Friday, June 8, 2012

CHPP Daily Brief - Friday, June 8, 2012

•  The Daily Brief
•  The Middle East in Focus
•  The Daily Jot!
•  Today's Legislative Focus
•  The Good News Corner #1
•  The Good News Corner #2
•  The Good News Corner #3
•  Worship with Us Today!

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The Daily Brief - Friday, June 8, 2012

" . . . be sure to appoint over you the king the LORD your God chooses. He must be from among your own brothers. Do not place a foreigner over you, one who is not a brother Israelite." (Deuteronomy 17:15)

The Daily Brief

1. Fox News Poll: Majorities say White House failed on economy, health care - Fox News

While American voters consider the Obama administration successful on national security, majorities say it has mostly failed at stimulating the economy and improving health care -- two areas the White House cites as major legislative accomplishments.

- Father, we notice every Friday when the state of the economy is assessed, that we as a nation are struggling, as well as Europe, and other countries. We pray, Lord, that You will use these economic struggles to show the world that riches are uncertain, and fleeting, and that there is One who promises to meet all our needs, if we make Him our Savior and Lord. You are faithful and a Rock of stability in an unstable world. You give wisdom to Your children and guide our steps, as we call on You. Thank You, Lord! By Your Spirit, draw all to Yourself with an overwhelming sense of Your love, and that You are, indeed, the answer to every problem. Amen.

- "As for those who do have riches in this present world, charge them not to be proud and not to let their hopes rest on the uncertainties of riches but to rest their hopes on God, who richly provides us with all things for our enjoyment."
(I Timothy 6:17)

2. Under Obama, Fed's Holdings of U.S. Debt Have Jumped 452% - CNS News

Since Obama was inaugurated in January 2009, the Federal Reserve's holdings of U.S. government debt have quintupled, according to the Fed's official monthly balance sheet.

- Lord, we are appalled at these figures. We ask that these figures become known to all in our nation, so that steps can be taken to reduce our debt, and become a fiscally sound nation, once again. We ask for Your mercy! May we realize on a national level, what we all know on a personal level, that we cannot spend money we don't have. Obviously, the financial decisions made since January 2009 are not working in our favor, and may we quickly reverse our course, and go back to becoming a nation that responsibly pays our debt, and balances our budget. Amen.

- "That's also why you pay taxes-so that an orderly way of life can be maintained. Fulfill your obligations as a citizen. Pay your taxes, pay your bills, respect your leaders. Don't run up debts, except for the huge debt of love you owe each other. When you love others, you complete what the law has been after all along."
(Romans 13:7,8)

3. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke warns of 'fiscal cliff' risks - LA Times

Fears of a new recession grow as Bush-era tax cuts are set to expire Dec. 31 and automatic spending cuts are set to follow. Businesses are putting expansion on hold.

- Abba, we need Your wisdom, discernment, and knowledge to avoid this upcoming "fiscal cliff". We ask that You give these gifts to all of our Congress, and the President and his advisors. Lord, help us to vote for the ones who wish to be free of debt, and are men and women after Your own heart, full of integrity and wisdom. We ask for the ones of Your choosing to be our leaders, and to lead righteously. Amen.

- "Wisdom rests in the heart of him who has understanding, But what is in the heart of fools is made known. Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people."
(Proverbs 14:33,34)

4. Court: Christians Can Be Ordered to Violate Beliefs - WND

A ruling from Judge Tim L. Garcia in the New Mexico Court of Appeals says states can require Christians to violate their faith in order to do business, affirming a penalty of nearly $7,000 for a photographer who refused to take pictures at a lesbian "commitment" ceremony in the state where same-sex "marriage" was illegal.

- Abba, we come to You, asking for Your intervention on behalf of those Christians that stand for righteousness, even in the case of laws that are contrary to Your laws. We ask for courage, wisdom, peace, and integrity to rule in the heart of this photographer, who is standing for what he believes. We ask You to protect him, and honor him, as he does so. We ask You to bring good out of this whole situation, and vindicate his actions in accordance with what he believes You wish him to do. In Jesus' name, Amen.

- "No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me," declares the Lord." (Isaiah 54:17)

5. GOP lawmaker's bill aims to curb use of spy drones on US soil - Fox News

GOP Rep. Austin Scott introduced a bill Thursday to curb use of domestic surveillance drones.

- Father, we thank You for the preservation of our right to privacy. We ask that this use of "spy drones" to spy on our citizens will be removed, and replaced by that which can expose evil and lawlessness, and yet provide security for the righteous . . . such as, surveillance cameras at traffic lights, etc. We know, Lord, that all our deeds are not hidden to You, and that You will expose the works of darkness, and we thank You for that. Amen.

- "If I say, 'Let darkness surround me, let the light around me be night,' even darkness like this is not too dark for you; rather, night is as clear as day, darkness and light are the same."
(Psalm 139:11,12)

The Middle East in Focus

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

"Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in." (Psalm 24:9)

1. UN slams Netanyahu for vowing to expand settlements - Times of Israel

The United Nations on Thursday slammed the Israeli government's announcement of the expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, calling Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plan to build 300 new homes in Beit El "deeply troubling."

2. US: Settlement activity undermines peace efforts - Jerusalem Post

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday authorized the construction of 851 West Bank Jewish homes, hours after he blocked passage of legislation designed to save unauthorized settler homes from demolition.

The Daily Jot!

The Apocalyptic link: Russia and Iran

Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Iranian counterpart that Russia supports Iran's nuclear program so long as it is "peaceful." AFP reports that Putin said, "We have always supported the right of the Iranian people to modern technologies, including the peaceful use of atomic energy." For nearly a decade, Russia has supplied Iran with uranium enrichment equipment, nuclear technology, engineering expertise, and materials. Additionally, Russia has shared missile expertise unique to the marrying of nuclear explosives and the missiles needed to deliver them. There is no way that Iran's ambitions are peaceful, unless one views peace from an Islamic worldview.

The peace of Islam from an Islamist worldview is world submission to Islam. In Islamic eschatology the 12th Imam, the Mahdi, is expected to return and establish global rule of Islam, or the "Peace of Islam" over all the earth for seven years. Jesus Christ is supposed to be his prophet, denying that the Jews are YHVH's chosen, denying that he is the son of YHVH, and denouncing Christianity. Islamic peace is submission to Islam. It is quite possible when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says that Iran's nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, he is speaking of the Islamic end time definition. Ahmadinejad fashions himself as the one ushering in the Mahdi.

There is much debate over whether Russia is one of the main attackers of Israel in the colossal end time battle found in Ezekiel 38 and 39. Ezekiel 38:2 says, "...set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against them." Magog, Meshech, Tubal are all located in what is modern Turkey. Verse 5 says, "Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them..." Persia is modern day Iran, Ethiopia and Libya are the Northern tier of Africa which include Libya and Sudan. These are all Islamic nations. They will come against Israel. Could Russia also be an attacker? Of course, and Russia is a major arms supplier to these nations.

Every time Russia assists Iran in developing its nuclear program; every time Russia blocks sanctions of other nations, the world inches closer to the fulfillment of the Ezekiel prophecy and many others. One thing we know for certain: when these prophecies are fulfilled, there will be no doubt who is the champion of Israel. There will be earthquakes, pestilence, hail, fire, and brimstone. YHVH says in Ezekiel 38:23,"Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD." There appears to be an apocalyptic link between Russia and Iran, and when we see them in the news together talking peace, know that there is no peace.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson

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.]

H.R. 5381: The Commonsense Legislative Exceptional Events Reform (CLEER) Act

There has been a lot of discussion in recent years about the crushing burden of environmental regulations on private enterprise. Here is one you probably never heard of. Under current law, states that exceed EPA's air quality standards can incur deleterious consequences for businesses operating within the state. Quite often, these limits are breeched as a result of so-called "exceptional events" - or events like dust storms or wild fires that are simply beyond human control. Although the EPA officially grants waivers for exceptional events, states are forced to submit costly and time consuming reports documenting and demonstrating why they should receive the waiver. Moreover, the EPA takes forever to issue a ruling; the rulings are often arbitrary, and there is no appeals process to overturn the ruling.

Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) has introduced the CLEER Act to bring commonsense reform to the review process of exceptional events. Specifically, the law mandates a decision by the EPA within 90 days, forces them to publish a definitive set of guidelines explaining their decisions, and provides for a judicial review process to appeal the ruling from the EPA. It's this sort of red tape from the government that is killing jobs on a daily basis. Please call your representatives and ask them to co-sponsor H.R. 5381.

The Good News Corner #1

Colorado Governor Hickenlooper OK's Appeal of Anti-Prayer Ruling

DENVER - Gov. John Hickenlooper has agreed to appeal the court decision banning the Colorado Day of Prayer proclamation to the Colorado Supreme Court, according to the attorney general's office.

Fred Yarger, spokesman for Attorney General John Suthers, confirmed Friday that the governor had authorized the appeal. Mr. Suthers' office is expected to file a Notice of Appeal this month with the high court.

"We met with the governor's office to explain what the legal basis would be for the appeal, and why we think it would be successful," said Yarger.

A three-judge panel of the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that the annual proclamation issued by the governor's office violates the state constitution, arguing that the declarations "have the primary or principal effect of endorsing religious beliefs," said the court in its May 10 opinion.

The National Day of Prayer Task Force, based in Colorado Springs, reacted by launching an online petition drive asking for supporters to contact the governor and attorney general to urge them to challenge the ruling.

Advocates of the Colorado Day of Prayer proclamation cheered the governor's decision to file the appeal. The governor's office did not return phone calls asking for comment.

"If indeed the governor and the attorney general have made the decision to appeal, then we applaud their action, given that the majority of their constituency are people of prayer," said John Bornschein, Vice Chairman, National Day of Prayer Task Force. (The Colorado Observer) Read more.

- We offer praise for this answer to prayer, and we thank all of our prayer partners, too, who have stepped forward to sign this petition on behalf of the National Day of Prayer.

Continue to bring this case before the High Court of the Throne Room of God, as attorneys on earth begin preparing to bring this litigation before the Colorado State Supreme Court. May God be praised, though, for today's news out of the State of Colorado.

- "The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him."
(Exodus 15:2)

 The Good News Corner #2

FDR's D-Day Landing Prayer Act Read on the U.S. Senate Floor in Observance of This Week's Anniversary

"Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity . . . " -from Franklin Delano Roosevelt's landing prayer on D-Day

(Washington, DC) -The D-Day Landing Prayer Act took center stage on the U.S. Senate floor, Wednesday morning, as Senator Rob Portman and Senator Joseph Lieberman jointly read the bill (S. 3078) and FDR's entire prayer that he prayed with the nation the morning of the D-Day landing. Responding to the wishes of veterans and their families, Senator Portman introduced this legislation which will add FDR's D-Day Landing Prayer in its entirety to the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C., and urged his colleagues to pass it quickly.

Senator Portman made the following statement, "On D-Day, courageous Americans risked and sacrificed their lives to preserve our freedoms and end tyranny abroad," said Portman. "That morning, President Roosevelt asked our nation to come together to pray for the men overseas. His words brought strength and comfort to many during one of the most challenging times for our nation and will forever be etched in our history.

"This bill ensures that FDR's prayer will become a permanent reminder of the sacrifice of those who fought in World War II, and of the power of prayer through difficult times," he added. "I encourage the Senate to take it up and pass it quickly."

Ohio Christian Alliance President Chris Long stated, "Today this legislation took another historic step by being read on the U.S. Senate floor. The last time this prayer was heard in the halls of the U.S. Senate was 68 years ago when President Roosevelt prayed with the nation the morning of the Normandy invasion.

"This legislation has received broad bipartisan support and is worthy of the Senate quickly taking up the measure and presenting it to President Obama for his signature. The vast majority of WWII veterans and their families support this initiative. Many of these brave men, now in their '80s and '90s, remember clearly President Roosevelt praying with the nation the morning of the D-Day landings. It is only fitting that this wonderful historical presidential prayer be added to the WWII Memorial, honoring those brave men and women who served our country in WWII.

"President Roosevelt's prayer articulated the great crusade that was underway to liberate millions suffering under tyranny. He honored the war effort and paid respect to the fallen and those veterans who fought courageously in the conflict."

We therefore urge members of the U.S. Senate to follow the example of their Congressional counterparts and support the FDR D-Day Landing Prayer Act and pass this legislation that will allow its inclusion at the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. (Ohio Christian Alliance; Reported by Breaking Christian News)

The full text of President Roosevelt's prayer, entitled "Let Our Hearts Be Stout," is available here.

- Join us tonight in praising the Lord that the 9,000 Allied troops who gave their lives on D-Day, plus the thousands of others who were injured, have been honored on the floor of the U.S. Senate by the actions of these two legislators. Pray, too, that S. 3078 would be passed quickly by both houses of Congress and signed into law by the president. Pray!

- "For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil." (I Peter 3:12)

The Good News Corner

Chariots in Red Sea: 'Irrefutable evidence'

'Horse and human remains strewn like battlefield wreckage'

Doubters in the Bible's account of the miraculous rescue of Moses and the Hebrews have to be disappointed . . . almost as disappointed as pharoah and the Egyptian army were when the parted waters of the Red Sea collapsed and wiped them out.

But they didn't wipe out the evidence of that day's carnage, reports an Englishman who say's he has seen the wreckage during dives in the Gulf of Aqaba.

Another researcher concurs: "Cameras, mounted on remote-controlled submarines, revealed coral-encrusted chariot parts, horse and human remains strewn like battlefield wreckage on the bottom of the reed sea."
See for yourself . . . go here.


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I am the Lord your God,
I go before you now
I stand beside you,
I'm all around you

Though you feel I'm far away,
I'm closer than your breath
I am with you, more than you know . . .

Come to Me, I'm all you need.
Come to Me, I'm everything
Come to Me, I'm all you need.
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