Wednesday, July 29, 2015

CHPP Daily Brief: "Praying for All in Authority" Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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The Daily Brief:
"Praying for All in Authority"
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

"The Lord Thy God in the midst of thee is mighty . . ." (Psalm 68:1)

[We will be publishing this new, "streamlined edition" of the Daily Brief through Tuesday, August 4th].

" . . . His sovereignty rules over all." (Psalm 103:19b)

The Middle East in Focus

"Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the LORD, who has compassion on you." (Isaiah 54:10)

1. Netanyahu to discuss gas, Palestinian issue in Cyprus visit - Jerusalem Post

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled on Tuesday to take his first visit abroad since his reelection in March, traveling 45 minutes to Cyprus for a visit of less than 12 hours.

Netanyahu's visit to Cyprus follows by just over a month a visit to Jerusalem by Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, whom Netanyahu welcomed as a "great friend of Israel."

While a large focus of the talks between the two leaders in Nicosia is expected to center on energy and gas matters, the two men are also expected to discuss the Palestinian issue. (Read More)

2. Arab MKs to Visit Temple Mount to Protest Jewish Visitors - Israel National News

MKs from the Joint Arab List intend to ascend the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site, on Tuesday, in protest to Jews and Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) visiting the Mount on Sunday, during the annual Jewish holiday of Tisha B'Av mourning the Temples' destruction.

The Arab MKs claimed they were protesting "police brutality" at the Mount, after a gang of violent Arab rioters attacked police.

"The visit to Al-Aqsa Mosque is the result of force used by the police at the entrance to the mosque, firing tear gas and making arrests at the site," Joint List chairman MK Aymen Odeh stated Monday. "We think that the visit of Minister Uri Ariel is a provocative visit aimed at changing the status quo."

"The very fact that he visits again and again, even though we know that the visits are explosive, shows that any visit is just a provocation," he continued. "With the arrival of list members, we express our position that this was a violation of the status quo, reinforcing the occupation and denial of Arab sovereignty anchored in place."(Read More)

3. Kerry to skip Israel during Mideast visit focused on Iran deal - JNS

( U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to travel to Egypt and Qatar next week to alleviate concerns about the Iran nuclear deal with Arab leaders, but will not visit Israel during the trip.

U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said Kerry will visit Egypt on Aug. 2 and then travel to Qatar to meet with the foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council to discuss the nuclear deal, before heading to East Asia.

When asked by reporters why Kerry won't be visiting Israel, Kirby said, "It is just not part of the trip." (Read More)

4. Lawmakers to meet Netanyahu in Israel - The Hill

More than 40 lawmakers will travel to Israel next month to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of a critical vote in Congress on the nuclear deal with Iran.

The two congressional trips - one with Democrats, the other with Republicans - occur every two years and are organized and funded by an educational nonprofit affiliated with the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said he will take part in the Democratic trip, which kicks off Aug. 3. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will be the highest-ranking member participating in the weeklong GOP visit, which begins Aug. 8.

A member briefing on the trip was held Tuesday at the Capitol. (Read More)

5. Israeli Deputy FM Launches Initiative to Curb Anti-Israel NGO Activity in Jewish State - Algemeiner

Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely has accelerated diplomatic efforts to reduce European support for far left nongovernmental organizations deemed to be hostile to the Jewish State, Israel's NRG reported on Monday.

Echoing comments she has made over the past several weeks in conversations with European diplomats, Hotovely directed all Israeli embassies operating in Europe to focus on the issue.(Read More)

6. Warning against Iran nuclear deal is Israel's national duty - Israel Hayom

US Secretary of State John Kerry, one of the chief promoters of the Iran nuclear deal, did not hesitate over the weekend to point a threatening finger toward Israel.

"I fear that what could happen is if Congress were to overturn it, our friends in Israel could actually wind up being more isolated and more blamed," Kerry said of the recently signed agreement. This statement illustrated Kerry's utter disdain for the American public. The public's elected representatives in Congress are not allowed to think differently than the White House? I thought America was a democracy, not a dictatorship controlled by the Democratic Party.

Meanwhile, Israeli media commentators have begun telling us that our government has been acting irresponsibly in the wake of the signing, and such behavior will have dramatic negative consequences for our relationship with the U.S. In other words, the Israeli government is protecting our country's interests at the expense of U.S. President Barack Obama's legacy. (Read More)

The Daily Brief

1. UN Says It Could Help 3 Million in Yemen if a Pause Holds - NY Times

UNITED NATIONS - The latest attempt at a humanitarian pause in Yemen "has not been respected by any party to the conflict," the U.N. humanitarian chief said Tuesday, adding that a plan to reach 3 million Yemenis with aid is ready to go if only the fighting would stop.

Stephen O'Brien briefed the Security Council and repeated the call for an "unconditional freeze" in the months-long fighting between a Saudi-led coalition and Shiite Houthi rebels in the Arab world's poorest country.

A five-day humanitarian pause announced by the Saudi-led coalition quickly fell apart early Monday. An earlier pause announced this month by the U.N. also failed. (Read More)

- Father, we ask You to intervene in the fighting to allow the humanitarian aid to take place for the 3 million Yemenis. In Jesus Name.

- Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, [and] he delivered them out of their distresses. (Psalm 107:6)

2. Rallies Opposing Iran Deal Sprout Up Across USA - Algemeiner

Opponents of The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (Iran Deal) between the P5+1 and the Islamic Republic are making their voices heard - demanding Congress reject this plan they contend poses a grave threat to Israel, the Middle East and the United States.

On Sunday, well over a thousand people gathered outside the Federal Building in Los Angeles to demand that Congress vote "no" on the nuclear deal brokered by Secretary of State John Kerry and his counterparts that make up the E3/EU+3. The diverse crowd included members of the local Jewish and Christian communities, as well as a significant presence of Muslims who oppose the regime in Tehran.(Read More)

- Father, we do ask that this Iran deal be overturned, in Jesus Name. May our Congress hear the many voices crying out against this deal, and take the necessary action to prevent this plan from going forward.

- Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me: O LORD, make haste to help me. (Psalm 40:13)

3. GOP congressman launches bid to oust John Boehner as House speaker - Washington Post

A Republican congressman has filed a request to oust House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) in a new and unusual challenge to his leadership from the GOP's right flank.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) on Tuesday evening filed a "motion to vacate the chair," which, if successful, would force the election of a new speaker. Such a challenge has never before succeeded in the House, and only once before -- 105 years ago -- has it been attempted.

Meadows said Tuesday that he was trying to force a "family conversation" among Republicans on the course of congressional leadership after a series of conflicts between Boehner's leadership team and a cadre of a few dozen conservatives. (Read More)

- Father, we ask wisdom upon Congress regarding this bid to oust John Boehner. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in this matter. We pray for a Congress where all voices will be heard fairly, and we pray protection against members being forced or manipulated to vote according to someone else's agenda.

- If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. (James 1:5)

4. Scientists worry about arms race in artificial intelligence - Myway

LONDON (AP) - Scientists and tech experts - including professor Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak - warned Tuesday of a global arms race with weapons using artificial intelligence.

In an open letter with hundreds of signatories, the experts argued that if any major military power pushes ahead with development of autonomous weapons, "a global arms race is virtually inevitable, and the endpoint of this technological trajectory is obvious: autonomous weapons will become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow." Some people have argued in favor of robots on the battlefield, saying their use could save lives. Such weapons are still years away.

But the scientists warned that, unlike nuclear weapons, once they are developed they will require no costly or hard-to-obtain raw materials - making it possible to mass-produce them. (Read More)

- Father, You know all things, and Your Spirit shows us things to come. Give our scientists and tech experts wisdom on how to manage and control this technological development of autonomous weapons from spiraling out of control and getting into the wrong hands.

- "I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion. (Proverbs 8:12)

5. Christian Mother Asia Bibi's Potential Freedom Could Be 'Watershed Moment' for All Christian Victims Prosecuted for Blasphemy, Group Says - Christian Post

The potential release of Christian mother of five Asia Bibi, who recently saw her death sentence in Pakistan temporarily suspended, could be a "watershed moment" for all Christians falsely accused of blasphemy, a watchdog group has said.

"This could be a watershed moment as never before has a Christian blasphemy law victim had to appeal to the Supreme High Court, the majority are released at High Court. However the legal precedent that may be created as a consequence of a successful appeal could provide protection to future Christian victims faced with cases championed by aggressive, hatred fueled Islamic imams, while actual false eyewitnesses fail to appear during any stage of the court process," Wilson Chowdhry, president of the British Pakistani Christian Association, told The Christian Post on Monday. (Read More)

- Lord, we pray You use this for future protection to Christian victims facing false accusations. We continue to pray for the release of Asia Bibi.

- But I [am] poor and needy; [yet] the Lord thinketh upon me: thou [art] my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.(Psalm 40:17)

6. Earthquake rattles Southcentral Alaska Tuesday evening - ADN

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake that hit south of Mount Iliamna around 6:35 p.m. Tuesday rattled Alaska from Kodiak to Fairbanks, according to the Alaska Earthquake Center.

The quake struck roughly 70 miles below the Earth's surface across Cook Inlet from Homer, said Michael West, a seismologist at the Alaska Earthquake Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The epicenter was about 144 miles southwest of Anchorage. (Read More)

- Father, we speak protection over Alaska. We speak restoration to any damage that may have occurred during this earthquake. In Jesus name.

- The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. (Psalm 23:1)

The Daily Jot

Leftists making yet another run on gun owners

It's bad enough when as one of the first reports released by the "president," the Department of Homeland Security characterized pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment, pro-marriage Christians as extremists. But the attacks on the Constitution using Christians as the whipping post escalates with each tragedy. After the Charleston racially-inspired murders, the "president" once again lectured America on the availability of guns. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa) said they were teaming up to renew legislation that would expand meaningful background checks on those who purchase guns. After all, the man who murdered 9 people at the Emanuel AME Church had been on a psychotropic drugs.

Flashback to July 2012 when the "president" discussed the Aurora, Co theatre killings. He said, "And when there is an extraordinarily heartbreaking tragedy like the one we saw, there's always an outcry immediately after for action. And there's talk of new reforms, and there's talk of new legislation. And too often, those efforts are defeated by politics and by lobbying and eventually by the pull of our collective attention elsewhere...And I, like most Americans, believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to bear arms. And we recognize the traditions of gun ownership that passed on from generation to generation -- that hunting and shooting are part of a cherished national heritage." These remarks represent a total twisting of the 2nd Amendment.

The gun control crowd's appeasement is that they respect that the 2nd Amendment guarantees the right of citizens to own guns for hunting and sport shooting. Of the dozens of quotes by Madison, Jefferson, Adams, Lee and more, perhaps Noah Webster said it best in his 1787 "An Examination into the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution": "Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any bands of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States."

In 1788, Richard Henry Lee wrote, "To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms, and be taught alike especially when young, how to use them." The Founders wanted to guarantee that any standing army would be regulated by citizen armament organized into militia. This was the only way to protect and defend personal liberty. Even Yeshua believed in personal defense. He instructed his disciples to purchase the common weapon of his time--the sword: "And he that has no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one (Luke 22:36)." The leftist "hunters" argument is propaganda to undermine the right to protect and defend oneself and one's family against the opponents of liberty--whether they be thieves or governments or both.

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