Friday, May 30, 2008

The Daily Brief - Thursday, May 29, 2008

"All the kings of the earth will give thanks to You, O Lord, when they have heard the words of Your mouth." (Psalm 138:4 NKJV)

The Daily Brief

1. 'Hezbollah Makes Al Qaeda Look Like Minor Leagues'
- Fox News

Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff warns that radical Islamic group in Lebanon is more disciplined, better armed to carry out terror attacks than Al Qaeda.

· Father we stand against fear over America, and against every plan of the enemy to destroy us. We do not trust in man's weapons, but in Yours alone.

· "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds." (1 Cor 10: 4)

2. Washington Urges US to Search for More Syrian Missile - Ynet News

The United States is pressing UN inspectors to broaden the scope of a search in Syria to include possible secret nuclear facilities, The Washington Post reported in Thursday editions, citing US government officials and Western diplomats.

· Lord we ask that all hidden plans be revealed, and all secret facilities be found out and destroyed. · "Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked, from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity." (Psalm 64:2)

3. Bolton: Little Alternative to Iran Strike - NewsMax

Military action against Iran would be a last resort but the United States and its allies have not done enough to promote the alternative, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said on Wednesday.

· Lord we pray that You will intervene to remove the evil regime of Iran without our military.

· "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. . ." (Matthew 6:13)

4. White House Writes Off McClelland Book as Disgruntled Former Employee
- Fox News

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said Wednesday that President Bush is "puzzled" by former Press Secretary Scott McClellan's new book slamming the administration, and said its clear McClellan is "disgruntled" about his time working in the Bush White House.

· Lord, we take authority over the spirit of division within our government, and the attitudes and lies which perpetuate it in all of our leaders. Unite us, O Lord, in the fear of You rather than anger, deception, confusion, or desire for power.

· "Teach me Thy ways, O Lord; I will walk in Thy truth; unite my heart to fear Thy name." (Psalm 86:11)

5. Helicopter Crashes at Michigan Hospital, Explodes in Flames - AP

A helicopter crashed at a hospital on Thursday, sending thick, black smoke into the air over downtown and forcing the evacuation of patients from the building.

· We pray for comfort and mercy for the victims and survivors of this terrible incident.

· "But Thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion and gracious, long-suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth." (Psalm 86:15)

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:

"May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble; may the name of the God of Jacob defend you." (Psalm 20:1)

1. Labor ministers: Olmert must go - Ynet News

Labor chairman, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, received the full backing of his party's cabinet ministers on Thursday morning, less than a day after he called on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to step down from office following the rattling deposition of Morris Talansky.

2. Olmert meet southern community heads, says adamant not to resign - Ynet News

"I'll continue to function as prime minister; there are those who believe that the launching of any investigation demands a resignation, but I don't adhere to this notion and I will not step down," Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Wednesday evening, during a meeting with the heads of communities and towns located near Gaza.

3. Barak's announcement leaves some Labor colleagues surprised and angry - Jerusalem Post

The ministers closest to Labor chairman Ehud Barak were woken up at midnight on Tuesday night by family members and aides informing them of Channel 1 political correspondent Ayala Hasson's report about Barak's meeting at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv.

4. "Jerusalem offers 91% of West Bank in new map" - Jerusalem Post

Palestinian officials close to peace talks said Sunday that Israel has offered a West Bank withdrawal map that leaves about 8.5 percent of the territory in Israeli hands, less than a previous plan but still more than the Palestinians are ready to accept.

5. Hamas 'very disturbed' over peace talks - Jerusalem Post

Hamas was caught by surprise by the news of direct negotiations between Israel and Syria, Hamas representatives in the Gaza Strip said over the weekend.

Iran in the News


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

"The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them; but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming." (Psalms 37:12,13)

1. Arab paper: Iran to give Hamas more arms, funds - Jerusalem Post

Iran has promised Hamas new rockets and more funds, an expression of the Islamic Republic's displeasure with recent news of renewed Israeli- Syrian peace talks, the London-based newspaper, Asharq Alawsat reported on Sunday.

2. Iranian President Ahmadinejad Requests Meeting With Pope - Fox News

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has requested a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI, a diplomatic source told The Australian newspaper on Tuesday. A meeting between the political and spiritual leader would be a first.

3. Ahmadinejad Rival Gets Powerful Post in Iran - NewsMax

Iran's lawmakers overwhelmingly picked conservative Ali Larijani as parliament speaker Wednesday, sending another strong message of discontent with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's leadership by boosting one of his likely challengers in elections next year.

4. Pakistan May Turn Over U.S. 'Spies' to Iran - ABC News

In another sign of growing tensions with the United States, Pakistan is threatening to turn over to Iran six members of a tribal militant group Iran claims are "spies" for the CIA.

Christian Values Under Attack in America

Christian Beliefs and Values Under Attack in America

A. New York to Recognize Out-of-State Homosexual Marriages - (AP)

Governor's order based on state appellate court ruling that said there is no legal impediment to N.Y. recognizing same-sex marriage. [See more on this decsion below.]

B. Obama Praised Wright, Criticized Black Churches, on Homosexuality - (

"Most African-American churches are still fairly traditional in their interpretations of Scripture," and that explains their "homophobic" messages.

C. Boy Scouts Sue Philly Over Impending Eviction
- (

City raised rent from $1 to $200,000 a year over Scouts' membership policies.

· Lord, as we have been praying in repentance for our nation for the last 20 weeks, we prostrate ourselves before You today in sorrow over the path our nation has taken. We call upon You for mercy and forgiveness of our sins. We have rejected Your moral compass, we have followed false gods, we have allowed sin to overtake our nation. May you find it in Your loving heart to forgive and cause the Holy Spirit to move like a mighty wind over America to change our hearts to bring righteousness to our land.

· "And I sought for a man among them, that should make up a hedge, and stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none." (Ezekiel 11:30)

New York's Governor: Recognizing Gay Marriage

The Homosexual Wedding March

In New York, the judicial branch may have some competition in the race to redefine marriage. Gov. David Paterson (D), Eliot Spitzer's replacement, is inventing new policymaking powers for the executive office by issuing a statewide directive that same- sex "marriages" performed in other jurisdictions will be recognized in New York. Announced the day before California's Supreme Court ruling, the sweeping decision will impact as many as 1,300 rules and regulations "governing everything from joint filing of income tax returns to transferring fishing licenses between spouses." Under the order, same-sex couples who reside or work in New York will receive the same benefits as heterosexual spouses.

Paterson described the decision as "a strong step toward marriage equality," instead of what it truly is-- an attempt to circumvent the legislature and propel the state closer to gay "marriage" without voters' consent. Under Spitzer, a bill was introduced to legalize homosexual unions, but it never passed New York's Republican-led Senate. Paterson's office sees this as the next best thing. Although the order is the first of its kind in the U.S., other left-leaning governors will almost certainly follow suit. If you're a New York resident, please express your outrage by contacting Paterson's office at 518-474-8390 or by emailing him at (Family Research Council)

California: An Unacceptable Result

California: An Unacceptable Result

At a packed press conference today, FRC hosted legal and political experts who discussed the impact the California Supreme Court ruling imposing homosexual marriage. With the news that California is likely to start doling out marriage licenses to homosexual pairs on June 17, our colleagues Glen Lavy (Alliance Defense Fund), Mat Staver (Liberty Counsel), and Ken Blackwell (Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment, FRC) described the sweeping consequences of this ruling for institutions and individuals alike.

We made clear that the ruling is an abuse of power and that we will be working day and night with a broad coalition of Californians to pass a marriage protection amendment there in November. Certification of the amendment for the ballot is likely. As Ken Blackwell pointed out, the political parties will be deeply affected by the firestorm this decision is generating. California marriage bureaus are even now being instructed to replace "bride" and "groom" on the license application with "party A" and "party B." Don't be fooled: the real implications are for Party D and Party R. Who will stand for the timeless meaning of marriage? Video of the panel will be available soon on our website. (Family Research Council)



On Sunday, June 1st, the Embassy of Israel is sponsoring an event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to celebrate its 60th Anniversary of Statehood.

Called Israel at 60: A Capital Celebration , the event begins at noon and lasts until 5:00 p.m.

All of our readers are most welcome to attend this event . . . and to bring your friends along, too!

Israel @ 60: A Capital Celebration promises to be one of the most exciting events to honor Israel. Cheer Israel's 60th birthday and its achievements in the arts, theater sciences and more.

Activities include: music, dance, theater performances, Israeli food, children's activities and family workshops. In addition, the Celebration includes hands-on exhibits and activities for all ages.

For more information about this exciting program, visit the website for the Embassy of Israel, by going here

We hope to see you all there!!!!!!!!!!!!