Wednesday, July 9, 2008

CHPP Daily Brief July 8, 2008

In This Issue:
The Daily Brief
The Middle East in Focus
Iran in the News
Pray for the Persecuted Church

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The Daily Brief Tuesday, July 8, 2008

"Open the gates that the righteous nation may enter, the nation that keeps faith." (Isaiah 26:2)

The Daily Brief

1. Iran: Attack Us and U.S. Interests Will "Burn" - Fox News

Revolutionary Guard begins military exercise, says U.S. ships in Persian Gulf and Tel Aviv will be 'set on fire' if Iran attacked.

· Iran is one enemy that we need to take seriously, unlike others whose words are only bluffs. Ask our God to strengthen the hands of those who are in authority in both the U.S. and Israel, all the while maintaining an unusually high level of alert. Pray that no danger to our interests, or those of Israel, will go unnoticed. Amen.

· "The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?" (Psalm 118:6)

2. G-8 Summit Opens With Spotlight on Aid for Africa - ABC News

Aid for Africa - and whether enough was coming from the world's major economic powers -- was in the spotlight Monday as the Group of Eight nations planned to meet with seven African leaders at its annual summit.

· As these leaders gather together, Lord, we pray that many good results will come out of these meetings. Let the wealthy nations agree to help the poor nations in creative and monetary ways, more so now than ever before. Amen.

· "He will bring justice to the poor of the people; He will save the children of the needy, and will break in pieces the oppressor." (Psalms 72:4) "Defend the poor and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and needy." (Psalms 82:3)

3. U.S. ties Caracas to Hezbollah aid - Washington Times

The Bush administration is accusing the government of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez of providing cash and refuge to the militant Islamist group Hezbollah of southern Lebanon.

· Thank You, Lord, that these wicked, hidden facts are being revealed! We pray that other nations will boycott President Chavez until he ends his support of money and refuge for the militant group Hezbollah!

· "Do not grant, O Lord, the desires of the wicked; do not further his wicked scheme, lest they be exalted . . . let not a slanderer be established in the earth; let evil hunt the violent man to overthrow him." (Psalms 140:8, 11)

4. Black pastors wary of Obama - Washington Times

Conservative black pastors nationwide are caught between irreconcilable opposites - congregations that overwhelmingly favor Sen. Barack Obama versus their personal doubts about the Illinois Democrat's politics, particularly on abortion.

· Heavenly Father, You know the hearts of the people. Give us Your eyes to see clearly who You want and Your mind to discern. Give us obedient hearts to vote for the candidate who follows your ways without wavering!

· But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7)

5. McCain promises to balance budget - Politico

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) plans to promise on Monday that he will balance the federal budget by the end of his first term by curbing wasteful spending and overhauling entitlement programs, including Social Security, his advisers told Politico.

· Lord, we pray that the next President will be a man of honor and wisdom to know how to lead this nation. Lord, help us to get out of this horrendous weight of wasteful spending and entitlement programs. Let the elected officials be in agreement over this.

· Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and broke their chains in pieces. (Psalms 107:13, 14)

6. Cooler Weather Helps Crews Battle Calif Wildfire - ABC News

Firefighters on Sunday took advantage of cooler, damper weather to battle a vast blaze ravaging Santa Barbara County as they tried to gain a foothold against the fire before the expected return of hotter, drier conditions.

· Thank You, Lord, for Your cooling winds and intervention in these tough times in California, Give gentle rains to quash the dry places. Give the people a heart of intercession and gratitude for these rains!

· "For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, But water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater . . ." (Isaiah 55:10)

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. Assad: No peace until after Bush - Ynet News

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told a French newspaper his country is unlikely to enter direct peace talks with Israel while US President George W. Bush is in office.

2. Kinneret drops to 'Lower Red Line' - Jerusalem Post

After reporting Monday that the water level of Lake Kinneret, which supplies some 25 percent of Israel's drinking water, had dipped below the lower red line, the Water Authority plans to reveal an emergency plan at a press conference Tuesday morning.

3. 'US won't let Israel attack Iran' - Jerusalem Post

The US did not okay an Israeli attack on Iran, Prof. Anthony H. Cordesman, a former Pentagon official and currently the top defense analyst at the ABC TV network, said Monday.

4. Gaza goods crossing to reopen Tuesday - Ynet News

Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Tuesday instructed the defense establishment to reopen the goods crossings into the Gaza Strip following a personal request made by Egyptian Intelligence Chief Omar Suleiman. The crossings will reopen partially on Tuesday afternoon.

5. Israel tests 'Iron Dome' anti-rocket system - London Telegraph

Israel has carried out a successful test of its "Iron Dome" anti-missile defence system intended to combat crude rockets of the kind launched from Gaza and south Lebanon.

6. Poll: Majority of Israelis support prisoner release - Ynet News

Sixty percent of the Israeli Jewish public supports the prisoner exchange deal Israel signed with Hizbullah in an effort to free kidnapped IDF soldiers Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, even though it means releasing all the Lebanese prisoners it holds, including Samir Kuntar; and only 32% oppose it, the War and Peace Index revealed Sunday.

Iran in the News

For all the headlines below, we thank God for the promise of His Word:It is written, "The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?" (Psalm 118:6)

1. 'Israel, US wouldn't dare attack Iran' - Jerusalem Post

Israel and the US would not dare to attack Iran, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying in an interview with Malaysia's national news agency, Bernama, on Monday. He went on to say that US President George W. Bush "has many satanic and inhuman wishes, including confrontation with Iran," and that "none of his wishes have come true."

2. 'Iran leaks reflect internal US debate' - ICEJ; Jerusalem Post

Israeli intelligence at odds with US assessments According to Israeli diplomatic and security sources, the recent US statements on whether Israel is planning to attack Iran militarily and what such an attack means for Washington, shows internal differences in the Bush Administration on the subject.

3. Liel: Syria ready to sever Iran relations - ICEJ; The Sunday Telegraph

A former high-ranking Israeli diplomat involved in a 'second tier' of talks with Damascus says the Assad regime is ready to end its relations with Iran if Washington will militarily and financially back Syria, according to The Sunday Telegraph.

4. Gov't officials: US fears Israel gearing up for Iran strike - Jerusalem Post

This week's warnings from US President George W. Bush and Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of America's Joint Chiefs of Staff, against an IDF strike on Iran are a sign that Washington is concerned that Jerusalem may indeed attack the Islamic Republic, Israeli government officials said Thursday.

5. Iran setting up 'passive defense' plan - Jerusalem Post

Although Iran's leaders are relentlessly dismissing the notion that the West, including Israel, would dare attack its nuclear facilities and/or other targets, they are actually profoundly concerned by the prospect of a strike designed to achieve regime change.

Pray for the Persecuted Church

Prayers for the Persecuted Church 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. China Detains House Church Missionary And Co-workers - Worthy News

A key member and missionary of an unofficial 'house church' in China's Heilongjiang Province faced difficulties Monday, July 7, to worship with fellow believers after Chinese security forces briefly detained him and two co-workers, representatives said.

2. Iran: Authorities 'Temporarily' Release Badly Injured Christian - Worhty News

After four weeks in police custody, Iranian Christian Mohsen Namvar was released "temporarily" last week to return to his home in Tehran.

3. Algeria: Christians Sentenced for Spreading Faith - Worthy News

A court in western Algeria convicted two Muslim converts to Christianity yesterday for illegally spreading their faith.

4. India: Victims of Orissa Violence Evicted from Homes - Worthy News

At least 36 Christian families whose houses were burned during Christmas season violence in Orissa's Kandhamal district have been evicted from their damaged homes.

Arizona Marriage Amendment to Be on Ballot

After a long and rancorous legislative session in which the Marriage Amendment appeared certainly dead, on the very last night the AZ Senate and House voted to refer a state constitutional amendment on the definition of marriage to the November ballot, allowing the people to vote. Arizonans will vote yes or no to the following Amendment: "Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state." Arizonans will join the people of California and Florida in deciding how marriage will be defined in their states - not judges, governors or legislatures. (FRC Prayer Targets)

· Thank God! May Arizonans not be confused by misinformation and disinformation from the anti - marriage campaign, rather may voters arise to correctly define marriage once and for all this November!

· "Open the gates that the righteous nation may enter, the nation that keeps faith." (Isaiah 26:2)

Media Refuses To Connect Islam With Honor Killings of Children

Honor killings by Moslems seem to be more and more common in American society. Late last year, two teen aged sisters in Houston were killed by their Moslem father because they sullied the family name by having boyfriends. More recently, a 54 year old Pakistani man killed his 25 year old daughter because she wanted to divorce her husband, whom she never met because it was an arranged marriage, so that she could have a life here in America. Her father apparently strangled her to death and when the police arrived, they found him sitting behind a car smoking a cigarette lamenting the obvious, "My daughter is dead."

Imagine, if you will, a devout Baptist Christian man killing his 17 year old daughter for bringing dishonor upon his family for wanting to date a Catholic boy she met at school. The headlines across America would read "Fundamentalist Christian Man Kills Daughter For Dating Catholic." The story would be rife with references to the man's religion, his conservative beliefs and the divide between Protestants and Catholics. It would be a regular Christian bashing broadcast throughout the country. But it would be a rare incident if anything like this would happen because Christians are a free-will kind of people who are not instructed to kill people by their faith tradition.

The headlines about this honor killing in Georgia hid the fact that the man doing the killing was Moslem. The headline most common was a variation of "Georgia Man Killed Daughter To Protect Family Honor." Throughout the stories there were no hints that the guy was a Moslem exercising his so-called right under Sharia law. The news media, for whatever sick reason, seeks to hide the fact that Moslems, under their religion, have the right to kill their family members. But wait, it's not religion, explains the brother of the two Houston girls. He says the Koran doesn't call for honor killings, but that they are part of the Islamic culture. I call it splitting hairs, but I'm not one who recognizes Islam as a religion at all.

Islamists say that allah is the God of Abraham, when in reality, allah is a pagan moon god hijacked by Mohammed to add the religious element to the Islamic militant society. The God of Abraham says in the sixth commandment "Thou shalt not kill." And the fifth commandment just before it is, "Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land whcih the Lord they God gives thee." It doesn't say if you don't honor your parents, your parents can kill you if they like. Jesus said in Matthew 7:15 and 16, "Beware of false prophets which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. You shall know them by their fruits." Recognize the fruits of Islam, even if the media doesn't.

Bill Wilson
Word of Life