Tuesday, May 24, 2011

CHPP Daily Brief - May 24, 2011

In This Issue
• The Daily Brief
• The Middle East in Focus
• The Daily Jot

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The Daily Brief - Tuesday, May 24, 2011

For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem's sake I will not remain quiet, till her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch. (Isaiah 62:1)

The Daily Brief

1. Israeli P.M. Benjamin Netanyahu Addresses Joint Session of Congress - Fox News

Says Security Must Come First in Mideast Peace Talks

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that Israel "will be generous" in giving back land to establish a Palestinian state, but will not return to the 1967 borders and will not agree to a divided Jerusalem.

Netanyahu, in an address before a joint meeting of Congress, outlined his terms for peace following a dispute with President Obama over the boundaries of a future Palestinian state. Obama last week called for a two-state solution based on Israel's borders before the 1967 Six Day War. Netanyahu, along with pro-Israel members of Congress, said those lines would endanger the security of Israel -- a claim the prime minister repeated Tuesday.

"Israel will not return to the indefensible boundaries of 1967," he said. "Israel will be generous on the size of the Palestinian state, but we'll be very firm on where we put the border with it. . . Peace must be anchored in security," Netanyahu said. Read more.

- Offer a chorus of praise for the strong support that was demonstrated today by our Congress for Mr. Netanyahu, and for Israel. Give thanks, too, for his brilliantly articulated speech, leaving no doubt where Israel now stands on several U.S.- Israeli policy issues. May the anointing and favor that rests upon Mr. Netanyahu continue to increase, as that of his enemies decrease. Amen.

- "Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker." (2 Samuel 3:1)

2. Death Toll From Missouri Tornado Tops 100 as Authorities Report Handful of Rescues - Fox News

Rescue crews dug through piles of splintered houses and crushed cars Monday in a search for victims of a half-mile-wide tornado that killed at least 116 people when it blasted much of this Missouri town off the map and slammed straight into its hospital.

- Father, our heart goes out to the victims and families who have been affected by this especially destructive tornado. We pray for healing for the injured who hang in the balance; and we pray for comfort for those who have survived and must face rebuilding their lives. With You, all things are possible, and we pray for these devastated people to know You and Your power to restore what the enemy has taken.

- "For the Lord shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places: and he will make her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and voice of melody." (Isaiah 51:3) KJV

3.Tornado Season Is Deadliest Since 1953 - Wall Street Journal

Despite the heavy toll, the storm system that spawned the tornado wasn't unusual for this time of year, say meteorologists. The high death toll resulted from the twister's path through a commercial area including a hospital, a nursing home, a row of crowded restaurants and several large stores. The winds, while as high as 198 miles per hour, weren't unusual for powerful springtime tornadoes in parts of the U.S.

- Lord, we pray for mercy as our country goes through hard times because of tornadoes, floods, and drought. We pray we turn to You wholeheartedly in times of distress and even lack. We repent for the failures of our leaders to carry through with Godly decisions. We repent for apathy we see in the Body of Christ. We seek Your face and turn from our wicked ways. We look to You for all our needs and we tell the enemy to cease and desist from harming our land in this manner.

- "And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm." (Mark 4:39) KJV

4. Dense Ash Cloud From Icelandic Volcano Due Tuesday Morning - Fox News

A volcanic eruption in Iceland over the weekend flung ash, smoke and steam miles into the air, and belched forth a plume of dense that is bearing down on Scotland -- and could disrupt flights there as early as Monday night, Britain's Met Office said.

- Father, please spare us the widespread disruptions in air travel that were caused last year. If you are speaking to us, or perhaps some in high places about repentence, please make it clear.

- "Mount Sinai was wrapped in smoke, for the Lord descended upon it in fire; it's smoke ascended like that of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly" (Exodus 19:18)

5. Rand Paul threatens to hold up Patriot Act - Politico

A bill extending provisions of the Patriot Act that expire this week easily cleared a major hurdle in the Senate on Monday, but it could face delays if Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) decides not to hold votes on proposed changes to the legislation.

- Father, we again thank you for your care over our Country. May the strength, anointing, resolve, unity and spirit of compromise released by the Lion of Judah, remain in the chamber, affecting position shifts resulting in fast final passage.

- "The Children of Your servants shall dwell safely and continue, and their descendents shall be established before you" (Psalm 108:28)

6. Lawmaker Urges U.S. to Cut Foreign Aid to Mideast - Fox News

While America's standing in the Middle East couldn't get much lower, you wouldn't know it looking at the U.S. foreign aid budget. Of proposed U.S. assistance for 2012, almost two-thirds is earmarked for Muslim nations and one-third goes to Arab countries. Yet, despite those billions in aid, opinion polls show most Arab citizens still have an unfavorable view of America and most Muslim nations routinely vote against U.S. interests in the United Nations.

"If we are giving money to countries consistently voting against our interest, we ought to cut them off," says Congressman Steve Chabot (R-OH) who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. "But Congress is going to need to get some backbone here because it consistently gives Presidents the ability to waive the cutoff of that money." Read more.

- Pray that legislation will be introduced to cut off the funds that are now going to our enemies. In this time of economic distress, to do otherwise would be foolish.

- "For evildoers shall be cut off; But those who wait on the LORD, They shall inherit the earth." (Psalm 37:9)

7. Supreme Court Rules California Must Free Tens of Thousands of Inmates - Fox News

A sharply divided Supreme Court Monday affirmed a controversial prisoner reduction plan forced on California prison administrators that requires the state to reduce its inmate population by tens-of-thousands to ease overcrowding.

- Lord, we pray for better wisdom for the Supreme Court of our land. We pray they make judgments more wisely than this ruling on Monday. We pray that they will get their priorities right and that honest men and women will be protected from those who are soon to be released. We pray for You to make changes in the lives of those released so that they are not a menace to society.

- "Wisdom is better than weapons of war" (Ecclesiastes 9:18a") KJV

8. EU tightens sanctions against Syrian president, Iran - Jerusalem Post

The European Union tightened sanctions against Syria by imposing restrictions on Syrian President Bashar Assad on Monday, raising pressure on his government to end violence against protesters, EU diplomats said.

- Father, we ask that you will enable other ideas and avenues of raising pressure on Syrian and Iranian officials and assets, as Human Rights group claims 1062 documented deaths since March.

- "He will redeem their lives from oppression and fraud and violence, and precious and costly shall their blood be in His sight. " (Psalm 72:14)

The Middle East in Focus

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

For Zion's Sake. I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth (Isaiah 62:6,7))

1. Fatah, Hamas make progress on accord: Russian FM - AFP

Russia said on Monday that rival Palestinian leaders from Fatah and Hamas had further bridged their differences and made progress on the details of a new Palestinian reconciliation accord.

2. Obama to AIPAC: UN vote won't create Palestine - Ynet News

Obama spoke before an AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) conference in Washington Sunday, amid rumored tensions with both Jreusalem and the Jewish community in the United States, following his Mideast policy speech last week.

The Daily Jot

Of Prophetic fruits and Political fruits

On August 18, 2005, Israeli settlers were forcibly removed from their homes in Gaza by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Sharon was acting under tremendous pressure from US President George W. Bush. Less than four months later Sharon suffered a stroke and remains in a coma. It was during that mid-August time frame that what would become the deadliest American hurricane in 77 years was forming. At the same time homosexuals in New Orleans were planning a large rally. Hurricane Katrina slammed into the US coast on August 25 and left some 1,836 deaths in its wake. The news media blistered Bush on his lack of response to the people who suffered and died from Katrina.

Fast forward to today. The current president has placed continued pressure on Israel to return to indefensible 1967 borders and give the rest of the land to hostile Arabs and terrorists in the name of peace. . . . He has publicly sided with Islam and the Islamic revolution throughout the Middle East in making it US policy to overthrow governments there in the name of reform. As in Egypt, democracy ushered in control by the previously banned Muslim Brotherhood, another terrorist group, now supported by the White House. During this time frame, tornados and floods have covered the United States in record numbers. Floodwaters have been so deep that the Mississippi River flowed backwards.

Obama has denied federal disaster assistance to Texas. Obama did not carry Texas in the 2008 election. He has diverted flood waters of the Mississippi away from Cairo, Illinois, population 2,831, by opening levees that flooded thousands of acres of farmland in states he did not carry. Cairo, in the president's home state, voted heavily for him in 2008. Now comes the disaster in Joplin, Missouri. A horrible tornado has destroyed the town of 50,150 people with another 124,000 living in the greater metropolitan areas. There have been 116 reported deaths with more expected. Only 33% of Jasper County, where Joplin is, voted for the president in 2008.
Where is Obama while the midwest is suffering this horrible time of disaster, of which most there did not vote for him? He is in Ireland partying. There are two issues here: One is the very confirm-able fact that every time a president pressures Israel to give up its land, there has been disaster in America. The second is that this president is partying while his nation is suffering, and those areas where people voted for him like Cairo are receiving better treatment than those who voted for his opponent (the entirety of states below Illinois along the Mississippi). Jesus told us in Matthew 7:14 about the ravening wolves in sheep's clothing. He said, "Ye shall know them by their fruits." Indeed.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson