Wednesday, February 28, 2018

CHPP Daily Brief "Praying for All in Authority" Wednesday, February 28, 2018 SPECIAL EDITION

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The Daily Brief
"Praying for All in Authority"
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

"Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints." (Psalm 116:15)

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Honoring Rev. Billy Graham

Honoring Rev. Billy Graham:

Senate Chaplain Black's Vision

Over the years, Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black has openly shared a vision our Lord gave him, just after he stepped into his new role as Chaplain on July 7, 2003. Our prayer team, too, was privileged to hear and to pray over this vision with the Chaplain, shortly he came into office.

Today, as the U.S. Congress honors the life of the Rev. Billy Graham, and as his body lies in state in the Capitol Rotunda, it seems a fitting time to share Chaplain Black's vision with all of you . . . so here goes:
"The Lord showed the Chaplain a vision of the Capitol Building, and he had a strong witness that the Spirit of our Lord was saying that, at the set time, he would witness a "mighty move of God" in the Capitol Building, that would then literally sweep across the nation, ushering in a great revival."
Chaplain Black has held onto that vision -- and that promise -- to this day.
And we wonder:


Let it be so, O Lord . . . let it be so!

Focus on Israel

1. US embassy in Israel issues warning over 'Day of Rage' - Israel National News

The US mission to Israel has issued a warning to American citizens in the Jewish state after Palestinian Authority groups called for "Day of Rage" demonstrations this week in protest of President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, and to move America's embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

On Monday, the Palestinian National and Islamic Forces, a coalition of various terrorist groups, including the Palestinian Authority's ruling Fatah party, called protests following reports that the US embassy in Israel will be relocated to Jerusalem by May of this year, as opposed to late 2019.

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2. Days After Church of Holy Sepulchre Shuttered, Israel Backtracks on Steps That Spurred Crisis - HAARETZ

Israel opted on Tuesday to take steps to resolve its ongoing crisis with church leaders and the Christian community that led to their indefinite shuttering of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Sunday. The Israeli government will freeze a controversial bill that recently spurred the crisis, while the Jerusalem municipality will postpone the collection of taxes from church-owned properties.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat have established a team headed by Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi to try and formulate a solution concerning the issue of tax collection from the churches, according to a statement by the Prime Minister's Office.

Further, Netanyahu has asked Hanegbi to look into the matter of land sales in Jerusalem, following a request by the heads of major churches. All pending legislation on the matter will be shelved while Hanegbi reviews the issue.

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3. Ophel excavation director discusses biblical discoveries, Temple Mount - Jerusalem Post

Days after announcing the discovery of what may be a seal impression from Prophet Isaiah unearthed at the foot of the Temple Mount, the archeologist in charge of the Ophel excavations discussed her find, as well as the politics that surround her field in Jerusalem.

Dr. Eilat Mazar, a senior researcher from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's department of archeology, has been involved in the Ophel excavations since 1981, where she initially worked under the supervision of her grandfather, former Hebrew University president Dr. Benjamin Mazar.

"Ophel" means to "rise above," and refers to a higher element of the natural landscape.

The excavations take place some 50 meters between the City of David and the Temple Mount's southern wall.

"The Ophel was built by King Solomon in the 10th century, and it was the biblical equivalent of an acropolis in Jerusalem where royalty ruled from," said Mazar.

Since the 1980s, the researcher has led the discoveries of such unprecedented finds as the "Ophel Treasure," a collection of 36 gold coins and a large gold medallion believed to date back to the year 614, as well as an impression of the royal seal of King Hezekiah from the First Temple period.

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4. Judge in texting scandal to face disciplinary hearing, not criminal charges - Times of Israel

Suspects in the Bezeq corruption probe were dealt a double blow Tuesday afternoon when the state ombudsman ruled there would be no criminal proceedings against a judge who was found to have coordinated rulings in the case before hearings were even held, and here replacement judge rejected their appeal to be released from custody amid claims of "obstruction of justice."

Judge Eliezer Rivlin, the ombudsman handling complaints against judges, recommended, however, that Judge Ronit Poznansky-Katz face a disciplinary hearing over coordination with a prosecutor in the case.

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5. Three Israeli-Arab Men Indicted for Plotting Temple Mount Terror Attack - Algemeiner - Three Israeli Arabs were indicated for a plot to carry out a terror attack on the Temple Mount or other religious targets, said Israel's Shin Bet security agency.

The men were identified as Mohammed Masoud Jabarin and Amad Lutfi Mohammed Jabarin, both 20; the third suspect is a juvenile. All hail from the Israeli Arab city of Umm al-Fahm. They were arrested over the past two months, with their indictments filed on Monday.

According to the Shin Bet, the Arab cell planned to carry out a shooting attack on the Temple Mount similar to the attack on July 14, which killed two Israeli police officers. That attack was also carried out by three Israeli Arabs from Umm al-Fahm, and led to weeks of tensions between Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians.
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The Daily Brief

1. Heritage Foundation: 64% of Trump's agenda already done, faster than Reagan - Washington Examiner

With unprecedented speed, the Trump administration has already implemented nearly two-thirds of the 334 agenda items called for by the Heritage Foundation, a pace faster than former President Reagan who embraced the conservative think tank's legendary "Mandate for Leadership" blueprint. Thomas Binion, director of congressional and executive branch relations at Heritage, said that Trump has implemented 64 percent of the "unique policy recommendations" from the group. At this stage of his presidency, Reagan had completed 49 percent of the Heritage policy recommendations.

"We're blown away," Binion said in an interview. Trump, he said, "is very active, very conservative, and very effective." What's more, he said, Trump hasn't just focused on one agenda area, but he and his team has pushed through administrative moves on foreign policy, deregulation, immigration, tax reform and health care, moves often ignored by the media. "It is a huge volume that his administration has worked on and it is a huge spectrum of issues," said Binion. His report card jibes with one from the West Wing which showed at the end of the year that the administration has scored 81 major achievements slashed at least 11 major legacy items of former President Barack Obama.

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Father, thank You for the wisdom President Trump has implemented to improve our government, economy, and society. Help him continue to hear Your voice above all and do what is best for our nation.

Give me understanding and I will obey your instructions; I will put them into practice with all my heart. (Psalm 119:34)

2. Marines treated after unknown substance found in envelope - The Hill

Several Marines are receiving treatment after being affected by an unknown substance found in an envelope. The envelope was received at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, next to Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. The building where the envelope was opened was evacuated immediately.

The Marines later tweeted that "several Marines" were receiving medical care. A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Fire Department said 3 people are being treated, according to ABC News. The Arlington, Va., fire department tweeted that 11 people began feeling sick after the letter was opened. Three of the patients the fire department transported are in stable condition, but an investigation is ongoing.

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Father, we pray complete healing for these soldiers and we ask You to aid our law enforcement to discover who is sending these powder-mail attacks.

O Lord my God, I cried to You for help, and You healed me. (Psalm 30:2)

3. Sessions: DOJ inspector general to probe FISA abuse allegations - FoxNews

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday the inspector general of the Department of Justice will probe allegations of government surveillance abuse, in light of the memos released on Capitol Hill about FBI and DOJ efforts to obtain FISA warrants to surveil a Trump campaign adviser. Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee released a memo in February detailing the DOJ and FBI's surveillance of Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, saying an infamous, unverified dossier funded by Democrats "formed an essential part" of the application to spy on him. Democrats released a rebuttal memo on Sunday.

The White House responded to the GOP memo by saying it "raises serious concerns about the integrity of decisions made at the highest levels of the Department of Justice and the FBI to use the government's most intrusive surveillance tools against American citizens." In an earlier interview on Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures," Sessions told host Maria Bartiromo that there would be an investigation into how the FBI used the dossier to secure a wiretap. "Let me tell you, every FISA warrant based on facts submitted to that court have to be accurate," he said. "That will be investigated and looked at, and we are not going to participate at the Department of Justice in providing anything less than the proper disclosure to the court before they issue a FISA warrant."

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Father, we pray Inspector General Horowitz will truly get to the bottom of all wrongdoing at the DOJ and FBI, and issue his report soon. We pray for Your protection over his life, his family, and all his staff as they move forward with their findings.

You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the conspiracies of man; You keep them secretly in a shelter from the strife of tongues. (Psalm 31:20)

4. 20 states sue to kill Obamacare, citing Trump's mandate repeal - Washington Times

Twenty states filed a lawsuit Monday arguing the new law President Trump signed last year revoking Obamacare's individual mandate actually makes the rest of the 2010 health law unconstitutional as well. Led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, the lawsuit says the individual mandate - upheld by the Supreme Court in 2012 - was the crux of the Affordable Care Act's legality. Chief Justice John G. Roberts ruled that the mandate - and thus most of the ACA - was constitutional under Congress's taxing powers. But the attorneys general say if the government isn't collection money under the mandate, it's not using the taxing power, so the law no longer has legal underpinnings.

The lawsuit says Congress deemed the mandate to be "essential" to the law, since healthier people would be goaded into the market to balance out sick people who could no longer be denied or charged higher premiums. The AGs are suing the Trump administration, a politically ally that loathes the law, but it could put Mr. Trump's Justice Department in an awkward position. The administration had pushed to have a suitable replacement on hand before gutting the law, but it's efforts failed last year. Nearly 12 million people recently selected coverage up on its linchpin exchanges, and millions more gained coverage through its expansion of Medicaid in dozens of states.

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Father, we pray the court will use sound legal reasoning as it decides this important case.

Be perfectly fair in your decisions and impartial in your judgments. (Deuteronomy 1:16b-17a)

5. High Court Hears Forced Unionism Case - FreeBeacon

Public sector workers seeking to break ties with organized labor appeared before the Supreme Court on Monday seeking to overturn a 40-year-old rule mandating union fees. "Collective bargaining is the core political activity, which we submit individuals cannot be compelled to support," Messenger said. The case received the backing of the Trump administration in December. Solicitor General Noel Francisco said forced union participation differs from constitutional restrictions that the federal government places on employee speech, such as the Hatch Act, which prohibits workers from politicking on taxpayer time. "The government is allowed to prohibit core political speech when it interferes with the employee's ability to do their job," Francisco said. "There's no corresponding interest when it comes to compelling employees to subsidize third-party advocacy."

Some labor watchdogs were optimistic about opening arguments. Freedom Partners chairman Mark Holden said the case could expand political freedom for millions of workers at the state and local level who have been forced to direct portions of their salaries to labor organizations. "The Court has an opportunity to empower millions of public employees across the country to decide for themselves whether they want to fund their union's political agenda," Holden said in a statement. "Forcing people to finance views and opinions they may disagree with is as much a violation of the First Amendment as silencing them." The case will be decided before the end of the Court's session in June.

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Father, we pray the court will end this practice of forced dues, especially since these dues are used to advocate political speech. We also pray for an end to public sector unions altogether.

Ransom me from the oppression of evil people; then I can obey your commandments. (Psalm 119:134)

6. Court rules Trump can build border wall - Washington Times

A federal court cleared the way Tuesday for President Trump to build his border wall, ruling the administration has the power to waive a series of environmental laws to speed up construction. The state of California and environmental groups had been counting on the lawsuit to derail the border wall, and the judge's ruling to the contrary is a major boost to Mr. Trump. The ruling is all the more striking because if comes Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel, who Mr. Trump famously called biased during the 2016 campaign because of his Mexican heritage.

Judge Curiel said he wasn't opining on whether a wall was good or bad policy - but had to conclude the government has the power to build it. "It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices," he wrote in a 101-page ruling.

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Father, we thank You for this ruling and pray our nation will have the physical barrier it needs soon.

The wall was finished-just fifty-two days after we had begun. (Nehemiah 6:15b) Let it be, Lord!

7. Supreme Court OKs Broad Immigrant Detention Powers - Daily Caller

Immigrants detained for removal proceedings may be held indefinitely and are not entitled to a bail hearing, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The ruling means that immigrant detainees, who are sometimes held for months and years on end, have no recourse to challenge their confinement. Justice Samuel Alito delivered the opinion for the court, joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy. Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch joined most of Alito's opinion, though they also wrote to say they do not believe the court had jurisdiction to hear the case.

In a rare move, Justice Stephen Breyer read part of his dissent in the courtroom during Tuesday's proceedings. The justices only read their dissents from the bench when they mean to emphasize their disagreement with the majority. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor joined his opinion. Justice Elena Kagan was recused because she briefly participated in the case while serving in former President Barack Obama's administration.

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Father, we pray this legal reasoning that non-citizens are not eligible for the same due process rights as citizens will filter down through our legal system, effectively removing and keeping illegals off our streets.

We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels (1 Timothy 1:9a)

8. Lawsuit: 100,000 noncitizens registered to vote in Pennsylvania - Washington Times

More than 100,000 noncitizens are registered to vote in Pennsylvania alone, according to testimony submitted Monday in a lawsuit demanding the state come clean about the extent of its problems. The Public Interest Legal Foundation, which has identified similar noncitizen voting problems in studies of Virginia and New Jersey, said Pennsylvania officials have admitted noncitizens have been registering and voting in the state "for decades." But state officials have stonewalled PILF requests for access to the data that could expose the problem, the group says in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Harrisburg. "For months, Pennsylvania bureaucrats have concealed facts about noncitizens registering and voting - that ends today," PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said.

He said Pennsylvania had already admitted to a "glitch" dating back to the 1990s that had allowed noncitizens applying to renew driver's licenses to be offered the chance to register to vote. Mr. Adams said he now wants to find out how bad the problem is overall. Pennsylvania officials wouldn't respond to the lawsuit, nor to the 100,000 noncitizen number. The group has released reports in the past detailing more than 1,000 noncitizens registered to vote in New Jersey and more than 5,500 registered in Virginia. Roughly a third of those from Virginia actually cast ballots.

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Father, we pray for integrity throughout our electoral system. Help election commissions and concerned citizens remove ineligible voters and we pray those who are ineligible to vote will not go to the polls.

The Lord hates both these things: dishonest weights and dishonest measures. (Proverbs 20:10)

9. New Justice Department Task Force Will Target Opioid Manufacturers, Distributors - Daily Caller

The Department of Justice is launching a new unit to target pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors that flooded America with opioid painkillers, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday. The Prescription Interdiction and Litigation Unit will investigate pharmaceutical companies for their role in the opioid epidemic and will examine legislative and regulatory approaches that could decrease the flow of prescription painkillers, Sessions said with seven state attorneys general beside him. "We will use criminal penalties, we will use civil penalties, we will use whatever laws and tools we have to hold people accountable if they break our laws," Sessions said at a press briefing. "We will continue to attack the opioid crisis from every angle and we continue to work tirelessly to bring down the number of opioid prescriptions. We think they are just too many."

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro added: "When four out of every five heroin users start with a legal prescription drug, the supply chain runs directly to these opioid manufacturers, it runs directly to the opioid distributors." A congressional committee investigation, for example, found that pharmaceutical distributors flooded one West Virginia town with a population of less than 3,000 with nearly 21 million prescription painkillers over the past decade. The state is among the hardest hit by the opioid epidemic. Additionally, critics widely blame Purdue Pharma - the drug manufacturer that produces OxyContin - for being the primary initiator of the nation's epidemic for downplaying opioids' addictiveness and convincing doctors to prescribe painkillers to patients facing chronic pain, a previous Daily Caller News Foundation investigation found. Purdue's OxyContin sales have helped make the company's sole owners - the Sackler family - one of America's richest clans with a $13 billion net worth in 2016, according to Forbes.

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Father, we pray these new enforcement measures will curb access to these powerful, addictive drugs. We ask You to bring salvation, deliverance and healing to the millions of men and women who struggle with substance abuse in our nation.

For "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." (Romans 10:13)

10. How China's New Lifelong Dictator Threatens The West - The Federalist

China is ushering in another life-long dictator, for the first time since the death of communist China's founder, Chairman Mao. China's current constitution states that the president and vice-president "shall serve no more than two consecutive terms." But China's Communist Party has announced a proposal to scrap the constitutional term limits of the president and vice-president, which in turn paves the way for China's current president Xi Jinping to stay on indefinitely.

The old constitutional term limit was instilled in 1982 by China's last paramount leader Deng Xiaoping, who fought alongside Mao during the revolution and suffered persecutions under Mao's destructive "Cultural Revolution" movement. Deng came to power after Mao's death and was determined to prevent another strong man from becoming China's sole ruler in the future. Since he became China's president in 2013, Xi has been aggressively consolidating power into his own hands by dismantling the power structures laid down by his predecessors. He used an anti-graft campaign to aggressively purge political opponents, while he himself became the chairman of everything. In addition to his title as the head of state and the general party secretary, he led numerous committees and leadership groups, including the newly formed National Security Commission.

In 2016, the Chinese Communist Party elevated Xi to the "core" leader, which puts Xi at the same political status as Mao and Deng. The "core" title signified that Xi broke away from the collective leadership model instilled by Deng and indicated that Xi has become the most powerful leader since Deng Xiaoping.

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Father, we pray all the changes in China will ultimately benefit our brothers and sisters in Christ, and cause many to come to a knowledge of You.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

The Daily Jot

The Daily Jot

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

No fear engagement

As we look at the headlines about school shootings, government corruption, visceral division with anyone who disagrees, and a lack of honest leadership in the political arena, it may be easy to get discouraged. There are so many things that need fixed. We need people to engage. Christians need to engage with our society-not just inside the four walls of church in their clubs-but with all of society. This is no time for the weak-hearted or for America's Christians to disengage and throw in the towel. It seems we have been doing that since the 1960s, and it hasn't worked. Christ is the answer to this dark and dying world, and you are his vessel. Think about that.

You have a calling. And much bad doctrine has been taught about this. The Holy Scriptures say in Romans 8:28 "that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." It's not your purpose, but "HIS" purpose. Romans 11:29 says that "the gifts and calling of God are unchangeable." So when people are saying that you have to find your calling, it is really understanding that you are called "not according to our works, but according to his own purpose (2 Timothy 1:9)." Christ is our example. He is the way the truth and the life. He showed us how to engage according to his purpose. It takes courage to conduct Christ's purpose in this world, in this country today.

Psalm 31:24 says, "Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all you that hope in the LORD." As Christians, our hope is in the Lord. We are to be ever watching for his return. As Galatians 6:9 says, "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." And Jesus promises in Matthew 10:22, "And you shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endures to the end shall be saved." We, as Christians, are not to stand by and allow evil to advance just because we have read the end of the book and we win. We are to not be overcome with evil, but to overcome evil with good. The Lord says to be of good courage and that his gifts will never change--you are equipped.

2 Timothy 1:7 says, "For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." We are reminded that it isn't easy in 2 Corinthians 4:8,9: "We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed..." Verse 6 tells us, "For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." We should not fear man. Man cannot take our soul. So we need to take heart during these times. Have courage. Put on the full armor of God and speak boldly as we ought to speak. And having done all, stand.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson

Just As I Am . . .

Classic Hymns

In Honor of the Passing of Rev. Billy Graham:


"Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29)


Just as I am, without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot,
To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
Just as I am, though tossed about
With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
Sight, riches, healing of the mind,
Yea, all I need in Thee to find,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
Just as I am, Thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, Thy love unknown
Hath broken every barrier down;
Now, to be Thine, yea, Thine alone,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
Just as I am, of that free love
The breadth, length, depth, and height to prove,
Here for a season, then above,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

About the Author:

Words: Char­lotte El­li­ott, 1835

Melody: Will­iam B. Brad­bu­ry, 1849

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