Friday, January 13, 2012

CHPP Daily Brief - Friday, January 13, 2012

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•  The Daily Jot
•  The Good News Corner
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The Daily Brief - Friday, January 13, 2012

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
(John 3:16)

The Daily Brief

1. Japan 'to reduce Iran oil imports'

Japan will take "concrete steps" to reduce its oil dependency on Iran, its finance minister has announced. The comments from Jun Azumi came after he met US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner in Tokyo.

- Father, we pray these measures against Iran will be productive. We pray Iran will bow its knee, and stop their path toward destruction.

- Haughtiness comes before destruction, but humility before honor. (Proverbs 18: 12)

2. Children 'dumped in streets by Greek parents who can't afford to look after them any more'
- Daily Mail

Children are being abandoned on Greece's streets by their poverty-stricken families who cannot afford to look after them any more. Youngsters are being dumped by their parents who are struggling to make ends meet in what is fast becoming the most tragic human consequence of the Euro crisis.

- Father, we intercede for these families who are experiencing these tragic struggles. Protect these children who are abandoned. We place the angels of God to surround them and keep them safe.

- May he grant justice to the people who are oppressed. May he save the children of needy people and crush their oppressor.
(Psalms 72:4)

3. Iranian Nuclear Scientist Killed by Bomb Attached to Motorcycle
- AP

Two assailants on a motorcycle attached magnetic bombs on Wednesday to the car of an Iranian university professor working at a key nuclear facility, killing him and wounding two others, a semiofficial news agency reported.

The bomb explosion killed Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a chemistry expert and a director of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility in central Iran, the semiofficial Fars news agency reported.

The killing of Roshan was similar to previous assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists that Tehran has blamed on Israel and the United States. Both countries have denied the accusations.

- We place these events into Your hands, Lord God. You know the beginning and the end. You reign over the nations.

- God reigns over the nations; God sits upon His holy throne.
(Psalms 47:8)

4. US Homeland Security watches Twitter, social media - Reuters

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's command center routinely monitors dozens of popular websites, including Facebook, Twitter, Hulu, WikiLeaks and news and gossip sites including the Huffington Post and Drudge Report, according to a government document. A "privacy compliance review" issued by DHS last November says that since at least June 2010, its national operations center has been operating a "Social Networking/Media Capability" which involves regular monitoring of "publicly available online forums, blogs, public websites and message boards."

- Father, we pray against any "monitoring" that would eventually begin to limit our rights to the internet. May we remain alert and vigilant in our responsibility as citizens to "monitor" our leaders' decisions and actions.

- Be alert, stand firm in the faith, be brave and strong. Your every action must be done with love.
(1 Corinthians 16:13) Devote yourselves to prayer, stay alert in it with thanksgiving. (Colossians 4:2)

5. Chamber of Commerce to Obama: You 'Missed the Biggest In-Sourcing Opportunity' --Keystone Pipeline - CNS News

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce reminded America on Thursday that Obama recently rejected one of the most prominent and beneficial insourced opportunities: the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry tar sand oil through middle America to refineries on the Gulf Coast and create at least 20,000 jobs.

The 1,700-mile Keystone pipeline, which starts in Canada and would end on the Texas coast, has been under review by the Obama administration's State Department for several years. While a green light from the State Department for the project was expected last fall, the department, under pressure from environmentalists, decided in November to delay its decision until 2013.

On Thursday, Bruce Josten, vice president of government affairs with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, cited Obama's announcement on Wednesday that he would "reward" businesses that bring jobs to the United States through tax credits. Josten, however, added, "The president missed the biggest in-sourcing opportunity yesterday and it's called the Keystone Pipeline."

- Father, we ask wisdom for our leaders as they seek for new resources within our country. We ask that businesses bring jobs to the United States instead of outsourcing. We ask that the United States will be self- sufficient {possessing enough to require no aid or support}. We ask that politics would be set aside, so that our country can move forward in these difficult days.

- And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient (possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation). (11 Corinthians 9:8)

The Middle East in Focus

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

"Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto Your name give glory, for Your mercy, and for Your truth's sake. Why should the nations say, Where is their God? But our God is in the heavens. He has done whatever He has pleased."
(Psalm 115:1-3)

1. Netanyahu, Obama talk Mideast peace, Iran nuclear standoff - Ha'aretz

The Most Honorable Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hussein Obama discussed recent developments in the Mideast peace process as well as the West's continuing standoff with Iran in a phone conversation on Thursday

2. Israeli, Palestinian delegates to meet for third round of direct talks - Ha'aretz

Israelis and Palestinians will hold their third round of face-to-face meetings this year on Saturday in what diplomats hope might lead to the resumption of full peace talks, sources on each side said on Friday.

3. Israel, Palestinians to hold further talks Saturday - Ynet News

Israelis and Palestinians will hold their third round of face-to-face meetings this year on Saturday in what diplomats hope might lead to the resumption of full peace talks, sources on each side said on Friday.

4. EU criticizes Israeli policy
- The Independent (UK)

The Independent (UK) published excerpts from an internal European Union memo on Thursday, indicating that the EU is  not satisfied with Israel's efforts to coordinate the establishment of a Palestinian State. According to the report, the population of Jewish settlers in Area C of the West Bank is increasing while the population of Palestinians is shrinking. "If current trends are not stopped and reversed, the establishment of a viable Palestinian state within pre-1967 borders seem more remote than ever," the report laments. An Israeli Foreign Ministry statement reacting to criticism of Israel's settlement activities late last year declared that if the EU kept focusing on Israel and ignoring massive problems elsewhere in the region it is "bound to lose their credibility and make themselves irrelevant." 

5. Israel and the PA hold agricultural seminar - ICEJ News

The Israeli Ministry of Agriculture's chief of Veterinary services recently met with a delegation of professionals from the Palestinian Authority to discuss various issues, including information-sharing and other joint projects. The PA's animal doctors presented the numbers of vaccines they plan on requesting from Israel in the coming year for the large herds of goats, sheep and camels, as well as other domestic animals used by Palestinian farmers and shepherds in the West Bank. They also discussed plans for joint workshops to teach agricultural/horticultural methods and to share information, part of a regular series of meetings held to maintain cooperation in agriculture between the two sides.

 The Daily Jot

A remedy for a decaying society

Many well intended people have been writing me asking what they can do to effectively change the direction of this country. They often enumerate all the work they are doing seemingly to no avail. Thank you for writing, and please, do not grow weary in what you are doing. I do believe, however, that we as Christians and as Christian Americans are needing to take stronger action. We cannot put our trust in organizations that have no strong religious and moral base. The start of anything lasting must have the Lord's hand on it. But this is a real problem in America because people run from anything Christian or smacking of Christianity--it is a real testimony to our job as evangelists over the past 40 years (and not a good one).

There are reasons why our country is headed in the wrong direction. The pulpit has been milk toast for so long that the flock has no idea what it really means to be a Christian and to behave like one. Preachers and teachers have been making Christ what man wants him to be instead of what he is. This is a real threat to true salvation as deception is rampant. Additionally, most people are so busy living day to day life that they have no interest in or the extra energy it takes to study the Bible on their own or to actively pursue righteousness and justice in society. It could be laziness, selfishness, apathy or just being too busy, but whatever the reasoning, the outcome is what we have as a society today.

We complain about the election system--that our choices are between the lesser of two evils. We, however, shun the process of initially selecting those candidates from the actual caucusing and primary processes, neglecting that the very first step in vetting and qualifying good candidates to stand for office--"able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness (Exodus 18:21)." And who among those would even want to put themselves in the public arena? The bias and the scrutiny of the news media and of fellow American opponents twisting good things and turning them into evil is allegorically akin to having your family watch you being slaughtered by a gladiator or the lions in the ancient coliseums.

It is fast coming to the point where we Christians, as a people group, will be faced with a decision similar to that of Peter and the Apostles in Acts 5:29: "We ought to obey God rather than men." We are fast approaching the day when we are either going to publicly, through some form of civil disobedience, have to take back our society, or submit to the realization that we have lost it. But before we do anything, we need to understand who we are in Christ, who is the real Christ (not what men have made Christ through extra-biblical, self-indulgent, self-aggrandizing, emotionalism), repent from our adultery and idolatry, and seek God's true heart for our salvation and the direction of our nation.

Have A Blessed And Powerful Day,
Bill Wilson
The Daily Jot

The Good News Corner:

The Story of Tim Tebow

Pam's Story: A woman named Pam . . . knows the pain of considering abortion.

More than 24 years ago, she and her husband Bob were serving as missionaries to the Philippines and praying for a fifth child. Pam contracted amoebic dysentery, an infection of the intestine caused by a parasite found in contaminated food or drink. She went into a coma and was treated with strong antibiotics before they discovered she was pregnant.

Doctors urged her to abort the baby for her own safety and told her that the medicines had caused irreversible damage to her baby. She refused the abortion and cited her Christian faith as the reason for her hope that her son would be born without the devastating disabilities physicians predicted. Pam said the doctors didn't think of it as a life, they thought of it as a mass of fetal tissue.

While pregnant, Pam nearly lost their baby four times but refused to consider abortion. She recalled making a pledge to God with her husband: If you will give us a son, we'll name him Timothy and we'll make him a preacher.

Pam ultimately spent the last two months of her pregnancy in bed and eventually gave birth to a healthy baby boy August 14, 1987. Pam's youngest son is indeed a preacher. He preaches in prisons, makes hospital visits, and serves with his father's ministry in the Philippines. He also plays football. Pam's son is Tim Tebow.

The University of Florida's star quarterback became the first sophomore in history to win college football's highest award, the Heisman Trophy. His current role as quarterback of the Denver Broncos has provided an incredible platform for Christian witness. As a result, he is being called The Mile-High Messiah.

Tim's notoriety and the family's inspiring story have given Pam numerous opportunities to speak on behalf of women's centers across the country. Pam Tebow believes that every little baby you save matters.

May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you always!

Breaking News!

The Lord is now using this young Denver Broncos quarterback to draw attention to Himself!!

In last week's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tebow -- who is known for his display of JOHN 3:16 when he plays, and who BOWS TO THE LORD during each game -- threw the winning pass in overtime of 316 yards! 316 -- there's that number, again!

The NFL fans across the nation went crazy! Suddenly, everyone went to Google and typed in: JOHN 3:16! What was this Bible verse that Tebow wears? And what does it say??

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

As the sportscasters continued to analyze this amazing game, they discovered that Tebow also averaged 31.6 yards per completion. And to top it off, the Neilsen rating for the last 15 minutes of that game was: 31.6 million viewers!

So, there's that number again: 3:16. Is God speaking from heaven? Does He love us, as the verse promises? And are MANY MULTITUDES now discovering His love through a football game?

Stay tuned! We feel sure there is more to come!

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"To Believe" Jackie Evancho

And a little child shall lead them . . ."