Thursday, July 1, 2010

CHPP Daily Brief = July 1, 2010

In This Issue
• The Daily Brief
• The Middle East in Focus
• The Daily Jot
• The Kagan Nomination
• Israeli P.M. Warns Iran
• Israeli Ambassador: No "Rift" with U.S.
• The Good News Corner
• Worship with Us Today!

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The Daily Brief - Thursday, July 1, 2010

"Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you." (Deuteronomy 31: 6)

The Daily Brief

1. Alex hits Mexico's Gulf coast as Category 2 hurricane - USA Today

Hurricane Alex made landfall on Mexico's Gulf coast as a powerful Category 2 storm Wednesday, spawning tornadoes in nearby Texas, forcing evacuations in both countries and whipping up high waves that frustrated oil-spill cleanup efforts and pushed crude onto beaches.

- Lord, we pray for Your comfort and help as the region cleans up after the hurricane, and that You will move to bring in souls for Your Kingdom.

- "that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful." (James 5:11e)

2. Kagan Defends Revising Medical Group's Statement on Partial-Birth Abortion - Fox News

In a rare moment of drama in her confirmation hearings, Supreme Court Justice nominee Elena Kagan was forced to defend her revision of an obstetrician group's policy statement on partial-birth abortion while she was an adviser in the Clinton White House.

- Lord, with the fruit of lying and manipulation shown openly before this committee, we ask that this nomination be denied.

- "Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, and does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies." (Psalm 40:4)

3. National debt soars to highest level since WWII - USA Today

The federal debt will represent 62% of the nation's economy by the end of this year, the highest percentage since just after World War II, according to a long-term budget outlook released today by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.

- Father, we pray that You will remove those leaders whose lust for power drives them to spend taxpayer money on unsustainable programs. We place our trust in You, for only You can reverse this economic disaster.

- "Is this not the fast I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke?" (Isaiah 58:6)

4. House Approves Financial Overhaul; Senate Vote Awaits - Fox News

The House of Representatives passed a sweeping overhaul of the nation's financial system Wednesday setting the stage for a final vote in the Senate where votes for the far-reaching bill remained in flux.

- We pray, Lord, that the "flux" in these votes will turn towards rejection of this legislation. We pray for protection against the socialist agenda.

- "The wicked in his pride persecutes the poor; let them be caught in the plots which they have devised." (Psalm 10:2)

5. Obama to Sign Iran Sanctions Bill on Thursday - Fox News

President Barack Obama will sign legislation Thursday imposing tough new sanctions against Iran as further punishment for the country's unwillingness to give up its ambitions of becoming a nuclear power.

- Lord, as we have seen no evidence that sanctions actually work with rogue nations, we ask for Your intervention against Iran's plans. Like Nebuchadnezzar went insane and ate grass, we pray that You would cause the leaders of Iran to bow their knee to Your sovereignty.

- "And at the end of the time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted up my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever." (Daniel 4:34)

6. Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds gay marriage ban - Washington Times

The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage and civil unions in a unanimous ruling Wednesday that is sure to disappoint gay rights activists.

- Thank You, Lord for this victory. We ask that it be protected against the inevitable challenges.

- "Of the increase of His Government and peace there will be no end" (Isaiah 9:7a)

7. Jews are blacks' worst enemy - Jerusalem Post

Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan has written the leaders of more than a dozen major US Jewish groups and denominations seeking "repair of my people from the damage" he claims Jews have caused blacks for centuries.

- Father, we bind the spirit of murder, the Haman spirit that hates Your chosen. Let no man fall for this blatant scam against the Jewish people.

- "Woe to those who decree unrighteous decrees, who write misfortune which they have prescribed" (Isaiah 10:1)

The Middle East in Focus

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

Why should the nations say, "Where is now their God?" But our God is in the heavens - He has done whatsoever He has pleased. (Psalm 115:2,3)

1. Iran Arms Syria With Radar - Wall Street Journal

Iran has sent Syria a sophisticated radar system that could threaten Israel's ability to launch a surprise attack against Iran's nuclear facilities, say Israeli and U.S. officials, extending an alliance aimed at undermining Israel's military dominance in the region.

2. UK Church to boycott Israeli goods - Jerusalem Post

The Methodist Church of Britain voted on Wednesday to boycott Israeli-produced goods and services from the West Bank because of Israel's "illegal occupation of Palestinian lands."

3. Direct talks if PM clarifies stand - Jerusalem Post

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, in an apparent charm offensive aimed at the Israeli public, has told reporters from the Hebrew media he is willing to enter direct negotiations with the Netanyahu government, as soon as he hears from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu regarding Israel's position on borders and security issues.

4. Kantor: Situation of European Jews worst 'since end of WWII' - Jerusalem Post

European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor believes that the situation of European Jewry "is at its worst since the end of World War II."

5. IDF strikes 3 targets in Gaza - Ynet News

Israel Air Force Jets struck three terror targets in the Gaza Strip Wednesday night. The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said the targets hit include a weapons factory in the northern Strip and a terror tunnel in southern Gaza.

The Daily Jot

Something Supreme To Think About

The Second Amendment to the US Constitution reads: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." These are straightforward words--a well regulated Militia and the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed. And the US Supreme Court ruled Monday that indeed the American people have the fundamental right to bear arms, and that right cannot be violated by state and local governments. The Supreme Court, however, was divided 5 to 4 on this very simple issue. It is simple because the Constitution directly grants "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms."

Writing for the majority opinion, Justice Samuel Alito said: "It is clear that the Framers . . . counted the right to keep and bear arms among those fundamental rights necessary to our system of ordered liberty." Yet the four that read the same words and disagreed about their meaning, did so as Justice Stephen Breyer wrote: "In a nation whose constitution foresees democratic decision-making, is it so fundamental a matter as to require taking that power from the people? What is it here that the people did not know? What is it that a judge knows better?" Breyer was referring to local gun control laws that he and the dissenters on the Court believe is the "democratic" will of the people that trumps the bill of rights.

The words in the Bill of Rights are very clear. And the intent is undeniable. Yet Justices on the Supreme Court read these words and twist their meaning to their political poles. They disregard the conscious of their confirmation to the High Court--to uphold the Constitution and weigh the issues according to the justice of the law rather than their personal politics. It is appalling that members of the Supreme Court, or of any court for that matter, would be prejudiced by political bias in their reading of the law. And it is amazing how they can twist the words of and apply their fancies to the Supreme Law of the Land to justify their lack of justice.

This, however, is not exclusive to the Supreme Court. Jesus Christ said in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me." Every Christian should understand by this very verse that Christ is the only way to salvation. Yet we have had those who claim to be Christian--presidents, scholars, pastors--say that there is more than one way to heaven. You see, the words in the Constitution, and the Word of God, were written for a purpose. They mean exactly what is written. Trouble comes when humans interpret these words based on what they want them to mean instead of what they do mean. Life becomes abortion; Eternal life becomes hell. All with good intentions, of course.

Bill Wilson
Word of Life Ministry

The Kagan Nomination


Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is "not kosher"--meaning she is not fit to serve on the court--according to more than 850 Orthodox members of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. ..."It is clear from Ms. Kagan's record on issues such as abortion-on-demand, partial-birth-abortion, the radical homosexual and lesbian agenda, the 'supremacy' of the anti-family panoply over religious liberties of biblical adherents, et. al., that she will function as a flame-throwing radical, hastening society's already steep decline into Sodom and Gomorrah," the rabbis said in the statement ( Read more.

- Praise the Lord that these rabbis are expressing their views about Elena Kagan. Pray for the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee as they question Ms. Kagan for her fitness to serve. Pray that all Jews, Christians, and Roman Catholics throughout the USA will raise their voices to the Senate, clearly stating their opinions about Ms. Kagan. Pray for her that she can understand how she has moved from the Word of the Lord to politics.

- "But the Lord shall endure forever; He has prepared His throne for judgment. He shall judge the world in righteousness, And He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness." (Psalm 9: 7,8)

Israeli P.M. Warns Iran


In a blunt message at the 2010 Epicenter Conference that suggested a war between Israel and Iran may not be far off, Israeli Vice Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon on Saturday warned Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to choose "the Bomb" or "survival."

Yaalon said he agreed with the U.S. assessment that Iran is between one and three years away from acquiring a nuclear weapon. He said there is still time to stop Iran, but time is running out. He warned that "any American hopes of attracting Syria, Lebanon, or Turkey away from Iran would effectively be dead" if Iran builds nuclear weapons. He also said Turkey is rapidly shifting from a moderate democracy to an Islamic republic and suggested this is of great concern to the Israeli government. Yaalon delivered a powerful and detailed 55 minute policy address, then did a 30 minute Q&A session with me that covered everything from the status of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit being held by Hamas, to Islamic eschatology and the Twelfth Imam, and Yaalon's fascinating personal history and where his family came to Israel from. (Joel Rosenberg)

Israeli Ambassador: No "Rift" with U.S.

Israeli Ambassador Oren denies statement of 'rift' with U.S., despite reports

Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren denied Sunday that he had told Israeli diplomats a "tectonic rift" was emerging between the U.S. and Israel. Oren said that he had spoken of a "tectonic shift in American foreign and domestic policies" under President Obama and that "Israel has to adjust to that." "I said 'shift,' not 'rift,'" he noted. (Washington Post) Read more.

The Good News Corner


As we prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July -- another holiday with deep patriotic meaning is featured, below.

The Good News is that there are still some who care, who stand, and who remember . . .
3000 vets on motorcycles from across the USA paraded in D.C. the Sunday before Memorial Day, while a solitary, saluting Marine greeted them out on Constitution Avenue . . . the Marine stood at salute for 3 straight hours, while the parade of roaring bikes kept on coming . . . it is held in remembrance of those who've fallen in the military . . . the event (or the group) is called Rolling Thunder . . . George Bush used to go out and meet with these bikers before they paraded . . . the camera is on the Marine a lot . . . watch his struggles with his emotions, and his struggles with holding that salute . . . the way he salutes is very touching . . . his head lowered, his eyes down, in reverence for the fallen . . . it got to be overwhelming for him . . . and the tears started flowing . . .

You can watch this demonstration of devotion by going here.

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Andrae Crouch - Soon And Very Soon

Soon And Very Soon . . . we are going to see the King!