion. You might even try contacting some of your pro-choice friends and asking them if they will support our efforts to stop violence against unborn baby girls.

For Life,
Marjorie Dannenfelser
President, Susan B. Anthony List
[You may contact your representative by calling the Capitol Hill Switchboard at 202-224-3121.] and ask to be connected to his or her office. THERE IS STILL TIME IN THE MORNING TO TAKE ACTION ON THIS CRITICAL, PRO-LIFE BILL. Thank you!]

More on PRENDA from the Family Research Council

How does Planned Parenthood find the time to complain about the "war on women" when it's so preoccupied with its own war on baby girls? While liberals were busy inventing a controversy about gender discrimination, it turns out the biggest offender was right under their nose. Apparently, Planned Parenthood has expanded its services to include not only racist abortions--but sexist ones too. In an explosive new video from Live Action, a clinic worker in South Austin, Texas is caught coaching an undercover actress how to go about aborting her baby if it's not the sex she wants.

" . . . [Y]ou say that you want to terminate if it's a girl, so are you just wanting to continue the pregnancy in the meantime or what?" Planned Parenthood's Rebecca asks. They casually talk about waiting until the mom is five months along, when the ultrasound will confirm the baby's gender. "A lot of doctors will place judgment because the brain is already developed, a lot... pretty much everything is developed," Rebecca cautions. But, she suggests, just "keep it quiet" and come back for the procedure. As if that weren't enough, Rebecca goes on to explain how this mom can scam Medicaid to pay for it. The tape ends with Rebecca cheerfully wishing her client, "Good luck--and I hope that you do get your boy!"

When Live Action exposed Planned Parenthood for covering up statutory rape in eight separate clinics, liberals said it was an anomaly. When Lila posted videos of three offices accepting racially-motivated donations, it was a "rogue element." Then, there were the seven tapes of Planned Parenthood aiding sex traffickers and enabling pimps. Suddenly, people stopped buying the line about these "isolated incidents" and started seeing Planned Parenthood for the greedy opportunists they are.

Last month, when the organization suspected that Lila Rose had struck again, it fired off a statement condemning the very practices that so many of its clinic workers encouraged. "Gender bias is contrary to everything our organization works for daily in communities across the country," Leslie Kantor insisted. "Planned Parenthood opposes racism and sexism in all forms." Unfortunately, for Cecile Richards's group, Lila's videos tell a different story. An organization that supposedly champions women is actually targeting them for destruction. And they have your tax dollars to thank for it! No longer is this a problem of only communist China or India. Sex-selection abortion, an epidemic responsible for an estimated 163 million missing girls globally, will be in America to stay--unless Congress acts.

Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) has done everything in his power to ensure that it will act, as he works to get more members on board with his Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act before its vote tomorrow. Under Franks' bill, H.R. 3541, the U.S. would join most industrial democracies in outlawing gender-based abortion. Believe it or not, all but four states-- Illinois, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, and Arizona--allow it. "Our innate sense of human fairness should make it abundantly clear that aborting a little baby because he or she happens to be black or because he or she has been arbitrarily deemed 'lesser' is fundamentally wrong, representing a betrayal of the precious truth that all men are created equal . . . " Rep. Franks said.

Under the current rules, the House will need a two-thirds majority to pass legislation that everyone, including radical liberals, should support. If the Left, and especially feminists, were truly concerned about women, they'd be leading the charge to criminalize sex-selection abortion and protect the world's baby girls. Help Rep. Franks fight back by contacting your congressman today and urging him to vote yes on H.R. 3541. (Family Research Council)
Bilderberg power masters meet in the US

Every time a "Bilderberg Meeting" takes place, important things happen. The last time they met in the US was an election year, 2008 - and the world got Obama.

This year they're back in the US: will they decide who the next president of the United States.

¬When in 2008 they gathered from June 5 to 8 in Chantilly, Virginia - just a stone's throw from the Washington DC - Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were neck-in-neck in the battle for the Democratic Party's presidential candidacy.

On June 5 of that year, Barack and Hillary mysteriously "disappeared" for some hours "somewhere in the DC area." Their agendas blocked out, they clearly sneaked off to "Meet the Bilderbergers."

The media kept mum about that, save for an Associated Press report on the campaign trail saying that, "reporters traveling with Obama sensed something might be happening between the pair (i.e. Obama and Hillary) when they arrived at Dulles International Airport after an event in Northern Virginia and Obama was not aboard the airplane. Asked at the time about the Illinois Senator's whereabouts, Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs smiled and declined to comment." (The AP dispatch "Obama and Clinton meet, discuss uniting Democrats" is, strangely, "no longer available" on their website).

Be that as it may, two days later, Hillary withdrew from the race and Obama became the presidential candidate. Did Bilderberg make Hillary "an offer she couldn't refuse" to clear the way for Obama to the White House? Did they promise her that she would become his Secretary of State?

Although most Bilderberg annual meetings are held in Europe - France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Denmark, England, Scotland, Norway - this US election year they're again gathering at the Westfield Marriott Hotel in Virginia from May 30 to June 3. Either they're very fond of that place, or of US elections, or both!

So the question is: will "key presidential candidacy decisions" be made again this year? Will a Republican wildcard appear? A "God-inspired Burning Bush" of some sort, perhaps? (RT)

Read more.

Prayer Request:

We may never learn the agenda(s) that the Bilderbergs hope to achieve during their five-day meeting in Virginia, but we do know that our Lord has His own agenda for each one who attends: the agenda He wrought for each one on the Cross two-thousand years ago. Pray that our Lord would bring a breakthrough of His grace into each heart, just as He did with Paul on the road to Damascus. Men have their plans, and God has his.

(For the intercessors) "You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you; And light will shine on your ways." (Job 22:28)

(For the Bilderbergs) "The Lord] wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." (I Timothy 2:4)

Shavuot: A Message from Israel

Friday, May 25, 2012

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem, Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that everyman heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marveled. . . (Acts. 2:1-7a).

Dear Intercessors for Israel: Shavuot (Pentecost) greetings from Jerusalem! This is a wonderful place to be at this time. The synagogues are full of people Saturday night. They attend lectures, as well as read and study the Book of Ruth until the early hours of the morning. Then before sunrise, whole congregations leave their synagogue and walk to the Western wall.

The practice of learning all night is a custom, rather than a commandment,. Perhaps it is founded on the desire to draw closer to God. It also is carried out to counter the behavior of the Jewish people who slept at Mount Sinai instead of waiting for the giving of the Torah. By staying up the entire night and studying, their descendants strive to rectify the slight caused in giving honor of the Torah. Like Tevya says in Fiddler on the Roof: "It's a tradition."

Throughout the night at the Western Wall (the Kotel) prayers and study sessions go on. Jerusalem hotels are also packed to capacity as tourists who remember past years, and those who have been told of its beauty, wait with anticipation for the event. Right before dawn, one can see tens of thousands making their way to the Wall for an early morning prayer service. Some years ago one early Shavuot morning, Marylois and I were awakened by rousing sounds of songs being heartily sung. We looked out our window and saw whole troop of IDF soldiers marching down Hebron road towards the Wall. One year we made it to the Kotel at daybreak. The place was packed. You can understand then how Peter was able to preach to so many people on Pentecost. Three thousand souls heard his word that morning and received it. It must have been quite an altar call, for they were baptized the same day! Pentecost is the name the western world knows for this Feast. Hellenistic Jews gave it that name since it occurs fifty days after Passover.

I started this prayer letter with a lengthy word from Acts 2. "There came a sound from heaven as a rushing mighty wind and the whole house was filled." Jerusalem can be a windy city. The winds have blown so hard against the House of Peace that the windows shake and the air enters in with a low humming that progressively gets louder. I imagine the 120 disciples in the Upper Room had quite a time when that happened. Then the fire came down! Glory! But you don't have to go to the Upper Room in Jerusalem to receive the Holy Spirit. It's a free gift. Just ask Him for it and you will be blessed. As Peter said "Upon my servants and my handmaidens' I will pour out in those days my Spirit, and they shall prophesy." These are those days. Marylois and I were baptized in the Holy Spirit when hands were laid upon us, in a prayer meeting in Naples, Italy some 35 years ago. We have never, ever, been the same, and don't want to be. We love what the Holy Spirit has done in our lives. You will too.
Shavuot/Pentecost blessings:

Gene and Marylois/House of Peace

The Good News Corner

Studying Bible with Bibi

(Last week), On Wednesday afternoon in Baghdad, a few thousand kilometers away from the Prime Minister's Jerusalem Residence, the world powers known as the P5+1 - the US, China, Russia, France, Britain and Germany - sat down for much anticipated talks with the Iranians about their nuclear program.

At the same time, just a few hundred meters away from the Prime Minister's Residence, 100 or so people loudly demonstrated for the rights of Ethiopian immigrants and against discrimination.

And all the while, for two hours on a mild afternoon, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu - with a small black kippa on his head - sat in the covered courtyard of his home with 16 rabbis, academics, Bible scholars, archeologists and linguists, and discussed the meaning of the Book of Ruth, which will be read on Shavuot on Sunday in synagogues around the world. His wife, Sara, sat next to him, and his two sons sat on a bank of chairs set to the side. . .
This is better then the usual matters he has to deal with, Netanyahu quipped as the session - originally scheduled for an hour - went 60 minutes longer than planned.

"The Bible is a parable for humanity," Netanyahu said at the outset in English, giving a powerful sound-bite to the cameras invited to film just the opening of the study circle. "If the Jews are able to cross the river of time, and in their vast odyssey cross the chasm of annihilation and come back to their ancestral home, that means there is hope for humanity."

The PMO, along with the Menachem Begin Heritage Center, organized the event, a reincarnation of a tradition David Ben-Gurion began, when as prime minister he hosted a regular Bible study circle, and also Menachem Begin adopted when he was prime minister. It is dedicated to Sara Netanyahu's father, Shmuel Ben-Artzi, a noted Bible teacher and enthusiast who passed away in November.

A tale is told that one Saturday evening Begin was studying the weekly Torah portion with his group, when a call came in from the White House. US president Jimmy Carter was on the line. Begin is said to have replied that he was in the middle of studying verses from Deuteronomy, and that Carter should call back in a couple of hours.

Apocryphal or not, the story sends a message that certain things are important, like calls from the US president, and other things are even more so. That seemed the message Netanyahu was trying to send as well.

Wednesday's meeting, the first of a number of study sessions that are to take place throughout the year, was more symbol than substance, more message than meat.

And Netanyahu made clear what the message was: "Ben-Gurion and Begin believed that the Bible should be the heritage of the entire nation - secular and religious, young and old, men and women. The Bible is the foundation of our existence. It unites the Jewish people, as it has throughout the generations. It also serves not only as a foundation but also as a map and compass," he said.

"The Bible is always relevant vis-à-vis today's problems and challenges. It inspires, it is a source of life for our people and I think that it is important to expand Bible study and love of the Bible among all parts of the nation. This is also the goal of this circle."

. . . the significance of the afternoon was less in the insights given - talk about how the Bible is both law and spirit, full of complexities reflecting life's contradictions and compromises - and more in the very fact that Netanyahu decided to resurrect Ben-Gurion and Begin's tradition. While an absorbing discussion ensued, Wednesday's prime ministerial study circle shed more light on Netanyahu - his psyche, world view and the way he sees his role - than it did on the Book of Ruth. (Jerusalem Post; excerpts) Read more.

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