Thursday, March 8, 2012

CHPP Daily Brief - Thursday, March 8, 2012

•  The Daily Brief
•  The Middle East in Focus
•  Today's Legislative Focus
•  Rush v. Sandra Fluke
•  The Conscience Impasse
•  The Dependency Crisis
•  The Daily Jot!
•  The Good News Corner
•  Worship with Us Today!

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The Daily Brief - Thursday, March 8, 2012

Haman recounted to Zeresh his wife and all his friends everything that had happened to him. Then his wise men and Zeresh his wife said to him, "If Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall, is of Jewish origin, you will not overcome him, but will surely fall before him." (Esther 6:13)

The Daily Brief

1. Sun Fires Off 2 Huge Solar Flares, Could Impact Weather on Earth - Fox News

A massive solar storm arrived at Earth early Thursday, and is expected to shake the globe's magnetic field until early Friday morning, while expanding the Northern Lights. A giant blast of plasma spat from the sun at as much as 4 million miles per hour Tuesday -- by some measures the largest solar event since late 2006 -- and it could lead to serious issues on Earth, forcing some planes to reroute, knocking out power grids, and blacking out radios.

- Father we erect a hedge of protection around the earth and pray that what scientists fear will not come to pass. In Jesus' Name, amen.

- "And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none." [Ezekiel 22:30]

2. U.S. prepares basic plans to attack Syria - Washington Times

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for the first time Wednesday revealed that the United States is preparing basic plans to attack Syria to stop President Bashar Assad from killing unarmed protesters against the government.

- Lord we ask for justice for the people of Syria, and wisdom for our leaders in their response to Assad's evil deeds. In Jesus' Name, amen.

- "Justice and judgment are the habitation of Your throne: mercy and truth shall go before Your face." [Psalm 89:14]

3. Iran 'trying to remove evidence that it tested detonators for nuclear weapons'
- UK Telegraph

Iran is trying to remove evidence that its scientists tested detonators for nuclear weapons by clearing a military site ahead of a visit by inspectors, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

- Lord, Iran's leaders continue to do things contrary to Your heart and Your Word. We pray for intervention by Your Holy Spirit against them. Father, unleash Your heavenly host to stop all of their evil plans against Your people!

- "Thus I will magnify Myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and shall know that I am the Lord." [Ezekiel 38:23]

4. House Panel Repeals Medicare Board in Obamacare - NewsMax

The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee approved legislation that would repeal implementation of an advisory board created to recommend cuts to Medicare, the U.S. health program for the elderly and disabled.

- Lord we are so thankful that the House has repealed this provision of Obamacare. We ask that the Senate do the same.

- "Have mercy upon me, O Lord; consider my trouble which I suffer from them that hate me, You who lift me up from the gates of death." [Psalm 9:13]

5. Eric Holder asserts U.S. authority to kill citizens deemed terrorists - Boston Herald

The president has legal authority to target and kill American citizens working with Al-Qaida and its allies overseas, according to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who declared that when they pose a threat to the country and cannot be captured, "we must take steps to stop them."

- Father, while we are in favor of steps to stop terrorism on all fronts, we are concerned about this kind of power being wielded by people who are not favorable to Christianity and Conservatives. We pray that Your Holy Spirit will protect ordinary Americans from interference and acts of hostility by persons in our government.

- ". . . violence covers the mouth of the wicked."
[Proverbs 10:6b]

6. How math virtually guarantees Romney's nomination - Washington Examiner

Mitt Romney may be incapable of delivering a knockout punch, but as long as he stays on his feet, he's nearly guaranteed to win on points.

- Lord we continue to ask that You bring the right candidate to the forefront. We know that nothing is too hard for You!

- "The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly." (Proverbs 20:27)

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. Netanyahu returns empty-handed from Washington
- Ha'aretz

Israel's right to defend itself is a matter of consensus. But whether Israel is sovereign in its decision on when and how to use its American weapons and entangle its most important friend - that's another question.

2. PM: I'll never let Israel live under shadow of annihilation
- Jerusalem Post

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned against allowing Iran to develop nuclear weapons in his speech to the AIPAC Convention in Washington Monday night local time, vowing to never let Israel live under the shadow of annihilation or gamble with its security.

3. Netanyahu asked Panetta to approve sale of bunker-busting bombs, U.S. official says
- Ha'aretz

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu requested the United States approve the sale of advanced refueling aircraft as well as GBU-28 bunker-piercing bombs to Israel during a recent meeting with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, a top U.S. official said on Tuesday.

Today's Legislative Focus

From The Madison Project

Republicans and Obamacare

Here we go - the trickle of Republican lawmakers who are squeamish of full repeal of Obamacare will now begin to surface. The Hill reports that Alabama Republican Richard Shelby is raising some concerns about the effect of repealing Obamacare on the funding sources of other programs he deems worthy:

"The administration has used the Affordable Care Act's mandatory spending, which is not subject to a vote by Congress every year, to backfill key discretionary programs," Shelby said in his opening remarks.

"The administration then diverts discretionary dollars to fund new programs. When the Affordable Care Act is repealed, many important programs like Community Health Centers and the [federal] Immunization program at the Centers for Disease Control will be in jeopardy because their base funding . . . has been so significantly reduced."

Anyone with any understanding of the healthcare sector knows that if the law is fully implemented, our entire healthcare system will collapse, engendering the ultimate single-payer system. Yet, Shelby is concerned about the technicality of funding other healthcare programs, which shouldn't exits anyway, in the event that the Obamacare funding is rescinded.

Folks, this is what we're up against. Believe it or not, the Republican establishment has no intention of fully repealing Obamacare. That is why they are relying on the Supreme Court so much and that is why they are constantly talking about waivers and exemptions. But rest assured, if Republicans gain at least 51 seats in the Senate next year, there will be some members who will drag their feet on using reconciliation to fully repeal the healthcare behemoth, even though it was originally passed through reconciliation.

Remember earlier this year when Romney surrogate Norm Coleman declared that we would never repeal Obamacare "in its entirety." We all know that Coleman would play a prominent role an a prospective Romney administration, so this sentiment is not just a lonely view within the margins of the Republican Party. Also, Mitch McConnell intimated that he really has no interest in pursuing full repeal this year. He didn't back-peddle from those comments until Erick Erickson called him out.

We seriously have a fight on our hands in the event that Republicans take back the Senate. Sadly, it will be an intra-party battle. (By Daniel Horowitz) Read more.

Footnote: Shelby also raised concerns with the budget's flat-funding of medical research at the National Institutes of Health, at $31 billion. The administration says it is overhauling its NIH grant-making process in order to increase the number of new research grants.

Rush v. Sandra Fluke

Limbaugh and Our Phony Contraception Debate

By Cathy Cleaver Ruse

A student demands that a Catholic school give up its religion to pay for her birth-control pills.
Last week Sandra Fluke, a student at Georgetown University Law Center, went to Congress looking for a handout. She wants free birth-control pills, and she wants the federal government to make her Catholic school give them to her.

I'm a graduate of Georgetown Law and former chief counsel of the House Subcommittee on the Constitution. Based on her testimony, I wonder how much Ms. Fluke really knows about the university or the Constitution.

. . . When congressional committee counsels plan hearings, they look for two kinds of witnesses: "experts" and "victims." The experts are typically lawyers or law professors who can explain the constitutional authority for the new law and its legal impact, and the victims illustrate why the law is needed.

At the hearing of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee chaired by Nancy Pelosi, Sandra Fluke testified as a victim. Having to buy your own contraception is a burden, she said. She testified that all around her at Georgetown she could see the faces of students who were suffering because of Georgetown's refusal to abandon its Catholic principles.

. . . Ms. Fluke's crusade for reproductive justice is simply a demand that a Catholic institution pay for drugs that make it possible for her to have sex without getting pregnant. It's nothing grander or nobler than that. Georgetown's refusal to do so does not mean she has to have less sex, only that she has to take financial responsibility for it herself.

Should Ms. Fluke give up a cup or two of coffee at Starbucks each month to pay for her birth control, or should Georgetown give up its religion? Even a first-year law student should know where the Constitution comes down on that. (The Wall Street Journal Online) Read more.
Ms. Ruse, senior fellow for legal studies at the Family Research Council, received her J.D. from Georgetown Law in 1989.
The Conscience Impasse

Abortion advocates seem temporarily to have gained the public relations upper hand by couching the Obama Mandate impasse in terms of "women's health" not Religious liberty.
Last Thursday, the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act (S. 1467) offered by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) failed 51-48. Even the liberal Washington Post criticized the dishonest rhetoric used on the Senate floor to defeat the bill, e.g., Sen. Charles Schumer, (D-N.Y.): "if this amendment passes, it would ban contraception coverage for any woman in America . . . [And] force women to surrender control of their own health decisions to their bosses," and, "According to the Department of Health and Human Services, some 20 million American women could be cut off from health services . . ."

FRC's Jeanne Monahan testified before the House Judiciary Committee, "In our democratic society governed by the U.S. Constitution, it is not the role of this Administration to dictate what does or does not violate another person's conscience . . . It is the job of the government to defend those rights, not trample them . . . We urge you not to allow this President to discriminate against those with moral or religious objections to this mandate."

Some Americans remain confused, but alert Christians agree with Connecticut Bishop William E. Lori's analysis, "The need to defend citizens' rights of conscience is the most critical issue before our country . . . " Of course, no woman in America is denied contraception. It is availble to all, and to poor women at no cost through many diverse outlets. The Catholic Bishops are now studying legislative and legal remedies with which to respond to this assault on religious liberty. (FRC Prayer Targets)

- May pastors and Christian leaders from every denomination understand the gravity and urgency of this epochal threat to religious liberty. May Denominational leaders, pastors and churchmen be stirred to action and readied for an historic stand of obedience to God, should this matter not be resolved. May God's praying people understand what is at stake, and give the Lord rest until this matter is resolved in favor of the Constitution and religious liberty.

- "It is time for you to act, O LORD; your law is being broken." (Psalm 119:126)

The Dependency Crisis

The economy has been the ##1 issue for voters this Election Year according to many of the pollsters and political pundits. But FRC has warned that the health and welfare of the family is the nation's most critical indicator of the long-term health of the U.S. economy.

Former Delaware Governor Pierre (Pete) DuPont documents that public dependence upon government has reached an all time high - 91.2 million people -29.5% of the population, with 2010 dependence spending at $32,748 per capita. Because of these facts, he suggests, class warfare politics may continue to grow, depending, in part, upon what happens this November. (FRC Prayer Targets)

- May God grant revival in our churches, awakening throughout America and healing for our families. May Marriage Amendment initiatives in Minnesota and North Carolina prevail and may same-sex "marriage" efforts in Maryland, Maine, and Washington State fail! May God heal marriages and families across America and restore our nation whole.

- "It is time for you to act, O LORD; your law is being broken." (Psalm 119:126)

The Daily Jot!

Muslim reporter: White House backed Arab Spring "total disaster"

The Stonegate Institute International Policy Council says that the Arab Spring revolutions backed by the White House have resulted in such democratically-elected oppression that the Muslims in those countries are wishing for a return of the dictators. Stonegate claims to enable human rights activists, moderate Muslims and expert investigative reporters in promoting free speech, exposing funding for terrorist cells, and pressing for transparency in international institutions. The conclusion of one such journalist with Stonegate is that Muslims are worse off a year after Arab Spring revolutions. This is clear evidence that US Middle East policy has acted counter to freedom, human rights, and the best interest of Americans.

In an article entitled "Arabs Are Beginning to Miss the Dictatorships," Arab Muslim journalist Khaled Abu Toameh writes: "On the first anniversary of the "Arab Spring," many Arabs are beginning to wonder whether they would soon start missing the corrupt dictators who ruled them for the past few decades." Khaled says that the Arab Spring was supposed to promote women's rights, encourage the abandonment of terrorism, moderation and pragmatism. He writes, "But judging from the outcome of the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen, it is evident that the "Arab Spring" has failed to achieve any of these goals. As far as many Arabs are concerned, their "spring" has thus far proven to be a total disaster."

Khaled writes: "The four Arab countries where the leaders have been toppled are now in the hands of Muslim fundamentalists, who used the "Arab Spring" as a vehicle to rise to power." He quotes the patriarch of Lebanon's Maronite Church, a Christian church that is loyal to Roman Catholicism, Beshara al-Rai, "How can it be an Arab Spring when people are being killed every day?" Indeed, Khaled confirms what the White House and State Department were told repeatedly--that the Muslim Brotherhood and/or al Qaeda have hijacked the so-called "democratic movement" and are imposing their brand of radical Islam and Sharia law on the people.

He concludes: "In these four Arab countries, women, Christians, journalists, human rights activists and political opponents are being targeted, and in some instances slaughtered, on a daily basis either by the new rulers or militiamen and Muslims fundamentalists." Americans should be ashamed and appalled that their president embraced the Muslim Brotherhood and used the full force of US diplomacy, taxpayer money, and military to establish these terrorists. It was not a miscalculation because the Administration knew who they were dealing with and what their goals were. As Eliphaz the Temanite said in Job 4:8, "As I have seen, they that plow iniquity and sow wickedness, reap the same." America is about to see it, too.

Have A Blessed And Powerful Day,
Bill Wilson

The Good News Corner:

NYC Pastors Get a Reprieve

Evicted New York City churches got another reprieve last week, when the Circuit Court ruled that until the case is permanently settled, the City must rent school facilities to the churches. The NYC Department of Education immediately appealed but was denied. Still, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is preventing the equal access bill, already passed by the NY Senate from going to the House! Thank you for Praying! (Source: Family Research Council Prayer Targets)

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