National Day of Prayer events set in Augusta

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People across the area will stop to pray for the nation Thursday, the 61st annual National Day of Prayer.

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Members of the military and civilians bow their heads in prayer during the Fort Gordon National Day of Prayer observance ceremony.  FILE/STAFF
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Members of the military and civilians bow their heads in prayer during the Fort Gordon National Day of Prayer observance ceremony.

Prayer services are scheduled from sunrise to sunset at area churches, community centers and city halls. The theme of the 2012 National Day of Prayer is One Nation Under God, based on Psalm 33:12, which says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.”

Last year, an estimated 40,000 National Day of Prayer events were held nationwide. At each, participants were encouraged to pray for seven centers of influence: government, military, media, business, education, church and family.

The National Day of Prayer was established as an annual event by an act of Congress in 1952 and was signed into law by President Truman. For more information, see nationaldayofprayer.org.

EVENTS

6 A.M.-6 P.M.: First Baptist Church of Augusta will hold a prayer vigil in its chapel, 3500 Walton Way.

7 A.M.-7 P.M.: Warren Baptist Church of Augusta will be open for prayer in its chapel, 3203 Washington Road.

7:30 A.M.: Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver and Miracle Making Ministries will hold a National Day of Prayer community breakfast at First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way. Ed Tarver, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, will speak. The cost is $25, and proceeds benefit Miracle Making Ministries. RSVP to psgallenmore@bellsouth.net or call (706) 504-8077.

NOON: North Augusta Mayor Lark Jones will hold a luncheon at the North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brookside Ave., North Augusta. Augusta cardiologist Dr. Mac Bowman will speak. Tickets cost $12 and can be purchased at the North Augusta Parks and Recreation Department, Chamber of Commerce, Community Center, Municipal Center or Parks Pharmacy. Call (803) 441-4350 for more information or group reservations.

9 A.M.-5 P.M.: A room at Abilene Baptist Church, 3917 Washington Road, Martinez, will be open for prayer.

NOON: A brief lunch-hour prayer service will be held in the chapel at Warren Baptist Church, 3203 Washington Road.

NOON- 1 P.M.: An outdoor prayer service will be held at Laurens Street and Hayne Avenue in downtown Aiken.

6 P.M.: The Rev. Larry Carter, the pastor of Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, will speak at a service at Beulah Grove Baptist Church, 1434 Poplar St. Call (706) 724-1086 for more information.

6:45 P.M.: The city of Aiken will observe the National Day of Prayer with music, scripture readings and prayer at H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken. Call (803) 640-4689 for more information.

7 P.M.: The South Augusta Pastors’ Alliance and Copenhaver will hold a praise, worship and prayer service at Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St. For more information, call (706) 826-4701.

7 P.M.: The city of Blythe and area churches will hold an outdoor prayer service with speakers, music and refreshments at Blythe City Hall, 294 Church St. Call (706) 592-0155 for more information.

7 P.M.: Whole Life Ministries will hold a prayer and praise rally at the church, 2621 Washington Road. Call (706) 737-4530 or see wholelife.org for more information.

WHAT’S YOUR PRAYER?

What’s your prayer for the nation? Tell us your prayer for an upcoming Your Faith section of The Augusta Chronicle. E-mail kelly.jasper@augustachronicle.com.

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palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 05/02/12 - 12:23 pm
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Yes, back to the moral
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Yes, back to the moral America in 1918 when "God Bless America" was composed. A time when women knew their place, in the home and pleasing their husbands, not in the workforce. And, before women had the right to vote. And, when racial and ethnic minorities were not on equal footing with white Americans....and, especially in the South, under Jim Crow laws. Did I mention lynching??? God Bless America.

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allhans 05/02/12 - 12:38 pm
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I will be praying for our

I will be praying for our country. Praying that somehow the debt situation is solved so that our children will have a better future.
Praying for, as Soapy said, our moral fiber. Not just of Americans but of individuals worldwide.
And then, selfishly, better health, not just for me but for all those suffering.

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Kendall 05/02/12 - 12:38 pm
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I have an idea. How about we
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I have an idea. How about we have a "National Common Sense" day? One day out of the year where no one believes in a best friend in the sky, Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy or anything of the sort. Think it will catch on?

wildberry
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wildberry 05/02/12 - 01:01 pm
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I WILL BE PRAYING THAT GOD

I WILL BE PRAYING THAT GOD WILL SOMEHOW SEE FIT TO BLESS THIS
COUNTRY ONCE AGAIN (even though most people have forgotten him)
AND GET ALL OF THE HYPOCRITES OUT OF WASHINGTON AND REPLACE
THEM WITH GOD FEARING BIBLE BELIEVING LEADERS!!! AND THAT THE
PEOPLE WILL UNDERSTAND THAT WE MUST PUT GOD BACK IN OUR COUNTRY AND KEEP HIM THERE AS THE HEAD LEADER IN ALL THINGS,
BUT WE FIRST MUST HUMBLE OURSELVES AND PRAY!!!! PRAYER IS THE ANSWER ,GOD IS THE HEALER!!!!

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Granddaddy John 05/02/12 - 01:43 pm
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Kendall people like you are
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Kendall people like you are always first on my prayer list.Its people like you that are tearing this country down.Its a damn shame that men and women have fought and died all over the world to give you the freedom to say what you do.you make me want to puke.

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GGpap 05/02/12 - 02:47 pm
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"Prayer is One Nation Under

"Prayer is One Nation Under God, based on Psalm 33:12, which says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,..."

The greatest crime committed against christianity occured when the biblical scholars of the catholic church exercised their opinion on which books written by many ancient authors would end up, in 1388, as the only select books that would eventualy become the holy books of the bible.

The crime, of course, was in their failure to use the foresight that might have given them the ability to recognize the fact that in the 1800's, Hans Christian Anderson would actually author the final 168 fairy tales that would become the ultimate book of the bible.

GGpap

burninater
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burninater 05/02/12 - 02:59 pm
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Is there a greater type of

Is there a greater type of idolatry than putting a written work of humans above the evidence of the Creation? I, for one, doubt there is.

allhans
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allhans 05/02/12 - 03:01 pm
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You are included in my

You are included in my prayers GGap. May God Bless You...!

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/02/12 - 04:00 pm
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Psa. 14:1, "The fool hath

Psa. 14:1, "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God."

burninater
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burninater 05/02/12 - 04:14 pm
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That may be true, ICL. Or it

That may be true, ICL. Or it may be true that the fool believes the words of man are the words of God.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/02/12 - 04:22 pm
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Problem is, what you consider

Problem is, what you consider words of man, some consider God's own breath. Either way, when you have had a personal experience and know even without reading the "words of man" that God exist, then the man who has not had a personal experience or refuses to believe the Word, is still a "fool".

burninater
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burninater 05/02/12 - 04:23 pm
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And it's a mistake to believe

And it's a mistake to believe that not worshipping the words of the Bible means that one does not hold God in their heart.

We have the evidence of the creation, and we have books written by men. To my mind, the fool is the one who looks to the latter for the will of the Divine.

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 05/02/12 - 04:25 pm
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Boy, some strange comments

Boy, some strange comments here. Most have been dealt with previously, but prejudice dies a slow death. Let's see...

1) Palmetto: If you read the New Testament, you'll find that it puts men and women on equal standing (may be different roles, but clearly equality). Also, it clearly states that there are no more slaves in Christ. So, your complaints here against the Bible are just based on your own lack of knowledge of what you complain against.

2) GGPap. Hans Christian Anderson? You gotta be kidding. The canon of scripture was set long before 1388, and only confirmed books previously recognized by their apostolic authority. It was no crime to simply codify books that were already recognized as being truly authoritative.

3) Burni. Not exacty sure what you mean. The Bible is full of evidence for creation (as discussed before). It describes a unique creation event (which we now call the Big Bang), and also details an expanding universe (which science only confirmed in the last 100 years). So, there's a lot of good compatibility with what the Bible says about creation vs. what science tells us.

4) Wish Kendall would simply use some common sense.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/02/12 - 04:31 pm
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burninater, where in my post

burninater, where in my post did I say you had to worship the Word of God in order to have God in your heart. The Word of God is our guidebook, a love letter to His people. No one deserves worship except Almighty God. You wouldn't be trying to twist words, now would you?

In order to know His will, one must communicate with God. That is done through the reading of His Word and through Prayer (communication with the Father). If all it took was looking at God's creation, then there would be no lost souls, all would be believers.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 05/02/12 - 05:17 pm
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howcanwe....I was responding
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howcanwe....I was responding to soapy's pining away to return to a "moral" America and his/her reference to "God Bless America." My comment had nothing to do with the Bible...it had to do with exactly WHEN did America stand on moral grounds....that which would be consistent with the New Testament.

burninater
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burninater 05/02/12 - 06:05 pm
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burninater, where in my post

burninater, where in my post did I say you had to worship the Word of God in order to have God in your heart.
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ICL, I didn't say you said that. I said "worship the Bible". My point is that treating the words of man as the Word of God is idolatrous. Some have exchanged a golden calf for a series of human texts. Perhaps I am mistaken in my impression that many believe that those who do not treat the Bible as the Word of God therefore do not hold God in their heart.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/02/12 - 08:05 pm
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Well I guess burninater,

Well I guess burninater, that's where we disagree. I believe the Bible is the very Word of God and fail to see where following His Word is idolatrous. It is not for me to judge a man whether God is in his/her heart, that is God's job, but I will say that I find it curious how you know how to live your life according to God's teachings if you have no instructions to guide you. If you use some other form of documentation to guide you and it works for you, that is your choice. I guess one day we will see which way worked best.

burninater
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burninater 05/02/12 - 08:42 pm
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will say that I find it

will say that I find it curious how you know how to live your life according to God's teachings if you have no instructions to guide you. If you use some other form of documentation to guide you and it works for you, that is your choice.
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Free will, individual conscience, and the ability to read the evidence of the universe around us are innate characteristics we all share. These strike me as far more direct instruction than a collection of human writings. Given a choice between a universal viewpoint and a viewpoint dictated by fallible men, the truer reflection of divine intent could not be clearer.

GGpap
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GGpap 05/02/12 - 09:06 pm
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Very well said , burninater!

Very well said , burninater! (your 8:42 PM)

GGpap

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specsta 05/03/12 - 02:00 am
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If you really think about it,

If you really think about it, we humans know absolutely nothing. We don't even know what is at the bottom of the ocean. We don't have a clue about what lies within our own solar system - one star system out of billions in the universe. We can't keep ourselves alive or even make ourselves breathe.

Yet, many folks profess to understand the mind of God and all of His knowledge and wisdom. They believe that His written message to mankind contains every bit of knowledge needed. But they cannot even conceive the concept of eternity in their shallow minds. No human can.

I think it would be better to realize that we know nothing, and understand that the limited glimpses we have of God are personal - not a cookie-cutter event where one-size-fits all. Isn't that the whole aspect of a relationship with God - that it's personal?

So why do the majority of "saved" folks try to make their fellow humans squeeze into some generic morality mode? One person may have a problem with drinking, another with stealing from the job. Respectively, these individuals will need targeted help - and not be painted with some broad paintbrush of "follow the Commandments or go to hell".

What I'm saying is, too many Christians bang their beliefs over the heads of others, no matter the cost. These saved folks are so sure they HAVE THE ANSWERS, they fail to realize that they really don't. And because they are so adamant that they know what is best for others, they scare away the very folks that might need some help.

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csraguy 05/03/12 - 03:29 am
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President Dwight D.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared in remarks broadcast from the White House as part of a February 7, 1954 American Legion Program:

“ As a former soldier, I am delighted that our veterans are sponsoring a movement to increase our awareness of God in our daily lives. In battle, they learned a great truth-that there are no atheists in the foxholes. They know that in time of test and trial, we instinctively turn to God for new courage…Whatever our individual church, whatever our personal creed, our common faith in God is a common bond among us."

Christians are not perfect, not always right and daily need to strive to do better but they can rest assured they are forgiven. From many comments, Christians seem less judgmental than those who don't believe in God.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/03/12 - 06:31 am
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"If you really think about

"If you really think about it, we humans know absolutely nothing. We don't even know what is at the bottom of the ocean. We don't have a clue about what lies within our own solar system - one star system out of billions in the universe. We can't keep ourselves alive or even make ourselves breathe."

Yes, and isn't it wonderful that I don't have to worry about what is at the bottom of the ocean or what lies within our solar system. I have an Almighty God who holds me in the palm of his hand. He is there to love me, guide me, and take care of my every need even though I am this horrible flawed human being.

"One person may have a problem with drinking, another with stealing from the job. Respectively, these individuals will need targeted help - and not be painted with some broad paintbrush of "follow the Commandments or go to hell"."

Oh specsta, if this is the message you are receiving from Christians, then we have fail in our delivery. Following the "law" (the commandments) will never keep you out of hell (or get you into heaven) and what these individuals need in your comment isn't targeted help. All they need is Jesus. He covers it all, no need to pick and choose which sin is the worse that needs working on.

"Yet, many folks profess to understand the mind of God and all of His knowledge and wisdom. They believe that His written message to mankind contains every bit of knowledge needed."

This has never been professed on this website. None of us will ever understand the mind of Christ but we can learn to listen to His voice when He speaks through His Word and through our prayers. To pass on that experience with others isn't claiming to understand every bit of knowledge God has......is it you hate the messanger because you are convicted by the message? In my opinnion, constant condemantion of Christianity is either from the Father of Lies or is from conviction.

Specsta, your last paragraph may have a smiggit of truth where you accuse Christian of being over zealous and I will agree to a point but only in a small percentage. Sadly, most Christians never spread the Word of Christ and I have found that when individuals get hostile and defensive, it's not myself they are angry with, it's God and that's okay. He can handle it. There are a lot more Christians out there who love to tell you about Jesus but respect that individuals right to not hear it than those who "bang their belief" over your head and try and "squeeze you into some generic morality mode".

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/03/12 - 06:40 am
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"Free will, individual

"Free will, individual conscience, and the ability to read the evidence of the universe around us are innate characteristics we all share. These strike me as far more direct instruction than a collection of human writings"

Burninater, since we are a flawed people, with each having our own free will, each conscience is different with different values on what is right and wrong, and who's to say we are reading correctly or even the same, the evidence of the universe, a universal viewpoint seems mighty flawed.

We will never agree on this matter because you view is the Bible is just a book written by fallible men, where I believe the Bible was written by Godly men through the direction of God and is as if He breathed the words into existence. Since each of our viewpoint is based on our belief, as I said early......you go your way and I'll go mine.

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Kendall 05/03/12 - 07:31 am
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ICL, read your 6:40 post
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ICL, read your 6:40 post again. You really, really REALLY need to do some research into where the Bible actually came from. There are no excuses in the 21st century. Easy to look up and research.....

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/03/12 - 08:20 am
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Kendal, thank you for your

Kendal, thank you for your concern but I know exactly where the Bible came from, and it is truely sad that you only judge the Bible by reading the first couple of books. There is so much more in the other 63 books of the Bible that might help explain what you read in the first 3 books.

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allhans 05/03/12 - 08:23 am
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I would suggest that if one

I would suggest that if one in fact admits to knowing nothing about a subject, then maybe he/she should not attempt to offer an opinion.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/03/12 - 08:59 am
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Kendall, here is an excellent

Kendall, here is an excellent website that gives details on how the Bible as we call it today came about and how each book has been authoritatized and the process for that authority. Why books were chosen and how Christians can be assured that they are the true Word of God.

You don't have to believe it but maybe it will peek your interest to further your reading of the Bible and change your view of it based on the first three books.

http://www.nomatterwhatonline.com/origin.htm

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 05/03/12 - 09:02 am
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it's "pique" your interest.
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it's "pique" your interest.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/03/12 - 09:14 am
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Thank you teacher. My

Thank you teacher. My mistake for not proofing my written word.

Kendall
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Kendall 05/03/12 - 09:32 am
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ICL, just read your
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ICL, just read your recommendation and it was a good read. Trust me, I have read an studied the Bible many times and it turns out the Jesus of the new testament points the way to god for me... You strike me as a follower of the savior and I think you would be one who would always do a good turn to a fellow human being and I think that is what Jesus' message was. Weather or not if he existed at all doesn't matter. The great rabbi of the new testament hung out with the weakest of the weak and blessed them all.. I just wish the ministers and the preachers of this day and age would be up front with what they learned in the seminary... Either their school was very seriously lacking in information are they are the most dishonest people on the planet.. You have to at least agree with that.........

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