Tuesday, April 21, 2009

CHPP Daily Brief - Tuesday, April 21, 2009

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

Capitol Hill Prayer Partners
P.O. Box 5152
Herndon, VA 20172-1970

The Daily Brief - Tuesday, April 21, 2009
"Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil . . ." (Isaiah 5:20a) " . . . and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:20)

The Daily Brief

1. Top Obama Economic Advisor Warns Recovery 'a Long Road' - VOA News

U.S. President Barack Obama's top economic advisor says while the economy is getting better, it faces a long road to recovery. National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers says there are signs the U.S. economy is improving. He says economic statistics are mixed, noting that not long ago, they all pointed downward.

· Heavenly Father, we seek the truth in all things for You are truth. Let these reports that come from the Obama Administration be an exact assessment of where we are and please help our economy grow.

· Thus says the Lord: "Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom . . . But let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. (Jeremiah 9:23)

2. F.B.I. and States Vastly Expand DNA Databases - NY Times

Law enforcement officials are vastly expanding their collection of DNA to include millions more people who have been arrested or detained but not yet convicted. The move, intended to help solve more crimes, is raising concerns about the privacy of petty offenders and people who are presumed innocent.

· Lord, we pray that any bill that would later be used against an innocent person will never be enacted. Please block and remove any one from authority to make unrighteous decisions.

· For evildoers shall be cut off; But those who wait on the Lord, they shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more; Indeed, you will look carefully for his place, but it shall be no more. (Psalms 37:9)

3. Jobless Rate Climbs in 46 States, With California at 11.2% - Wall Street Journal

California and North Carolina in March posted their highest jobless rates in at least three decades, as unemployment increased in all but a handful of states during the month, the Labor Department said Friday.

· Heavenly Father, we know that You are speaking to Your people. Let the churches take this seriously and call for fasting and much serious prayer. Help these families affected by this economy, Lord.

· And in every province where the king's command and decree arrived, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes. (Esther 4:3)

4. Report: Antarctic Ice Growing, Not Shrinking - Fox News

Ice is expanding in much of Antarctica, contrary to the widespread public belief that global warming is melting the continental ice cap.

· Lord You have given us the duty to take care of this earth and Your creations, and as we make decisions that will affect the environment, let us incorporate only those things that are beneficial to our environment.

· Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. (Genesis 2:15)

5. Tattoos From Auschwitz Horror Reunite Lost Inmates - ABC News

As terrified teenagers 65 years ago, Menachem Sholowicz and Anshel Sieradzki stood in line together in Auschwitz, having serial numbers tattooed on their arms. Sholowicz was B-14594; Sieradzki was B-14595.

· Lord, many times people are branded by the tragedies of life. We pray that You will heal those inner hurts that only You know exist in these people. Give them encouragement and hope through Jesus Christ.

· But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)

The Middle East in Focus

This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:

"Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered. Let them also that hate Him flee before Him." (Psalm 68:1)

1. Israel marks Holocaust Remembrance Day - Ynet News

"Nazism was defeated, but anti-Semitism is still alive. The gas has evaporated, but the poison remains," President Shimon Peres said on Monday evening in his address at the State ceremony marking the commencement of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

2. MI Chief: Obama Mideast policy threatens Israel - Ha'aretz

Military Intelligence Chief Amos Yadlin said Monday that the Middle East policy of U.S. President Barack Obama's administration could endanger Israel.

3. Hamas killed 32 Gazans during, after op - Jerusalem Post

During Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip, Hamas security forces or masked gunmen believed to be with Hamas extra-judicially executed 18 Palestinians, mainly those accused of collaborating with Israel, and beat and maimed dozens of political rivals, especially members and supporters of Fatah, according to Human Rights Watch.

The First 100 Days

DAY 92

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

1. Study: Bank Bailout Exposes Government to Massive Losses, Fraud

A report by the Treasury inspector general for Congress says the Obama administration's Troubled Asset Relief Program leans toward the private sector at a risk to taxpayers.

2. Chrysler Turns Down Government Aid Over Objections to Executive Pay Limits

Chrysler rejects a $750 million government loan because executives did not want to adhere to limits on executive pay.

3. Roger Clemens' Attorney Gets Justice Post Confirmation

Lanny Breuer, pitcher Roger Clemens' lawyer in a steroid investigation and President Bill Clinton's impeachment attorney, was confirmed by the Senate on Monday as chief of the Justice Department's criminal division.

Senators also confirmed Tony West, a lawyer for "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh, to lead the department's civil division and Christine Varney to head the antitrust division.

4. Obama Backs Off Support for Black Farmers Suing USDA for Discrimination

Change isn't sitting well with black farmers who thought they'd get a friendlier reception from President Obama in their effort to seek new discrimination claims against the Agriculture Department.

5. Health Secretary Nominee Faces Divided Vote

President Obama's health secretary nominee faces a vote in a divided Senate committee after revelations about her ties to a late-term abortion doctor turned some Republicans against her.

6. Sen. Feinstein's Husband Cashes In on Crisis

California senator sought $25 billion for a government agency that had awarded her husband's real estate firm a lucrative contract to sell foreclosed properties.

7. DOJ Memo: CIA Report Claims 9/11 Mastermind Waterboarded 183 Times

A 2005 Justice Department memo, citing figures reportedly lifted from a CIA inspector general's report, said interrogators waterboarded the Al Qaeda mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks 183 times.

Holocaust Remembrance Day

(A message from our good friend, George Whitten, Editor of Worthy News.)

Ruth 1:16-17 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.

As we are entering Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel, I want to share a touching story about an exceptional woman who assisted 2,500 young Jewish children out of the ghettos during World War II.

Her name was Irene Sendler. She was an employee of the Polish Social Warfare Department who had a special permit to enter the ghettos to check for signs of typhus. During these visits, she would wear a Star of David as a sign of solidarity with the Jewish people. Once inside, she would convince Jewish parents to part with their children as she and others created for them false papers and smuggled them out so to put them in various good homes around Poland. Sendler then buried the childrens true identities in jars in her back yard, hoping to reunite them with their families after the war.

In 1943, Irene was arrested by the Gestapo, severely tortured and sentenced to death. She was able to save herself by bribing German guards on the way to her execution. Listed on bulletin boards among those who had been executed, she was left in the woods unconscious, with broken arms and legs. For the remainder of the war, she lived in hiding. Though she had suffered much, she continued her work with Jewish children.

In 2007, she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and lost to former vice president Al Gore.
May we take up the call of Ruth - "your people shall be my people, and your God shall be my God!" To Israel and the Jewish People, know that you have thousands of friends standing in solidarity with you!

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,
George, Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah

[Note from CHPP: Perhaps you, too, saw the magnificent movie that CBS aired this past Sunday in honor of the life of Irene Sendler. We are blessed to know that the Hallmark Hall of Fame has honored this brave woman in this fashion. Amen.)

The Good News Corner

American Professor Becomes First Jewish Person to Win Arab Nobel Prize

(Source: Breaking Christian News)

He and his family were treated to royal hospitality in Saudi Arabia.

Haaretz News reports that Stanford professor Ronald Levy, head of the Oncology Department, has become the first Jewish person to win the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine, popularly known as the "Arab Nobel Prize."

"I didn't think there was much chance, and I forgot about it," Levy said. "It's an Arab country, and I didn't think they are likely to pick a Jew."

According to the report, the prize, which included $200,000, a medal, and a certificate in English and Arabic, also came with a dinner with Saudi King Abdullah.

The report also quoted Levy as saying he was sure his Israeli wife and daughters would not be able to attend the ceremony, but to his surprise, when he went to the Saudi consulate in Los Angeles, the attendants stamped their passports, and no one asked any questions.

Levy said his family was reportedly treated to royal hospitality during their entire stay in Saudi Arabia and that even when people were aware of his religion and his family's background, he was treated no differently than anyone else. Source: Natasha Mozqovaya - Haaretz News