Tuesday, August 16, 2016

CHPP Daily Brief: "Praying for All in Authority" Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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The Daily Brief:
"Praying for All in Authority"
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

"Standing Together in the Kingdom of God . . .
Under the Cross of Christ"

"Let those who love the Lord hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked." (Psalm 97:10)

The Floods: How You Can Help

The Floods: How You Can Help

Editor's note:

Over the past few days, we have all been impacted as we have witnessed the catastrophic flooding that has hit Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as well as other towns in that state and now in other states, as well.

Most of us are not able to be physically present to help these victims to recover, but Fox News is now running an article to help you get connected by offering funds for the relief programs on site.

To view the list of these resources, please go here.
We expect to be able to refer you to many other sites (Red Cross, etc.) in the days ahead, and we welcome your own input as we build these lists, too. Thank you.

The Middle East in Focus

1. EU wants halt to Palestinian demolitions; Liberman delays Sussiya opinion - Jerusalem Post

The European Union on Monday called on Israel to halt the demolitions of Palestinian structures, as Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman delayed by two days the publication of his opinion on the pending demolition of the Arab village of Sussiya.

"The Israeli authorities must halt demolitions of Palestinian houses and property, in accordance with its obligations as an occupying power under international humanitarian law, and to cease the policy of settlement construction and expansion, of designating land for exclusive Israeli use and of denying Palestinian development," the European Union said in a statement it issued to the media. (Read more)

2. Police: Most weapons used in violent crimes stolen from IDF - Israel Hayom

Most weapons used in the dangerous crime family wars in Israel's streets are stolen from the Israel Defense Forces, a secret police report Israel Hayom obtained on Sunday reveals. The use of military-grade weapons in crime families' disputes places innocent lives at risk and has long caused great concern for the Israel Police.

The report found that between 2014 and mid-2016, some 1,004 out of 1,284 criminal incidents involved the use of military weapons, including rockets, grenades and explosives as well as firearms, stolen from military bases or personnel. (Read more)

3. Police, Palestinians scuffle on Temple Mount as Jews flock to Western Wall for Tisha B'Av - Times of Israel

Clashes broke out briefly between Israel Police and Palestinian youths at Jerusalem's Temple Mount complex on Sunday, as thousands of Jewish worshipers visited the Western Wall plaza below. The worshipers were marking Tisha B'av, the Jewish day of mourning that commemorates the destruction of the ancient temples that once stood atop the Temple Mount.

The youths struck police officers and threw rocks at the security personnel in an effort to prevent Jewish visitors from touring the Mount. In an attempt to prevent an escalation of violence, police removed the Jewish visitors and closed the site earlier than planned. One Palestinian man was arrested, police said. (Read more)

4. Gaza merchants say Israel withholding permits, stifling trade - Times of Israel

Gazan businessmen staged a protest at a crossing point Monday over what they said was the mass cancellation of travel permits by Israel, which they blamed for suffocating trade.

Palestinians accuse the Jewish state of having scrapped hundreds of travel documents allowing them to enter Israel and the West Bank as well as other countries for trade. (Read more)

5. Egyptian judoka sent home over handshake refusal with Israeli - Reuters

Egyptian judoka Islam El Shehaby has been sent home from the Rio Olympics after refusing to shake the hand of Israeli Or Sasson following the end of their bout, the International Olympic Committee said on Monday.

El Shehaby, who was sent home by his own team, lost the fight on Friday and was reprimanded by the IOC for his actions.

The athlete said he did not want to shake hands with an Israeli, nor was he obliged to do so under judo rules, but the IOC said his behavior went against the rules and spirit of the Olympic Games and the rules of fair play. (Read more)

6. Second Temple-era synagogue unearthed in northern Israel - Israel Hayom

The remains of an unusual structure that served as a synagogue during the Second Temple era have been unearthed at an archaeological excavation underway at Tel Rechesh in the heart of the Nahal Tavor Nature Reserve in the lower Galilee.

The synagogue is one of only eight synagogues discovered in Israel that date back to the Second Temple era, said Dr. Motti Aviam, a senior researcher at the Kinneret Institute for Galilean Archaeology at the Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee.

"This is the first synagogue discovered in the rural part of the Galilee and it confirms historical information we have about the New Testament, which says that Jesus preached at synagogues in Galilean villages," Aviam said. (Read more)

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The Daily Brief

Please note:
Every prayer below is presented to our Lord in the Name of Jesus Christ, amen.

1. Deadly storm system leaves La. in shambles, threatens new flooding in Illinois - Fox News

The deadly storm system that wreaked havoc on Louisiana, where more than 20,000 had to be rescued, is working its way into the Midwest, where officials are bracing for major flooding. The storm system moved west into Texas before pivoting northeast, prompting flood warnings in southern Illinois after five inches of rain fell on the region.

Rivers in the Baton Rouge area have started to fall, but still remained above flood stage after setting record levels over the weekend, the National Weather Service said Monday.

"It was an absolute act of God. We're talking about places that have literally never flooded before," said Anthony "Ace" Cox in an interview with the Associated Press, who started a Facebook group to help collect information about where people were stranded. He was in Baton Rouge to help his parents and grandparents, who got flooded out. "Everybody got caught off guard," he said. (Read more)

- Father God, we repent that there are some who are now calling this event an "act of God," for surely this has not come by Your hand. It is the enemy who comes to rob, kill and destroy, while You have come to give us life, and that more abundantly.

- "If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." (Matthew 21:22)

2. Man charged with 17 counts of arson as wildfire decimates Northern California town - Fox News

A California man was arrested Monday on arson charges for allegedly sparking a wildfire that exploded over the weekend, destroying more than 175 homes, businesses and other structures in a small town, authorities said.

Lake County Sheriff Brian Martin said Damin Anthony Pashilk, 40, of Clearlake was arrested Monday on 17 counts of arson and is in jail. He is suspected in numerous fires in Lake County over the past year. (Read more)

- Father, many people have been affected by wildfires in California. We ask that You be present to help them rebuild their lives. We pray that this man would repent for his part in some of those fires, and come to You for salvation, in Your name, amen.

- "He raises the poor out of the dust, and lifts the needy out of the ash heap."
(Psalm 113:7)

3. Activists for black lives release plans to "Shut Down Graceland" - Fox13 Memphis

It's been the summer of protests, and now another one is planned. The Coalition of Concerned Citizens, including Black Lives Matter protesters and others groups announced their plan to "Shut Down Graceland." Protest leaders say the mass demonstration is planned for 6:00 PM Monday. They said they specifically chose Graceland because it is Elvis week and they know it will raise awareness. (Read more)

- Lord, we pray for a stop to protests that do not bring solutions, but only destroy/disrupt/and cause harm. We bind that spirit of lawlessness in the name of Jesus Christ, and pray for You to replace it with repentance.

- " . . . whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven . . ." (Matthew 16:19)

4. Aetna, one of the country's largest health insurers, is ditching 70% of its Obamacare business - Business Insider

Aetna, one of the country's five largest health insurers, announced on Monday evening that it will be pulling out of nearly 70% of the counties in which it offers Obamacare coverage. (Read more)

- Father, we knew this was bound to happen as Obamacare continues to fail around the nation. We pray for a move of Your Healing power, as well as wisdom for our leaders to create a system of healthcare that benefits all of our American citizens who are in this country legally. Thank You, Lord, amen.

- "Do not rob the poor because he is poor, nor oppress the afflicted at the gate; for the Lord will plead their cause, and plunder the soul of those who plunder them." (Proverbs 22:23)

5. North Carolina appeals voter ID ruling to the Supreme Court - CNN

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory asked the Supreme Court Monday night to freeze parts of a federal appeals court opinion from last month that struck key provisions of an omnibus election law and held that the law had been enacted with racially discriminatory intent.

"We have asked Chief Justice John Roberts to stay the Fourth Circuit's ruling and reinstate North Carolina's Voter ID law," said McCrory in a statement.

McCrory said the "common sense law" -- that includes a provision on Voter ID --"has been cited as a model and other states are using similar laws without challenges."

The emergency request -- directed to Roberts because he has jurisdiction over the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals -- comes more than two weeks after the appellate court issued a sweeping ruling in favor of challengers to the law. This unusual delay for an emergency request was most likely caused by the fact that the state has chosen to hire one of the best Supreme Court advocates in the country, former Solicitor General Paul Clement, to handle the appeal. (Read more)

- Father, we pray that You will save and rescue North Carolina's voter ID law, and do so around the nation. We ask that only citizens who are in our nation legally be allowed to vote in these elections.

- "When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increases; but the righteous will see their fall." (Proverbs 29:16)

6. Man charged with murder in shooting deaths of NYC imam, associate - Fox News

A man suspected of gunning down an imam and his friend as they left a New York City mosque was arrested and charged with murder late Monday night, police said. Police have yet to release a motive behind the killings.

Oscar Morel, 35, was charged with two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the Saturday afternoon executions of Imam Maulana Alauddin Akonjee and Thara Uddin near the Al-Fuquan Jame Masjid mosque in the Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens. (Read more)

- Lord, we ask for Your Spirit to move across the nation, touching the lives of all and changing hearts. We pray for a spirit of repentance to fall upon this country and sweep from sea to sea and border to border.

- "The works of His hands are verity and justice; all His precepts are sure."
(Psalm 111:7)

7. US Likely Won't Have Largest Christian Population by 2030 - CNS News

The greater the persecution, the greater the revival. It's a phrase Chinese Christians are using these days, and with good reason.

You've probably heard a lot about China in the news lately: How it's threatening peace in the Pacific by building military bases on artificial islands. You've heard presidential candidates warn that China may soon overtake the U.S. as the leading global economic power. But what you probably didn't realize is that China is ready to overtake the U.S. in another area: the size of its Christian population (Read more)

- Lord, we praise Your Holy Name for this good news in the midst of the darkness of our time! We rejoice that Your Kingdom is being expanded in spite of persecution.

- "And the heavens will praise Your wonders, O Lord; Your faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints." (Psalm 89:5)

8. Mexico gang abducts group from Puerto Vallarta restaurant - BBC

Heavily armed men in Mexico have abducted at least 10 people who were dining in a restaurant in the popular seaside resort of Puerto Vallarta. The hostages were taken away in two big utility vehicles. Police in the western state of Jalisco are trying to locate four women who either escaped or were set free by the gang. The incident took place in an area close to Puerto Vallarta's main tourist attractions. The motive for the attack is unclear. It happened at 01:00 local time (07:00 BST) on Monday.

Local media reported that up to 16 men had been abducted. "Seven or eight armed men stormed the restaurant and told the customers to lie on the ground. We don't really know what happened after that," said Puerto Vallarta's Security Commissioner Jesus Jose Rodrigo Campoy. Security guards apparently ran away as they saw the gang approaching the restaurant, El Informador newspaper reported. (Read more)

- Father, we can't understand why the security guards would run away, leaving the people helpless. We ask that You will find these victims and bring them home safely, and bring justice to the perpetrators.

- "Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I escape safely." (Psalm 141:10)

9. At least 2 seriously wounded in knife attack on Austria train - Fox News

A knife-wielding man attacked passengers early Tuesday on a train in western Austria, seriously wounding two, police said. The suspect was arrested. The assault occurred near the village of Sulz, in westernmost Vorarlberg province. A police statement said that a 19-year old man suffered wounds to the stomach and back. The other victim, a 17-year old male, had a throat injury. Both were hospitalized. (Read more)

- Lord too many knife attacks are occurring while authorities and the media all say it's "mental illness." We ask for truth to be revealed. As the world grows farther away from You, we know that gross darkness will continue to grow.

- "For behold, the darkness shall over the earth, and deep darkness the people; But the Lord shall arise over you and His glory shall be seen upon you." (Isaiah 60:2)

10. Russia's new ties with Turkey leaves the U.S. more vulnerable - Washington Times

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent meeting with Vladimir Putin in Moscow demonstrated clearly America's deteriorating position in both Europe and the Middle East. Following Turkey's failed military coup, Mr. Erdogan's maneuverings, including mass arrests of his political opposition, are accelerating his acquisition of unchecked domestic power, thereby enabling him to reverse his country's secular constitution and render it an Islamicist state.

The implications for Ankara's membership in NATO and the West more broadly could hardly be clearer. And who was waiting to host Mr. Erdogan's first postcoup meeting with a foreign leader but Mr. Putin in Moscow. Although Russian-Turkish history has been complicated, to say the least, often adversarial militarily and politically, Mr. Putin knows how to seize the main chance when it appears.

Distancing Turkey from NATO would be just the start. Regaining Black Sea naval dominance and ensuring unhindered Russian access to the Mediterranean through the Bosporus and the Dardanelles have been Kremlin ambitions for centuries. In today's environment, persuading Turkey to leave the tacit alliance working to overthrow Syria's Bashar Assad regime, a Moscow ally, would be a critical step forward for Russia's increasing influence in the Middle East. Whether Mr. Erdogan is prepared to go further and join the Russia-Iran regional axis is unclear at this point, but the possibility is obvious. (Read more)

- Father God, as we witness the nations coming into alignment in this hour, to fulfill Your Word in these end times, we praise You that You are in control, and that Your Kingdom will rule and reign in the end, in Your name, amen.

- "Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end." (Isaiah 9:7a)

The Daily Jot

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Do not be deceived: What the polls say

One of my favorite Bible verses is a warning from Jesus Christ concerning the latter days. It's found in Matthew 24:4 and says, "Take heed that no man deceive you." Saying that in the last days, perilous times shall come, the Apostle Paul echoes such a warning in 2 Timothy 3:13, "But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived." Deception is key to taking well-intended people off the track of what is right and good. To combat deception, we need discernment, which is found in the Holy Scriptures and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We need a lot of wisdom to discern these days. Those wishing to deceive often do it by trying to co-op your support through peer pressure.

Have you noticed the way the media tries to ply your opinion? For example, from now to election day, various media will be conducting their own polls to show you what America is thinking. Take heed that they do not deceive you. ABC, MSNBC, CBS, Washington Post, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, New York Times-all of these and more will be conducting their "polls" to show you how America will vote on election day. Take them with a grain of salt because just as these outlets' stories are biased and passed off as unbiased news, so too, are their polls. Their sampling practices are weighted toward their bias. I know this from my days in politics.

When running a large political campaign, polling data is imperative. Accurate polling data can mean the difference between winning and losing in a tight race. It can give you trends, messaging guidance, issues, demographics and a whole lot more. But it has to be accurate or your entire campaign will be off. So politicians do not use media polls. They hire a polling company to conduct an accurate poll based on a scientifically drawn, unbiased sampling of the voters. The media, admittedly weighs their samplings toward a Democratic bias because they draw more voters from the Democratic voting base. Also, online polls are suspect because it is difficult to verify who is actually giving the information and how many times they are giving it.

Constitution.com reports: "Media polls are driven by the desire to achieve a certain outcome. That is why you think Hillary is leading Trump by 10 points. If you were paying attention, one of these polls had Hillary up by 15 points before the GOP convention. After the convention, Trump was up 15 points, a 30% jump! Statistically impossible. After the democrat convention, Hillary was up 10 points, a 25% swing. Again, can't happen. The media is jerking our chain. DO NOT believe them. The only polls that can be believed are internal polls that are rarely made public." A truly statistically balanced poll taken by Constitution.com paints a totally different picture-Trump 67%; Clinton 19%; Undecided 13%. Interesting, right?

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!

Bill Wilson

Victory in California

Victory in California

School District OKs Sharing Bible Verses

A California public school district will allow an elementary student to share Bible verses with his classmates during non-instructional time, according to Liberty Counsel, the organization representing the student and his family.

The situation involves a student, called "C," at Desert Rose Elementary School in the Palmdale School District.

It gained national attention after the school called the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to reprimand the 7-year-old student for handing out Bible verses to his classmates. (CBN and Breaking Christian News) Read more here.

More Daily Features

The Persecuted Church:

Christians Stand Firm Despite Extremist Threats in Indonesia

Despite facing threats of violence in the country with the largest Muslim population in the world, a group of Christians in Indonesia is standing strong.

According to Bruce Allen of Forgotten Missionaries International, a group of believers, led by FMI-supported church planter Pastor Yudianto, was holding a meeting when about 20 radical Muslims interrupted.

The Muslims told the Christians to disperse and never meet again, threatening them with machetes and taking their pictures for future intimidation. Later, when the police arrived, Allen says boxes of weapons were found outside for quick access. (MNN) Read more here.

Signs and Wonders

Giant sinkhole swallows 4 people in China, 2 still missing

Two people were rescued from a giant sinkhole that opened up in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, while two more remain missing.

What started out as a crack in the road following heavy rain on Monday night, opened up into a small hole shortly after, before swallowing up a grass verge beside it and then pulling in some of the surrounding pavements.

A number of pedestrians stood beside the hole to take photos of it as it expanded. Four were suddenly dragged in, along with three vehicles, according to local media.

A 36-year-old man and 21-year-old woman were pulled from the now 600-square-meter sinkhole. Video footage of the rescue shows a group of men scrambling to help the man out of the dark depths of the hole using a rope.

Emergency services have been unable to find the two remaining pedestrians, one of whom is understood to be a child, but rescue efforts are continuing Tuesday. (Read more)

"There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea." (Luke 21:25)

The Good News Corner

A Rare Synagogue is Unearthed in Galilee that Confirms The New Testament

The remains of an unusual structure that served as a synagogue during the Second Temple era have been unearthed at an archaeological excavation underway at Tel Rechesh in the heart of the Nahal Tavor Nature Reserve in the lower Galilee.

The synagogue is one of only eight synagogues discovered in Israel that date back to the Second Temple era, said Dr. Motti Aviam, a senior researcher at the Kinneret Institute for Galilean Archaeology at the Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee.

"This is the first synagogue discovered in the rural part of the Galilee and it confirms historical information we have about the New Testament, which says that Jesus preached at synagogues in Galilean villages," Aviam said. (JNS.org) Read more

Today's Worship:

"It Is Well" - Kristene DiMarco
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Election 2016: Prayer Resources

Election 2016: Prayer Resources

"Choose some wise, understanding and respected men from each of your tribes, and I will set them over you." (Deuteronomy 1:13)

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