Wednesday, May 2, 2012

CHPP Daily Brief - Wednesday, May 2, 2012

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The Daily Brief - Wednesday, May 2, 2012

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

Please note: This is an abbreviated edition of the Daily Brief.

The Daily Brief

1. a.) Obama makes surprise visit to Afghanistan to sign security agreement - Haaretz

U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Afghanistan on Tuesday to sign an agreement charting future relations with the country, making the secret trip on the first anniversary of the killing of Al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. ...The U.S.-Afghan Strategic Partnership Agreement will set conditions for a U.S. presence there after a 2014 deadline for the withdrawal of most NATO combat forces.

b.) Taliban Launch Deadly Attack On Kabul Hours After Obama Visit - Huffington Post

The Taliban struck back less than two hours after President Barack Obama left Afghanistan on Wednesday, targeting a foreigners' housing compound with a suicide car bomb and militants disguised as women in an assault that killed at least seven people.

- Father, we pray for a successful plan concerning the withdrawal of troops in the near future. We pray Afghanistan will not be left vulnerable for a civil war within their country. May our motives be pure, and may plans be made to protect the people in this country.

- But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless. Break the arm of the wicked and evil man; call him to account for his wickedness that would not be found out. The LORD is King for ever and ever; the nations will perish from his land. You hear, O LORD, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more. (Psalms 10:14-18)

2. Pentagon is planning 'contingency' for Iran and North Korea
- Washington Times

The U.S. military is discussing significant changes in its war plans to adhere to President Obama's new strategic guidance that downplays preparing for conflicts such as Iraq and Afghanistan, and counts on allies to provide additional troops.

- Father, give wisdom as plans of war are being made. Surround these leaders with many counselors who hear from heaven. Give us favor with our allies to provide additional troops needed in any confrontation.

- He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. Then you will understand what is right and just and fair-every good path.
(Proverbs 2.7-9)

3. Eurozone jobless rate hits record high - BBC

Unemployment in the eurozone reached a record high again in March as spending cuts continued to hit the working population. For all 17 nations in the eurozone, the jobless rate rose again to 10.9%, the highest since the euro was formed in 1999, Eurostat said. For the eurozone, 17.4 million are now looking for work and more than 3 million of those are under 25.

- Father, we pray for the 17.4 million who are looking for work in the eurozone. May they turn to You as their provider. Give them creative ideas to generate income for their families. Surround them with favor. In Jesus Name.

- And let our own [people really] learn to apply themselves to good deeds (to honest labor and honorable employment), so that they may be able to meet necessary demands whenever the occasion may require and not be living idle and uncultivated and unfruitful lives. (Titus 3:14)

4. Andrea Mitchell Slips Up, Says "We" Instead Of "White House" Politicizing OBL - Real Clear Politics

Mitchell asks former Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD) what he thinks of Republican criticism that "we" are politicizing the bin Laden killing. Mitchell quickly corrected herself and said it is the White House that is being accused of politicizing the event.

- Father, we are saddened that events - whether Democrat or Republican - are politicized to gain votes and to edify one party over another. Raise up leaders who deny themselves and seek to genuinely help the people of this country, and to solve the critical issues we are facing.

- It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age. (Titus 2:12)

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. Coalition, opposition parties agree to dissolve Knesset - JPost

A bill to dissolve the Knesset, which will bring early elections in the next three to five months, will be put to a vote on Monday. Following agreements by most parties in the coalition and opposition, Labor and Meretz will bring their bills to dissolve the Knesset to a preliminary vote next week, and are expected to get coalition support.

2. Unknown attackers kill eight at Cairo protest - BBC

Unknown assailants have killed at least eight people protesting against Egypt's ruling generals near the defence ministry in Cairo, officials say. Witnesses described how the attackers set on them at dawn using rocks, clubs, firebombs and firing shotguns. Up to 100 people were also reportedly injured and are being treated at a field clinic in the Abbasiya district.

3. Meshal loses control of Hamas military wing as authority moves to Gaza leadership
- Haaretz

Hamas political bureau head Khaled Meshal, who now resides in Qatar, is expected to keep his post after an internal vote by the organization's leadership later this month. But sources have told Haaretz that Hamas leaders have decided to transfer some of Meshal's critical areas of authority to the leadership in the Gaza Strip, including control of the organization's budget and of its military wing.

The Daily Jot!

Turning around a dying nation

In the past week, I have received many emails from readers who want to take action by exercising their civic duty. They want to know from me what I have in mind. Next week, I will reveal a first-step plan of action. Until then, I want to repeat last Thursday's Jot, just in case you didn't get to read it. If you have NOT responded to this and want to be a part of a group of Christians who are going to take the next effective step, please reply with "I'm Game" in the subject line. We will put you on a separate list and include you in our plans.

--blessings, bill

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

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