Friday, January 9, 2009

CHPP Daily Brief - January 9, 2009

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The Daily Brief Friday, January 9, 2009

"Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD: and the people whom He hath chosen for His own inheritance." (Psalm 33:12)

The Daily Brief

1. Pro-Life Group Permitted At Obama Inauguration - Worthy News

A Christian conservative group in the United States has received permission to display a pro life vigil, which consists of 25 large signs showing the development of life from conception to birth, along the parade route during the Presidential Inauguration.

- As the anticipation of the upcoming inauguration grows, we pray that those who will stand for the unborn will be able to spread the message of the unborn who have been slaughtered legally since 1973. We pray that those who pass this display, both politicians and onlookers, will be moved to protect the most vulnerable citizens of this nation.

- By You I have been sustained from my birth; You are He who took me from my mother's womb; My praise is continually of You. (Psalm 71:6)

2. Governor says impeachment vote is politically driven - CNN

Hours after being impeached by an overwhelming vote in the Illinois House of Representatives, a defiant Gov. Rod Blagojevich proclaimed Friday that he was not guilty of impeachable offenses and would fight "every step of the way."

- Lord, we pray for law-breakers to be shamed so that they voluntarily give up their ill gotten power. We also pray that men and women of God will prayerfully enter politics and provide a second path for voters who are disgusted by the power-hungry bent of recent politics.

- How long, O naive ones, will you love being simple- minded? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing And fools hate knowledge? (Proverbs 1:22)

3. Vote to End Fairness Doctrine Not in Works, Hoyer Says -

The House Democratic leadership, which controls the legislative schedule, currently has no plans to bring the Broadcaster Freedom Act - which would permanently ban the Fairness Doctrine - up for a vote, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told at the Capitol on Wednesday.

- This development is praise-worthy as Christians have been able to advance their views on the radio though they have been shut out of other media outlets. Lord, we pray that those who are on the radio and on television will recognize their responsibility to act in the public interest so that government intervention will not be necessary.

- So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. (James 2:12)

4. Gaza Conflict Moves to Virtual World - Fox News

A shadow war between pro-Israeli and pro-Hamas forces is taking place on the Internet - and it is getting fierce. If you're one of millions of Americans who use social-networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter or participate in virtual worlds like "Second Life," don't be surprised if you get sucked into a war thousands of miles away in Gaza. Facebook users can use applications to set messages in their status bars expressing affiliation with one side or the other. An application called "Qassam Count" enables users to voice their support for Israel by automatically updating their status bar when rockets are fired from Gaza into the Jewish state.

- We are amazed by the growth of technology which allows people from all over the world to gather together. Lord, we pray that Your people will use this technology to bind together in prayer, and we will stand firm against those who advance hate, no matter what the venue.

- Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man. (Luke 6:22)

5. Son of ex-Liberian leader sentenced to 97 years in prison - CNN

The son of former Liberian President Charles Taylor Sr. was sentenced Friday to 97 years in prison for charges including torture and conspiracy, according to a federal court in Florida.

- We praise You that this man has been caught and tried and has to answer for his crimes. We pray for peace and healing for the victims of the Liberian regime and for their families and for freedom for those who are currently being victimized by dictators throughout Africa and the rest of the world.

- The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. (John 10:10)

6. Jailed Missionaries in Gambia Seek Freedom - Worthy News

A British missionary couple sentenced to one year jail terms with hard labor for "sedition" in The Gambia, has "apologized" to the government of President Yahya Jammeh and asked him for clemency through a letter read on national television.

- Lord, we praise You for those who have followed Your commandment to go and preach the gospel. We pray for the safety of missionaries throughout the world and for continuing opportunities for Your name to be glorified in previously closed countries. May Your word and Your gospel continue to spread despite opposition.

- You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved. (Matthew 10:22)

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:

"I will defend my house against marauding forces. Never again will an oppressor overrun my people, for now I am keeping watch." (Zech. 9:8)

1. U.N. Resolution Passes with U.S. Abstaining, Israel Continues Operation - Worthy News

The United Nations Security Council has passed a resolution calling for an "immediate cease-fire" in the Gaza Strip. The United States abstained in the vote as the council passed the resolution 14-0. However, Israel continued a military offensive Friday, January 9, saying it has an obligation to protect its citizens, including one million Israelis who face threats from rockets fired from Gaza by Hamas militants.

2. Israel Blames Hamas For Civilian Deaths In Gaza - Worthy News

Despite a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, Israel continued its operation in the Gaza Strip Friday, January 9, saying it was trying to halt rocket attacks from Hamas militants, "hiding" between civilians.