Friday, May 3, 2013

CHPP Daily Brief Friday, May 3, 2013

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The Daily Brief Friday, May 3, 2013 

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"In his name the nations will put their hope." (Mathew 12:21)

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The Daily Brief

1. Pentagon Backtracks on Evangelization Comments, Investigation Launched - Faith Issues

The Department of Defense spokesperson who made the comments backtracked in a new statement Thursday that explained, "Service members can share their faith (evangelize), but must not force unwanted, intrusive attempts to convert others of any faith or no faith to one's beliefs (proselytization)." "Members of our military should not be denied the very freedoms they fight to defend. Freedom of religion and speech are paramount among those freedoms," said Legal Counsel Joseph La Rue. "We appreciate the Pentagon's clarification, but little or no evidence exists of coercive proselytization in the military, so we are still troubled over what motivated the original comments."

- Lord, we are troubled over what motivated these comments, since no evidence exists on forcing unwanted, intrusive attempts of faith on someone. Lord, we ask that You work in the minds and hearts of those who instigated these statements. Show them Your kindness. In Jesus Name.

- No servant is greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. (John 15:20)

2. Dozens dead as Assad's forces storm coastal village - Yahoo

State forces and militias loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stormed the coastal village of Baida on Thursday, killing at least 50 people including women and children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The pro-opposition monitoring group said the final death toll was likely to exceed 100. Many of those killed appeared to have been executed by shooting or stabbing, it said, and other bodies were found burned.

- Lord, we cry Abba, Father! Bring an end to this senseless killing of people, including women and children in Syria. Deliver this country, in Jesus Name.

- Deliver the poor and needy; rescue them out of the hand of the wicked. (Ps. 82: 4)

3. US Hired al-Qaida-Linked Group to Defend Benghazi Mission - Newsmax

The Libyan militia group that the State Department hired to defend its embattled diplomatic mission in Benghazi had clear al-Qaida sympathies, and had prominently displayed the al-Qaida flag on a Facebook page for months before the deadly attack.

- Lord, help us! We are baffled over this administration's choices in many areas. We intercede for our government as instructed in Your word. Give them wisdom and discretion in all of their actions.

- I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. (Psalm 32:8)

4. Poll shows 29 percent of voters think 'armed revolution' might be needed - Fox News

We knew distrust of government was high. But a new poll shows that suspicion reaching new levels. According to a survey from Fairleigh Dickinson University, nearly a third of registered voters -- 29 percent -- believe an "armed revolution" might be necessary in the next few years in order to protect liberties.

- Lord, we pray an "armed revolution" will NOT be needed in the future. May there arise such a force of righteousness in our nation that it would affect every realm and level of government. We declare the Light is forcing out the darkness, In Jesus Name.

- Many are asking, "Who can show us any good?" Let the light of your face shine upon us, O LORD. (Psalm 4:6)

5. Floridians Encouraged to Report Neighbors Who "Hate Government" - BeforeitsNews

Bradshaw makes it clear that the kind of behavior which could prompt a visit from the authorities includes anti-government political statements that may be deemed a prelude to violent action. "We want people to call us if the guy down the street says he hates the government, hates the mayor and he's gonna shoot him," Bradshaw said. "What does it hurt to have somebody knock on a door and ask, 'Hey, is everything OK?'" OH?

- Lord, this is an alarming statement! Protect us from these maneuvers. The idea of reporting anyone that says something about the government can lead down a path of deception and control. We desire a good life, which includes living at peace with our neighbors.

- Devise not evil against your neighbor, seeing he dwells securely by you. (Prov. 3:29)

The Middle East in Focus

The Middle East in Focus

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

"My help comes from YHWH, who made Heaven and earth." (Psalms 121:2)

1. 'US upgrades bunker buster to thwart Israel strike on Iran' - JPost

The US has upgraded its biggest bunker buster bomb specifically to enable the destruction of Iran's underground Fordow uranium enrichment plant near the city of Qom, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. According to the report, the Pentagon sees the move as critical to convincing Israel that the US will indeed prevent Iran from attaining nuclear weapons and possesses weaponry to do so that Israel does not have.

2. China could hold Israel-Palestinian talks if asked - Ynet News

The Chinese government says it is willing to set up a meeting between the Israeli prime minister and the Palestinian president when the two leaders visit Beijing next week, if the sides expressed interest in doing so.

3. Analysis: Egypt, Iran in power struggle over Gaza - JPost

Egypt and Iran are locked in a power struggle over their influence and conflicting aims in the Gaza Strip, and Egypt appears to have the upper hand. While Tehran is dissatisfied with the relative durability of the cease-fire between Hamas and Israel, and is pushing Palestinian armed factions to violate the truce, Cairo is doing its utmost to reinforce the calm, which it views as serving Egypt's national interest.

Thank you for your prayers!

Thank you for your prayers!

Traffic, Metro all worked very well on the National Day of Prayer
. . . inbound . . .

Dear CHPP Prayer Partners,

We want to thank all of you who took a moment to pray over the Metro yesterday, and over our Beltway and all major arteries into and out of the city on the National Day of Prayer.

The good news is that everything worked beautifully (unlike past years!), so our Lord did hear and answer your prayers . . .

The "other news" is that we forgot to ask you to pray the same prayer for the close of the day . . . sigh . . .

As of about 8:00 p.m. last night, traffic was a total disaster all around the city (we do not know how Metro was doing), as many were trying to make their way home.

So. . . thank you God for answered prayer, and thank You God for reminding us to pray specifically and intentionally when we ask for Your divine help with our days!
Again to all of you out there: THANK YOU!

Pray for the Harvest!

Pray for the Harvest!

"Do you not say, 'Four months more and then the harvest'? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest." (John 4:35)

Every day, in every nation on earth, tens of thousands of men and women are making decisions for Christ. Now, you can monitor this amazing fact online by literally "watching" as these souls are born again into the Kingdom.

Of course, the identities of those who are coming to the Lord are never revealed, but our God knows who they are!

Join us as we monitor these "names" daily, praying over each one to be mentored and to grow in his or her faith . . . even in these perilous times. You may visit either or both of the sites below, to pray for fields that are ripe for harvest.


Go here!

> > > OPTION TWO: The Great Commission Map!

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Worship With Us Today!

Worship With Us Today!

Bring The Rain
by Mercy Me

I can count a million times
People asking me how I
Can praise You with all that I've gone through
The question just amazes me
Can circumstances possibly
Change who I forever am in You