(Katy, Texas) Recently the Houston Police Officers Union (HPOU) issued a call for a state-wide day of prayer on October 19th at 1pm. As their press release sates “We are calling upon all organizations to come together, as a unified group to support law enforcement, the community, and the leadership of the State of Texas. Our vision is one of unification, not only among law enforcement agencies, but within the communities in which we serve.”
They go on to explain their goals this way “we are encouraging each agency (police dept. sheriff’s dept. etc) to reach out to local clergy within their community along with city leaders for a1pm state wide prayer at your local city hall or union hall, in conjunction with a prayer on the steps of the state capitol. ” The series of events that will take place that day are collectively being called “Let’s Pray Texas.”
On hearing of the effort internationally known Christian blogger Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield based in Katy, Texas had this reaction, ” No one doubts that there are police officers out there that are not what they should be. Just as no one doubts that there are too many families and communities out there hurting, over regrettable incidents with which we are all becoming too familiar. However the majority of law enforcement officers are brave, hard working people doing a job of incomprehensible complexity. I pray this effort will not only be successful, but become an ever growing national movement cementing the relationship between our communities and our law enforcement officers in prayer.” Crutchfield is founder of FaithInspires.Org a Christian blog read in over 195 countries last year. He founded and runs the National First Responder Prayer Team group on Facebook which has nearly 450 members. He also serves as a Christian growth and healing expert at SelfGrowth.com the world’s leading self help website.
Organizers of Let’s Pray Texas are using the hashtags #P4P and #LPT to coordinate things on social media.
Henderson says, “We have overestimated the role national government serves in actually bringing real change to our nation. Our history proves that America has been more prosperous during times of spiritual revival. Our nation will never be great again until the church is great – according to God’s terms.” Henderson is convinced that the single greatest need in our nation today is Jesus Christ living through a revived church. The campaign will culminate with a live national webcast on October 22 (also called “Make CHURCH Great Again!”) with churches all across North America participating.
Daniel Henderson served as the pastor of several mega-churches over a period of 25 years and is now the leader of a national renewal movement, Strategic Renewal International. He speaks regularly in leadership conferences, local churches and is the author of 10 books.
The “Make Church Great Again” campaign will feature a four-week study designed for congregations, Sunday School classes and small groups. Each week will feature a 10-minute video lesson, interactive discussion guide and a dynamic participatory prayer tool. The four themes are:
- Part One: The Picture of a Great Church
- Part Two: The Portrait of a Great Christian
- Part Three: The Priorities of a Great Leader
- Part Four: The Possibility of a Great Future
Officials in Mexico Give God the Credit for the Lightness of Damage and Injury from Hurricane Patricia.
By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield, Editor FaithInspires.Org
As Hurricane Patricia lurked off the Mexican Coast things looked absolutely ominous. She was a dangerous Category 5 storm, with sustained winds of over 200 miles per hour. By some measures, she was the strongest hurricane ever in the Western Hemisphere. Experts and emergency officials were not encouraged. There was credible concern that hundreds were about to die, and billions of dollars in damage about to be suffered. It would almost certainly be one of the worst disasters Mexico had ever seen. Meteorologists from as far away as the United Kingdom were tracking the storm minute by minute, because it was thought to be so historical.
As is common with hurricanes the her track was very uncertain up to the last minute. Resort areas known around the world were evacuated. Mexico’s largest container port was battened down tight. Patricia came ashore. Then something happened, or more accurately barely did. Patricia came ashore in a much less populated area than was feared. There were thousands of injuries, but all minor. As much as 24 hours after landfall not a single storm related death had been conformed. There was damage, but only a small fraction of what you would expect from a category 5 hurricane. The concern was so grave prayers for Mexico, and her people were offered up from all over the world. Given the outcome many believe that those prayers were answered in a big way !
Roberto Sandoval, governor of Nayarit state, told CNN en Español “We as government are not supposed to mention faith and God but the only thing I can tell you is that God helped and watched over us so this monster of a hurricane did not hurt us here in Nayarit and in Mexico,” Patricia could have gone a little north or a little south and this story would have been much different. Instead we have highly placed Mexican government official giving the unseen hand of God credit for the mind boggling way things played out.
CNN also quoted David Ramirez, nursing chief at a small clinic in Melaque as saying, “We expected a much bigger disaster,” continuing his comment with. “We believe God helped us through this monster hurricane. We’re still here.”
So history may remember Hurricane Patricia, not as Mexico’s greatest disaster, but as one of her greatest miracles.
HUME, Calif., Aug. 22, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — The Rough Fire continues to advance to Hume Lake Christian Camps, located in the Sequoia National Forest. The Hume staff and community are asking for continued prayer in a few specific areas this weekend.
Pray for the hundreds of firefighters working the fire, including the volunteer Hume fire department, and for the handful of Hume staff who remain behind to keep basic camp operations going for the firefighters. Pray for the displaced camp staff and their families, many of them who have loved ones remaining at Hume.
Pray for the cancellation of retreats and guests to Hume and the loss of revenue with that. Pray for the team as they coordinate the logistics and volunteers to restart camp operations.
“We are not defined by our buildings or facilities,” said Executive Director, Dathan Brown to the staff on Saturday morning. “We are defined by our mission.”
Hume Lake Christian Camps is a year-round youth camp and adult retreat center providing epic, high-energy, life-changing programs for churches, schools, teams and groups. Since 1946, more than one million campers have gone through this ministry and experienced the love and power of a life lived in Christ through recreation, music and speaking.
The Rough Fire began with a lightning strike on July 31, 2015 and now encompasses over 40,000 acres.
By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
Disasters come in many shapes and sizes. A Family may find itself facing their home lost in a fire, a job loss, death of a member and any other things. A Community could face wildfires, tornadoes, floods, disease out breaks, explosions etc. Over the years I have been a Red Cross Disaster volunteer, a state guardsman, a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliarist, and a fire department chaplain. I have at least minimal training or experience responding to disaster with boats, planes, helicopters and more I even read recently about NASA’s new CYGNSS microsatellites which will greatly increase hurricane predictions. So I have a pretty good idea of what can be done to help people in all sizes of disasters. And I do not want to be misunderstood, these groups do very critical work in times of disaster, and I am very proud of the associations I have been blessed to have with them
Years ago I met John Glenn when he was running for president. If running for president wasn’t enough he had already been a highly decorated Marine, one of our country’s most legendary astronauts, and a U.S. Senator. When I first met Rick Perry who is currently running for president he was Texas’ elected Agriculture Commissioner. He came to Houston to ask me and a couple of dozen other local leaders if he should run for Lt. Governor. All told I have help appointed office, or other positions at the party, city, county, regional, state, and federal levels. So I also have a fair idea what can be done from the halls of power for disaster or anything else.
All of which I tell you so you will fully grasp what I am about to say. Out of all the power I have seen be it political, governmental, non profit groups, I have only witness on power great enough to see you through any disaster that may come your way. That power is the power of prayer !
Only power can grant you peace when the storms are ranging. Prayer is the key to the strength you need when yours alone is not enough. Prayer is so powerful that even non spiritual people find that the simple act of venting their challenges through praying (especially aloud) actually does help them. The point of this last point is very powerful alone. Think about it for a minute, even if God were not real ( but of course he is !) there is very good reason to believe that pray could still help ! You truly have nothing to lose !.
When the fire department, Red Cross or whomever have left. Prayer and its pipeline to God will still be there for you. It will never leave you.
T.D. Jakes once had this to say about the value of prayer in times of adversity,
“ Prayer will get you out of a pinch, prayer will get you out of a crises, prayer will get you out of your dilemma, prayer will get you out of your trouble.”
Jakes in his comment even seems to emphasis just as a do that prayer has the ability to scale itself so that it is more than big enough to tackle whatever you may be facing !
I have seen just about every kind of power this world has to offer. So I can tell you with great creditability, that when you are facing disaster large or small nothing has the power to see you through like prayer !
TIGARD, Ore., June 29, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — Christian Grandparenting Network is announcing its fifth annual Grandparents’ Day of Prayer (GDOP) on September 13, 2015. The purpose of Grandparents Day of Prayer is for grandparents to unite in prayer for their grandchildren and their parents on the designated National Grandparents Day.
Our grandchildren are living in a desperate moral and spiritual climate navigating in a world hostile to truth. Satan has launched an aggressive attack on all fronts using media, technology, education, social influences and political pressures to desensitize and cloud the boundaries of truth and righteousness that hold nations and families together. Perhaps at no other time in our history is a call to prayer more urgently required than it is today for our grandchildren.
The mission of Christian Grandparenting Network (CGN) is to promote effective grandparenting, which is intentional in teaching our children and grandchildren to know and follow Christ wholeheartedly. CGN is encouraging grandparents to get involved in the movement to make National Grandparents Day a Grandparents’ Day of Prayer to intentionally pray for their grandchildren.
Many years ago, Queen Esther stood in the gap for her people, the Jews, when their physical lives were threatened. Today, grandparents can stand in the gap with prayer for their grandchildren and their parents as their spiritual lies are threatened by the enemy.
We are looking for grandparents to make the National Grandparents’ Day on September 13 a Day of Prayer for the next generation who will participate in this event and take the lead to organize an event, calling grandparents to join in prayer on September 13. This event could be in your church, in your home, in a retirement complex, or any meeting location you choose. CGN will provide step-by-step guidelines, resources, and online tools to help you create a successful event that will engage grandparents in prayer for your event.
Grandparents can find how to get involved and find helpful information, endorsements, and promotional materials and free downloads at www.grandparentsdayofprayer.com.
Contact Lillian Penner for additional information
National Prayer Coordinator, Christian Grandparenting Network
By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
Robert Bakke has done things most of us only dream about. He ran a multimillion dollar company by the time he was 24. He went on to become a Nascar driver, a jet pilot, and a black belt in Karate. He has seen success from a variety of perspectives that few people get to experience. So when he speaks about success, and prayer as the root of success he speaks in creditability.
In his book Prayer at Full Throttle, he offers a six part plan to unleash the power of the reader’s prayer life. It is a book that I read in two sittings because the truth is what he says in it is so clear, and makes so much sense I couldn’t cram it into my head fast enough. This is a book on prayer for the everyday Christian. The language he used in writing this book feels much more like a conversation with a caring friend than a lesson from a teacher or mentor. It is a relatively short book, that reads quickly so there is little excuse for passing it by. You will however not want to rush through this book. It has too much to tell you.
He uses events from his own life a metaphors for what he is trying to tell this. This not only adds clarity , but creditability to what we read. For example in making several of his points he uses his relationship with his godson to help us examine our relationship with God as our Heavenly parent.
As you might gather from the title the core of this book is centered on the idea that prayer must involve more than words. Powerful, productive prayer must be made with confidence, and then mated with related action. Reading Bakke’s book, I am reminded of what a former pastor taught us many years ago. He would often tell us, “ God can’t bless what’s not there !” This is the same thought that Bakke is trying to get across to us.
Part of the message he is trying to get across is prayer if it is to be powerful it must not stand on its own. Prayer should be coupled with related action, and is in large part dependent on our relationship with God. In fact Prayer at Full Throttle teaches us that if our prayers aren’t giving us the results we expect, perhaps we should take a closer look at our relationship with God before we declare our prayers have no effect.
This is not a book that every Christian should add to their bookshelf, This is a book every Christian should add to their life !
THIS REVIEW WAS BASED ON A FREE “MEDIA” COPY PROVIDED BY THE PUBLISHER.