Tuesday, August 8, 2017

CHPP Daily Brief: "Praying for All in Authority" Tuesday, August 8, 2017

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The Daily Brief:
"Praying for All in Authority"
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

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"For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.' (Jer. 29:11)

Focus on Israel

1. Report: Hamas accepts unity deal with Fatah - Israel National News

The Hamas organization, which rules Gaza, has accepted a unity deal with the Palestinian Authority's (PA) Fatah party proposed by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi, i24news reported Sunday, citing Arabic media.

According to the report, PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who heads Fatah, has not accepted the proposal after it was offered to him by Sisi in July. The deal stipulates that the PA would be committed to ending the actions it has taken against Gaza since April.

Abbas initially accepted the deal but then refused and presented a counter offer for a reconciliation agreement, according to i24news.

(Read more)

2. Jordanian king tells Abbas Trump committed to peace process - Times of Israel

Jordan's King Abdullah II told Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas that US President Donald Trump is "committed" to the peace process and called for "intensifying" efforts for new talks, during a rare trip to Ramallah Monday seemingly meant to send a message to Israel.

During his two-hour meeting with Abbas, the Jordanian king highlighted "the commitment of Trump to work toward achieving peace between Palestinians and Israelis," according to a summary of the meeting in the Jordanian government's official news outlet Petra.

Abdullah "stressed the importance of intensifying efforts to create real political prospects for progress toward resolving the conflict," the report said.

(Read more)

3. Bennett comes out swinging for PM in corruption probes - YNET News

Education Minister and Bayit Yehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett came out in support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday following developments in multiple investigations against him and the signing of an agreement with his former chief of staff and confidant Ari Harow.

"The State of Israel needs stability and we support this national government and are committed to its continued operation. The prime minister has the presumption of innocence and I hope that the investigation will end without an indictment," Bennett wrote in a statement.

The closure did not appear imminent, however, and an Israeli official said a legal process was still required to implement most of the proposed steps.

The Israeli move adds further pressure on Qatar, which has been involved in a dispute with four of its Arab neighbours.

(Read more)

4. A-G expected to announce indictment of Sara Netanyahu - Israel National News

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit is expected to announce in the coming days that he is accepting the police recommendation to indict Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

According to a report by Channel 2, Sara Netanyahu is suspected of using hundreds of thousands of shekels in public funds to cover her private housekeeping expenses.

The police recommended indicting her several months ago.

Sara Netanyahu was interrogated last week by the Israel Police 443 Anti-Fraud Unit.

(Read more)

5. Likud MK: Netanyahu must not resign - Israel National News

MK Miki Zohar (Likud) on Monday said that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu should remain in office even if he is indicted.

"There is political persecution here and if you look at things seriously, beyond what is presented in the media and on the left, there are two suspicions here: Receiving gifts from someone who has been your friend for 30 years and you give him nothing in return, and having a conversation with a newspaper publisher who defames you and your family and you ask him to stop," Zohar told Arutz Sheva.

"This is no reason for a Prime Minister to end his term in office," argued Zohar. "The State of Israel is not a country that can afford to lose a Prime Minister such as this, who operates at the security level, at the economic level and at the international level in the best possible way. I call on the Prime Minister and tell him, 'Even if they decide to file an indictment against you, you must not leave office. You have to continue fighting. This is political persecution.'"

(Read more)

The Daily Brief

Please note:
Every prayer below is presented to our Lord in the Name of Jesus Christ, amen.

1. North Korea vows 'thousands-fold' revenge in response to United Nations sanctions - Fox News

North Korea vowed Monday to strike the U.S. with "thousands-fold" revenge after the United Nations imposed new sanctions in response to a recent intercontinental ballistic missile launch from the rogue regime. The dictatorship's official KCNA news agency described the recent sanctions as "crimes" that were a "violent violation of our sovereignty" and a "heinous plot to isolate and stifle" the communist country.

North Korea, which consistently threatens to send "gift packages" to the U.S., vowed to take "righteous actions" that would make America pay "thousands of times." The fiery response from the nation came in the face of the sanctions and as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson demanded the rogue nation halt its missile tests so the U.S. and North Korea could start negotiations. (Read more)

- Lord, we ask Your wisdom and Your Mighty power to remove the North Korean leadership. The psychotic actions of this regime are dangerous to the entire world, not just American interests.

- "If you have been foolish in exalting yourself, or if you have devised evil put your hand on your mouth. For as the churning of milk produces butter, and as the wringing of the nose produces blood, so the forcing of wrath produces strife."
(Proverbs 30:32,22)

2. Tillerson doubles down as China takes new hard line on North Korea - ABC News

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is on the offense at a summit here as he tries to increase the pressure on, and isolation of, North Korea after the U.N. Security Council imposed new sanctions against the country's rogue regime.

Tillerson is in Manila for an annual summit hosted by Southeast Asian countries collectively known as ASEAN. He's meeting with regional partners, including Russia and China, just days after North Korea tested its second intercontinental ballistic missile in a month. (Read more)

- Lord we thank You that China has begun to pressure the North Korean government. We ask that You grant Mr. Tillerson wisdom and favor in his dealings with these nations.

- "There are many plans in a man's heart, nevertheless the Lord's counsel - that will stand." (Proverbs 19:21)

3. DOJ fires back at Chicago's sanctuary-city lawsuit threat - Fox News

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel formally announced Sunday that his city would file a lawsuit Monday against the Trump administration for vowing to block federal grants to cities that don't comply with federal immigration law.

The Justice Department called out the mayor in its response. "In 2016, more Chicagoans were murdered than in New York City and Los Angeles combined. So it's especially tragic that the mayor is less concerned with that staggering figure than he is spending time and taxpayer money protecting criminal aliens and putting Chicago's law enforcement at greater risk," department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores told the Chicago Sun-Times. (Read more)

- Lord as Mayor Rahm Emanuel presides over a violence-wracked city, we ask that You change his focus from being politically correct and foolish to see the suffering in his own city.

- "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)

4. Minnesota Mosque Bombing an 'Act of Terrorism,' Governor Says - NBC News

The Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in suburban Minneapolis, like other U.S. mosques, occasionally receives threatening calls and emails. Its leaders say they're more frightened now after an explosive shattered windows and damaged a room as worshippers prepared for morning prayers.

"We feel like it's much deeper and scarier than like something random," Mohamed Omar, the center's executive director, said Sunday. "It's so scary." (Read more)

- Lord, we pray that the authorities will look in the correct direction for the perpetrator of this incident, and if it is not what it appears on the surface, let the truth be known. For these Muslims we ask that a move of Your Holy Spirit bring them new hearts and minds, that they hear the wooing of Your Spirit and surrender their hearts to You. In Your Name, amen.

- "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh." (Ezek 36:26)

5. New Orleans floods as downpour overwhelms city pump stations - MSN

Parts of New Orleans flooded after a heavy weekend rainfall that officials said overwhelmed the city's pump stations.

NOLA.com reports city officials said Sunday that some neighborhoods saw between 8 and 10 inches (20 and 25 centimeters) of rain over a few hours Saturday. That was too much for the Sewerage & Water Board's 24 pump stations to cope with even though all were operating.

Deputy Mayor Ryan Berni told reporters the city has no immediate plans to request an emergency declaration from the state, but that could change as the city collects more information on flood damage.

City homeland security director Aaron Miller says that with more heavy rain predicted for Monday afternoon, the city's pumping capacity could be overwhelmed again. (Read more)

- Father we pray Your hand to stop the flooding in this city that has seen more than its share of floods. With the storms in Tulsa that have also left parts of Kansas City flooded, we ask for Your Divine help for the people of these areas.

- "All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth." (Psalm 25:10a)

6. Wreckage of US military plane found off Australia - Fox News

An Australian navy ship arrived in Shoalwater Bay in Queensland state Sunday night to help the U.S. military hunt for the MV-22 Osprey, which the Marines said was conducting regularly scheduled operations on Saturday when it crashed into the water. The wreckage was found shortly thereafter, Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne said in a statement.

An Australian navy dive team plans to start the process of recovering the plane Monday night, the U.S. Marine base Camp Butler in Japan said in a statement.

Three Marines remain missing. The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps called off a search and rescue operation for them on Sunday and launched a recovery effort instead, essentially confirming the military does not expect to find them alive. Twenty-three other personnel who were on board the Osprey when it crashed were rescued. (Read more)

- Lord we pray that You will comfort the families who have lost loved ones in this horrific incident.

- "Hope in God; for yet shall I praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God." (Psalm 42:13b)

7. Oval Office emptied as renovations begin at White House - The Hill

The Oval Office has been emptied as renovations kick off at the White House following President Trump's departure on vacation.

White House social media director Dan Scavino tweeted pictures over the weekend showing the start of the West Wing renovations.

White House staff in Washington are working to clear out of the West Wing and move into the Eisenhower Executive Office Building during the renovations.

White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters told reporters that the South Portico steps on the South Lawn will also be repaired. Those steps haven't been restored since President Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House.

Among the other facets of the White House that will be refurbished are the Navy mess kitchen, a restaurant in the West Wing run by the U.S. Navy, the building's lower lobby, the information technology (IT) system and other "generic cosmetic upgrades." (Read more here . . . and here . . .)

- Father, we ask that only those workers whom You approve would be allowed to enter the West Wing during this time of renovation. We ask, too, that if anything or device be discovered during this process, that it be fully disabled and removed, as well. In Your Name, amen.

- "There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that not will be made known." (Luke 12:2)

The Daily Jot

Monday, August 7, 2017

God, country, family, football

Some of you are going to roll your eyes and say, "There he goes again." Many of you know I used to coach football. In addition to my responsibility to The Daily Jot, I also consult with the NFL because what we did in developing character and leadership translated to a bigger stage. The Frederick County Christian Eagles homeschool football team used the sport of football to teach Christian character and leadership. We found that football was a microcosm of life, helping young men learn tenacity, teamwork, resilience, work ethic and more-how to be Godly men, real men that accomplish real things in their lives. The Pro Football Hall of Fame just inducted seven new members who exemplified the value of football in life.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones painted a story of the relationship of football and family. Jones said, "How did we get here. We got here by playing football. Learning there are no excuses for failing...It's the place where you can make the block on the line. Nobody else knows about it. But the next day when you hit the film, your teammates do. And you can look in the mirror and you can feel as good as if you made six touchdowns the day before. That's football...when I think about the life lessons, I just cannot t think about other than how bad every day felt when you went out for two-a-days, and you ask about every reason in the world not to be there, but you just keep on keeping on...That's football. Inspiration. Dreams. We got here with the love of football and the love of family."

Former Charger Running Back LaDanian Tomlinson said, "I firmly believe that God chose me to help bring two races together under one last name: Tomlinson. I'm of mixed race, and I represent America. My story is America's story. All our ancestors, unless we're American Indian, came from another country, another culture. Football is a microcosm of America. All races, religions and creeds living, playing, competing side by side. America is the land of opportunity. Let's not slam the door on those who look or sound different from us. Rather, let's open it wide for those who believe in themselves. I'm being inducted into the Hall of Fame because my athletic ability created an opportunity for me to excel in the sport I love."

Tomlinson continued, "When we open the door for others to compete, we fulfill the promise of one [nation] under God, with liberty and justice for all. On America's team, let's not choose to be against one another. Let's choose to be for one another. My great-great-great grandfather had no choice. We have one. I pray we dedicate ourselves to be the best team we can be, working and living together, representing the highest ideals of mankind, leading the way for all nations to follow." Irrespective of your political leanings, Tomlinson's words certainly can resonate from a Christian worldview. As Galatians 3:28 says, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus." That's the ultimate team. For many, football inspires them to become the ultimate teammates.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!

Bill Wilson

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The Persecuted Church

"Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body." (Hebrews 13:3)

Please visit the website for International Christian Concern to lift up prayers for the persecuted around the world, every day. Their link is: www.persecution.org -- or go here to connect. Thank you for interceding for our brothers and sisters who are suffering in Asia, the Islamic World, and the Far East.

Classic Hymns:


"All the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan." (Joshua 3:17)

Deep river, my home is over Jordan,
Deep river, Lord, I want to cross over into campground.
Oh, don't you want to go to that gospel feast,
That promised land where all is peace?
Oh don't you want to go to that promised land,
That land where all is peace?
Deep river, my home is over Jordan,
Deep river, Lord, I want to cross over into campground.


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Signs and Wonders

Signs and Wonders

30 treated at St. Francis Hospital after tornado struck Tulsa, Oklahoma early Sunday morning

The National Weather Service says a strong, fast-moving storm system spawned a tornado that struck near midtown Tulsa, and possibly two other tornadoes.

Emergency Medical Services Authority spokeswoman Kelli Bruer says two people suffered life-threatening injuries and 11 others were transported to hospitals.

St. Francis Hospital spokeswoman Lauren Landwerlin told the Tulsa World that up to 30 people were treated at the hospital. Landwerlin did not immediately return messages left by The Associated Press, but A city spokeswoman says many people were taken to hospitals by private vehicles.

Weather Service meteorologist Mike Teague says an EF2 tornado, with wind speeds of 111 to 135 miles per hour touched down shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday and possibly two other smaller tornadoes touched down later near Inola and Claremore, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) east and northeast of Tulsa.

The storm caused extensive damage in Tulsa and left more than 11,000 customers without power at one point. More than 4,300 remained without electricity Sunday afternoon. (Washington Post) Read more

The Good News Corner

This Town is Using the Upcoming Solar Event as a Unique Opportunity to Share the Gospel

(Princeton, KY)-[CBN News] On August 21 an historic solar eclipse is set to take place across the continental United States; something that hasn't happened in almost a century.

Some see the rare phenomenon as a sign from God and point to Scripture to support their claims.

There are several passages that talk about the sun being blackened out or darkness descending on the land.

But whether the upcoming event is or isn't a sign from God, many Christians believe it serves as a good time to share the Gospel.

"I'm not an astronomer," said Harrell Riley, Director of H.R. Ministries in Princeton, Kentucky. Yet, he sees God at work through nature and science.

"Anything that shows the power and presence of God gives us the liberty to point people to Jesus Christ and in that, everybody needs to be prepared for His return," he said in an interview with CBN News.

Kentucky is said to have some of the best seats in the country for the eclipse and reportedly, people from across the globe are making plans to travel there to see it.

(Breaking Christian News) Read more here.

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