Friday, September 10, 2010

CHPP Daily Brief - September 10, 2010

In This Issue
• The Daily Brief
• The Middle East in Focus
• The Daily Jot
• 9/11: In Memorium
• Worship with Us Today!

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The Daily Brief - Friday, September 10, 2010

The Lord has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all. (Psalm 103:6)



The Daily Brief

1. Crews Comb Ash-Covered Homes After Explosion Kills Four - AP

Officials suspect ruptured gas line is behind explosion that killed at least four people and devoured dozens of homes, most of which were located on the street of the destruction, in a community near San Francisco.

- Offer a quiet prayer of thanksgiving that more lives were not lost in this disaster, and pray that its exact cause will be found and made known. Pray for those who mourn, for they need to be comforted. Pray . . . - "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. . . " (Matthew 5:4)

2. Pastor Terry Jones Cancels Koran Burning - ABC News

Calls 'Ground Zero Mosque' Denial 'Very Disturbing'

A fiery Florida pastor today called off his bonfire of Korans after claiming he had a deal that would move a controversial mosque away from the site of the 9/11 terror attacks -- but the Muslim cleric planning the so-called "Ground Zero mosque" quickly denied to ABC News that he had agreed to move his project.

- Offer praise that Pastor Jones, as of this writing, has agreed to stand down from his announced plans to burn the Koran on 9/11. However, it's not over 'til it's over; and 9/11 is still tomorrow. Continue to "hold the ground" through this weekend in prayer, so that the current situation will stand; and that violence will not visit our land.

- "Mercy and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed. Truth shall spring out of the earth, And righteousness shall look down from heaven." (Psalm 85: 10,11)

3. Most Americans against mosque near Ground Zero, poll says - ABC News

Most Americans say the planned Muslim community center and place of worship should not be built in Lower Manhattan, with the sensitive locale being their overwhelming objection, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Two-thirds of those polled object to the prospective Cordoba House complex near the site of the former twin towers, including a slim majority who express strongly negative views.

The new results come alongside increasingly critical public views of Islam: 49 percent of all Americans say they have generally unfavorable opinions of Islam, compared with 37 percent who say they have favorable ones. That's the most negative split on the question in Post-ABC polls dating to October 2001.

- Pray that this situation is settled without any violence but with amicable feelings. The mosque must not be built near Ground-Zero. The Lord is able to maneuver the situation in ways that we are unable to conceive. Call on Him!

- "I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from my enemies." (Psalm 18:3)

4. 9/11 Victims: The Numbers Grow? - Fox News

Nine years after the Sept. 11 attacks, a report from New York State Health Department says more than 800 responders to the World Trade Center ruins have died, and some say, from illnesses related to their heroic efforts.

- This evening, offer a prayer for the families and the survivors of the senseless tragedy of 9/11. This weekend may be a time of raw emotion for many; may Abba touch each one with His Healing touch; and may many, over time, come to call Him Lord. Amen.

- " . . . And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. . . " (Rev. 7:17)

5. Judge: Military's ban on gays is unconstitutional - Washington Post

A federal judge in Southern California has declared the U.S. military's ban on openly gay service members unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips on Thursday granted a request for an injunction halting the government's "don't ask, don't tell" policy for gays in the military.

- Continue to pray in the spirit over this critical case, as it now will be appealed to the Supreme Court. Ask the Lord to forgive Judge Phillips, for she is leaning on the wisdom of man, rather than upon the wisdom of God. Pray!

- "He shall judge the world in righteousness, and He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness." (Psalm 9:8)

6. CA Supreme Court won't order California to defend Prop 8 - AP

SAN FRANCISCO - California's highest court on Wednesday refused to order Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the state's attorney general to appeal a federal ruling that overturned the state's gay marriage ban. The state Supreme Court denied a conservative legal group's request to force the state officials to defend the voter-approved ban. The court did not explain why it rejected the emergency petition filed by the Pacific Justice Institute. The institute had argued that the attorney general and governor were required to uphold all laws, including initiatives passed by voters. Read more.

- As in the case above, this one, too, will be appealed to the Supreme Court. Pray for the minds of the justices in our land, for they clearly have been seduced by the teachings of humanism and the world system. Ask our Lord for a breakthrough for each one, that he or she may come to know Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord, and then to know the mind of Christ in all decisions that come before their bench.

- "Nor let us commit sexual immorality as some of them did and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents." (I Corin. 10: 9, 10)

7. Russia plans return to world stage with pro-Islamic policies - Ynet News

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visited Syria this week and met with Hamas politburo Khaled Mashaal. On Wednesday, he even stated that Hamas should be included in the Middle East peace process, despite Israel's firm stand against the Islamist movement.

- What an odd set of maneuvers Russia is negotiating: working with HAMAS and also working with Israel! Does Russia want control? All appearances would suggest 'yes.' Does Russia want to know Israel's military abilities? Is Russia preparing to launch the war of Gog and Magog? Please pray that Israel sees through Russia's ploys and says 'No, thanks'. Aren't the fires outside Moscow enough for Russia to deal with? Pray for the Russian people that they find true salvation in Jesus Christ.

- And say, "Thus says the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal." (Ezekiel 38: 3)

8. Two large asteroids narrowly miss earth, Nasa said - London Telegraph

Two large asteroids have narrowly avoided the earth after the objects passed within the moon and our planet's orbit, Nasa scientists said. The two objects were only identified at the weekend by the Nasa-funded Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson, Arizona, during a routine sky scan. The first asteroid, christened 2010 RX30, was about 65 feet (20 metres) in diameter and flew past at a distance of 154,000 miles early at 9:51am on Wednesday. The second, called 2010 RF12, was roughly two-thirds the size of its big brother and estimated to pass within just 49,088 miles of Earth hours later. Read more.

- Both of these asteroids barely missed hitting our planet on the same day that P.M. Netanyahu was visiting the White House, and that Obama was demanding the creation of a Palestinian State! Thanks be to God for His unspeakable mercy towards mankind, for only by His mercy were we all spared a global catastrophe on that day. Praise God!

- "The earth quakes before them, The heavens tremble; The sun and moon grow dark, And the stars diminish their brightness." (Joel 2:10)

The Middle East in Focus

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

"Therefore the redeemed of LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away." (Isaiah 51:11)

1. IAF strikes Hamas Gaza training facility in wake of Qassam, mortar attacks - Ha'aretz

A Qassam rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in the western Negev region on Friday morning, causing no injuries or damage.

2. PA committed 'treason' in W.Bank terror suspects' arrests - Jerusalem Post

Hamas accused the Palestinian Authority of "direct cooperation with the enemy" after it arrested Hamas members in conjunction with recent West Bank terrorist attacks that left four Israelis dead and two others injured last week, Army Radio reported Thursday.

3. Report: Ahmadinejad to visit Lebanon's border with Israel - Ha'aretz

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will make an official visit to Lebanon next month, the Iranian administration said in an official announcement on Thursday.

The Daily Jot

A small fire that could torch the earth

A small church in Florida is making worldwide headlines by threatening to burn some 200 Korans on September 11, the anniversary of the 9-11-2001 terrorist attacks where Muslims killed nearly 3,000 innocent Americans. Reuters is reporting that thousands of angry Afghans protested against the background of black smoke billowing skyward. The president of Indonesia has asked the government of the United States to intervene and stop the planned desecration of the Islamic holy book. The man who occupies the Oval Office has stated his opposition as has the Secretary of Defense and the general in charge of the war in Afghanistan against the Taliban Muslims.

The church's website has been shut down by its hosting service, which said that the church violated its "Offensive Content" section of the hosting contract. Major news outlets, including FOX News and AP, have declared they will not cover the burning in any way. INTERPOL, the world's largest international police organization, issued a global alert to its 188 member countries following the request of Pakistan's Minister of the Interior, and its own determination, that if the proposed Koran burning goes ahead as planned, there is a strong likelihood that violent attacks on innocent people would follow. The United States is a member of INTERPOL.

There are many issues arising out of this story. News organizations, by refusing to cover something they deem as offensive are shirking their duty to cover news--the definition of which has always been what is timely and of interest to the audience. The internet host Rackspace is limiting free speech by disconnecting the church website for offensive content, but Rackspace openly admits in its business plan that it could be liable for illegal acts such as online gambling and pornography that content providers pass through its hosting services. In other words, pornography is not offensive, but burning Korans is. Free speech is only free if the powers in place are not offended by it. Such hypocrisy.

Nevertheless, the burning of the Korans is a bad idea. It could result in more Islamic killings of innocent people or US servicemen. It is also counter to the commandment of Jesus Christ found in Mark 16:15, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." This provocation by burning the Koran sets back any evangelical outreach Christians have in the Islamic world. I am not for appeasing Islam, nor do I believe Islam is a legitimate religion that should benefit from first amendment protection, but senseless provocation is unwarranted. One other issue: If Christians were as passionate about preaching the gospel as Muslims are about their book of lies, the world would be a better place.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson
Word of Life Ministry

9/11: In Memorium

"There She Stands" - Michael W. Smith

We join our good friends at Unity Coalition for Israel in the following tribute:

Our prayers are with the family and friends of the victims of 9/11.

May we preserve the memory of this tragic event by not building a mosque on this historic site.
There She Stands . . .

And please . . .



on 9/11!!

Worship with Us Today!

"Worthy" - Paul Wilbur

Yes, Lord . . . only YOU are worthy . . .