Wednesday, January 12, 2011

CHPP Daily Brief - January 12, 2011

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• 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 - Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! (Psalm 46:10)

A Note to Our Readers:

Thank you for your patience with us last night and this morning, as Constant Contact worked to release our Tuesday Daily Brief to you. Please continue to pray for the technical team at Constant Contact, as many other of their clients were also affected, unable to publish their news. We regret any inconvenience that this delay may have caused. Again, thank you.

The Daily Brief


A prayer service will be held today at 1 PM (EST) in the Capitol Visitors Center. President Obama is scheduled to speak later this evening at a memorial service at the University of Arizona, one of at least six services planned for the next several days. Attorney General Eric H. Holder will accompany the President and read a Bible verse at tonight's service.

To view an excellent guide to prayer on this topic, developed by Intercessors for America, go here.

2. Dems, Media Blame Tea Party, Palin for Shooting; Shooter Linked to Leftwing Politics - NewsMax

As U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords fights for her life after a mad gunman shot her on Saturday, some Democrats and major media have moved to pin the blame for her attack on the tea party movement and conservatives like Sarah Palin, despite the fact that the shooter was both deranged and fascinated by left-wing politics.

- Intercede that all commentators, on both sides of the aisle, will give up the "blame game" when discussing the shootings in Tucson. Pray instead that we will return to the protocol of statesmanship when addressing issues upon which we disagree. Pray!

- "Once more the humble will rejoice in the LORD; the needy will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. The ruthless will vanish, the mockers will disappear, and all who have an eye for evil will be cut down- those who with a word make someone out to be guilty, who ensnare the defender in court and with false testimony deprive the innocent of justice." (Isaiah 29:19-21)

3. Congress hints: No cuts in Iron Dome aid - Ynet News

Senior officials in the House of Representatives in Washington made it clear Monday that the funding for the development of missile defense systems was still a top priority in the foreign aid budget in spite of pressure from Congress' Republican majority to make significant spending cuts.

- Thank the Lord that, as we pray and ask, He will grant His wisdom to those in authority. Continue to lift up Congress as they seek to find numerous ways to cut next year's budget. Amen. - "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye." (Psalm 32:8)

4. Obama Eyeing Internet ID for Americans - CBS News

Obama is planning to hand the U.S. Commerce Department authority over a forthcoming cybersecurity effort to create an Internet ID for Americans, a White House official said here today.

- Here we go again. The middle name of this administration seems to be "control," but our republican form of government can only thrive in an atmosphere of free discourse. Pray over this new initiative and, if it is God's will that it come to nought, then thank Him for His sovereignty in this matter.

- "Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven . . ." (Matthew 6:10)

5. Banks lose key foreclosure ruling in top Massachusetts court - Reuters

In a decision that may slow foreclosures nationwide, Massachusetts' highest court voided the seizure of two homes by Wells Fargo & Co and US Bancorp after the banks failed to show they held the mortgages at the time they foreclosed.

- Offer praise for this ruling, and ask that many similar rulings will come forth in the days ahead on behalf of the homeowners of America.

- "Therefore I say to you, 'do not worry about your life, what you will eat, not about your body, what you will put on. ' Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing." (Luke 12 v 22, 23)

6. U.S. Abortion Rate Up Slightly After Years of Decline - Fox News

The long-term decline in the U.S. abortion rate stalled as the recession took hold, according to the latest comprehensive survey of America's abortion providers.

- We are saddened to have to report this news to you today. As Americans prepare for the annual March for Life on January 22nd, commemorating the anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision on Roe v. Wade, pray that the spirit of the Most High God would be with all "mothers with child" in our nation . . . causing them to ponder the life they carry. May each new mother understand the precious gift in the womb, and choose life.

- "This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live." (Dt. 30:19)

7. Winter storm cripples South, heads north to deliver more misery - CNN

A winter storm that paralyzed the South churned up the Eastern Seaboard Tuesday, threatening heavy snowfalls and more misery for the Northeast.

a. Intensifying Storm to Slam New York City, Boston - AccuWeather

A winter storm, responsible for a state of emergency and activating the National Guard in the Southeast, is taking aim at the mid-Atlantic and Northeast tonight.

- "For you have been a strength to the poor, A strength to the needy in his distress, A refuge from the storm . . . " (Is. 45:4)

8. Australia floods: Fears worsen for Brisbane - BBC

Up to 20,000 homes are now at risk in Brisbane, the Queensland state premier has said, as deadly floodwaters surge towards Australia's third-largest city.

- "Is anyone among you suffering? Let us pray. . . " (James 5:13a)

9. Chinese Stealth Fighter Makes First Test Flight - Fox News

China's prototype stealth fighter made its first-known test flight Tuesday, marking dramatic progress in the country's efforts to develop cutting-edge military technologies.

a. Gates: North Korea will pose direct threat to US - Fox News

North Korea's development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles poses a direct threat to the United States, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday, a blunt assessment of the risk posed by an erratic dictatorship that considers the U.S. its foremost enemy.

- "Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me , In this I will be confident. One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord, All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple." (Ps. 27 v 3,4)

The Middle East in Focus

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

Comfort, yes, comfort My people!" says your God. Speak comfort to Jerusalem.. (Isaiah 40:1-2a)

1. Erekat: Peace talks with Israeli government have ended - Jerusalem Post

The peace talks with the Israeli government have ended and the situation requires the Palestinian Authority to make decisions as to how to solve the Palestinian issue, chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat announced on Tuesday.

2. IDF fighter jets strike 3 terror targets in Gaza - Jerusalem Post

The IDF Spokesman unit overnight Tuesday confirmed that IAF aircraft attacked three terrorist activity targets throughout the Gaza Strip.

3. IDF commander warns Tel Aviv will be target in next war - Ha'aretz

Exactly 20 years after Iraqi missiles fell for the first time in central Israel at the start of the first Gulf War in January 1991, the commander of the Dan region in the IDF Home Front Command says that "danger has returned to Tel Aviv. Under any war scenario, it will be hit by a large number of missiles, missiles that are precise and lethal. However, our preparedness to deal with such missiles has also improved."

4. Israel reconsiders deployment of rocket protection system near Gaza border - Ha'aretz

In light of harsh criticism from the Israeli public, Israel's defense establishment has announced that it may reconsider its policy regarding the Iron Dome missile defense system, created by Israel to counter rockets from Gaza. A final decision regarding whether the Israel Defense Forces will station two batteries in the Negev will be made public in the near future.

5. Hamas trying to stop Gaza groups from firing rockets - Jerusalem Post

Hamas is trying to convince groups in Gaza to stop firing rockets at Israel, according to an Asharq Alawsat report cited by Israel Radio Tuesday morning.

6. Over 70 Christians Detained In Iran Christmas Raid, group says - Worthy News

Up to 70 Christians have been detained in Iran as part of a government crackdown on evangelical believers, Worthy News established Saturday, January 8. Most of those behind bars are thought to be former Muslims.

7. NEWS ALERT: Sudan Christians Urge Prayers As Deadly Violence Overshadows Independence Vote - Worthy News

Sudanese Christians have requested continued prayer amid an ongoing referendum on southern independence and reports that nearly two dozen people died in ethnic clashes near Sudan's north-south border.

8. URGENT BREAKING NEWS: Pakistan Governor Assassinated For Opposing Blasphemy Laws - Worthy News

The governor of Pakistan's powerful Punjab province was shot and killed in the nation's capital by one of his own bodyguards in apparent retaliation for his campaign against the country's controversial blasphemy law, police and human rights activists said.

The Daily Jot

Socialists in Congress exploiting Tucson tragedy for political gain

Democratic members of the House of Representatives who are also members of the House Progressive Caucus and Socialist Party USA are demanding new restrictions on freedom of speech in the wake of the Tucson shootings. Pennsylvania's Robert Brady says he will introduce legislation outlawing rhetoric and symbols that could cause a "perceived" threat against federal officials. Louise Slaughter from New York is saying that the Federal Communications Commission should crack down on radio talk shows that "could" incite violence. In exploiting the Tucson tragedy for political purposes, they are demonstrating the height of poor taste, disrespect and hypocrisy.

At a town hall meeting on June 14, 2008, Democratic presidential candidate Barry Obama said how he would counter Republican campaign attacks, "If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." On November 1, 2010, the president referred to all who oppose his viewpoint on amnesty for illegal immigrants as enemies. He said, "If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, 'We're gonna punish our enemies and we're gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,' if they don't see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it's gonna be harder." These remarks are dismissed as harmless by the very same people wanting to limit speech of their opponents.

Another example is Florida Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson. Grayson, a member of the House Progressive Caucus and the Socialist Party USA, referred to his Republican opponent as "Taliban Dan." Grayson attacked Dan Webster for his conservative views on health care, Christianity and abortion, tagging a campaign commercial with, "Taliban Dan Webster, hands off our bodies and our laws." In a speech to Congress on September 28, 2010, Grayson said, "If you get sick America, the Republican health care plan is this: Die quickly." He also put billboards up saying the same thing. The press called it a new style of raw confrontation. Grayson was defeated by Webster in the election.

On October 23, 2010, then Pennsylvania Democratic Congressman Paul Kanjorski said the people should take the Republican candidate for Governor of Florida and "Put him against the wall and shoot him." Now former Congressman Kanjorski wrote in a New York Times op-ed that "It is incumbent on all Americans to create an atmosphere of civility and respect" for the free flow of political discourse. To the mob wishing to stone the adulterous woman, Jesus said in John 8:7, "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her." Verse 9 says, "being convicted by their own conscience" they left one by one. Trouble is, these hypocrites lack the conscience to leave on their own accord.

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

The Good News Corner

Do you believe in Miracles? You will after watching this video!

[Note: we have already shared the amazing story of Dr. Chauncey Crandall with you at least twice over the past year. But as we all join together tonight, thanking our Lord for the continuing progress and miraculous healing of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, we are again encouraged that NOTHING IS TOO DIFFICULT FOR GOD. AMEN!]

May this brighten your day and lead us to praise our Heavenly Father. Have a wonderful spirit filled day!

Worship with Us Today!

Light of Your Face by Misty Edwards

Beautiful . . . Scripturally inspired song by Misty Edwards