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The Daily Brief Thursday, August 23, 2012
"Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain" (1 Corin. 15:58)
The Daily Brief
1. a) U.S. has plans in place to secure Syria chemical arms - LA Times
The Pentagon has made contingency plans to send small teams of special operations troops into Syria if the White House decides it needs to secure chemical weapons depots now controlled by security forces loyal to President Bashar Assad, senior U.S. officials said.
b) Syria: UK Joins US In Chemical Weapon Warning - Sky News
David Cameron has joined with the US President in warning Syria that the use of chemical weapons in Syria or even a threat to deploy them would be "completely unacceptable".
- Father, we pray that you would grant our leaders wisdom in their dealings with Syria. We ask that You will protect our troops against any form of chemical weapons deployment. We erect a hedge of the Blood of Jesus over this region, and pray that no plan of the enemy will prosper.
- "Though a thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, the pestilence will not reach you. You will only see it with your eyes and witness the punishment of the wicked." [Psalm 91:7-8]
2. Now Iran Warns Secret U.S. Bases Will Be Hit - WND
Six American military bases in Israel will be destroyed by Iranian missiles should Israel attack Iranian nuclear facilities, the Islamic regime is warning the United States.
- Father, as Iran's leaders continue to sound like Goliath before David, we pray that You will help your people to cut off the head of the enemies of Israel. You have promised to appear in the last days with Your power and strength so that all nations will see. We call for You to manifest Yourself to all in this day.
-"I will display My greatness and holiness, and will reveal Myself in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord." [Ezekiel 38:23]
3. a)CBO: Tax Hikes in 2013 Will Cause a Recession - CNS News
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) predicts that if tax rates rise in 2013 as scheduled, the economy will fall back into recession, shrinking by 0.5 percent in 2013.
b) CBO warns of deep recession if Congress fails to avert 'fiscal cliff' - The Hill
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Wednesday warned the economy will enter a recession next year if the country goes over the so-called fiscal cliff.
- Lord, we pray that wisdom will fall upon our congress, so that they will prevent the tax hikes that are set to return next year. We pray that You will move on them to keep the tax cuts, and find ways to save the US economy.
-"for their hearts study destruction, and their words stir up strife." [Proverbs 24:2]
4. a) Mayor: 'Absolutely Prepared to Call Off' GOP Convention if Isaac Threatens Tampa - CBS News
Tampa's mayor warns that the Republican National Convention could be canceled if Tropical Storm Isaac heads for the city.
b) Feds warn anarchists could blockade roads, use acid-filled eggs to protest conventions- Fox News
Federal authorities are urging law enforcement agencies across the country to watch out for signs that extremists might be planning to wreak havoc at the upcoming political conventions -- by blocking roads, shutting down transit systems and even employing what were described as acid-filled eggs.
- Father, we bind the storm Isaac and command it to dissipate in the Name of Jesus! We take authority over the protestors who desire to wreak havoc and destruction at these conventions. By the power of the Name of Jesus and the Blood of the Cross, we command the plans of the enemy to fall to the ground and be no more.
- "Look, I have given you authority to trample on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy; nothing shall by any means hurt you." [Luke 10:19]
5. Researchers say new AIDS-like mystery disease is not contagious-AP
Researchers have identified a mysterious new disease that has left scores of people in Asia and some in the United States with AIDS-like symptoms even though they are not infected with HIV.
The patients' immune systems become damaged, leaving them unable to fend off germs as healthy people do. What triggers this isn't known, but the disease does not seem to be contagious.
- Father, as Moses stood in the gap before You to stay Your hand against plagues among the people, we stand now and ask the same. Lord, remember that we are weak and foolish, and need Your help in every area of our lives. Lord, remember Your Name over America's history, and bring forth Your Word of healing and life.
-"Remember, Lord, Your compassion and Your faithful love, for they have existed from antiquity." [Psalm 25:6]
6. a) School Under Fire For Allowing Churches to Feed Football Team- Fox News
A Wisconsin-based group has accused a Georgia high school football coach of violating the First Amendment by allowing local churches to prepare meals for his team.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to the superintendent of Walker County Schools demanding an "immediate investigation" into Ridgeland High School football coach Mark Mariakis.
b) University Football Prayer Under Attack- Fox News
A battle over pre-game prayers is under way in Chattanooga, Tenn. after a Wisconsin-based group sent a letter objecting to invocations delivered before football games at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to chancellor at UTC urging them to stop opening football games or any other university function with prayer.
c) Dress code bars Oklahoma City kindergartner from wearing University of Michigan T-shirt- Fox News
An Oklahoma City student was forced to turn his shirt inside-out because he was wearing a University of Michigan T-shirt, violating the district's dress code.
Fox 25 reports that the 5-year-old kindergartner violated a 2005 rule created by the Oklahoma City Public Schools banning clothing with sports team logos unless they are from Oklahoma colleges or universities. The rule, which was established due to gang affiliations some teams carry, excludes all professional teams, including the Oklahoma City Thunder.
- Lord, our nation has fallen into the trap set by the enemy, and has gone away from Your heart of love. We find "danger" in children, churches, and even prayer. Have mercy on us, O Lord, and turn our hearts once again to You! We also pray that You will visit the Freedom From Religion Foundation and drive them to their knees in repentance.
-"I will search for My lost ones who strayed away, and I will bring them safely home again. I will bandage the injured and strengthen the weak. But I will destroy those who are fat and powerful. I will feed them, yes - feed them justice!" [Ezekiel 34:16 New Living Testament]
The Middle East in Focus
The Middle East in Focus
This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:
In that day this song shall be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city; He sets up salvation as our walls and banks. Open the gates, and the righteous nation shall enter in, keeping faithfulness.You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You - because he trusts in You. Trust in the LORD forever; for in the LORD YHWH is everlasting strength. (Isaiah 26:1-4)
1. Indyk: US expected Israel to strike Iran last spring - Jerusalem Post
Former US Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk said that the United States "was convinced that Israel would attack" Iran's nuclear program during the spring months earlier this year, speaking in an interview with Army Radio on Thursday.
2. Israel unlikely to warn U.S. in advance of attack on Iran - USA Today
Israel is unlikely to provide much if any advance notice to the United States if it attacks Iran's nuclear facilities, Middle East experts say.
3. Gantz: IDF has devastating power - Ynet News
IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Benny Gantz on Wednesday conveyed a warning to Iran saying that "whoever will try to harm us will face our devastating might."
4. Republicans set to endorse two-state solution at convention next week - Times of Israel
The Republican Party's platform is expected to include support for a two-state solution in the Middle East.
5. Abbas again denies Jewish connection to Jerusalem - Jerusalem Post
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas denied the Jewish connection to Jerusalem on Tuesday, the same day he spoke by phone with both Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's envoy Yitzhak Molcho.
The Daily Jot
Iran, Hudaybiyyah, and the drums of war
There is a lot of talk recently about Israel launching a preemptive attack on Iran before the US elections. Iran continues its rhetoric that Israel should be destroyed. This is the result of over a decade of the United Nations, the United States, China and Russia playing cat and mouse games over the development of nuclear weapons by Iran. Russia and China, of course, have stalled any real action against Iran from their position on the UN Security Council. They both have tremendous financial interest in Iran's nuclear and missile program, although they continuously tell the news media that Iran having nuclear weapons is not in their interests. But there is a specific end time eschatology being played out.
Islam's eschatology centers on the Mahdi--the Islamic messiah who bears a striking resemblance to the Christian antichrist/beast of the end times. The Mahdi is said to return to earth and establish the "peace of Islam" for seven years. During that time Christians and Jews will either be converted to Islam or put to death. The Muslims even believe that Jesus Christ will return with the Mahdi and denounce Christianity and Judaism, saying that Islam is the one true religion. Sounds a lot like the antichrist and the false prophet of Revelation. The Shiite sect of Islam believes that it can hasten the Mahdi's return by creating an Islamic Caliphate and destroying Israel. That is the mantra of Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
He has very craftily stalled any meaningful action against his country's nuclear ambitions--using Russia and China as shields and a method modeled after the ancient Muslim treaty. The Treaty of Hudaybiyyah was executed between Mohammed and the Quraish tribe of Mecca in 628 AD. It was a ten year peace treaty resulting from the Quraish stopping Mohammed's pilgrimage to Mecca. It prevented Mohammed from entering Mecca for a year. During the year, Mohammed's ranks grew from about 1,400 to over 10,000 as he raided other Arab areas. He then claimed that a Quraish ally attacked one of his allies, nullifying the treaty. Thereafter, Mohammed marched on Mecca, leading to the Conquest of Mecca.
Mohammed set the stage for how Islam deals with its enemies. The pattern was evidenced in the Iran hostage situation in the Carter years, the entire time that Yassir Arafat was dealing with Israel through the so-called "Palestinian Peace Process," and it continues with Iran's nuclear ambitions. The Islamists give just enough hope for peace that diplomacy continues, all the while they are working around the clock toward their goals. To date, there has been just enough diplomatic deception in the name of peace to prevent military action by Israel while Iran puts the finishing touches on its atomic bomb. Just as Jeremiah 8:11 says, "For they have dressed the wound of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Perfect peace; when there is no peace."
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
On the Campaign Trail
Obama Spent Stimulus $ On Political Ads
Labor Department spends stimulus funds for ads during Olbermann, Maddow shows
Contract shows no new jobs were created
The Labor Department paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal stimulus funds to a public relations firm to run more than 100 commercials touting the Obama administration's "green training" job efforts on two MSNBC cable shows, records show.
The commercials ran on MSNBC on shows hosted by Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann in 2009, but the contract didn't report any jobs created, according to records reviewed recently by The Washington Times.
Spending reports under the federal Recovery Act show $495,000 paid to McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations LLC, which the Labor Department hired to raise awareness "among employers and influencers about the [Job Corps] program's existing and new training initiatives in high growth and environmentally friendly career areas" as well as spreading the word to prospective Job Corps enrollees.
The firm ultimately negotiated ad buys for "two approved spots" airing 14 times per week for two months on "Countdown With Keith Olbermann" and "The Rachel Maddow Show," according to a project report, which listed the number zero under a section of the report asking how many jobs had been created through the stimulus contract
David Williams, president of the nonprofit watchdog Taxpayers Protection Alliance, called the contract "questionable" because it created no jobs and because of the placement of the ads on shows viewed as friendly to the administration's policies.
Hiring a PR firm does not create jobs, and this was obviously meant for selling a particular political agenda," Mr. Williams said. "The placement really reeks of a political ad rather than a job ad, and taxpayers see through this.
"Taxpayers would be a lot happier at the end of the day to see a completed road rather than a bunch of ads on cable television," he said. (Washington Times) Read more.
Update: Obama's "Enemies List"
Military Heroes Added to Obama Campaign's 'Enemies List'
Barack Obama's 'enemies list' just got bigger. In April, Kate wrote about one of Obama's campaign sites naming and shaming private citizens who donated to Mitt Romney. Now, one day after Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund released a documentary-style video, "Dishonorable Disclosures," hammering the president for countless national security leaks and the politicization of the raid that killed OBL, the Obama campaign decided it was time to target military heroes.
The charge made by the Obama campaign is that the veterans' groups are "Swift Boat 2.0"--referring to the group that launched a series of ads (never refuted) in 2008 contesting claims by then-Democrat presidential candidate John Kerry about his war record. Left-wing groups aligned with the Obama administration have even gone so far as to call the U.S. Navy Seals "gutless" for their participation in criticism of Obama.
Ryan Zinke, a member of the Montana state Senate and a U.S. Navy SEAL from 1985 to 2008, told Breitbart News: "It's a sad time for America when a President has to resort to bully tactics, intimidation, and misleading personal attacks against anyone who dares to speak out and be heard. The good thing is Americans have a long history of defeating tyrants."
Zinke launched Special Operations for America in July, which is one of the groups on the campaign's 'enemies list.' Much like the OPSEC video, Zinke argues that the president has essentially failed as Commander-in-Chief by putting the lives of U.S. troops and their families in danger for political gain. "It is a call of duty to take back America from a Commander-in-Chief that is incapable of understanding the sacrifices that have been made for the values that have made America great," Zinke said.
Joel Arends, recipient of the Bronze Star and chair of Veterans for a Strong America, said:
The president's team is more serious about labeling a group of veterans as "swift boaters" than they are about going after the leakers in his administration. The reality is as simple as it is disturbing - American lives are now in danger because this White House under the leadership of President Obama have leaked vital national security secrets. And instead of appointing a special prosecutor - this President dispatches his campaign team to smear a group of vets looking out for their buddies in uniform. It just shows the lack of seriousness on the part of this administration.
If they want to call us swift boaters because we are looking out for our buddies on the battlefield that's fine with me - we'll take the political body blows for our comrades in order to ensure that the American people fully understand our position on the issue and see the administration's intransigence on this issue.
These groups are especially critical in providing a voice because as Zinke noted, active duty military cannot "publicly engage in the political campaign process and it is career suicide for senior military leaders to speak out against the President." Now, the campaign is targeting the very people who not only put their lives on the line to protect this country but are also the few that are able to publicly express political opinions. There is no telling how low the Obama campaign will go in an effort to keep The One in power. (Townhall) Read more.
- Father we lift Mr. Obama before you. We pray that Your Spirit would stop the continual attacks against ordinary citizens, and especially our military. We ask that You treat him like Nebuchadnezzar and drive him from the people until he learns that You alone are worthy of praise and glory.
- "King Nebuchadnezzar,please accept my advice. Stop sinning and do what is right. Break from your wicked past and be merciful to the poor. Perhaps then you will continue to prosper." [Daniel 4:27]
A Prayer for Mr. Obama
A Prayer for Barack Hussein Obama
"Father, we lift Barack Hussein Obama before You, and ask that You fill his life with Your Outrageous Grace, that he might have a life-changing encounter with the Living God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. (Romans 5:20) We pray that You would send Your angels to position him to receive Your magnanimous Love, so that Messiah Yeshua may dwell in his heart through faith and heal his wounded soul. (Ephesians 3:17) We pray that Light would flood his darkened mind (Ephesians 1:18), so that he would be filled with all the fullness of God and the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. (Ephesians 3:19 & Colossians 1:9) We ask You, Father, to qualify him to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in the Light, and to deliver him from the power of darkness. We proclaim the Redemptive, life-giving power of the Blood of Yeshua over his life as You, Father, establish him in Your Kingdom. (Colossians 1:12-14) We ask this in Jesus' Mighty Name, amen and amen!"
Barbara Potts from the State of Maryland
ALERT! RNC Supports Two-State Solution!
Republican platform committee defends two-state solution language
The Republican Party's platform committee resisted efforts to strip out language expressing support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The draft platform, written by the Romney campaign and committee aides states, "We envision two democratic states," which drew fire from several members of the platform committee.
Three separate amendments to the draft platform were offered and shot down after Sen. Jim Talent, a Romney surrogate who is tasked with ensuring the platform document is in line with Romney's policy proposals, objected to each.
Minnesota delegate Kevin Erickson offered two of the amendments, which would have removed the line, replacing it with tough language on terrorism.
Erickson said he didn't want to pressure the Israeli government by specifying the conditions of an ultimate peace.
Talent reportedly quoted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to demonstrate that the original plaform language was consistent with the Israeli position. Buzzfeed notes that the language will still be voted o by the full Republican convention.
Earlier this year, the Republican National Committee adopted a resolution that some read as repudiating a two-state solution. At the time, an RNC spokesman stressed that the resolution did not represent the party's position and that all that mattered was the party's platform. (JTA) Read more.
- Holy God in heaven, we know not what to do, when men can be so fully deceived about the land of Israel and would instead attempt to move her sovereign boundaries. We stand in the gap for leaders, and for potential leaders, who craft policy that violates Your will. We ask, O Lord, that You would have mercy and move to lift the veil off of their eyes, that they might govern in truth.
Lord, we fully understand that a move of this nature -- dividing Your land -- invites your judgment upon our nation, and your wrath upon our land. We ask, Abba, with tears of grief that You would yet show your hand of mercy upon us. We cry out to You, O Lord, for You are not like other gods; You are the God of Mercy. Amen.
- "I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment against them concerning my inheritance, my people Israel, for they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land." (Joel 3:2)
The tumult will resound to the ends of the earth, for the LORD will bring charges against the nations; he will bring judgment on all mankind and put the wicked to the sword,'" declares the LORD. (Jer. 25:31)
The Truth About the Peace Process
Israel Palestinian Conflict:
The Truth About the Peace Process
This is a short video the entire world needs to see.
This teaching video is narrated by Israel's Deputy Prime Minister, Daniel "Danny" Ayalon. Please take a few minutes to view this presentation, which clearly defines the source of the confusion about the Palestinian "peace process."
2016 The Movie
2016 The Movie
Author Dinesh D'Souza is making headlines with a new movie called "2016: Obama's America." The movie was produced by Gerald Molen, one of the producers of "Schindler's List." "2016" is a powerful film that demonstrates how Barack Obama developed his left-wing ideology and its implications for our future if he is reelected.
Conservative scholar Thomas Sowell has seen "2016." Here's what he had to say about it: "I drove 30 miles to see the movie . . . Every seat in the theater was filled . . . I had to sit on a staircase in the balcony, but it was worth it."
If you haven't seen "2016" please do so this weekend. And offer to take a friend or family member with you. Click here to watch a trailer and find out which theaters in your area are showing the movie. (Gary Bauer)
Worship with Us Today!
Worship with Us Today!
I Just Want To Be Where You Are
by Dan Moen
I just want to be where You are . . . dwelling daily in Your presence . .