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.
Coming soon to a prayer closet near you, this November 1st will be the International Day of Prayer for the persecuted Church. There are many countries around the world today that are outright hostile towards Christianity, most of them with a Muslim majority in the country. Other countries that target Christians in certain areas, is the predominant group of Hinduism. One group that this writer is in contact with is “Voice of the Martyrs” which publishes their magazines that highlight certain groups of people that are currently suffering persecution for their Christian faith. America is still a blessed country and we have not experienced the type of persecution that many of our Christian brothers and sisters face on a daily basis. They are hunted down like outlaws and treated accordingly; because they have a simple faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His salvation that they accepted.
Even as the Scriptures have commanded us to follow Matthew 5:44 – “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.”
Voice of the Martyrs is a worthy organization to include in your giving heart and hands funds. If you would like to order special magazines that you can pass out to your church, you can go to http://www.vombooks.com/September2015.
Additional resources can also be purchased by going to www.persecution.com/IDOP. If your church would like to add them to their list of mission oriented projects, then please inform your church about this group. They provide medical help, clothing, shelter and many more services to those Christians that have been caught in the line of fire, and have been targeted for violent actions against them, simply because they have chosen to worship the One True God and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Day of Thanksgiving should be remembered not for what bargains we obtained, but rather thanking the Lord God Almighty who has prospered our hands over the course of the year. Abraham Lincoln, as sitting President of the United States, proclaimed these words below that still live on and are brought forward today for our consideration. Let us thank the Lord God Almighty for all of His Blessings.
Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them. The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all. Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul.
Proclamation of Thanksgiving
The document below is the 1863 proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln setting apart the last Thursday of November “as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise.”
October 3, 1863
By the President of the United States of America.
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.
By the President: Abraham Lincoln
William H. Seward, Secretary of State
Taken from the Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, edited by Roy P. Basler.
This Sunday, January 20, 2013 will mark the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade, or more commonly known as the bill for ‘abortion on demand’. Sunday will be dedicated to memorializing the 55 million babies that have been slaughtered right here in the United States of America. The Right to Life Movement has been working at removing these laws from our land.
This writer would like to ask this question of her readers:
Why is it that when America’s children are slaughtered by sniper’s bullets, there is a rallying cry for strict gun control laws. Where are the rallying cries for strict laws for the surgeon’s knives or the other cruel instruments of destruction that literally tear babies apart from limb to limb inside the womb? Where is the Poison Control Center on this issue? They make a big deal about ingesting poison but say nothing about injecting poison into the womb?
The following are excerpts from the Hippocratic Oath penned in the 5th century B.C.
I will apply dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice. I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody if asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect.
Similarly I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy. In purity and holiness I will guard my life and my art.
Whatever houses I may visit, I will come for the benefit of the sick, remaining free of all intentional injustice.
This writer has crafted a new acrostic for the womb:
Remember the Wish Of My Baby: “Please love me, Mommy”
And God saw every thing that He had made, and behold, it was very good.
Tomorrow, November 11, 2012 is the observance of the International Day of Prayer for the persecuted Church. It also happens to be the observance of Veterans Day here in the United States. But the focus of this article is for the heart-feld needs of the persecuted Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a fact that the Lord Jesus Christ warned His disciples that they would be treated in the same manner that He was being treated at that moment and throughout time, at least until His return. Let us look at:
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Another verse of Scripture using the same tenor is to be found in:
Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
It should be interesting to note that close to the beginning of the Lord Jesus Christ’s ministry and near the end, the Lord warned His disciples that unbelieving people would hate them and subsequently persecute them without cause. But our response was and is to rejoice because our stand for Christ convicts those that hate the Lord Jesus Christ. We have also been commanded by the Lord Jesus to pray for those who persecute us because of our faith in His completed work on the Cross of Calvary.
Tomorrow many churches will be praying for those Christians who are currently being persecuted around the world and yes, even here in the United States. While not as many incidents as there are overseas, it is still happening here in the land of the free.
If you would like to help or get involved, there is a ministry that was founded by a Christian, Richard Wurmbrand, that endured much personal affliction, torture and imprisonment for his faith; this ministry is called Voices of the Martyrs, and their website is www.persecution.com.
On November 11, 2012 please lay aside a few momemts of your time and pray for our brothers and sisters around the world that are currently suffering persecution in all forms or they are currently suffering in prison for their stand for our Lord Jesus Christ and pray also for those that are inflicting the persecution upon Christians, that they may be converted and saved as well.
P.U.S.H. (Pray Until Something happens!)
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Today, Sunday, October 7, 2012 marks the 25th anniversary for the Christian solidarity movement against abortion, called the ‘National Life Chain.’ This is a Christian-based movement that has stood faithful since beginning in 1987 in California.
God entrusted LIFE CHAIN to us in 1987, when we built America’s first Chain through our small sister towns, Yuba City and Marysville. We call LIFE CHAIN “a serious first step to pro-life activism.” It’s a serious step in that it requires us to stand publicly for one hour, while holding a pro-life sign and praying through the prayer topics on the back of our sign. That brief experience has led thousands of Christians across North America to join local pro-life groups and work as volunteers throughout the year (nationallifechain.org).
Today, this writer is in Springfield, the Capitol of Illinois as the official ‘roving reporter’ and visited the three main locations that the National Life Chain had plotted over the face of Springfield. National Life Chain supporters will be located on McArthur Boulevard; and they will be positioned along and near 2000 Sangamon Avenue, primarily in front of St. Aloysius Catholic Church, but stretching further down the street to accomodate the many supporters; and also out along Stevenson Drive, plus a new location this year: in front of the Planned Parenthood of Illinois building, located at 11th and Washington. The word ‘PARENTHOOD’ denotes ‘life-giver’ and does not feature in any way the antithetical alternative of ‘life-taker’ as some would have us believe.
Here is a link to the video: National Life Chain video 10/7/2012
One of the benefits of filming your own video is that the author gets the great priviledge of meeting some really great people and to hear in their own words what they deem as sacred. I was able to interview Nancy Schrank in the parking lot of St. Aloysius as she prepared to get ready to take her place along Sangamon Avenue. I was also afforded the great opportunity to also conduct on-the-spot interviews of some of the faithful supporters who were standing like silent sentinels along the avenue as they prayed for those who have lost their lives and for those who have been duped to believe it is a woman’s choice. I was also able to interview a Catholic priest, Father Zachary Edgar who has just been recently assigned to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield. He had decided to take up his post on 11th street which faces the side-view of Planned Parenthood. He was reading the Scriptures out loud and so read for me the passage of 1 Timothy 1:1-20.
Driving down Adlai Stevenson Drive I was reminded again of the greatness of the United States Constitution and our Right to Free Speech that was granted to us in the First Amendment. The priviledge of being able to vocalize either verbally or in print your personal beliefs is of a magnitude unheard of before the founding of the United States of America. You gotta love us Americans! However, this writer notes that the National Life Chain recommended that only their approved signs should be carried.
To include your city in 2013, notify National Life Chain of your interest via email to National Life Chain or call (530) 674-5068 and download (from this web site) a copy of the Life Chain Manual and the other entries under “LIFE CHAIN Materials.
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee…