Wednesday, October 5, 2011

CHPP Daily Brief - Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011

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The Daily Brief - Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011

"Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory." (Isaiah 6:3)

The Daily Brief

1. Iran Rejects Proposed U.S. Military Hot Line - WSJ

Iranian military leaders have rebuffed a plan championed by senior Obama administration officials to establish a military-to-military hot line between Washington and Tehran, increasing U.S. fears about the potential for clashes between American and Iranian planes and ships operating in the oil-rich Persian Gulf.

- Father, we ask for wisdom for our leaders in dealing with the Iranian Government. We ask that political correctness and tolerance of ungodliness would be set aside by our leaders. We ask for advisers who will educate our leaders on the reality and foundation of groups like Hamas, the Moslem Brotherhood and radical Islaam. Father, we ask that negotiations would be conducted and agreements made with a full understanding of the goals and ambitions of the parties involved. Forgive us Lord, for following the ways of man and not Your ways. Father, we further ask for protection for our military in the Persian Gulf and Middle-East area; we pray Psalm 91 over them.

- "Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day. Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noon-day. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee." (Psalm 91:5-7)

2. Palestinians economy affected by U.S. Congress aid cut, PA officials say - The Associated Press

Palestinian Economics Minister calls U.S. move to cut funds to Palestinian Authority a 'political measure that reflects a blind bias against the Palestinian interests.' Hassan Abu Libdeh, the Palestinian economics minister, said he was informed Monday by officials of USAID, the U.S. government's foreign aid agency, that two projects worth $55 million and $26 million were being put on hold for lack of funding.

One supported the development of the Palestinian private sector and the other aimed to improve the investment environment, Abu Libdeh said, adding that 50 people involved were laid off last week and 200 others would follow by November.

Other ministries also reported USAID projects were in jeopardy, including an $85 million five-year plan to improve Palestinian health service. Palestinian officials denounced the move as counterproductive to Mideast peace efforts and said this would not deter them from seeking full UN membership for a state of Palestine in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem.

- Father, we thank you for those in our Congress who stand for what is right and what is on Your heart. Lord, we pray they will ignore the threats of those who seem determined to destroy Israel, and continue to stand for Your purposes despite any opposition or threats they may receive. We pray that you will strengthen and encourage them.

- "Ye shall not fear them: for the LORD your God he shall fight for you:" (Deuteronomy 3:22)

3. California's debt burden soars to nearly 8 percent - SacBee

California will devote nearly 8 percent of its general fund budget to paying off debt this fiscal year, more than twice the share of eight years ago, according to a new report from Treasurer Bill Lockyer.

- Father, we ask that this news would be broadcast nationwide, and be used to show that the ways of man lead to destruction. Lord, we ask that you would raise up leaders in California who would hear Your voice; who would be willing to shine Your light to lead the way to rebuild the State.

- "Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of Hosts." (Malachi 2:7)

4. US Supreme Court Opens Term With Crucial Cases - VOA News

Legal experts say it is likely the nine-member Supreme Court will take up the question of whether Obama's signature health care reform is constitutional. Obama administration officials recently asked that the high court take up the health care law, which already faces several challenges from individuals and states in the lower courts.

In addition to the health care law, the Supreme Court also could take up a controversial immigration law in Arizona that allows police officers to check immigration papers of people they suspect may be in the country illegally. The Obama administration opposes the law and says it could lead to racial profiling.

- Father, knowing that You are the only Supreme Judge, we lift up each one of the nine judges on the Supreme Court of the United States of America. Father, we thank you for the mandate and mantle of Isaiah 33:22 on which our government was formed; we ask that you would forgive the Judges who have not accepted this mantle; we forgive them and place them in your able hands. Father, we ask for Judges who will carry out the work of that office and wear the mantle with joy, and who will fight tirelessly to carry out the work of this office in a manner pleasing to You.

- "For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us." (Isaiah 33:22)

5. Wall Street Protesters Vow to Continue, Enter Third Week - Fox News

Protesters speaking out against corporate greed and other issues showed no signs of giving up their campaign on Monday, with organizers urging participants to dress up as corporate zombies and to take part in a rally against police brutality.

The October2011 Movement is planning an occupation and nonviolent resistance actions in Washington, DC starting on October 6, 2011.This date marks the 10-year anniversary of the U.S. war in Afghanistan and the first week of the new federal budget which provides unlimited funding for war, tax breaks for the wealthy and austerity for human services.Thousands of people have pledged to gather in Freedom Plaza beginning on that day to nonviolently disrupt the disloyal, incompetent, and corrupt special interests which have usurped our nation's civil and military power, spawning a host of threats to our liberty, lives and national security.

- Father, in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, we hold the blood of Jesus against satanic forces that would instigate lawlessness and chaos in the United States of America. Father, we ask that you forgive those involved because the god of this world has blinded their minds; we ask that you would open their minds to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ; we ask that whatever is at the root of these disturbances would be exposed and uprooted. Father, we acknowledge that we need change in our country, but the change we need comes with repentance and returning to Your ways. We ask that by Your Spirit, You would bring that change all across the USA.

- "For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: in returning and rest shall ye be saved " (Isaiah 30:15)

The Middle East in Focus

This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:
"You will also declare a thing, And it will be established for you; So light will shine on your ways. " (Job 22:28)

1. Ahmadinejad: 'NATO radar won't stop Zionist regime's fall' - The Jerusalem Post

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad criticized Turkey on Tuesday for hosting a NATO early-warning radar system, saying it was aimed at protecting Israel but warning it would "not stop the fall of the Zionist regime." The Turkish and US governments said last month the radar system would help spot missile threats coming from outside Europe, including potentially from Iran. The system, provided by the United States, is to become operational later this year.

2. Report: Assad threatens to attack Tel Aviv in case of NATO strike - Ynet News

Syrian President Bashar Assad on Tuesday threatened to set fire to the Middle East, and especially to Israel, if NATO attacks Syria, the Iranian Fars news agency reported. In a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Assad said: "If a crazy measure is taken against Damascus, I will need not more than six hours to transfer hundreds of rockets and missiles to the Golan Heights to fire them at Tel Aviv."

3. Saudi police open fire on civilians as protests gain momentum - The Independent

Pro-democracy protests which swept the Arab world earlier in the year have erupted in eastern Saudi Arabia over the past three days, with police opening fire with live rounds and many people injured, opposition activists say. ...Ahmad Al-Rayah, a spokesman for the Society for Development and Change, which is based in the area, said that most of the civilians hit were wounded in heavy firing by the security forces after 8pm on Monday.

4. Palestinians to request UNESCO membership - Haaretz

Palestinian officials are set to seek membership in the U.N. cultural agency Wednesday, diplomats say, as they expand and accelerate their push for international recognition despite opposition from the United States and Israel. The Palestinians are also seeking a foothold in the World Trade Organization and won partnership status this week in the Council of Europe, the continent's leading human rights body.

The Good News Corner:

"In God Alone"

A Devotional by Derek Prince

Here is a word for you from the Word

Psalm 62:1-2;5-6

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. NIV
There is one very important word that occurs four times in succession in those verses that I've just read. The word is "alone."

My soul finds rest in God alone.
He alone is my rock and salvation.
My hope comes from God alone.
And He alone is my rock.

You see, there's a certain sense in which the only ultimate source of salvation and of hope is God Himself. The prophet Isaiah cried out, "God has become my salvation." Salvation is not to be found in religion, even in a creed or a doctrine, or in church membership. There's only one ultimate source of salvation and it's very important that each one of us comes at some time in our lives to that place where we use that word "alone"; where we say, "God alone is my hope, my rock, my fortress, and the source of my salvation." And, true enough, when we say that, it becomes true in our experience
- Derek Prince

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