Prayer Alert: Workplace Shooting in Aurora, Illinois

Embed from Getty ImagesOn Friday, February 15, 2019, A gunman killed five people and wounded six people at the Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora, Illinois. Three police officers were among those wounded.

According to media reports, Gary Martin was being terminated from his job of 15 years at the valve manufacturing plant. The workplace shooting once again brings us to ask you to join with us in prayer for:

  • The families of the shooting victims who are grieving over the unexpected loss of their loved ones. 
  • The surviving victims, that include police officers, who suffered physically and emotionally by the shooting. 
  • Any family members of the shooter who have also been impacted by the shooting.
  • The city of Aurora and citizens who were shaken by this event.
  • The Holy Spirit will draw people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. 

Workplace shooters in America have occurred before. However, these tragic events should not become so commonplace that we lose our ability to have compassion and pray for people involved in a particular situation.  Continue reading

Keep On Praying!

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When we are praying about a certain issue and do not receive an answer within a certain period of time, it is easy for us to become discouraged. Depending on how long we have been praying, we may believe that we are not praying correctly or that God is not listening to our prayers. While we may not know the reason for the delay in receiving an answer, we should have faith to believe that God has heard our prayers.

We have a biblical example of this in the Book of Daniel. Daniel was a prophet who was favored by Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar for his integrity and ability to interpret dreams. Nebuchadnezzar was so impressed with Daniel that he promoted Daniel to a top position. As a result of the promotion, Daniel developed powerful enemies who tried to destroy him.

One time, Daniel had received a astounding revelation about a great war that was to occur, although the prophet did not know the timing of the event. So, Daniel began to pray about the war. As he prayed, an angel appeared. The angel told Daniel that from the first moment that he began praying, God heard his request. And, God sent the angel in response to Daniel’s prayers: Continue reading

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

We are now in the time of year where we focus on the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. So, this means it’s time for us to show our love for Jesus and for each other during this Christmas season. 

This is also the time of the year where where Christians debate over whether to say, “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays.” Some people have gone so far as to say that the generic greeting, “Happy Holidays,” is an insult to Christianity.

Since this is the season of Christ’s birth, we look to Jesus for the answer. Do you think that Jesus would get upset if someone greeted Him with, “Happy Holidays?” Would Jesus Christ be offended if He said, “Merry Christmas” to someone and the person replied, “Happy Holidays?” Continue reading

Prayer Alert: Pray for California Wildfire Survivors

For the past two weeks, wildfires have blazed a path of destruction in Northern and Southern California. The “Camp Fire” in Northern California’s Butte County, which began on November 8, 2018, has been called “the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history.” 

The Camp Fire has, so far, killed 83 people, destroyed over 17,000 homes, apartment buildings, and other structures. The fire essentially wiped out the communities of Concow and Paradise. 

The Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties in Southern California also started on November 8, the same day the Camp Fire started. So far, three people have died in the Woolsey Fire which has destroyed over 1,640 structures. 

With houses literally burned to the ground, many fire survivors say they have no where to go. What’s more, some survivors did not have renters’ insurance or homeowner’s insurance. Those who have homeowner’s insurance may find out that their policy will not cover all of their temporary living costs or the costs to rebuild.  Continue reading

Helping Others Overcome Grief

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Listen to the daily news or talk with someone you know and you are almost guaranteed to hear about someone who experienced a traumatic event or a sudden or unexpected loss of a family member or close friend.

Whether the event was a natural disaster, a death by an act of violence or by natural causes, people who are experiencing trauma or going through the grieving process may feel confused, frustrated, and alone. 

Fortunately, with God’s Holy Spirit to guide us, we can provide the emotional and spiritual support that people need. One of the most important ways of doing this is to point them to God’s Word and His love for them. 

Jesus said in Matthew 5:4, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” We can encourage our friend or family member to turn to Jesus for comfort and ask God for supernatural strength that only He can give.  Continue reading