Thursday, May 14, 2009

CHPP Daily Brief - May 14, 2009

In This Issue
• Today's Daily Brief
• The Middle East in Focus

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The Daily Brief - Thursday, May 14, 2009

"O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness . . ." (Psalm 96:9)

Today's Daily Brief

1. Leaked GM Document Shows Automaker plans to Sell China-built Cars to US Customers -

A planning document given to lawmakers by General Motors reportedly shows that the Detroit-based automaker plans to ship 17,335 autos from China for sale in the U.S. in 2011. If GM succeeds in importing vehicles to the U.S. from China, it could be the first automaker to do so.

• Lord, as our own jobless rate skyrockets because of automaker layoffs, to see these jobs go to China is an affront to American workers. We ask that You cause the American people to see what is happening and contact their legislators. If this move is a result of government interference in the inner workings of the industry, we ask that You restore the system to its normal balance. We also ask You to convict the leadership of automakers in America to do the right thing for our citizens.

"Evil will bow before the good, and the wicked at the gates of righteousness." (Prov 14:19)

2. Obama's High Court Shortlist Includes Napolitano, Granholm - AP

A source tells The Associated Press that President Barack Obama is considering California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno and more than five other people as nominees for the Supreme Court.

An official familiar with Obama's decision-making said others include Solicitor General Elena Kagan, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Appeals Court judges Sonia Sotomayor and Diane Pamela Wood - people who have been mentioned frequently as potential candidates.

• Pray for God to intervene in this process, and that He will be able to change the heart of whoever is selected.

"For wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the season; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding." (Daniel 2:21)

3. World Health Organization Investigating Claims of Human Error Behind Swine Flu Virus - Fox news

The World Health Organization is investigating claims made by an Australian researcher that now the H1N1 swine flu virus may have evolved as result of human error.

• Father, we ask that whoever was involved in the creation of this virus be held accountable. We take authority in the Name of Jesus over the continued dissemination of it worldwide and ask that You stop it from returning in the fall, and that all plans of the enemy will fall to the ground.

"Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence." (Psalm 91:3)

4. A) NIH Funds $2.6 Million Study to Get Chinese Prostitutes to Drink Less - Fox news

The federal government is spending $2.6 million to make sure prostitutes in China drink less on the job.

That's the goal of a five-year study, bankrolled by the National Institutes of Health, designed to help lower HIV infections among China's "female sex workers," who are referred to in the study as "FSWs."

B ) U.S. Government Funds $400,000 Study on Gay Sex in Argentina Bars - Fox News

Government researchers are spending more than $400,000 in taxpayer money to hit the bars in Argentina.

The National Institutes of Health are paying researchers to cruise six bars in Buenos Aires to find out why gay men engage in risky sexual behavior while drunk -- and just what can be done about it.

• Lord, we pray against the continued wasting of taxpayer money on projects that do not help our own nation. Father, we are a foolish people, bent on researching our own sins without acknowledging that they are sins. Have mercy on us, Lord, and bring the leadership of the National Institutes of Health back to reality and truth.

"But they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all" (2 Tim 3:9a)

5. Obama Seeks to Block Release of "Abuse Photos" - Reuters

In a reversal, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday, he would fight the release of dozens of photographs showing the abuse of terrorism suspects, over concern the images could ignite a backlash against U.S. troops.

• Lord, in the sea of difficult news, this appears to be a spot of good. Thank You for this move on our President's part that makes sense and has wisdom. We ask that it will not be shaken by intimidations and pressures from the left. Father, protect our troops from backlashes. We ask also that You will prevent any further abuses by our troops or contractors, that there will be no open doors for the enemy to plunder.

"The integrity of the upright will guide them, but the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them." (Prov 11:3)

6. Pope's Visit - (No source cited)

During his visit to Israel this week, the Pope made several positive statements about the Catholic Church and the Jewish people. Those statements included a commitment to reconciliation with the Jewish people, a stance against Holocaust denial, a condemnation of anti-Semitism, and walking out in protest after Islamic sheik Al Tamimi's diatribe against Israel.

Unfortunately, the liberal secular Israel press teamed up with ultra Orthodox Jewish rabbis and criticized the Pope harshly for not saying more.

• Please pray for a backlash of reaction to that criticism from many mainstream Israelis in order to preserve what positive effects could come from the Pope's visit.(Asher Intrater)

"When a man's ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him." (Prov 16:7)

7. Syria replaces al-Kibar reactor with biological weapons facility - ICEJ News

Syria has rebuilt the structure at al-Kibar that housed a nuclear reactor which Israel destroyed in 2007, turning the site instead into a facility for the production of chemical and biological weapons, CBS News reported Sunday, quoting US intelligence sources. The two American envoys who visited Syria last week were aware of the report and presented satellite photos to the Syrians, who denied it.

• Father, we bind the spirits of hatred and murder that inhabit this region. We pray that You will rise up and show Yourself mighty for Your people, and deliver them from the plans of the enemy.

"Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you. I will uphold you with MY righteous right hand." (Isaiah 41:10)

The Middle East in Focus

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

"Forever, O LORD, Your Word is settled in heaven." (Psalm 119:89)

1. Pope Calls Defense Barrier Tragic, Calls for Palestinian State - Jerusalem Post

On Wednesday, the pope marked his one-day visit to Bethlehem by declaring his support for a "sovereign Palestinian homeland" and calling for the end of the blockade on the Gaza Strip.

2. Iron Dome to be deployed in 2010 - Jerusalem Post

Israel will have operational missile defense systems on three different levels within four years, Air Force commander Maj.-Gen. Ido Nehushtan predicted Wednesday.

3. Analysis: Israeli angst over Iran intensifies - MSNBC

Israel's anxieties about Iran have intensified because of its nuclear enrichment programs under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who talks of erasing Israel from the map.

4. CIA chief in secret Israel talks on Iran: report - AFP

CIA chief Leon Panetta has held secret talks in Israel with top officials who assured him the Jewish state would not launch a surprise strike on Iran, a report said.