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The Daily Brief - Friday, November 30, 2007


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The Daily Brief

Friday, November 30, 2007

"He who sits in the heavens shall laugh . . ." (Psalm 2:4)

The Daily Brief

1. Powerful Earthquake Measuring 7.4 Hits Caribbean - Associated Press

A powerful earthquake rocked the eastern Caribbean on Thursday, damaging buildings and panicking residents, some of whom were hurt when they jumped from windows. The magnitude-7.4 earthquake was centered 14 miles northwest of Martinique's coastline, lasted longer than 20 seconds. It struck at 2 p.m. EST and was felt as far away as Puerto Rico to the west, and Venezuela and Suriname to the south.

· You, O Father, alone know the beginning and the end. Only You knew that this earthquake would hit today and cause this devestation in the Caribbean. Please be with those affected by the quake and those who are providing rescue assistance. May many be saved alive unto Your Son Jesus because of this calamity.

· Vengeance is Mine, and recompense; their foot shall slip in due time; for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things to come hasten upon them. For the Lord will judge His people and have compassion on His servants, when He sees that their power is gone, and there is no one remaining, bond or free. (Deuteronomy 32: 35-36 NKJV)

2. Bush Scolds Congress On Iraq Spending Impasse, But Compromise May Be In Works - Fox News

President Bush scolded lawmakers on Thursday for going on vacation without passing his nearly $200 billion emergency spending request for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but a compromise may be near on a funding deal.

· Father, we ask for a reasonable spending solution to accomplish all of our nation's objectives victoriously. We ask You to bring President Bush and Congress to agreement on war funding for our troops and equipment.

· Can two walk together, except they be agreed? I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. ( Amos 3:3, Psalm 32:8)

3. Conservatives Laud Henry Hyde As 'An American Hero' -

Conservative and pro-life leaders around the country mourned the passing Thursday of former Congressman Henry Hyde -- a man described as a passionate, eloquent champion of the unborn and defender of American freedom.

· Lord, we thank You for Henry Hyde. Thank You for his service to our nation and the unborn. Please comfort all who mourn his untimely passing. May the state of Illinois and our nation receive more leaders like him that believe in You as their Savior, and are inspired by You and Your Word.

· For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8: 38-39)

4. Clinton Cites Her Faith, The Bible, In Call For Worldwide Action Against AIDS - Fox News

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton used an appearance at one of the nation's largest evangelical churches Thursday to sketch a broad agenda to take on disease around the globe, calling it "the right thing to do." With the presidential campaign intensifying in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, Clinton was alone among leading candidates to fly to coastal California to appear at Saddleback Church in Orange County, where pastor and best- selling author Rick Warren convenes a conference each year to highlight the global threat posed by HIV/AIDS.

· Lord, as the global community seeks to help in the healing and prevention of AIDS, we lift up Your name as the Healer. Our trust is not in ourselves or in the riches of this world. We put our trust in You alone.

· Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; that they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. (I Timothy 6: 17-19)

5. GOP Candidates Give Views On The Bible - Baptist Press

A unique CNN/YouTube Republican debate lived up to its ask- anything acclaim Nov. 28 when three of the top candidates were asked if they believed "every word" of the Bible. Those queried included former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Massassachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and current Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

· If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which He hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself. He that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. ( I John 5: 9-11)

6. Rice: I Know What It's Like To Be Palestinian - Jerusalem Post

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reportedly said in Annapolis this week that her childhood in the segregated south had helped her to understand the suffering on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

· Lord, we pray Your wisdom and understanding over Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. We pray her position be blessed in hearing and doing Your word.

· Then thou shalt understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of His mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: He is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity, yea every good path. ( Proverbs 2: 5- 7 & 9)

The Middle East in Focus

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

"The LORD foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations." (Ps 33:10-11)

1. US introduces Israeli-PA UN resolution - Jerusalem Post

The United States asked the Security Council to support a UN resolution endorsing this week's agreement by Israeli and Palestinian leaders to try to reach a Middle East peace settlement by the end of 2008.

2. 'Fatah, Hamas will join ranks if IDF raids Gaza' - Jerusalem Post

Fatah will fight alongside Hamas if and when the IDF launches a military operation in the Gaza Strip, a senior Fatah official in Gaza City said Thursday.

3. Olmert: Temple Mount not negotiable - Jerusalem Post

Israel's sovereignty over the Temple Mount is not up for discussion, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Wednesday, a day after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said a Palestinian capital in east Jerusalem was key to an agreement with Israel.

4. Hamas demands UN rescind '47 partition - Jerusalem Post

Hamas on Thursday called on the UN to rescind the 1947 decision to partition Palestine into two states, one for Jews and one for Arabs.

5. US lobbies UN to endorse Annapolis - ICEJ News

The US has asked the United Nations Security Council to endorse by resolution this week's Annapolis understanding between Israel and the Palestinians to reach a peace settlement by the end of 2008.

6. Rice to send new security envoy - ICEJ News the US is sending retired US general James Jones, the former NATO commander, as the new special envoy to the Middle East. His task is to coordinate Israeli-Palestinian security efforts. However, the news of his arrival is seen as a potential threat by some Israeli officials.

According to The Jerusalem Post, Jones is known to have a 'cold attitude towards Israel,' and he will most likely pressure the IDF to prematurely hand over security responsibilities to an unprepared Palestinian security force, especially in a time of increased violence. In the last week alone, the IDF has killed 20 Palestinian terrorists in Gaza, from where over 70 shells and 25 Kassam rockets were fired.

In Memorium: Henry Hyde

Rep. Henry Hyde, Champion for the Preborn, Finishes Well

Pro-life champion and former U.S. Congressman Henry Hyde died this morning at 83. Though thousands are grieving Hyde's death, he will best be remembered for his vigilant fight for life.

"With the passing of Rep. Henry Hyde today, the pro- family movement lost one of its most passionate defenders of human life," said Dr. James Dobson, founder and chairman of Focus on the Family. "It is impossible to calculate how many millions of babies were spared because of his courageous work in the House of Representatives."

Early in his political career, which spanned four decades, Hyde courageously introduced an amendment to prevent federal funding of abortion. Congress adopted the measure, which became known as the Hyde Amendment and continues to protect preborn babies. He later led the battle to pass the ban on partial-birth abortion. In addition, Hyde authored the Mexico City policy, which prohibits federal money from being used to support abortions abroad.

Earlier this month, President Bush presented the Illinois Republican with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his "good and purposeful life." He issued a statement today in honor of the admirable public servant. "This fine man believed in the power of freedom, and he was a tireless champion of the weak and forgotten" he said. "He used his talents to build a more hopeful America and promote a culture of life."

Tom Minnery, senior vice president of government and public policy for Focus on the Family Action, said people working in the pro-life field could learn a lot from what Hyde did and how he did it. "He was a compassionate, dedicated force to preserve innocent life in the womb, and he did that in a way that built friendships across that great gap of pro-life versus pro-abortion," he said. "Henry Hyde was one of those rare politicians who knew how to build relationships at the same time as he created strong divisions on important issues. "I believe that there's a big celebration in heaven and that's something that should, I hope, comfort his family in this time of loss. But it is a loss. The family is right to grieve, but right to be proud of what this man accomplished."

(Devon Williams; CitizenLink)

Sunday: A Day of Prayer for Iraq



Pastors and leaders from all over Iraq recently came together and agreed to have a National Day of Prayer for their country.

They are asking for churches around the world to join them in praying for Iraq on the 2nd of December.

There has been a growing prayer movement in Iraq over the last few years. In 2005, the first National Prayer Conference in Iraq's history was held. About 640 Iraqis from 17 different churches attended from across the country. This was a significant event, as it brought together believers from almost every existing church and denomination in Iraq.

Iraqis from 23 churches attended the 2nd National Prayer Conference in 2006, followed by the 3rd conference this past September 2007, which Iraqis attended from 24 churches and a number of house churches, despite the many challenges involved in traveling across the country.

We praise God for the awesome work He is doing in and through His Church in this country. Still, our brothers and sisters need our prayers and to see a breakthrough in their nation on every level.

Please join the Iraqi Church December 2nd to pray for the Lord to build His Kingdom in Iraq! (Lars Widerberg, Intercessors Network)

Prayer Points for Iraq


1. Pray protection over individual and ministry relationships - that the Holy Spirit will rule with wisdom and love in each situation and the efforts of the enemy to bring fear, disunity, distrust and separation will be confounded.

2. Pray that God will give the shepherds and pastors words of encouragement and comfort for their congregations and their communities, and that the believers will be encouraged to share their faith even more boldly and not be bound by fear or anxiety.

3. Pray that those outside of the family of God will be made able to see Jesus, to be attracted by Him, inclined to repent and drawn to salvation. Pray for the Church to have unity and that the Church will have boldness in evangelism - to counteract fear.

4. Pray that the believers will experience a fresh vision, divine strategy, renewed passion for God's Kingdom and fresh motivation for their call, that they will be like a infusion of light, life and love that will stimulate everybody.

5. Pray that evil will be blinded and thwarted in every situation. Pray for the country to have peace, that the civil war stops. Pray that the Shia party will loose control on the government.

6. Pray for the leaders - government, police, military, etc. - to rule responsibly and fairly, helping to build the necessary infrastructure and order.

Government leaders:

President: Jalal Talabani
Vice presidents: Adil Abd al-Mahdi, Tariq al-Hashimi
Prime minister: Jawad al-Maliki

(Reported by: Intercessors for America)

Publishing Reminder

Congress returns next week to finish pending business for this year.

In lieu of the next edition of "On Capitol Hill This Week," we will instead publish another Legislative Update over the weekend.

The Daily Brief will return on Tuesday, December 4th.

CHPP Emergency Appeal

Dear Friends,

This is Jim Ballenger, the treasurer of Capitol Hill Prayer Partners (CHPP). You don't usually hear from me, but tonight I wanted to share our ministry need with you.

First off, I want to thank those of you who have been so faithful for so long in offering financial support for this work. You are the "faithful few," and we appreciate your kindness more than you can know.

As the Treasurer of CHPP, I can see however that, as we reach the end of this year, it is time to ask for help from all of our partners, so that we can finish 2007, as always, debt free.

In speaking with our Board of Directors about our current financial need, we have felt to turn to each of you with one simple appeal, as follows:

IF EACH ONE WHO READS THIS MESSAGE WOULD SEND IN AN OFFERING OF AT LEAST $10.00 BY THE END OF DECEMBER, WE CAN FINISH THE YEAR "STRONG," AND BE IN GOOD SHAPE FOR 2008. Your offerings support the growing work of this ministry, and every penny goes to our operating expenses.

Please make your checks payable to CHPP and send them to: CHPP P.O. Box 5152 Herndon, VA 20170

CHPP IS a 501 (c) 3, tax-exempt ministry, relying solely upon the gifts of our friends to continue.

Thank you all and God bless you, every one!

James W. Ballenger, Treasurer

Capitol Hill Prayer Partners

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Links to Other Resources

Links to Other Resources

In order to keep our Briefs "brief," we ask you to explore other key sites on your own, as you continue to pray for our nation, for Israel, and for His Kingdom on earth.

Recommended sites include the following:


a. Intercessors for America

b. Family Research Council

c. End-of-Day by Gary Bauer

d. Citizen Link (Focus on the Family)

e. The Daily Jot

f. Traditional Values Coalition

g. Christian Coalition of America


a Worthy News

Bridges for Peace

c. Intercessors for Israel

d. The JerUSAlem Connection

" . . . every joint supplies . . ." (Eph. 4:16)

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