Tuesday, May 18, 2010

CHPP Daily Brief - May 18, 2010

In This Issue
• The Daily Brief
• The Middle East in Focus
• The Daily Jot
• "Cap and Trade" Is Back!
• Congress: Bits and Pieces
• Liu Nomination Moves Forward
• Little Enthusiasm For Elena
• The Good News Corner
• Worship With Us Today!

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The Daily Brief -Tuesday, May 18, 2010

"And [Peter] . . . warned . . . them, saying, 'Be saved from this crooked (perverse, wicked, unjust) generation.'" (Acts 2:40 AMP)

The Daily Brief

1. All Eyes on 3 Senate Primaries - Fox News

Democrats and Republicans are watching three Senate primaries on Tuesday that could be another referendum on the status quo in Washington, D.C. Pennsylvania, Arkansas and Kentucky are all holding Senate primaries with the first two offering a sense of how hot the anti-incumbency fever is this midterm election year and the last providing a preview of the power of the establishment versus the insurgent movement.

In Pennsylvania, five-term Sen. Arlen Specter faces a big challenge from Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak. In Arkansas, incumbent Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln is in jeopardy from a challenge on the left. In Kentucky, Republicans are fighting it out in a race that splits Tea Party activists against establishment GOP. (Read more) more)

- Lord, you lift up one and put down another. Place men and women in places of authority who understand the times and are filled with the wisdom of the Living God. Give us men and women who take positions upon the conviction of their core beliefs and not bribery and selfish gain.

P.S. Pray for an accurate count at the polls. Amen!

- For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another. (Psalm 75:6,7)

2. Legal debate heats up over Ariz. immigration law - Washington Post

The battle over Arizona's new immigration law escalated Monday as some of the nation's leading civil rights groups filed the latest federal lawsuit over the legislation, arguing that it is unconstitutional and would lead to widespread racial profiling.

- Lord, we continue to lift up this immigration law in Arizona. We speak peace to the storm! We pray those who are stirring up strife without reading the law, be silenced. We pray for wise words that bring healing in this situation. Reveal the truth about this law, and all the possible outcomes whether negative or positive.

- Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. (Proverbs 12:18)

3. US Senate targets Wall Street vote this week - AFP

The US Senate has set the stage for a final vote as early as this week on the most sweeping finance industry regulatory overhaul since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

- Father God, we pray all dishonesty and greed be revealed. We pray for men like Joseph who can prepare for times of famine and times of plenty.

- The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful. (Proverbs 12:22)

4. West to continue working on sanctions - Ynet News

Although Iran has agreed to ship 1,200 kilograms of its low-enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for fuel rods to power a research reactor in Tehran, most permanent Security Council members are continuing their efforts to impose fresh sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

Russia warns US against unilateral Iran sanctions - Ynet News

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned the United States and other Western nations on Thursday against imposing unilateral sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, Interfax news agency reported.

- Lord, we pray Iran will turn from their pride and haughtiness. We pray they cooperate with the nations. We pray you deal with Russia in their threats and warnings. Let them fall into the pit they have dug, and they be ensnared by the work of their hands.

- The nations (Iran, Russia) have fallen into the pit they have dug; their feet are caught in the net they have hidden. The Lord is known by his justice; the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands. (Psalm 9:15-16)

5. Al Qaeda Defends U.S.-Born Radical - AP

Leader of Al Qaeda offshoot vows to protect Muslim cleric placed on CIA list of targets to be captured or killed. In a 10-minute audiotape posted on militant websites, the commander of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Abu Baseer al-Wahishi, praised Anwar al-Awlaki as "an example to the Islamic nation" and said "we will never surrender him to the infidels." (Read more.) more

- Lord, we ask you reveal the whereabouts of Anwar al-Awlaki. We ask for his capture, and that he would be held accountable for those he has trained to kill. We pray all plans and purposes of the enemy will fall! No weapon or plan shall succeed.

- Wicked men are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous stands firm. (Proverbs 12:7)

The Middle East in Focus

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

" . . .the LORD has redeemed Jacob, he displays his glory in Israel. . ." (Is. 44:23 )

1. Israel plays wargame assuming Iran has nuclear bomb - Reuters

A nuclear-armed Iran would blunt Israel's military autonomy, a wargame involving former Israeli generals and diplomats has concluded, though some players predicted Tehran would also exercise restraint.

2. Israel's Deputy P.M. Ya'alon: 'We are already in a military confrontation with Iran' - World Tribune

Despite declarations of peace, Israel is actively preparing for a regional war over the next few months.

3. Extremist settler activity could ignite the West Bank, IDF warns - Ha'aretz

Extremist settler activity could set the West Bank ablaze, GOC Central Command Maj. Gen. Avi Mizrahi warned yesterday at a brigade-wide training exercise at the Tze'elim military base in the Negev.

4. Report: Egypt cutting Hamas off - Ynet News

Cairo has decided to cut all contact with heads of the Hamas movement, both in the Palestinian territories, and abroad, high-ranking Egyptian officials were quoted as saying.

5. Assad advisor: There's always a chance of war - Ynet News

Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban,Syrian President Bashar Assad's political advisor, warned Monday that "there is always a chance of war". According to Shaaban, Syria is not listening to Israel, whether the Jewish state is relaying "calming or non-calming messages", but is monitoring its actions.

The Daily Jot

US Government setting stage for prophetic apocalyptic economy

Revelation 13:16-17 says of the antichrist: "And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name." Revelation 6:5-6 speaks of the third of four horsemen of the Apocalypse. "And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a denarius, and three measures of barley for a denarius; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine."

Research would indicate that a measure of wheat would cost about 15 cents on today's market. But in the scenario presented by the rider of the black horse in Revelation, a measure of wheat would cost about $2.20 cents. A bushel of wheat would cost over $70 in Revelation. A loaf of bread, by many estimates would cost about $20, but that is estimated in a day's wages from Biblical times. That being the case, a loaf of bread may cost about $60 in today's minimum wage. Revelation does not say that food is necessarily scarce, but refers to its cost. The supply may be curtailed by disaster or regulated by government. In either case, one cannot buy or sell without the mark of the beast.

We have to question as to how all this occurs and what foundation is laid to make it all work. Today, the federal government of the United States has taken legal authority over all health care. In addition, the federal government is moving toward taking over control of the nation's food supply. WorldNetDaily reports that the Department of Justice argued on behalf of the Food and Drug Administration in a trial in Iowa Federal Court that citizens "do not have a fundamental right to obtain any food they wish." Indeed, the US House of Representatives has passed legislation that requires all food to pass through a facility registered with the government. It is waiting Senate approval.

This means that unless the farm where you buy your fresh vegetables alongside the road is registered and controlled by the government, you are buying illegal contraband. The United States is becoming the leader in setting the stage for the one world order of the antichrist. The economic policies are designed to saddle citizens with insurmountable debt so they must pledge themselves to a government for relief. The government is taking over health care. The government is taking over control of the food supply. Yet, we are the only government in the world whose people have a say in how they are governed. We cannot stop the march of prophecy, but we can determine our place in it. Christians must stand or we all will submit.

Bill Wilson
Word of Life Ministry

"Cap and Trade" Is Back!

The Obama/Kerry Cap And Tax Scheme

Wednesday, John Kerry (D-MA) unveiled the Democrats' cap and trade bill in the Senate. It is 1,000 pages of new regulations, tax hikes and income redistribution. Many conservatives refer to cap and trade as "cap and tax," but you don't have to take our word for it.

John Dingell (D-MI) is the longest-serving Democrat in the House of Representatives. He referred to cap and trade as "a great big tax." Warren Buffett has called it "a huge tax. . . and a fairly regressive one."

The liberal New York Times inadvertently admits it even as it acknowledges that cap and trade is a massive redistribution of wealth scheme. Here's how the Times described Kerry's bill in a May 13th column: "Two-thirds of allowance revenues raised by the program, outside the 25 percent that goes toward paying down the deficit, will go to households through their utility bills. Low-income residents will receive additional rebates."

If Congress wants to reduce the deficit, don't come up with great big, huge new taxes. Just cut spending! And why bother imposing a tax when you know from the outset that 66% of it will be given back? Where's the logic in that? It's socialist redistribution of wealth plain and simple. It couldn't be more obvious.

And why are those rebates necessary? Because cap and trade is a massive tax on energy intended to cause utility rates to skyrocket. Don't believe me? Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle in 2008, "Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket."

I wonder how many Obama voters were voting for "great big," "huge" and "regressive" energy taxes. How many of them realized that Obama's plan would cause their electricity bills to "necessarily skyrocket," food prices to skyrocket, cost them $1,800 a year, and lead to $7.00 a gallon gasoline? (Gary Bauer; End-of-Day; Friday, May 14, 2010)

Congress: Bits and Pieces

Pelosi, Pornography, and Prostitution . . . Oh My!

Yesterday Democratic leadership pulled a $86 billion "jobs creation" bill from the floor after Congress passed a Republican amendment that would trim the cost, require federally-funded institutions to allow military recruiters on their campuses, and to restrict federal funds from paying the salary of federal employees who had been disciplined for downloading or viewing pornography. Not surprisingly, the amendment passed overwhelmingly (292 to 126).

Surprisingly, Speaker Pelosi (D-Calif.) thought these provisions were so egregious she pulled the bill so that Congress did not have a final vote on it. Whether it pertains to the military or the protection of pornography, the action yesterday shows the extent to which Democratic Leaders are controlled by the radical Left.

Another telling example involves final regulations effective yesterday to loosen restrictions on funding international groups that support prostitution and sex-trafficking. President Bush's international HIV/AIDS program (PEPFAR) included a provision by Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) to require recipients of PEPFAR to certify that they do not support prostitution and sex-trafficking. Two cases challenged this provision in the courts, one filed in D.C. district court by pornographers DKT International and the other in N.Y. district court by George Soros-backed groups. The first case upheld the anti-prostitution provision, whereas the second case ruled against the provision.

The Bush administration appealed the ruling and issued regulations to address free speech objections while enforcing the anti-prostitution provision. The court ruled against the appeal and now, thankfully, the Obama administration has appealed that decision. However, the Obama administration replaced the Bush regulations yesterday with ones that would make it easier for groups to skirt the anti-prostitution provision by creating affiliates who support prostitution and sex-trafficking.

For women caught up in the sex trade, they do not need the U.S. supporting groups, even indirectly, who support that trade. The purpose of PEPFAR is to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS--not to encourage a practice that shows a major increase in that disease. The fact that Democratic leadership is questioning whether the U.S. should fund groups supporting prostitution or continue to pay federal salaries to those reprimanded for viewing pornography again shows the need for change in Washington. (Family Research Council; Washington Update; Friday, May 14, 2010)

Liu Nomination Moves Forward

Take Action: Ask Senate to Reject Goodwin Liu's Nomination
It's time to fix the 9th Circuit, not make it worse.

That's the message family advocates are sending regarding the nomination of Goodwin Liu to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 12-7 today (5/13/10) to send his nomination to the full Senate.

Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network, called Liu "one of the most extreme radical nominees that President Obama has put forward to date."

Family advocates say he's too young and inexperienced for the 9th Circuit, and that his activist views concerning the Constitution, the courts and marriage put him well outside the judicial mainstream.


Please ask your senator to vote "No" on Goodwin Liu's nomination. Go here for more information.

Little Enthusiasm For Elena

The public's initial reaction to Elena Kagan is not good news for the White House. A Rasmussen poll released Tuesday found that just 33% want Kagan confirmed; 33% are against her confirmation and 34% are undecided. That's a far cry from the numbers Sonia Sotomayor received in Rasmussen's initial ballot test of her nomination: 45% in favor, 29% opposed, and 26% undecided. Surprisingly, only 47% of Democrats say they support Kagan's confirmation.

The Gallup Organization confirmed Rasmussen's results in a poll also released on Tuesday. In Gallup's poll, 40% considered Kagan an "excellent or good" choice, while 36% felt she was a "fair or poor" choice. By comparison, Gallup's poll on Sotomayor was 47% "excellent or good" to 33% "fair or poor." There is a very good reason for the public's apprehension about Kagan: Americans are looking for balance, not more leftwing activism.

The Good News Corner

Tornado survivors recount God's protection

YAZOO CITY, Miss.- A Mississippi man says he prayed to God under a communion table as his church was blown to pieces around him by a tornado on Saturday, April 24.

Dale Thrasher says, "The whole building caved in, but me and that table were still there."

On Sunday, Thrasher and other members of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Yazoo City dug through the debris. One found a hymnal opened to the song, "Till the Storm Passes By."

The tornado killed at least 10 people and damaged hundreds of homes in Mississippi.
Yazoo County Coroner Ricky Shivers -- a Baptist deacon -- says he was in his truck when the twister picked it up and flipped it four times. Shivers says he told God that if it was his time to die, he was ready. Later he went out in his hospital gown to help identify bodies. (Associated Press )

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