Tuesday, September 13, 2011

CHPP Daily Brief - Tuesday, September 13, 2011

In This Issue
• The Daily Brief
• The Middle East in Focus
• The Daily Jot
• Obama Wants to Save His Job
• Federal Court Strikes Down Part of Obamacare
• Good News from North Carolina
• Terror Not the Full Story
• Pray For Dr. Dobson
• The Good News Corner
• Worship with Us Today!

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The Daily Brief - Tuesday, September 13, 2011

"The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever." (Revelation 11:15b KJV)


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The Daily Brief

1. IAEA Chief 'Concerned' About Iran's Nuclear Ambitions - VOA News

The head of the U.N. nuclear agency says he is "increasingly concerned" about new intelligence on Iran's controversial nuclear program.

b.) Israel to attack Iranian nuclear facilities - Ynet News

Israel is likely to attack Iran's nuclear facilities if it proves necessary in order to prevent it from acquiring Weapons of Mass Destruction, former Vice President Dick Cheney told US-based independent news site Newsmax.

- Father, we pray You give direction to our leaders on Iran's nuclear program. We pray You stop them from acquiring Weapons of Mass Destruction. May all their plans fail and never come to fruition.

- Earnestly remember how the enemy has scoffed, O Lord, and reproached You, and how a foolish and impious people has blasphemed Your name. (Psalm 74:18)

2. 1 dead, 4 hurt in explosion at French nuclear site - USA Today

An explosion Monday at a nuclear waste processing facility in southern France killed one person, seriously burned another and slightly injured three others, France's nuclear safety body said.

- Father, we pray for those who were injured during this explosion. We pray You send laborers to bring the gospel to them and pray for their healing. We pray for miracles to occur in their lives. We ask comfort for the family who lost a loved one. In Jesus Name.

- The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me and sent me to preach good tidings to the meek; to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and release to prisoners; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of the salvation of our God; to comfort all that mourn; (Isaiah 61:1,2)

3. U.S. Scrambles to Ease Tension as Israel's Ties With Allies Erode - Fox News

The Obama administration is scrambling to contain an emerging diplomatic crisis in the Middle East, as Israel's closest Muslim allies lash out at the country in a string of demonstrations some fear could jeopardize an already-fragile peace.

- Father, protect the treaty between Egypt and Israel. Let nothing be done before Your time allotted for these end time events. We pray for the peace of Israel.

- Violence shall no more be heard in your land, nor devastation or destruction within your borders, but you shall call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise. (Isaiah 60:18)

4. Perry comes under fire at the CNN/Tea Party debate - CNN

With Texas Gov. Rick Perry threatening to cement his standing atop the national polls, his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination aggressively sought to undermine his conservative credentials on Monday during the first-ever CNN/Tea Party debate in Florida.

- Father, we pray for debates that cover the issues facing our country and not political tactics and attacking each other. Let each candidate clearly state their agenda without deceit.

- Buy the truth and sell it not; not only that, but also get discernment and judgment, instruction and understanding. (Proverbs 23:23)

5. GOP Balks at Taxes to Finance Jobs Plan - Wall Street Journal

The prospects for Obama's $447 billion jobs plan grew dimmer Monday as he unveiled the fine print of how it would be paid for -- primarily through tax increases that Republicans said would destroy jobs, not create them.

b.) Jobs plan paid for exclusively by tax increases - Washington Times

Obama's new tax-cuts and spending jobs stimulus bill is paid for by new tax increases on higher-income families -- with the lion's share coming from taxes Congress has already rejected.

- Father, we cry out for righteous leaders who follow the constitution and the checks and balances that have been created by our forefathers. We pray that the Executive branch and the Congress work together for a tax plan that is good for business owners and families.

- Haughtiness comes before disaster, but humility before honor. He who answers a matter before he hears the facts-it is folly and shame to him. (Proverbs 12,13)

The Middle East in Focus

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

"Hear my cry, O God; Attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I call unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a refuge for me, A strong tower from the enemy. I will dwell in thy tabernacle for ever: I will take refuge in the covert of thy wings." (Psalm 61:1-4)

1. Russia to support Palestinian UN bid - Ynet News

Russia's ambassador to the UN said Monday that his nation will support the Palestinian bid for UN membership, but noted that Moscow is not pressuring the Palestinians to submit the request.

2. Hamas distances itself from Palestinian statehood bid at UN - Ha'aretz

Speaking with Ma'an news agency, Hamas officials say planned move to garner recognition of Palestinian independence in General Assembly was undertaken without consulting the Gaza Strip-ruling group.

3. Obama says PA statehood bid is a 'distraction' - Jerusalem Post

The Palestinian Authority's statehood bid in the UN is a "distraction" and will not help solve any of the issues on the ground, Obama said Monday night, in comments reported by AFP.

The Daily Jot

The Prophecy Clock: White House winds it tighter
[Obama] has continued the nation-building policy of his predecessor by taking an art that should be lost to a whole new level--destabilizing the Middle East by supporting terrorist groups and terrorist sponsoring groups--namely al Qaeda and the Moslem Brotherhood. Case in point is the overthrow of the Egyptian government by the Moslem Brotherhood and the support of al Qaeda in ousting the Libyan dictator. All the intellectuals that support the current president are hailing this so-called "Arab Spring" as a landmark step toward democracy and self determination. In reality, this policy has legitimized Islamic Sharia and has brought end times prophecy closer to fulfillment.

In Zechariah 12:3, the Lord says, "And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it." And in 14:2, 3, "For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle." While the intellectuals believe that Sharia is self determination, history shows us that Islam exists to do the bidding of satan.

Since the US has gotten behind the terrorists, even though they war against America, demands have increased for a Palestinian state that divides Israel into two pieces. Turkey has cut diplomatic ties with Israel and is threatening military escort of arms and goods in flotillas to Gaza. The US and the United Nations have failed to stop Iran's nuclear program as its nuclear plant stepped up operations this week. Islamic states say they will push for UN recognition of a Palestinian state next week. Russia says it will vote with the Islamists. Now NATO's Secretary General is warning about what observers knew before the Libyan operations--that Libya could fall into the hands of Islamic extremists.

Published in Israel News is an account of a conversation King Abdullah of Jordan had with an Israeli intellectual, who argued that the developments in the Middle East were good for Israel. Abdullah said he told the Israeli, "I replied and said that it was the opposite and that Israel's situation today is more difficult than ever before...Jordan and the future Palestine are stronger than Israel is today. It is the Israeli who is scared today." While the intellectuals and wise believe they can outsmart God, they are actually paving the way for the Tribulation and the antichrist. Trouble is, America is helping and there is a promise from God about that in Zechariah 12:9, "I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem."

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson

Obama Wants to Save His Job

Obama is hitting the campaign trail, going to the critical swing state of Ohio to sell his American Jobs Act. But a truth in labeling law would require the Administration to call the bill "Obama's Job Act." It has nothing to do with creating new jobs and everything to do with helping Obama save his job!

After claiming for days that the nearly $500 billion proposal is fully paid for, we've learned that Obama is demanding more tax hikes that not even a Democrat Congress would agree to. Just 10 months ago (not exactly ancient history) the Democrat-controlled Congress voted to renew the Bush tax cuts and not to raise taxes on anyone. Why does Obama think the Republican-controlled House would raise taxes when his own party would not?

Here's what you need to understand: Obama doesn't want the bill to pass. This is not about creating new jobs for Americans -- it's a campaign strategy to save his job! That is why Obama is on the campaign trail today.

Obama wants to convince voters that he is for teachers, while Republicans are for "millionaires and billionaires." He is for new schools, but the GOP is for "corporate jet owners." Obama is for the middle class, and Republicans are for hedge fund managers. It's class warfare again, and these themes will be the centerpiece of his reelection campaign.
Here are two more points to consider.

First, I know everyone likes getting a break on their Social Security payroll taxes. But right now Republicans generally, and Gov. Perry specifically, are getting crucified for suggesting that the program is in need of reform.

Yet for the second year in a row, Obama and his Democrat allies are taking billions out of the Social Security system in order to buy votes. Obama is telling audiences that he has given them the largest tax cut in history -- an absurd claim that earned Obama "four Pinocchios" from the Washington Post. Who really has the best interests of Social Security at heart?

Second, liberal pundits are doing their best in these presidential debates to pigeonhole Republicans as extremists for refusing to raises taxes to reduce the deficit. Again, what did Obama just do?

Will his half trillion dollars in new tax hikes go to reduce the deficit? No. It's for another round of stimulus spending. And we're having this debate today because Obama's previous $800 billion stimulus bill failed so miserably. Perhaps this one will only fail half as badly. The editors of USA Today were not impressed -- calling it "Jobs plan déjà vu."

Your liberal friends will attempt to turn the tables on you, asking rhetorically, "If you don't support Obama's plan, what is yours?" Here is the answer:

Economic growth has stopped because there is a crisis of confidence among consumers and employers. This is caused by America's growing debt and the fear of higher taxes. It is being stoked by images on the TV of riots in Greece and England (the results of failed socialist states) and by [a guy] who continually gets on TV to demand higher taxes. Our jobs plan is to get Obama out of office, so we can cut spending, cut regulations and lower taxes! (Gary Bauer)

Federal Court Strikes Down Part of Obamacare

FRC Praises Federal Judge for Striking Down Part of Obamacare

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Federal District Court Judge Christopher Conner in Harrisburg, PA, ruled that the individual mandate in Obama's 2010 health care law is unconstitutional. He differed from other federal judges' rulings thus far in that while he did not strike down the entire law, he struck down two additional sections of the law that he deemed non-severable from the individual mandate. These sections make it illegal for insurance companies to deny anyone coverage due to preexisting conditions and also regulated the cost of insurance based on the entire community, not an individual's previous health history.

While not involved in the Pennsylvania case, the Family Research Council (FRC) offered an alternative argument in its amicus brief in the Florida multi-state lawsuit that if a judge did not wish to strike down the entire law, then these two sections at least must be struck down as non-severable from the unconstitutional individual mandate.

Of the ruling Ken Klukowski, special counsel in federal court for FRC and author of FRC's amicus brief in the Florida case, said the following:

We applaud Judge Conner for striking down the unconstitutional individual mandate, and for going a step further and striking down the guaranteed-issue and community-rating provisions that would cost the health care industry countless billions of dollars. "While we are disappointed that Judge Conner didn't strike down the entire law, his partial severability decision took a route that FRC argued in our amicus brief was the minimum that a court must strike down. "FRC looks forward to making the argument at the Supreme Court as to why the entire statute, and not simply the individual mandate and these additional sections must be struck down," Klukowski concluded.

To read FRC's amicus brief in the Florida multi-state Obamacare case, click here.

Good News from North Carolina

In My Mind, I'm Goin' to Carolina . . .

Two votes down, one to go! Yesterday, after hundreds of Tar Heels rallied at the capitol, state leaders rewarded the crowd by passing the bill to put a marriage protection amendment on the ballot. Ten Democrats pushed the measure, which needed a three-fifths majority, over the top. By a 75-42 vote, North Carolina leaders agreed that voters deserved to join 31 other states in giving the citizens a voice. Today, the state senate followed suit, reaching the supermajority it needed to put marriage in voters' hands. The one concession conservatives made was adding the amendment to the May primary ballot to ease any fears that Republicans would use the measure as a ploy to get more social conservatives to turn out in November.

Our hats go off to Bill Brooks, president of the North Carolina Family Policy Council, whose team worked so hard to see this measure through, along with church leaders like Pastor Ron Baity of Return America. FRC's Randy Wilson was on the ground yesterday to speak at the amendment rally, and he saw first-hand how the coordinated efforts of our ads, National Organization for Marriage's calls, and the instate leadership are paying off. Let's pray that it all results in a brighter future for Carolina families everywhere. (Family Research Council)

Terror Not the Full Story

Although thousands of innocent people are killed in Islamic terror attacks, many more die at the hands of Islamic sharia law. In Iran this past week three men were publicly hanged for homosexuality, as it is forbidden by sharia. In Islamic controlled northern Nigeria, two men had their hands cut off at their wrists for stealing a bull. Many women were murdered by their Moslem fathers this week for family "honor." A woman in Jordan was shot dead by her father in the hospital shortly after she gave birth to twins. Her crime was not being married. (Religious Freedom Coalition) Read more.

- Please pray as terror reigns at the hands of men, that God will show what true longsuffering looks like. Intercede, standing against the hellish torment that individuals are enduring, for that which is holy to intercept that which is diabolical, turning cruel and unusual situations into the next encounter of a heavenly kind. Ask that the full strength of God's righteousness be exalted in all the earth, that He might draw all men unto Himself.

- "The Lord is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:9)

Pray For Dr. Dobson

My good friend Dr. James Dobson is in the hospital recovering from multiple bone fractures after falling off a horse while on vacation. His daughter, Danae, says he's doing well and, thankfully, suffered no serious complications.

Please remember Dr. Dobson, and his wife, Shirley, in your prayers in the days ahead. (Gary Bauer)

The Good News Corner:

Business as the Road to Peace with Palestinians

"Despite setbacks, cooperation between Israel and its neighbors exists - and it can go on," said Israel's Vice-Prime Minister and Minister for Regional Development Silvan Shalom at a conference on regional economic cooperation in Tel Aviv Monday (Sept. 5).

Shalom pointed out that regional cooperation exists on many levels - official, public and private - and that direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians would only improve the situation. The theme of the conference was business paving the way to peace. Notable leaders, including Israeli President Shimon Peres, stressed the important role security plays in developing economies.

Special Envoy for the Middle East Quartet Tony Blair said he is optimistic about Israeli-Palestinian peace. "Economics could never be a substitute for politics. However, what we've been trying to do over the past few years is significant. You don't make peace by people sitting in rooms. People make it," explained Blair. He added that the potential for economic growth is enormous, "particularly if there is [a peace] agreement" among Israelis and Palestinians.

Blair cited joint Israeli-Palestinian achievements, such as the Jalameh vehicular crossing that has connected communities in the northern West Bank [Judea and Samaria] to the Arab communities in northern Israel, helping to revitalize the economy of the West Bank city of Jenin.

Opened recently with Israeli, U.S. and Quartet assistance, the crossing facilitates commerce and movement to Jenin - approximately 15,000 Israeli Arabs move to and from Jenin each day and tourist buses from Israel also enter the West Bank through the crossing - a factor that contributed to Jenin's 16% growth in the first half of 2011.

France's special envoy to the Middle East peace process for economic, educational and cultural aspects Valerie Hoffenberg echoed Blair's sentiment. Hoffenberg stated that through cooperation with various Israeli ministries, the Palestinian government was able to successfully create an industrial zone in Bethlehem that is already in its second year.

"We have to prepare for the day 'after'," said Hoffenberg, referring to an action plan that goes beyond the Palestinian push for a unilateral declaration of state at the United Nations in September.

"The spirit of cooperation and collaboration must continue. Going to the U.N. in September is not the answer; we are worried about what happens after September and that it could endanger some of our projects," explained Hoffenberg.

Palestinian businessman Dr. Ismail Jebrani, who now runs one of the West Bank's largest dairy-farms, recounted how he turned to an Israeli kibbutz company, SAE Afikim, to help address a milk shortage in the Palestinian territory. SAE Afikim helped create his state-of-the-art dairy farm, now one of the "largest and most modern companies in the West Bank," said Jubrani.

The farm, located near Hebron, now employs 250 people (up from 20) and has 1,200 cows. The Israeli technology helped the Palestinian farmers increase their herd and take advantage of all portions of the cow's milk through computerized equipment. (Excerpts of an article by The Israel Project, September 6, 2011)

- Praise God for these efforts and pray that more economic projects will provide opportunity for Israel to bless its Arab neighbors.

- "And they shall rebuild the old ruins, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations." (Isaiah 61:4)
[Reported by: Bridges for Peace]

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