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The Daily Brief Wednesday, October 15, 2008
"When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness." (Isaiah 26:9)
The Daily Brief
1. McCain Seeks Comeback in Final Presidential Debate - AP
John McCain and Barack Obama have just hours to go before they debate for the third and last time, a showdown that could give the trailing Republican presidential nominee a lifeline -- or lock him in second place in the polls.
· Lord, be with the candidates as they prepare for and participate in the debate. We pray that eyes will be opened and the words of both men will be closely listened to by all who watch.
· Make and keep your vows to the LORD your God; let all who are around Him bring tribute to the awe-inspiring One. He humbles the spirit of leaders; He is feared by the kings of the earth. (Psalm 76:11-12)
2. McCain Urged to Attack Obama on Wright Ties - FOX News
Conservatives push McCain to challenge Obama during tonight's final debate on his friendships with Rev. Wright and former domestic terrorist William Ayers.
· Pray that only effective topics will be addressed in tonight's debate between the presidential candidates.. Pray for clear, honest responses. Pray for our nation so that the man chosen by the Lord to hold this special office will be the one whom the people see as the most effective and honest person.
· "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delighteth in his way." (Psalm 37:23)
3. Stocks Dive on Recession Fears - AP
Recession anxiety grabs control of Wall Street, sending Dow down more than 700 points and back under 9000.
· Lord, help us to be faithful to You in our own business and personal dealings and help us to release to You all worry that we may have about finances. We pray that the media will take a more calm approach to the coverage they give these stories.
· "Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not be terrified or give way to panic before them. For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory." (Deuteronomy 20:3-4)
4. Federal Court: Ohio Must Check Voter Registrations - NewsMax
A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered Ohio's top elections official to set up a system by Friday to verify the eligibility of new voters and make the information available to the state's 88 county election boards.
· Praise the Lord that He has heard the cry of righteous voters in this nation who understand the law and demand honesty. Pray that the system can be set up accurately and quickly and that those who have perpetrated voter fraud are indicted and punished.
· "Pour out Thine indignation upon them, and let Thy wrathful anger take hold of them." (Psalm 69:24)
5. Jesse Jackson: Obama Would Have "New Policy" Towards Israel - NY Post
"Decades of putting Israel's interests first" would end under Obama administration He promised "fundamental changes" in US foreign policy - saying America must "heal wounds" it has caused to other nations, revive its alliances and apologize for the "arrogance of the Bush administration." The most important change would occur in the Middle East, where "decades of putting Israel's interests first" would end.
· Has Jesse Jackson spoken a truth in an unguarded moment, revealing more of Sen. Obama's thinking than had earlier been revealed - that Israel must no longer be put first in America's thinking? Which Bible has Rev. Jackson been reading? Pray for Rev. Jackson's soul that he may truly know salvation in Jesus Christ.
· "And I [the Lord God] will bless them [ the nations] that bless thee [Israel], and curse them that curseth thee; and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed." (Genesis 12:3)
6. Frank: GOP Criticism of Housing Crisis is Aimed at Poor Blacks - FOXNEWS.com
Rep. Barney Frank said Monday that Republican criticism of Democrats over the nation's housing crisis is a veiled attack on the poor that's racially motivated. The Massachusetts Democrat, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, said the GOP is appealing to its base by blaming the country's mortgage foreclosure problem on efforts to expand affordable housing through the Community Reinvestment Act. Frank said that blame[ against ACORN] is misplaced, because those loans are issued by regulated institutions, while far more foreclosures were triggered by high-cost loans made by unregulated entities.
· Pray for honesty to rule in Rep. Frank's mind and not partisanship. If Rep. Frank cannot direct the House Financial Services Committee with honesty and credibility, he needs to give up his chairmanship0. Pray that he may come to know the Lord.
· "Many seek the ruler's favor; but every man's judgment cometh from the Lord." (Proverbs 29:26)
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: "'So beginning with the fifteenth day of the seventh month, after you have gathered the crops of the land, celebrate the festival to the LORD for seven days; . . . you are to take choice fruit from the trees, and palm fronds, leafy branches and poplars, and rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days." (Lev 23:39-40)
1. Palestinian leader, Islamist chief discuss Temple Mount takeover - WorldNetDaily
Conspirators seek to solidify control over Judaism's holiest site Meeting with an Islamist leader here, the Palestinian Authority's chief negotiator this past weekend discussed ways to solidify Islamic control over the Temple Mount and block Jews from purchasing real estate in areas surrounding the holy site, according to a source involved in the talks. The Palestinian Maan news agency quoted chief Palestinian negotiator Ahmed Qurei as saying there can be no agreement with Israel unless it forfeits Jerusalem, and that postponing an agreement on the issue will only provide the Jewish state more time to "Judaize" the city.
· Pray that none of these plots against the Temple Mount will bear any fruit and that the Temple Mount will be fully returned to the Israelis. Jerusalem is the Lord's.
· "In Judah is God known: His Name is great in Israel. In Salem also is His tabernacle, and His dwelling place in Zion." (Psalm 76:1,2)
2. Syria Establishes Diplomatic Ties With Lebanon - Fox News
Syria formally recognized Lebanon for the first time Tuesday by establishing diplomatic relations with its neighbor -- a move that reflects Damascus' readiness to meet key U.S. demands to do more for regional stability, even as it pursues indirect peace talks with Israel.
· Pray that this move on the part of Syria is genuine, rather than some political maneuver to gain more world power. Little has Syria done in the last several years to convince the western nations, especially, that Syria is playing with a full deck. Of course, much of Lebanon is under the rule of Hezbollah and is frankly not a free nation.
· "Give ye ear, and hear My[ the Lord's] voice; hearken, and hear My speech." (Isaiah 28:23)
3. Report: US, allies planning Iran sanctions without UN support - Ynet News
The United States and its allies are discussing economic sanctions on Iran without the United Nations' support, The Financial Times reported Monday, amid concerns that Tehran is accelerating its nuclear program, which European diplomats believe may increase the chance for an Israeli military response.
4. Rice: I'll leave no stone unturned in pursuit of ME peace - Jerusalem Post
Though the clock is ticking on the Bush administration and Israel is in political turmoil, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pledged to push for a peace deal Tuesday.
5. Labor Party, Kadima sign coalition agreement - Ha'aretz
A coalition agreement to bring Labor into a cabinet headed by prime minister-designate Tzipi Livni was signed Monday after over 18 hours of talks and two days after a draft agreement was formulated between Labor Party chairman Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Livni.
6. Israeli biofuel project could spell end of Mideast oil power - Ha'aretz
It will take dedicated visionaries to help stop America's addiction to foreign oil and diminish the huge market power wielded by Mideast oil producers. And that's what Doron Levi, the COO of alternative energy company Galten Global Alternative Energy has his heart set on doing.
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)
Pray that the man of God's choice would be given wisdom and ability from the Lord to overcome any obstacle or difficulty during this campaign.
1. Michigan Attorney General Charges ACORN Worker With Forgery - Detroit News
Michigan Atty. Gen. Mike Cox on Tuesday charged a former ACORN worker with forgery in connection with voter registration applications he submitted in the city of Jackson.
2. Murtha: Western Pa. Racist - AP
Democratic congressman says there's 'no question' his home base 'is a racist area' but Obama should still win state.
3. Obama in NYT Interview Laments Media Image - Fox News
Says FOX News Has Cost Him in Polls
Barack Obama riffs on his media image in an interview for the New York Times Magazine, which quotes him as suggesting FOX News has cost him a few points in the polls. The interview with reporter Matt Bai, to be published Sunday, features the Democratic presidential candidate feeling lamenting a "media narrative" that has pigeon-holed him as a liberal stereotype. "I am convinced that if there were no Fox News, I might be two or three points higher in the polls," Obama says in the article. "If I were watching Fox News, I wouldn't vote for me, right? Because the way I'm portrayed 24/7 is as a freak!"
4. Palin denounces Wall Street greed to big money donors - Fox News
Chalk this up to either speaking truth to power or not knowing your audience. During brief remarks to a big money joint fundraiser in New York City Tuesday night, where the GOP ticket took in nearly $9 million from some well-to-do Manhattanites, Gov. Sarah Palin denounced the "greed" of big business."We know that all across America right now, there is a lot of anger, there is frustration, there is anger with the dealings with lobbyists there in DC, the greed of Wall Street and some of the arrogance of the Washington elite," she said to a nearly silent group of about 300 donors.
THE ECONOMY IN CRISIS
For all the headlines below, we lift up this prayer today: Lord, in this time of noise and confusion, still our hearts to allow us to recognize Your sovereignty in power over the nations of the earth. The stock markets and financial institutions are theoretical powers while You are a real and present comfort to us. Thank You for the plan that You will raise out of this chaos.
· "You do not have to fight this battle. Position yourselves, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD. He is with you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Tomorrow, go out to face them, for the LORD is with you." (2 Chronicles 20:17)
1. Bernanke Tried to Calm Uneasy Markets in Speech - Fox Business
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke tried to calm jittery markets Wednesday, saying in prepared remarks for a speech that the government has the tools to solve the problems in the financial markets.
2. Oil Ebbs on Recession Concerns - Fox Business
Oil prices fell sharply Wednesday afternoon as traders feared global economies would sink into recession, cutting energy demand worldwide.
3. Fed's Beige Book Paints a Blue Picture - Fox Business
Underscoring the widespread economic downturn and playing into recession arguments the Federal Reserve reported today in its Beige Book "economic activity weakened in September across all twelve Federal Reserve Districts." Several districts, the Beige Book said, "also noted that their contacts had become more pessimistic about the economic outlook." Credit concerns dotted the report.