Thursday, March 22, 2012

CHPP Daily Brief - Thursday, March 22, 2012

•  The Daily Brief
•  The Middle East in Focus
•  The Daily Jot
•  Beck: Progressive Mission Accomplished
•  "Mount Carmel" Day of Prayer
•  Obamacare: Where We Are Now
•  More on Obamacare
•  Urgent Prayer for Underground Arab Churches
•  The Good News Corner
•  Worship with Us Today!

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The Daily Brief - Thursday, March 22, 2012

"Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by." (Isaiah 26:20)

The Daily Brief

1. After Long Standoff, French Terror Suspect Killed in Raid - Fox News

The suspect in a radical Islam-linked killing spree in southern France was killed after police raided his apartment to end a 32-hour standoff, the French interior minister said.

Mohamed Merah, who holed up in an apartment in the southern city of Toulouse, was found in the apartment's bathroom and exchanged fire with police, the minister said. He apparently was shot in the head as he jumped out of a window.

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- Father, even as we abhor the loss of any life, we are grateful that the outcome of this standoff did not destroy the lives of many more than the original incident. We pray for the souls of people like Mr. Merah, and ask that You move among them to defeat the spirit of murder that indwells their hearts.

- "He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him." (John 8:44b)

2. Virginia Middle School Teacher had students do 'opposition research' on GOP Candidates - Fox News

A Virginia middle school teacher is under fire after making his students do "opposition research" on Republican presidential candidates, according to a report.

Eighth-graders at Liberty Middle School in Fairfax County were assigned to research the backgrounds and positions of Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul and find any "weaknesses," according to The Daily Caller.

The students were then required to draft a strategy paper, mapping out how to exploit those weaknesses and then research how to forward it to the Obama campaign.

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- Lord, we are saddened at this attempt on the part of a teacher of our children to manipulate their viewpoints. We pray this man will be disciplined - or even removed from his position - and that You will bring him to the place where he will respect the election process.

- "we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness by which they lie in wait to deceive." (Ephesians 4:14)

3. Muni defaults another blow for insurers - Reuters

A growing number of U.S. cities are choosing to fund essential services like public safety and garbage collection over making payments on their outstanding debt, as rising costs and falling revenue deplete their budgets.

- Father, we pray that wisdom be granted to municipalities on how to balance their payments of debt with necessary services. As with all of American cities and the people who reside there, debt is crushing our ability to function. We call out to You, Mighty God, for intervention and help at this critical time.

- "Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know." (Jeremiah 33:3)

4. U.S. top court backs landowners, limits power of EPA - Reuters

The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that landowners can sue to challenge a federal government compliance order under the clean water law, a decision that sides with corporate groups and puts new limits on a key Environmental Protection Agency power.

- Thank You, Father, for this curb to the power of the federal government against landowners. We ask Your protection over the couple that started this action, and draw the Bloodline of Christ around their property.

- "The hope of the righteous will be gladness, but the expectation of the wicked will perish."
(Proverbs 10:28)

5. Abortion foes do live ultrasounds in Idaho Capitol - CBS News

The Idaho Capitol was part medical clinic, part reality TV show and all cultural battlefield on Wednesday, as an anti-abortion advocate secured a basement meeting room to conduct live ultrasound procedures on six women before a mostly female audience of 150.

- Lord, thank You for the passage of the ultrasound bill in Idaho. We pray fervently that more states will pass similar bills to save the lives of the unborn. We bind the selfish, murderous spirits in the United States that continually seek to destroy our children's future.

- "And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son."(John 14:13)

6. Obama to push US agencies on south Keystone line - Reuters

President Barack Obama will send a memo to federal agencies on Thursday directing them to prioritize permitting for TransCanada's southern leg of the Keystone oil pipeline, a senior White House official said on Wednesday.

- Father, this conflicting story seems to be a constant theme in the current administration. One minute they are opposed to the pipeline, the next they are "prioritizing permits" for it. We pray for truth to be revealed and all hidden agendas, so that the American people can see the inconsistencies. We also ask for the pipeline and others to be completed, that the US will no longer be dependent upon foreign oil.

- "and do not harm the oil and the wine."
(Revelation 6:6c)

7. NYPD says Iran has conducted surveillance in NYC - Wall Street Journal

Authorities have interviewed at least 13 people since 2005 with ties to Iran's government who were seen taking pictures of New York City landmarks, a senior New York Police Department official said Wednesday.

- Thank you, Lord, that our intelligence and law enforcement communities are watching the surveillance methods of our enemies. We pray Your continued monitoring of their activities, and prevention of any planned attacks.

- "For I will defend this city, to save it, for My own sake and for My servant David's sake." (2 Kings 19:34)

8. Controversial 'One State Under God' license plate goes on sale in Texas
- Fox News

A license plate that declares Texas "One State Under God" went on sale this week, despite an outcry from critics who say government tags shouldn't be endorsing religion.

- Lord, we pray this license plate will be protected from anti-religious groups who seek to undermine America's love for You.

-"Some trust in horses and some in chariots, but we will remember the Name of our God." (Psalm 20:7)

9. Moslems Cult Members Destroy Graves of WWII Heroes - Conservative Byte

Insult to WWII servicemen Graves of British troops, smashed and desecrated by Libyan Wahhabi AlCIAeda NATO RATS,, Bernard Henry Levy's new allies in Libya.A furious Wahhabi mob has desecrated dozens of Commonwealth War Graves in a Libyan cemetery.Headstones commemorating British and Allied servicemen, killed during World War II campaigns in the Western Desert between 1942 to 1943, lay smashed and strewn across Benghazi Military Cemetery.

- Pray that a global outcry will arise against this abominable behavior. No more!

- "Your hand will lay hold on all your enemies; your right hand will seize your foes."
(Psalm 21:8)

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. 3 rockets fired at western Negev - Ynet News

Three rockets were fired at southern Israel from the Gaza Strip Wednesday night.

2. Israel inks another Dolphin deal - Ynet News

Israel signed a contract Wednesday to purchase its sixth Dolphin-class submarine for a reported $530 million. Germany will fund a third of the vessel's cost.

3. Former Mossad chief: Israel will know before Iran begins producing nuclear weapons
- Ha'aretz

Discussions between Iran and the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program will begin on April 13, senior U.S. and EU officials informed Israel on Tuesday. The talks are likely to take place in Geneva.

The Daily Jot

End Time "Beast" government rapidly moving into place

America's dedication to freedom and human rights combined with its development as a world economic and military power long has been a reason why dictators wanting to take over the world could not arise and maintain power. One such test was that of Adolf Hitler. Another is the rise of the Soviet Union and its struggle for world rule that was finally put down after Ronald Reagan's policies ended a dark period in history where communism was responsible for killing over 100 million people. There always have been progressives who wanted to globalize America, but personal liberty prevailed. Until now, when apathy is allowing erosion of freedom and the rise of the end times "Beast" government.

The Apostle John in Revelation 13 speaks of a beast that comes out of the sea. This means that it is a political system that comes from the sea of people. It is a worldwide government headed by the antichrist. Verses 5-7 say, "And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against YHVH, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations."

While YHVH is sovereign and He will do as He will, a careful analysis of world events points toward the time when this "Beast" is rapidly coming into focus. America long has made up the hedge against a tyrannical world system. However, in the past several years, America has changed her focus from being a beacon of freedom to a nation-builder spreading "democracy." At the same time, Americans have elected leaders who have become a ruling class and have joined the globalist movement. From trade with other countries to assisting them in all aspects of life through our foreign aid to deciding what kind of governments and leaders are right for various peoples, America is immersed in the global order.

We have seen that the government, whenever it sees fit, can take control of private property and the very food and water sources every citizen needs for survival. Additionally, lawmakers of both parties have voted to incarcerate up to ten years citizens that attempt to redress the government for grievances through public protest. The erosion of Constitutional rights is now coming so fast and furious that Americans can hardly keep up with them, let alone fight them. This accelerates the formation of the end time "Beast" government. As Paul writes in Romans 12:21, "Be not overcome of evil, but conquer evil with good." And Peter said in Acts 5:29, "We ought to obey YHVH rather than men." We need to stand and speak boldly.

Have A Blessed And Powerful Day,
Bill Wilson

Beck: Progressive Mission Accomplished

Beck: Progressive 'Mission Accomplished,' Now on to Phase II - Communism

If one wanted to destroy America, all one would need to do is break the country into parts and chisel away at each segment, bit by bit. Tuesday's episode of The Glenn Beck Program laid out America's core components and described how each one is being undermined and thus, destroyed. But who is doing the destroying?

Glenn contends that those seeking to dismantle the American way are "no longer progressives." Instead, the left has successfully morphed into what it had always intended to be: Full-fledged Communists.

"Progressives can say mission accomplished. Now it's phase two."

Invoking Stuart Chase's "The Road We Are Traveling" and the recent Obama propaganda piece by essentially the same name, Glenn informed viewers that progressives' "road" has come to an end, and thus, it is now time to "start studying Communism."

. . . He added that "we need to change the way we're thinking because the battle has changed."

"They built their machine," said Glenn. Progressives have now turned that machine on and we must pay attention to Communists.

He instructed viewers to learn as much as they can about Communism - how it works, what its core tenets are, who its radical architects and advocates are, as well as to familiarize themselves with the system's heroes and villains. . .

[Beck then continues to analyze the changes we have seen in the following segments of our society:

-- the military

-- education as indoctrination

-- banking and finance

-- industry

-- food

-- the media
-- transportation

-- faith

-- health

-- energy

-- police/security

To read the article in its entirety, go here.]


In order to abate this encroaching danger, Glenn urged viewers to begin studying Communism as he believes progressivism was merely a vehicle by which to deliver us to this final stage of the political spectrum. Per progressive and communist ideology, Glenn reminded that, left to your own devices, you are considered a "stupid commoner" who will only "hurt the collective."

He added that physical force is not needed to resist this oppressive state, but rather instructed the audience and viewers to simply "free yourself from the system" by following some simple steps:

* Extricate yourself from debt to gain increased independence.

* Buy local and, if you haven't, connect with your neighbors to build a sense of community. Protection comes in numbers.

* Be the best at your job.

* Curb internet use - especially social media and tracking applications on smart phones and gadgets - and resume connecting with people face-to-face. It is important to build a realtime rapport with your neighbors and peers so that in the event of an emergency, you'll know where to find each other. It also reinforces the knowledge that we are all individuals, not faceless members of the collective.

* While the financial aspects may be prohibitive for some if not most, having access to land with a fresh water supply is crucial. If one is able to grow food, he or she will never go hungry, nor will one have to rely on the government for sustenance.

* Read, particularly those volumes that speak to and fulfill one's needs spiritually.

* Keep a journal and a ham radio

One takeaway Glenn shared with viewers was to "fundamentally transform" the U.S. back "into a place where freedom grows."

Did you know? . . .

Among the many caucuses that exist in the House of Representatives is the Congressional Progressive Caucus. To see a list of its membership, go here.

To view a list of members of Congress who are also members of the Socialist Party (as well as their agenda), go here.

"Mount Carmel" Day of Prayer:

Sunday, March 25, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Christ Our Shepherd Church

Washington, D.C.

Dear Friends,

Obama has thrown down the gauntlet for a Mount Carmel-style Prayer Confrontation at the Supreme Court next week (Read 1 Kings 18:16-40). Can the intercessors stand in the Spirit of Elijah?

Christ our Shepherd Church on Capitol Hill is generously allowing us to use its sanctuary for serious prayer and intercession on Sunday, March 25th, from 2 PM until 4 PM (801 N Carolina Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003

(See attached pdf map or get directions HERE.)

For the first hour we will be, as it were, in the prayer closet, among fellow believers in the sanctuary. We will be able to pray freely as led by the Lord. At 3:00 PM, we will walk to the U.S. Supreme Court to join Rev. Pat Mahoney and another group of intercessors to unite in prayer onsite until 4 PM. Pat has made arrangements with the Supreme Court Police and they are expecting us. It will be a time of peaceable, heartfelt prayer. Because we will be in public and we could be overheard by anyone, it is critically important that our words and prayers be exemplary, beyond reproach. A part of the group may remain behind at Christ the Shepherd to pray in private. You, of course, are welcome to do that. Intercessors are needed in both places.
Please contact your prayer networks. Urge them to pray and fast and to join us this Sunday. We need as many solid prayer warriors from the Washington region as possible. If you have a network with trusted prayer warriors in this area, please notify and urge them to join us.

Ask those in your network, wherever they may be, to be praying with us from now through the time that the Supreme Court will issue its ruling, sometime in June, but especially Sunday, March 25th thru Wednesday, March 28th. This is the greatest prayer challenge of its kind in our lifetime.
Our meeting will not be a media event, a protest, a private rally, or any other such thing. It will be a prayer meeting. We are counting on having a face to face encounter with the Lord and in concert with Him to tear down and throw down spiritual principalities and powers that seek to fundamentally transform our nation into a God-denying, secular, socialist, taxpayer paid abortion funding, post Christian America - the very opposite of what our Founders intended and our fathers and sons gave their blood for.

Remember, Obamacare - The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) - is binding law right now, to be implemented in stages. Rules are still being promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and it will be fully implemented unless either both Houses of Congress pass a bill to repeal it and the President signs it into law, or the U.S. Supreme Court rules it unconstitutional.

Hope you can be with us!
Rev. Pierre Bynum
National Prayer Director
Family Research Council

Obamacare: Where We Are Now

A Summary Review Published by the Family Research Council

1. Prayer at the Court - Beginning next Monday, the Supreme Court will for three successive days hear arguments over the constitutionality of the Obama health care law. A ruling is expected by June. The President has asked supporters to pray for the mandate (meaning what? The individual mandate, the abortion mandate, the free abortifacient drugs-for-all mandate, the comprehensive national mandate?), and to conduct coordinated prayer vigils and rallies outside the Court.

2. All or Nothing - Legal experts believe the law is so convoluted it cannot be fixed; that if Congress attempts to improve it with various tweaks, it could actually encourage the Court to affirm it, trusting Congress to fix it. The Congressional Budget Office reports that the law will cost twice what the President promised, and will increase, not reduce, the average family's health care costs.

3. The Grand Abortion Hoax - The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has finally admitted what Obama has denied repeatedly - that abortion will be covered under Obamacare. You will remember former Congressman Bart Stupak, who led a small group of conservative Democrats who had the power to kill the bill. The President promised him a presidential Executive Order to guarantee that abortion would not be in the plan. Stupak bought it, and gave the President the votes he needed to pass. The President's promise and order have been proved worthless, just as experts said they would be. Now, the plan will cover abortion for all women, and forces all Americans to contribute.

4. The Mandate against Religious Conscience - Sterilization, contraceptives and birth control devices and medicines, including Ella, the abortifacient "morning-after pill," must be made available to everyone, for free. This means, for example, that Catholic hospitals will have to provide health insurance plans that include these kinds of drugs. The President refuses to bend to objections on the basis of religious conscience and the Senate rejected Sen. Roy Blunt's (R-Mo.) amendment to protect conscience rights.

5. Student Mandate - Friday afternoon the administration announced a proposal that would require universities, including religious universities, to provide contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs to their students, as well as to their employees, free, without a co-pay.
Rev. Pierre Bynum

National Prayer Director
Family Research Council

Today's Legislative Focus

From The Madison Project

Obamacare/Malpractice Reform

Earlier this month, several House committees approved a bill (H.R. 452) that would abolish the 15-member Obamacare Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), better known as the Medicare death panel. Ironically, because IPAB was charged with cutting Medicare costs, CBO actually scores this repeal as an increase in spending.

In order to offset the cost of the bill, which will be considered on the floor this week, Republicans plan to attach another bill (H.R. 5) that would save money from Medicare and Medicaid by imposing caps on damages in malpractice lawsuits. The bill will be considered towards the end of the week. Senator Cornyn has a companion bill in the Senate (S. 2118) that lacks the malpractice reform provision. There are no plans to bring that bill to a vote.

Conservative concerns:

Oppose Partial Repeal: Conservatives should actually oppose this bill. Republican leaders have been pursuing a wrongheaded approach by proposing piecemeal repeal of Obamacare; specifically, by targeting the most unpopular provisions. All this will accomplish is granting blue dog Democrats the opportunity to vote the right way, with the knowledge that the law will never be repealed anyway. Moreover, to the extent that Republicans successfully repeal the most unpopular provisions, it will make it harder to eliminate the rest of the bill. A group of major conservative organizations has sent a letter to Speaker Boehner opposing this partial repeal effort.

Ameliorating the Pig: Although malpractice reform is a laudable goal, we should only support such legislation as a standalone effort. This is yet another attempt to get conservatives to support bad legislation - partial Obamacare repeal, in this case - by attaching a sweetener that will never pass.

Urgent Prayer for Underground Arab Churches

Dear Saints,

Please note that this declaration against the churches on the Arabian Peninsula is coming from a religion of peace and tolerance. Please note that Hussein Obama is strangely silent on this declaration as he was not silent when our soldiers mistakenly burned the Koran. Please also note that Jesus said upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. And please finally note that our King has risen and the victory is ours. Islam points to a monument with a dead prophet. But we point to an empty tomb in Jerusalem.

Please cone and pray to the risen Christ in the persecution watch. The number is 712.432.0031. Access is 452614#. Call time is 8pm central time, every night.

Blaine Scogin
The Persecution Watch

Prayer Request from Christians in Crisis:

I Just got a word that this call from the grand muftiis targeting seventeen of our secret house churches. Confidential information states that the operation will be implemented this coming weekend (Thursday and Friday). I am posting an urgent prayer alert to everyone of CIC's prayer network. Please pass on this urgent prayer request on behalf of the secret followers of JESUS in the Arab world. Thank you.

Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Calls For Destruction Mideast Churches
Obama Silent While Saudi Grand Mufti Calls For Destruction Of All Christian Churches

From the Washington Times:

If the pope called for the destruction of all the mosques in Europe, the uproar would be cataclysmic. Pundits would lambaste the church, the White House would rush out a statement of deep concern, and rioters in the Middle East would kill each other in their grief. But when the most influential leader in the Muslim world issues a fatwa to destroy Christian churches, the silence is deafening.

On March 12, Sheik Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, the grand mufti of Saudi Arabia, declared that it is "necessary to destroy all the churches of the region." The ruling came in response to a query from a Kuwaiti delegation over proposed legislation to prevent construction of churches in the emirate. The mufti based his decision on a story that on his deathbed, Muhammad declared, "There are not to be two religions in the [Arabian] Peninsula." This passage has long been used to justify intolerance in the kingdom. Churches have always been banned in Saudi Arabia, and until recently Jews were not even allowed in the country. Those wishing to worship in the manner of their choosing must do so hidden away in private, and even then the morality police have been known to show up unexpectedly and halt proceedings.

This is not a small-time radical imam trying to stir up his followers with fiery hate speech. This was a considered, deliberate and specific ruling from one of the most important leaders in the Muslim world. It does not just create a religious obligation for those over whom the mufti has direct authority; it is also a signal to others in the Moslem cult world that destroying churches is not only permitted but mandatory.

Hussein Obama ignores these types of provocations at its peril. The White House has placed international outreach to Moslems at the center of its foreign policy in an effort to promote the image of the United States as an Islam-friendly nation. This cannot come at the expense of standing up for the human rights and religious liberties of minority groups in the Middle East. The region is a crucial crossroads. Islamist radicals are leading the rising political tide against the authoritarian, secularist old order. They are testing the waters in their relationship with the outside world, looking for signals of how far they can go in imposing their radical vision of a Shariah-based theocracy. Ignoring provocative statements like the mufti's sends a signal to these groups that they can engage in the same sort of bigotry and anti-Christian violence with no consequences.

Hussein Obama's outreach campaign to the Moslem cult world has failed to generate the good will that he expected. In part, this was because he felt it was better to pander to prejudice than to command respect. When members of the Islamic establishment call for the religious equivalent of ethnic cleansing, the leader of the free world must respond or risk legitimizing the oppression that follows. The United States should not bow to the extremist dictates of the grand mufti, no matter how desperate the White House is for him to like us. (Read more.)
Please pray:

- Oh, Lord, our hearts cry out for our brothers and sisters in the faith who are now under even more attack from an anti-Christian spirit. Lord, have mercy and hide Your dear ones from being discovered and destroyed. We speak out protection and favor for them and that You keep them from the evil one. Dear Lord, we ask that You would hold back the hand that would persecute them, in the name of Jesus, we pray.

- "We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not." (1 John 5:18)

The Good News Corner:

God's Beauty: Deformed Baby Unites a Community

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Raja and Jessica Paulraj see beauty in their son Adam that many others can't.

The baby boy's story began September 18, 2011, at a Christian missionary hospital in India. Adam came into the world with no eyelids, no nose, no hands, legs fused together, and other deformities. But his brain, heart and lungs were just fine.

His birth parents decided it was best to either abandon or kill him. Raja and Jessica worked at the hospital.

"The uncle came and said, 'We don't want to take the baby home,' Raja recalled. "And then the mother-in-law was like, 'We don't want to take the baby, and it's a kind of shame for us to take him back.'"

"There is a sense that the relatives don't want to take him home because I got a call from the village where the baby belongs to, and they're telling that if they bring the baby back home, 'We may poison him,'" he continued.

Meanwhile, the Paulrajs fell in love with Adam, and soon after decided to adopt the boy.

"When Adam came along it was so unexpected for me, but there was this sense from the very beginning that the Lord was just like, 'This is the child I have called for you to care for,'" Jessica told CBN News. . .

God's Perfection

Adam will eventually have the use of prosthetic hands and legs.

"Is he going to be perfect? Yes, he's already perfect. Is he going to be normal by the world's standards? Never," Van Aalst said.

Normal or not, baby Adam has already brought a community together.

"Nurses, cleaning people, doctors, other families, in fact a family that came to me today for a very different reason, I'm taking care of their daughter, they said, 'How is Adam doing?'" Van Aalst said.

Meanwhile, the Paulrajs will continue to delight in the everyday joys of parenthood. (CBN News) Read more.

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