Monday, December 19, 2011

CHPP Daily Brief - Monday December 19, 2011

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The Daily Brief - Monday December 19, 2011

"And the government shall rest upon His shoulder . . ." (Isaiah 9:6 KJV)

The Daily Brief

1. North Korean leader Kim Jong Il dead at age 69 - AP

a) Obama Reaffirms U.S. Commitment to Stability of Korean Peninsula -

Kim Jong Il, North Korea's mercurial and enigmatic longtime leader, has died of heart failure. He was 69. In a "special broadcast" Monday from the North Korean capital, state media said Kim died of a heart ailment on a train due to a "great mental and physical strain" on Dec. 17 during a "high intensity field inspection." It said an autopsy was done on Dec. 18 and "fully confirmed" the diagnosis.

- Today we see that even kings are mortal. May other world leaders take note, and may they be certain of their eternal fate. God is shaking the nations for His redemptive purposes -- that all might repent and come to know Him as Messiah, Savior and Lord.

- . . . "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!" (Matthew 3:2)

2. N. Korea test-fires short-range missiles: report - AFP

North Korea test-fired two short-range missiles off its east coast on Monday, the same day it announced the death of leader Kim Jong-Il, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said.

- Father, we intercede over these actions of North Korea. We see events speeding up rapidly in this part of the world. Foil all of North Korea's plans. Frustrate and confuse all their actions. In Jesus Name.

- "Evil shall cause the death of the wicked; and they who hate the just and righteous shall be held guilty and shall be condemned." (Psalm 34:21)

3. Is Kim Jong Un Ready to Lead North Korea? - AP

The man named the "great successor" to take control of North Korea in the wake of the death of Kim Jong Il, is a baby-faced twenty-something with virtually no public profile outside of his home country. On Monday, that transition was seemingly complete, with North Korean state media reporting that the younger Kim, born to the late leader's third wife, was the "great successor" to his father. Read more.

- Pray for stability for the nation of North Korea in this uncertain time, and ask for divine protection to cover all the believers in that nation. May God's will be done now for the people of North Korea. Amen.

- " . . . he is the governor among the nations . . ."
(Psalm 22:28)

4. 'Hundreds' of North Korean Nuke Scientists in Iran - Arutz Sheva

Hundreds of nuclear scientists from North Korea, whose leader Kim Jong-il died Saturday, are working in 10 different locations in Iran, The South Korean-based Korea Times reported this week.

- Lord, block all the efforts of these nuclear scientists working in Iran. That the work of their hands will come to nothing. We speak confusion and disorganization to their efforts.

- "Cursed shall you be when you come in and cursed shall you be when you go out. The Lord shall send you curses, confusion, and rebuke in every enterprise to which you set your hand, until you are destroyed, perishing quickly because of the evil of your doings."
(Deuteronomy 28:19,20)

5. Philippines steps up search for flood survivors - BBC

Rescuers are continuing the search for survivors after floods killed more than 650 people and left hundreds more missing in the southern Philippines. Naval vessels are scouring the coast along the island of Mindanao while soldiers searched swollen rivers. Officials said many bodies remained unclaimed, suggesting entire families had been swept away.

- Cry out tonight for the people of the Philippines, who are surely in great pain. Ask for the God of all comfort to come and bring His peace to those who mourn; and His grace to those who are recovering from this disaster. May many come to know Him as Savior in the wake of this tragedy. Amen.

- "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction . . ." (2 Corinthians 1:3,4)

6. Supreme Court Schedules Unprecedented Full Week for Obamacare - Newsmax

The Supreme Court announced Monday that it will use an unprecedented week's worth of argument time in late March to decide the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's historic healthcare overhaul.

- Offer a chorus of praise that this Court will, indeed, take extended time to hear arguments regarding this critical case. Obamacare must be overturned. Thank the Lord that He is moving upon the hearts of the U.S. Supreme Court justices to bring forth His will in this case. Amen.

- [Applied to the justices, too.] "The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes." (Proverbs 21:1)

7. House Republicans Rebel Against Democrat-Controlled Senate Bill -

Want Year-Long Payroll Tax Cut - AP

Top House Republicans rebelled Sunday against a bipartisan, Senate-approved bill extending payroll tax cuts and jobless benefits for two months, reigniting a politically fueled holiday-season clash that had seemed all but doused. Read more.

- Just when we thought they were going to go into recess, Congress is still in town . . . at least the House is. As we continue to watch the "wrestling match" on both sides of the Hill and by both parties over this critical piece of legislation -- one that will affect 160 million Americans -- thank our God that HE has a plan for our nation, and that He will show us the way through. Pray much in the Spirit until this issue is resolved, and may His will be done. In His Name, amen.

- " For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places." (Eph. 6:12)

8. Pope Benedict XVI's peace message calls for wealth redistribution - Washington Post

Noting a "rising sense of frustration" at the worldwide economic recession, Pope Benedict XVI said that a more just and peaceful world requires "adequate mechanisms for the redistribution of wealth."

- Father, these are surprising and alarming comments coming from the Pope. While we know these end time events must come, we intercede for protection and preservation for our country - and our capitalistic way of life - which established this country.

- But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He Who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. (Deuteronomy 8:18) -

The Middle East in Focus

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

"Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he reveals his secret unto his servants the prophets. The lion hath roared, who will not fear? The Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?" (Amos 3:7,8)

1. Navy completing secret 2 year submarine upgrade - Jerusalem Post

Israel will boost its long-arm strategic capabilities with the reinstatement of one of its Dolphin-class submarines that underwent an unprecedented structural overhaul.

2. No sign U.S. has given Israel green light to strike Iran - Ha'aretz

Barak's entourage makes no comment on DM's meeting with Obama; it seems Washington will take the stance of the Arab countries and Turkey into account in any decision on Iran.
3. Hamas: We'll free the rest of the prisoners at all costs - Jerusalem Post

The military wing of Hamas threatened Sunday evening to kidnap more Israeli soldiers to put more pressure on Israel to release the rest of the Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails.

4. Appointment of IDF's new 'Iran Command' chief raises eyebrows - Ha'aretz

While the idea of the corps itself has broad support within the army, the same cannot be said about the choice of the man who is to lead it.

5. Fatah and Hamas resume talks on Palestinian reconciliation - Ha'aretz

Hamas and Fatah officials met in Cairo on Sunday in order to renew talks on Palestinian reconciliation.

The Daily Jot

Taking a stand Part 1: How it's done in Texas

Over 5,000 people gathered together at high noon in Athens, Texas Saturday. They were not protesting. They were not the Occupy Wall Street movement. They were not the TEA Party. They were men, women and children who were taking a stand for the values of their community. And they were joined by others around the state who share their values. They were showing support for the local judge and officials who kept a nativity scene on display at the Henderson County Courthouse after an anti-religion, anti-American group out of Wisconsin called "Freedom From Religion Foundation" sent a letter to Athens officials demanding their atheist banner be displayed along side the nativity.

Athens is a small town of some 13,000 people. The nativity scene has been on display each Christmas season for more than ten years. Henderson County Commissioner Joe Hall told WFAA of Dallas, "I'm an old country boy, you come to my house looking for a fight, you're going to get one. That's from the bottom of my heart. We'll remove it when hell freezes over. It's not going to happen." Freedom From Religion has on its Board of Directors Ronald Reagan, Jr., an activist for homosexual rights and atheist son of the former president, and Michael Newdow, who has failed at several attempts to get the Supreme Court to remove the phrase "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance.

Randy Funston, president of the AGAPE Movement, who traveled several hours to stand with the townspeople said, "This seems to be a continuation of the very same ilk of anti-family, anti-American, anti-God radicals who have plagued the state of Texas since the last presidential election. We have fought them in the veteran's cemetery, at Medina Valley High School's graduation, and now in Athens over a nativity scene. Different faces, same radicals. Christians are commissioned by God to share their faith and the gift of salvation. It is a gift. It is offered even to these atheists. Though they refuse it, it is not their right to prevent us from sharing the gift of Christ with others by mocking our beliefs with offensive banners and actions."

Funston reported to The Daily Jot, "The event was awesome. In a town of approximately 13,000 people the attendance was estimated to be 5,000+. People clinging to their Bibles and faith...Pastors speaking out in a Christian way more or less telling the government & atheists to stand down! If we could get this rolling across the USA we could change the direction of our nation." Jesus said in Matthew 10:32, 33, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven." Funston is right, if we all did our part in confessing Christ before men, hearts would change, and so would America.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!

Bill Wilson
Footnote from CHPP:

We find it interesting that this battle against the mindset of secular humanism/agnosticiism/atheism, which is challenging our right to freely celebrate our most holy day of the year, is taking place in ATHENS, Texas.

The roots of this mindset are found in GREECE, the home of humanistic thinking, whose capital city was GREECE.

We praise God today with Bill Wilson that the people of the LORD has moved upon the people of ATHENS, Texas to draw a LINE IN THE SAND in that city.

Thank You, Lord, that You are laying an axe to the root of this teaching that opposes You and Your plan for mankind, and we shout HALLELUJAH to the battle that You have already won at the Cross.

We do ask You to forgive the men and women of the Freedom from Religion Foundation in Madison, Wisconsin, for opposing You, the most High God, and we intercede for their salvation, through Christ Jesus, our Lord. Amen.

PM Netanyahu's Christmas Greetings 2011

Be sure to take time to listen to this stirring message from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, wishing all of us a Merry Christmas, 2011.

The Good News Corner

10-Year-Old Blind Autistic Boy Sings "Open the Eyes of my Heart"

Christopher Duffley is an amazing kid with an AMAZING God! Born premature, blind, and autistic, Christopher was adopted by his parents before they realized God has gifted this young fellow with the gift of music!

We believe you will be moved to tears, as we were, when you view this video of Christopher's amazing rendition of this classic worship song. AMEN!

Happy Hanukkah!

For our Jewish friends, Hanukkah will begin tomorrow night (Tuesday, December 21) at sundown.

Let's all honor Hanukkah this week as we listen to Marty Goetz singing "Chanukah."

And Merry Christmas, too!

Merry Christmas . . . all week long . . .

Hark, The Herald Angels Sing

Gloria . . .