Friday, October 1, 2010

CHPP Daily Brief - October 1, 2010

In This Issue
• The Daily Brief
• The Middle East in Focus
• The Daily Jot
• Sunday: DPPJ

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The Daily Brief - Friday, October 1, 2010

"Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth." (Rev. 3:10)

The Daily Brief

1. Dems, GOP Leave Capitol Hill Behind, Hit Campaign Trail - Fox News

Democratic Sen. Menendez and GOP Sen. Cornyn lay out each party's campaign strategy as the race for the midterm elections enters the home stretch, leaving Capitol Hill - plenty of unfinished business - behind.

- "And they're OFF!" Be sure to let your own voice be known during this intensive campaign season on the issues that are important to you. According to Ohio Representative John Kasich, this is the single most important election ever in the history of this country. Pray . . . take action . . . pray . . . and vote on November 2.

- "Thy people shall volunteer freely in the day of Thy power." (Psalm 110:3 NAS)

Note: Make sure your friends and family members are registered to vote. If not, click here to get them registered.

Monday is the last day to register to vote in most states. Whatever you are doing this weekend, wherever you are - at church, in the grocery store, at the soccer field - make sure everyone you know is registered to vote. If they aren't, refer them to our website - - where they can register quickly and easily.

2. Rep. Boehner: U.S. House is in a 'State of Emergency' -

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday that the House of Representatives is in "a state of emergency" due to rules that discourage debate and foster corruption. "The House finds itself in a state of emergency," Boehner said. "The institution does not function, does not deliberate, and seems incapable of acting on the will of the American people."

- Again, pray more than ever before over the next few weeks during this congressional campaign season. God has a will for our people, and it is not one of stagnation and stupor. In repentance, thank Him for moving on the hearts of the American people to pray in a Congress that WILL work for them -- not against them -- and that WILL obey the rule of law in our land, free of corruption and the seducing influence of special interests. Pray!

- "If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14)

3. Emanuel out, Rouse in as Obama's chief of staff - Washington Post

President Obama on Friday said a bittersweet goodbye to the energetic and fierce manager of his White House, chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, and elevated a quiet and seasoned adviser, Pete Rouse, to the post.

- This, of course, is huge news at the White House. The Chief of Staff is the gatekeeper to the President; no one can gain access to the Oval Office without his permission. Pray that, beneath this new style of leadership, Pete Rouse will also demonstrate a new style of gatekeeping, so that those who have godly values can also gain the access, and the ear, of the man now in the Oval Office. Pray!

- "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven." (Matthew 18:19)

4. Federal Court Rejects Atheist Lawsuit Challenging National Motto and Pledge of Allegiance Displays at Capitol Visitor Center -

A federal court judge in Madison, Wis., has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of engravings of the National Motto -- "In God We Trust" -- and the Pledge of Allegiance at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C.

U.S. District Judge William M. Conley ruled that the atheist Freedom From Religious Foundation did not have the legal standing to sue the Architect of the Capitol - the office responsible for the Capitol building and grounds - to remove the engravings and that it was pointless to try to stop the engravings, since they have already been made.

The judge noted that under prior Supreme Court precedents, taxpayers can only bring legal challenges for perceived injuries if the injuries are directly tied to specific appropriations by Congress.

- Earlier this week, we asked prayer over this court ruling. Now, God has heard, and He has answered. To Him belongs the glory, and to you belong the thanks. Amen.

- "The Lord . . . fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them." (Psalm 145:19)

5. Pastors defy prohibition on politicking - USA Today

Nearly 100 pastors across the USA stood up at their pulpits last Sunday and did what federal law says they can't -- tell their congregations how to vote.

- Offer praise for these 100 pastors who have had the courage to step forward, and ask for the Lord's will to be done as a result of their efforts.

- And God answered and said to them. "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar' and to God the things that are God's." And they marveled at Him. (Mark 12:17)

6. Economy Loses Speed in Spring, Expands at 1.7 Percent Rate - Fox News

The nation's economic growth tailed off sharply in the spring and probably isn't faring any better now.

- As we continue to pray to follow God's will in our own lives, praise Him that He promises to "satisfy us." Then, continue to pray in the harvest that others might know and walk in the abundant blessings that our Father has in store for all of us.

- "The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul, But the stomach of the wicked shall be in want." (Prov. 13:25)

7. White House denies Obama sent freeze letter to Netanyahu - Jerusalem Post

The White House and a State Department official denied Thursday reports that US President Barack Obama sent Israel a draft letter in which he offered security guarantees -- including a continued Israeli military presence in the Jordan Valley after the creation of a Palestinian state -- if Israel in exchange re-instituted the moratorium on new settlement construction for a 60-day period.

- Continue in prayer over each and every maneuver that the White House is proposing, both in public and behind the scenes, during these "peace talks," for God watches over Israel. May we only be a blessing to that nation, and not a curse.

- "He gives them security, and they rely on it, Yet His eyes are on their ways." (Job 24:23)

8. Bin Laden involved in Europe attack plot: report - AFP

Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden is involved in an unfolding plot to launch attacks on European cities and may have even targeted the United States, a radio report said. CNN is also reporting that these new, foiled attacks may indicate a change in tactics by al Qeada.

- Offer praise that these planned attacks have been foiled - for now. As al Qaeda pursues new and different tactics in its war on the West, pray for a new anointing to rest upon "all in authority" who are tasked with the challenge of keeping one step ahead of this enemy.

- "But for those whose hearts follow the desire for their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their deeds on their heads, says the Lord God." (Ezekiel 11:21)

9. North Korea Releases Photo of Apparent Successor - VOA

North Korea has released the first official photo of Kim Jong Un, the son and apparent successor of leader Kim Jong Il. The photo was released after a landmark ruling party meeting that appointed the novice politician to key party and military posts.

- Now that North Korea has identified the apparent successor to Kim Jong Il, pray that this pending change in leadership will also signal a significant shift in North Korea's foreign policy. Pray especially that their policy towards South Korea and the U.S. will be less hostile, and that their own record on human rights would dramatically improve. PRAY!

- "The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way. And the perverse mouth I hate. Counsel is mine and sound wisdom, I am understanding, I have strength. By me kings reign, And rulers decree justice." (Prov. 8: 13 - 15)

The Middle East in Focus

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

Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel: according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, "What has God wrought!" (Numbers 23:23)

1. Arab League postpones meeting with Abbas on talks - Jerusalem Post

The Arab League meeting with Palestinian Authority Mahmud Abbas to consult on the peace talks, originally scheduled to take place on Monday, was postponed until October 6 in order to give the United States another opportunity to save the peace talks, AFP reported Thursday.

2. Mitchell, Ashton to meet leaders in attempt to progress - Jerusalem Post

US special envoy George Mitchell and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton are to meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Caesarea on Friday morning, and will then proceed directly to Ramallah to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, in an attempt to progress the talks.

3. Arab League may bring settlement freeze debate to UN - Ha'aretz

Arab League representatives, set to meet in Cairo on Wednesday to discuss the future of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in the wake of the expiration of Israel's freeze on settlement construction in the West Bank, will also consider a proposal to request that an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council be held on the issue, sources at the UN told Haaretz.

4. Obama asks for 2-month W. Bank construction moratorium - Jerusalem Post

Obama has requested Israel extend the West Bank settlement construction moratorium by only two months and in return "will not ask for a moratorium extension beyond sixty days," according to David Makovsky from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a close associate to Dennis Ross and Obama's Middle East adviser, Army Radio reported Thursday.

The Daily Jot

Obama confusion on Christianity and the deception of socialist social justice

A lot is being written lately about how the man who occupies the Oval Office is trying to rewrite Christianity. Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh says that the president is twisting scripture to make Jesus out as a socialist. Limbaugh said, "The reason why this is important is there's an effort by the left to say that Jesus was a socialist, and they are using this to turn many evangelical people into global-warming people. We are the stewards of the planet and so forth. There's an ongoing effort here to corrupt Christianity." If Limbaugh, who has rarely, if ever, made Christianity the centerpiece of his on-air conservatism, thinks there is a problem, there must be a problem.

Obama has shined a light on the issue and it ought to be debated extensively by those who know the truth. The president said at a town hall meeting September 29, "I came to, to, uh, my Christian faith later in life, uh, and it was because the, the, the, precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead - being my brother's and sister's keeper, treating others as they would treat me ... also understanding that Jesus Christ dying for my sins spoke to the humility we all have to have as human beings, that we're sinful, and we're flawed, and we make mistakes, and that we achieve salvation through the grace of God."

Obama appears to be very confused about the Christian faith. While socialists believe that the government is their brother's keeper, the concept is quite out of context. In Genesis 4, Cain murdered his brother Abel. The LORD asks Cain in verse 9, "Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?" This answer does not constitute a "precept" of Christianity. The president believes that Christ dying for his sins speaks to the "humility we all have to have as human beings." This is the error of collective salvation. Salvation is for those who receive it, as Christ spoke in John 3:16, "...that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

Herein is part of the problem. Socialists are making a worldwide effort to incorporate Christianity into their lexicon because they know that the only path to world domination is by defeating Christianity. They often prey on race to do so. And they twist not only the Bible, but also the words of strong men of God like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to justify their socialism. But Dr. King was very clear about social justice. On April 16, 1963, he wrote from the Birmingham jail: "A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law." True social justice is rooted in the Bible. Political social justice is the Bible twisted to justify socialism.

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

Sunday: DPPJ

Sunday is the Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem!

This Sunday, October 3, we plan to unite with millions of Christians around the world to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Jerusalem has become a "cup of bewilderment" on the global stage (Zech 12:2-3 -- Darby). Threats against Jerusalem are on the increase and tensions for the inhabitants of the land of Israel are escalating. The repercussions from this intense situation impact every nation and all mankind.

But God is ever-present. He is stirring the hearts of Christians around the world to join their voices in fervent prayer for Jerusalem and her inhabitants, for Jew and Arab alike, through the Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem (DPPJ). More than 200,000 churches from over 175 nations have participated in this unique global day of prayer.

God's people are commanded to pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Ps 122:6). We hope you and your local church will participate and join in signing the "Call to Prayer Resolution."

Helpful tools are available on the DPPJ website ( downloadable videos, activity materials for children, resources in Spanish and other translated resources, and more.

Please join us, and may the Lord bless you as you pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

Rev. Pierre Bynum
National Prayer Director
Family Research Council