Thursday, February 24, 2011

CHPP Daily Brief - February 24, 2011

In This Issue
• The Daily Brief
• The Middle East in Focus
• The Daily Jot
• Obama Rejects DOMA
• Obama Forgets The Unemployed
• What Libya Means To You
• MD, HW Work to Erode Marriage
• FRC: Emergency Prayer Vigil
• The Good News Corner
• Worship with Us Today!

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The Daily Brief - Thursday, February 24, 2011

"Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him." (John 6:27)

The Daily Brief

1. Gadhafi Orders Sabotage to Oil Facilities - Time Magazine

Time magazine's intelligence columnist reported on Tuesday that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has ordered his security forces to sabotage the country's oil facilities, citing a source close to the government. In a column posted on Time's website, Robert Baer said the sabotage would begin by blowing up pipelines to the Mediterranean. "Among other things, Gadhafi has ordered security services to start sabotaging oil facilities," Baer wrote. "The sabotage, according to the insider, is meant to serve as a message to Libya's rebellious tribes: It's either me or chaos."

The growing violence in Libya has forced a number of oil companies to shut in production in Africa's third-largest oil producer and disrupted flows from the country's export terminals.

Security forces have cracked down fiercely on demonstrators across the country, with fighting spreading to Tripoli after erupting in Libya's oil-producing east last week. As the fighting has intensified some supporters have abandoned Gadhafi.

Baer, a former Middle East CIA officer, said the source told him that as of Monday, Gadhafi had the loyalty of only about 5,000 of the country's 45,000-strong regular army.

Paraphrasing the source, he said that Gadhafi had also ordered the release from prison of the country's Islamist militant prisoners in hopes they would act on their own to sow chaos.

- As Gadhafi continues to rail and become more unstable, pray that God will keep His hand on Libya- to remove the influence of Al-Qaeda and allow true democracy to replace what has been there for so many years. There is only one outcome for this dictator, so pray that the Lord will not only protect the oil fields, but that He will begin to move mightily through the people of Libya.

- "Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall." (Proverbs 16:18)

2. a) Report: NATO may attack Libya if violence continues - Ynet News

NATO forces may attack forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi if the Libyan air force continues to bomb anti-government protesters, the London-based al-Quds al-Arabi reported Thursday, citing a European official claiming the US had threatened to intervene in the violence.

b) Gaddafi speech was 'code to begin genocide against Libyans' - UK Telegraph

Libya's Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Ibrahim Dabbashi says UN Security Council's statement on Libya "not strong enough" and that genocide is underway in the country.

- Pray that Gadhafi will not be able to destroy his own people, that the Lord will bring an intervention whether by NATO or other means.

- "But all the wicked He will destroy." (Psalm 145: 20b)

3. Saudi National Arrested in Terror Plot - Fox News

The FBI arrests 20-year-old Saudi Arabian college student in Texas suspected of planning a terrorist attack using chemical explosives, allegedly targeting President Bush's Dallas home.

- Lord, we continue to give You praise for the revelation of all plots against the United States and our allies.

- "No weapon formed against you shall prosper." (Isaiah 54:17)

4. 4 nuclear sites found in Syria - Ynet News

Syria established four additional nuclear facilities aside from the one bombed by Israel in 2007, the US Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) reported late Wednesday.

- Lord, as we are fully aware of Syria's nuclear agenda, we pray that the leaders of nations see the hidden plans as well and move to stop them. We ask for Your hand of help to prevent disaster not only from Iran but Syria as well.

- "You shall not be afraid of the terror by night - nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday." (Psalm 91:5a,6b)

5. Palestinian FM: Statehood by September - Ynet News

In an interview conducted on eve of UN Security Council vote on a resolution condemning settlement construction, Dr. Riyad Al-Malki, the foreign minister of the Palestinian Authority, spoke to The Media Line about Iranian backing for Hamas, Palestinian statehood on-track for a September declaration and growing international support.

- Lord, we pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and the protection of Your people as promised in Your Word. We declare Your Lordship over the land of Israel, where Your Blood cries out from the ground and where Your tears over the City soaked into the very soil.

- "The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together;" (Isaiah 40:5a)

6. Wisconsin Assembly Charges Toward Vote on Budget Bill, Senate Remains Stuck - Fox news

Wisconsin Republicans in the state Assembly charged toward a vote on their controversial budget bill Thursday after compelling Democrats to limit debate, though the Senate remained stuck on account of 14 boycotting lawmakers.

- Father, we pray for an end to the lies and twisting of facts by the media in this issue. We ask that reason and wisdom bring a result which is fair and just, as well as helpful to the budget. We pray that all states will move wisely in this matter, that loud voices will not be the answer, but only Your wisdom will prevail.

- "Your own wickedness will correct you, and your backslidings will reprove you. Know therefore and see that it is an evil and bitter thing that you have forsaken the Lord your God." (Jeremiah 2:19a)

7. Obama Won't Go to Court Over Defense of Marriage Act - National Journal

Obama now believes that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and will no longer defend the 15-year-old law in federal court, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.

- Father, we are continually appalled at the actions of this administration, when our leader constantly tells people that he is a Christian, but acts in the opposite of Your precepts. We pray that You would visit Mr. Obama in the night seasons and give him the dreams that will cause him to stop this direction and move toward You.

- "Now a word was secretly brought to me, and my ear received a whisper of it. In disquieting thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men, fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones shake. " (Job 4:12-14a)

The Middle East in Focus

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

The LORD has prepared His throne in the heavens; and His kingdom rules over all. ( Psalm 103:19)

1. Netanyahu: Israel will not suffer the bombardment of its citizens - Ha'aretz

Israel will not tolerate the bombardment of its citizens, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday, following the Israel Defense Forces' Gaza strike, a retaliation for a missile attack on the southern city of Be'er Sheva.

2. 'Arab unrest signals Messiah's coming' - Ynet News

Prominent rabbis from the Lithuanian ultra-Orthodox sector have offered their own curious interpretations for the upheaval that is spreading through the Middle East, stating that the events are a clear proof that a higher power is at work.

3. FM sends document to EU ministers on Palestinian violations - Jerusalem Post

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman submitted a document to foreign ministers in the EU in Brussels which lists all the violations made by the Palestinian Authority against previous agreements in the last two years, Israel Radio reported.

The Daily Jot

Prophetic acceleration of national decline and rise of a one world order

In 2002, when the Lord placed it on my heart to write "The Daily Jot", there were probably only one or two events on the national or world stage a month that could be considered "prophetic." Five years later it was perhaps one a week. And as I look at the headlines today, I am seeing that events with prophetic significance are occurring several times a day. We need to be vigilant. We need to have understanding. We need to have discernment. There is fast coming a time when the guidance of the Holy Spirit may not only mean the saving of our personal lives, but also be the God-given opportunity to lead another soul to eternal life. We have to be ready. We have to be awake.

Many of the verses in Daniel and Revelation are difficult to understand. Some are symbolic. Some are literal. Some have been fulfilled. Some have yet to be fulfilled. Of the things that we know, we must be ever alert that, as Jesus warned his disciples in Matthew 24:4, "Take heed that no man deceive you." In Acts 1:6, Jesus was asked when he would restore the kingdom to Israel. Jesus replied, "It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."

America long has been the nation that has stood in the gap for Israel and has been the block in the breech against the coming one world order. In recent years, America's leadership has become less and less a barrier to the rise of the antichrist and a one world government. Events under this current leadership have exponentially accelerated toward the prophetic end times. There are several events in the news today that have prophetic implications for America and the future of every American. For example, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says that the world should "speak with one voice" with regard to the unrest in Libya, yielding America's sovereignty to a one world order.

Obama says he will no longer defend marriage between a man and a woman in the courts, opening the door for homosexuals to have marriage rights. The president and his political party also are directly supporting labor unrest in several states, pitting Americans against Americans, and undermining our legislative system. One Democratic Massachusetts Congressman said its time "to get out on the streets and get a little bloody." Oil prices have reached $119 on the world market, meaning prices for food and other essentials will inflate. Americans are prevented by their government to drill for oil domestically. We as citizens need to begin standing strong for our nation. Our leaders are incapable of it.

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

Obama Paves Way For Same-Sex "Marriage"

Just hours ago, Attorney General Eric Holder made a stunning announcement: the Obama Justice Department will no longer defend the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. According to Holder, our imperial president concluded that the law defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman was "unconstitutional" and ordered him to stop defending it in at least two cases currently before the federal courts.

Excuse me? The president is the chief law enforcement officer, not the chief justice! It is not up to Obama to determine which laws he likes and which laws he doesn't. It is his responsibility to enforce the law until the nation's highest court decides the law does not pass constitutional analysis.

But the most left-wing president in history sees things very differently -- he's here to fundamentally transform America, by, among other things, redefining marriage. He ignored public opinion and bent the rules to force healthcare "reform" down our throats. Unable to get cap and trade through the Democrat-dominated Senate last year, Obama now wants the EPA to implement it. And he does not hesitate to ignore the courts either.

The Obama Administration was recently cited for contempt by a federal judge for continuing its deep-water drilling ban, despite a previous order striking it down. Rather than abiding by Judge Vinson's ruling against ObamaCare, the administration is asking the judge to "clarify" his ruling, while it orders states to continue implementing his big government health scheme.

Today's news should put to rest the lie that Obama has moved to the center or that he learned anything from the "shellacking" his party took at the polls. As he rallies his union allies in the streets of Wisconsin, Obama is aligning himself with the most radical elements in the culture war who are trying to redefine normalcy.

I'll have more on this tomorrow, but I have to be honest with you: I'm worried our side has gone back to sleep. Financial support for our political work has dropped significantly since the elections. But the left is energized. Obama suddenly feels free to abandon the law and let the militant homosexual rights movement force same-sex "marriage" on every state in the nation. A liberal Democrat is urging the unions to "get a little bloody" in the streets.

The Tea Party protests have ebbed while the left-wing radicals are fired up. The momentum seems to have shifted back to the left. If we don't mobilize now, 2012 will reverse every gain we made last November. (Gary Bauer)

Obama Forgets The Unemployed

While America continues to struggle with sky-high unemployment rates, Barack Obama is traveling the country touting his record on jobs. But today's Washington Post notes that one group is never represented whenever Obama talks about jobs -- the unemployed.

According to the Post, Obama has met with businesses executives, community college presidents, bankers and others. But in his eight trips around the country since November, Obama has held "no formal meetings with groups of unemployed people or organizations that advocate for them."

If a conservative Republican had such a record, his "disconnect from reality" would be front page news. But now even the left-wing media is starting to ask questions about the party that claims to "look out for the little guy."

I don't think there is any great mystery about what is at work here. (No pun intended.) Obama and his handlers don't want another Velma Hart moment.

Obama doesn't want to be confronted by an unemployed American who asks about his failed stimulus bill, which was supposed to keep the unemployment rate at 8%. He doesn't want to face a student who can't find a job after graduating college. He doesn't want to face a former small businessman whose company went under from his tax hikes and regulations. The only way for these folks to make their voices heard is by protesting outside of one of Obama's jobs forums. (Gary Bauer)

What Libya Means To You

Yesterday we were critical of Obama's relative silence on the increasing violence in Libya. But his silence on a related issue is equally disturbing. The Associated Press reports that oil prices have reached a two-year high. As I write, the price of oil is hovering around $100 a barrel. Meanwhile, the national average for gasoline is nearly $3.20 a gallon. Why?

Libya is the world's 15th largest oil exporter. Time reports today that Qadhafi has issued orders to his security services "to start sabotaging oil facilities." By one estimate, a quarter of Libya's oil production may already be shut down because of the chaos. And this may be just the beginning. There are reports that a "day of rage" is being planned in Saudi Arabia next month.
Once again we are seeing the foolishness of the left's energy policies, which neglect our own resources while leaving America vulnerable to turbulence in the Middle East. In his State of the Union address, President Obama flippantly remarked that "instead of subsidizing yesterday's energy, let's invest in tomorrow's."

How many of you went to work this week in your solar-powered car? I suspect that it's gasoline getting you to work. How many of you are heating your homes this winter with wind power? Not many, but more than 8 million Americans rely on oil to keep their homes warm. I'm all for developing alternatives, including electrification of the auto fleet. But that will take decades. Oil is not "yesterday's energy," it is what drives our economy today. We will need it tomorrow and we will need it for decades to come.

Yet in spite of this reality, the Obama administration has waged a jihad against America's energy producers. From higher taxes to increased regulations and frivolous lawsuits, Obama and his radical allies have made it more and more difficult for American energy companies to do what they are supposed to do -- find and produce the resources that create the energy we need!

As a result, American energy companies are going bankrupt, jobs are being lost and Americans are facing more pain at the pump. So the next time you go to fill up your tank, don't get mad at the oil companies -- blame the liberal politicians and radical environmentalists. (Gary Bauer)

MD, HW Work to Erode Marriage

The Maryland Senate voted 25-22 today in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. A final vote will be taken Thursday. The House and governor are expected to support the legislation.

"This is about our culture. This is about generations. This is about our children," said Derek McCoy, president of the Association for Maryland Families. "And I think it's fair enough to say that we need to keep marriage the way it's currently defined in this state and not allow one small group to say we want to redefine it for everybody else."

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie is expected to sign legislation today to give the benefits of marriage to same-sex couples. Civil unions would begin Jan. 1, 2012. (CitizenLink)

FRC: Emergency Prayer Vigil

While the odds are against us, FRC President Tony Perkins believes that now is the best opportunity we have had to stop this abuse of both our conscience and tax dollars. Through a series of Planned Parenthood exposes, the veil has been pulled back. We can no longer deny what is happening. We are accountable to pray that our representatives will not turn a blind eye to the women and children who are being exploited.

Planned Parenthood's activities are an affront to our faith, our understanding of what is right and wrong, the dignity of every human being -- born and unborn, Biblical morality as it applies to human sexuality, our God-given parental rights and the sacred jurisdiction and integrity of every family and its God-given responsibility to protect its young, and much, much more. Moreover they are an affront to our Heavenly Father who has conferred on each of us the right to life from the moment of our conception in the womb, especially since we are made in His image and likeness (Ps 139; Gen. 1:26)

Planned Parenthood's lies have been embraced by many decent Americans, including leaders in our federal government. They have an army of dedicated activists who support them, who march, make calls to Congress, and who support candidates who advocate abortion.

This is not just a matter of philosophical, religious, moral education. Spiritual strongholds prevent many hearts from being moved by plain truth regarding abortion and its impact upon the unborn, individuals, families and society.

Only prayer can tear down the spiritual strongholds that have made Planned Parenthood's deadly achievements possible and their acceptance by large numbers of the American people. Only prayer can pull down the strongholds that motivated once pro-life politicians to compromise their faith in God and moral truth, and to abandon any tender compassion for human life -- all for the sake of political ambition.

Prayer Vigil this Friday

Tony is asking pro-life churches, prayer groups, and individuals to help turn the tide by extraordinary prayer over the next few days during this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. He is asking pro-life Christians across America to take just one hour to pray outside their Congressman or one of their Senators' state offices this Friday (click HERE to find them). Tony asks that you simply go onsite and to stand vigil in unobtrusive prayer from Noon until 1 PM. Go in a group or go pray alone but go! Help us make sure that there is prayer outside every Representative and Senator's office this Friday. No protest, no signs, no controversy -- just heartfelt prayer.

• Heavenly Father, we appeal to you on behalf of the lost lives of 50,000,000 aborted babies, we appeal to you on behalf of the young mothers, families and a nation harmed by Planned Parenthood. We pray for your people, who have mostly stood by in silence as this has been done. Please forgive us all!
• Raise up an army of praying believers through whom You can pull down the spiritual strongholds and end taxpayer subsidies for this death-dealing industry. May believers gather at the workplaces of our Representatives and Senators in all 50 states. Turn our Senators' hearts and cause them to vote aright. Orchestrate a Concert of Prayer through that Friday noon hour that will please your heart and undo the dark spiritual forces that have prevailed until now. In Jesus name we pray, Amen

Do join us in prayer at noon this coming Friday at the U.S. Senator's office closest to you, and as always, thank you for praying!

Rev. Pierre Bynum
National Prayer Director
Family Research Council

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