On Sunday, Jacob Thompson, the precious 9-year-old from Maine whose dying wish was to receive Christmas cards from strangers near and far, lost his battle with cancer. The family shared the news on the boy’s Facebook page.
“It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of Jacob’s passing with you. On Sunday, November 19th, 2017, at just 9 years old, Jacob passed away peacefully following his 4 year battle with neuroblastoma,” the post read. “Neuroblastoma is a rare cancer that most commonly affects children ages five or younger, and it accounts for 7 out of 10 childhood cancers. Every year, 800 new children are diagnosed with neuroblastoma in the United States alone. It is tragic, and more research and resources are needed to continue fighting for a cure.”
As Faithwire reported earlier this month, Jacob was diagnosed with Stage 4 High Risk Neuroblastoma in February of 2014. The cancer recently spread to his head and hip and treatment was unsuccessful. Jacob’s mother, Michelle Simard, wrote on the family’s GoFundMe page that her son was admitted to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Maine on October 11 with the understanding that he has very limited time remaining…. read more
It is wonderful when people come together and share their love and support for someone else they do not know. What they did brought Joy to this little boy!
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw shared the prayer he prays before pitching and discussed the moment he truly surrendered his life to God in a powerful “I Am Second” video.
“The prayer I say before I go out there and pitch is not, ‘God, let me win today,’ or, ‘God, help me pitch good.’ It’s, ‘God, just be with me,'” he revealed in the video, shot in 2012. “Whether it be pitching on a baseball mound or living my life outside of the baseball field, it’s giving up my life to God that really puts my life in control.”
Kershaw, who earned a win as the opening pitcher in the Dodgers’ World Series bid against the Houston Astros on Tuesday night, said that over the years, he’s learned that “the more you try and grip control of your life, the more God’s gonna untangle that from you.”… read more
A campaign designed to encourage pro-life individuals to turn to prayer and peaceful activism in an effort to push back against abortion has reportedly already helped save 112 babies’ lives since it was launched on Sept. 27.
The current 40 Days for Life Prayer Campaign, which will extend through Nov. 5, is part of an ongoing effort to try and stop women from ending their pregnancies.
“Local campaign leaders tell us that so far, since Day 1 on September 27, they can report 112 babies saved – that we know of!” 40 Days of Life president Shawn Carney wrote in a blog post on Monday…. read more
On Sunday, an estimated 500 million participants from over 175 nations joined together in a unified day-long prayer for the peace of Jerusalem.
Reverend Robert Stearns, Executive Director of Eagles’ Wings, a global missional community based outside of Buffalo, New York, led the prayer from the Haas Promenade overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem. From there, GOD TV broadcast the event to 300 million viewers in 192 nations.
Every year, the Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem (DPPJ) is observed on the first Sunday of October in churches and prayer ministries around the world. Coordinated by Reverend Stearns, Dr. Jack Hayford, and Dr. Paul Cedar, over 1,400 key leaders within the Evangelical Christian world gave their active support. The event was first held in 2002 but is now the largest Israel-focused prayer event in history…. read more
SMITHS STATION, Ala. – Students, players and members of the public attending a high school football game in Alabama stood up and recited the Lord’s Prayer in unison on Friday after a secular group complained about a student-led prayer that was broadcast over the loudspeaker during a recent game.
On Aug. 31, the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent a letter to Dr. James McCoy Jr., superintendent of Lee County Schools, regarding a prayer that a student volunteered to deliver before a high school football game.
“It is our understanding that on August 25, 2017, Smiths Station High School broadcasted a prayer over the loudspeaker prior to the first football game of the season,” wrote FFRF legal fellow Christopher Line. “We understand that this prayer took place right after the national anthem.”… read more
This is very sad, Do not be ashamed of Jesus Christ! Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
July 6th, 2016 was an exciting day for Jackie and Gabriel. That afternoon Jackie went into labor with their first child. Gabriel recalls “Prayed my whole life, you know, I want a son, I want someone that I can raise up to be a servant for you, God.” Jackie had been in labor for 20 hours when they learned the baby developed an infection. With mother and child in danger, the doctor ordered an emergency C-section.
Gabriel said, “I don’t think it set in, the reality of a C-section and the complications. They could both die if they don’t do this procedure. So when it really hit me is when I actually saw her on the table. That’s when it actually, I’m like okay, this is something real. This is a serious thing.” They started the surgery but the pain blockers hadn’t taken effect. Jackie said, “It was the most painful thing I’ve ever went through. And so I did. I felt like I was dying. It was –it was horrible. I can feel every single thing. I could feel the doctor’s hands press on my stomach and then the—it was just really painful”… read more
Sharing: When we fall to our knees and cry out to Jesus, I can tell you from personal experience HE HEARS! He heard my cry of a recent incident where I thought I was going to loose my dad. Fear overwhelmed me and I was preparing to do what I needed to do until the Ambulance came. The part that hurt the most was I did not know where he would be. Jesus came to me in a vision and showed me he was there that night and that He was going to save and heal my dad. It has been three weeks now and he is getting better. He had to choose and he is. Prayer is powerful because the power lies within Jesus!
Matthew 9:6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.
Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Some 2 million people from around the world are converging on Mecca, Saudi Arabia this week, for the hajj, the Islamic religious pilgrimage.
The hajj, which is Arabic for “pilgrimage”- is one of the five pillars of Islam that every Muslim must perform in order to live a good life according to the religion.
The four other pillars include: praying five times a day, fasting during Ramadan, giving to the poor, and professing faith in the prophet Mohammed…. read more
Vice President Mike Pence traveled to southeast Texas on Thursday to encourage storm victims and survey the damage caused by hurricane-turned-tropical depression Harvey.
Pence arrived in Corpus Christi on Air Force II with his wife, Karen, and several cabinet secretaries, including Energy Secretary Rick Perry, a former Texas governor.
The group was greeted on the ground by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and his wife, Cecilia. During the visit, Abbott declared this Sunday, September 3 as a “Day of Prayer” for his storm-weary state… read more