Tuesday, March 1, 2011

CHPP Daily Brief - March 1, 2011

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 - Tuesday, March 1, 2011

" . . . you are my refuge in the day of disaster." (Jer. 17:17b)

The Daily Brief

1. Financial terrorism suspected in 2008 economic crash - Washington Times

Evidence outlined in a Pentagon contractor report suggests that financial subversion carried out by unknown parties, such as terrorists or hostile nations, contributed to the 2008 economic crash by covertly using vulnerabilities in the U.S. financial system.

- Father, we thank you for bringing to light efforts to bring down our financial system. We ask you to close financial doors to those who would seek to destroy the work of your people.

- "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning." (James 1:17)

2. Blame for possible government shutdown is divided - Washington Post

Americans are divided over who would be to blame for a potential government shutdown. Thirty-six percent say Republicans would be at fault if the two sides cannot reach a budget deal in time to avert a temporary stoppage of government services, and just about as many, 35 percent, say primary responsibility would rest with the Obama administration. Nearly one in five say the two camps would be equally culpable.

- Father, we thank you that the government has not yet shut down. Please calm the nerves of those who are hyperventilating about our economy - and government in particular. We need a surgeon on our economy, not a psychologist or a lawyer. We need economic healing, desperately.

- "The whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all." (Luke 6:19)

3. Jobs in peril as U.S. startups decline - Washington Times

The New York Stock Exchange's plan to merge with Deutsche Borse, while promising more efficiency for investors in global stocks, may hurt small U.S. enterprises that are finding it increasingly difficult to tap into the stock market so they can grow and create jobs.

- Lord, sometimes the worst economic times bring the best opportunity to start a business. We ask you to give courage to business owners to take risks, wisdom to ensure they build a firm economic foundation, and people to support them in that process. You be our economic engine.

- "The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein." (Psalm 24:1)

4. Wisconsin governor gives Democrats ultimatum - Reuters

Republican Governor Scott Walker on Monday gave absent Democratic lawmakers an ultimatum to return to Wisconsin within 24 hours and vote on a proposal to reduce the power of public sector unions or the state would miss out on a huge debt restructuring.

- Lord, we thank you for the courage of our state governors. Some take the heat more than others, and we thank you for Governor Walker. We ask that you would give him a humble heart - and the legislators, business leaders, and labor leaders in Wisconsin.

- "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men." (Philippians 2:5-7)

5. Infamous UK Cleric Plans Thursday Sharia Rally in D.C.: 'Rise to Implement the Shari'ah in America' - The Blaze

This coming Fourth of July, Muslims are planning a "Million Muslim March" in D.C. to "re-establish the feelings of brother and sisterhood among Muslim Americans" and start the "healing" process after 9/11. And while there is no indication that rally will dabble in Sharia law, a different D.C. march scheduled for Thursday boldly declares its goal of bringing Sharia law "directly to the doorsteps of the United States of America."

- Lord, we ask that you would uproot anything in our nation that has taken root against your ways.

- "Thus says the Lord: Stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls." (Jeremiah 6:16)

6. Saudi Arabia Sends Tanks to Riot-Hit Bahrain - RIA Novosti

Saudi Arabia has sent dozens of tanks to Bahrain, where anti-government protests continue for about two weeks, Egypt's Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper said on Tuesday.

- Lord, the Middle East and its power structures continue to unravel and spread from country to country. Use this for your glory, for the peace of Jerusalem, and to bring justice to the people and the people to Yourself. We pray for a generational change of leadership throughout the Middle East that would bring honor and glory to Jesus Christ.

- "Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God" (1 Chronicles 22:19)

7. Pro-Qaddafi Forces Try to Retake Strategic City - Fox News

Government opponents in rebel-held Zawiya repelled an attempt by forces loyal to Muammar Qaddafi to retake the city closest to the capital in six hours of fighting overnight, witnesses said Tuesday.

- Father, we pray for the innocent lives caught in the crossfire. We pray for the hands that shed innocent blood, that they would know you. We pray for Muammar Gaddafi, that he would come to know you. We pray for Libya and it's people. We pray for governing structures and the leaders who will fill them, that both would honor, love and glorify You.

- "There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it: Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man." (Ecclesiastes 9:14-15)

The Middle East in Focus

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

" . . . I will contend with him who contends with you . . . " (Isaiah 49:25b)

1. Poll: Americans still favorable towards Israel - Ynet News

Obama and The Most Honorable Benjamin Netanyahu's relationship may be shaky, the peace process is deadlocked - but Americans still have our backs. The latest Gallup Poll reveals that the majority of Americans, about 63%, continued to rate Israel favorably in 2011.

2. Jerusalem court indicts 17 pro-settlement protesters - Ha'aretz

A Jerusalem court indicted on Tuesday seventeen pro-settlement protesters who had demonstrated against the tearing down of a West Bank outpost the previous day, seven of whom are minors.

3. Palestinians try to create 'Facebook revolution' - AP

The mass demonstrations sweeping the Middle East are touching the Palestinian territories, where West Bank and Gaza Strip activists are trying to organize their own "Facebook revolutions."

The Daily Jot

Egypt, Israel and America and the prophetic destiny

Since the United States forced the resignation of Egypt's dictator Hosni Mubarak, many have been trying to discern prophetically what this means. The recent history of Egypt lends some insight. The establishment of Israel in 1948 fulfilled many prophecies of the return of the Jews to their homeland, and it likely set the prophetic clock in motion. Egypt has played a major role in war and peace in the Middle East since then. And prior to that, in ancient history Egypt played a major role in God's plan for mankind--the lineage of Jesus Christ was preserved by Joseph becoming powerful there; the Christ was protected after Herod's decree to kill firstborn males; the Jews were preserved there in bondage.

Isaiah Chapter 19 lends us insight into God's prophetic plan for Egypt. The chapter begins with the Lord riding upon a cloud into Egypt, moving the idols aside and melting Egypt's heart. Herein, He sets the Egyptians against the Egyptians, brother against brother, neighbor against neighbor. And Egypt is given over to a cruel leader whereas the entire well being of Egypt is diminished. In their depression and oppression, the LORD eventually heals Egypt and there will be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria (modern day Iraq) and Assyria and Egypt will serve together, and in verse 19:24, "In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land."

Since 1948, Egypt has warred with Israel no less than three times. In 1952, Gamel Nasser rose to power after a bloody revolution and civil war in Egypt, in part the result of Egypt's defeat by Israel in 1948. Nasser established Arab socialism in Egypt and his policies provoked the Six Day War in 1967 where Israel gained Sinai, Gaza and the Golan Heights. After Nasser died, Anwar Sadat was elected leader. He attacked Israel in 1973 and gained back the Sinai after peace negotiations. By 1977, Sadat's policies resulted in riots in Egypt and he was assassinated by a group associated with the Muslim Brotherhood. Mubarak then became president. It appears that Isaiah 19 is in various stages of fulfillment.

Zechariah 14:14-19 offers more insight. After the day of the Lord, the nations that come against Jerusalem, including Egypt, are expected to go up from year to year to worship the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. Verse 18-19 says "And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the Lord will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of the tabernacles. This shall be the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles." These are very important prophecies, some that are in play today. America's role in them determines to some extent our prophetic destiny. Right now, we are involved in ushering in deeper evil.

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

The Good News Corner

State Legislation Could Save Babies CitizenLink staff reports

The Arizona House gave initial approval today to legislation that would add regulations for abortion clinics, provide ultrasounds to women before abortions and remove a tax credit for Planned Parenthood donors.

The first bill would apply state requirements to all abortion clinics uniformly, including those that sell the abortion pill RU-486 but do not perform abortions. It also would allow a woman to see an ultrasound image of her baby before an abortion. A second bill would prevent Planned Parenthood donors from qualifying for certain tax credits. The legislation now heads to the Senate.

In Virginia, pro-life lawmakers also are using regulations to try to save more babies. Legislation that would treat the state's 21 abortion clinics like hospitals is headed to the desk of Gov. Bob McDonnell, who has said he will sign it.

"I think it's fair to say that all outpatient surgical hospitals or clinics should be regulated in the same way, and I think this bill will do that," McDonnell said Thursday.

Democratic state Sen. Janet D. Howell said the bill could force many of the state's 21 clinics to close.

Victoria Cobb, president of The Family Foundation of Virginia, celebrated the victory.

"After more than two decades . . . Virginia's abortion centers will no longer be able to hide behind a veil of politically motivated secrecy," she said.

A New Hampshire House committee is considering a parental notification bill that would require minors to notify their parents 48 hours before having an abortion. It would resurrect a law that was repealed four years ago.


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