Saturday, September 4, 2010

CHPP Daily Brief - September 3, 2010

In This Issue
• The Daily Brief
• The Middle East in Focus
• The Daily Jot
• A New Stimulus?
• The Good News Corner
• Worship with Us Today!

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The Daily Brief - Friday, September 3, 2010

"As I looked, thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool." (Daniel 7:9)

The Daily Brief

1. Hurricane Earl Brushes Carolina Coast; Warnings Issued for Massachusetts - ABC News

Hurricane Earl passed east of North Carolina's Outer Banks this evening, sending bands of wind and rain raking over the North Carolina coast.

- As Hurricane Earl marches north alongside the Eastern seaboard, continue to pray for the safety of all who are in its path, and for strength for the EMT teams that will be mobilized to meet this emergency, offer praise that this storm IS moving towards the northeast, and thank our Lord that He moves the wind and the waves according to His will. Amen!

- "He calms the storms, So that is waves are still. Then they are glad because they are quiet; so He guides them to their desired haven." (Ps. 107: 29, 30)

2. Bernanke Meets Buffett in Role Conceived to Protect Markets - Bloomberg

In November 2009, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd advanced a radical proposal: to create a super-regulator that would take over most of the bank supervision that had been done by the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and other agencies.

- Pray that those in authority would be granted from on high as they tackle the complex issue of banking regulations. Pray that each one be motivated by concern for the public good rather than by any personal agenda.

- "But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lust which drown men in temptation and perdition. For the love of money is root of all kinds if evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." (I Tim. 6: 9, 10)

3. Auto sales: Worst August since 1983 - CNN

The nation's top automakers reported disappointing sales Wednesday, resulting in the worst August for industrywide auto sales in 27 years.

• Wisdom seems to be prevailing among American buyers, for they are learning how to save their money rather than to spend it foolishly. Americans will buy when they think that to do so is safe. There used to be a saying, "What's good for GM is good for the nation." Now the federal government is running GM. Pray for our economy; especially pray for those in federal positions that they understand the relationship between economic prosperity and God's judgment.

- "Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it; but the instruction of fools is folly." (Proverbs 16:22)

4. Geithner: unemployment could rise - Reuters

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said the U.S. unemployment rate could rise for two months before it drops, potentially deepening Democrats' problems in the November congressional elections.

- We do not know where all that stimulus money went, but we do know that the nation's businesses are failing and more and more well-meaning and hard-working Americans are now on the streets. This cannot continue. The words of the Treasury Secretary are true: This turn of events spells imminent change in leadership, at the highest levels of authority, when Americans go to the polls in two months. Pray that our voters will vote with wisdom when they do so. Pray!

- "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap." (Gal. 6:7)

5. Russian Police Raid Opposition Magazine - ABC News

Armed and masked Russian police raided an opposition magazine, the New Times, on Thursday, pressing journalists to hand over interview recordings used in reports on alleged abuse of authority by the much-feared OMON riot police. The New Times is one of Moscow's few prominent opposition media outlets and has published exposes of high-level corruption.

- As we pray for our own media, let us not forget to pray for the freedom of media in other nations to be able to freely speak the truth - including exposing high-level corruption - and not be cut off.

- "Behold the Lord is my helper; The Lord is with those who upheld my life. He will repay my enemies for their evil, Cut them off in Your truth." ( Ps. 54: 4, 5)

6. Tony Blair: I did not understand Islam at time of 9/11 attacks - UK Telegraph

Mr. Blair says he understood the new war was ideological, but admits that at the time he did not fully understand the history of Islam. He admits he underestimated the "hold of this extremism".

- Father, may all the world be enlightened to the bare truth of what the root of Islam is all about, and through this understanding may all the world turn to the Lord God JEHOVAH. Through the blood of Jesus destroy the power structure of lies and deception that have ensnared so many innocent lives and deliver them totally by the saving knowledge of Jesus. The truth will set them free. In Jesus Name.

- "Who is a liar but he that denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is anti-Christ, that denies the Father (God) and the Son (Jesus.)" (I John 2:2)

7. Amazon at lowest level for 40 years - UK Telegraph

Officials in the Peruvian city of Iquitos said the river level had fallen to 14.4 ft., a point not seen in more than four decades, and was predicted to drop further.

- Is the nation of Peru under judgment? If so, please pray for mercy.

- "Oh Lord, were you displeased with the rivers? Was your anger against the rivers, Was your wrath against the sea, That you rode in your horses, Your chariots of salvation?" (Habakkuk 3:8)

8. Massive solar storm to hit Earth in 2012 with 'force of 100m bombs' - Yahoo News

Astronomers are predicting that a massive solar storm, much bigger in potential than the one that caused spectacular light shows on Earth earlier this month, is to strike our planet in 2012 with a force of 100 million hydrogen bombs.

- O God, may the hearts of men turn to the living God and may they cry out for forgiveness of sin and accept Jesus as their Messiah Savior of their souls before this prophetic day arrives. In Jesus Name.

- "And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come." (Joel 2:30-31)

The Middle East in Focus

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

"As for Me, this is My covenant with them . . . My spirit that is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, nor out of the mouth of your seed, nor out of the mouth of your seed's seed," says LORD, "from now and forever." (Isaiah 59:21)

1. Hamas Threats Suggest Palestinian Divisions - Wall Street Journal

The Palestinian group Hamas took credit Thursday for a second West Bank shooting attack in as many days and vowed more attacks were to come, a claim that raised questions about the group's ultimate motives.

2. Netanyahu: I want an agreement - Ynet News

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met in private Thursday, as part of the newly, Washington launched direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

3. Settlers defy peace talks with new construction across West Bank - Ha'aretz

Hours before peace talks were set to begin in Washington, Jewish settlers defiantly announced plans on Thursday to launch new construction in their West Bank enclaves in a test of strength with Palestinian Islamists.

4. Behind the scenes at the Washington peace summit - Ha'aretz

The four members of the Palestinian delegation to the White House summit, which began yesterday, entered the White House's East Room first and sat down. An announcer told the dozens of journalists in attendance to turn off their cell phones, as the ceremony to launch the direct peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians was about to begin.

5. PA official vows: 'We'll hit Hamas with an iron fist' - Jerusalem Post

Palestinian Authority security forces have vowed to arrest Hamas members and bring order to the West Bank, according to a Thursday report by London daily Asharq Al-Awsat.

6. Netanyahu: I want an agreement - Ynet News

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met in private Thursday, as part of the newly, Washington launched direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

a. Israelis, Palestinians to work out framework agreement - Jerusalem Post

In the first concrete decision to emerge from the direct talks that began here on Thursday, Israelis and Palestinians agreed to work out a framework agreement in the coming months as a first step to a full peace treaty, US Middle East envoy George Mitchell announced on Thursday.

b. Settlers defy peace talks with new construction across West Bank - Ha'aretz

Hours before peace talks were set to begin in Washington, Jewish settlers defiantly announced plans on Thursday to launch new construction in their West Bank enclaves in a test of strength with Palestinian Islamists.

c. PA official vows: 'We'll hit Hamas with an iron fist' - Jerusalem Post

Palestinian Authority security forces have vowed to arrest Hamas members and bring order to the West Bank, according to a Thursday report by London daily Asharq Al-Awsat.

- As the Prime Minister pursues his stated desire to come to an agreement, pray for safety for all concerned, and for great, supernatural wisdom to rest upon P.M. Netanyahu in the days ahead. So far, nothing has come of these talks. May God's will be done.

- "Oh Lord God, to whom vengeance belongs - O God, to whom vengeance belongs, shine forth! Rise up O Judge of the earth, Render punishment to the proud, Lord how long will the wicked, how long will the wicked triumph?" (Ps. 94: 1 - 3)

7. Iran sets 2020 target for nuclear fusion reactor - Ynet News

Iran says it has set a 2020 target date to build its first experimental nuclear fusion reactor, a feat that has yet to be achieved by any nation.

- God, encircle Iran with Your Holy Spirit and may there be millions who will repent of their sin and turn to Jesus the Savior of their souls. We bind under the blood all antisemitic evil spirits whose only goal is to destroy the Jewish people and the Land. Strip Iran of the ability to set off a nuclear war. In the Name of Jesus.

- "Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered: let them also that hate Him flee before Him." (Psalm 68:1)

The Daily Jot

Peace, Peace when there is no peace

Hurricane Earl is wrecking havoc on the East Coast of the United States. It is no mere coincidence that this is occurring at the very same time the White House is trying to force Israel back into peace talks with terrorists who vow in Arabic to destroy Israel and teach their children to hate Jews, but put suits and ties on for the American public and try to play the victim of warmongering Israelis. Does anyone recall that Katrina hit New Orleans about the same time the Bush Administration was trying to force Israel to give up land for peace? These so-called natural catastrophes occur nearly every time America tries to force Israel into giving up something to the terrorists for peace.

This round of Washington, DC peace talks certainly looks one sided. The Administration has featured discussions with the President of Egypt, the King of Jordan and the loosely elected president-in-name-only of the Palestinians-in-name-only Mahmoud Abbas. The man who occupies the Oval Office appears to believe that by featuring the leaders of Egypt, Jordan, and the Bush Administration's propped up version of moderate terrorist Palestine that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will get the picture that he needs to give up Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria to the Arab terrorists to secure a lasting peace.

Isn't is a strategy of satan himself to use Israel's only modern ally to pressure it into giving up the traditional Biblical lands of the Israelites to those who were prophesied by an angel of the LORD in Genesis whose "hand will be against every man"? Couple this with a truly peace loving people and it becomes a real paradox. I know from my visit to Israel and extensive discussions prior and since with Israelis, that they want peace above all else. They want their children to grow up without the threat of a terrorist killing them because they are Jews. And many in Israel are willing to do most anything to have this peace. They are willing, to an extent, to give up their land, if only the threat of terrorism would subside.

Those who have studied Islam and know the doctrine of this warlord political system masquerading as a religion know that peace is never possible without complete submission. Thus, the Biblical prophecies of the Gog/Magog war, Damascus being destroyed, the anti-christ, Revelation and more. A friend of mine told me that the Holy Spirit gave him a simple prayer that everyone should know. It goes like this: Lord Jesus, may we bless Abba's Holy City Jerusalem, His people Israel, and Abba's Holy Mountain, Mt Zion. This is not unlike Psalm 122:6, "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee." Do we need a reminder of a hurricane or the discernment of evil to exhort us to do the will of God?

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

A New Stimulus?

With the elections just two months away, the White House and congressional Democrats are in panic mode over the economy. Late last night, the Washington Post ran a story with this line, "Administration officials have struggled to develop new economic policies and an effective message to blunt expected Republican gains in Congress and defuse complaints from Democrats that Obama is fumbling the issue most important to voters."

Today's economic figures suggest their concern are justified - fewer than 70,000 private sector jobs were created last month, while 120,000 temporary census jobs were lost. That rate of growth won't lower unemployment. In fact, the unemployment rate ticked up to 9.6%, approaching the politically toxic level of 10%.

This morning, Obama delayed planned remarks on the economy and emerged later only to give his usual comments blaming past policies for the problems we're experiencing today. What exactly does Obama intend to do about it?

Washington is rife with rumors that a new round of stimulus spending may be in the works. But to the surprise of many, the White House was quick to deny that more stimulus was on the way. Instead, what may emerge is a package of tax cuts aimed at small businesses to spur job creation.
We've been hearing reports from all over the country that the closer we get to the elections, more and more Democrats are trying to run away from Obama and their liberal tax-and-spend records. If this new "stimulus" plan is really focused on tax cuts and not spending, then it seems even Obama is trying to run away from his own record! (Gary Bauer)

The Good News Corner

Federal Court Rules in Favor of World Vision, Religious Freedoms

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 on Monday, August 23, that World Vision, a faith-based relief organization, was free to hire and terminate based on a statement of faith. The case has been closely watched by religious organizations and nonprofits who receive federal funding.

At issue: Three employees of World Vision were found to have lied during the hiring process about specifics of their faith, and were summarily released. The former employees are expected to appeal the decision.

Although the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits religious discrimination, the court ruled that World Vision was exempt from Title VII of the Act for "a religious corporation, association, educational institution, or society with respect to the employment of individuals of a particular religion to perform work connected with the carrying on by such corporation, association, educational institution, or society of its activities."

Steve McFarland, chief legal officer for World Vision, was pleased with the ruling and said it's about deciding who shares in and who best represents the organization's mission.

"What's at stake is the religious freedom of every individual and church and para-church organization and faith-based organization in the country," he said. "Every member of Congress asks and discriminates against job applicants based on their political persuasion. Even Planned Parenthood asks where your politics are with respect to the sanctity of human life. You can call it the bad word 'discrimination,' but it's called 'free association.'"

Worship with Us Today!

"Healing Rain"

Michael W. Smith

Let's praise our Lord throughout this long holiday weekend . . . the last weekend of summer . . . Amen!