Friday, July 3, 2009

CHPP Daily Brief - July 3, 2009

In This Issue
• The Daily Brief
• The Middle East in Focus
• The Daily Jot
• 30,000 Moslems Converge on D.C. Now
• Find a TEA PARTY Near You!
• Good News Corner: Part One
• Good News Corner: Part Two

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The Daily Brief - Friday, July 3, 2009

"But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him." (John 4:23)

The Daily Brief

1. A. Report: N. Korea Fires 2 Mid-Range Missiles - Fox News

A news report says North Korea has fired two mid- range missiles off it eastern coast. Yonhap news agency's report says the launches Saturday appeared to be of Scud missiles. The agency quotes a South Korean government official it did not identify. The official says the missiles fired were estimated to have a range of about 300 miles. North Korea fired four short-range missiles off the east coast on Thursday. Speculation has been high that the communist country might launch more missiles in coming days.

B. U.S. Girds for Possible North Korea Missile Launch - AP

As Americans prepared to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday weekend, U.S. officials planned a response to North Korea if the communist country fired a missile at Hawaii as Japanese reports have warned. "Our reaction will be dependent on what it is they do over the next few days, few weeks, whatever it is," White House National Security Adviser James L. Jones told McClatchy. Jones said the U.S. has "looked at a range of options that we have at our disposal" and is maintaining "an open and constant dialogue" with Russia, China, Japan and South Korea, all of which share regional interests.

- As North Korea is threatening, please give focus to those in intelligence positions and may they be alert to all dangers. We praise You that none of the previous launches have been successful and we pray for continued problems so that these missiles will not strike the innocent.

- "who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations." (Exodus 34:7)

2. Palin stepping down this month - CNN

Gov. Sarah Palin announced Friday that she will step down as Alaska's chief executive by the end of the month. She will not seek election to a second gubernatorial term in 2010. As the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, Palin had been considered one of the front-runners for the GOP nomination in 2012. "People who know me know that besides faith and family, nothing's more important to me than our beloved Alaska," Palin said at an announcement from her home in Wasilla. "Serving her people is the greatest honor I could imagine." Palin said she was transferring authority to Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, who will be sworn in at the Governor's Picnic on July 26.

- Lord, we do not know the reasons for this decision but we pray for Your protection over all those in public life. We know there are continued attacks on those who are seeking Your will and we pray for Your peace to be given to them.

- "Come, my people, enter into your rooms And close your doors behind you; Hide for a little while Until indignation runs its course." (Isaiah 26:20)

3. Statue of Liberty's crown to reopen - UPI

The U.S. Department of the Interior says the crown of the Statue of Liberty will officially reopen on the Fourth of July. National Parks of New York Harbor Commissioner Maria Burks said those unable to attend the grand reopening of the crown can take virtual tours of the Statue of Liberty online or gain event updates via Twitter. "We are thrilled to be able to share this year's July 4 Independence Day celebrations at the Statue of Liberty. This year, we're using technology that keeps the public connected to this special event and communicating with each other in new and fun ways," Burks said. "In fact, you may even wonder if Lady Liberty is hiding a PDA or digital camera on top of her stone tablet." CNN said the U.S. monument was closed down by the National Park Service following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Officials were concerned guests to Lady Liberty would be incapable of evacuating in time if an emergency situation took place, CNN reported.

- Thank You for this news that shows the great lengths this nation has traveled to again be secure in allowing people to celebrate the history of America. If there are any plans to attack this nation, we pray they will come into the daylight and those in authority will act to protect their citizens.

- "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful." (John 14:27)

4. Federal Judge: Lawsuit Against California Gay Marriage Ban Likely to Reach U.S. Supreme Court - Fox News

A federal judge in San Francisco says he wants to conduct a full trial on a lawsuit seeking to overturn California's same-sex marriage ban because he expects the case to one day reach the U.S. Supreme Court. During his first hearing on the challenge to Proposition 8, U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn Walker asked lawyers for both sides to identify the issues they agree on up front and those that would need to be resolved at trial.

- These continued attacks on marriage are an affront to Your plan and Your righteousness. We pray that there will be wise judges in place to stop the advance of this agenda and that skilled lawyers will be strengthened to stand for Your way.

- "Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me." (Matthew 5:11)

5. Obama to Avoid Father's Kenyan Homeland on Trip to Africa - Fox News

President Obama says his first trip to Sub-Saharan Africa won't include a stop in his father's Kenyan homeland because of his view that the violence- plagued country still has a long way to go in becoming a free and open democracy. Obama will make a stop in Ghana next week at the end of a trip to Russia and Italy. In an interview with, he said Kenya's leaders "do not seem to be moving into a permanent reconciliation that would allow the country to move forward." Earlier this year, a U.N. investigator found what he called a "systematic, widespread and carefully planned strategy" of executions by Kenyan police in the wake of the country's most recent election. Shortly after the report was released, two men who had provided evidence were shot and killed in an attack near the home of President Mwai Kibaki. More than 1,200 people have died in attacks following the December, 2007, election.

- Thank you for praying in the Spirit over this report.

- "In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words." (Romans 8:26)

6. Kremlin to let U.S. ship weapons across Russia to Afghanistan - CNN

A deal likely will be announced soon allowing the United States to transport military equipment across Russian territory to Afghanistan, U.S. officials said Friday. A senior administration official told CNN that presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev are expected to sign an agreement at their upcoming summit which would allow the transit of U.S. military equipment through Russian air space to Afghanistan for use in American military operations. The two countries already have an agreement that allows transit of non-lethal supplies across Russian territory by rail. Alex Pavlov, a Kremlin spokesman, confirmed to CNN that Moscow is willing to allow such transportation. Medvedev and Obama are meeting Monday and Tuesday in Moscow.

- Lord, help this administration be thoughtful and wise in their decisions of allies. We pray that our troops will be protected no matter what path they take throughout the world.

- "In You our fathers trusted; They trusted and You delivered them." (Psalm 22:4)

7. Iranian Cleric: British Embassy Staff to Be Tried - ABC News

A powerful cleric said Friday that Iran will put British Embassy staffers on trial for fomenting post-election turmoil, a step that would likely increase Iran's isolation and alienate Western nations that have been trying to keep options open with Tehran despite its crackdown on protesters.

- We call out to You for the protection of these workers and for the Iranians who are fighting for freedom and justice. May the wicked deeds of the Iranian administration continue to be brought to light so the world will take notice and act.

- "But you were full of judgment on the wicked; Judgment and justice take hold of you." (Job 36:17)

The Middle East in Focus

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

"LORD, by Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong" (Psalm 30:7a)

1. 'U.S. can't get Arabs to commit to normal Israel ties' - Ha'aretz

The U.S. administration has not been successful in securing commitments from Arab countries to take steps toward normalizing relations with Israel, a senior source in Jerusalem said Wednesday.

2. In possible signal to Iran, Israel sends subs through Suez Canal - Jerusalem Post

After a long hiatus, the Israeli Navy has returned to sailing through the Suez Canal, recently sending one of its advanced Dolphin-class submarines through the waterway to participate in naval maneuvers off the Eilat coast in the Red Sea.

3. 'IDF will struggle to destroy tunnels' - Jerusalem Post

American engineers who serve as consultants for the Egyptian military have recently informed Israel that Hamas has succeeded in digging 60-meter deep smuggling tunnels to avoid detection and destruction by the IDF, defense officials said on Thursday.

4. Sarkozy calls for removal of Lieberman - ICEJ News

French President Nicolas Sarkozy called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to remove hard-line Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman from his post during their meeting in Paris last week, Israel TV's Channel 2 news reported Monday (June 29). According to the report, the French president harshly criticized Lieberman during the meeting and told Netanyahu, "You should get rid of that man. Remove him and bring in (former Foreign Minister Tzipi) Livni. With her and with (Defense Minister Ehud) Barak you can make history." Lieberman has chosen to remain quiet on the incident so as to not create diplomatic tension, but several of his political allies have rushed to his defense, calling the French President's remarks "callous, grave and intolerable." The Prime Minister's office has refused to confirm or deny the reports.

5. Tehran angered by Peres visit to Azerbaijan - ICEJ News

Iran has recalled its ambassador to the Muslim state of Azerbaijan after a visit by Israeli President Shimon Peres to the Islamic Republic's northwestern neighbor, an Iranian news agency reported on Monday (June 29.) According to reports, Iran failed in an attempt to subvert the planned visit by the veteran Israeli leader, going as far as to send the Islamic regime's chief-of-staff to the capital city Baku to pressure government officials into revoking the invitation. Peres met with government officials and signed several cooperation agreements between the two countries before making his way to the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan, where he urged President Nursultan Nazarbayev to act to stop his country's sale of uranium and other nuclear material to Iran. Nazarbayev assured Peres that, "There will be no flow of any nuclear substances from our territory." On Wednesday (July 1), Peres was in Astana, Kazakhstan delivering the keynote address at the Congress of World and Traditional Religions, where the Iranian delegation walked out in protest. "We have come to listen to religious leaders," Iranian delegation member Mehdi Mostafavi told The Jerusalem Post," and Peres is not a religious leader."

The Daily Jot

Silence and Treason Against God and Country

As we stand in the threshold of the annual celebration of our national Liberty, I wonder what firebrand statesman will arise and proclaim to this nation that God's Liberty is perfect liberty and that humanist freedom is akin to slavery. Galatians 5:1 says, "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." The bondage spoken herein is the bondage of satanic driven sin from which Christ's death and resurrection freed all believers. Yet, in the name of freedom, it is the humanist sin that threatens to wrap itself around the very existence of this nation and squeeze its lifeblood.

Have we become a nation where the grace of God in His perfect Liberty is laid as an excuse to become enslaved in humanistic bondage because what God judges as unrighteous, man judges as righteous? Have we become a silent kingdom of God's people, betraying our Father in Heaven in tolerance of human correctness? Are we to remain with a mouth to speak, but our words are empty and powerless because we fear man rather than God? The doctrines of men are the deceptions to freedom and the chains of bondage. If you have ears to hear, and know the truth of that Liberty which frees all, to keep silent upon it is shear treason.

Patrick Henry in his speech to the Virginia House of Commons on March 23, 1775 said, "For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings."

Jesus said in Matthew 15:9, "but in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." If God's word is the standard to govern heaven, then those of us who profess Christianity should accept nothing less than God's precepts to govern our lives and our nation which was founded in His name. It is the responsibility of being Christian and American. Therefore, speak forth Liberty in its truth and totality. As Patrick Henry said, "Give me Liberty or give me death." LIberty is of freedom in Christ, death is slavery to sin and humanism.

Bill Wilson
Word of Life Ministry

30,000 Moslems Converge on D.C. Now

30,000 Moslems to Gather in D.C. on the Fourth of July Weekend

Saddleback Pastor Rick Warren to be a featured speaker at 46th Annual Convention of The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) convening in Washington, DC.

• Pray against deception and the spread of Islam in DC and across the U.S., and for an effective proclaiming of Jesus. (Source: Intercessors for America)

Find a TEA PARTY Near You!

Attend the JULY 4th TEA PARTY Near You!

This Saturday, July 4, The American Family Association (AFA) is sponsoring Taxed Enough Already (TEA) Party rallies in communities like yours across America. These TEA Party rallies are organized locally by people just like you. Approximately 600,000 individuals participated in TEA Party rallies on April 15. (Source: Intercessors for America)

Good News Corner: Part One

Red Skelton's "Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag"

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Americans Everywhere!!

Red Skelton's "Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag" was first read on January 14, 1969 on CBS' The Red Skelton Show.

It has since been read twice into the Congressional Record, and has received numerous awards.
To enjoy Red Skelton's rendition of the reading of the Pledge of Allegiance, go here.

Good News Corner: Part Two

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