Wednesday, April 6, 2011

CHPP Daily Brief - April 6, 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 - Wednesday, April 6, 2011

"I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work." (John 9:4)

The Daily Brief

1. No Budge on Budget, Showdown Nears - Fox News

With a time for the next round of spending talks between White House and congressional leaders unclear, a federal shutdown this weekend appears likely.

- Father, we bind the spirits of division, pride, and greed on Capitol Hill, and we take authority over fleshly actions. We declare that our source is You and not Congress. We ask that waste be removed with wisdom, remembering that with all actions, real people are involved in the repercussions.

- "You have delivered me from the strivings of the people" (Psalm 43:1a)

2. Defense Secretary Gates, Saudi king to discuss Mideast unrest - Reuters

Defense Secretary Robert Gates visited Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter and a major buyer of U.S. arms, on Wednesday to reaffirm U.S. support for a country that is a regional anchor of U.S. security policy.

- Lord, we pray that this uprising will not bring disaster to America, or to the people of Saudi Arabia. We pray that freedoms will begin to flow in the Saudi nation. We ask that this meeting with Mr. Gates will bring good fruit, as well as protection from radical elements within the government and society of Saudi Arabia.

- "But for him who is joined to all the living there is hope" (Ecclesiastes 9:4a)

3. A) Rising oil prices beginning to hurt US economy - AP

Just when companies have finally stepped up hiring, rising oil prices are threatening to halt the U.S. economy's gains.

B) Oil could hit $200-$300 on Saudi unrest-Yamani - Reuters

Oil prices could rocket to $200- $300 a barrel if the world's top crude exporter Saudi Arabia is hit by serious political unrest, former Saudi oil minister Sheikh Zaki Yamani told Reuters on Tuesday.

- Father, we ask for mercy over the prices of oil in America and over our economy. We ask that our government begin to work toward self-sustaining oil production in our own vast resources rather than use of foreign oil. In the short term, Lord, we come before You with humility and ask for Your provision for all during these difficult times.

- "I will abundantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her poor with bread. I will also clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints shall shout aloud for joy." (Psalm 132:15,16)

4. More State Bills Are Targeting Abortion - USA Today

Legislatures in more than 30 states are weighing -- and in some cases passing -- many fast-moving bills to restrict abortion rights in a blitz that could prompt the Supreme Court to revisit the issue.

- Lord, we thank You that these states are moving forward with legislation to restrict abortions. We ask You to visit the Supreme Court with dreams and visions to show them that a fetus is a child. We pray for righteous actions on the part of all courts who will hear the appeals against these laws.

- "I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city." (Isaiah 1:26)

5. Fear, hunger grip Tripoli as Gadhafi cracks down - Washington Times

Thousands of people in Tripoli live in fear of secret police as they struggle with a shortage of food and fuel approaching a humanitarian crisis, several current and former residents of the Libyan capital said Tuesday.

- Lord, we pray for the people of Libya as Gadhafi continues to go off the deep end. We ask that You will remove the wicked from power, but bring the people of that nation into a government that is balanced and just. We pray for the moving of Your Spirit to touch their hearts, a provision of food, and protection against the secret police.

- "Upon the wicked He will rain coals, fire and brimstone and a burning wind; this shall be the portion of their cup." (Psalm 11:6)

6. A) Nitrogen to Be Injected at Crippled Japan Nuke Plant to Prevent Explosion - Fox News

The Tokyo Electric Power Co. prepared Wednesday to inject nitrogen into a reactor at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant to prevent an explosion, Kyodo News reports.

Nitrogen is expected to be injected into the Unit 1 reactor, a process that could take several days, the Japanese news agency reports.

B) U.S. Sees Array of New Threats at Japan's Nuclear Plant - NY Times

United States government engineers sent to help with the crisis in Japan are warning that the troubled nuclear plant there is facing a wide array of fresh threats that could persist indefinitely, and that in some cases are expected to increase as a result of the very measures being taken to keep the plant stable, according to a confidential assessment prepared by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

- Father, we call for Your restoration, and we stand in the gap for the people of Japan as their nuclear crisis continues to destroy their livelihoods, their future, their resources. We pray that whatever actions are taken would work to stem the flow of nuclear material into the ocean, land, and air. We call for Your mercy over this people who do not know you, and Your protection for those who do.

- "So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found none." (Ezekiel 22:30)

The Middle East in Focus

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

For, behold, in those days - when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for My people and My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and divided My land. (Joel 3:1-2)

1. Obama: Changes in Mideast make Israel-Palestinian peace more urgent than ever - Ha'aretz

Obama said on Tuesday that with the winds of change sweeping the broader Middle East it was "more urgent than ever" to find a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

2. Ahmadinejad: U.S. seeking to divide Jordan to form Palestinian state - Ha'aretz

The United States is leading an effort to annex a part of Jordan to the West Bank, thus enlarging the future Palestinians state, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a press conference on Monday, adding that the alleged move was meant to protect Israel's security.

3. US welcomes Goldstone retraction - Ynet News

The American State Department responded Tuesday, for the first time, to Judge Richard Goldstone's retraction of his Operation Cast Lead findings, saying: "We've made clear from when the Goldstone Report was initially presented, and maintained ever since, that we didn't see any evidence that the Israeli government had intentionally targeted civilians or otherwise engaged in any war crimes," State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner said.

4. New initiative bases peace on '67 lines - Ynet News

The stalemate plaguing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process has prompted several former senior defense establishment figures, including ex-Mossad and Shin Bet chiefs, to publish their own version of a new peace initiative.

5. Rabbi calls for sacrifice on Temple Mount - Ynet News

The annual attempts to resume the Passover sacrifice received a first significant rabbinical backing recently. Safed's Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, a prominent religious Zionism leader, has called on the public to perform the sacrifice mitzvah on the eve of the Jewish holiday, in about two weeks.

The Daily Jot

The prophecy of Christ and the burning of the Koran

On March 20, Florida Pastor Terry Jones burned a Koran. The press didn't cover it. 11 days later Muslims found out about it and used it as an excuse to embark on a worldwide bloodletting campaign. The Muslim anger boiled over in Afghanistan where some 12 people were killed when the angry Islamists stormed a United Nations compound. Now let us not forget that in May 2009 the United States military confiscated and burned Bibles in an attempt to appease Islamists in Afghanistan that the US military was not trying to convert Muslims to Christianity. There were no deaths associated with the Bible burnings. But since the Muslims found out about the burning of one Koran, there have been over 20 killed and dozens injured.

The reaction from the American government is disgraceful. While the White House directly condemned the violence, Press Secretary Jay Carney also said, "We absolutely condemn the burning of a holy text. We think it's un-American and inappropriate." General David Petraeus, commander of the forces in Afghanistan, said the Koran burning "was hateful, it was intolerant and it was extremely disrespectful and again, we condemn it in the strongest manner possible." The press was even more disgraceful. On MSNBC's Hardball former Democratic operative Chuck Todd and Time Magazine World editor Bobby Ghosh had a very unique exchange characterizing the Koran as more holy than the Bible.

Ghosh said, "The thing to keep in mind that`s very important here is that the Koran to Muslims, it is not - it is not the same as the Bible to Christians. The Bible is a book written by men. It is acknowledged by Christians that it is written by men. It`s the story of Jesus. But the Koran, if you are a believer, if you`re a Muslim, the Koran is directly the word of God, not written by man. It is transcribed, is directly the word of God. That makes it sacred in a way that it`s hard to understand if you`re not Muslim. So the act of burning a Koran is much more - potentially much, much more inflammatory than -" Todd interrupted, "directly attacking, directly attacking God." And Ghosh finished, "than if you were to burn a, burn a Bible."

Let it be clear that I do not support Pastor Jones' provocative action. I do not believe, however, it is un-American to burn the manual Islam is using to war with Israel and America. The Koran is not the holy word of God. It was written by a psychopathic pedophiliac warlord. American politicians and generals need to grow some backbone and say that anyone killing someone because of a book burning will be hunted down and killed like the thug they are. This incident is certainly indicative of what Jesus Christ prophesied in Matthew 24:8-9 when he said, "All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake." And our government and media is fueling the flames.

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

The Good News Corner:

Florida Takes Up Pro-Life Bills

The Florida Senate Health Regulation Committee voted 7-5 on Monday in favor of legislation that would provide a woman with an ultrasound and information on her preborn baby before an abortion.

"Ultimately, in any procedure, whether I am having a hysterectomy, whether I have breast cancer, I am the patient," Sen. Ronda Storms, the Republican sponsor of the bill, told The Tampa Tribune.

"And I am entitled to have all information that is available to me. What this bill does, it says that a doctor or obstetrician or any health care provider cannot . . . withhold information from a woman who is coming to get medical services."

Planned Parenthood -- the nation's largest abortion business -- joined Democrats and the American Civil Liberties Union in opposing the bill. Democratic Sen. Eleanor Sobel claimed the measure makes women "second-class citizens" and "insults their intelligence." The same bill was vetoed last year by then-Gov. Charlie Crist.

Republican Gov. Rick Scott said recently: "I've been pro-life all my life, and I'm going to be a pro-life governor. I let people know my position. I've not surprised people."

John Stemberger, president of the Florida Family Policy Council, said he was encouraged by two efforts that would stop taxpayer dollars from paying for abortions.

"We've very excited about both a constitutional amendment that will be on the ballot in 2012, if it's passed," he explained, "in addition to another collateral bill regarding the health access loophole -- to prohibit any public funding of abortions."

The health committee will soon vote on legislation that would protect late-term preborn babies, and a bill that would strengthen parental-notification laws. (CitizenLink)

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