Tuesday, August 18, 2009

CHPP Daily Brief - August 18, 2009

In This Issue:
The Daily Brief
The Middle East in Focus
Abortion in the Healtch Care Plan
Political Suicide?
The Daily Jot
The Good News Corner

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The Daily Brief - Tuesday, August 18. 2009

". . . and the government shall be upon his shoulder . . ." (Isaiah 9:6)

The Daily Brief

1. Chances Dim for a Public Plan - Wall Street Journal

The Obama administration gave its strongest signal yet that it would be willing to compromise on plans to expand the government's direct role in health-insurance coverage as it fights a growing crescendo of opposition to its effort to overhaul health care.

· Lord, we thank you that there has been a slowdown in implementing this healthcare bill. Give us wisdom to know what bills to pass, and block any bills that are not beneficial to everyone in our nation.

· However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. (John 16:13)

2. Swine Flu Vaccine Linked to Killer Nerve Disease - London Telegraph

A warning that the new swine flu jab is linked to a deadly nerve disease has been sent by the Government to senior neurologists in a confidential letter. It tells the neurologists that they must be alert for an increase in a brain disorder called Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), which could be triggered by the vaccine. GBS attacks the lining of the nerves, causing paralysis and inability to breathe, and can be fatal.

· Heavenly Father, we pray that You will protect everyone who is vulnerable to a bad reaction to this disease and vaccine. We pray this destructive disease will be stopped, in the mighty name of Jesus, and not allowed to go forward.

· Happy is the man who finds Wisdom, and the man who gains understanding; for her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold. (Proverbs 3:13, 14)

3. Three storms jump-start Atlantic hurricane season - USA Today

An Atlantic hurricane season that had been very quiet during its first 2 months sprang to life over the weekend as three named storms quickly formed.

· Lord, as we begin the season with storms that could possibly turn into hurricanes, we remember that we have been given authority to speak to the storms and calm them.

· Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace, be still!" And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. (Mark 4:39)

4. Florida Principal, Athletic Director Could Go to Jail for Prayer Before Lunch at School - Fox News

A principal and an athletic director in Florida could be charged with crimes and spend six months in jail after they prayed before a meal at a school event, the Washington Times reported.

· Heavenly Father, we pray for these actions by people who want to remove all signs of Christianity in our nation, to be thwarted and forever stopped. We pray that our nation will be a godly, righteous nation.

· He guards the paths of justice, and preserves the way of His saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice, equity and every good path. (Proverbs 2:8, 9)

5. Nearly 40 Years After 'War on Cancer' Declared, U.S. Medical Community May Be Gaining Upper Hand - Fox News

The government now spends almost $5 billion a year to battle cancer and it appears that 38 years after the war was declared, the U.S. medical community is finally gaining the upper hand on some of the most common types of cancer.

· Father God, good gifts are from You, and it is Your will that we be in good health. We pray that new methods of securing solutions for healing these diseases will be studied and developed. We pray for success in these areas.

· Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. (Luke 9:1)

6. North Korea put on "Special Alert" Over Military Drills - AP

The North, however, said separately it was putting its army on "special alert" because of South Korea's joint military drills with the United States this week, a sign that hostility and distrust between the rival countries remain high.

· Father God, we pray for the leadership of North Korea to have a spirit of sleep and inattention, so that they will not take actions to stir up strife in the world.

· The stouthearted were plundered; they have sunk into their sleep; and none of the mighty men have found the use of their hands. (Psalms 76:5)

The Middle East in Focus

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

No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of LORD, and their righteousness is of Me, says LORD. (Isaiah 54:17)

1. Report: Obama, Mubarak to discuss compensation for refugees - Ynet News

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his American counterpart, Barack Obama, are expected during their White House meeting Tuesday to discuss "an initiative of leaders" for resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict in the Middle East, in which the Palestinians will waive the right of return in exchange for compensation, the London-based Arabic-language al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper reported Tuesday.

2. Israel agrees to freeze settlement construction as gesture to US - Ynet News

In a subtle overture to the US, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Housing Minister Ariel Atias agreed upon a de facto moratorium on new building in the settlements.

3. Mubarak to US Jews: Attack on Iran risky - Ynet News

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Monday warned against an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.

4. Huckabee: U.S. shouldn't tell Jews where in Israel to live - Ha'aretz

Republican Mike Huckabee, who sought his party's presidential nomination last year but lost to John McCain, said Monday that the U.S. has taken too harsh a stance against Israel on the issue of settlements.

Abortion in the Healtch Care Plan

'Abortion Will Be Covered... And It Should Be.'

For those of you keeping track, the number of proofs that abortion is included in the health care overhaul officially hit seven last week at a townhall meeting in San Jose, California. House Democrat Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) did a fine job of making FRC's case after a member of the audience specifically asked about the abortion mandate. The text of the exchange follows.

QUESTION: "[This is a ] health care plan that is covering abortion, which we know that over 90% of abortions are purely elective, not medically necessary. Why is this being covered when abortion is clearly not health care?" (Applause).

REP. LOFGREN: "[This is a] basic benefit plan developed by, um, health professionals . . . Abortion will be covered as a benefit by one or more of the health care plans available to Americans, and I think it should be."

It doesn't get any clearer than that. . . (Family Research Council; Washington Update; excerpt)

Political Suicide?

As FRC Action officially launches its half-million dollar campaign today, new evidence has surfaced about the existence of rationing in the health care bills. A group called "Compassion & Choices" has publicly admitted to writing the controversial portions of the legislation that deal with rationing. On the organization's website, a spokesman confirms Compassion's involvement, writing, "Compassion & Choices has worked tirelessly with supportive members of Congress to include in proposed reform legislation a provision requiring Medicare to cover patient consultation with their doctors about end-of-life choice (section 1233 of House Bill 3200)."

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the group, Compassion & Choices is an offshoot of a 1980s organization called the Hemlock Society, America's leading advocate for assisted suicide. It looks like FRC Action will have to make room for more on its paper, "10 Reasons Rationing Is In The Health Care Overhaul." In the meantime, if you haven't seen our television ads, airing now in Alaska, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Nebraska, and Arkansas, please visit the FRC Action website. Please consider partnering with us on these commercials by donating to the effort to keep them--and our radio ads--on the air.

For more information, visit www.frcaction.org/takeover

The Daily Jot

Spiritual Battle Between Humanists and Christians To Determine Soul of America

The White House led socialist coup in America is meeting resistance and now the man who occupies the Oval Office is angrily blaming conservative cable television shows for aggravating Americans over socialist healthcare. He told reporters during a weekend tour of western states that his staged town hall meeting in New Hampshire reflected America's opinion more accurately than what is being reported from Congressional town hall meetings across the country. It has been documented that the New Hampshire event was stacked with his campaign supporters and there was not one person who spoke in opposition to the socialist healthcare plan, unlike anywhere else reported in the country.

In addition, ABC News, the same network that broadcast from the White House a prime time news program about the benefits of socialized medicine without allowing any opposing viewpoint, has carried a story painting protesters as racist hate mongers. The story used as examples three people in various parts of the country arrested during town hall meetings who were carrying threatening signs or had aggressive incidents with the police. ABC admitted that these people had previous mental problems, but quoted leftist groups saying these mentally ill people represent a trend against the White House.

ABC also quoted former FBI agent and ABC News consultant Brad Garrett, who blamed talk show host Rush Limbaugh for "legitimizing people who are on the edge to go do something or say something." The White House is using sympathetic news media to propagandize those who are protesting the socialist coup in America as racists. In a similar vein, the White House released the April 7th Department of Homeland Security Report during the week of nationally held TEA Parties, protesting overreaching government. The report painted as radicals and possible domestic terrorists those who believe in end time prophecy, and are against abortion, homosexuality and illegal immigration.

Americans are in a spiritual battle over the very collective soul of the nation. Socialism and Communism are based on humanism--the belief that man is his own god through is own goodness. The socialists are demonizing those who believe in God and His Holy word. These humanists are judging Christians as racists and hate mongers because of their love for Christ. This is a classic struggle between evil and good. Romans 14:16 says, "Let not then your good be evil spoken of." And Romans 10:17 says, "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." It is time to speak the true word of God to all who will hear. As Ephesians says, speak boldly as you ought to speak.

Bill Wilson
Word of Life Ministry

The Good News Corner

Declaration of Human Rights Cites 'Natural Family'

Delegates from more than 60 nations affirmed Article 16 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that asserts "the family is a natural and fundamental group unit of society, and is entitled to protection by the State."

The World Congress of Families (WCF) met in Amsterdam last week. Significantly, it defined "natural family" as "the lifelong marriage of a man to a woman, for the purposes of welcoming and nurturing new human life, providing love, companionship and mutual support, building a home rich in functions, and strengthening the bonds of the generations."

In the "Amsterdam Declaration," the delegates also agreed to discourage divorce, to protect the right of parents to guide their children's moral and practical education, and to guard human life at "the beginning and end of the life cycle."

John Howard, the secretariat of WCF, spoke at the event about the importance of the natural family. "We understand the biological and social sciences to teach that children predictably do best when raised by their natural parents in a married couple home," he told the attendees.

Tom Minnery, Focus on the Family's senior vice president of government and public policy, attended the Congress. He said researchers are simply picking up on biblical truth as it plays out in the real world. "What we believe in the Bible is proven by report after report, study after study from social scientists," he explained. Minnery said he observed a growing worldwide movement of family advocates.


Visit the World Congress of Families Web site. Go here.


(CitizenLink; 8/17/09)