Happy Independence Day! Today is dedicated to the birth of our nation, so let’s celebrate the freedoms and liberties we enjoy! Our forefathers gave their lives for the next generations of their families, and we are forever in their debt. Praise God their sacrifices were not in vain.
NEXT week, we’ll celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer part of the British Empire, but that they would be a new nation, the United States of America. We declared our INDEPENDENCE.
This weekend, dads everywhere will be celebrated for the important, powerful role they play in the lives of their families. Of all my thousands of positive memories of my late father, one that stands out is his consistently positive affirmation of me as his son. I have no idea where I would be, or what I would be, without his loving support.
This week we celebrate what He is doing in bringing renewal to our nation and across the world! On Monday, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of baker Jack Phillips, who refused to violate his deeply held religious belief, in what was a momentous victory for religious liberty here in our country! We are grateful that the courts ruled to protect religious freedom! God is answering our prayers!
The International Christian Concern (ICC) hosted their annual “Policy Day” event Tuesday, June 5, in the United States Capitol Building. The focus of this year’s event was on human rights and religious liberty in the country of Nigeria, a nation where Christians face some of the most violent persecution in the world.
What a historic week this has been!! Thank you for uniting in prayer to cover my brief trip to Israel!
I can’t begin to tell you how significant this occasion was to our Republic, the State of Israel, and for the Center For National Renewal. As an honored guest, I accompanied the US delegation representing the faith community to share in the dedication ceremony for our new US Embassy in Jerusalem. I was able to connect with leaders and influencers from every sphere of culture– sharing the heart of our mission and representing you as a part of our NatRenewPrayer team! PLUS, Pastor Deamon Scapin, our CFNR Director, also represented YOU at The White House for a special live viewing of the dedication. YOU were represented in BOTH DC’s – Washington AND David’s Capital!
This is an exciting week – full of God appointments! Please pray for me, as I travel to Israel to attend the dedication of the new US Embassy in Jerusalem, as an invited guest. I’ll be representing YOU and the Center for National Renewal! The spiritual and geo-political significance of this event cannot be understated!
Tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer. God’s people all around the nation will unite in prayer for renewal and revival in our land. Last week, I shared specific points of prayer for unity in our nation. Today, I’d like to share one final prayer target AND I’m including the National Prayer, which will be prayed by millions tomorrow.
This week – and next – I’m calling us to band together in concerted prayer for God to bring an outpouring of UNITY in our nation. There are many issues of concern, problems to confront, and decisions ahead for our nation, so we may experience a genuine and lasting renewal. However, NOTHING will more significantly impact our nation for good, than an outpouring of a spirit of UNITY. In fact, it will be the theme of this year’s National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 3, 2018.
Yesterday was Yom Ha'atzmaut, when the State of Israel celebrates Independence Day. According to the Jewish calendar, Israel is celebrating its 70th year since its rebirth. The survival of the Jewish people, the revival of their ancient language, and their return to their ancestral land is one of the greatest miracles in recorded history.
Today, we celebrate the birthday of Thomas Jefferson, an American Founding Father, principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and the third President of the United States.
Of all the titles given to Jefferson – the ways in which he is held in high regard – my favorite, is that he is often called an ‘apostle of liberty.’ For I believe, that it is by the inspiration of God, and His providence, that this man would indelibly write our religious freedom into our nation’s founding documents and champion their preservation.
Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His prophetic message of justice and equality have resounded now for more than 50 years – calling our nation to be true to our highest ideals and honor the ‘promissory note’ provided in the Declaration of Independence.
This week, we prepare to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday by walking through Jesus’ Passion Week, remembering the events and significant actions of His final days.
Today, we remember one of the most pivotal days in the life of Christ – commonly called Holy Thursday, or Maundy Thursday.
I pray you’re doing well and enjoying God’s richest blessings! Kathy and I just returned from Israel and are continually amazed at all God is doing in this season of our ministry. I want you to know how grateful I am that you are standing with us in prayer, faith, and partnership. YOU are partnering with us in the renewal of our nation and God is doing wonderful things through our partnership.
This week is a critical week to unite in prayer for our nation!
On Tuesday, March 20, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the California case of NIFLA v. Becerra. The Court will be deciding the constitutionality of a California law requiring pro-life pregnancy centers to post information about abortion services. This form of compelled speech violates the Free Speech Clause of the Constitution, which not only protects your right to speak freely but also prevents the government from telling you to say things that are contrary to your conscience or your religious beliefs.
God is on the move and we’re ‘standing in the gap’ together for our nation! Thank you for faithfully committing strategic time in prayer each week, as a part of this NatRenew army of warriors for our nation!
This week, we’re finishing out our 7 points of prayer for the nation with the last three targets. Let’s pray for these together!
I’m so honored to have YOU standing with ME in prayerful agreement for our nation’s turnaround! This week and next, I want us to unite together in 7 points of prayer over our nation. God can turn our nation back to Himself, and through our prayer, we can ignite a renewal in our land.
Today, I’m giving you the first 4 points to fuel your prayer this week. Next week, we’ll cover the last three. Join me in praying these four scriptures over our nation! Help us spread the word grab one of the shareable and post on your social media channels to recruit others to join you in prayer!
Today, the body of ‘America’s Pastor,’ the Rev. Dr. Billy Graham lies in honor in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol – just down the street from my office at the Center for National Renewal. Dr. Graham’s earthly body was laid on a mattress pad in a simple casket made of pine plywood by prison workers in Louisiana State Penitentiary. What a powerful picture of the end of every person – small or great – and the reminder of the simple gospel he preached.