Thursday, January 12, 2012

CHPP Daily Brief - Thursday, January 12, 2012

News for Prayer!

•  The Daily Brief
•  The Middle East in Focus
•  The Daily Jot
•  Introducing . . . Moslem Brotherhood's Leader
•  Focus on Child Tax Credits
•  The Doomsday Clock
•  The Military Channel
•  The Good News Corner
•  Worship with Us Today!

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The Daily Brief  - Thursday, January 12, 2012

"The LORD will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one LORD, and his name the only name." (Zechariah 14:9)

The Daily Brief

1. US naval strike group arrives in Arabian Sea as tensions rise with Iran - Fox News

A new aircraft carrier strike group has entered the Arabian Sea and another is on its way, a Pentagon official said in a news briefing Wednesday -- a shuffling of the U.S. fleet amid rising tensions with Iran. Read more.

- Father we pray that Your Spirit will decide the outcome of these new tensions between Iran and Israel/US. We call for Your holy angels to stand guard over the troops on board the carriers, and protect the people of Israel against all plans of Iran to destroy them.

"And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore." (Isaiah 2:4)

2. Nigeria oil union threats shutdown amid strike - AP

A union representing 20,000 oil and gas workers in Nigeria threatened Thursday it would shut down all production starting Sunday to take part in the crippling nationwide strike over spiraling fuel prices.

The strike began Monday after the Nigerian government reversed a two-decade-long popular subsidy program that had kept gas prices low for Nigerian consumers. Anger over the government's decision has led to demonstrations across Africa's most populous nation, and related violence has left at least 10 people dead.

- Lord, as this strike affectS literally millions of people both in and out of Nigeria, we ask for a rapid resolution.\ of this crisis. We pray for Your hand upon the government of Nigeria, and Your protection upon the people of that nation.

- "He rules by His power forever; His eyes behold the nations; let not the rebellious exalt themselves." (Psalm 66:7)

3. Top U.S. official meets with Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood - Haaretz

Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns met Mohamed Morsi, the head of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), in Washington's highest level outreach to the Islamist group as part of a series of meetings with Egyptian political figures in Cairo, the State Department said. "From our perspective it was an opportunity to hear from them and to reinforce our expectation that all the major parties will support human rights, tolerance, rights of women and will also uphold Egypt's existing international obligations," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

- Father, we pray that wisdom will rise in our leadership, so that they are not deceived in such meetings. Because it is permissible for these people to lie to "infidels," our leaders may be naïve and walking into situations for which they are not prepared. We also ask for protection against all hidden agendas.

"When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." (John 8:44c)

4. Syria unrest: French journalist Gilles Jacquier killed - BBC

French TV reporter Gilles Jacquier has been killed in the Syrian city of Homs, the first Western journalist to die in the country's current unrest.

- Lord as we move into even darker and more dangerous times, we pray for the protection of all journalists around the world. May You touch their minds and hearts, revealing Your truth and love.

- "I must work the works of Him who sent Me, while it is day; the night comes when no man can work."
(John 9:4)

5. High Court Backs Church in Religious Liberty Case - Fox News

The Supreme Court has sided unanimously with a church sued for firing an employee on religious grounds, issuing an opinion on Wednesday that religious employers can keep the government out of hiring and firing decisions. Read more.

[See also: the statement by Congressman J. Randy Forbes posted on last night's edition of The Daily Brief: "Forbes Hails Unanimous Supreme Court Decision Reaffirming Religious Liberty in Hiring Practices."]

- Lord thank You for this victory against attempts to undermine religious freedom in America. We ask for more decisions which will solidify our freedoms against those who would destroy them.

- "These are the things that you shall do; speak every man the truth to his neighbor; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates." (Zechariah 8:16)

6. FBI Probes Firebombing of New Jersey Synagogue - AP

Several Molotov cocktails and other incendiary devices were thrown at a northern New Jersey synagogue early Wednesday, igniting a fire in the second-floor bedroom of the rabbi's residence in an attack that is being treated as both a bias crime and attempted murder, police said.

Wednesday's attack on Congregation Beth El in Rutherford was the fourth bias incident within a month against a Jewish religious institution or center in northern New Jersey, police said. Within the last three weeks, a fire was intentionally set at a synagogue in Paramus and anti-Semitic graffiti was discovered at synagogues in Hackensack and Maywood. Read more.

- Lord as anti-Semitic sentiments increase in the world, we pray Your Holy protection over the people of the Jewish faith.

- "So this is what the Lord God says: Now I will restore the fortunes of the house of Jacob and have compassion on the whole house of Israel, and I will be jealous for My holy Name." (Ezekiel 39:25)

7. 12 Infected With New Swine Flu Strain -

The days of medical masks at airports and widespread panic may be coming back-that's because at least 12 humans are believed to have been infected with a new strain of swine flu that's not covered by this season's vaccine. The new swine flu strain, H3N2v, has shown at least some potential for human-to-human transmission in those 12 individuals, which makes it especially dangerous.

- Father we bind fear, and speak peace to the people. We ask for Your mighty hand of protection and release the Blood of Jesus against this flu strain.

- "You shall not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flies by day; nor for the pestilence that walks in darkness; nor for the destruction that wastes at noonday." (Psalm 91:5-6)

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. Le Figaro: Israel's Mossad recruiting Iranian dissidents to work against Tehran regime - Haartz

The leading French newspaper Le Figaro reported on Wednesday that Israeli Mossad agents are recruiting and training Iranian dissidents from Iraq's Kurdish region to work against the regime in Tehran.

Quoting a security source in Baghdad, Le Figaro reported that members of the Israeli intelligence agency are actively operating in Kurdistan and recruiting Iranian exiles in the region.

2. 'Hezbollah, Iran providing weaponry to Assad' - jpost

Iran and Hezbollah are actively assisting Syrian President Bashar Assad and providing him with weaponry as part of an effort to ensure that he survives in the face of growing resistance and protests, head of Military Intelligence Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi said...

3. Egypt activists vow no Israeli pilgrimage to tomb - Yahoo

Egyptian Islamists and other activists vowed Wednesday to prevent Israelis from making an annual pilgrimage to the tomb of a 19th-century Jewish holy man in the Nile Delta. Pilgrimage opponents have decided to stage protests on roads leading to the tomb of Rabbi Yaakov Abuhatzeira in the village of Daymouta, 180 kilometers (112 miles) north of Cairo, said Gamal Heshmat of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group which is the country's best organized political movement.

The Daily Jot

The Responsibility of Freedom and America's Civilization Jihad

While American leaders are busy telling everybody that Islam is a peaceful religion that should be tolerated and celebrated, Islamic colonial operatives in the United States are busy trying to take over. The majority seems to be oblivious. Citizens appear to be too busy with their lives or too uninterested in their civic responsibilities to understand the colonization of America by a totalitarian system conveniently disguised as a religion. There seems to be no alarm that our government has even embraced the Muslim Brotherhood, the designated Islamic umbrella organization fomenting jihad, colonization and establishment of global Sharia Law.

The headlines just this week should be enough to jolt any true American back to reality. Former Michigan Republican Congressman Mark Siljander has been sentenced to a year in prison for assisting a jihadist Islamic charity organization. Oklahoma's proposed ban on Sharia Law, which was approved by 70% of the state's voters, was struck down by a US Federal Appeals Court.

The Islamist in charge of Oklahoma's Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) told AP, "This is an important reminder that the Constitution is the last line of defense against a rising tide of anti-Muslim bigotry in our society, and we are pleased that the appeals court recognized that." Imagine that: using our Constitution to justify tyranny.

An Islamic naturalized US citizen tried to blow up buildings in Tampa, Florida, saying he wanted to instill more terror in the hearts of infidels as payback for wrongs done to Muslims, according to the FBI report. Florida's CAIR directors told the news media, "The weapons and explosives were provided by the government. Was he just a troubled individual, or did he pose a real threat?" Other CAIR representatives from California and Michigan weighed in saying that the FBI entrapped Kosovo-born Sami Osmakac, who planned to blow up bridges, night clubs and a police station in Tampa. Testimony in the Holy Land Foundation trial in Texas indicated that CAIR founders were part of the Muslim Brotherhood.

In the same trial, documentation was presented that the Muslim Brotherhood had a plan to colonize America by creating a "Civilization Jihad" on all fronts of society. What happens when Islam takes over? According to Open Doors, an organization that tracks Christian persecution, Islamic nations comprise nine of the top 10 nations and 38 of the top 50 nations persecuting Christians. Strange that Afghanistan, Iraq and Saudi Arabia--countries where American leadership is vested politically and financially--are top ten persecutors. So long as American citizens do nothing to stop the spread of this tyrannical antichrist false religion, persecution and terror will advance. Romans 12:21 exhorts: "Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." With liberty there comes responsibility to keep it.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson

Introducing . . . Moslem Brotherhood's Leader

Meet the Muslim Brotherhood's "Spiritual Leader" Brotherhood's 'Lenin' Plotting Islamic Super-State

Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi has been called the most influential Islamic cleric in the world. He's the "spiritual leader" of the Muslim Brotherhood, and a vocal proponent of the Islamic caliphate and sharia rule. He's called for the killing of U.S. troops in Iraq and has supported suicide bombings against Israeli civilians. And according to reports, Qaradawi is acting as a mediator in secret U.S. talks with the Taliban.

Learn more about the man some call a jihadi "Lenin" by going here.
(Source: CBN News)

Focus on Child Tax Credits

While the press picks on Rick Santorum for his social views, the Wall Street Journal is attacking the former Senator from another angle: his pro-family economic plan. In Monday's edition, editors complain that the "most disappointing" part of the Pennsylvanian's proposal is his idea to triple the child tax credit from $1,000 today, which the WSJ claims is "social policy masquerading as economics." The paper accuses Santorum of unfairly rewarding taxpayers who have children over those who don't. But at the root of these accusations is a fundamental misunderstanding about how the economy works. The child tax credit, which was originally conceived, developed, and promoted by FRC, recognizes that the American family is the engine that drives the U.S. economy. A world with fewer children means a world with fewer taxpayers.

Sen. Santorum recognizes, as we do, that a modest tax credit now is a small investment to make in the growth of human capital, which is shrinking at an alarming rate. Who does the Wall Street Journal expect to pay down the debt, fund social security benefits, and pick up the tab for big government programs in the future? Certainly not those who aren't having children. America's tax policy should reward the families who are raising taxpayers who will carry these economic burdens in the coming years. The principle of fairness applies to the tax treatment of the family: it should get the same deductions in the tax code as business does for similar investments in human capital. It's simple: if you're interested in growing the U.S. economy, you'll support tax credits for married families raising children. (Family Research Council)

Doomsday Clock Updates 'Minutes To Midnight'

"How close we are to total catastrophe now?"

UPDATE: The 'Doomsday Clock' has been moved forward. We're now 5 'minutes from midnight.' View a live stream of the announcement and rationale here.

Humanity will soon be getting an update on how close we are to catastrophic destruction, as scientists and security experts decide whether to nudge the hands of the famous "Doomsday Clock" forward toward midnight - and doom - or back toward security and safety.

The clock, in use as a symbol of imminent apocalypse since 1947, now stands at six minutes to midnight. On Tuesday (Jan. 10), the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) will announce whether they will nudge the minute hand forward or backward to reflect current trends in world security. The last time the clock hand moved was in 2010, when the group moved the hand from five minutes to midnight back to six.

In making the decision, the Bulletin considers the current state of nuclear weapons, climate change and biosecurity, along with other issues that could influence humanity's survival. The closest the clock has been to midnight has been 11:57 p.m., set in 1984 when the U.S. and the Soviet Union were in a diplomatic stand-off and tensions were high. The farthest humanity has ever been from destruction, according to the clock, was in 1991, when the Doomsday Clock stood at 17 minutes to midnight. That year, the Cold War over, the U.S. and Russia began cutting their arsenals.

The clock ticked back toward midnight at the next update in 1995, however, when hopes of total nuclear disarmament began to fade. That update set the hands at 14 minutes until midnight. In recent years, the clock has ticked closer to destruction as the Bulletin has focused on concerns about nuclear terrorism and climate change.

The 2010 shift away from doomsday was due to nuclear agreements between the U.S. and Russia and productive climate talks at Copenhagen.

The announcement of the new "doomsday time" will come at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday. The Bulletin is expected to consider factors ranging from Iran's nuclear program to the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster to the state of policy on climate change.
(Source: Huffington Post) Read more.

Have you discovered . . . The Military Channel?

My husband and I recently came across a channel on our cable TV that has probably been in place for some time now, but with our new, expanded listings, we too can now watch . .

If you have not yet discovered this gem for yourselves (and if your service provider lists this channel), you may want to check this out for yourselves.

The Military Channel features a variety of programs, including these topics, in great detail:

- World War I

- World War II

- The development of aerial warfare

- The development of tank warfare (not my favorite!)

- Classic movies with war themes, on Saturday night, with a military leader lending insights and perspective to each one . .

Each program shows actual footage, in old black-and- white films, of different battle fronts in these wars.

We have also been blessed to honor the many heroes who have fought in these wars to secure our own freedom as American citizens . . .

Sadly, however, this channel also documents the atrocities of the Holocaust, again in great detail, that will make you cringe . . . not only what happened at Auschwitz and the other death camps. but also the millions that were sought out and slain during military campaigns that preceded that horror. And we say: "NEVER AGAIN!"

And now, in this nuclear age, if we are to learn anything from history, the Military Channel truly gives us food for thought.

Jim and Sara Ballenger
Capitol Hill Prayer Partners

The Good News Corner:

"How He Loves" - David Crowder

A video describing and highlighting just how great the love of God is. When we truly see that He loves us right where we are it sparks a desire in us to worship. God lavishes his love and grace on us amidst our failure and brokenness. He isn't surprised when we fall, stumble, or mess up. He saw it the whole time and loved us the same.

Worship with Us Today!

"I'll Fly Away" - Alison Krauss

"No more cold iron shackles on my feet,
I'll fly away! I'll fly away, O glory,
I'll fly away!
When I die, Hallelujah, bye and bye,
I'll fly away!"