Wednesday, April 25, 2012

CHPP Daily Brief - Wednesday, April 25, 2012

•  The Daily Brief
•  The Middle East in Focus
•  The Daily Jot
•  We Stand Corrected!
•  Government Gone Wild
•  Today's Legislative Focus
•  Israeli Myths Debunked at the U.N.!!
•  Israel's 64th Birthday is Today!
•  The Good News Corner

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The Daily Brief - Wednesday, April 25, 2012

O LORD, You are our God; let not man prevail against You. (2 Chronicles 14:11)

 The Daily Brief

1. Department of Homeland Security buying up enough ammo to wage seven-year war against the American people - Natural News

...the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), an agency that says its main purpose now is to thwart "homegrown terrorism," has awarded a contract to ammunition manufacturer ATK for acquiring 450 million rounds of .40 caliber hollow point ammo. You can view the announcement of the ammunition purchase at this press release:

- Lord, protect us as we feel threatened by the very government established to protect and serve us! May Your power prevail over the power hungry. Protect us by Your might, in Jesus' Name!

- " The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms; He will thrust out the enemy from before you..."
(Deuteronomy 33:27)

2. Democrats plan to force vote on Arizona immigration law if it's upheld by court - BBC

Senate Democrats are making plans to force a floor vote on legislation that would invalidate Arizona's controversial immigration statute if the Supreme Court upholds the law this summer.

- In the Name of Jesus we bind any efforts by the federal government seeking to strip States of their constitutionally valid rights to govern their own state. We also bind the efforts of any branch of government that is attempting to usurp power not granted to them by the Constitution. We pray this in the power of Jesus Name.

- " Does God subvert judgment? Or does the Almighty pervert justice?" (Job 8:3) " He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He." (Deuteronomy 32:4)

3. Proposed Law Would Force Churches to Host Gay Weddings - Fox News

Religious liberty groups are blasting a proposed ordinance that would force churches in Hutchinson, Kan. to rent their facilities for gay weddings and gay parties. The Hutchinson City Council will consider adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the protected classes in the city's human relations code. The Hutchinson measure would also have a major impact on private businesses and landlords. Restaurants, bars and retail shops would be required to provide special bathrooms for individuals who may have male body parts but identify as a female. According to a FAQ sheet provided by the city, employers would also be forced to allow workers to dress based on their gender identity. They are expected to vote on the changes next month.

- Dear Lord, we ask You to stir every church, business, and family organization in this city to protest this measure - with such an outcry, and with such wisdom - that it will not stand a chance of being passed! May the failure of this measure to pass become the prototype of all such efforts across America. We bind in Jesus' Name any proposed legislation that would override the religious freedom that is protected under the First Amendment.

- " Thus says the Lord God: "Behold, I will lift My hand in an oath to the nations, and set up My standard for the peoples....Then you will know that I AM the Lord, for they shall not be ashamed who wait for Me. " (Isaiah 49:22a,23b)

4. Fourth U.S. case of mad cow confirmed - UPI

U.S. Agriculture Department officials confirmed the fourth case of mad cow disease, but the infected California dairy cow was never a risk to the food supply. "As part of our targeted surveillance system, the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed the nation's fourth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy," John Clifford, USDA chief veterinary officer, said in a statement.

- Lord, we ask that this disease be halted in its tracks with no further spread. May the USDA function as an effective watchdog and prevention agency. We ask You to help and to bless this nation's farmers and ranchers, and to protect our population from food born diseases, in Jesus Name.

- "...if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways, the Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock...(Deuteronomy 28:9b,11a)

5. Drones hovering over your neighborhood? - World Net Daily

There are at least 63 active drone sites around the U.S, federal authorities have been forced to reveal following a landmark Freedom of Information lawsuit. The unmanned planes - some of which may have been designed to kill terror suspects - are being launched from locations in 20 states. Most of the active drones are deployed from military installations, enforcement agencies and border patrol teams, according to the Federal Aviation Authority. But, astonishingly, 19 universities and colleges are also registered as owners of what are officially known as unmanned aerial vehicles.

- Lord, we are so thankful to know that we are continually watched over by You and by Your heavenly host, whom You send to minister to those who are the heirs of salvation. We pray for oversight, checks and balances in the lawful and merited use of this technology. Protect us Lord in Jesus' Name!

- " so let my life be valued much in the eyes of the LORD, and let Him deliver me out of all tribulation." (1 Samuel 26:24)

6. Mitt Romney's Gay Spokesman: A Milestone in Republican Politics
- The Atlantic

The recent hiring of Richard Grenell, Mitt Romney's openly gay foreign-policy spokesman, represents a breakthrough in the world of Republican presidential campaigns. . . Grenell, a former United Nations mission spokesman in the George W. Bush administration . . . has been publicly, outspokenly gay for years. Read more.

- The gay agenda marches on, and seems to know no boundaries in its quest to capture all of the American spirit. Lift up each presidential candidate, asking that they be strengthened to remain "true to the true" and not compromise the Gospel for the sake of gaining votes. We need to have a man (or woman) of principle in the Oval Office. Pray!

-"With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him." (Daniel 11:32)

The Middle East in Focus

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

Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime. (2 Samuel 7:10)

1. Barak: We're not playing games when we prepare for a possible strike at Iran - Times of Israel

Defense Minister Ehud Bark on Monday declared an unmistakeable Israeli readiness to strike at Iran's nuclear program if sanctions and other non-military measures fail to thwart the Tehran regime's march to the bomb.

2. IDF chief to Haaretz: I do not believe Iran will decide to develop nuclear weapons - Ha'aretz

"If Iran goes nuclear it will have negative dimensions for the world, for the region, for the freedom of action Iran will permit itself," Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz told Haaretz in an Independence Day interview.

3. Netanyahu says Iran sanctions 'better work soon' - Jerusalem Post

While sanctions against Iran are visibly impairing its economy, they have not impacted its continuing nuclear activities, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told CNN in a Tuesday interview.

4. Netanyahu: 'I could deliver a peace agreement' - CNN

In an exclusive interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he could bring bring a peace agreement that would work for Israel and Palestine. "I think I could deliver a peace agreement," Netanyahu said. "I could get the Israeli people to follow me if I believe I have a serious partner on the other side willing to make the necessary compromises on the Palestinian side."

5. U.S. Joins World, Condemns Legalization of Communities - Arutz Sheva

The United States on Tuesday joined those condemning Israel for its decision to legalize three Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

The Daily Jot

God presides over destinies of nations

I find it amazing that when I write about the civic responsibility of the Christian that I get more people pushing the "unsubscribe" button than at any other time. This leads me to the question, Do Christians not see that we have a civic duty in the very least as Romans 12:20 points out to: "Be not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good"? I thought it good timing to bring to our attention--to the notice of Christians, and in particular, American Christians, what a Christian farmer once said to the legislature. Here are some excerpts from a speech that was recalled from memory because it was so memorable.

"This is no time for ceremony. The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the majesty of heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings...

These are excerpts from the speech given on March 23, 1775 by Patrick Henry. Henry understood first hand the oppression of government over religious expression. The British government and the Episcopal Church were trying to stamp out the Baptists by persecuting them--even holding them under water until they nearly drowned. Upon news of one such beating, Henry rode his horse some 50 miles to attend the trial of two pastors who were accused of preaching the gospel. During the trial, Henry interrupted and asked the court if he heard it right that these men were on trial for "preaching the gospel of the Son of God?" Henry was instrumental in changing the laws against religious persecution.

I left out the parts of his speech that pertained to the British. But I wanted to make the point that Christians in America were not always so concerned about themselves and their self-improvement, or paranoid about supporting their country, or waiting for the rapture, that they didn't take seriously what was happening to them and their nation. We as a nation are pretty far gone--one pastor friend of mine said we are in hospice--you can call it a result of judgment or just deserts or apathy or whatever you wish. The fact remains as Henry said, "There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations" and if we cared enough to get before the Lord and get right with Him, and act as Christians, we just might make a difference.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!

Bill Wilson

We Stand Corrected!

Like SOPA, CISPA Must be Voted Down, Too.
Editor's Comment:

On Monday's OCAP (quoting an article in The Hill) we featured a new bill called CISPA to monitor internet activity and to protect us from hacking incidents. At the time, CISPA seemed to be a vast improvement over an earller bill, SOPA, that everyone protested. Well . . . not so fast! Several alert readers have now flagged us that CISPA, too, must be voted down in its present form when it comes up for a vote TOMORROW in the House. Thank you! Please read on for further details, and now please agree that this bill, too, will "bite the dust." (Matthew 19:18)

THIS THURSDAY, the House plans to vote on the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). CISPA strips the privacy rights of all Americans. It has a good chance of passing because lawmakers were able to get Internet giants on board with them. These online companies may have gotten what they wanted out of CISPA, and they are protected from litigation under these bills...but, the individual is not.

There are several bills in the House and Senate that threaten our online privacy...and Harry Reid has one in the Senate, sponsored by Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins. These bills are bad because:

* There is no limit on the information that can be shared with government agencies. And because that info is shared "notwithstanding any law," privacy laws do not apply.

* The government will begin monitoring even more of your private communications.

* Cybersecurity control will shift from private companies to government agencies like the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

* Once the information is captured by the government, it can be used for any purpose and given to whatever other agency or organization the government chooses.

* H.R. 1981 requires online service providers to spy on your online activities and provide that information to the government. Information like your internet activity, name, address, bank account numbers, IP addresses, etc., must be accessible to the government regardless of whether or not you have been accused of a crime.

Everything you do online . . . reading political blogs, checking your bank statements, purchasing products, signing up for the latest coupon offer ... everything you do online will be captured by your service provider and given to the U.S. government. They can then use this information however they want; and they can shut down any website they want to, without judicial review. . .

CISPA, SOPA, PIPA and H.R. 1981 are huge threats to our freedom and privacy, giving private companies and our government the right to spy on our emails, social posts, banking transactions, and chats . . . everything we do online. They are pushing to get this power and calling it a way to stop cybersecurity threats and copyright infringement. But, it's only outcome will be to stifle free speech and kill our Fourth Amendment rights. (Source: Conservative Action Alerts) Read more.

Government Gone Wild

(Published by Gary Bauer, End-of-Day, April 25, 2012)
[We praise God that the word is now spreading about this dangerous new policy that the Department of Labor is about to enforce against America's farming families. In case you missed it, please see below for our OCAP article on a bill introduced by Senators John Thune and James Moran that will block this policy and preserve our dear farming families. Thank you.]
With all the issues making headlines these days -- from rising gas prices to our record national debt -- you would think that Obama could get his bureaucrats to focus their attention and prioritize their efforts. Think again.

There is news today that Obama's Labor Department is getting ready to ban chores on family farms. The bureaucrats in their infinite wisdom have decided that it is an urgent priority to enforce child labor laws down on the farm.

The Daily Caller reports, "The new regulations . . . would also revoke the government's approval of safety training and certification taught by independent groups like 4-H and FFA, replacing them instead with a 90-hour federal government training course."

Not to be outdone, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a ruling this week expanding federal anti-discrimination statutes to include transgendered individuals. As if small business owners needed yet one more confusing and burdensome regulation from the Obama Administration, the EEOC contends that "The term 'gender' encompasses not just a person's biological sex but also the cultural and social aspects associated with masculinity and femininity."

America cannot afford four more years of Barack Obama's out-of-control bureaucracy! (Read more.)

And now, from Monday's OCAP: Vol. XIX, No. 11-1


U.S. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) today (3/21/12) introduced common sense legislation, the Preserving America's Family Farm Act, to prevent the Department of Labor (DOL) from enacting its controversial proposed restrictions on youth working on family farms.

"The Department of Labor has proposed 85 pages of unreasonable and overreaching rules that would unnecessarily restrict the participation of young people in agriculture related activities," said Thune. "Family farms and farming communities teach young people responsible work ethics and these proposed rules would change that by severely limiting the commonplace activities in which young people can learn about agriculture. This is another example of the Obama administration initiating unsolicited regulations that would prohibit normal practices that have been carried out in rural areas for generations-not to mention limiting a desperately needed workforce to replace the current generation of farmers whose average age is nearing 60 years old."

Last December, DOL proposed rules that would restrict family farm operations by prohibiting youth under the age of 18 from being near certain age animals without adult supervision, participating in common livestock practices such as vaccinating and hoof trimming, and handling most animals more than six months old, which would severely limit participation in 4-H and FFA activities and restrict their youth farm safety classes; operating farm machinery, etc. At that time, Thune and Moran and 28 of their Senate colleagues sent a letter to Secretary Solis requesting that the proposed rule be withdrawn and outlined numerous concerns. As of today, DOL has not responded to the bipartisan letter. (Office of Senator James Moran) Read more.

- Father, we ask for Your divine intervention regarding this proposal by the Dept. of Labor, to interfere in the relationship between parents and their children on their family farms. We thank You for Senators Moran and Thune and the other 36 Senators who have joined together to block this proposal. We ask You to stir up the people of this great nation, to become aware of this overreach into our private lives, and to express their outrage. Surround these Senators with Your favor, and may this proposal by the Dept. of Labor be soundly defeated. In Your great Name, we pray! Amen!

- "You shall not remove your neighbor's landmark, which the men of old have set, in your inheritance which you will inherit in the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess." (Deut. 19:14)

Today's Legislative Focus

From The Madison Project

Violence Against Women Act

This week the Senate planned to vote for cloture on S. 1925, the reauthorization of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act. This law represented a massive expansion of the federal government by intruding into the affairs of local law enforcement in dealing with domestic violence. It authorized $1.6 billion for programs to train law enforcement and community activists in dealing with such unfortunate problems. Just like almost every other Democrat proposal, this is an insidious attempt to frame Republicans as "antiwomen" because they don't support a puerile effort to throw money at a problem that is frankly not within the purview of the federal government.

Democrats are ostensibly assured of success because the bill has 60 cosponsors. The egregious thing is that the bill has 8 Republican cosponsors; Kelly, Ayotte, Scott Brown, Susan Collins, Mike Crapo, Dean Heller, Mark Kirk, Lisa Murkowski, Olympia Snowe. Other Republicans have already announced that they have no intention to filibuster the law.
Additionally, this bill would add some awful provisions to the original law.
Conservative concerns:

* The last reauthorization expanded the programs and protections to the elderly and children. This one would expand "coverage" to men, homosexuals, transgendered individuals and prisoners.

* It expands the definition of domestic violence to include causing "emotional distress" or using "unpleasant speech."

* It expands the law's reach to give tribal Indian authorities jurisdiction over non-Indians accused of abusing Indian women.

* It would grant more visas to illegal immigrants who are victims of domestic abuse.
Punchline: Sadly, this travesty is on the cusp of passing the Senate with much help from Republicans. We must defeat it in the House. Unfortunately, John Boehner has already expressed support for reauthorization, albeit without the new provisions, and Lamar Smith said he's committed to working "in a bipartisan way." Call your representatives and request that they oppose this massive expansion of government that has shown no positive results in reducing domestic violence, while infringing on people's rights and encouraging fraud and abuse in the judicial system.

Israeli Myths Debunked at the U.N.!!

UN Ambassador Prosor Explodes 'Myths' of PA-Israeli 'Struggle'

Israel's U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor tore apart several myths Monday in an "Open Debate on the Situation in the Middle East" in the United Nations Security Council.

After quoting Winston Churchill's statement, "In the time that it takes a lie to get halfway around the world, the truth is still getting its pants on," Prosor methodically brought up and tore apart myths that he said have fertile ground in the Middle East.

"Facts often remain buried in the sand. The myths forged in our region travel abroad - and can surprisingly find their way into these halls," He said.

- Myth number one:

"The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict is the central conflict in the Middle East. If you solve that conflict, you solve all the other conflicts in the region." Prosor tol d the Council members. "The truth is that conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Egypt, Bahrain, and many other parts of the Middle East have absolutely nothing to do with Israel.

"It is obvious that resolving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict won't stop the persecution of minorities across the region, end the subjugation of women, or heal the sectarian divides. Obsessing over Israel has not stopped Assad's tanks from flattening entire communities. On the contrary, it has only distracted attention from his crimes.

"Thousands are being killed in Syria, hundreds in Yemen, dozens in Iraq - and yet, this debate again repeatedly is focusing on the legitimate actions of the government of the only democracy in the Middle East. And dedicating the majority of this debate to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, month after month after month after month, has not stopped the Iranian regime's centrifuges from spinning.

- Myth number two:

"There is a humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip."

The Ambassador pointed out that even the Deputy Head of the Red Cross Office and "numerous international organizations have said clearly that there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza." He added, Gaza's real GDP grew by more than 25 percent during the first three quarters of 2011. There is not a single civilian good that cannot enter Gaza today. Yet, as aid flows into the area, missiles fly out. This is the crisis in Gaza."

- Myth number three:

"Settlements are the primary obstacle to peace."

Prosor said he can save time for the UN Human Rights Council, which has proposed another 'fact-finding' mission to Israel - this time to explore Israeli settlements. He said that "the facts have already been found," explaining that when Egypt and Jordan controlled Judea, Samaria and Gaza between 1948 and 1967, "The Arab World did nothing - it did not lift a finger - to create a Palestinian state. And it sought Israel's annihilation when not a single settlement stood anywhere in the West Bank or Gaza.

Prosor charged that the Arab world's "primary obstacle to peace is not settlements [but]. . . is the so-called 'claim of return' - and the Palestinian's refusal to recognize Israel's right to exist as the nation-state of the Jewish people.

He said that claims that Israel is "Judaizing Jerusalem" are "accusations [that] come about 3,000 years too late. It's like accusing the NBA of Americanizing basketball." Prosor also said that the percentage of Arab residents in Jerusalem has grown from 26 percent in 1967 to 35 percent during the period that Israel supposed has been exercising "ethnic cleansing."

- Another myth the Security Council has overlooked for the past 64 years, when Israel was reestablished as a state. is the "one great untold story, or - to be more specific - . . . more than 850,000 untold stories [of] Jews . . . uprooted from their homes in Arab countries," he said.

Prosor pointed out, "These were vibrant communities dating back 2,500 years [but] . . . were wiped out. Age-old family businesses and properties were confiscated. Jewish quarters were destroyed. Pogroms left synagogues looted, graveyards desecrated and thousands dead."

"The pages that the UN has written about the Palestinian refugees could fill up soccer stadiums, but not a drop of ink has been spilled about the Jewish refugees.

- He told the Council he "saved the most obvious myth for last: the myth that peace can somehow be achieved between Israelis and Palestinians by bypassing direct negotiations. History has shown that peace and negotiations are inseparable."

"Palestinian leaders continue to pile up new pre-conditions for sitting with Israel. They are everywhere except the negotiating table." (Source: Unity Coalition for Israel) Read more.

- Offer praise for Ambassador's brilliant, succinct analysis of the myths that the United Nations has been operating under in its policy towards Israel. Pray that his insightful words will sink deeply into the hearts of the other ambassadors, so that the U.N. may become an instrument in the Hand of God that will "wage peace, and not war." Pray!

- "A truthful witness gives honest testimony, but a false witness tells lies."
(Proverbs 12:17)

Israel's 64th Birthday is Today!

Netanyahu: When Sirens Sound, We are One Family

When Memorial Day sirens sound, "We will all become one family," Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said as Israel remembers fallen soldiers and terror victims. A one-minute siren sounded at 8 p.m. Tuesday and a two-minute siren will sounded at 11 a.m. today.

The Prime Minister recalled his brother Yoni, who was the commander and the only IDF casualty in the daring raid on Entebbe to rescue more than 100 hostages on a plane hijacked to Uganda.

"Like you, my dear brothers and sisters, on every Memorial Day I think of my dear fallen brother; I think about my parents who lost their beloved son, and about my brother Iddo, who lost his eldest brother," he said.

Prime Minister Netanyahu also noted comrades who died when he was serving in the armed forces.

"I remember Chaim Ben Yona from Kibbutz Yehiam," said the Prime Minister. "Chaim was an outstanding young man. He fell next to me while we were crossing the Suez Canal in the dead of night.

"I also remember my fellow soldiers Zohar Ben Linik and David Ben Hamo, both remarkable fellows who were killed during preparations for a military operation, shortly after we enlisted together to the Special Forces unit Sayeret Matkal. I escorted Zohar and David, who were seriously injured, to the hospital, where they were both pronounced dead . . .

"David Ben Hamo died in my arms on the drive from the training ground to the hospital . . . When they say that it's the best ones who fall, they mean people like Chaim and Zohar and David.

"Decades later, I visited David's home in Beer Sheva, and I went into his room. The room was left exactly as he had left it the last time he was there. For us, the bereaved families, time stops as soon as we get the terrible news. A brutal sword rips our lives in two, and our lives will never be the same.

In a separate message to bereaved families, Prime Minister Netanyahu said, "It was the heartfelt duty of our dear ones that led them to face the enemy . . . Today, the People of Israel lay aside disagreements and stand as one beside you."

Remembrance Day is immediately followed by Independence Day - Yom HaAtzmaut. The Prime Minister remarked that thanks to Israel's soldiers, especially those who fell, the State of Israel was reestablished.

"Thanks to them, the State of Israel will continue to develop and prosper, and thanks to them the members of the younger generation will also be able to live their lives in security and tranquility," he told the families.

Yom HaAtzmaut began in the evening of Wednesday, April 25, 2012, and ends in the evening of Thursday, April 26, 2012.

A Commentary, and a Prayer Request, by Barry Battelstein

Shalom Friends: When Memorial Day Sirens in Israel sound, Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke truth saying, "When the sirens sound in Israel, we are all one family." Memorial Day in Israel is much like it is here today in America. On this day Israel remembers the fallen soldiers and terror victims who have died. The Prime Minister is a man who has personally experienced the loss of his brother Yoni in combat, as well as close comrades who died with him on the field of battle.

War is not something he has read about in books or watching television. He has experienced it up close and personal. When he spoke at the Holocaust Memorial recently he said about the Holocaust, "Never again we allow this to happen!" These are the same words he spoke when he addressed a joint session of the US Congress this past year, declaring, "Never again," means, "Never Again."

Iran is marching steadily toward its goal of obtaining nuclear weapons, and there is no real evidence that sanctions have had any real effect on causing them to stop. Time is short! Never Again is getting closer by the day! Pray for wisdom for Prime Minister Netanyahu and those in his cabinet who must make the decision to attack Iran's nuclear facilities.

- Pray for wisdom for each of us, because when this horrendous event takes place everything in this world is going to radically change. God is testing the nations, leaders, and you and I as to where we stand. Are we standing with God's covenant with Israel and the Jewish people, or against them? Will we experience blessings or curses? Where we stand matters with God!

- "I searched for a man among them who would build up a wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so I would not destroy it; but I found no one. Thus I have poured out My indignation on them, I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; their own way I have brought upon their heads," declares the Lord God. Ezekiel 22:30-31

Are you standing in the gap before the Lord for the land of Israel, and for America in prayer and by your actions? If not, why not? Scripture says, "God is searching for such men." Are you one of them? Seek the Lord, pray, and act on behalf of your God and His commands. Be blessed!

The Good News Corner:

APRIL 25, 1789:

Establishing the Office of the Senate Chaplain

Posted on the official U.S. Senate website is:

Chaplain's Office - Throughout the years, the United States Senate has honored the historic separation of Church and State, but not the separation of God and State.

The first Senate, meeting in New York City on APRIL 25, 1789, elected the Right Reverend Samuel Provost, the Episcopal Bishop of New York, as its first Chaplain.

During the past two hundred and seven years, all sessions of the Senate have been opened with prayer, strongly affirming the Senate's faith in God as Sovereign Lord of our Nation."
This was a continuation of the practice of the Continental Congress during the Revolution, as Ben Franklin remarked in 1787:

"In the beginning of the Contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayer in this room for Divine protection."

Beginning with Senate Chaplain Bishop Samuel Provoost, who conducted George Washington's Inaugural Service at New York's St. Paul's Chapel, all 62 Senate Chaplains have been Christian, though occasionally members of other faiths have been invited to offer prayers.
The U.S. Senate Chaplain after World War II was Peter Marshall, who prayed:

"Our liberty is under God and can be found nowhere else. May our faith be not merely stamped upon our coins, but expressed in our lives."

On February 7, 1984, President Reagan addressed the National Association of Secondary School Principals:

"God . . . should never have been expelled from America's schools. As we struggle to teach our children...we dare not forget that our civilization was built by men and women who placed their faith in a loving God.

If Congress can begin each day with a moment of prayer . . . so then can our sons and daughters."

U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black was elected in 2003.

A note from Capitol Hill Prayer Partners:

Today we honor this mighty man of God, and ask that all of our Prayer Partners continue to lift Chaplain Black and his staff before the Lord for strength, joy and peace in these troubled times. Amen.


Hatikva -The National Anthem of Israel

Yom HaAtzmaut [Independence Day] began in the evening of Wednesday, April 25, 2012, and ends in the evening of Thursday, April 26, 2012.

This year marks 64 years since the nation of Israel was reborn. Congratulations, dear friends!

We pray for the peace of Jerusalem.