Friday, January 30, 2009

CHPP Daily Brief - January 30, 2009

In This Issue
· The Daily Brief
The Middle East in Focus
The First 100 Days
Just Say "No!"
Pot... Meet Kettle
Super Bowl Update
The World in Turmoil
Good News Corner

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The Daily Brief Friday, Jan. 30, 2009

"The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases." (Proverbs 21:1)

The Daily Brief

1. Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Becomes First Black RNC Chairman - AP

The Republican Party chose the first black national chairman in its history Friday, just shy of three months after the nation elected a Democrat as the first African- American president. The choice marked no less than "the dawn of a new party," declared the new GOP chairman, former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele.

· Lord, we praise You that there has been the election of a new leader for the Republican party and that any racial barriers that had stood in this nation are falling. We pray for wisdom for all the government and party leaders that they will choose wisely and will look to You for guidance.

· Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens. (Exodus 18:21)

2. Senate Republicans May Use Filibuster to Block Stimulus - AP

Republican senators who oppose the $819 billion economic stimulus plan passed in the House Wednesday declined to say whether they personally would lead a filibuster to try to stop the legislation in the Senate. But they said a filibuster is an option and they are developing a strategy to stop the bill.

· We are blessed to live in a land where dissent is allowed and not attacked. We thank You that the people are free to react to government and that all sides are able to register discontent. We pray that the leaders will be sensitive to Your leading and that Congressmen and women are re-considering the future effect of financial spending.

· That the leaders led in Israel, That the people volunteered, Bless the LORD! (Judges 5:2)

3. Feds allege plot to destroy Fannie Mae data - AP

A fired Fannie Mae contract worker pleaded not guilty Friday to a federal charge he planted a virus designed to destroy all the data on the mortgage giant's 4,000 computer servers nationwide. Had the virus been released as planned on Saturday, the Justice Department said the disruption could have cost millions of dollars and shut down operations for a week at Fannie Mae, the largest U.S. mortgage finance company. Rajendrasinh B. Makwana, 35, of Glen Allen, Va., pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to one count of computer intrusion, the U.S. attorney's office said.

· Lord, You have provided protection from threats that we did not even know were possible. May those who intercepted this plan be blessed and we pray that all in law enforcement will be focused and that You will give them strength for their continued vigilance.

· 'Vengeance is Mine, and retribution, In due time their foot will slip; For the day of their calamity is near, And the impending things are hastening upon them.' (Deuteronomy 32:35)

4. FBI Cuts Ties With Islamic Group - AP

The FBI is severing its once-close ties with the nation's largest Muslim advocacy group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, amid mounting evidence that it has links to a support network for Hamas. All local chapters of CAIR have been shunned in the wake of a 15-year FBI investigation that culminated with the conviction in December of Hamas fundraisers at a trial where CAIR itself was listed as an unindicted co-conspirator. The U.S. government has designated Hamas as a terrorist organization.

· You have been faithful to bring to light all manners of improper and evil behavior in the last few months and we praise You for Your continued grace in exposing those who are wrong-doers. May the government be sensitive to the true motives of those posing as benefactors and may their access and funds be cut off.

· "Whoever will not observe the law of your God and the law of the king, let judgment be executed upon him strictly, whether for death or for banishment or for confiscation of goods or for imprisonment." (Ezra 7:26)

5. Obama, Chief Justice Roberts Prepare to Face Off on Judicial Cases - AP

The ideological differences between the president and Chief Justice Roberts are certain to throw them on opposite sides of the courtroom this year on cases covering national security and affirmative action.
(Read more)

· Both the president and the chief justice have been educated and been given many rewards. Lord, we pray that they will prove themselves worthy and will make decisions that are God-honoring and beneficial to all the citizens. May they act out of Godly wisdom and not earthly wisdom.

· From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more. (Luke 12:48)

6. US denies drafting letter to Iran - Ynet News

Obama administration officials responded scornfully Thursday to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's recent demand for a change in the US policy in the Middle East, and dismissed a British report that the administration was drafting a letter to the Iranian authorities. White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs, who was asked during his daily press briefing about a letter allegedly sent to US President Barak Obama by the Iranian leader, said that "neither the president nor the secretary of state has seen such a letter that I think was reported in an overseas newspaper, so I think that sort of closes the book on that."

· We rejoice if the present administration is going to stand strong against the hate coming out of the Iranian leadership. We pray that there is going to be a thoughtful and prayerful consideration in the administration and the State Department before they negotiate with Iran.

· And he spoke to the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of their's, lest you be consumed in all their sins. (Numbers 16:26)

7. Alaskans Brace for Redoubt Volcano Eruption - Fox News

Monitoring earthquakes underneath the 10,200-foot Redoubt Volcano about 100 miles southwest of Anchorage, scientists from the Alaska Volcano Observatory warned that an eruption was imminent, sending experienced Alaskans shopping for protection against a dusty shower of volcanic ash that could descend upon south central Alaska. An August eruption dumped significant ash on Anchorage and a September blow sent ash about 40 miles north of Anchorage to Wasilla.

· The power that You display through the earth is amazing to us and we praise You that there has been warning ahead of any volcanic eruption. We pray that the residents of Alaska will move out of harm's way and those who remain will be careful to protect themselves from any coming danger. We continue to pray to You for mercy even as You show manifestations of the disturbances both physical and spiritual in these Last Days.

· Then the earth shook and quaked, The foundations of heaven were trembling And were shaken, because He was angry. (2 Samuel 22:8)

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:

"Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." (Jeremiah 29:12,13)

1. Livni distances herself from offer to divide Jerusalem - ICEJ News

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni suffered a substantial blow to her chances of becoming Israel's next prime minister in the February 10 national elections after her role in concessions allegedly made to the Palestinians were made public on Thursday. According to a flurry of reports spawned by the Hebrew daily Yedioth Aharonot, outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert recently told US envoy George Mitchell that he and Livni had previously agreed to divide Jerusalem, maintain only large settlement blocs in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank), and uproot 60,000 Jews from their homes. "Livni simply gave up Jerusalem," responded Likud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu, currently the frontrunner in the race for the premiership. "I will not keep Olmert's commitments to withdraw and I won't evacuate settlements, Netanyahu declared

2. Claims that IDF shelled UNRWA school exposed as false - ICEJ News

UN official in Gaza blames Israel for 'confusion'A journalist's investigation has exposed as false one of the most inflammatory reports to come out of the recent Israeli offensive against Hamas terrorism in Gaza - that IDF forces had shelled a UN-run school, killing 43 of the civilians who had sought refuge there.

3. 'Iran and Syria trying to replace PLO' - ICEJ News

The Palestinian Authority on Thursday accused Iran and Syria of encouraging Hamas and other radical groups to establish a new leadership that would challenge the PLO's claim to being the "sole and legitimate representative of the Palestinian people." The PA fears that the potential new leadership, which would be headed by Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal, would be recognized by several Arab/Islamic governments that are unhappy with Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas, whose tenure as president has now officially expired.

4. Castro lashes out at Obama for supporting 'Palestinian genocide' - ICEJ News

Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro lambasted US President Barack Obama on Thursday for his support of Israel's defensive actions against Palestinian militants. "It is the way our friend Obama has fallen into sharing Israel's genocide against Palestinians," Castro wrote in an essay titled "Deciphering the thought of the new U.S. president." The American backing of Israel demonstrated "the abusive character of the empire's power," he wrote. Castro's latest tirade came one week after he called Obama "intelligent and noble," praising the new president for the "sincerity of his words" and as a "living symbol of the American dream." The 82-year old former head of state relinquished power to his brother Raul after undergoing abdominal surgery 2 years ago and has not been seen in public since. The timing of the letter's release raises questions as to the role the communist dictator maintains in policy making.

5. Obama White House: All options on table to stop Iran's nukes - ICEJ News

US President Barack Obama's administration signaled on Thursday that Washington reserved all its options, ranging from diplomacy to military action, to pressure Iran over its nuclear program.
"We must use all elements of our national power to protect our interests as it relates to Iran. That includes, as the president talked about in the campaign, diplomacy where possible," Obama's spokesman, Robert Gibbs, said. "We have many issues to work through - an illicit nuclear program, the sponsorship of terrorism, and the threatening of peace in Israel are just a few of the issues that this president believes the Iranian leadership must address," Gibbs said. Asked whether Obama's view was that the military option remained on the table, he said, "The president hasn't changed his viewpoint that he should preserve all his options." The White House also denied a report published this week in a British paper that the new Administration was drafting a conciliatory letter to Iranian leaders to help thaw relations.

The First 100 Days

The First 100 Days: DAY ELEVEN

Often as a new man is sworn into the office of The President of the United States, the world watches how he performs in his first 100 days. As our new president, like all presidents before him, pursues his own first 100 days in office, please agree with this promise from the Word of God for him.

"The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases." (Proverbs 21:1 NIV)

1. Obama Discusses Trade Imbalances With Chinese President

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs says Obama called Chinese President Hu Jintao to address trade imbalances.

2. Obama May Sign Children's Heatlhcare Bill Next Week

President Obama called the bill "a down payment on my commitment to ensure that every American has access to quality, affordable health care."

3. Obama Reverses Bush Orders on Labor, Touts Middle-Class Task Force

President Obama signed a series of executive orders Friday that he said should "level the playing field" for labor unions in struggles with management. Obama also used the occasion at the White House to formally announce a new White House task force on the problems of middle-class Americans, and installed Vice President Joe Biden as its chairman.

4. Russia Makes Nice With Obama Over Missile Defense

Russia has backed down from its threat to deploy short-range missiles near bordering NATO countries if the United States were to build a missile defense shield in Eastern Europe. That has raised questions about whether Obama has scuttled plans to build the shield and whether his administration has spoken to Russian officials about reversing the Bush policy.
(Read more)

5. Obama Administration Approves $20 Million for Gaza Relief

The Obama administration on Friday made an emergency contribution of more than $20 million for urgent relief efforts in the Gaza Strip, a day after the United Nations launched a flash appeal for $613 million to help Palestinians recover from Israel's three- week military operation there.
6. Lawmakers Campaign Against Gitmo Detainees in Their BackyardColorado officials are the latest to protest the possibility of Guantanamo detainees being sent to a maximum-security prison in their state.
(Read more) (Source for all articles in this section is Fox News.)

Just Say "No!"

That's the message we're hoping our friends in New Hampshire will give to Senator Judd Gregg. Various media reports indicate that Senator Gregg is being considered by the Obama White House to be Secretary of Commerce. It would be a win-win for President Obama, but a devastating setback for the country. President Obama would get a smart, pro-business individual at Commerce at a time when we need more business-friendly voices in government. He would also get a lot of plaudits from the pundits in Big Media for bi-partisanship, adding another Republican to his Cabinet.

But here's the kicker: The governor of New Hampshire is a Republican. Assuming Al Franken ultimately prevails in Minnesota, then Democrat Gov. John Lynch, in replacing Judd Gregg, would appoint the 60th Democrat senator to the United States Senate. That would give Senate Democrats a filibuster-proof majority to ram through the worst of Obama's radical, socialist agenda. If asked, I hope Senator Gregg will just say, "No." If he did accept the offer, not only would it be a major betrayal of his party just as the GOP is finding its voice, but, far worse, he would be committing America's future to the tender mercies of Senate liberals like Harry Reid, Ted Kennedy and Barbara Boxer.

If you live in New Hampshire, please call Senator Gregg's office today at (202) 224-3324. Encourage him to remain in the Senate, where his voice of reason on fiscal issues is most urgently needed. Tell him to "Just say No" to any White House offers to leave the Senate. (Gary Bauer; End-of-Day; Jan. 30, 2009)

Pot . . . Meet Kettle

Wall Street executives are doing an admirable job of proving those who opposed their bailout were right. Yesterday, news surfaced that the same businesses who begged for taxpayer funds are back to their old ways, celebrating the government's $700 billion investment with new corporate jets and office makeovers for their financial fat cats. President Obama, one of many who insisted that Washington right the Wall Street ship, seems to be experiencing buyers' remorse. In a press conference, he lashed out at the banking district. Some of the largest companies approved $18.4 billion in employee bonuses, while Citigroup tried to buy a new $50 million company plane, and one Merrill Lynch executive spent over $100,000 on a new rug and toilet for his office. "That is the height of irresponsibility," Obama said. "It is shameful. And part of what we're going to need is for folks on Wall Street who are asking for help to show some restraint and show some discipline and show some responsibility."

Unfortunately, this is what comes of Washington meddling in a market where government has no place. Now President Obama is asking Wall Street to live up to standards that even Congress does not. Take a look at the latest stimulus plan. Where is the "restraint" and "discipline" there? This morning, Americans awoke to the news that their hard-earned tax dollars--in addition to padding the wallets of Hollywood, porn-abusing science foundations, congressional family members, and voting frauds-- will also include a $198 million payment to Filipino veterans of World War II, two-thirds of whom don't even live in America! Obama's tirade against Wall Street could just as easily been directed at himself. The President and Democratic leadership have a pattern of rewarding America's biggest ethical offenders with federal money. Since 1987, his party has helped Planned Parenthood rake in more than $3.2 billion taxpayer dollars. Now, the President's reversal of the Mexico City policy and his promotion of "family planning" programs will ensure that they get millions more. (Family Research Council; Tony Perkins Update; Jan. 30, 2009; excerpt)

Super Bowl Cries Foul at Pro-Life Ad

The Washington Times is reporting today that NBC, in a disturbing show of censorship, has nixed a powerful pro-life ad slated to air on Super Bowl Sunday. The commercial, called "Imagine Spot 1," was created by a Catholic group called Fidelis to drive home the potential of human life. After its run on Black Entertainment Television (BET), the spot is approaching a million YouTube hits. NBC justified the slight by saying that the ad was too political in nature. In reality, these 41 seconds do more to inspire than the hundreds of other Super Bowl ads that use sex and alcohol to wow viewers. It's ironic that producers pull out the rule book when they want to police traditional values, but when their stars do something really out-of-bounds the networks swallow their whistle. If you'd like to complain about the double standard, contact NBC's comment line directly at 212- 664-2333. (Family Research Council)

The World in Turmoil

The World in Turmoil And Preparing For The Prophetic Days Ahead

No matter what news site you look at, or what paper you read, or what news program you watch or listen to, you are constantly bombarded with bad news about the economy. The World Economic Forum being held in Davos became confrontational as union leaders said they had no confidence in the way corporate management was handling the financial crisis, and they predicted civil unrest to spread throughout the world. The government of Iceland collapsed under financial pressure. In the United States, layoffs by the tens of thousands are running unemployment rates to record numbers at almost five million. People are angry about the situation and fearful about their futures.
It is the perfect storm for the one world order. The world economy, if there is such a thing, is teetering on the fulcrum of a defining moment. On one side is economic freedom, or capitalism, characterized by free markets. On the other side is socialism, a step toward communism, managed economies characterized by government ownership, intervention and bureaucracy. It is the time in history where the world powers believe they can institute a worldwide managed economy that can lead to the socialist utopia dreamed of by such revolutionaries as Georg Hegel, Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin. It is the ultimate opportunity to use mass fear to deprive mankind of liberty with man's active consent.

We may be witnessing the end time structure discussed in the prophetic books of the Bible where an international economic system is being formed. While it has been attempted in past history, the technology, the ability to travel the world in a day, and communicate instantly has never before linked together governments, businesses and people as in this present day. And worldwide, one would be hard pressed to find a time in history since the Roman Empire when Christians and Jews alike have been so vilified as they are in this day and age. Structures of power may soon be put in place that will require compliance with government regulations and policies in order to work, have housing and food.

It is time to be prepared, not fearful, for the events ahead of us. The Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 1:7, "For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." And he writes in Romans 13:9, 10, ". . .and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou Shalt Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself." Verses 13 and 14 advise: "Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put you on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof." We need to stick together and be about the Lord's work in the days ahead.

Bill Wilson
Word of Life Ministry

Good News Corner

In Muskegon, Michigan: Mr. B's Pancake House staff works for free to help boss Posted by Susan Harrison Wolffis The Muskegon Chronicle January 26, 2009

In a world yearning for good news, meet Mary VanDam who decided to help out her boss during tough economic times by working a Sunday shift for free. Then, just to put icing on the cake, she convinced her fellow employees at Mr. B's Pancake House to do the same.

A week ago, 17 restaurant employees -- servers, cooks, busboys, dishwashers, cashiers and hostesses -- worked exclusively for tips, so owner Dave Barham could trim the payroll. "Isn't that something?" he asked.

When the last customer left on what employees dubbed "Donate A Day," they'd saved the boss about $700 in wages. The restaurant employs 31 people. "We wish we could have saved him $5,000," VanDam said. "We wanted to give back to him, lighten the load a little."

Not that Barham is crying poor, but "It's tight for everyone all over," he said. On more than one occasion, VanDam reported, Barham has reached into his own pockets to meet the restaurant's payroll. Barham, 49, works full-time as a sales associate in Muskegon for Aflac (American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus). In 2006, Barham opened Mr. B's at 1437 Whitehall Road. The restaurant is the "successor" to two restaurants -- Mr. B's Pancake House and Mr. B's Too -- owned in the 1980s and 1990s by Barham's parents, Bill and Betty Barham.

The employees didn't go home empty-handed Sunday. Their customers pitched in with a generosity all their own, leaving $800 in tips, which the 17 employees divvied up equally. Each received $51 for working the 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. shift. A grateful Barham jokingly told VanDam she should add the phrase "Stop in for good news" to the sign out front of the pancake house. "This proves there still are good things that happen, and people need to know about it," Barham said.
[Read more, and enjoy the photos, too, by going
here.] We want to thank one of our prayer partners, Babs C. from Muskegon, Michigan, for sending in today's Good News report. We invite all of you to start scouting for "good news" where YOU live, too!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

CHPP Daily Brief - January 29, 2009

In This Issue
· The Daily Brief
The Middle East in Focus
The First 100 Days
"Dear Mahmoud"
· New Pro-Life Bill in Congress
· Good News Corner

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The Daily Brief Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009

"The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases." (Proverbs 21:1)

The Daily Brief

1. Life With Big Brother - WorldNetDaily

A little-discussed provision in President Obama's economic stimulus plan would demand that every American submit to a government program for electronic medical records without a choice to opt out, and it has privacy advocates more than a little alarmed.

Patients might be alarmed, too, privacy advocates said, if they realized information such as documentation on abortions, mental health problems, impotence, being labeled as a non-compliant patient, lawsuits against doctors and sexual problems could be shared electronically with, perhaps, millions of people.

· Father, a few years ago, the HIPAA act guaranteed our privacy against releasing any medical records without our permission. To demand that all Americans give up that right is unfathomable. We ask that You stop this plan in its tracks before it gets off the ground, and we pray Your protection against intrusion. (Read more.)

· "For the Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from getting caught." (Proverbs 3:26 NKJV)

2. The Fight Against FOCA Begins -

Brad Mattes, executive director of Life Issues Institute, says the Freedom of Choice Act, or FOCA, is a dangerous bill that President Barack Obama has promised to sign. "FOCA, the Freedom of Choice Act, would kick to the curb every protective law that has been passed by Congress, state legislatures, or local communities," he explains.FOCA would promote partial-birth abortion and ban parental-notification laws, according to Mattes. However, he has not lost hope. "If FOCA is brought through committee and to the floor of the House and the Senate as an entire bill, I think our chances are better at stopping it," he notes.Mattes says those chances diminish if it is attached to other bills piecemeal. He points out it is vital for the grassroots voice to be heard. A
petition can be signed against FOCA at the Life Issues Institute website.

· Lord we ask that You move on Your people to rise up and contact their Congressional Representatives en masse. We pray that You will activate the voices that will reveal to the administration that the vast majority of Americans are not in favor of abortion. We also pray that You will stop this plan from going forward, and that any attempt to piecemeal the contents will be prevented.

· "Your covenant with death will be annulled, and your agreement with hell will not stand;" (Isaiah 28:18a)

3. Sen Vitter: ACORN Getting Political "Payoff" -

Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter doesn't think much of the Democrats' economic stimulus bill. And he tells Newsmax TV he especially doesn't like its provisions allocating billions for so-called "community organizations" like the controversial Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.Vitter lashed out at the proposal to give $4.2 billion to ACORN, which actively recruited voters for President Barack Obama and all Democrats in the run up to the November election.

· Pray that this portion of the bill will be so repugnant to the American people that they will make their voices heard against it. We should not be paying for a group that is actively under investigation for voter registration fraud and run by a "terrorist."

· "Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked, from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity." (Psalm 64:2)

4. Ford Loses $5.9Billion, Still Doesn't Need U.S. Loan - Fox Business

Ford Motor Co. on Thursday reiterated its financial health and said it won't need a bridge loan from the U.S. government. The auto maker said it's on track to be break even, or be profitable on a pre-tax basis by 2011.

· Father , thank You that thus far, Ford Motor Company has had the integrity to own their own mistakes and not demand taxpayer bailout. We pray that their actions would be a testimony to others, and that more businesses will stop using the government to be their crutch.

· "Let him not trust in futile things, deceiving himself, for futility will be his reward." (Job 15:31 NKJV)

5. US Mistakenly sells secret files in Jerusalem - Fox

Hundreds of files - with social security numbers, bank account numbers and other sensitive U.S. government information - were found in a filing cabinet purchased from the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem through a local auction.

· Lord, we bind confusion, laziness, and lack of caring in all governmental employees of America's consulates and embassies worldwide. We pray that You will create in them a desire to do their jobs well and pay attention to details. We thank You that this appears to have been caught before the information passed into criminal hands, but we do cover every name in the files with Your Blood and ask protection against illegal use of the information.

6. Liberia Declares State of Emergency as Caterpillar Plague Wrecks Crops - UK Guardian

Liberia has declared a state of emergency over a plague of caterpillars that has destroyed plants and crops and contaminated water supplies, threatening an already fragile food situation.As this situation appears to be spreading to all of West Africa, it places millions of lives at stake. Let's stand with the ministries on the front lines of this plague and agree with their words:

· [Prayer below is offered by Hinds Feet Ministries, based in the U.S. and in Liberia. Please pray, too, for other nations in West Africa at this time, including Sierra Leone and Guinea.]

· "Let us earnestly pray for the people in these infested countries. Let us also ask God what we, as a nation, Liberia, need to repent of. Unfortunately, 30 years ago we had the rice riots in Liberia which led to the coup d'etat which took us through much distress. This army of worms is truly concerning to all who know that we are indeed in the last days. However, the Lord has promised that those who put their trust in Him will always be taken care of."

· "Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me when I was in distress; have mercy on me, and hear my prayer." (Psalm 4:1 NKJV)

7. BREAKING! Illinois Senate Votes to Oust Gov. Blagojevich - AP

Illinois Senate votes unanimously to strip Rod Blagojevich of power in a move that will likely end the governor's political career.

· Offer praise that this sorry episode in Illinois' political history is now closed. Praise the Lord, too, that the State of Illinois has upheld standards of righteousness in governing. May the Lord use this time now to cause Mr. Blagojevich to be humbled, that he might yet find the forgiveness given at the Cross, and salvation through the Blood of the Lamb and in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

· "I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." (I Timothy 2:1-4)

8. Snow Storm Kills at Least 23, Leaves a Million in the Dark - Fox News

A destructive winter storm left more than a million customers in the dark before barreling into the Northeast on Wednesday, delaying flights and turning the morning rush into the morning slush as communities braced for the worst.

· Here we go again! We seem to indeed be living in the "perilous times" foretold by the prophets centures ago. Even so, His Grace is still sufficient . . . if we but ask. Pray for all who are now in danger without power; and for those who are working to restore electricity to the impacted areas. May their needs be met in unusual ways, as they seek the means to survive this winter season.

· "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come." (2 Timothy 3:1)

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: "Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." (Jeremiah 29:12,13)

1. Abbas: We will prove Israeli war crimes - Ynet News

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas vowed on Tuesday to take a tough stance in talks with Israel and said he would tell a US envoy that Israel's Gaza offensive proved it was not intent on peacemaking.

2. Two Kassam rockets fired from Gaza Strip fall land Sderot - Jerusalem Post

Two Kassam rockets fired from the Gaza Strip on Thursday morning fell in open areas near the town of Sderot.

3. War with Israel helped Hamas win hearts, minds - Washington Times

In conventional military terms, Hamas lost badly in Gaza, but in the far more important long-term struggle for the hearts and minds of the Palestinian people, it followed the model of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland and won big.

4. Mashaal rejects Israeli truce conditions - Jerusalem Post

The exiled leader of Hamas said Wednesday that Israel's conditions for a long-term truce with the group were "unacceptable."

5. Hizbullah attack against Israeli target in Europe foiled - Jerusalem Post

Israeli intelligence agencies recently thwarted a major Hizbullah terror attack against an Israeli target in Europe, Channel 2 reported Wednesday, citing security officials.

6. EU shifts conditions for Palestinian unity government - Ynet News

The European Union has made a gesture towards accepting a Palestinian unity government that could include Hamas, a move it hopes can help heal a rift between the Islamists and their Western-backed rivals, Fatah.

7. Iran arms ship released by U.S. Navy now 'sailing to Syria' - Ha'aretz

The captain of a ship that the United States Navy recently detained has said his vessel is now en route to Syria. The boat was initially believed to be carrying arms destined for Hamas, though sources say the weapons will likely be delivered to Hezbollah.

The First 100 Days

The First 100 Days; DAY TEN

Often as a new man is sworn into the office of The President of the United States, the world watches how he performs in his first 100 days. As our new president, like all presidents before him, pursues his own first 100 days in office, please agree with this promise from the Word of God for him.

"The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases." (Proverbs 21:1 NIV)

1. FOX News Poll: Teary-Eyed Thumbs Up for Obama

The latest FOX News poll finds 65 percent of Americans approve of the job President Obama is doing, and more than a quarter were moved to tears during his inauguration.

2. Dodd Orders Treasury to Recover Billions in Wall Street Bonuses

The chairman of the Senate banking committee claimed Thursday that he would "look at every possible legal means" to recover billions in bonuses to Wall Street executives, after President Obama called the bonuses plain "outrageous." The president reacted harshly Thursday to reports that corporate employees got paid more than $18 billion in bonuses last year. "That is the height of irresponsibility. It is shameful," he said.

3. Activist Groups Pressure Republican Senators to Back Stimulus, along with the Service Employees International Union and other groups, are running ads pressuring Republican senators to support President Obama's stimulus plan.

4. Senate Republicans Warn Stimulus Rebates Could Pay Illegal Immigrants

Republicans find that tax rebates in the stimulus bill would allow eligible recipients to use taxpayer identification numbers, which illegal aliens can obtain, instead of Social Security numbers to identify themselves.

5. Obama Signs Equal-Pay Bill

President Obama on Thursday signed an equal pay bill that negates a 2007 Supreme Court decision that said workers only had 180 days to file a pay discrimination lawsuit.6. Military Judge Deals Obama Guantanamo SetbackMilitary Judge James Pohl has refused the Obama administration's order to delay the arraignment of Abu al-Nashiri, the accused planner of the 2000 USS Cole attack in Yemen.

6. Obama: Tough Decisions Soon on Iraq, Afghanistan - NewsMax

The United States must make tough decisions soon about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday after receiving his first briefing from the heads of the U.S. armed forces.

7. Senate approves Blair for intelligence director - AP

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed retired Adm. Dennis Blair as the new national intelligence director. (Source for all news in this section is Fox News.)

"Dear Mahmoud"

During the campaign, candidate Obama made headlines by suggesting that he would meet, without preconditions, with some of America's worst enemies, including Iran's "president," Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Today, there are reports in the foreign media that State Department officials have written three drafts of a letter for President Obama to send to Ahmadinejad, in order to pave the way for a future meeting. (You may recall that Ahmadinejad wrote many letters to President Bush demanding that America convert to Islam.)

According to one report, the "conciliatory" Obama letter "gives assurances that Washington does not want to overthrow the Islamic regime." If true, our green president may be on the verge of repeating the mistakes of Munich, seeking to appease the Islamofascists who have threatened to "wipe Israel off the map," who have prayed for our destruction and who are the main suppliers of money and men for radical Islam's jihad against the West.

Mark my words, Iran will use any negotiations to stall the West and buy precious time while it works feverishly to complete its nuclear weapons program. How sad that Obama is getting ready to crush the hopes of millions of Iranians who want to live in freedom, while he puts us and our Israeli allies at greater risk. (Gary Bauer; End-of-Day; Jan. 29, 2009)

New Pro-Life Bill in Congress

House, Senate Consider Pro-Life Legislation

Yesterday, four U.S. representatives --- including one Democrat --- introduced legislation to reinstate the Mexico City Policy after President Barack Obama eliminated it Friday. Reps. Chris Smith, R-N.J., Jim Sensenbrenner, R- Wis., Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., and Bart Stupak, D- Mich., are sponsors of H.R. 708.

"The Mexico City Policy represents common ground," Smith said. "It has allowed the U.S. to substantially fund international family planning without padding the budgets of radical groups intent on spreading the scourge of abortion."

Sensenbrenner said that with one stroke of his pen, "Our new president gave the green light for the execution of thousands of preborn children. "I can think of no clearer signal to illustrate our changing times," he said. "We pro-lifers now face a huge challenge in our cause to protect the life of the innocent unborn children who have no voice but ours to speak out for their survival."

Also today, the U.S. Senate rejected a similar pro-life measure, which was offered by Sen. Mel Martinez, R- Fla. Among the 60 senators who voted "no" was Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., who ran as a pro-life supporter in the 2006 campaign for his Senate seat. Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson, a Democrat, supported the amendment.

TAKE ACTIONAsk President Barack Obama to stop using your tax dollars to support abortion overseas. You can find contact information through our
Action Center. (Source: Focus on the Family; CitizenLink)

Good News Corner

Good News:Most Americans Support Strict Interpretation of Constitution

Nearly two-thirds of U.S. voters say U.S. Supreme Court decisions should be based on what is written in the Constitution, but only 35 percent think President Barack Obama agrees with them.That's according to a Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

"The survey reveals the American people are much more conservative regarding judges than our president is or any of the liberals in Congress," said Bruce Hausknecht, judicial analyst for Focus on the Family Action.

Hausknecht said Obama --- a former constitutional law instructor --- should pay attention to the survey, especially as he makes appointments to the federal bench. "During his campaign, Obama promised to appoint judges who were empathetic with plaintiffs," Hausknecht said. "That's the wrong way to judge. The Constitution should be the start and finish of how judges judge." (CitizenLink)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

CHPP Daily Brief - January 28, 2009

In This Issue
· The Daily Brief
The Middle East in Focus
The First 100 Days
DeMint's Sweet Revenge
· Pro-Life Victory
· The Daily Jot
· Ahmadinejad Responds
· Good News Corner

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The Daily Brief Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009

"The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases." (Proverbs 21:1)

The Daily Brief

1. House Passes $819B Stimulus Package - AP

President Obama's plan to revive the economy cleared its first hurdle when House members passed their version Wednesday on an $819 billion stimulus package. The Senate, meanwhile, plans to significantly alter the package and raise the price tag.

· As this bill now goes to the Senate, lift up those who would exercise greater Financial wisdom as they debate the final package. Ask the Lord to strengthen The opposition as they stand in the Senate, to make the best decision regarding A stimulus package for all the American people.

· "He will be a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment, a source of strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate." (Isaiah 28:6)

2. Senator Warns White House Will 'Create Crisis' and 'Panic' to Push Stimulus - Business and Media Institute

Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., criticizes mainstream media for not reporting loads of pork in proposed legislation. DeMint, speaking Jan. 27 at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., explained the Obama administration will "create crisis and widespread panic" just like its predecessor in order to get Congress to act expeditiously."I've been around long enough to know whenever someone tells me I have to make a decision right now, my response is no," DeMint said. "That clears it up right away and I think more and more the Bush administration and now this administration knows that they're not going to get a quick reaction out of Congress unless they create crisis and widespread panic. And that's going to be their M.O. to get Congress to act." Read more.

· Pray that, as the members of the U.S. Senate prepare to begin debate on this massive bailout bill, they take heed to the warning being issued by Senator DeMint. When we feel "pushed," it is Satan; when we feel "led," it is the Spirit of the Lord. May our Senate be graced with the ability to discern this difference!· In a time when massive prudence is what is needed, pray that our leaders would use thrifty measures from the top down, that printing more money and hiking taxes would not be our only options. Father we ask for Your great wisdom to show up in the plans being made to revive our economy.

· I wisdom dwell with prudence . . . (Proverbs 8:12a)

3. Obama "Forcing" Christians To Embrace Homosexuality, Conservatives Warn - Worthy News

Conservative groups have warned that Christian business owners and others who oppose the homosexual life style may soon be forced to embrace homosexuality under new plans announced by U.S. President Barack Obama.

· Ask God to provide ample wisdom for business owners and clergy, and a heart change for President Obama concerning this aspect of the health of our nation. Lord, we cry out for your wisdom and your mercy, that our leaders would not get caught up in the confusion and deception that the enemy plans for the righteous. Teach us again, Lord, to use men like Daniel as an example of what to do when forced to embrace what You clearly do not.

· "Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime." (Daniel 6:10)

4. Sarah Palin Unveils National 'SarahPAC' Organization - Newsmax

In a major step closer to a future run for national office, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Tuesday established SarahPAC, a political action committee expected to play a key role in financing upcoming political endeavors. "SarahPAC believes the Republican Party is at the threshold of a historic renaissance that will build a better future for all," the Web site announced Tuesday. "Health care, education, and reform of government are among our key goals." The site, which invites donations, calls energy independence "a cornerstone of the economic security and progress that every American family wants and deserves."

· Offer praise to the Lord for this new development in our political process. True freedom exists when a government provides platforms in which the voices of all the people can be heard. Pray for protection for Sarah Palin and her family, and ask that many will begin to learn of the existence of this new PAC.

· "A man is not established by wickedness, But the root of the righteous cannot be moved." (Proverbs 12:3)

5. Ahmadinejad Demands Apology for U.S. 'Crimes' - AP

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for "profound changes" in U.S. foreign policy on Wednesday, including giving up support for Israel, during an address to thousands of people in the western city of Kermanshah.

· Pray that the Iranian President would be stifled and that we handle this bizarre request with prudence and discretion, especially concerning support for our sister nation, Israel. Please intercede concerning our foreign policy, that it would remain intact, keeping the US and Israel in a place of freedom and safety.

· "He who earnestly seeks good finds favor, But trouble will come to him who seeks evil." (Proverbs 11:27)

6. Gitmo Prisoners' Plight Unclear Despite Obama's Plans - Worthy News

The future of hundreds of detainees in the United States prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, remained unclear Wednesday, January 28, despite President Barack Obama's promise to close the controversial facility for terrorism suspects.

· A perfect plan for terrorist suspects to be detained seems to now be spinning out of control and for no good reason. Pray that the Lord would intervene with insight that would cause the President to see the need for much more caution and discernment than what is being displayed concerning the prisoners of Guantanomo and their future whereabouts. Pray that they will not be released at all, much less into a Colorado Prison or any other in our United States.

· "Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it fully." (Proverbs 28:5)

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: "Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." (Jeremiah 29:12,13)

1. Bomb Explodes Near Gaza, Threatening Ceasefire - Worthy News

A fragile ceasefire between Israel and the militant group Hamas was threatened Tuesday, January 27, when a bomb exploded on the Israeli side of the Gaza border killing an Israel Defense Force (IDF) soldier and injuring three others, the Israeli army said.

2. IAF hits Hamas smuggling tunnels on Rafah border - ICEJ News

Jihadist cell behind roadside bomb but Israel blames HamasIsraeli aircraft targeted three arms smuggling tunnels on the border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip on Wednesday as part of its response to a roadside bomb attack on an IDF patrol near the Kissufim crossing yesterday.

3. Scathing 'insider' report on UNWRA to hit Obama's desk - ICEJ News

Former counselor says UN agency paying 'terrorists and criminals'The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) employs and provides benefits for terrorists and criminals, a former legal advisor who left the organization asserts in a report that is scheduled to be reviewed by US President Barack Obama and his administration.

4. Israel's Chief Rabbinate breaks ties with Vatican - ICEJ News

The Chief Rabbinate of Israel broke official ties with the Vatican on Tuesday, in protest over the Pope's decision to reverse the excommunication of a Bishop known to deny the Holocaust. The Rabbinate also canceled a March meeting with the Vatican's Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews. "Without a public apology and recanting, it will be difficult to continue the dialogue," Chief Rabbinate Director-General Oded Weiner wrote in a letter written to the commission's chairman, Cardinal Walter Casper.

5. Settlement growth in West Bank booms in 2008 - ICEJ News

A new study by Peace Now released Tuesday, on the eve of a first visit by the Obama administration's special Mideast envoy, concludes that the number of new structures in Jewish settlements in the West Bank shot up by 69% in 2008. The left-wing Israeli NGO reports that 285,800 Jewish settlers were living in Judea and Samaria, also known as the West Bank, in 2008. The report was conspicuously scheduled for release on the same day as the arrival of the new US Middle East envoy George Mitchell, who in his 2001 official report identified settlement construction as one of the reasons for the outbreak of the second Palestinian intifada.

The First 100 Days

The First 100 Days: DAY NINE

Often as a new man is sworn into the office of The President of the United States, the world watches how he performs in his first 100 days. As our new president, like all presidents before him, pursues his own first 100 days in office, please agree with this promise from the Word of God for him.

"The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases." (Proverbs 21:1 NIV)

1. Obama to Take First Foreign Trip as President to Canada

President Obama will make his first foreign trip since Inauguration Day to Canada, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Wednesday. Gibbs said Obama will travel to Canada Feb. 19 to meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. "Canada is a vitally important ally and the president looks forward to the opportunity to speak with Prime Minister Harper, and visit our neighbor to the north," Gibbs said.

2. Holder Wins Approval From Senate Committee

Eric Holder was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday to be the next attorney general, after Republicans eased their resistance over Holder's past positions on pardons and views on torture. The committee voted 17-2 in favor of Holder, recommending approval to the full Senate.

3. Obama Administration, Vatican Clash Over Abortion

After he ended a ban last week on federal funding to international groups that perform or promote abortions, Obama is taking heat from the Roman Catholic Church, that political powerhouse based overseas. Vatican officials said last weekend that they were disappointed by the president's decision to reverse the so-called Mexico City policy.And abortion isn't the only issue on which the new president may rile the Vatican. His positions on stem cell research, gay rights and faith-based initiatives, too, are generally at odds with the church hierarchy.

4. Geithner Vows Big Changes to $700B Bailout Program

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says the administration is considering a range of options for how to change the program and that those changes will be announced relatively soon.

DeMint's Sweet Revenge

President Obama may have abolished the Mexico City policy, but one Republican refuses to say die. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-Ga.), a staunch pro-life ally, drafted an amendment this week to override Obama's order and reinstate the ban. FRC was informed that Sen. DeMint plans to offer his counter-amendment in the upcoming SCHIP bill, but he needs your help. Contact your senators today and ask them to protect taxpayers' rights by supporting the amendment. Americans should never be forced to pay for abortions--at home or abroad. For the answer to the question "What Exactly Is the Mexico City Policy?" visit
this link to read Tom McClusky's take.
(Family Research Council)

Pro-Life Victory

Pro-Life Victory-President Obama Removes Controversial Contraceptive Element from Economic Stimulus Plan

According to a news release by the Christian Defense Coalition, a significant pro-life/pro-family victory has been won, as the extremely controversial contraceptive section of the current economic stimulus plan has been extracted. The plan had earmarked $200 million to fund contraception and the abortion industry, however, the Obama Administration called for its removal on Tuesday.
Rep. John Boehner questioned the line item's original inclusion in the economic stimulus plan, noting that it was unclear how the "family planning" aspect would have stimulated the economy. Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, of the Christian Defense Coalition, commented on the vital role of those who value life. "It is critical that the pro-life and faith community stand vigilant, strong and passionate . . . And when these kind of bills and legislation come forward, we need to aggressively act and speak to prevent their passage," he said.
(Aimee Herd; Breaking Christian News; Jan. 28, 2009)

The Daily Jot

Economic Stimulus Bill Affords Christians Great Opportunity

Since when is sex, sex education, contraception and abortion regarded as economic stimulus? Is it true that the United States is about to embark on the most socialist journey it has ever attempted and one of the pillars to success is preventing babies from being born while encouraging sex and normalization of deviant sexual behavior? One need look no further than the latest so-called economic stimulus legislation concocted by the Congress in conjunction with the White House. And the answer is "YES." From remarks by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the White House, it appears that the new Congress and Administration support reducing the American population as a method of economic salvation.

Pelosi, on ABC's "This Week" program with George Stephanopoulos, justified over 10 percent of the near trillion dollar economic stimulus program going toward "family planning" initiatives. saying, ". . . the contraception, will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government." But after negative public outcry from the interview, ABC Newsman Teddy Davis reported that the man who occupies the Oval Office called California Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman and instructed him to take out the $87 billion, the majority of which would have ended up in Planned Parenthood's abortion coffers. But the President, Davis reports, still favors the increase in family planning, which will show up in another bill.

Meantime, it has been revealed by the Drudge Report that $335 million is in the economic stimulus bill for sexually transmitted disease education through the Center for Disease Control. Drudge reports that "In the past, the CDC has used this STD education funding for programs that many Members of Congress find objectionable and arguably unrelated to a mission of economic stimulus (such as funding events called "Booty Call" and "Great Sex" put on by an organization that received $698,000 in government funds.)" Indiana Republican Congressman Mike Pence said the bill is a "disservice to millions of Americans who want to see this Congress to take immediate action to get this economy moving again."

Already there have been tens of billions of dollars pointed out in the legislation that have nothing to do with stimulating the economy, but lots to do with building a permanent infrastructure for sin issues such as abortion and politically correct sex education- code for the homosexual agenda. To most Christians this is abhorrent. But it was a nation that describes itself as over 80% Christian that voted for this very Congress and Administration, with full disclosure of their agenda. Jesus said in Matthew 5:16, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." When the world around us is getting darker, our light can shine brighter. Let's make the most of this opportunity.
Bill Wilson
Word of Life Ministry

Ahmadinejad Responds

Yesterday I reported to you that President Barack Obama granted a television interview to the Arab language network Al-Arabiya. In that interview, he apologized to the Muslim world and promised a different foreign policy approach, "because all too often the United States starts by dictating." How was President Obama's conciliatory statement received? Iran's Holocaust-denying president responded by upping the ante.

Sensing weakness from America's new president, Ahmadinejad declared, "Those who speak of change must apologize to the Iranian people and try to repair their past bad acts and crimes they committed against Iran." He went on to demand that we put an end to the U.S. military presence in the world, withdraw our troops and "stop supporting the Zionists." In other words, nothing but America's retreat and selling out Israel will satisfy Iran's little Hitler.
(Gary Bauer; End of Day; Jan. 28, 2009)

Good News Corner

Court says Christian School Can Expel Lesbians

An appeals court in California ruled this week in favor of a Christian school in an anti-discrimination case. In September 2005, California Lutheran High School in Wildomar expelled two girls after they admitted to the school principal that they had told other students they were lesbians, and that they had engaged in lesbian conduct with each other -- in direct violation of the school's code of conduct. The girls' parents then filed a lawsuit, claiming discrimination against their daughters.
Christian Legal Society attorney Tim Tracey is handling the case.

A lower court and now the 4th District Court of Appeal in Riverside have ruled in favor of the school. It remains unclear whether this latest ruling will be appealed to the California Supreme Court, a body that has ruled in favor of special rights for homosexuals the past several years. That concerns Tracey.

"When the question before it is gay rights versus religious freedom, the California Supreme Court said 'we go with gay rights,'" says Tracey. "And this is obviously a case that I can see the California Supreme Court being very eager to take and to rule on."The case is Doe v. California Lutheran High School Association. (One News Now)

· Pray that, if this case IS appealed to a higher court, that this decision will hold.

· "Ask, and it shall be given you . . ." (Luke 11:9a)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

CHPP Daily Brief - January 27, 2009

In This Issue
· The Daily Brief
The Middle East in Focus
The First 100 Days
The Good News Corner

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The Daily Brief

1. Bomb Explodes; Threatens Ceasefire as US Envoy Arrives in the Middle East - Worthy News

The fragile ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was threatened today when a bomb exploded near the Kissufim crossing not far from the Gaza border fence killing an Israel Defense Force (IDF) soldier and injuring three others. The attack occurred just as the U.S. envoy led by former U.S. Senator George Mitchell arrives in the Middle East, and as U.S. President Barack Obama stated on Al-Arabiya Television that the "moment is ripe" to achieve a lasting peace.

· Pray for the safety of former Senator Mitchell throughout his journey to the Middle East.

· " . . . if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven." (Matthew 18:19)

2. Obama Approves Funding Abortions Worldwide - Worthy News

Pro-life activists were weighing their options Monday, January 26, after President Barack Obama signed an executive order ending the ban on federal funds for international groups that perform abortions or provide information on the option. The Bush administration had barred U.S. money from the fund, claiming t its work in China supported a Chinese family planning policy of coercive abortion and involuntary sterilization. UNFPA has denied that it does.In a move related to the lifting of the abortion rule, Obama was also expected to restore funding to the controversial United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), probably in the next budget.

· Father God, we ask for Your intervention in this matter. We bind any attempts to place laws in our nation that will go against Your laws in Jesus' name. We pray for salvation for all our legislators!

· "Their feet run to evil, And they make haste to shed innocent blood; Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; Wasting and destruction are in their paths." (Isaiah 59:7) "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34)

3. U.S. Supreme Court Kills Child Online Protection Act - Worthy News

The law, passed by Congress and signed by former President Bill Clinton in 1998, would have provided civil and criminal penalties for those offering material deemed "harmful to minors" on the Internet, including pornography. However, the ACLU and others took legal steps against the legislation, saying it violated the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and argued that internet filters were more effective than COPA.

· We pray that those that come against children will be thwarted in their attempts to harm children. We pray that they will be caught quickly and punished severely. We pray especially for protection for children for online activities.

· "But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea." (Matthew 18:6)

4. Governments Race To Nationalize Banks Amid Global Meltdown - Worthy News

The Obama administration has suggested creating a state-owned "bad bank" that would buy up loans and other troubled assets, seen as major causes of the financial crisis, and sell them later at what analysts fear will be a "substantial loss". Officials say it is likely that Obama's bank plan will require more than the roughly $320 billion remaining in the financial rescue program approved by the U.S. Congress last fall.

· We pray for wisdom for those that are creating solutions to our economic crisis. Let them see far into the future how their decisions can impact our nation. Let nothing detrimental be consiidered or legislated!

· "For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it, lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him." (Luke 14:28,29)

5. U.S. to gather DNA from illegal immigrants - Los Angeles Times

Immigration detainees and others arrested for federal crimes will be forced to provide DNA samples beginning in January under new rules promulgated by the Justice Department this week, raising the ire of immigrant-rights and other groups. University of California, Davis, law school dean Kevin Johnson said the rules are likely to be challenged in court because they violate the privacy rights of people who have not been convicted of a crime. "It's unfair on so many levels it's hard to describe," Johnson said. "You can make the argument that we should take the DNA of the entire population because if we did it could help us solve crimes. But we've made this decision that as a society, that the freedoms that we stand for are more important."

· Lord, as our nation begins to enact laws that would be for our protection, let our leaders only put laws in place that cannot be used later against Christians.

· "And you, Ezra, according to your God- given wisdom, set magistrates and judges who may judge all the people who are in the region beyond the River, all such as know the laws of your God; and teach those who do not know them." (Ezra 7:25)

6. U.S. Judge Bans Moment of Silence in Illinois Schools - Worthy News

Schools in the American state of Illinois were pressured Monday, January 26, to abandon a moment of silence for prayer or reflection, after a judge ruled the practice was "unconstitutional" and "forced religion" upon minors. Many of the school districts dropped the moments of silence, however not all of them complied. This latest decision prompted the Illinois Principals Association to issue a notice on Thursday, January 22, telling schools they should immediately discontinue the practice on Monday, January 26.

· Lord, we pray for righteous judges in our nation. Remove swiftly these that come against You by making laws that cause people to stumble!

· "But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers." (1 Timothy 1:9)

7. 93-year-old froze to death, owed big utility bill - AP

A 93-year-old man froze to death inside his home just days after the municipal power company restricted his use of electricity because of unpaid bills, officials said. A city utility worker had installed a "limiter" device to restrict the use of electricity at Schur's home on Jan. 13, Belleman said. The device limits power reaching a home and blows out like a fuse if consumption rises past a set level. Power is not restored until the device is reset. Neighbors discovered Schur's body on Jan. 17. They said the indoor temperature was below 32 degrees at the time, The Bay City Times reported Monday.

· We pray for the homeless, the sick, the elderly and the poor during these hard times in our nation - that they will have protection and provision. Let no one be neglected or die from lack!

· "However, there should be no poor among you, for in the land the Lord, your God, is giving you to possess as your inheritance, He will richly bless you." (Deuteronomy 15:4 NIV)

8. Hungary's Prime Minister Urges Anti Hate Speech Legislation Amid Right-Wing Attacks - Worthy News

Extremism has spread in Hungary and other Eastern European countries, especially since the collapse of Communism, exactly two decades ago this year, in part because people began testing how far freedom of speech can be permitted, according to analysts. Hungarian Prime Minister Gyurcsany suggested at a conference that it was therefore time for tougher anti- hate speech laws. He accused the country's right wing and liberals of "attacking human rights" by blocking the government's attempts to implement the legislation.

· Lord, we pray for Your wisdom for all the laws against hate speech. Protect people who are at the receiving end of hatred, but let these laws not be used against Christians preaching against ungodliness.

· "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor . . . To proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind." (Luke 4:18)

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: "Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." (Jeremiah 29:12,13)

1. EU aid chief: Hamas has 'enormous responsibility' for Gaza war - Reuters

Standing in the war-torn Gaza Strip on Monday, the European Union's foreign aid chief condemned Hamas for acting like "a terrorist movement," and accused the Islamist group of having "enormous responsibility" for the devastation caused during Gaza in three weeks of fighting between Hamas and Israel. Louis Michel was among the most senior foreign officials to visit the coastal enclave since Hamas seized control in 2007.

2. Egypt press Hamas to accept truce, prisoner swap before Bibi wins - ICEJ News

Fatah wants reconciliation pact before ceasefire, rebuilding Gaza Egypt is pressing Hamas to relax its demands and agree on a cease-fire and prisoner exchange with Israel before a far less accommodating government under Likud chairman Benjamin Netanyahu is elected in two weeks time, the pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat reported Monday.


With under three weeks left before Israel's national elections, several polls released on Friday indicate a tightening four-seat race between Likud under Benjamin Netanyahu and the ruling Kadima party led by Tzipi Livni. . . Three polls released earlier this week, just after the end of the IDF offensive in Gaza, had given the Likud a lead of eight to 12 Knesset seats over Kadima.Meantime, cabinet minister Isaac Herzog of Labor on Friday mimicked recent claims by Kadima that if Netanyahu is elected prime minister, he will find it difficult to work with new US President Barack Obama. "It will be hard because it seems that Netanyahu's policies will be in direct contrast with those of Obama," Herzog told Army Radio. "That's how I see it." Likud dismissed Herzog's comments, stating that Netanyahu knew the leaders of the US administration well and spoke with them on a regular basis. The party went on to say that Netanyahu had cooperated well with Washington in the past and would do so in the future, the radio station reported.

· Many American Christians have cheered on Netanyahu because he seems to understand the Christian support of Israel, and he has had long-time relationship with America. Generally, Netanyahu is a strong leader, not one to easily cave in to fear and political pressure. Pray for the success and safety of Mr. Netanyahu.

· "Blessed is the man whom You choose, And cause to approach You that he may dwell in Your courts." (Psalm 65:4a)


Yesterday Ruth Shlossman, Pliyah, two women from the U.S. and I visited wounded soldiers in Soroka Hospital in Beersheva. All of the mothers of the wounded (the wounded were in Intensive Care and could not be seen) begged for prayer, prayer, and more prayer for their sons. Below are their updates. These boys are seriously in danger. Please pour out your hearts in prayer for them.

-- Dvir ben Leah was the first soldier wounded on the very first day of the war. He has not returned to consciousness since. He is the only one in Soroka who has not woken up at all. When we handed his mother an Ipod for him [bought by the American friend], she cried. I believe she cried because she wonders whether he will ever be able to use it. Please pour out your hearts that Dvir ben Leah will wake up and have all his faculties restored. {His legs are badly wounded also.}

-- Neria ben Rivka has woken up sometimes, but then lapses again into unconsciousness. He is still in Intensive Care. His mother said that prayer is the only thing that can help Neria.

-- Li-al Hoshaya HaCohen ben Miriam, 22 years old, was described by his young wife as "sometimes half- conscious. " He is in Intensive Care. His mother Miriam begs us to pray for her son.

-- Ben ben Keti Shifra was released from Intensive Care a couple hours before our visit. He was wounded in the brain. He is conscious and understands what is said to him, but he cannot yet speak.

-- Orel ben Angela is a 7-year-old boy from Beersheva who was wounded by a Grad missile fired by Hamas. He has not regained consciousness since the attack. A piece of shrapnel is lodged in a place in his brain that makes the doctors not dare to operate to remove it. When the day comes that he is healed, his mother hopes to bring him to the Kotel. How about we all get together and make a Seudat Hodaya on that glorious day? (Friends in Israel)

· Do lift these Israeli soldiers to the Lord for healing (Jehovah Rophe). The Lord is able to heal broken hearts as well as broken bodies. Pray even for any Palestinians who have been wounded so that when they experience the healing power of the Lord, they will know and acknowledge Him and turn from the wickedness of Hamas.

· "The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53:5b)

The First 100 Days

Often as a new man is sworn into the office of The President of the United States, the world watches how he performs in his first 100 days. As our new president, like all presidents before him, pursues his own first 100 days in office, please agree with this promise from the Word of God for him.

"The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases." (Proverbs 21:1 NIV)

1. Obama Urges GOP to Keep Politics to a Minimum on Stimulus

President Obama said he respects philosophical differences with Republicans but wants to keep politics to a minimum so they can get the economy back on track.

2. Clinton: Iran Has 'Clear Opportunity' to Cooperate With International Community

President Barack Obama's intent to change the direction of U.S. foreign policy gives Iran a "clear opportunity" to engage more productively on its nuclear program and other issues, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday.In her first remarks to reporters at the State Department, Clinton said Obama's first days in office have made it clear that a more open Iranian approach to the international community could benefit Iran. She said this was reflected in statements Obama made in an interview Monday with an Arab TV network.

3. Obama Issues Memoranda to Increase Fuel Efficiency, Possibly Let States Decide Emissions Rules

President Obama continued his reversal of Bush-era policies, issuing two memoranda on Monday that promote his clean-energy policy while having a far- reaching impact on the ailing U.S. auto industry. The first memorandum ordered the Transportation Department to work out rules for automakers to improve fuel economy. The second memorandum ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider California's request for a waiver from the Clean Air Act .

4. Obama Economic Adviser Predicts Relief Within Weeks of Stimulus Passage

Measures to save law enforcement and teaching jobs will help cities see changes rapidly while withholding changes on paychecks could come "within weeks" of passage of an economic stimulus plan now being considered by Congress, one of President Obama's top advisers said Sunday. National Economic Council director Lawrence Summers said despite the fact the U.S. economy's problems took months or years to create -- and it may take just as long to solve them -- immediate stimulus could come with hundreds of billions of dollars in government spending and tax cuts.

5. Irritated Obama 'Stares Down' Reporter During Press Corps Visit

When a reporter tried to quiz President Obama on Thursday about a lobbyist chosen for a top Defense Department job, the president quickly became agitated.

6. Former Lobbyist Nominated to Pentagon Agrees to Sell Raytheon StockPentagon nominee William J. Lynn won't be forced to step back from all decisions related to his former employer.

The Good News Corner

The Good News Corner --"the No Cussing Club"

In 2007, a 14 year old California boy named McKay Hatch was also bothered by the foul language of his peers. Hatch says on his website, "A lot of kids at my school, and some of my friends, would cuss and use dirty language all the time. . .They didn't even realize how much they were doing it until I said something. I was actually surprised at how they reacted; they accepted my No Cussing Challenge." He started the No Cussing Club at his school and it caught on pretty fast, now having over 30,000 members worldwide. Club members take the No Cussing Club challenge to use better language. Hatch's mission is to "Leave people better than you found them" by lifting them up through words of encouragement .

Here is the kicker: Hatch has received over 60,000 threatening and negative emails, people have pranked his family by sending unpaid pizzas and pornography to his house, and many are trying to shut him down because they say his club infringes on the right to free speech. The now 15 year old Hatch says he will not let the bullies win and the FBI is investigating. McKay Hatch is a 15 year old example of what is right and good about America. Ephesians 4:29 says, "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers." I appreciate Christian's and McKay's reminder that we ought to heed God's words with our words.

[Note to our readers: As darkness continues to cover the earth, just as was prophesied in Isaiah 60, we must work harder to find the light that still shines in our midst. So, every day we will publish a short "good news report" to help lift our spirits. Today's report is an excerpt of yesterday's Daily Jot, written by Bill Wilson. (

If YOU have a "good news report" to share with us, please send it to me, Sara Ballenger, at, and we will include your message, as we can. Thank you!]