CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Dec.16, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — In rural Brazil, a group of mothers met for a health class. The missionary was talking about diarrhea. If not treated, the baby loses fluids and the soft spot on the baby’s head sinks in. One mother offered: “That happened to my baby in the morning and she was dead at night.”
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Billy Graham’s son, Franklin Graham, has released a statement requesting prayer for his father.
Here is the statement:
My father turned 95 this past November 7, and I am pleased to say that my family was able to be with him as he celebrated another milestone in his long and productive life. Joined by many colleagues and friends from around the nation and the world at this celebration, he spoke briefly of these friendships and did not fail to point people to the Lord Jesus Christ. This will forever be his legacy which is, as the Bible says, a testimony to the faithfulness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Since that night a few short weeks ago, he has had another bout with a respiratory infection and was hospitalized briefly before returning home to recuperate. He is extremely weak but his vitals are good. Our family would appreciate your prayers for him that the Lord would strengthen him. He has been so encouraged by the release of his most recent book “The Reason for My Hope—Salvation” that he immediately began work on another book about a subject that he feels that God has laid on his heart. Only the Lord knows what is in store as we move forward in service to Him.
To all who have stood with us—some for sixty years—supporting us financially and undergirding through prayer, thank you for your faithful support. We are encouraged with how God has blessed the proclamation of the Gospel through My Hope. This evangelistic outreach will continue for the next five years as the Lord is using it so effectively in people’s hearts. We are thankful that He is touching hearts as tens of thousands have responded to the invitation to confess their sins and receive Christ as Savior.
We value your prayers—in fact, we depend on them. We find words of comfort and praise in the psalms, “Oh, bless our God…and make the voice of His praise to be heard, who keeps our soul among the living, and does not allow our feet to be moved. Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will declare what He has done for my soul. Blessed be God, who has not turned away my prayer” (Psalm 66:8-9, 16, 20 NKJV).
December 10, 2013
BELLINGHAM, Wash., Oct. 22, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — ORA NET LLC announces its Ora prayer app is now available for Android smartphones in the Google Play store. Android users can now join the initiative to use a disruptive technology to promote the oldest form of recognized religious expression in the Christian and Jewish faiths — prayer. The ORA system creates a personal mobile experience for the individual and an enterprise-quality community management platform for any organization to invite, connect, share, respond and interact with one another in intercessory prayer.
“ORA’s technology gives us the ability to do so much more to leverage existing social networks and mobile devices to connect individuals in the most meaningful relationship they can have with others and with God. And now that technology is available to an even larger group of smartphone users in a secure, private setting,” said Jeff Bone, Chief Marketing Officer for ORA.
The Bellingham, WA, company introduced what many have called the most revolutionary development for the faith community to be released in decades.
“We all maintain a number of social and spiritual connections within a broad community that includes our favorite people and our favorite places of worship and ministry. ORA collects, organizes, tracks, reminds, connects and securely shares prayer requests and answers with anyone you choose. Android is the largest and fastest growing segment of smartphone users in the world and we are pleased to be able to offer this to the Android community as well,” Stated Dusty Gulleson, ORA Chief Executive Officer.
“We are very excited to use the ORA app in our Life Groups. We think God will use this app to connect people through prayer in a way that hasn’t been done before,” said Jake Schwein, Pastor of Grace Chapel, Wilsonville, Oregon.
Typical social networks are inappropriate “high noise” areas that are not private enough for sensitive postings like prayer requests. ORA creates an environment where prayer is the most important thing and your privacy is mission critical. ORA employs financial-grade security to protect your privacy and keep your intimate postings secure. ORA not only makes prayer available on your smartphone, but it makes comments, reminders and prayer partners always available too and gives immediate feedback to requests, questions and comments from prayer partners and helps to track and remind the user of how prayers are answered immediately or over time. ORA helps you get a glimpse of the eternal that can be missed when we’re caught up in the stress of everyday life.
ORA is a free download for iPhone, AppStore.com/ora, and now for Android at: ora.net/android.html. The ORA smartphone app integrates into the ORA Community system. The ORA Community system is a software as a service (SaaS) solution designed with many more management features that allows an organization to administer community-wide prayer communication and easily integrate with existing email, church management or relationship management software from leading providers. Visit the ORA website for more information: ora.net.
This has got to be one of the CUTEST videos I have ever seen!
Praying you have a blessed weekend!
You read that right. Yes, there are Democrats in Iowa that thought it was a good idea to thank God for abortions, and abortionists. Seriously, we can’t make this stuff up! See for yourself:
WOW! We have truly reached a scary place on this slippery slope!
The YouTube video is TITLED: Prayer FOR Barack Obama! But, listen to this child! He is NOT praying TO God Almighty, FOR Barack Obama- he is praying TO Barack Obama himself!
Ever read or hear about the book “Men Are From Mars, Woman Are From Venus”? I haven’t actually read it, but I have heard from enough people to have a basic grasp of the premise. It basically lays out the differences between the sexes and how they complement each other. The book explains how to work from within those differences to live a great life together. It talks about the differences in the way each feel value. Men need to feel respected in order to accept the love from his wife and women need to know they are loved to give themselves totally into the relationship. Equal needs expressed in different ways coming together to make for a great relationship.
Pretty simple, equality. So let’s add some sand to this well-oiled machine. The book was written 21 years ago. How times have changed. In order for real equality to be served, we need an updated, “Men Are From Mars and Other Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus and, Well, Other Woman Are From Venus”.
The original booked was hailed as a great work that helped millions of couples, but according to today’s “equalists” the book is useless. The premise of the book is how to get the opposite sexes to relate to one another the way nature intended. How not to see the differences as impediments but as catalysts to make the relationship more solid and how you have to have the differences for the relationship to flourish. How does this work in a same sex relationship? The original book falls apart and becomes useless. Is nature confused? Are we confused? I say we are!
Recently, a man was charged with murder for giving his girlfriend a drug that caused her to have an abortion. She didn’t want to have one and told him she would raise the child alone, he didn’t need to be involved financially or physically. He didn’t want a child, nor did he want her to have it. If the tables were turned and she didn’t want it but he did and she had the abortion against his will, no murder charges would have been filed there.
Just to summarize, it’s a life if he objects to it and chooses to abort, but it’s a blob of cells if she objects and chooses to abort. Equality? And the, “it’s her body” argument doesn’t hold up because it’s the baby’s body to! You can’t have it both ways.
Recently, a young man was told he could not pray at the end of the commencement ceremony because one parent complained citing that they were at a public ceremony paid for by tax dollars. He agreed not to pray. However, a few sentences into the speech he started to recite the Lord’s Prayer and, to the surprise of that one parent, an overwhelming majority of the students joined in and recited with him!
The prayer ended to thunderous applause and 99% percent were quite happy. When the voice of one person outweighs the desire of the community as a whole is that Equality? I think not.
A New Hampshire high school graduate and recent boot camp graduate was barred from wearing his Marine Corps uniform in lieu of the traditional cap and gown. The young man had worked hard to make sure he had his credits done in time to leave early to go to boot camp, pass boot camp and get back for graduation. The school board, in my opinion, made a terrible mistake not allowing him to do so. No reward for his hard work. However, if he was a transvestite, would they have allowed him to dress as a woman, wear the female gown, wig, high heels, and so on? I have seen some graduations where the rainbow colors were worn as a scarf or the gown itself. And this is Equality? How?
Finally, based on a report by Britain’s Department for Education and Skills some schools are no longer teaching about the Holocaust in history lessons so as not to offend Muslim students. The report, titled “Teaching Emotive and Controversial History”, also notes that teachers don’t lessons covering The Crusades because it contradicts what is taught in local mosques.
Truth is truth. Why are they altering history? History is not always comfortable. In fact, it’s often ugly.
But it’s also important not to forget it.
The Muslims (like the Christians) went around in The Crusades and massacred people who would not convert. It’s true! It really happened. Millions of Jews were killed in the Holocaust. It’s true, and the fact that you’re offended doesn’t make it any less true. In this case, they don’t want to offend Muslims, but accommodating Muslims, they offend the Jews. Equality? I think not.
It seems that equality is what some people (usually those on the political left) deem it to be
and everyone else can, well, go pound sand!
And so I say, equality for everyone, not quite!
All Christmas’ are joyous.
Gods gift to man, celebrated.
Not just a baby in a manger…
But Good Will.
A hand of good will from a Good God, extended toward needy man in the most sacrificial expression this earth will ever know.
Love made tangible.
A quiet miracle birthed in an obscure place, yet celebrated even so, with angelic fanfare to humble shepherds.
But this year…our nation suffered a devastating blow.
We were not punched in our gut. We were not kicked in our sides.
We were raped savagely of our joy.
Our young ones – our innocent babies – were brutally, cruelly, yanked out of our grasps.
We were powerless to stop the insane mind that attacked them and he ripped into their little sweet bodies with bullets that were crafted with intent to stop evil men, not tear down young ones on the threshold of life.
This year, we will again celebrate the birth of Christ on December 25th.
Evil does not stop Good.
But our brothers and sisters of Sandy Hook mourn.
Gifts under trees will remain unopened, just as the eyes that would have sparkled with delight will also remain unopened.
Beds are not slept in.
Breakfast dishes are not left in the sink.
Shoes remain on the floor; there are no little toes to fill them.
Closets full of Christmas splendor that were meant to adorn little spindly frames will now retain their contents.
And mothers and fathers will wake to hearts of stone; no appetite, eyes clouded with pain, and arms aching with emptiness.
No voices at five a.m. to wake them up too early.
No one bounding upon the bed, or down the stairs.
No laughter because there are …
Celebrations continue all over our nation. Music plays through unseen speakers over our heads while Santas in the mall pose for one more snapshot.
But not for everyone.
A shadow hangs over our land.
This wound is deep.
We bleed still.
Christmas Day will come, and you will be tempted to put the thoughts of their suffering out of your mind so that you can enjoy what is before you.
That is human nature.
I adjure you most urgently: Ignore it.
Ignore that urge and walk to a quiet place, lifting those parents up in prayer as if you were praying for your own shattered heart.
It’s okay to cry on Christmas.
It’s okay to feel sad sometimes.
There is time to mourn.
Do not let them mourn alone.
They need your prayers.
This Christmas as you celebrate, you will feel a small shadow pass between the brilliant sunlight of your own joy and its source.
It is the grief of your brothers and sisters of Sandy Hook.
It wafts through the atmosphere of our nation.
When you become aware of it, acknowledge it, and then acknowledge them – in prayer.
Take them to the One who has vowed that He will not leave our souls desolate.
Implore Him to help them recover, and then leave them in his care.
To see one who suffers, and feel sad, is not enough.
Do what you know you can do.
In this way, we love one another.
We are one nation under God.
Their suffering is our own.
Do not be afraid to feel sad on Christmas; rather, channel those emotions into something that will help them heal.
Remember with them…
Stand with them in spirit…
Mourn with them…
It is difficult.
It is painful.
It is True Love.
And it is crucial for our nation’s healthy recovery.
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‘My Sandy Hook Family Fund’
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26 Church Hill Road
Newtown, CT 06470
Today a very serious and possibly tragic event was witnessed by a stadium full of football fans and countless viewers on television. Tulane University was playing Tulsa University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. With two seconds left in the first half a seemingly minor head-to-head collision of two Tulane players left Devon Walker unconscious and non-responsive on the field (http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/8352006/tulane-safety-devon-walker-hospitalized-suffered-broken-neck-collapsed-lung-hit ). Medical people rushed to the site to begin administering aid, including CPR and a tracheotomy, to the stricken player. An ambulance came onto the field, and after several tense minutes of work on Walker, he was loaded into the ambulance and taken to nearby St. Francis Hospital. The latest report I have is that Walker suffered a broken neck and a collapsed lung. http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/blog/eye-on-college-football/20107767/tulane-safety-devon-walker-leaves-field-in-ambulance
What made this event extraordinary was the reaction of the members of the Tulsa team and their fans. Players, coaches, cheerleaders, fans, and anyone else there immediately knelt on the field and sidelines in prayer. Soon Tulsa University chaplain Jeff Francis was standing on the center logo of the field with a microphone, leading the entire stadium in prayer for the injured player. (http://content.usatoday.com/communities/campusrivalry/post/2012/09/tulane-player-given-cpr/1?csp=34sports&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UsatodaycomSports-TopStories+%28Sports+-+Top+Stories%29)
At a time in our nation when any reference to God is taboo, the Democrat Party just had a huge fight over putting a reference to God back in their party platform; and the ACLU and atheist groups pound anyone who dares to speak about God in public it is refreshing to see this public display of faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Faith in God is what established our nation and faith in God is what has brought us through wars, economic downturns, and tough times. To see political correctness thrown out the window to offer public prayers for an injured player is an awesome sight and an inspiration. My wife was just telling me that Devon Walker is described as a young man of strong faith and character, a walk-on who worked to pay his way to a private college and only began playing football last year.
The same faith this stadium full of people showed today is what sustains us and our nation. I don’t know what Devon Walker’s future will be like after this injury but I am confident, considering what I have heard of his faith and his character, he will make the most of what he faces in coming days, weeks, months, and years.
This incident, as tragic as it is, illustrates the true character of Americans. No one stopped to ask if it was okay to pray in public; they just did it because that is what We the People believe in. People immediately and unashamedly lifted this young man’s care to God. There is no better response that can be made than to lift an injury such as this to God immediately. My best wishes and prayers go out to Devon Walker and his family. My respect and admiration go out to schools and to their coaches, players, and fans.
I submit this in the name of the Most Holy Trinity, in faith, with the responsibility given to me by Almighty God to honor His work and not let it die from neglect.
September 8, 2012