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We are better because we have prayed together

Published 11:30am Saturday, April 27, 2013

To the Editor:

If you follow the sound of the trumpet on Thursday evening, May 2nd, you will end up at Franklin Armory Field Stadium where our local National Day of Prayer Rally is being held at 7:00 p.m. In Psalm 47:5, the Scripture states, “God has gone up with a shout; the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.” So, a trumpeter will help lead worship and celebrate the goodness of God as people gather to seek the Lord on behalf of our nation.

It is my privilege to extend a hearty invitation to everyone in our community to come together for this grand occasion. Our national theme for this 62nd National Day of Prayer is “Pray for America”. Again this year, our local rally will focus on our children and the generational blessings of the Lord. A children’s ensemble will be singing and young people will be participating in prayer segments as well. As always, we want to use this occasion to thank our public servants for their sacrifices. We are asking people to wear patriotic red, white and blue colors for the event. Dads and moms, bring your children for this memorable occasion.

For the eighth year at the Armory Field Stadium, we are preparing to honor the Lord as our community comes together to observe our National Day of Prayer. The Armory Field Stadium is a place that is renowned for touchdowns. Well, we believe that the Holy Spirit wants to “touch down” upon our community and upon this nation. We anticipate fifty churches to be enthusiastically represented. We are better because we have prayed together. When God’s people cry out, heaven responds. See you at the rally.

Rev. David S. Dillon
Local National Day of Prayer
Steering Committee

  • handkusp45

    So spider your logic is this: “God didn’t heal my wife, so God doesn’t exist. God didn’t do what I wanted so He must not be real.” So sad. What is even sadder is that you say you were a Christian for fifty years. And yet you turned away. I am certainly sorry for the loss of your wife. And I know that hurts. But God still loves you. You can still come back to him. You can know true peace by knowing the Prince of Peace. I pray you will.

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  • handkusp45

    Sin and Spidy, Just wait and see.

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    • Sinoptik

      I did, I waited a while, and saw nothing. Living a much better life now and my Sundays are wonderful.

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  • Sinoptik

    “We are better because we have prayed together. When God’s people cry out, heaven responds.”

    I would like some evidence as to how people are better. You also state that you have been crying out for 8 years; didn’t IP shut down and didn’t hundreds of people lose their livelihoods as a result in that time period? How about those hurricanes and tornados. Is this heaven responding, maybe you should take a break and let heaven leave us alone.

    Wait this is a national day of prayer, how has that worked for ya? Katrina, multiple wars, bombings, wildfires burning down the west and floods drowning the rest. Ask Texas, the prayingest bunch of idiots in America, how god helped with that fertilizer plant.

    Skip the day of prayer and join me in spreading out among the regions homeless shelters and actually do some good. Even if every person stayed home and donated the cost of gas to drive to this shindig to a secular charity they would do an infinite amount more good.

    Handkusp, employee2 (sandman), ready, go.

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    • employee2

      Sad that you have such a negative view on life. Didn’t the mill restart? I would like to see you attack the Muslim faith with vigor you attack the Christian faith. We will pray for you.

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      • Sinoptik

        I feel the same about all silly superstitions, but if you look close, my statements about christianity are not even near as negative as christian statements about islam. They are simply opposing viewpoints of the same unfounded and ridiculous bunch of traditions. If you were born to a muslim, you would, most likely, be a muslim yourself.

        I have a great outlook on life, that it can be positive and that people only need look to themselves for a good life, not a magical sky fairy. A persons deeds, no matter how small, have an infinite amount more effect than any prayer. So go ahead an pray for me if you want… I’ll think for you.

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      • spider68

        employee2—I am in total agreement with sinoptik. I was of the christian faith for more than fifty years, the last sixteen which I prayed my head off for my sick wife. There were friends and relatives all over this country doing the same thing. Do you know what happened? NOTHING. She went from a lovely young vibrant woman to a vegetable before she died. It gave me nothing but false hope.
        So, now I am decidedly agnostic. So, employee2, you continue to pray and look for miracles, but please don’t say that we who do not think like you have negative outlooks.

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      • chilimac72

        Such a weak faith. Because you did not get the self gratification that you wanted then there must not be a God. Well then I would have to say that your Abbas did not teach you well. You prayed for 16 years and were not grateful enough to be thankful for those 16 years? I am a weak Christian and I do not think that could have forced me away. But I was raised to realize that what I want is not always what is best. I pray everyday to hit the lottery, but since I do not buy tickets I guess I should quit going to church.

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      • Sinoptik

        Spider, I am sorry for your loss and am humbled by the tragedy that you experienced. We came to the same outlook along different paths and I am thankful mine was not as difficult as yours while saddened that yours was so painful.

        I hope you take solace in gaining the insight that life is truly finite and is to be lived as such, and the memories of those lost continue to enhance it.

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      • spider68

        chilimac72—Until you watch your wife/husband or whoever slowly deteriorate over sixteen years, please don’t talk to me about weak faith. Also, your “self gratification” statement is a bit arrogant. I was praying for the relief of my wifes pain and suffering. Am I supposed to thank your god for her sixteen years of daily suffering? You must be out of your mind.

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      • spider68

        Sinoptik—Thank you very much for your kind words.

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      • employee2

        Spider68, I am sorry for the loss of your wife and I can understand your view. I too lost someone I loved and my prayers were seemingly unanswered. I later found someone that is a better match for me as I have matured.

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