Thursday, November 6, 2008

CHPP Daily Brief - November 6, 2008

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

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The Daily Brief Thursday, November 6, 2008

Come, and let us return to the LORD; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us; On the third day He will raise us up, That we may live in His sight. (Hosea 6:1,2)

The Daily Brief

1. Change? Obama Picks Clinton Alum Emanuel WH Chief of Staff - AP

President-elect Barack Obama pivoted quickly to begin filling out his new administration on Wednesday, selecting hard-charging Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel as White House chief of staff while aides stepped up the pace of transition work that had been cloaked in pre-election secrecy.· Father we pray for wisdom for President-Elect Obama as he chooses a cabinet and staff. May You bring inroads of righteousness into his choices. If there be any hidden agendas in the choices that are not pleasing to You, may Your Spirit overcome them and wash them clean by the Blood of the Lamb.· "Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom." (Psalm 51:6)

2. U.S. Stocks Post Biggest Post-Election Drop on Economic Concerns - Bloomberg

The stock market posted its biggest plunge following a presidential election as reports on jobs and service industries stoked concern the economy will worsen even as President-elect Barack Obama tries to stimulate growth.

· Father, once again we pray for wisdom for leadership over economic issues. We pray that You will stabilize the Stock Market, and move by the Power of Your Holy Spirit to restore hope over America. We thank You for shaking out greed and power lust from the process!

· "As for me, I will call upon God, and the Lord shall save me. . ." (Psalm 55:16)

3. Political Battle Underway Within GOP, Say Conservative Leaders - CNS News

Facing the most liberal president and Congress in a generation, conservative stalwarts do not blame the GOP's disastrous election performance solely on Republican nominee John McCain or on President George W. Bush. The ultimate culprit, some say, has been big government Republicanism.

· Lord, let the Republican party not dissolve into chaos, but let it be changed to bring righteous values rather than big government politics.

· "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people." (Proverbs 14:34)

4. Democrats Ready to Act Fast on Car Aid, Regulation - Wall Street Journal

Congressional Democrats signaled plans to use their momentum from Tuesday's electoral victory to quickly pursue big plans to tackle economic woes, including doubling planned aid to U.S. auto makers and redrawing the regulation of financial companies.

· Lord as we enter a realm of more liberal control over Congress, we pray for Your wisdom to rule, rather than politics. Lord let knowledge and understanding reign rather than constant bailout and deeper debt.

· "Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established;" (Proverbs 24:3)

5. World Headlines:A) Chavez Eyes Venezuela's Largest Gold Mine - AP

Venezuela announced plans on Wednesday to take over the nation's largest gold mine, operated by Canada's Crystallex International Corp., as President Hugo Chavez gradually brings mining operations under state control.B) Putin May Return to Kremlin in 2009 - ReutersRussian President Dmitry Medvedev could resign from his post in 2009 to pave the way for Vladimir Putin to return to the Kremlin, Vedomosti newspaper reported on Thursday, citing an unidentified source close to the Kremlin. Medvedev Wednesday proposed increasing the presidential term to six years from four years, a step the newspaper said was part of a plan drawn up by Vladislav Surkov, who serves as Medvedev's first deputy chief of staff.

· Father, while America was focused on the election, these situations of expanding control have gone almost unnoticed around the world. Lord, as dictators move to grab more power, we pray that Your Spirit will restrain them. We pray for the people of Venezuela and Russia, that You will move across their nations to grant them freedom and salvation!

· "The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good." (Proverbs 15:3)

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. 'Massive' Cross-Border Rocket Barrage Fired From Gaza Strip by Palestinian Militants - Fox News

Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers scrambled Wednesday to contain fallout from the worst fighting since a truce was declared five months ago, but a flare-up later in the day threatened to unravel it anew.

2. Israeli airstrike in Gaza kills Jihad militant - Jerusalem Post

A Palestinian gunman was killed Wednesday night in an IAF airstrike in northern Gaza. It came after some 45 Kassam rockets and mortar shells were fired in response to the IDF's counter-terror tunnel operation overnight Tuesday.

3. Likud's Netanyahu, Begin present united front - Ynet News

"I can't recall everything that I've said; politics is about compromise," new Likud member Dr. Benny Begin told reporters in Tel Aviv in response to questions regarding the harsh criticism he had cast on party leader Benjamin Netanyahu in the past.

4. IDF: Next 24 hours critical to ceasefire's future - Ynet News

The next 24 hours will be crucial to ceasefire's future, a source in the defense establishment told Ynet on Wednesday night, adding that the "IDF is preparing for every possible scenario."

5. Official: Obama won't press Israel in coming months - Ynet News

Israel stands to have about six months before it has to contend with US president-elect Barack Obama's new foreign policy, which will undoubtedly affect Jerusalem, a senior diplomatic source said Tuesday.

Pray for the Persecuted Church

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto Me. (Matthew 25:40)

[All headlines below are reported today by Worthy News:]

1. Eritrea Christian Killed In Military Camp

Another evangelical Christian has died in one of Eritrea's most feared military detention facilities after authorities apparently refused to provide him with medicines against malaria, Christians with close knowledge about the situation told BosNewsLife Monday, November 3.

2. Somalia Militants Stone Raped Girl To Death For "Adultery

A 13-year-old girl who said she had been raped was stoned to death in Somalia on charges of "adultery" by supporters of an influential Islamic group which previously murdered Christian converts, BosNewsLife learned Sunday, November 2.

3. India Terror Blasts Damage Church; 50 Killed, Pastor Injured

A dozen bomb blasts rocked the Indian state of Assam Thursday, October 30, killing at least 50 people and injuring 300 others, including Christians, a main alliance of churches and mission groups told BosNewsLife.

4. Algerian Court Dismisses Case against Christians Accused of 'Blasphemy'

The Washington-DC based human rights group, International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that a blasphemy case brought against three Christians was dismissed on October 29, 2008 by a court in Algeria. The court is located in Ain Turk, a town 267 miles away from Algiers, the capital.

5. Pakistan Custody Battle Over Kidnapped Christian Girl

Human rights lawyers of two underage sisters who already won a custody battle over a 10-year-old girl, prepared Saturday, October 25, to also regain custody of her elder sister, after reports the girls were raped and coerced into embracing Islam.

6. Crackdown On Christianity In Middle East And North Africa, Group Suggests

An association of Christian agencies and individuals advocating human rights of Christians in the Middle East and North Africa, remained concerned Wednesday, October 22, over the situation of several Christian prisoners, some of whom may be executed under recently adopted legislation."

7. Detained Uyghur Christians Face Execution And Mistreatment In China

Family and activists continued efforts Wednesday, October 22, to obtain the release of two Uyghur devoted Christians in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang, saying one of them may be executed while another believer is facing mistreatment in a labor camp.