Wednesday, September 30, 2009

CHPP Daily Brief - September 30, 2009

In This Issue
The Daily Brief
The Middle East in Focus
"Safe Schools" Czar under Fire
Get Free Health Care -- In Jail!
"Buyer's Remorse"
The Daily Jot
Obama Announces Mideast Policy at U.N.
Looking Back: Yom Kippur
The Good News Corner
Thoughts on Prayer

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The Daily Brief - Wednesday, September 30, 2009

"Blessed are those servants whom the Master, when He comes, will find watching." (Luke 12:37)

The Daily Brief

1. Iran Fires Long Range Missiles Able To Hit Israel - Worthy News

Iran on Monday, September 28, "test" fired long range Shabab-3 and Sajjil rockets that could potentially reach Israel and U.S. military bases in the Gulf region, Iranian media said.

- Offer up a chorus of praise that GOD is greater than any enemy of Israel; and He promises to protect His land. Think of the heavenly host He has in His arsenal, that will go to battle for the land of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, when the trumpet sounds. Pray!

- "O God, do not keep silent;be not quiet, O God, be not still. See how your enemies are astir, how your foes rear their heads. . . As fire consumes the forest or a flame sets the mountains ablaze, so pursue them with your tempest and terrify them with your storm." (Psalm 83:2,3,14,15)


2. Samoa islands tsunami kills at least 99 - MSNBC

A powerful Pacific Ocean earthquake spawned towering tsunami waves that swept ashore on Samoa and American Samoa early Tuesday, flattening villages, killing at least 99 people and leaving dozens of workers missing at devastated National Park Service facilities. [To see a slideshow of the devastation in American Samoa, go here

Up to 200 Dead in Indonesia Earthquake - AP

A powerful earthquake rocked western Indonesia Wednesday, trapping thousands under collapsed buildings - including two hospitals - and triggering landslides. The magnitude 7.6 quake struck at 5:15 p.m. local time, just off the coast of Padang city the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was along the same fault line that spawned the massive 2004 Asian tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

- Lift up all who are now bringing relief to these devastated areas. May God grace each one with His supernatural strength, to be able to "be there" for others in this hour. Offer praise that the President has acted quickly, promising to bring resources to the affected areas. Finally, ask our Lord to comfort all who mourn today over lost loved ones; and pray that all who are missing will be found.

- "For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, and His ears attend to their prayer." (I Peter 3:12)

3. BULLETIN: Senate Committee Votes to Fund Abortions in Obamacare - Christian Coalition of America

Today, in the Senate Financial Services Committee, an amendment to prevent federal funding for abortions was defeated by a 13-10 vote. Democrat Senator Kent Conrad from North Dakota voted for Senator Orrin Hatch's amendment and Republican Senator Olympia Snowe from Maine voted against the Hatch amendment.

The Democrat majority on the Senate committee also defied the will of the overwhelming majority of the American people and voted 13-10 against a Hatch amendment providing conscience clause protections for health care workers who do not want to participate in abortions.

Roberta Combs, President of the Christian Coalition of America. "The committee majority defied the will of 75% of the American people who do not want their tax dollars going to fund abortions, even including many of those who support abortions."

- Scripture is clear: The shedding of innocent blood brings a CURSE upon a nation. Cry out for Mercy upon the mercy heart of our God; and stand in the gap between a civil government that Defies his law, and the Kingdom government that stands forever. Amen.

- "So you shall not pollute the land where you are; for blood defiles the land, and no atonement can be made for the land, for the blood that is shed on it, except by the blood of him who shed it." (Numbers 35:33) "Therefore He said that He would destroy them, Had not Moses His chosen one stood before Him in the breach, to turn away His wrath, lest He destroy them." (Ps. 106:23)

4. Senate Panel Rejects Public Health Insurance Option - Washington Post

The Senate Finance Committee rejected amendments yesterday that would include the so-called "public option" in its version of health care reform legislation. Liberal Democrats failed twice on Tuesday to include a government-run insurance option in the legislation before the committee, the last of five congressional panels completing work on the president's top domestic priority.

- Rejoice greatly before the Father on this one, a huge victory, effectively drowning out the "public option". Continue fervently interceding that Mr. Obama will soon sign a bill "of the people, by the people, and for the people", leaving every decision about Health Care in the hands of the American people, and not the government.

- "Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer." (Romans 12:12)

5. Senate Panel Rebuffs Obama; Restores Abstinence Funds - NewsMax

A Senate committee has voted to restore $50 million a year in federal funding for abstinence-only education that President Barack Obama had sought to eliminate.

- Thank the Father for this victory in education on abstinence. Rejoice that restoration to a godly virtue, abstaining from sex until marriage, will now be funded by the Federal Government. Ask God to forgive Mr. Obama for not understanding His truths and the heart of honor that God calls His people to walk in.

- "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." (Romans 12:2)

6. ACORN May Face Trial for First Time as Nevada Prosecutors Allege 'Widespread' Criminal Policies - Fox News

When ACORN took to Las Vegas and started playing "Blackjack" and "21," the activist group was making a far bigger gamble than it ever guessed, according to Nevada prosecutors.

- Please pray that the paper trail implicating ACORN will serve to uncover all records and reveal the whole group and its many "enhanced performances", most of which lie outside of the laws of our land. Intercede for exposure, as the IRS and Census Bureau have severed ties with them, that ACORN, all its affiliates, and all companies of this nature will no longer be tolerated in the United States of America. Intercede for all funding to be cut immediately.

- "You will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny." (Matthew 5:26)

7. US diplomat holds high-level secret talks with Cuba - London Telegraph

A senior American diplomat has held unannounced, high-level talks in Havana with the Cuban government, State Department officials have revealed, raising the possibility of more rapidly improved relations.

- Pray that these talks between the Communist regime in Cuba and a diplomat from our nation, will produce only the results that God desires.

- "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm then, do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yolk of slavery." (Galatians 5:1)

The Middle East in Focus

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

"O Israel, you have destroyed yourself; but in Me is Your help. I WILL be your King: where is any other that may save you in all your cities?" (Hosea 13: 9-10)

1. U.K. Reports Saudis OK Israel Strike on Iran - NewsMax

U.K. intelligence chief Sir John Scarlett has been told that Saudi Arabia is ready to allow Israel to bomb Iran's new nuclear site.

2. IAF strikes 3 Gaza tunnels - Ynet News

IAF jets struck three arms smuggling tunnels in the southern Gaza Strip over night, in response to the Qassam rockets fired at Israel Tuesday evening.

"Safe Schools" Czar under Fire

Kevin Jennings Needs to Resign as 'Safe Schools Czar'

Family Research Council during the spring of 2008 was the first organization to highlight the radical record of Kevin Jennings, President Obama's choice for "safe schools czar." At the time, our concerns were met with little more than a yawn from the mainstream media. Today the spotlight is back on Kevin Jennings. Over the last two weeks, press outlets like, Rush Limbaugh and Lou Dobbs have picked up the Jennings story, and the Washington Times ran an editorial demanding an answer regarding Jennings's appointment.

Of course, one of the most shocking pieces of news about Jennings is a story he's told himself (in different ways at different times) about a 15 year old student who came to him and confessed that he was having sex with older men in a bus station restroom. Instead of reporting the high-risk behavior to the boy's parents, school administrators or the police, Jennings's only response was, "I hope you knew to use a condom."

Jennings has shown a disregard for parental rights and for our children's well being, yet he is the President's choice to keep our schools safe! Safe for sexual predators it would seem!

Please contact your state school board and let them know that this is unacceptable, and they need to let the President know: it is time Kevin Jennings resigns! Thank you and God bless you.


Tony Perkins
Family Research Council

Get Free Health Care -- In Jail!

Senator Max Baucus' (D-MT) latest "bi-partisan" healthcare bill has been criticized by Republicans and Democrats alike. The liberals in Congress are upset because it does not provide for a public option, while conservatives are upset that it still amounts to a government takeover of healthcare and forces individuals to buy healthcare coverage whether they like it or not. A large percentage of younger workers in our country are healthy and would prefer not to pay for healthcare coverage. Also, many wealthy Americans, who can afford to pay their own bills, don't want to be forced to buy a policy they don't need.

But what, under the Baucus plan, would happen to people who refused to buy health insurance? The bill states that a $1,900 "excise tax" would be assessed. Senator John Ensign (R-NV) asked what would happen to someone who refused to pay the tax. He was told by Tom Barthold, Chief of Staff for the Senate's Joint Committee on Taxation, that the person could be charged with a misdemeanor, face up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $25,000.

"Buyer's Remorse"

More "Buyer's Remorse" On Obama

More and more, voters who supported Obama last November are having second thoughts now. Richard Cohen, the very liberal Washington Post columnist, wrote this morning that Obama was "appearing promiscuously on television and granting interviews like the presidential candidate he no longer is." He added, "The trouble with Obama is that he gets into the moment and means what he says for that moment only." That sounds like something Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity would say!

CNBC editor Charles Gasparino wrote in the New York Post today that Wall Street executives feel betrayed by Obama too. Citing top people from places like Morgan Stanley, Black Rock and J.P. Morgan, Gasparino wrote:

"The guy (Obama) who seemed like such a steady voice -- vowing to curb runaway spending and restoring order to the banking system and the economy as a whole -- is instead so driven to achieve his big- government policy goals that he and his policy people are ignoring their own economic advisors on the severe economic costs that his agenda will cause."

What amazes me is how anyone on Wall Street could have thought Barack Obama was a moderate. Had they never heard about Reverend Jeremiah Wright, William Ayers,, Code Pink, ACORN and all the other socialists and lefties that were important in his life and at the heart of his campaign? (Gary Bauer; End-of- Day; 9/29/09)

The Daily Jot

Idolatry Indoctrination Forced Upon the Children of America

There is a concentrated and planned effort by leftists in this nation to indoctrinate young children to idolize the man who occupies the Oval Office. Many are pointing to this man and saying that he is the messiah--included among them were pre-election pronouncements by people like Nation of Islam's Louis Farrakhan, who said of him in October 2008, "When the messiah speaks, the youth will hear, and the Messiah is absolutely speaking." A town in Minnesota displayed a sculpture of him riding a donkey over palms, and news reporter Chris Matthews tagged his coming to power as "New Testament." School children are the targets for this indoctrination campaign.

A Burlington, New Jersey Elementary school has come under criticism for defending a video that was recorded showing about 20 second graders singing praise songs to Obama. The song is a version of the song "Jesus loves the little children" and applied them to the occupant of the White House, saying, "red, yellow, black or white, all are equal in his sight." The teacher was a campaign supporter and is now under investigation. But these types of indoctrinations in schools are apparently occurring across America. The National Education Association has distributed a pledge video of celebrities pledging support to the man in the White House.

Now there is a children's book offered on entitled "Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope." One of the 43 reviews of the book says, "Most distracting, as noted by other reviewers, was the "Lion King/Messiah/Star Wars/Chosen One" kind of vibe given to Obama throughout the narrative...While it's good to teach children to respect the President of the United States, this book fairly jumps across the line from respect to breathless worship." Another reviewer wrote, "It's loosely based in fact, but the author takes many liberties, creating an almost Messiah-like view of the Illinois Senator. If you are a responsible parent, you should look elsewhere."

The indoctrination of children that there is a new messiah on the block and you should worship him is a page directly taken from megalomaniac dictators who appoint themselves leaders for life. Can anyone say "Hitler Youth?" This is a cruel and deceitful imposition on children that should be punished the same as child predators. Jesus said in Matthew 18:6, "But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea." A word study on "offend" reveals that it means "scandalize" or "entice to sin." Exodus 20:3 says, "Thou shalt have no other gods before Me." This is idolatry plain and simple.

Bill Wilson
Word of Life Ministry

Obama Announces Mideast Policy at U.N.

Obama -Time for Unconditional Mideast Peace Talks

US President Barack Obama has set a deadline for the middle of October to check up on the progress on talks setting up new Israel-Palestinian peace negotiations, according to White House transcripts of Obama's public comments. Meanwhile, in his speech to the United Nations, Obama officially endorsed the "Jewish state of Israel" and "a viable, independent Palestinian state with contiguous territory that ends the occupation that began in 1967."

He also called for the start to negotiations "without preconditions," a veiled critique on the Palestinian insistence no talks begin before Israel halts all settlement construction.

Addressing reporters before his trilateral meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Obama said, "Simply put, it is past time to talk about starting negotiations . . . It is time to move forward . . .Permanent status negotiations must begin and begin soon. And more importantly, we must give those negotiations the opportunity to succeed." In his UN speech, Obama said the "time has come" to address security, borders, refugees and the status of Jerusalem.

Both Netanyahu and Abbas were to send their teams back to the US this week, while US Special Envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell was to meet with negotiators from both sides. Obama is upping the political players directly involved in the process by tabbing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the one to "report" to the US leader "on the status of these negotiations in mid-October."
(By Joshua Spurlock, BFP Israel Mosaic Radio, September 24, 2009; excerpt)

Prayer Focus:
Pray that the government of Israel will remain strong in its resolve to make only those decisions that are in the best interests of the people of Israel trusting in the Lord for His wisdom; that they will not give in to pressure from the Obama administration; that the ties between the two countries will remain sound though not always in agreement.

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and depart from evil." (Proverbs 3:5-7)

Looking Back: Yom Kippur

This year, Jews around the world celebrated their High Holy Day -- Yom Kippur -- on Sunday, September 27th.

Please find below a commentary on the meaning of Yom Kippur from our good friends at Bridges for Peace. And please pray, in agreement, with their own prayer request, at the end.

As the festival season continues in Israel, September 27 is Yom Kippur. The following from the Bridges for Peace book, "Israel and the Church God's Road Map," explains this significant holiday:

Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)-Leviticus 23:26-32

Yom Kippur is the most holy day of the year in Israel. In English Bibles, it is called the Day of Atonement. It is sometimes called the Shabbat of Shabbats [Sabbath of Sabbaths]. This is the day when the High Priest in biblical times entered the Holy of Holies to seek forgiveness of sins for him and the nation. It is a day when Jews seek forgiveness from God. The synagogues are full of worshippers. It is a day of complete fasting from food and water. The vast majority of the country participates, with over 80% fasting. This is fascinating, considering at least 50% of the population consider themselves secular. In fact, persons who observe little or nothing of their Jewish heritage year-round often attend a synagogue on this day.

Prayer Focus:
Pray for the Jewish people as they prepare for and participate in this holiest of days. May their hearts be turned with passion to the God of their fathers. May He protect them worldwide and bless them with a peaceful holiday season.

The Good News Corner

Islam on Capitol Hill

Thousands of praying Americans joined a nationwide prayer call last Thursday evening (hosted by the Nation Day of Prayer Task Force and led by Shirley Dobson, Lou Engle, Tony Perkins and others) to pray over the massive Muslim prayer rally planned for last Friday on Capitol Hill. About a thousand Muslim worshipers came. Rifqa Bary, an unexpected participant in the NDPTF call, shared her testimony and led a prayer for the Muslim people. Perhaps a thousand Christian evangelists and prayer warriors were on site and posted at Metro stops around the city hoping to reach thousands of Muslim visitors with Bibles, gospel tracts, and DVDs.

- Praise God! May widespread Christian prayer continue to restrain militant Islam and the radicalization of peaceful practitioners. May vital Christianity preempt the spread of Islam by the sharing of the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who have been blinded by the "god of this age."

- "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12) (Source: Family Research Council Prayer Targets)

Thoughts on Prayer

"You may pray for an hour and still not pray. You may meet God for a moment and then be in touch with Him all day." -- Fredrick Wisloff