Thursday, January 22, 2009

CHPP Daily Brief - January 22, 2009

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The Daily Brief
The Middle East in Focus

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The Daily Brief Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009

"God our Savior . . . wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." (I Timothy 2:3a,4)

The Daily Brief

1. U.S. Intercepts Iranian Arms-Smuggling Ship - Fox News

U.S. defense officials say a Navy vessel that is part of the new piracy task force intercepted and searched an Iranian-owned ship that officials feared was carrying arms to Hamas. It's unclear whether those suspicions were founded.

· Lord, we rejoice that this ship was intercepted before it reached Gaza. We pray that You would continue to protect Israel against the influence of Iran's activities.

· "No weapon formed against you shall prosper" (Isaiah 54:17)

2. Mexican Drug Traffickers Now Greatest Crime Threat to U.S. - CNS News

Mexican drug trafficking organizations are now the greatest organized crime threat to the United States, according to a recent report released by the U.S. Department of Justice.

· Father, we pray for Your protection over America, that You would create a wise and powerful way to guard us against drug traffickers and cartels. We call forth Your angelic host to intervene in this battle. We also ask for wisdom over our leaders so that truth will be understood by them, which will cause their actions to be effective.

· "Our fathers trusted in You; they trusted and You delivered them." (Psalm 22:4)

3. Democrats Plan Superficial Review of $825 Stimulus Plan, Charge GOP - CNS News

The House Ways and Means Committee is conducting only a superficial review of the $825 billion economic stimulus bill, according to some Republican leaders who want to see more extensive scrutiny and discussion of the proposal before it goes to the House floor for a vote.

· Lord, we ask that You will find a way to remove any parts of this stimulus package that are not in the best interests of America.

· "Behold You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom." (Psalm 51:6)

4. Illinois Moment of Silence Ruled Unconstitutional - CNS News

A federal judge has ruled that a state law requiring a moment of silence in public schools across Illinois is unconstitutional, saying it crosses the line separating church and state."The statute is a subtle effort to force students at impressionable ages to contemplate religion," U.S. District Judge Robert W. Gettleman said in his ruling Wednesday.

· Lord, as often as we have seen prayer removed from the public schools, now even a "moment of silence" is deemed unconstitutional! We pray that this decision will be ultimately reversed, and the freedom to pray be restored.

· "Prayer shall also be made for Him continually, and daily He shall be praised." (Psalm 72:15b)

5. Salazar Cites Ethical Lapses at Interior Department - AP

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Thursday, the department has been "painted unfairly" because of ethical lapses and criminal activity among some past political appointees.In his first address to department workers, Salazar vowed to lead with "openness in decision-making, high ethical standards and respect to scientific integrity."

· Lord, we can only pray that Your truth and ethics be at the heart of all governmental departments. We ask that You grant the appointees integrity and wisdom in "cleaning" up the previous problems.

· "Now I pray to God that you do no evil, you should do what is honorable." (2 Cor 13:7)

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:

"In that day shall LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of His people, and for a spirit of judgment to him that sits in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate." (Isaiah 28:5-6)

1. Militants Firing Mortars Towards Israel; Convoy Attacked - Worthy News

Humanitarian aid continued to flow into Gaza on Thursday, January 23, despite nearly a dozen mortar shells being fired towards Israel so far, officials said, and reports of a Jordanian convoy being attacked by suspected Hamas militants.