Tuesday, June 28, 2011

CHPP Daily Brief - Tuesday, June 28, 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, June 28, 2011

"When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness." (Isaiah 29:9b)

The Daily Brief

1. Afghanistan's Intercontinental Hotel Under Attack by Suicide Bombers - Fox News

The popular Intercontinental hotel in Kabul has come under a suicide bombing attack Tuesday, a U.S. official told Fox News. The attack is still ongoing.

Afghanistan news agency TOLOnews is reporting at least 10 people have been killed. That number has yet to be independently confirmed.

Afghan officials say four suicide bombers and four gunmen attacked the hotel. Multiple explosions have been heard on the property.

- Father, we pray for all those in harms way. Protect the officials and guests at this hotel. We pray the plan of the enemy will cease, In the Name of Jesus! May the enemy withdraw and fall back, and be confounded, In Jesus Name.

- Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me! Draw out also the spear and javelin and close up the way of those who pursue and persecute me. Let them be turned back and confounded who plan my hurt! Let them be as chaff before the wind, with the Angel of the Lord driving them on! (Psalm 35: 1-5)

2. Fear and trembling in Saudi Arabia - Jerusalem Post

Saudi Arabia's Harrat Lunayyir lava field doesn't seem the kind of place that would generate much concern from anyone. Rocky where it isn't covered by sand, the area is bereft of vegetation and human habitation. Summer temperatures can exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit. True, it is pockmarked with cones formed by eruptions, but those were formed quite a long time ago. But, correctly or not, many Saudis worry about Harrat Lunayyir. Two years ago the area was shaken by a so-called swarm of over 30,000 mini-earthquakes, which geologists say was caused by magma flows deep underground. The swarm left a five-mile long fissure and forced some 40,000 people to evacuate their homes. Read more.

- Lord, we know in Your Word there will be mighty and violent earthquakes in various places. We pray mercy upon those who will be in the midst of the great misery and anguish of that land.

- There will be mighty and violent earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences; and there will be sights of terror and great signs from heaven. (Luke 21:11)

3.a.) Iran reveals underground ballistic missile silos - Jerusalem Post

Iran unveiled underground ballistic missile silos for the first time on Monday in a warning to the world of its ability to protect its missiles and secretly store them in hidden locations throughout the country.

b.) Iran to hold 10-day military exercise in response to growing U.S. presence in region - Ha'aretz

Iranian state television says Tehran will hold 10 days of ground, naval and missile exercises starting this week.

- Father, let this nation be snared in the work of their own hands. Arise, O Lord, put them in fear. Make them to know their frail nature.

- The nations have sunk down in the pit that they made; in the net which they hid is their own foot caught. (Psalm 9:15)

4. Supreme Court overturns California ban on violent video game sales or rental to kids - AP

The Supreme Court says California cannot ban the rental or sale of violent video games to children. The high court agreed Monday with a federal court's decision to throw out California's ban on the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Sacramento said the law violated minors' rights under the First and Fourteenth amendments. The law would have prohibited the sale or rental of violent games to anyone under 18. Retailers who violated the act would have been fined up to $1,000 for each infraction. Read more.

- Father, this ruling is insanity. May God rule and overrule this bad ruling, and may He save the children.

- Deliver those who are drawn away to death, and those who totter to the slaughter, hold them back from their doom. (Proverbs 24:11)

5. New York Gay Marriage Vote Alters Political Battle Lines - Wall Street Journal

New York's decision to permit same-sex marriages sets the stage for battles in half a dozen other states and could propel gay rights as a political wedge issue in the 2012 elections. The new battle lines were already being drawn as states such as Minnesota prepared to take on the same-sex marriage issue in the near future and as the New York law put fresh pressure on President Barack Obama to articulate a clearer position on the topic. Read more.

- Father, give us men and women who are not afraid to take a stand on this issue. Men and women who are not concerned with their political reputation and the polls. Raise up these men and women even now, and fill them with skillful and godly Wisdom.

- Through skillful and godly Wisdom is a house (a life, a home, a family) built, and by understanding it is established (on a sound and good foundation). (Proverbs 24:3) -

The Middle East in Focus

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

"For the LORD will not forsake His people for His great name's sake, because it has pleased the LORD to make you His people." (1 Samuel 12:22)

1. EU leaders call US bluff on 1967 borders in Israel - EU Observer

EU countries have called on the US to get behind an initiative to revive Middle East peace talks based on a format disliked by Israel.

2. IDF: Some flotilla activists planning to kill soldiers - Jerusalem Post

IDF sources said Monday night that new intelligence information obtained in recent days shows that participants of the flotilla planning to break Israel's sea blockade over the Gaza Strip later this week plan to kill IDF soldiers who board their ships.

3. Security cabinet approves plans to stop flotilla - Jerusalem Post

While the organizers of the Gaza-bound flotilla said in Athens Monday that the passengers are taking to sea "without weapons," government sources said Israel had information that some of the passengers had hid chemicals, such as sulfur, on the boats to be used against IDF soldiers.

4. How did Israeli helicopters almost get sold to Iran? - Jerusalem Post

A Defense Ministry probe has cleared Israeli authorities of any wrongdoing in the alleged attempted sale of helicopters -- formerly used by the Israel Air Force -- by Spanish businessmen to Iran.

5. Cave Researchers Explore Stream-Filled Cavern at Entrance to Jerusalem - Science Daily

Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers have conducted an initial survey of what appears to be an important, ancient water source in a cave that was been discovered during excavation work for a new train station being constructed at the entrance to Jerusalem.

The Daily Jot

What to do, what to do?

We had a saying on the farm that went something like this: "The cattle are already out of the barn." It meant that whatever you were trying to do was either in vain or would take a lot longer than you think, if you were even able to accomplish it. This is how many would describe our nation right now. That the demons of humanism and their resulting damage are so numerous that there is no way to reestablish Godly order. In other words, you won't be able to get the cattle back in the barn. Many are turning to declarations, covenants, anything they can to stir the hearts of Christians and countrymen to get things back on track. While perhaps well intended, do not be deceived into thinking they will do much good.

I would venture to assert that at the time of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the disciples thought the world was against them. The Romans had taken the Messiah and killed him. There was danger in the air for anyone who was associated with Jesus. His followers were huddled together in a little room in Jerusalem wondering what would happen next. They ate together, they stayed together, they prayed together. Acts 2:1 says, "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place." And the Holy Spirit came upon them resulting in the speaking of many languages and the communication of the gospel to those in Jerusalem. Thousands came to the Lord.

You see, it is not about anything but Christ. Satan may dress up this doctrine or that to bring you into deception and distract you from the purpose God has intended for you. But in the end, you cannot go wrong by going with the Holy Scriptures. There are so many distractions from doing good to doing nothing. There are declarations, covenants, proclamations, organizations, movements, and so on. But there is nothing like the Holy Scriptures. 2 Timothy 3:16 says, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." The bottom line: if it is not backed up by the Holy Scripture in its context, it is not of God.

This said "that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive. (Ephesians 4:14)" Proverbs 28:21 says, "To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress." Point here is do not put your hope in men and their doctrines, but by all things measure against the plumb line of God--the Holy Scriptures. Also, do not be emotional. Proverbs 28:26 says, "He that trusts in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walks wisely, he shall be delivered." The path--the way, the truth and the life--is Jesus Christ. Your depth of relationship with Him will give you strength and direction.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson

The Good News Corner:

MAS' Activist Wing Closes Shop

The Muslim American Society (MAS) announced the closure of its activist wing, the MAS Freedom Foundation ("MAS Freedom"), in a press release issued Friday due to a lack of funding.

Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., MAS was founded as the United States chapter of the Muslim Brotherhood, a global Sunni revivalist movement that seeks to establish an Islamic caliphate governed by Sharia or Islamic law.

The MAS website describes MAS Freedom as its "national grassroots advocacy arm" that seeks to "build an American Muslim community that is politically empowered, civically engaged, fully protected in the areas of civil and human rights, and able to contribute to the advancement of society, both in the United States and the world."

. . . In November 2008, a federal jury found the Islamist charity and several of its leaders guilty of funneling millions of dollars to Hamas.

The organization also has experienced a leadership vacuum since MAS Freedom's executive leader Mahdi Bray suffered a stroke late last year. Read more.
[Source: The Investigative Project]

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