Leaders from the Catholic and Episcopal churches have condemned a law passed earlier this year that allows licensed gun owners in Georgia to arm themselves in schools, restaurants, government buildings and churches.
Despite the new law, which Governor Nathan Deal signed on April 24, Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta said he intends to keep congregants from bringing firearms into the church.
"Churches and other places of worship are intended to be sanctuaries, holy sites where people come to pray and to worship God," Gregory wrote in the May 1 issue of the Georgia Bulletin, a newspaper of the Atlanta archdiocese. more >>
Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?"- Psalm 85:6
I'm not referring to all churches collectively in this article, but to the large majority who have drifted away from God. The present condition of the church leaves one to wonder if the lack of the fear of the Lord is contributing to her spiritually dead condition.
With rapid fire changes within a culture saturated by political correctness and relativism, we are inclined to ask if there is any hope for America. If we continue down this slippery slope, there is little hope. Apart from a national spiritual awakening, it will be difficult to turn the Titanic around-the vessel has been struck; what's inside is spilling out. But if God brings revival…if we once again set our hearts and minds on Him…there is tremendous hope. Revival means to awaken, restore, renew, or repair. In churches across America, crowd appeal and pleasing the masses tends to be the goal rather than calling out destructive lifestyles, which can result in revival and renewal. more >>
The National Day of Prayer, when people of faith across America, and in a handful of other countries unite to appeal to God's mercy, was organized this year on the theme of "One Voice, United in Prayer," but, as expected, secularists and atheists want no part of the campaign and continue to push for states to recognize a "National Day of Reason."
"So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ," reads Romans 15:6, the Scriptural inspiration for the theme of this year's National Day of Prayer, organized every year since 1952 to "mobilize prayer in America and to encourage personal repentance and righteousness in the culture."
"When we come to the one to whom we pray and we glorify with one mind and voice the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we're coming to someone that is not a God we make up, not just a God that we feel suits us and that we're comfortable with, not one that's just revered by our own religion or tradition," explains Anne Graham Lotz, the honorary chair of this year's National Day of Prayer, in a promotional video. "We're coming to the one true living God, the creator of all things, the one who came down in human form so that you and I might see Him and know Him and hear Him." more >>
The 2014 National Day of Prayer has as its theme this year "One Voice, United in Prayer," inspired by Romans 15:6, which reads: "So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." A special prayer by Anne Graham Lotz, the campaign's 2014 honorary chairwoman, was to be read simultaneously across the nation to set off the May 1 events. Read it and listen to below.
The National Day of Prayer explains on its website:
The 63rd annual National Day of Prayer, May 1, 2014, will have profound significance for our country. It is an unprecedented opportunity to see the Lord's healing and renewing power made manifest as we call on citizens to humbly come before His throne. more >>
Jeannie Ortega is joining forces with the band Process of Fusion and Hill & Ward for a concert in New York's Central Park for a Family Fun Day this Sunday, May 4.
The free event will take place at Central Park's Naumberg Bandshell at 72nd Street where the gospel groups The Paul Paoli Band and guest speaker Chris White will also take the stage. In addition to the music, face painting, billiard trick shots and nail painting will be available starting at 11 a.m. and running until 3 p.m.
Ortega has topped Billboard charts with hit songs such as "Crowded" off her album No Place Like Brooklyn and the singer even toured with Rihanna in 2006. As an actress, the New York native has appeared on the soap opera "One Life to Live" and the film "Step Up." However, after earning stardom, Ortega realized she could use her career to better honor God by sharing her touching story, transformation in God and performing her own music. Her independently released album, Perfect Love, was released in 2012, and the singer is currently working on a third album. more >>
More than half a million people gathered in St. Peter's Square Sunday to join Pope Francis and Retired Benedict XVI for holy mass and the sainthood ceremony for Popes John XXIII and John Paul II.
Pope Francis canonized the two post-World War II era pontiffs, Pope John XXIII, who reigned from 1958 to 1963, and called for the modernizing Second Vatican Council and allowd for Mass to be celebrated in local languages instead of Latin; and Pope John Paul II, who reigned for nearly 27 years and is credited for working with U.S. President Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to bring down Communism.
Canadian sculptor Tim Schmalz had the honor of meeting Pope Francis and Pope John Paul II and told The Christian Post that both pontiffs have encouraged the 1.2 billion Catholics around the world and Christians of all denominations to help the poor and marginalized in society. more >>