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Bonds of brotherhood in Charleston

“Bonds of brotherhood were strengthened today. As tragic as this shooting was, it has brought out the best in God’s people.” Tonight at dinner, I was asked by a fellow diner from Kansas what I was doing in Charleston. I explained that less than a week ago I was in town for The ResponseUSA held at the North Charleston Coliseum on Saturday, June 13th. Four days after thousands gathered to pray for a nation in crisis several local pastors were shot down during their Wednesday night prayer meeting in their own church in this city. I told her we...

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Our prayers are with South Carolina

As many of your know, The Response: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis took place this past Saturday in Charleston, SC. The Response is calling the church of Jesus Christ to come together in unity for healing in our nation. We are deeply grieved at the loss of nine brothers and sisters senselessly murdered last night at a Bible study and prayer meeting at Emanuel AME Church. It’s pastor, Clementa Pinckney, is the only name released of the deceased at this writing. God’s Word speaks, Psalm 9:12, “For He who avenges murder cares for the helpless. He...

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Governor Mike Huckabee announces White House bid

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee announced his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination Tuesday morning. Huckabee, who is popular with the religious right, shared the news of his candidacy with supporters at Hempstead Hall in his hometown of Hope, 113 miles southwest of Little Rock. “I was raised to believe that where a person started doesn’t mean that’s where he has to stop,” he said. “I always believed that a kid could go from Hope to higher ground.” Huckabee, 59, a former Baptist pastor, hit the national stage when he won the Iowa caucuses by rousing the state’s Christian...

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Meeting Outline and Prayers

Outline for a Prayer Meeting Corporate Worship 20 minutes Worships music can be live or recorded Words to songs available so everyone can participate Bible-based prayer 2 minutes An individual prays out loud while the music continues softly in the background Use a biblical prayer as a starting point and focus for your prayer Pray for the values and ideas in the passage rather than against anything Pray for our leaders rather than against politicians or Supreme Court Justices Those in the prayer meeting pray along silently with the individual praying Simply read the scripture and then begin praying Example: I’m going to pray for the Supreme Court Justices from Philippians 1:9-11 “And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” Jesus, I pray that you would reveal yourself to the Supreme Court Justices. For those that have a basis for faith in you, give them knowledge and discernment. For those that don’t have an active faith in you, give them understanding so that they all would be able to approve the things that are excellent in your eyes....

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Letter from Ted Cruz asks Pastors to Preach and to Pray

Dear American Pastor, On Tuesday, April 28, the United States Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in favor of “same-sex marriage.” How will the American church respond? The prophet Daniel described the people who know their God as people who do two things: display strength and take action (Daniel 11:32). How can the church rise to the occasion in this situation? Along with my friend David Lane of the American Renewal Project, I urge you to consider the following – Preach about biblical marriage on Sunday, April 26. We know that marriage is intended to be sacred, beautiful,...

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