LOS ANGELES – Holding his first Harvest Crusades outreach event in the media hub nicknamed "City of Angels," Greg Laurie brought his message of hope in Jesus Christ to an estimated 50,000 people at Dodger Stadium Saturday evening.
On the eve of the nation’s 10th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedies, Laurie said he came to Los Angeles to "influence the influencers." He also said that even though prayer by clergy was not allowed at the memorial ceremony at ground zero Sunday “we will be praying in Los Angeles tonight.”
Founding Calvary Chapel Pastor Chuck Smith, who mentored Laurie even before he became a church and evangelist leader, led the crowd in prayer for the families who lost loved ones during the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Many in attendance raised their smart phones toward the sky with browsers set to a “virtual candle” app, an image made available by the Harvest tech team. more >>
Americans came together on Sunday to reflect on what President Obama has called a "difficult decade" following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Amid the tears and moments of silences for the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives that day, the overwhelming feeling in observances throughout the country was that "America is stronger."more >>
Despite efforts to keep the 9/11 Memorial Service free of religion, invited speakers chose to read prayers and Scripture at the event. President Obama and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani read from the Bible on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City Sunday morning. Former President Bush read a letter written by Abraham Lincoln that mentions God.
Obama chose to read Psalm 46, which begins with, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging” (NIV).
The president arrived at the memorial site with first lady Michelle Obama, former President George W. Bush, and former first lady Laura Bush. All four stood together in a moment of silence when they arrived at the memorial. more >>
Every generation of Americans has had a crisis, whether it be war or natural disaster, that has helped define it. This generation is no different. The Millennials, now entering the workforce, were forever shaped by the events of 9/11.
Many experts who study characteristics of generations have labeled the Millennials as a generation that is more family and team oriented, less worried about financial gain, and less comfortable with taking risks than the Generation X that came before it. According to a poll released by the Brookings Institution this year, 60 percent of young people say the United States is too involved in global affairs, and 80 percent say they can’t foresee a future without the threat of terrorism.
Would the MIllennials have turned out the same way without having experienced the terror attacks as children between the ages of 8 and 19? Possibly. However, after seeing hundreds of young people celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden in May, it’s easy to see that the attacks had a real, long, and lasting impact on this generation. more >>
Churches across the country are paying tribute to the nearly 3,000 people who died 10 years ago on Sept. 11. "We remember" is the phrase many are using as the nation mourns the tragic day of the terrorist attacks.
Pastors and Christian ministry leaders offered some brief reflections on the 10th anniversary of the attacks on their Twitter and blog pages. The following is a compilation of their statements.
"The legacy of 9/11...set aside self-interest and petty partisanship and pursues solutions for our common good."– Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family more >>
As the nation marks the tenth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, writer Paul Berman asks an important question in the New Republic: “Do ideas matter?”
The answer is emphatically, yes! But do we in the post-modern West truly understand the power of ideas?
We ought to. Just go back to the years preceding the attacks: In November 1989, the Berlin Wall came down. Two years later, the Soviet Union itself collapsed and, without any exchange of fire between the principals, the Cold War was over. more >>