Rev. Franklin Graham, son of the famous Evangelist, Billy Graham has been touring across America with his Decision America 2016 tour, which has been touring the nation in order to lead Christian Americans in prayer for the government and the upcoming elections. Springfield, Illinois was the 27th stop for the 50 State Decision America tour. According to Rev. Graham, the number of people that came out for this particular tour stop was 5,800 Christians, who despite the sweltering 96 degree heat came out “because they mean business,” at least when it comes to praying for America and the multitudinous problems that our country is facing at this present moment. Some of the problems that America has been facing even just this week alone; the terrorist shooting in Orlando, Florida and tonight on the WICS Channel 20 news, it was reported that an active shooter was shot dead in a Walmart in Texas.
According to Rev. Graham, these problems didn’t just crop up overnight, but have been long in the making; one such contributing factor that he cited, was the removal of God’s Ten Commandments from the schools. These commandments were a moral guideline for the generations that came before and it is hard to not compare this lack in our schools to the problems we are now hearing about on the nightly news; these types of problems were just never heard of in prior generations. People feared the Lord God Almighty and they reigned in their behaviors because of this godly fear that had been instilled in their lives by their parents and their grandparents, as well as teachers from Kindergarten through the upper grades in high school.
Rev. Graham led the 5,800 Christians present through several times of prayer: first, he led the group assembled to pray for those in Orlando, Florida; next, he led those present to offer up repentance for the actions of our government as well as requesting repentance for those who work in politics; then to offer up repentance for our own personal transgressions; and then to request repentance for the transgressions of our forbears.
Franklin Graham made it clear that neither political party was going to be able to save America, but that the only One capable of saving America from our moral downhill slide, is none other than the Lord God Almighty. While he did not endorse any particular candidate, he did stress that every Christian should get out and vote. He quoted his Father, Billy Graham, from as far back as 1952, in which Billy Graham had been telling people to get out and vote and to get involved in the political process. He made telling comparisons of how if Christians would just run for school boards, mayoral positions and other political posts, that this could drastically reverse this downhill slide for the next 20 or so years. First to take back the local political scene and God willing, to then take back Washington, D.C.
The event lasted about forty-five minutes and the crowd dispersed in an orderly fashion. Many people came in church buses, but there were some people who had to walk ten or more blocks to get back to their parked cars. I find it rather interesting, but not surprising, that there weren’t any active Christian shooters at the event. Praise the name of the Lord God Almighty.
It has been 151 years since President Abraham Lincoln was laid to rest in Springfield, Illinois on May 4, 1865 at 7:56 p.m. in a temporary vault built into the hillside of Oak Ridge Cemetery. President Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865 but he was not laid to rest until three weeks later after traveling over 1500 miles from Washington DC to Springfield, Illinois, the place he called home.
On May 4, 2016 a reenactment of his funeral cortege pulled by four black stallions covered in black robes, proceeded from the Old State Capitol to his home on Eighth street, and then on to Oak Ridge Cemetery.
The hearse was festooned with black ostrich feathers and gold metal works.
The cortege was led by volunteers dressed as Union Army soldiers as they marched about 100 feet before the processional. Six of the soldiers were chosen to act as the President’s pallbearers as they removed the casket from the hearse, carrying it to the temporary vault. The gates were unlocked and the casket was set on the bier exactly at 7:56 p.m.
the very same time that President Lincoln was actually placed in the vault. The bell tower began to peal its solemn tones and one couldn’t help but count them as they sounded; six times did the bell ring out, interestingly, it rang the number of man. Speaking of the Bible, the number six is counted as the number of man, so it was obvious why the ringing of the funeral bell was chosen to ring six times. Speeches that were spoken at the actual funeral ceremony were read again and honor was given to President Lincoln for having written the Emancipation Proclamation as well as having already reunited the country once again and ending the Civil War.
The final tomb was partially constructed when they placed the bodies of Abraham Lincoln and his two sons, Edward and William, who had died prior to him, were laid to their final resting place together forever in the final tomb. It also marks the graves of Mary Todd Lincoln and one other son, Thomas who died in 1871. President Ulysses S. Grant dedicated the monument on October 15, 1874 and it was in the hands of the private monument association until 1895 when it was deeded over to the State of Illinois. Their son, Robert Todd Lincoln died in 1926 at the age of 82. The monument had already undergone major reconstruction and a new foundation had been erected from 1899-1901. In 1901 President Lincoln’s remains were placed beneath the floor of the burial chamber in a new vault.
Volunteers who came to act in the roles of Union Army soldiers, traveled from as far away as Kansas in order to participate in this event. Tourists had come as far as from California and New York to be present for this reenactment. However, the main, full reenactment was done last year in 2015 at the 150th anniversary, but the Historical Society has already planned on making this an annual event. So make your plans to come on or around May 4th of any year and you may witness this historic reenactment of the entombment of President Abraham Lincoln.
The last two nights have been spent at “Jesus is the Gate” church revival in Glenarm, Illinois which was held on August 1-2, 2015 with special Southern Gospel artist, Annie McRae belting out her praise and worship songs for the Lord Jesus Christ. As one fan noted, “She blew the roof off!” Annie grew up around Southern Gospel music and began touring at age 15 along with her sister, Kelly for about 12 years. According to Annie, she sang her first solo in church at the age of 6 and she continued to learn how to sing by standing by the altos so that she could learn how to sing harmony. She and her sister recorded their first album titled, Annie & Kelly McRae, produced by Jeff and Sheri Easter when she was 15 years old and her sister was only 13. Both sisters have performed with Bill and Gloria Gaither with their song titled Walk on the Water.
One of her first tours was with Mark Lowry at Notre Dame University before thousands of people in 2001. She was also nominated for a Dove award in 2006 for Country Album of the Year with her album Perfect Love, and she was nominated for Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year with the song Low and Down. Her sister continued to tour until she got married and then went off the road. Annie continued to tour with her other groups she formed until 2010 at which time she decided to take some rest for herself. She had been residing in Nashville, TN but has since returned to her family roots in Mississippi.
Her latest album is titled Purpose and Passion, which she performed some of the songs during her concert at Jesus is the Gate. She learned well from one of her mentors Gloria Gaither, when Gloria instructed her to not just fill up an album with music because you needed to, but to wait until you had at least ten songs you were just dying to share with the world.
Annie McRae’s songs are available for purchase at Itunes, Amazon, Spotify and other online music retailers. She is also out on YouTube with the Spirit and Truth Ministries. She also writes her own blog called, Remedy Girl on WordPress.
The National Day of Prayer was first observed informally by the Continental Congress in 1775 and then later on it was observed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. During the Presidency of Harry S. Truman, he declared an actual day of observance on April 17, 1952 and it was brought into law by a bill that he signed. It was President Ronald Reagan who amended this law and declared that this National Day of Prayer would be set on the first Thursday of May, beginning in 1988. In different languages it is written as:
National Day of Prayer in English and
Día Nacional de la Oración in Spanish
היום הלאומי של תפילה in Hebrew and
기도의 건국 기념일 in Korean (Holidays.)
There are many things that different people do on this day. Some people just simply pray for our Nation and for the people that they know. Other people observe it with prayer and with fasting and also to entreat the favor of the Lord God Almighty, that He might bless this nation once again and restore this Nation to greatness.
According to the National Day of Prayer website, it will be televised live on DirecTV 365 as well as being streamed live on their website. It will begin at 9:00 a.m.to 12:00 EST and broadcast from the Cannon House office building in Washington D.C. Some of the speakers that will be presenting will be Anne Graham Lotz and Dr. James and Shirley Dobson.
Many cities across the nation will also be hosting Prayer breakfasts and other linked events. In the Chicago area and surrounding communities (or even nationwide), there will be at least 40 different events, so to see which one is close to you just click here and enter in Chicago, Illinois. Other countries such as England and Australia will also be participating with the United States of America and prayer will be uplifted to our Creator at the same time and on the same day, May 1st. Hallelujah!
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
Let us pray!
Today is Yom HaShoa or Holocaust Remembrance Day, to remember the people who lost their lives in World War II under the Nazi regime which had set in motion a plan to annihilate the Jewish people. Yad Vashem is a museum in Jerusalem, Israel, that has been dedicated to this remembrance so that the world will not forget the dangers that exist when a totalitarian government is set upon world domination as Hitler intended to accomplish. The idea of world domination is bad enough, but when a despotic leader cultivates a national hate towards one particular ethnic group and seeks every opportunity to rid the world of that people group, it ends in a holocaust.
During World War II, six million Jews lost their lives, of which 1.5 million were children. Hitler had constructed death camps where a steady stream of people entered and never left. They were told that they were being allowed to take showers, but instead they were locked into a room which had been outfitted as a gas chamber. Due to the enormous rates of human extermination, the millions of bodies were then cremated. Those that weren’t cremated were cast into mass graves, stripped of their humanity and their dignity.
Today, Sunday, April 27, 2014 there will be services of remembrance at Yad Vashem with the State opening ceremony beginning at 8:00 p.m. Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day will be tomorrow, April 28, 2014.
Here in Illinois, there is also a museum dedicated to the same purposes, namely, never forgetting what happened to six million Jewish people. At the Illinois site, there is a section dedicated to the Chronology of the Holocaust. The following is just one event that was remembered:
March 8, 1944 – Filip Mueller, a Jewish inmate working in the gassing facilities at Auschwitz-Birkenau, describes the last moments of Czechoslovakian Jews from the family camp: “Suddenly a voice began to sing. Others joined in and the sound swelled into a mighty choir. They sang first the Czechoslovak national anthem and then the Hebrew song ‘Hatikva’ [Zionist anthem]. And all this time the SS men never stopped their brutal beatings. It was as if they [the SS] regarded the singing as a last kind of protest which they were determined to stifle if they could” (Illinois Holocaust Museum.)
The Illinois museum is located at 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, Illinois 60077; and the times available to visit are: Weekdays 10 AM – 5 PM; Thursday evenings until 8 PM; and Weekends 11 AM – 4 PM. To call for ticket prices, please call 847-967-4800.
Great family entertainment! Where? Why at the circus, of course. The Kelly Miller Circus. This circus was founded in 1938 and is currently celebrating their 75th anniversary. This writer just attended this event, sponsored by the Pawnee Assembly of God Church in Pawnee, Illinois, October 7, 2013. The cost of the tickets purchased before the event are only $10.00 for adult and $5.00 for children.
This circus is a great family weekend fun package with free elephant rides, camel rides, pony rides etc. They performed with their tigers, elephants, llamas, dogs, zebras, clowns, high wire acrobats for an evening of entertainment… and at this price….it hard to beat this great family treat. Well recommended! Their next performance will be in Taylorville, IL on October 8, 2013.
If you would like to book this event for your civic club, church, town event etc. you can click on this link to their website: http://www.kellymillercircus.com