Tuesday, October 28, 2008

CHPP Daily Brief - October 28, 2008

In This Issue
· The Daily Brief
The Middle East in Focus
Election News
The Economy in Crisis
· Congressional Voter Guide: Available Now!
· Day of Prayer for the World's Economies
· Update: Proposition 8

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The Daily Brief Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008

"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28)

The Daily Brief

1. Air Force Revamping Oversight of Nuclear Arsenal After Embarrassing Missteps - Fox News

The idea for a new, separate command stemmed from a recent highly critical report that concluded there has been a decline in the Air Force's focus on its nuclear mission, the performance of those who carry it out, the failure of its leaders to respond effectively.

· Heavenly Father, we come to You praying for our leaders who have authority over our safety. We pray that our guard will not be down and that everyone involved with security will be vigilant over our national defense.

· But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one. (2 Thessalonians 3:3)

2. Effigy of Sarah Palin hanging by a noose creates uproar in West Hollywood - Los Angeles Times

A West Hollywood Halloween display showing a likeness of Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin hanging by a noose, has caused a furor among some residents who reported it as a hate crime, authorities said Monday. West Hollywood Mayor Jeffrey Prang said although he recognizes residents' right to free speech, he found the display problematic and felt it should be removed.

· With death threats to Obama, Palin, campaign volunteers and pollsters, we pray that You, Lord, will give our nation's citizens Your wisdom, peace, and restraint! We pray that there will be no turmoil, violence, or riots after the election.

· Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry. (Psalms 34:14, 15) But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. (Psalms 37:11)

3 Surprise bounce in existing home sales - Financial Times

The pace of existing home sales in the US rose unexpectedly by 5.5 per cent in September, as sharply lower prices attracted buyers in every part of the country except the north-east. The figures indicate that a bottoming in home sales might be taking hold and that could pave the way for an eventual rebound in the US housing market - the root of the global financial turmoil.

· We praise You, Lord, and we give You thanksgiving for the beginning of the turn-around of our economy! We pray that You will continue to stabilize it, and families will once again see their money safe from inflation and a recession.

· As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor - this is the gift of God. (Ecclesiastes 5:19)

4. Refiners Look to Reduce Production as Falling Gas Prices Cut Into Profits - Wall Street Journal

As falling gasoline prices squeeze refining profits, there are signs that refiners are ratcheting back production to pare losses. Refining profit margins collapsed, and many companies resorted to production cutbacks, making for some of the lowest operating rates at U.S. refineries in years.

· We continue to pray that You, Lord will give us temperance in our nation over our economy and over avarice and self-indulgence in our lives. Help us to be a righteous nation. We look to You for our provision.

· The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it . . . (Psalms 24:1)

5. Students face punishment for 'Hit a Jew Day' - Ynet News

At least four students from a suburban St. Louis middle school face punishment for allegedly hitting Jewish classmates during what they called "Hit a Jew Day." It began with an unofficial "Spirit Week" among sixth-graders that started harmlessly enough with a "Hug a Friend Day." Then there was "High Five Day." Soon, though, the days moved from friendly to silly. Next there was "Hit a Tall Person Day" and, finally, "Hit a Jew Day."

· Lord, children always need direction. That is why You placed parents and grown-ups in their lives. Let them use this experience to teach children to honor and respect others - especially those who are handicapped or different.

· Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all. (1 Thessalonians 5:15)

6. Clergy on both sides of Proposition 8 speak out - LA Times

With the Nov. 4 election fast approaching, rabbis, priests and ministers across California are ratcheting up their public appeals over Proposition 8 - using their religious platforms to alternately highlight the perils of passing or rejecting the same-sex marriage amendment. Some churches have steered clear of the same-sex marriage issue for fear of alienating members.

· Lord, many in our nation have fought for religious freedom in our land against oppression of any sort. We pray there will be no reprisals for pastors speaking what the Bible says are God's truths. Let God's Word reign in our nation.

· So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply . . . (Genesis 1:27, 28)

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: "When LORD shall build up Zion, He shall appear in His glory. He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer. This shall be written for the generation to come [lit: the last generation]: and the people which shall be created shall praise LORD." (Psalm 102:16-18)

1. Peres announces Israel going to elections - Ynet News

President Shimon Peres arrived at the Knesset Monday afternoon with the opening of this year's winter session, and informed Speaker Dalia Itzik that efforts by Kadima Chairwoman Tzipi Livni to secure a stable coalition have failed.

2. Qureia: No Peace Without Jerusalem - Ynet News

The top negotiator for the Palestinian Authority, Ahmed Qureia, said on Monday, that he "has great respect for the way (Kadima Chairwoman) Tzipi Livni works." Speaking at a conference organized by the Council for Peace and Security, Qureia said that Livni "is trustworthy enough to say yes or no -- 'this you can have and this you can't.' She didn't say she would give Jerusalem, but she said it would be on the table. And why shouldn't it be? How will the Palestinians agree on a deal without Jerusalem? No one can imagine this happening. Jerusalem is the key to peace.

3. Mine from time of King Solomon found - Ynet News

The discovery occurred at Khirbat en-Nahas, which means "ruins of copper" in Arabic. Located south of the Dead Sea, the region was known in the Old Testament as Edom.

4. Global financial crisis brings Israelis home - Ynet News

The global financial crisis hitting world markets seems to have one favorable effect as far as Israel is concerned, as thousands of Israelis who have been living abroad for the past few years head back to their homeland.

Election News

For all election headlines this week, please hold this prayer point and verse before our Lord: Then He also said to the multitudes, "Whenever you see a cloud rising out of the west, immediately you say, 'A shower is coming'; and so it is. And when you see the south wind blow, you say, 'There will be hot weather'; and there is. Hypocrites! You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is it you do not discern this time? (Luke 12:54-57)

Prayer Point:
Pray that God's man and our nation will be discerning and do what is right.


1. Obama Camp Lashes Out at Fox News Over Coverage of 2001 Radio Interview - Fox News

In a radio interview in 2001, Barack Obama said the civil rights movement failed when it became so dependent on the Supreme Court that it never got around to working toward redistributing income.

2. Effigy of Palin Hanging by Noose is Halloween Fun, Owner Says - Fox News

The owner of a home that has a mannequin dressed like the Republican vice presidential candidate and hanging by a rope says it's just a "scary" Halloween decoration. (
read more)

3. Stevens says 'I am Innocent' after corruption conviction - CNN

Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens vowed to fight his Monday conviction on federal corruption charges, a verdict he attributed to "repeated instances of prosecutorial misconduct."

4. Men Charged With Plotting to Kill Obama - CNN

Federal prosecutors charged two men with plotting a "killing spree" against African-Americans that would have been capped with an attempt to kill Sen. Barack Obama while they wore white tuxedos, federal officials said Monday. (read more)


For all the headlines below, we lift up this prayer today:

Lord, we join together in thanking You for Your grace in this time of financial questions and we pray for Your continuing peace over the spirits of the people of this nation. Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, "I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you," so that we confidently say, "The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?" (Hebrews 13:5-6)

1. Stocks slump after choppy session - CNN

Major gauges end a volatile session lower as investors weigh recession fears, debt relief, Verizon results and housing report.

2. New Home Sales Jump 2.7% in September - Fox News

New home sales unexpectedly jumped in September; however the once titanic housing market is far weaker than it was last year.

3.Treasury Begins to Deploy Financial Rescue Plan

The Treasury Department will start buying equity stakes in banks this week as part of its $250 billion rescue plan. According to reports, Treasury Secretary David Nason said deals with nine major banks were inked late Sunday and the government will start buying $125 billion of the banks' equity during the week.

Congressional Voter Guide: Available Now!

It is hard to believe, but the election is now only one week away. America will decide both the next president as well as who will control Congress. The FRCA team has researched important and close Congressional races from across the country to help voters make an educated decision on Election Day. I am pleased to offer the FRCA Congressional Voter Guide, which will give you the candidates' stances on 12 important issues in over 80 races, ranging from pro-life issues and traditional marriage to immigration and the estate tax. Download the Congressional Voter Guide today to see where the candidates from your state and across the country stand on the issues.
Download the FRCA Congressional Voter Guide today!
(Source: Family Research Council Action)

Day of Prayer for the World's Economies

Dear Intercessors, October 29th marks the anniversary of the stock market crash of 1929, after which the great depression ensued. Earlier this year, the Lord reminded me of this, adding that "...Satan wants to do it again!". We must be proactive through prayer! For this reason, I am issuing a worldwide prophetic call to a Day of Prayer for the World's Economies on October 29, 2008.
The Reformation Prayer Network and The Global Day of Prayer in the United States will be joining us in this prayer initiative. Please rally your prayer groups to set themselves upon the wall on October 29, 2008 to intercede for the economic systems of this nation and the nations of world. To facilitate unified global intercession on this day, a prayer guide has been provided below.

Warring for the soul of our nation, Cindy and Mike JacobsCindy JacobsGenerals InternationalThe United States Reformation Prayer Network

"For thus says the Lord of hosts: 'Once more (it is a little while) I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land; and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple [house] with glory,' says the Lord of hosts. 'The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,' says the Lord of Hosts." (Haggai 2:6-8)

(To read more, including Cindy's prayer points for The Day of Prayer for the Word's Economies, go

Update: Proposition 8Prop 8 Rallies the Churches

In rallies across California, pastors and churches are making a powerful statement that traditional marriage is not an issue of race. It's an issue of morality. On Monday, dozens of black ministers turned out in Los Angeles to signal their support for Proposition 8, the state amendment that would ban counterfeit marriage. Down the street, a small counter-protest mustered just three African-American pastors who claimed that homosexual "marriage" is the new civil rights movement.
The pro-8 rally is part of the final push to persuade California voters to protect man-woman marriage in next month's election. The Yes on 8 campaign, whose poll numbers continue to climb, launched a statewide bus tour this week, making stops at key districts and churches to educate Californians on the measure's importance-not just to marriage but also to education and parents' rights.

Florida's Amendment 2, which would also define marriage in the state constitution, faces an equally tough fight. Unlike California's initiative, Amendment 2 needs at least 60% approval to pass. On Monday, it was encouraging to see the enthusiasm for an Orlando rally sponsored by Florida's Family Policy Council. Over 700 Floridians turned out to hear from speakers like me, Bishop Harry Jackson, John Stemberger, and Pastor Clayton Cloer. Keep up the good fight!
(Source: Tony Perkins)