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May 5, 2011
Across the country thousands observe the National Day of Prayer

WASHINGTON — Americans gathered May 5 in tens of thousands of locations in observance of the National Day of Prayer for the first time since a federal appeals court upheld the occasion.

Only three weeks before, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago had unanimously reversed a 2010 opinion that invalidated the National Day of Prayer. Federal Judge Barbara Crabb of Wisconsin had ruled in April 2010 that a law establishing a day for the observance violated the First Amendment, but she permitted the event to proceed while her decision was appealed.

Crabb's ruling, which was overturned April 14 this year, had threatened a tradition as old as the American republic and a specific observance that was recognized for the 60th time this year. Congress passed a resolution in 1952 calling on the president to establish the National Day of Prayer as an annual event. President Truman initiated the observance the same year, and presidents since have recognized it with proclamations. In 1988, Congress amended the law to set the first Thursday of May for its observance.

President Obama issued a National Day of Prayer proclamation April 29, inviting Americans, "as their own faith or conscience directs them, to join me in giving thanks for the many blessings we enjoy, and I ask all people of faith to join me in asking God for guidance, mercy, and protection for our Nation."

In his proclamation, the president encouraged Americans to express gratitude for their freedom and to pray for the members of the U.S. military and their families, as well as for law enforcement and emergency response personnel, and people in this country and overseas impacted recently by natural disasters.

The White House issued Obama's proclamation a day after he gave the order for a secret mission that was completed early May 2 in Pakistan when an elite military unit found and killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

The National Day of Prayer was observed in about 40,000 locations in 2010, according to the National Day of Prayer (NDP) Task Force. As in many other years, the lead observance was in a House of Representatives office building in Washington, D.C.

This year's theme, as established by the NDP Task Force, was "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," which was based on Psalm 91:2: "I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."

Joni Eareckson Tada, a well-known evangelical Christian whose books have inspired many since a diving accident in 1967 left her a quadriplegic, served as honorary chairman for the NDP Task Force. She gave the keynote speech at the Capitol Hill service.

In a national prayer she wrote for this year's observance, Eareckson Tada said:

"Almighty God, you are our Mighty Fortress, our refuge and the God in whom we place our trust. As our nation faces great distress and uncertainty, we ask your Holy Spirit to fall afresh upon your people — convict us of sin and inflame within us a passion to pray for our land and its people. Grant the leaders of our country an awareness of their desperate need of wisdom and salvation in You until sin becomes a reproach to all and righteousness exalts this nation.

"Protect and defend us against our enemies and may the cause of Christ always prevail in our schools, courts, homes, and churches. Lord God, send a spirit of revival and may it begin in our own hearts.

"Remember America, we pray. Remember the foundations on which this country was built. Remember the prayers of our nation's fathers and mothers, and do not forget us in our time of need.

"In the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen."

The NDP Task Force is a privately funded organization that says it encourages participation in the observance by people of all faiths but the events it organizes represent "a Judeo-Christian expression."

Obama's National Day of Prayer proclamation may be accessed online at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/04/29/presidential-proclamation-national-day-prayer




 Atheists seek status as chaplains in military
As contradictory as it sounds, a lack-of-faith group is seeking to be acknowledged as a faith group within the United States military. Atheists are pushing for status as chaplains.
'Gay history' may be required in Calif. schools
In a move that could have a ripple effect across the nation, California would become the first state to mandate the teaching of gay history if a bill that already passed the state Senate becomes law.
Media conference explored digital future of entertainment industry
Disruption has become the new normal with digital devices and constant multi-tasking. Reflecting on the new entertainment economy, the Biola Media Conference sought to define success and the future of the industry within and beyond a digital perimeter. 

Calif. Pastor arrested for reading Bible in public
Incidents of severe religious freedom violations engaged in or tolerated by the Egyptian government have increased dramatically since last year.
China arrests 30 church members for the 4th week
For the fourth week in a row, a Chinese "illegal" church refused Sunday to follow government orders not to meet, and this time at least 31 of its members were arrested.
Bin Laden’s death met with fear of retaliation for some
Many Americans celebrated the death of Osama bin Laden Monday, but for some the sense of relief is also accompanied by a fear of retaliation.

Japanese fireman searches rubble to ease pain
Masayuki Yamaki slowly picks his way through the slippery black mud toward his crew of yellow- and orange-clad firefighters. He deliberately tries to stay off the debris. It would be easier and faster to walk on the piles but he just can't bring himself to do it.
Philanthropist Steve Green compiles vast collections of biblical gems for public display
The crown jewels can’t compete: a cuneiform tablet from thousands of years ago, a Dead Sea scroll featuring Genesis 32, a New Testament papyrus from the second century, and more.
The Morning Center
National ministry plans to launch pro-life maternity hospitals
America’s pro-life movement, bolstered in recent decades by the opening of thousands of pregnancy care centers and clinics, will be elevated to the next level with the formation of charitable maternity hospitals in major cities.
400-year-old KJV Bible still popular
Four hundred years after it debuted as the first widely distributed Bible for the English-speaking world, the King James Version of the Bible still holds a place of distinction among Americans, according to a new survey.
Would-be porn house instead spotlights Jesus through Christian films
Once slated to be an X-rated cinema in the 1970s, the old theatre is now a venue for Christian films that are leading people away from sin and to a life in Christ.

  Riots damage church and homes; Christians flee in fear of the violence
Hundreds of Muslims in Gujranwala attacked homes, a school and a church building after learning that two Christians accused of blasphemy had been released.
  Egyptian Christian convert flees potential dangers in Syria
A father and daughter who fled Egypt to Syria after spending two and a half years in hiding for becoming Christians arrived in France and applied for asylum.
   Perspective…    National news videos…    
Chuck Colson Don't say it: Is there still such a thing as freedom of speech in America?
A Chicago-area high school student named Heidi Zamecnik wore a T-shirt to school reading “Be Happy, Not Gay.” She wore it the day after the “Day of Silence,” on which students—at the instigation of gay activist groups—wore clothing expressing support for homosexuals and their lifestyle.
Charles W. Colson
Prison Fellowship
Mark Larson Understanding our state of confusion
In the midst of confusing events and situations, predictions lead to promises that are made and broken, followed by repeated mistakes. Time marches on. In our national circle of “experts,” it’s considered a sign of sophistication to be “mystified by the obvious.”
Mark Larson
Radio Talk Show host
 Is there really a ‘Separation of Church and State?’
How many times have you heard the phrase “separation of church and state” thrown around as a defense for limiting the religious freedom of Americans?  It happens all the time—the American Civil Liberties Union in particular loves to quote this term when denying the rights of individuals and religious organizations.
Jennifer Monk
Advocates for Faith and Freedom
  Inspirational videos…
Os Guinness
Truth - Why Truth Matters
Os Guiness discusses why the truth matters, using examples from history of the interaction between society and the gospel.
Timeless Truth
Happiness — Billy Graham

   Other news…      
‘Soul Surfer’s’ Carrie Underwood talks about faith
Movie Review
‘Soul Surfer’ makes a splash as this year’s ‘The Blind Side’

2,000 church members dance to proclaim the Easter story

Oprah Winfrey Oprah's Gospel
Entertainment mogul preaches ‘many paths’ to God
One of the most controversial aspects of Oprah’s cultural influence derives from the emphasis she places on religion and spirituality.

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