Monday, May 2, 2011

CHPP Daily Brief - May 2, 2011

In This Issue
• The Daily Brief
• The Middle East in Focus
• The Daily Jot
• A Great Day For The USA!
• A Special Prayer
• The Good News Corner
• Worship with Us Today!

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The Daily Brief - Monday, May 2, 2011

"I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand on the earth." (Job 19:25)

"I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." (Psalm 91:2)

The Daily Brief

1. Osama bin Laden Killed by U.S. Strike - ABC News

Osama bin Laden, hunted as the mastermind behind the worst-ever terrorist attack on U.S. soil, has been killed, sources told ABC News.

- Father, it is with mixed emotions we read this headline today. On the one hand we are grateful that justice has been served to a man responsible for the loss of American life. On the other, we know in the heart of every man, including our own, is just as much evil deserving of death. We pray for our hearts, and the hearts of those who seek to replace bin Laden. May this be the turning of a page away from terrorism.

- "You have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it." (Galatians 1:13)

2. Taliban announce beginning of spring offensive - AP

The Taliban on Saturday announced the beginning of their spring military offensive against the U.S.-led coalition, a day after a new Pentagon report claimed that the militants' fighting spirit was low after sustaining heavy losses on the battlefield.

- Father, we know that spring is a time of new beginnings, and that can also be true of war as well. May our leaders not stay in Jerusalem or mentally stay in Washington, but keep their minds and their prayers in the fight. Raise up leaders who will answer the call, win the victory, and give You the glory.

- "It happened in the spring of the year, at the time kings go out to battle, that Joab led out the armed forces and ravaged the country of the people of Ammon, and came and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem. And Joab defeated Rabbah and overthrew it." (1 Chronicles 20:1)

3. Syrian demonstrators vow week of protests to break siege at Dera'a - UK Telegraph

Anti-regime activists in Syria announced a week of protests aimed at breaking the siege of two towns where scores of people have been shot dead in six weeks of unrest.

- Father, sometimes problems get very complicated that are fundamentally very simple. Man can endure injustice for a time, and then his patience runs out. We ask for a swift end to the problems in Syria. Move things around to minimize the bloodshed and maximize the changes that need to be made.

- "Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, And the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, And the fruitful field is counted as a forest. Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, And righteousness remain in the fruitful field. The work of righteousness will be peace, And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever." (Isaiah 32:15-17)

4. Strike on Libya came after West intercepted high-level communications - LA Times

NATO and the U.S. say the building hit was being used as a command-and-control bunker. Mobs loot Western embassies in Tripoli, and Libyan TV shows a body lying in state that is identified as the son of Moammar Kadafi killed in the airstrike.

- Father, some say military action started too soon, and others say not soon enough. It has started, and we ask you to help it finish swiftly and successfully, even within the first 60 days that end on May 18.

- "Then he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, Rise, go out from among my people, both you and the children of Israel. And go, serve the Lord as you have said." (Exodus 12:31)

5. Iranian commander warns Saudi of domestic unrest - MSNBC

One of Iran's top military commanders warned Saudi Arabia on Sunday that its decision to send forces to Bahrain to quell protests by Shiite Muslims would spark unrest at home, a semi-official Iranian news agency reported.

- Father, watching two groups oppose each other and generate internal opposition is beyond what most of us understand from so great a distance, both geographically and theologically. We ask you to work your way and your will among the people and leaders of both Iran and Saudi Arabia. We know Islam with deep roots in both countries is not your will, and we ask you to dry out those roots that they be no more.

- "Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears." (Proverbs 26:17)

6. South Struggles to Assess Toll - Wall Street Journal

Federal officials on Sunday assessed the damage from last week's storms that killed more than 340 people across the South as residents continued the rebuilding process that is expected to cost billions of dollars. Authorities are still sifting through the destruction from an 80-mile-long, 1.5-mile-tornado that tore through Tuscaloosa and Birmingham in central Alabama, killing at least 65 people and injuring more than 1,000. The weather service has categorized that tornado as "at least'' an EF-4, with winds of at least 165 miles an hour.

- Father, we have seen your raw power in nature and the destruction and fury unleashed. We ask you to turn the hearts of the people to you, and heal them. Be with those who remain and rebuild.

- "The LORD will strike Egypt with a plague; he will strike them and heal them. They will turn to the LORD, and he will respond to their pleas and heal them." (Isaiah 19:22)

7. US Appeals Court Overturns Ban On Stem-Cell Funding - Wall Street Journal

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the federal government can continue to fund research involving human embryonic stem cells, a significant legal victory for the Obama administration.

- Father, we know this great question in our time is made all the more difficult to communicate and be understood by others, when the headlines and reports lack primary clarification of the issue in question here. So often this is called "Stem-Cell" when the main question at hand is "embryonic stem cell" research. It's not stem cells or the research on them that is the issue. It's the destruction of human embryos that we know You oppose. We ask first and foremost that all the reporting on this question would become clear and that reporters would use clear language. Then, we ask that this research would not only not be funded, but that any research that would involve the destruction of human life would be made illegal.

- "And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness." (Exodus 24:10)

The Middle East in Focus

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

"Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto Your name give glory, for Your mercy, and for Your truth's sake. Why should the nations say, Where is their God? But our God is in the heavens. He has done whatever He has pleased." (Psalm 115:1-3)

1. Egypt calls on US to recognize Palestinian state - AFP

Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil al-Arabi on Sunday called on the United States to recognise a Palestinian state, as rival Palestinian factions prepare to sign a reconciliation accord in Cairo.

2. Netanyahu: Hamas-Fatah unity deal should worry all those who care about peace - Ha'aretz

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet Sunday that a recent unity agreement between long-warring Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah should be a cause for concern for "all those in the world who aspire to see peace between us and our Palestinian neighbors."

3. Israel suspends tax transfer to PA - Ynet News

Israel has suspended the transfer of tax revenue to the Palestinian Authority in response to its alliance with Hamas, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Sunday.

4. Israel tells UN of 'concern' at Palestinian unity - AFP

Israel expressed its concern Saturday to the UN about a reconciliation deal between Palestinian factions, as Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniya said he was ready to resign as part of the pact.

The Daily Jot

Prophetic Possibilities in wake of bin Laden's death

May 1 will go down as a very powerful day in American history. After nearly a decade of hunting the "principality of Persia" for the mastermind of the 911 attacks and head of al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden is dead and buried. He was buried at sea so that Muslims would not have a body to commemorate and rally around. The man who occupies the Oval Office announced the death of bin Laden, and of course, took complete credit for the killing, while giving some praise to American troops who actually carried out the operation Pakistan. Politics aside, Americans should rejoice that an enemy of the Republic and murderer of innocent men, women and children is dead.

Bin Laden and his entourage, in the hallmark cowardly fashion of Islamic terrorists, tried to hide behind a woman as a shield before a US Navy Seal shot him in the head. The long awaited departure of this antichrist spirit will undoubtedly spur the Islamic world into a frenzy against the United States and Israel. And we as Americans must keep in mind that cutting off the head of this beast does not end its danger against mankind. Government officials have issued a warning to Americans to be particularly aware of activity around all mosques and Islamic centers, as the FOX News reporter said, "for obvious reasons." There are tremendous spiritual implications for the removal of bin Laden.

Daniel received a vision on the banks of the Hidekel river. The Lord's messenger was delayed 21 days by the "spiritual" prince of Persia, before he could reach Daniel with an interpretation. The watershed of the Hidekel river includes Turkey, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Kuwait. The Neo-Persian empire extended throughout the Middle East with the exception of Saudi Arabia--the birthplace of bin Laden. Bin Laden represented and led the forces of Islamic evil on earth throughout this principality. While America's president has turned a blind eye toward al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood in revolt across the Middle East, he can claim credit for killing bin Laden, which will embolden the principality.

Osama bin Laden perhaps has been sacrificed for the greater good of Islam. As he is martyred and the demonic spirits stirred in the wake of his death, a type and shadow of the Revelation 13:3 prophecy about the beast that rose from the sea comes to mind: "And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast." One of the heads of the beast of Islam has been dealt a death blow and was put to burial in the sea. bin Laden was an inspiration to this beast while he was alive, and he is even more so now that he has achieved Islamic martyrdom. The world will wonder as this beast will arise with greater force in the name of peace, unity and death. And you may be surprised at who is in league with it.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!

Bill Wilson

A Great Day For The USA!

Nearly 10 years ago Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda struck a deadly blow against the United States. In New York, Washington, D.C., and a field in Pennsylvania, thousands of Americans died as a result of a brutal, unprovoked attack on our country. In the decade that followed, the U.S. military has methodically tracked down an taken out many of the people responsible for that act of war. Yesterday, Osama bin Laden received justice. I am certain that today he is beginning his eternal suffering without the virgins he anticipated would be his reward, and is discovering that, no matter how many times he and his jihadists shouted "Allah Akbar," his god is not "the greatest."
As the news spread last night the American spirit could be seen again. Spontaneous crowds gathered to celebrate at Ground Zero, outside the White House and on college campuses all over America. Students at West Point and the Naval Academy, our future military officers, roared their approval. Americans chanted "USA! USA!" and sang the Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America.

Nothing can bring back the thousands lost on 9/11, or the thousands more who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the elimination of bin Laden will bring some measure of comfort to all who have experienced great sorrows and loss in combating the death-worshipping jihadists who have declared war on Judeo-Christian civilization.

In the days that follow, the long-term military, political and strategic implications of this momentous event will become clearer, and I will comment at length on what the future may hold. But for now, let us thank the brave men and women in uniform who protect us and our intelligence community for tracking bin Laden down. And let us rededicate ourselves to defeating an enemy that even now wants to bring to us and our allies sorrows greater than the sorrows we have already experienced. God Bless America! (Gary Bauer)

A Special Prayer

A Special Prayer for the Victims of the Tornadoes

Dear Father, Tonight, we come to You with saddened hearts, as we see so many who are without homes, family members, and belongings. Father, thank You for sparing lives, and for comforting those who have lost loved ones. Father, may they find their family photos, momentos of times past, and may the memories from their photos bring comfort. Father, bless those who have nothing to start over with.

May there be help coming from the state, federal agencies, not to mention from community outreaches, and other helping hands. Bless all these people, and may they begin to focus upon all those things which are most important, and draw near to You right now, as never before. Father, help the city fathers bring their communities together, in peace, and may the power of the Holy Spirit move in all areas, bringing families, communities, closer, than ever before. In Jesus' name, I pray, thanking You for good news coming in the next weeks and months to come.

We pray, believing, thanking You, giving You all glory and praise, Amen

Sandra [Thank you, Sandra, for expressing what is in all of our hearts today. Amen.]

The Good News Corner:

The Heavens Declare the Glory of God: NASA Explorer Delivers Pictures of Millions of Galaxies, Stars, Asteroids

Astronomers across the globe can now sift through hundreds of millions of galaxies, stars and asteroids collected in the first bundle of data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission.

"Starting today thousands of new eyes will be looking at WISE data, and I expect many surprises," said Edward (Ned) Wright of UCLA, the mission's principal investigator.

WISE launched into space on Dec. 14, 2009 on a mission to map the entire sky in infrared light with greatly improved sensitivity and resolution over its predecessors. From its polar orbit, it scanned the skies about one-and-a-half times while collecting images taken at four infrared wavelengths of light. It took more than 2.7 million images over the course of its mission, capturing objects ranging from faraway galaxies to asteroids relatively close to Earth. . .

The mission's nearby discoveries included 20 comets, more than 33,000 asteroids between Mars and Jupiter, and 133 near-Earth objects (NEOs), which are those asteroids and comets with orbits that come within 28 million miles (about 45 million kilometers) of Earth's path around the sun. The satellite went into hibernation in early February of this year.

So far, the WISE mission has released dozens of colorful images of the cosmos, in which infrared light has been assigned colors we see with our eyes. A slide show of some of the best pictures can be viewed by clicking on the link below. To see the entire collection, go here. (Source: NASA. Reported by Breaking Christian News.)

To read this article in its entirety, go here.

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands." (Psalm 19:1)

Worship with Us Today!

"The Journey" with music by Michael Talbott:

"Here I Am, Lord!"

We are praising God today for this beautiful video. Amen!