Friday, December 10, 2010

CHPP Daily Brief - December 10, 2010

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• The Daily Brief
• The Middle East in Focus
• The Daily Jot
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The Daily Brief - Friday, December 10, 2010

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God." (Matthew 5:8)

The Daily Brief

1. Move to Repeal "Don't Ask Don't Tell" Still Active in the Senate - CHPP

Farmily Research Council is reporting tonight that the move to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell is not yet "dead" in the Senate. For more details, go here.

- Do not stop praying over this vital matter until this move is completely "dead" in Congress.

- "Rule in the midst of your enemies." (Psalm 110"2)

2. a) Clinton Rallies Behind Obama on Tax Bill - Fox News

Former president takes the stage at the White House to endorse Obama's tax cut deal with GOP, as time runs out before the cuts expire at the end of the year.

b) Democrats Get Ugly - Gary Bauer

More details are leaking now about the extraordinary meeting yesterday of the House Democrat Caucus. House Democrats, furious at their former hero, Barack Obama, apparently even cursed the president. . . Then a chant rose in the room of frustrated Big Government liberals yelling "Just Say No." They weren't talking about drugs. They were saying "no" to Obama's deal with Republicans to prevent a massive tax increase.

- Lord, You know what horrific disasters would occur for hundreds of thousands of Americans if theTax cuts are allowed to expire. We pray for Your mercy on the American people. We pray for Your forgiveness over a Congress that does not have the people's best interests in mind. We humbly ask Your help to bring about a fair and equitable solution to this situation. As former President Bill Clinton now steps in to referee this melee, we ask Your wisdom for him and all in authority, as this is sorted out. LET NOT ANYTHING BE HIDDEN IN THIS BILL THAT IS NOT PLEASING IN YOUR SIGHT. In Jesus' Name, we pray, amen.

- "Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so." (Proverbs 3:27)

3. Massive budget bill faces opposition in Senate - AP

The fate of House legislation to freeze the budgets of most Cabinet departments and fund the war in Afghanistan for another year is now in the hands of the Senate, where it faces uncertain prospects.

- As Congress works through another bout of block-and-tackle in passing this bill, ask our Lord to go before them, making crooked paths straight, and ensuring that every measure decided upon is in the center of His will.

- No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. (Matt. 6:24)

4. Conservatives Peeved After GOP Taps 'Prince of Pork' to Lead Spending Committee - Fox News

Republicans who captured the House last month in part on the strength of a promise to rein in government spending have tapped a veteran lawmaker known as the "prince of pork" to head the powerful House Appropriations Committee. And the decision's not sitting so well among some conservatives. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers, who earned the "pork" nickname by steering hundreds of millions of federal dollars to projects in his rural district in Kentucky over a 30-year career in Congress, will chair the 60-member Appropriations Committee, the panel responsible for disbursing more than $1 trillion in non-entitlement-program dollars every year. . . "I don't think the response is going to be good," conservative Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., said on Hugh Hewitt's radio show. Read more.

- Uh oh. Pray that the leadership of the Republican party re-examines this appointment; there is still time to make changes before January. May these leaders hear and respond to the will of the PEOPLE, who put them in office, and in whose hands the real power of our republican form of government rests. Amen.

- Put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes. Cease to do evil. (Amos 1:16)

5. FAA orders re-registration of thousands of private aircraft - CNN

The Federal Aviation Administration says registration records for as many as one-third of all private aircraft are out-of-date and inaccurate, and has begun the process of re-registering aircraft in the United States -- a task made more urgent by the threat posed by criminals and terrorists.

• Of 357,000 registered aircraft in the U.S., records for about 119,000 are believed out of date
• Inaccurate records can conceal criminal or terrorist activity, experts say
• To deal with the disarray, the FAA is in process of canceling registration for all civil aircraft

- This is really hard to believe! Pray that the heads of the FAA will use great wisdom in the days ahead in tracking these aircraft! In the meantime, ask our Lord to place His angels around every missing plane, thereby destroying any plans of terrorists to use them to our harm. PRAY!

- If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. (James 1:5)

6. "Alarming" Amazon Drought -- River Hits New Low - National Geographic

Hard-hit by a months-long drought, a waterway within the Amazon Basin trickles to a halt in Manaus, Brazil, on November 19. The Negro River, a major tributary of the Amazon River, dropped to a depth of about 46 feet (14 meters) -- the lowest point since record-keeping began in 1902.

a. Drought plagues China's major wheat regions - China Daily

A two-month drought is plaguing China's major wheat production areas, according to local agricultural and drought relief authorities.

- The Lord often uses calamities to draw men unto Himself. Ask that He grace Brazil and China with rain, even as men - in their helpless estate - begin turn to Him.for help. Pray in the harvest of souls God claims for these nations.

- Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. (Ja. 5 v 7,8)

7. Poll: 71% of Iranians want nuclear arsenal - Jerusalem Post

Survey finds less than half of Iranians think sanctions having major impact; only 1 in 6 believes Israel, US will attack nuclear facilities.

- This poll demonstrates that the vast majority of the Iranian people are now under a spirit of delusion. Pray against this spirit, asking God to bring these innocent men and women into a place of sanity. He desires that none would perish, but that all would come to the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.

- The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)

The Middle East in Focus

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

"When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because your people have sinned against you, and when they pray toward this place and give praise to your name and turn from their sin because you have afflicted them, 36 then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel. Teach them the right way to live, and send rain on the land you gave your people for an inheritance." (I Kings 8:35,36))

1. U.S. to advance indirect Israeli-Palestinian talks following Mideast peace stalemate - Ha'aretz

In her speech to the Saban Forum in Washington on Friday United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will outline how exchanges with Israel over extending the settlement freeze failed. Clinton is expected to explain the way forward for the Obama administration in its efforts to advance the peace process in the Middle East.

2. Barak: When I was PM we built much more in West Bank - Ynet News

Israel is not building new settlements, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said to reporters after meeting UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York Thursday night.

3. New clash with Hamas looms -- defense officials - Jerusalem Post

Three weeks before the two-year anniversary of Operation Cast Lead, and amid escalating rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, defense officials warned on Thursday that Israel is preparing for a possible clash with Hamas in the near future.

4. UN and EU blame Israel for breakdown of peace talks - Jerusalem Post

The United Nations and the European Union on Thursday rebuked the Netanyahu government after its refusal to halt settlement construction forced Washington to drop efforts to relaunch Mideast peace talks.

5. Abbas vows: No talks without a freeze - Jerusalem Post

Despite Washington's announcement that it is looking for other ways besides a settlement construction moratorium to move the diplomatic process forward, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas stressed on Thursday that peace talks will not resume unless Israel halts building in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

The Daily Jot

Of Vulgarity, Covetousness and Taxation

A recent story quoted from Roll Call magazine--its a Capitol Hill rag that gives staffers a lot of inside information--is shocking. Roll Call is characterizing a Thursday meeting of the House Democratic Caucus as being vulgar and disrespectful to the president, calling him names and saying that he cannot be trusted. The shouting and pouting is the result of Republicans getting the president to compromise on keeping the Bush tax cuts in place in exchange for extending unemployment benefits. Americans voted a change of guard in November following the lead of the TEA Party--the "TEA" stands for Taxed Enough Already. It appears the politicians still don't get it.

Outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was quoted as saying, "Democratic priorities remain clear: to provide a tax cut for working families, to create jobs and economic growth, to assist millions of our fellow Americans who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own, and to do this in a fiscally sound way." The Dems are all upset that the tax cuts are extended to both "the wealthy" and the non-wealthy. Yet Pelosi says the party's priorities remain clear--to provide tax cuts to working families to create jobs and economic growth. They have not learned what the American people have so desperately tried to vocalize--that we do not need class warfare in this country, we need job creation and economic stability.

The American entrepreneur spirit must have money to be able to take hold and prosper the economy. Labor union workers do not "create" jobs. They work for the job creators. And yes, they too, should have tax reductions to be able to save more and provide for their needs. But it is proven economic fact that if the job creators are saddled with high taxes and excessive government restrictions, the economy will slow, jobs will be lost and companies will close. Here we go: The Tenth Commandment in Exodus 20:17 says, "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor's."

Taxes, especially unfair and exorbitant taxes, are covetousness. Now many will also quote the Bible verse where Jesus says give unto Caesar what is Caesar's. But in this nation, our Founding Fathers set up a form of government where we all have a say. So we, in effect, are Caesar. Its when we lose touch with that reality that the government, any government, will fill the void and begin to expand its power. From property taxes to income taxes, when the fruits of a person's hard work are taken and given to another, that is coveting. The last election was a correction of massive coveting on the part of politicians and government. And apparently, they did not learn from it. The rhetoric is changed, but the heart has not.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson
Word of Life Ministry

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