Friday, March 2, 2012

CHPP Daily Brief - Friday, March 2, 2012

•  The Daily Brief
•  The Middle East in Focus
•  Alert! Bethlehem Conference
•  Today's Legislative Focus
•  Alert! Harvard Conference
•  Russian Elections on Sunday!
•  The Good News Corner
•  Worship with Us Today!

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The Daily Brief - Friday, March. 2, 2012

"His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark." (Psalm 91:4)

The Daily Brief

1. Tornado Risk Analysis Model has gone the highest value for Friday Tornado Outbreak
- The Weather Space

Friday's severe weather setup could contain long tracking violent tornadoes across the Ohio and Tennessee River Valley zones, into the Southern Gulf States.

- Father, we ask for Your mercy for those folks who are in the paths of these violent storms. We pray for Your protection over their lives and homes and businesses. We ask that people will find their refuge and "safe place" in You. We speak to the storms and command them, in Your Name, to be still. Amen.

- "But He [Himself] was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they awoke Him and said to Him, Master, do You not care that we are perishing?And He arose and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, Hush now! Be still (muzzled)! And the wind ceased (sank to rest as if exhausted by its beating) and there was [immediately] a great calm (a perfect peacefulness)." (Mark 4:38,39)

2. Rickards: We Should Still Fear a Double-Dip Recession
- Money News

Despite improving economic indicators, the U.S. economy remains at risk for a double-dip recession, which would indicate the country is likely mired in depression, says James Rickards, a hedge fund manager and author.

- Lord, we come to You asking for Your provision for your people. We do ask that no manipulation of these figures will make this recession/depression look like anything other than what it is. We pray that the electorate will see the facts and vote accordingly. In Your Name, we pray. Amen

- "Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide." (Genesis 22:13,14)

3. Senate rejects Republican birth control challenge - Reuters

The Senate narrowly backed a key plank of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law on Thursday by rejecting a sweeping Republican measure that would have allowed employers to opt out of birth control coverage and other services on moral grounds.

- Lord, sometimes it makes us weary, seeing those whom we elected playing "partisan politics", instead of serving the people. We ask, Lord, not just for a righteous President to be elected this Fall, but also godly men and women, who honor You and walk in integrity, to the Senate and the House. Amen.

- " . . . the Rock of Israel said to me: 'When one rules over people in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God, he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings grass from the earth."
(2 Samuel 23:3,4)

4. Sheriff Joe:'Probable Cause' Obama Certificate a Fraud

An investigative "Cold Case Posse" launched six months ago by "America's toughest sheriff" -- Joe Arpaio of Arizona's Maricopa County -- has concluded there is probable cause that the document released by the White House last year as President Obama's birth certificate is a computer-generated forgery.

- Lord, we ask You to reveal the hidden things, and those things kept secret will be shouted from the housetops! We ask You to expose the crafty wickedness of those who try to deceive the people. Shine Your light upon the true facts, and bring glory to Your Holy Name, we pray! Amen!

- "He thwarts the plans of the crafty, so that their hands achieve no success. He catches the wise in their craftiness, and the schemes of the wily are swept away."
(Job 5:12,13)

5. Russian upgrades give Iran early warning of attack
- DebkaFile

The Russians have upgraded their Jabal Al Harrah electronic and surveillance station south of Damascus opposite Israel's Sea of Galilee, adding resources especially tailored to give Tehran early warning of an oncoming U.S. or Israeli attack, debkafile's U.S. military sources report. Read more.

- "Father, we ask You to thwart the plans of Israel's enemies, and turn their evil plans back upon themselves. We ask for "angelic interference" with the signals picked up by that station, and send confusion against those who have pledged to destroy Yeshua's Name! Amen!

- "Fear not; stand still (firm, confident, undismayed) and see the salvation of the Lord which He will work for you today. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest." (Exodus 14:13,14)

The Middle East in Focus

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

"The earth is the LORD's, and it's fullness; the world, and they that dwell therein. For He has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods." (Psalm 24:1,2)

1. US must assure Israel it'll use might to stop Iran - Jerusalem Post

The United States must assure Israel that if it delays any military moves against Iran's nuclear program, Washington will use its own might to stop Tehran from weaponizing its nuclear program, former IDF intelligence chief Amos Yadlin wrote Thursday.

2. For Obama and Netanyahu, Wariness on Iran Will Dominate Talks
- NY Times

Nearly four years ago, when Senator Barack Obama was running for president and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel was head of the opposition, they met here in what aides described as a warm atmosphere.

3. 3 Gaza rockets hit Israel's south
- Ynet News

Three Qassam rockets fired by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza Thursday afternoon landed in open areas within the limits of the Ashkelon Beach Regional Council. There were no reports of injury or damage.

4. Israel told U.S. Iran must halt enrichment ahead of nuclear talks, sources say - Haaretz

Israel wants the United States and Western countries to make halting uranium enrichment a condition for renewing talks with Iran, a senior Foreign Ministry official says. The official said Israel had raised the subject in talks over the past two weeks with the United States, Britain, France, Germany and other countries.

Alert! Bethlehem Conference

The Christ at the Checkpoint Conference [CATC] in Bethlehem, March 5-9

Deception abounds in "Christian" Conference

- Lord, many who will be in attendance are our brothers and sisters in Messiah Yeshua. Please open up their ears to really hear what is being said (Revelations 3:6).

- God, have mercy and show them that love not founded on the truth of Your Word is not the kind of love You told us to walk in.

- That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by men's tricks and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive. But speaking the truth in love, we may grow up into Him in all things, which is the head, even Messiah: Ephesians 4:14-15; cp. john 3:31; 8:32; 2 Corinthians 13:8; Romans 1:18; Galatians 3:1

- Sanctify them through Your truth. Your word is truth. John 17:17

- Expose any of Satan's "ministers of righteousness" (2 Corinthians 11:14-15) who will be in attendance.

- Abba, if there are any who are going, and You have not specifically called them to be there - stop them in the most merciful way - but do stop them.

Protect those who are going from all lying and seductive spirits (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).

- May all of the speakers proclaim what is on their hearts so that any hidden hatred for Israel and the Jews will be exposed.

- Use gentile believers, especially Arab Christians, to speak up boldly for the truth.

- Empower the few Zionists who are speaking to be bold and declare truth (Galatians 4:16).

- Protect them from being politically correct, and make them Biblically correct. (Source: Intercessors for Israel)

(an excerpt)

The Arab believers in Israel truly need all the support they can get. But they don't need help in the form of shameful replacement theology, which has caused the Jewish people endless sufferings in Christian lands for two millennia and only plays right into the hands of Islam. Now, a so called Evangelical Conference in Bethlehem is resurrecting this monster from the Dark Ages that strips the Jewish people of their identity and destiny. It is a disgrace and a shame on the Name of our Savior.

The Arab Palestinian followers of the promised Messiah of Israel, need the apostolic gospel Paul preached, that as believers in Yeshua we are joint heirs with Israel to the promises of God. They need our full support in prayer and action to stand strong against Islamic ideology, persecution and intimidation. Paul wrote to the believers in Rome, "Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people." (Rom 15:10)

In Acts 13, Paul confronted a sorcerer and false prophet named Bar-Jesus (Aramaic for "son of Jesus" or "follower of Jesus"), "'You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord? Now the hand of the Lord is against you. You are going to be blind, and for a time you will be unable to see the light of the sun.' Immediately mist and darkness came over him, and he groped about, seeking someone to lead him by the hand. When the proconsul saw what had happened, he believed, for he was amazed at the teaching about the Lord." (Acts 13:10-12)

Those at CATC who claim to be followers of Jesus, but "pervert the right ways of the Lord" need to be confronted! We urge you to spread the information in this Prayer Alert about CATC to warn as many as possible!

* Pray that Arabic Christians will have the courage to stand up against Islam!
"Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked." (Pr 25:26)

* Pray that the apostolic gospel, that gentile believers are heirs together with Israel, will spread in the Arab world and give much hope!

"This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus." (Eph 3:6)
"Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people." (Rom 15:10)

* Pray that lies will be exposed at CATC March 5-9! "Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them." (Eph 5:11)

* Pray that God will hinder all promotion of Replacement Theology at this conference!

"You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord? Now the hand of the Lord is against you." (Acts 13:10-11)

Lars and Harriet Enarson
The Elijah Prayer Army

See also this article in the Jerusalem Post: "This Bethlehem conference is no Purim."

Today's Legislative Focus

From The Madison Project

Bonus Legislation!

[Every week, we will try to spotlight some positive legislation that is worthy of conservative support.]

Taxpayers Right to Know Act (H.R. 3609/S. 1957)

- Part of the reason why the growth of government is out of control is because there is not enough transparency and oversight over the hundreds of government agencies and programs. Congressman Lankford (ROK) and Senator Coburn (R-OK) have introduced a bill in both the House (H.R.3609) and the Senate (S. 1957) requiring every federal agency to provide taxpayers with an annual "report card" for all of its programs. Each program would be identified and described to provide the total administrative costs, expenditures for services, number of beneficiaries, and the number of staff involved in administration.

Additionally, the description would include a listing of other federal programs with duplicative/overlapping missions, the latest performance reviews, the latest improper payment rates (including fraud), and the total amount of unobligated funds currently held by the agency.

This bill should be a no-brainer and should receive bipartisan support. Call your member of the House and request that he/she cosponsor H.R. 3609. Ask your senators to cosponsor the companion bill, S. 1957. Let's see who supports real transparency in government.

Alert! Harvard Conference

Zionist Organization of America Urges Harvard to Cancel Conference Calling for Israel's Destruction

"One State Conference" Scheduled for March 3 - 4.

New York, NY -- March 1, 2012 -- The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has condemned Harvard University for agreeing to host and fund the 'One State Conference: Israel/Palestine and the One State Solution' during March 3-4 and has written to Harvard University President, Professor Drew Gilpin Faust, calling upon her to rescind the decision to host the Conference. The ZOA has also called upon Harvard donors to strongly protest Harvard's hosting of the Conference.

The 'One State Conference: Israel/Palestine and the One State Solution' is dedicated to the dissolution of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people and its advertised speakers is a rogue's gallery of virulent opponents of Israel's right to exist. Speakers at this conference include a former spokesperson for the terrorist group the Palestine Liberation Organization, supporters of the genocidal terrorist group Hamas, and presenters who routinely compare the policies of the Israeli government to those of apartheid South Africa and Nazi Germany.
Participating Harvard faculty include Stephen Walt, former academic dean at the Kennedy School, currently its Belfer Professor of International Affairs and co-author with John Mearsheimer of the academically disreputable screed, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy. Also among the speakers is Ali Abunimah, the executive director of the viciously anti-Israel website, Electronic Intifada, and author of a book advocating Israel's dismantlement and its replacement with an Arab-dominated single state. He routinely compares Israel to Nazi Germany and South African apartheid.

In a letter to President Faust, ZOA National President Morton A. Klein wrote, "We utterly condemn Harvard University's decision to permit this type of conference to be held on its campus. When the promotion of hatred and discrimination is at issue - as it is here in respect of denying the right of Jews to their own state - there is no scope for hiding behind a freedom of speech and academic inquiry defense.

"The Dean of the Kennedy School of Government, David Ellwood, has claimed that, 'we would never take a position on specific policy solutions to achieving peace in this region and certainly would not endorse any policy that some argue could lead to the elimination of the Jewish state of Israel.' These are disgraceful weasel words. Dismantling Israel is not a 'specific policy solution' except for terrorists. It is an anti-Semitic program. Nor is the elimination of the Jewish state of Israel a possible outcome of what is called the 'one-state solution' - it is its primary and indispensable objective. Denying Israel's right to self-determination and its right to exist fall under the U.S. State Department's definition of anti-Semitism.

"Mr. Ellwood's disclaimer of responsibility for this Conference and others emanating from Harvard authorities are disingenuous. They cannot expect anyone to believe that Harvard would permit, host or fund a Conference that was anti-gay or anti-African-American. Would Harvard decline to 'take a position' on such conferences? Just to ask the question is to answer it: you would never do so.

"However, when a Conference announces the anti-Semitic program of depriving the Jewish people - and only the Jewish people - of their right to a nation state, Harvard has pretended that it is simply a student affair and that no responsibility attaches to the University. This is simply an insult to people's intelligence. It is a contemptuous and contemptible argument.
"We have no doubt that Harvard is responsible for this Conference. The University is enabling it in every conceivable way. Your faculty will be among the Conference participants. The University's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs is providing funding for it. The premises of the University's Kennedy School of Government will be used to host it. This is complicity, pure and simple.

"We call upon Harvard to withdraw support for this Conference, to prohibit the use of its property for hosting it and its funds for financing it; and to sanction faculty members who participate in it."

Russian Elections on Sunday!

NEW CZAR RISING: Russia's election on March 4 may prove a bigger deal than our own.

by Joel C. Rosenberg

Though protest movements against Vladimir Putin throughout Russia in recent months suggest a growing number of Russians finally see the former KGB chief for what he is - a thug and a bully - polls still suggest he is expected to win handily. If those polls are right and Putin does, in fact, reemerge as president then let's be clear: we will be watching a new Czar rising, a tyrant who will rule with an iron hand over his own people, and look to project Russian power elsewhere in the world. Putin says he will immediately begin to rebuild Russia's tattered military, investing 772 billion, to that end; we should take him at his word and consider seriously why he is so determined to have a stronger military in a world in which Russia faces no real or serious threats to its own national security.

More than anything, Putin wants to regain and reassert the glory and the power of Mother Russia. That means he wants to expand her territory and enlarge her borders. The problem Putin faces is that Russia can't signficantly expand westward because NATO is moving eastward (though Putin has spoken openly of creating a merger with the neighboring country of Belarus, which is also currently run by a tyrannical dictator.) Russia can't expand eastward because China is now a rich and strong and nuclear-armed power. Russia can't seriously expand northward because there's not much to gain from the North Pole. Thus, we should expect him to project power southward. Since 2000, he has, in fact, been building strategic alliances with Islamic countries throughout North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. He has sold billions of dollars worth of arms to Iran, Syria, Algeria, Libya, Sudan and other Islamic powers. He's been particularly vocal in defending the tyrants in Tehran and Damascus. Expect Moscow's focus on the Islamic world to increase dramatically.

It should also be noted that the Hebrew prophet Ezekiel wrote in chapters 38 and 39 of his biblical text that in the "last days" there will be a political and military alliance between Russia (Magog), Iran (Persia) and a coalition of other "epicenter" countries that will move against an increasingly secure and prosperous State of Israel for an apocalyptic battle driven by greed and a lust for power. Ultimately, the prophecy tells us that Russia and her allies will be decimated in this war and face divine judgment, while Israel will be saved. It remains too early to say that we have arrived at such a fulfillment of the "War of Gog and Magog prophecies, but the geopolitical, economic and spiritual trend-lines suggest we are steadily moving in that direction.

For all these reasons, Sunday's presidential elections in Russia may prove a bigger deal over the short-run - and over the long-run - than our own. The trend-lines are intriguing, to say the least. Russia will pose an increasing threat to American and Western values and interests, and in time will pose an even greater threat to Israel and to the security and stability of the Middle East. The media may not be paying attention, but we should.

- "Father, we thank You that Your Word is true, and settled in Heaven. We ask that You will have Your way in this election in Russia, for Your own purposes. We pray that people will vote in large numbers, and we pray for their protection as they do so. We ask for mercy for Your people in that land, and we praise You that You are the One who "sets up kings, and takes them down". We pray that the people will call out to You, and find their salvation and freedom in You as their Savior and Shelter. Amen.

- "He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and sets up kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding! He reveals the deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him! Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, chief prince (ruler) of Rosh, of Meshech, and of Tubal.And I will turn you back and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you forth and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed in full armor, a great company with buckler and shield, all of them handling swords" (Daniel 2:21,22; Ezekiel 38:3,4)

The Good News Corner:

Update on TheCRY Hollywood: A "Watershed" Prayer Event

"What could God do if thousands of Believers from all across the earth would focus their hearts in prayer and fasting on the cultural epic-center of our generation? The potential is endless." -TheCRY Hollywood

(Hollywood, CA)-In just a few weeks thousands of Christians will converge on Universal City's Gibson Amphitheatre in Hollywood for what some are calling "a watershed prayer gathering."

"In the wake of the recent passing of vocal icon Whitney Houston it is a reverent honor to come to the heart of Hollywood and lift up the people of this industry in prayer at this difficult time," says event director Faytene Grasseschi, "our heart is to love this city through prayer."
The motto of TheCRY is: It is not a concert. It is not a conference. It's a CRY. Grasseschi explains, "Our heart is to bless and pray for this industry, and the people in it, who are affecting the world so profoundly. We are believing for God's love to move in a way that deeply touches lives," Grasseschi goes on to explain, ". . . we are also believing for the most anointed and God glorifying films, music and programs that the earth has ever seen to come out of Hollywood in this upcoming season. There is so much potential for good right now. We believe our job is to bless the potential and pray."

Current studies show, the average North American today spends less than 28 hours a year in church but 6 hours a day saturated in media and that most people spend more than half their day saturated in media. A recent Nelson study determined there are more televisions in America than human beings. Furthermore, the average child will have watched 4,000 hours of TV before Kindergarten (Kaiser Family Foundation).

Jonthan Ngai oversees Radiance, a 24-7 House of Prayer in the heart of Hollywood that overlooks the iconic Hollywood sign. Ngai says, "The importance of Hollywood in this generation cannot be overstated. Its influence is clear, but it's true redemptive calling - yet to be realized . . . I believe all of this can change as leaders from the city and around the world come together at TheCRY Hollywood to pray this city into its full calling . . . "

On an endorsement video for TheCRY Hollywood event Ben Davies of Courageous says, ". . . It [entertainment media] is such a terrific platform for ministry. The things that happen in Hollywood, the United States, dominates the world market. Every movie gets distributed all over the world . . ." Ted Baehr from Movie Guide reported, " . . . there are some great things going on [in Hollywood], but we need much more of it. And the way we get it? We pray. We need to pray and cry out to God . . . so I'm inviting you to come and participate in TheCRY . . . "

Organizers seem full of inspiration and faith declaring, "What could God do if thousands of Believers from all across the earth would focus their hearts in prayer and fasting on the cultural epic-center of our generation? The potential is endless."

Many well-known industry professionals, leaders from the global Body of Christ and local leaders are all expected to attend and participate in TheCRY Hollywood on March 15th, 2012. (Source: TheCRY Hollywood) [Reported by Breaking Christian News]

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Shout to the Lord (Again!)

"The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world and all who live in it!" (Psalm 24:1)

Keep praising Him as we enter into ALL-NIGHT PRAYER tonight!