As Southwest Flight 1380 from New York to Dallas began rapidly descending after the plane’s left engine exploded and unleashed chaos and fear into the lives of the 144 passengers and five crew members onboard, Pastor Timothy C. Bourman who was on the flight with his wife Amanda, begged God to send them angels.
“I grabbed my wife’s hand and I started praying: ‘Dear Jesus, send some angels. Just save us from this,'” Pastor Bourman, 36, who ministers at Sure Foundation Lutheran Church in Woodside, Queens, told The New York Times. “I thought we were goners.”
A statement on Sure Foundation’s Facebook page said the pastor and his wife, who are the parents of three young daughters, were heading to San Antonio for a retreat for 10 years in the ministry on Tuesday…. more
“The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning” (Lamentations 3:22-23). Scripture often uses high and lofty expressions of God’s great compassion. But what does that compassion look like in tangible human terms? And are God’s people able to replicate His compassion?
The Old Testament furnishes a wonderful, practical, real-life illustration of God’s compassion in the account of David and Mephibosheth. Mephibosheth, a grandson of Saul, was permanently disabled. From a human perspective, he seemed the least likely person on earth for David to befriend and show kindness to.
He was the sole surviving male heir of Saul, the one person left on earth who might have tried to claim that the throne belonged to him by birthright. He was living in exile when David found him—forgotten, fearful, and essentially an outcast. He did not seek David’s favor, nor did David have any legal obligation to him. Yet David showed him extreme kindness in a way that epitomizes godly compassion, and perfectly reflects what Christian ministry to hurting people should look like…. more
Many are asking where is/was God? We are now swirling into a downward spiral of destruction and chaos as witnessed by the events in our public schools, weather, people and yes our nation. You can clearly see all the events each year taking place and rising.
The following comments were made by Professor Pinker “It is not against religion. It is certainly against the belief that God interferes with the laws of the universe and that by praying to him we can make the world better. I think that is a dangerous belief because it’s not true. If we want to make the world better, we have to figure out how to do it ourselves. If we want to cure disease, we have to come up with antibiotics and vaccines and not prayer. If we want to stave off global warming, we can’t assume God won’t let bad things happen.”
He then says about Florida shooting, “Casting doubt on the idea that there is a benevolent shepherd who looks out for human welfare. What was the benevolent shepherd doing while the teenager was massacring his classmates.”
His conclusion, “he (God) is not listening and we saw that yesterday.”
Professor Pinker is not the only one one asking this question, nor is it a new question. Believers and unbelievers have cried out, God where are you?
Why are we asking this question when clearly we are the ones who are kicking him out of everything or we are standing by on the sidelines waving while God is being kicked out…. more
Many are offering thoughts and prayers for the people affected by the deadly school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Churches across south Florida have been holding prayer vigils and opening their doors to people in search of peace after 17 people died in the attack.
President Trump offered prayers of comfort and support for the families of those killed.
“In these moments of heartache and darkness, we hold on to God’s Word in scripture: ‘I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you,” he said. “We trust in that promise and we hold fast to our fellow Americans in their time of sorrow.”… more
Amen, Our Lord in Heaven who brings PEACE and HOPE!
Psalm 31:24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.
Psalm 33:18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;
Psalm 33:22 Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.
‘Get God Back in Schools’: Former NFL Player Calls for ‘New Foundation’ in Public Schools
Former NFL star Jack Brewer is speaking out in the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida that left 17 people dead.
“We have a crisis in our public schools and it’s affecting everyone,” Brewer said Thursday on Fox Business’ “Mornings with Maria.”
Brewer and his family live in the Parkland, Florida area where his children go to school. He points out the community was named one of the top safest in the country on Monday, and now they’re dealing with violent tragedy…. more
A lawmaker in Georgia has introduced legislation that would effectively allow high school football coaches and other public school officials in the state who want to participate in a student-led and initiated prayer to do so.
After headlines were made last year when East Coweta High School football coach John Small was told by the school district that he could not engage in prayer with his team before games, State Sen. Michael Williams introduced Senate Bill 361 on Tuesday in an attempt to give Small and other coaches such a right.
The bill, titled the “Coach Small Religious Protection Act,” would take effect in the 2018-2019 school year and would amend state law relating to elementary and secondary education to provide “freedom of religious expression by faculty and employees of public schools while fulfilling the duties of their jobs.”… more
The family of a badly injured little girl named Chloe Clark is praying for a miracle for their daughter and encouraging other believers to join them.
Jared and Sarah Clark of Athens, Ala., have been posting details of their daughter’s urgent medical condition through videos on their Facebook page.
On January 8th, they shared a picture of Chloe with a bruised and bandaged face saying that she had been hurt in an accident at the construction site of their new home…. more
Lord we lift up Chloe to you. You know her life from the beginning to end please give them comfort and peace Lord. God we know what is the excellence for her!
U.S. Senate chaplain Barry Black brought down the house at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., on Thursday morning, sparking cheers and inspiring thousands of audience members to jump to their feet.
Black’s riveting keynote address began with him telling the thousands of people in attendance that, despite such public division, Republicans and Democrats in Congress actually get together each week for both a prayer breakfast and a Bible study.
“Our lawmakers get together each week for a prayer breakfast. One of the things that really inspires me … is the closing prayer when they stand and join hands and they pray together,” Black said. “To see Republican, Democrat, Independent praying together — I find myself thinking, ‘Where are the C-SPAN cameras when you need them?’”… more
This article is an oldie but very good. Something to smile about!
Louisiana officials are making it clear that U.S. public schools do not need to be religion-free zones.
On Tuesday, state Attorney General Jeff Landry and U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., released the Louisiana Students Rights Review, a 15-page guide that lays out the rights of teachers and students for practicing their faith in public schools. It’s a document that Landry suggests is long overdue.
“Despite court ruling after court ruling affirming our constitutional rights of freedom of speech and expression, there remains confusion on the practical application of those rights in public schools,” the attorney general said in a statement…. more