Friday, November 19, 2010

CHPP Daily Brief - November 19, 2010

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

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The Daily Brief - Friday, November 19, 2010

"I know that My redeemer lives." (Job 19:25)

The Daily Brief

1. Congressman warns of pro-abortion CEDAW treaty before hearing - LifeNews

"Congressman Chris Smith of New Jersey sent a letter to his Republican colleagues in the Senate warning them of the problems associated with the CEDAW treaty slated for a Thursday hearing."

Smith is the leading pro-life member of Congress and he says the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law ought to know the way in which the United Nations, UN agencies and abortion advocates have misused the document before they hold a hearing on ratifying it.

- Lord, we ask that our lawmakers continue to block the ratification of this treaty. Open the eyes of our lawmakers to see this treaty for what it truly is. Let them not be deceived. Keep us from the hidden trap that this treaty will impose.

- And that we may be delivered from perverse and wicked men for not everybody has faith and is held by it. (11 Thessalonians 3:2)

2. FL: Sanford Airport to opt out of TSA screening - WDBO

"The backlash continues over those new TSA screening measures, and now one Central Florida airport has decided to go with a private security screening firm. Orlando Sanford International Airport has decided to opt out from TSA screening."

- Thank you Lord, for this decision. May many more airports follow the same path. Let them find an alternate solution.

- Happy is the man who finds skillful and godly Wisdom, and the man who gets understanding. (Proverbs 3: 13)

3. "Obama, Reid to push ahead on 'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal" - The Hill

"President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will press forward to repeal the ban on openly gay people serving in the military."

White House officials and senior Reid aides met with gay-rights activists on Wednesday evening and reiterated the president's and the Senate leader's commitment to the effort, according to statements by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.

- Lord, we continue to lift this request up to You. Block the measures that Harry Reid is trying to push through. We turn the care of this over on you, Lord.

- Casting the whole of your care (all your anxieties, all your concerns, all your worries, once and for all) on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. (I Peter 5;7)

4. Judge refuses to stop construction of Tenn. mosque - Washington Post (AP)

"A judge refused Wednesday to stop construction of a proposed mosque in Tennessee that was opposed by some local residents who tried to argue that there was a conspiracy by Muslims to impose extremist law on the United States."

During the testimony, witnesses pointed out that Islamic Center of Murfreesboro board member Mosaad Rowash previously had pro-Hamas postings on his MySpace page, something the mosque's leaders have not denied. The U.S. government considers Hamas, a Palestinian Islamic political party with an armed wing that has attacked Israel, a terrorist organization.

- Lord, we pray that truth be revealed in this situation. If there is a conspiracy, bring it to light. We pray the concerns of the local citizens be heard by the courts and action be taken if this organization is proven to have ties with Hamas. May the local residents continue to block this construction until the truth is revealed.

- And as for you ,brethren, do not become weary or lose heart in doing right (but continue In well-doing without weakening. (II Thessalonians 3:13)

5. Al-Qaeda terrorist acquitted of all but one charge in civilian court, Judge barred key witness - NY Daily News

"The first civilian trial of a Guantanamo prisoner ended Wednesday with the stunning acquittal of an accused Al Qaeda operative on all but a single count . . . The case underscores the challenges faced by prosecutors. Judge Lewis Kaplan barred a key witness from testifying because the man's name came to light while Ghailani was held at a CIA camp where suspects reportedy were tortured."

- Lord Jesus, we cry out for justice in these court cases. We pray those involved in any, and all Al Qaeda operations will be stopped and held accountable to the full extent of the law.

- But wicked men and imposters will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and leading astray others and being deceived and led astray themselves. (II Timothy 3:13)

6. Presidential 'Birther' Bill Filed in Texas Legislature - Politics Daily

Call it the "birther" bill. Any candidate for president or vice president would be required to submit his or her birth certificate to the Texas secretary of state to qualify for the ballot there, under a measure filed this week in the Legislature of the Lone Star State.

- Lord, thank you for this creative legislation. May Texas lead the way concerning this ongoing debate on the president's birth certificate.

- Give the Texas legislators skill, wisdom and understanding. (Daniel 9:22)

The Middle East in Focus

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

"Jerusalem is built as a city that is compact together: There the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the LORD. For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David. (Psalm 122:3-5)

1. Netanyahu: US deal will safeguard Israel's security - Jerusalem Post

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke at the ceremony for his Prime Minister's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Prize in Haifa on Thursday. Netanyahu said that following his talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, that "we are in intense contacts to advance the understandings to propel the political process forward."

2. U.S. official: Israel must refrain from East Jerusalem construction during freeze - Ha'aretz

The United States will demand that Israel refrain from construction in both the West Bank and East Jerusalem as part of a 90-day settlement freeze Secretary Hillary Clinton has requested in exchange for a package of incentives, a U.S. official told Haaretz on Thursday.

3. Israel: Freeze deal with US nearly finalized - Ynet News

Israeli government officials expressed optimism on Thursday regarding the possibility that the drafting of letter detailing understandings on the proposed 90-day building moratorium in the West Bank will be completed shortly.

4. Al-Qaida threatens Israel: Jews not protected from attacks - Jerusalem Post

"Army of Islam," a group linked to Al Qaida, released Thursday for the first time a statement in Hebrew threatening to avenge the killing of two senior members of the organization in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday.

The Daily Jot

Tarred and Feathered--Nope Just a Censure

He used his position as the powerful Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee to raise funds for a center bearing his name at the City College of New York--from donors who had businesses before his committee. He used his congressional staff and letterheads to raise the money. He had a villa in the Dominican Republic that he rented out, but didn't pay the taxes from the rental income for some 17 years. He filed misleading financial disclosure forms that failed to list hundreds of thousands of dollars in assets. He has been in congress for 40 years. At 80 years old, the former Democratic House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel was found guilty on 11 of 13 ethics charges.

Rangel pulled out all the theatre in trying to bend the emotions of the Ethics Committee. Rangel walked out of his own hearings after saying he would be his own attorney--to hire an attorney. He stood before the Ethics Committee, tearing up and saying that didn't "know how much longer I have to live." He tried apologizing without really admitting any guilt, saying "There's no excuse for my behavior and no intent to go beyond what has been given to me as a salary. I apologize for any embarrassment I've caused you individually and collectively as a member of the greatest institution in the world." One committee member asked if it isn't corruption, "Failure to pay taxes for 17 years. What is that?"

It is likely that Rangel will be censured by the House of Representatives. This means that he will have to stand before the Congressional Body while receiving an oral rebuke by the speaker of the House for his misconduct. Censorship doesn't do much good in a body where honor is feigned but not followed. In 1989, for example, Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Barney Frank was reprimanded by the House for his part in fixing parking tickets for a homosexual lover, who ran a male prostitution ring out of Frank's Washington, DC apartment. Frank is now known for being the architect of the recent worldwide economic meltdown and recession for his part in a housing scheme at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

It is clear from the Frank case that reprimands and censorships are ineffective in reforming character, for what is it to endure a little dishonor for the sake of extended power? Many Americans are going through more embarrassment than Rangel by just flying home for the holidays. If ordinary citizens were caught not paying taxes for 17 years, the consequences would be far more than a simple rebuke. Proverbs 25:26 says, "A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring." Here citizens are kneeling before the wicked in Congress, yet Congress derives its power from the citizens. November 2 was a good start, but more pressure should be applied.

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

The Good News Corner:

Church Growth Exploding in Cuba

(Cuba)-Cuba is seeing one of the fastest church growth rates in the world, so much so, that the Southern Baptist International Mission Board (IMB) says there aren't enough churches to hold all the Believers.

As reported in Mission Network News, church growth in Cuba is surpassing the speed of construction for houses of worship, which leaves some of the congregations worshipping in houses, garages, yards or on rooftops.

According to the report, an IMB team discovered that-because music is such a big part of Cuban life-one of every five people is involved in music in some way and as a result, many musicians are coming to Christ. (Reported by: Breaking Christian News)

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"The Grace of God" by Michael W. Smith

Grace, grace, it's nothing with out grace . . .