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Powerful Storms Thrashing Midwest – 13 Fatalities so Far; Storms March Eastward
A powerful storm system that produced multiple reports of tornadoes lashed the Midwest early Wednesday, roughing up the country music resort city of Branson and laying waste to a small town in Kansas. At least 13 people were killed in Illinois and Missouri.
There are estimates of more than 100 injuries and at least 200 homes destroyed or damaged, along with an apartment complex, church and commercial structures.
At least 10 people were killed in the southern Illinois city of Harrisburg after a storm swept through shortly before dawn. In Missouri, at least three people died, including one person who was killed in a trailer park in the town of Buffalo. At least three people were critically injured in the small eastern Kansas town of Harveyville.
Forecasters warned more twisters could strike he Tennessee Valley and southern Appalachians through Wednesday evening as the storm system moved east.
The tornadoes were spawned by a powerful storm system that blew down from the Rockies on Tuesday and was headed across the Ohio and Tennessee river valleys toward the Mid-Atlantic region.
Corey Mead, lead forecaster at the U.S. Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., said a broad cold front was slamming into warm, humid air over much of the eastern half of the nation.
From Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, at least 16 tornado sightings were reported from Nebraska and Kansas across southern Missouri to Illinois and Kentucky, according to the storm center, an arm of the National Weather Service.
In northern Oklahoma, gusts of up to 80 mph flipped trailers and damaged homes near Cherokee. In neighboring Kansas, the National Weather Service reported brief tornado touchdowns southwest of Hutchinson, and Gov. Sam Brownback declared a state of emergency after an apparent tornado struck Harveyville.
Tornado warnings and watches were posted for most of Kentucky and a large portion of Kentucky.
(Sources: CBS News, Fox News, MSNBC, Associated Press, National Weather Service)
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Since 2001, The Presidential Prayer Team has been the source millions of Americans have turned to for encouragement and inspiration to pray for America, our President, our national leaders and our Armed Forces.
As one of the seven mountains of cultural influence, media can be used for good or evil. Now,intercessors are committing to set aside print and broadcast deadlines to pray for the industry in the first-ever Day of Prayer for Media.
The Church and Media Network (CMN) is calling for churches to mark May 20 as a Day of Prayer for the Media.
“This call to prayer is part of our response to the intense discussion of media standards over the past 12 months. The media is under pressure as never before with financial constraints and many illegal and dubious practices being rightly brought under the spotlight by the Leveson Inquiry and elsewhere. We certainly do not condone any of these practices,” says Andrew Graystone, director of CMN.
“Yet at its best the media performs a vital role in our society, giving a voice to the voiceless, holding the powerful to account, keeping people informed and highlighting wrongdoing,” Graystone continues. “As Christians, we want to affirm the vast majority of journalists and others who work in the media who are doing their best to work to high ethical and professional standards, and to pray for them.”
The charity is encouraging churches to include local, regional and national media in their prayers. CMN also wants them to “befriend” the media, telling them about their activities and giving feedback on what they broadcast or publish.
ITV Newsreader Julie Etchingham and BBC Football Focus presenter Dan Walker are among Christian media personalities that are joining a growing number of broadcasters and journalists to launch the intercessory initiative.
And All Souls Church, Langham Place, London, which stands next to the BBC’s newly-redeveloped Broadcasting House complex, is one of the first churches to sign up to take part in the Day of Prayer.
“If anyone needs divine wisdom in our generation it is all those involved in communicating with our generation,” says senior pastor Mark Meynell. “They need all the prayers they can get!”
ESCATAWPA, Miss. (BP) -- An unusual sight -- an 11-foot-tall wooden cross with hundreds of written prayer requests nailed to it -- has been turning motorists' heads and prompting some of them to get out of their cars since Jan. 23.
For 100 days, pastor Terry Long has kept vigil at the cross.
|"There's something about the cross that has power and speaks to people. … People make fun of the church, but they aren't making fun of the cross."
-- Pastor Terry Long
Today (May 15) is his concluding day at the busy intersection of Highways 63 and 613 near the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
"I felt the Lord told me to do three things," said Long, who has been in the pastorate since 1981, the last eight years at Lilly Orchard Baptist Church in Escatawpa.
"One was to put a cross out here on the highway. At first I didn't know where it was to go, but it just clicked that this was the intersection. Through a series of circumstances, this is where I ended up.
"Second, I was to pray for revival for a hundred days, every day," Long continued. "I was to push everything aside and just do this, pray for revival in our county and in our country. I was to not take a salary from my church for those hundred days. I was to give it back to the church.
"Third, I was to fast and pray. And on the 10th day, five men from my church met with me just to see how things were. They knew I hadn't eaten and had given my salary up. In that meeting, they said, 'We understand why you gave your salary up, but we feel like we want to be a part of this -- we're missing a blessing. We want you down at this cross, and we'd like to restore your salary,' and the church has done just that," said Long, a bivocational pastor who does construction work.
A native of Jackson County along the Gulf Coast, Long had begun praying for revival earlier in January. "I was concerned for the county -- I remember when the churches here were full and alive, and God impressed on me this was what I needed to do. He just dropped this in my heart."
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The decision by Judge Leonard P. Stark comes in response to a lawsuit filed last year by four Sussex County residents who claimed that the prayer violates the First Amendment. The city council had argued that the Lord's Prayer, though widely used by Catholics and Protestants, was not exclusive to Christianity as it does not make a specific reference to Jesus.
Judge Stark explained in his opinion that "the court is likely to conclude that the Council's practice of opening each meeting with a recitation of this distinctly Christian Lord's Prayer violates the Establishment Clause because it constitutes government endorsement of the Christian faith."
"The fact that The Lord's Prayer has been the only prayer recited at the beginning of Council meetings for over six years is likely to be found to demonstrate that the Council gives Christianity an unconstitutionally preferred status," he added.
The county's attorney, J. Scott Shannon, argued earlier this year that the prayer, introduced by Jesus in the Bible, was being misunderstood by the plaintiffs.
"[Jesus] was not offering a Christian prayer in the Christian tradition because no Christian tradition existed," Shannon said. He also positioned that there was no specific mention of Jesus Christ in the prayer, and it contained language that was fitting to other faiths as well.
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But the attorney for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Alex Luchenitser, insisted that the very opening lines of the prayer -- "Our Father Who Art in Heaven Hallowed Be thy Name" -- does indeed refer specifically to Christ.
"That's a Christian way of referring to Jesus. This is not something reasonable people disagree over," said Luchenitser, who spoke on behalf of plaintiffs Barbara Mullin, Julie Jackson, John Steinbruck and William O'Connor.
Judge Stark's injunction to stop the prayer takes effect on June 15, meaning that any council meetings after that date that begin with the Lord's Prayer would be in violation of the order.
Some council members made aware of the decision have expressed disappointment,Delmarvanow.com reported.
"Whatever happened to freedom of speech," asked Councilman Sam Wilson. "I don't know how we're gonna get around it, but we're gonna have to find a way."
Judge Stark elaborated, however, that many other council meetings begin with prayers that are not specific to one religion, and so do not go against the Constitution. He reportedly invited the plaintiffs to think about how to "preserve the Council's practice of opening its meetings with a prayer but to do so in a manner that is consistent with the United States and Delaware Constitutions."
National Day of Repentance
HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE, Calif., Aug. 21, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- In these very difficult times politics alone can't resolve our problems. Many of our problems nationally are spiritual, requiring a spiritual solution. One such solution was often employed by our nation's founders -- a national day not just of prayer, but also of personal, and national, repentance. There is a growing movement, an awakening within the body of Christ, event after event, in these next 90 days, pointing out that we believers in Christ need to pray and repent so that the Lord can step in with His miracles, which our nation now desperately needs. Many prayer events are planned, but a focus on repentance is vital for their success.
To: National Desk
Famed evangelist Billy Graham’s letter calling America and its “deceived people” to repentance is one in a series of escalating warnings that the nation is in growing danger of God’s judgment, prominent faith leaders told Charisma News.
“This may be our last chance to call the nation to pray,” says Anne Gimenez, national chairperson ofAmerica for Jesus—America for Jesus—The Awakening, which expects hundreds of thousands of people to gather at Independence Mall in Philadelphia Sept. 28-29 to pray and intercede for the United States.
“We believe it possibly could be the last time we have this opportunity. Nineveh is a great example. All the wickedness of that city, and yet when they did what God said they should do and repented, God healed their land. That’s right where America is today. We’re on the brink of America being destroyed as we know it, but I believe God is giving America a chance at this hour.”
In his letter, “My Heart Aches for America,” the 93-year-old Graham wrote that he recalled how his late wife, Ruth, once expressed concerns about the nation’s “terrible downward spiral”—exclaiming, “If God doesn’t punish America, He’ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.”
Graham, who has preached to more people than any other Protestant in history—2.2 billion—wrote that he wondered what Ruth would think of the country today where “self-centered indulgence, pride and a lack of shame over sin are now emblems of the American lifestyle.”
“My hearts aches for America,” wrote Graham, who has provided spiritual counsel to every president from Harry S. Truman to George W. Bush and received Barack Obama in his home in 2010. He has been on Gallup’s “Ten Most Admired Men in the World” list 55 times since 1955.
“The wonderful news is that our Lord is a God of mercy, and He responds to repentance. In Jonah’s Day, Nineveh was the lone world superpower—wealthy, unconcerned and self-centered. When the Prophet Jonah finally traveled to Nineveh and proclaimed God’s warning, people heard and repented. I believe the same thing can happen once again, this time in our nation.”
Graham’s letter calling America to repentance comes as a growing number of highly respected Christian leaders have issued similar warnings in recent months, noting that the nation is in a downward spiral of economic decline, immorality, corruption, growing secular humanism and attacks on religious liberty.
Jack Hayford, the founding pastor of The Church on the Way in Van Nuys, Calif., and the former president of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, says Graham’s letter comes as the nation is in a “very grim hour as we approach the election this year.”
“What we need is something on the order of shock troops at this hour, and I can imagine that can be raised,” Hayford says. “I don’t feel despairing. I do feel the urgency. We are at a point that desperate action is needed and Billy’s voice, certainly as no other, can give rise to that.”
Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, the author of the New York Times best-selling book The Harbinger, says Graham’s letter is a “prophetic word” that parallels the message in The Harbinger—that America is rapidly departing from God and is in danger of judgment unless it turns back to God in humble and genuine repentance.
The fact that Graham released the letter “should get our attention” and is “very striking” and “very stunning,” says Cahn, the senior rabbi at the nation’s largest messianic congregation, the Beth Israel Worship Center in Wayne, N.J.
“I believe this is a very, very critical time for America and for God’s people in America, and I believe it has ramifications for world history,” says Cahn, a descendant of Aaron, the high priest of the ancient Israelites and the brother of the Biblical prophet Moses. “The way that America goes is going to affect the world, and the way God’s people in America go will affect America.
“So, the message of The Harbinger is that we are in danger and that the same progression of judgment that occurred in the last days of ancient Israel is now occurring in America. The call is ultimately for salvation for those who don’t know the Lord and for repentance and revival for those who do. I see this (Graham’s letter) as another very stark sign that we are a critical point.”
All: Each of you is urged to join in and invite others you lead to join in a special season of prayer for our nation.
This website: http://www.40daysofprayer.net/ starts off this way: "40 Days of Prayer is a call to fervent prayer for our elections. We are in desperate days as a nation as the spiritual, moral and financial fabric of our nation is disintegrating around us…..." Don't you agree that we need God more now that ever?!
Others are praying for spiritual awakening and revival in our nation during this season. This website lists additional ministries who are calling God's people to prayer for 40-56 days: http://www.40daysofprayer.net/prayer-initiative-link , including 24 hours of prayer in our nation's capitol. Feel free to use these resources or create your own. The current set of links is listed below.
While each person or ministry cannot join every call to prayer - everyone can do SOMETHING to turn their hearts toward the ONE
who rules the universe. We urge you to do your part in prayer during season - so that God will fill our nation with His presence and power. Thank you in advance for your fervent prayers! Blessings, Thomas
"For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea." Habakkuk 2:14 (NIV)
Current list of links from: http://www.40daysofprayer.net/prayer-initiative-links are listed below. Note: That this is not an endorsement of all of the contect on each site. The list is simply a guide to help you find prayer resources that may be helpful to you.
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