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How can Christians defend themselves against today’s random violence?

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So, a crazed gunman opens fire and you’re caught in the middle. How can you survive? Heroes come in all sorts of packages. And they wield all sorts of defensive weapons. Such as guns and Jesus. Sometimes both at the […]

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Pastor, sergeant close church service with more than your average benediction

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 How proud these parents are when their pastor calls them up onto the platform to honor their son. Through the wonders of technology — or so their pastor tells them — Mom and Dad’s young U.S. Marine Corps sergeant, deployed in Iraq, is […]

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A powerful prayer for Penn State

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Here’s a powerful moment just before Saturday’s Penn State-Nebraska game as Cornhuskers Assistant Coach Ron Brown seeks the Lord’s blessing. PSU’s Nitanny Lions were about to take the field for the first time since their iconic coach, Joe Paterno, was fired along with the university’s […]

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After 12 years of praying with kids at flagpole, pastor says offended atheists won’t stop him

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Can a Wisconsin atheist group keep a Florida preacher from meeting with local kids who want to pray at their school’s flagpole before classes begin? School Attorney Bruce Bickner for the Clay County School Board says the atheists can, indeed […]

Power of prayer credited for hostage’s escape

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“God heard my prayers!” says Philippine Army Master Sergeant Elpidio Tavelisma, husband of rescued hostage Evangeline Tavelisma — who says he “bombarded heaven” with prayers on behalf of his wife. The midwife — held  two months by Abu Sayyaf terrorists demanding a […]

Over 2 million kids show up early, pray for their schools at “See You at the Pole”

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More than 2 million students nationwide prayed in in front of their schools Wednesday for the annual “See You at the Pole” observance, now in its 21st year. Coordinated by the National Network of Youth Ministries in San Diego, the event is youth-led […]

“Biggest Loser” contestant’s family cites prayers, “miracles” after four-story fall

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The family of TV reality show contestant Sam Poueu wants to thank America for praying for his recovery — after his four-story fall down a fire escape. “He still has a long road ahead and is already a true testament to […]

77 percent of Americans believe prayer makes a difference

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More than three-fourths of Americans believe prayer makes a vital difference during times of illness or injury, according to a new poll. “Nearly half of American voters believe in the Biblical account of creation,” notes Dana Blanton for Fox News, “and […]

Muslims fill French streets, sidewalks, defying ban on public mass prayers

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Hundreds of Muslims on Friday defied a new French ban on outdoor group prayer, filling the streets and sidewalks of  some neighborhoods to kneel on prayer rugs and observe the Islamic requirement for five-times-daily prayer while facing Mecca. The ban […]

Prayer permeated the Ground Zero ceremonies Sunday

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Prayer, scripture-reading and talk of the Almighty resounded as Americans stood together on the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks on America. At the Flight 93 Memorial in Pennsylvania, a Navy tenor’s voice wafted clear the words of the “Battle Hymn […]

First responders bicycling to all three 9/11 sites to pray, remember

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On September 11, as Americans commemorate the tenth anniversary of that fateful day, more than 350 9/11 first responders, injured veterans, victims’ family members and supporters will embark on a 540-mile Ride 2 Recovery (R2R) bicycle trip to visit each […]

Thousands to fill Dodger Stadium to pray, commemorate 9/11 attacks on America

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A time of prayer at a Christian outreach event Saturday at Dodger Stadium will likely be the largest gathering in the nation to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in the U.S., said evangelist Greg Laurie. Harvest Los […]

Bishop T.D. Jakes: A prayer for 9/11

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“Dear God,” offers Bishop T.D. Jakes, the pastor of the Potter’s House church in Texas, “Thou who has been our help in ages past, thou who dispenses your comfort to all those who mourn. We seek your grace to strengthen […]

No thanks to God or first responders at Mayor’s secular 9/11 ceremonies

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants Sunday’s 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks to focus on the victims and their families — not on God or the heroes who rushed into the burning towers to save as many as they […]

USA Today: Bloomberg’s exclusion of clergy at 9/11 ceremonies is a mistake

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Writing on USA Today‘s editorial page, attorney Jay Sekulow says “New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision not to invite clergy of any faith to commemorate the anniversary Sunday at Ground Zero is a mistake.” The move is deeply offensive […]

Washington Post: Prayer vital to America’s survival

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“Prayer is essential. Faith is powerful. Non-believers and skeptics cannot comprehend the concept of literally asking God for His guidance and blessing. This is not surprising nor is it, in itself, offensive. When the lack of understanding turns into sneers […]

12-year-old says God made the difference when he was attacked by a bull shark

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Twelve-year-old Nicholas Vossler knew what he needed after he was attacked by a shark off of Matagorda Island, Texas. “Mom,” the boy gasped as his stunned mom held him in her arms, “you need to start praying.” A tough sixth […]

Kansas City church has been praying, worshipping 24 hours a day for more than 12 years

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by Billy Hallowell There are about 300,000 Protestant churches in America. While each is surely unique, most of them probably have worship services on Sundays (and, perhaps at one or two other mornings or evenings during the week). But, one […]

After South Carolina town prays for football star, doctors say they can’t find cancer

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Do you believe in miracles? South Carolina athlete C.J. Williams does and so do his football teammates at Fox Creek High School in North Augusta, S.C. Last Friday, the Predators’ star running back was diagnosed with cancer — Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, […]

Delaware school board prays silently after court ruling

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Members of Shelbyville, Delaware’s Indian River School Board bowed their heads for a moment of silence at the start of this week’s board meeting — a departure from their typical practice of joining in a board-member-led prayer. “Then they made a […]

GOP challenger calls on Kentucky governor to defend pre-game high school prayers

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Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams is calling on Democratic Governor Steve Beshear to defend Kentucky’s longstanding practice of having local ministers offer an invocation before high school athletic events. “A Kentucky Department of Education attorney told Bell County school officials […]

Amid South African controversy, accused officials receive prayer for God’s help

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During Sunday’s worship service, four pastors and the congregation of the African Methodist Episcopal Church of Pimville, Soweto, laid hands on African National Congress Youth League President Julius Malema and Treasurer Pule Mabe. With their hands on the bowed heads of the pair […]

California mosques pray for 10 accused of shouting down Israeli ambassador

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Muslims Sunday night prayed for 10 students on trial Monday in Orange County on charges of disturbing a public gathering where an Israeli diplomat was speaking. “Mosques across Southern California will be filled with worshipers echoing similar prayers this Sunday […]

School told to ignore threats from the “Freedom From Religion Foundation”

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Pascagoula, Miss., school district officials have been advised by legal counsel to disregard threats from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A letter from the atheist organization has demanded that the district prohibit school staff from organizing or participating in private prayer gatherings with […]

Wall Street Journal: Clergy banned from NYC’s September 11 ceremonies

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Prayer and religious leaders have been left out of New York City’s official ceremonies observing the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, reports the Wall Street Journal. “As the city of New York prepares to remember the 10th anniversary of 9/11, religious […]

Upstate NY church offers “prayer for business” opportunities

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“Lingering economic woes have prompted some to take their concerns to the Lord,” writes Gary McLendon for the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle newspaper in upstate New York. Pastor Samme Palermo of the Oasis Christian Fellowship in Penfield opened the doors […]

Ghana’s opposition party sets up Christian, Muslim prayer groups

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The leadership of the African nation of Ghana’s opposition New Patriotic Party has directed all of its party branches nationwide to set up prayer groups, both Christian and Muslim, by August 20 “to seek God’s favor in their quest to win the […]

Sheriff cites 600 percent boost in drug arrests since local churches started praying

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When Scott County, Tennessee, residents began praying for his officers, dramatic things happened, says Sheriff Mike Cross. He says drug arrests went up 600 percent. He says that some time ago, he and Scott County Commissioner David Day decided they […]

Miracle, brave girl cited as 12-year-old boy survives riptide, near-drowning

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In what some are describing as a “flat-out miracle,”  12-year-old Dale Ostrander, who was pulled seemingly lifeless from a Washington state ocean riptide, has begun speaking, amazing his doctors.  Prayer is being cited as a factor in the boy’s recovery after being underwater for more […]

Detroit Free Press: “Many health benefits” tied to faith

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Dr. Earlexia Norwood is recognized as one of metro Detroit’s best doctors, but when it comes to healing,  she is fueled by faith. “I believe in the ability of God to work within people,” said Norwood, who works with the Henry […]

Church of England using Twitter to seek worldwide prayer for end to rioting

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In a merging of the old and new, the Church of England is using the social media to call upon Christians worldwide to pray for London and other cities affected by several days of rioting. The Church has issued a special prayer, […]

Dayton, Ohio, leaders call for day of prayer to heal city’s “deep wounds”

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Religious and social leaders say Dayton, Ohio, needs prayer to move forward as a community. “The move is in response to the uproar stemming from the death of Kylen English,” reports Mark Bruce for WHIO-TV. ” The Dayton man died when jumped out […]

Cal Thomas: ACLU sues when Texas governor prays with conservatives, but not when Obama prays with liberals

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The ACLU has been livid that Texas Republican governor and potential presidential candidate Rick Perry will headline a “Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis” on August 6 in a football stadium in Houston, observes author Cal Thomas in […]

NY Times: Judge dismisses atheist suit vs. Texas governor’s prayer rally

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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against Gov. Rick Perry of Texas by atheists opposing his participation in a prayer rally next weekend. The lawsuit, filed by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, asked the judge to declare Mr. Perry’s […]

Oklahoma governor asks citizens to pray for relief from heatwave

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A major heat wave has taken the nation by storm. As a result, officials in 17 states have issued citizen warnings and advisories. With temperatures reaching triple digits in some areas, the extreme conditions are dangerous to say the least. […]

Atheists sue Texas governor, demand he skip prayer rally

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By the CNN Wire Staff (CNN) – A national organization focused on ensuring the separation of church and state challenged Wednesday the involvement of Texas Gov. Rick Perry in an upcoming evangelical Christian prayer rally. The Freedom From Religion Foundation […]

Astronauts have prayed regularly in space, CNN blogger reports

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Prayer has been a part of space flight since the very first, reports CNN blogger Thom Patterson. He cites a number of stories of prayers in space — but does not mention the first human in space, Yuri Gagarin, a devout […]

Prime time TV actually features a normal Christian offering thanks, praying with friends

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The character Lourdes chats with 11-year-old Matt, a fellow survivor   After decades of portraying Christians as hypocrites, crazies and bigots, Sunday night on prime-time TV, a main character actually prayed over her meal, then led others in a prayer […]

After Court Gives OK, Christians Mark National Day of Prayer

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Supporters marked the 60th annual National Day of Prayer on Thursday (May 5), just weeks after a federal appeals court dismissed a suit that challenged the law creating the […]

Jews Craft Their Own Answers with DIY Passover Options

(RNS) As newlyweds, Cokie and Steve Roberts wanted to host a Passover seder that could be enjoyed by her devout Catholic family, his secular Jewish clan, and friends from a range of backgrounds. Faced with limited options for interfaith families […]

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