National Day of Prayer continues despite obstacles

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Prayer services today, the 59th annual National Day of Prayer, traditionally include a tribute to the nation and its military.

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Members of the military and civilans bow their heads in prayer this morning during the Fort Gordon National Day of Prayer Observance Ceremony.  Rainier Ehrhardt/ Staff
Rainier Ehrhardt/ Staff
Members of the military and civilans bow their heads in prayer this morning during the Fort Gordon National Day of Prayer Observance Ceremony.

At Fort Gordon this morning, soldiers and civilians offered fervent prayers for both topics, which hit especially close to home.
"Encamp your agents around our armed forces," prayed Sgt. 1st Class Chancey Heyward as nearly 100 people bowed their heads around the flags outside  Signal Towers.
It's the first year that Fort Gordon has held a National Day of Prayer observance, said Army Chaplain Maj. Robert Lyons.
Several chaplains and soldiers volunteered to give prayers. They asked for protection of soldiers in war zones, that God might increase wisdom and understanding among military leaders, and that in everything that happens, honor and glory would be brought to Fort Gordon's units, the military, this nation, and most of all, God.
Army Chaplain Maj. Donald Stover read President Obama's National Day of Prayer proclamation. It seeks prayer for those suffering in Haiti and Chile, as well as the families of West Virginia miners, and those in Poland who lost their country's president and nearly 100 others in a plane crash last month.
"Let us remember the unsung heros," Stover read.
Spc. James Hughes prayed to remember that the greatest patriots are those who seek to follow God.
"Convert our nation's patriotism into a passion for holiness," he prayed. "Restore pride in righteousness, not ungodliness."
He quoted Thomas Jefferson at the start of his prayer, who said, "God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?"
The soldiers read, too, from Proverbs 14, which says "Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people."
"Restore our nation as a light to the rest of the world," Hughes prayed. "May we truly be known as one nation under God."

Reach Kelly Jasper at (706) 823-3552
or kelly.jasper@augustachronicle.com

RICHMOND COUNTY

- St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds St., breakfast at 7 a.m., (706) 722-8693

- Good Shepherd Baptist Church, 1714 Olive Road, 5:30-7 a.m.

- Curtis Baptist School, outside the welcome center, 9 a.m., featuring Arvil Holt, the former headmaster; Pat Young, of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office; and the Rev. Mark Sterling, the pastor of Curtis Baptist Church

- Woodlawn United Methodist Church, 2220 Walton Way, noon, with Laurie Ott, the executive director of the CSRA Wounded Warrior Care Project

- Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St., 7 p.m., with Mayor Deke Copenhaver and Sens. Bill Jackson and Hardie Davis, (706) 798-1882

- Whole Life Ministries, 2621 Washington Road, 7 p.m., prayer and praise rally, (706) 737-4530

- Blythe City Hall; 294 Church St., Blythe; 7 p.m.

COLUMBIA COUNTY

- Harlem Baptist Church, 105 W. Milledgeville Road, 6:30 a.m., free prayer breakfast, reservations requested but not required, (706) 556-6439

FORT GORDON

- Fort Gordon flag pole near Signal Tower, 9 a.m., ceremony will be moved inside Alexander Hall in case of inclement weather, (706) 791-5653

AIKEN COUNTY

-St. John's United Methodist Church; 104 Newberry St. N.W., Aiken; 6:45-8:15 p.m.; (803) 648-6891

- North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brookside Ave., noon; luncheon with Mayor Lark Jones, featuring Bill Curry, the football coach at Georgia State University; $12; (803) 441-4290

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GGpap
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GGpap 05/06/10 - 02:00 am
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Looks like about 65% of those

Looks like about 65% of those surveyed were simply "covering all bases;" perhaps cowardly subscribing to Pascal's Wager. And then again, it would appear that at least 35% of those surveyed may just have been downright honest! If I were a Christian leader I surely would not want to look upon these very poor findings as examples of the solid strength and backbone of my religion. GGpap

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sjgraci 05/06/10 - 02:46 am
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Be sure to say a prayer to

Be sure to say a prayer to the Flying Spaghetti Monster today as well.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 05/06/10 - 06:08 am
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In a society where every

In a society where every freak justifies their lifestyle by ridiculing Christianity and the left wing media promotes the ridicule to appeal to their fringe constituents (re: politically correctness), it's not unusual for the easily influenced to drift away from prayer. Aren't we proud of the results? Our social attitude sure seems to be changing as Christianity is removed.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/06/10 - 06:12 am
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I'm sure Christian leaders

I'm sure Christian leaders will look at these findings and realize just how worldly things have become and how much more work we as Christians need to do. We have passively sat on our rears and politely been PC and hopefully now our leaders will take a stand for Christ and be more vocal. The article says "In all, 65 percent of Millennials surveyed called themselves Christians, but the same number say they rarely or never attend worship services or read the Bible or other sacred texts." My question is, then how can you call yourself a Christian?

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 05/06/10 - 07:17 am
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Help us Lord! We are all

Help us Lord! We are all just a bunch of fools who have wasted what You have given us and we treat each other like garbage. Thank you for Your mercy and kindess, Your unfailing Grace and Your total forgiveness.

livinginthebuckle
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livinginthebuckle 05/06/10 - 08:24 am
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Amen.

Amen.

TheFederalist
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TheFederalist 05/06/10 - 09:16 am
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Please remember to completely

Please remember to completely ban anyone who has EVER uttered one single disparaging word against the muslim religion, from any participation in the day of prayer. PC running amuck again.

SnidleyWhiplash
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SnidleyWhiplash 05/06/10 - 09:24 am
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And if *reason* prevails,

And if *reason* prevails, this will be the last government sponsored DoP. Feel free to have all the days of prayer you want, but the government shouldn't sponsor it.

1776
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1776 05/06/10 - 09:28 am
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If you think that by not

If you think that by not attending church, you cannot be a Christian, then you are sorely mistaken.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/06/10 - 09:36 am
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That looks like a double

That looks like a double negative construction, 1776.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/06/10 - 10:03 am
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Please read my post again

Please read my post again 1776. I didn't say you could not be a Christian if you didn't attend church. Nice way to pick and choose what you want to argue about. My question was, how can you call yourself a Christian if you don't attend church, don't read your Bible, AND don't pray. Holy Scriptures were written for teaching, reproof, correction and training in righteousness according to 2 Timothy 3:15-17. How can we grow as Christians if we don’t read the instruction manual. How can we have a personal relationship with Christ if we do not speak with Him through prayer and all through the Bible it speaks of worshiping together with other believers, praising the Holy name of God. The purpose of gathering together is to worship God and also to unlift, encourage, and teach each other. If you don’t want to communicate with God, don’t want to read his Words, don’t want to worship with Him or other believers, then what is the purpose of calling yourself a Christian?

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mary dits 05/06/10 - 10:33 am
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inchristlove, um, can a

inchristlove, um, can a purpose be following the example of jesus? why are so many of our prayer and christian images like the one above? where would that shot fit into a movie about jesus? hmmm... i think i know where i'd put it.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/06/10 - 10:44 am
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what??

what??

brimisjoshan
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brimisjoshan 05/06/10 - 11:02 am
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why do people want to be so

why do people want to be so argumentive on this forum. this simple story gives some basic studies on who and what people are praying about. Keep it simple people! btw, mary I don't understand your question although I know it was not directed to me.

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veggie-d 05/06/10 - 12:04 pm
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buncha "pastafarians"! -flyin

buncha "pastafarians"! -flyin spaghetti monster

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/06/10 - 12:14 pm
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veggie-d, so sad you don't

veggie-d, so sad you don't know the difference in God and flyin spaghetti monster but you can continue to believe in the flying pasta guy, I'll stick with God.

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baronvonreich 05/06/10 - 12:17 pm
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The government has no

The government has no business in religion whether it be endorsing a national day of prayer, religion/prayer in schools, or in any public building.

Interesting that 2/3 of young folks profess to be Christians yet only 1/3 of them actually participate in the basic principles of the religion. The hypocrisy of Christianity and its supposed membership is just astounding.

And johnston.cliff - there is absolutely little to no cause/effect relationship between the social ills of America and the prevalence/absence of Christianity. The social ills can be attributed directly upon government policies and it expansion all of which have been concocted by the 95%+ of Congressional members who have claimed to be Christians over the past century.

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Sargebaby 05/06/10 - 12:21 pm
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Baron, the government is NOT

Baron, the government is NOT doing business in Religion! That's why it is failing! If you don't mind, please provide the source for your "young folks statistics!"

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baronvonreich 05/06/10 - 12:33 pm
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It is in the darn article

It is in the darn article Sarge. At least it was before the article was changed. I think it was the Lifeway organization or something like that which is sponsored by Southern Baptists. The article changed drastically around noon.

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veggie-d 05/06/10 - 01:18 pm
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hhmmmm sarge...that's why

hhmmmm sarge...that's why religion is failing? or the govt is failing? or both? please clarify and provide certified documents in triplicate to back ALL of your claims...

last i looked these comments sections were for "opinions"...why do so many of you demand "documentation" like someone made you the comment/opinion police?

"show me your papers!"...sounds like germany in 1939.

inchristlove - there is no difference...pray away!

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 05/06/10 - 12:43 pm
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So Sarge do you think America

So Sarge do you think America should drastically change the Constitution and become a Christian nation under Christian rule for all people with no freedom of religion and no rights for non-Christians?

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/06/10 - 01:06 pm
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"Interesting that 2/3 of

"Interesting that 2/3 of young folks profess to be Christians yet only 1/3 of them actually participate in the basic principles of the religion" That's because Christians have cowered down in fear of offending anyone for speaking out for what is right according to scripture, that our young folks are not being taught the true Word of God. If we'd get back to preaching hellfire and brimestone along with the love and grace of God, then maybe the eyes of our young folk would turn to Christ instead of this old sinful world.

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veggie-d 05/06/10 - 01:22 pm
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ICL- could just be that they

ICL- could just be that they are claiming to be "christian" to pacify their parents/etc...or to keep the christian zealots trying to "convert" them off their back...or to hook up with the "christian girlies"...or because they have "drone" genes in'em...check back w/those same young adults polled in 10yrs and i'll betcha the number "claiming" to "be christian" will be far fewer!

...a "faith" that uses anger and intimidation to control it's followers, has no FAITH at all...

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/06/10 - 01:45 pm
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veggie-d, you can't

veggie-d, you can't intimidate someone into becoming a Christian. Indimidation is based on fear, and if you are afraid of something you can't make an honest and heart-felt decision. Anger serves no purpose either. In order to become a Christian you have to realize that you are a sinner and need the forgiveness of Christ and make the decision to make him Lord of your life, to follow his ways and teachings. Teaching about hell and eternal damnation isn't intimidation. If punishment for sin and denying God is not taught then how can one make an accurrate decision.

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 05/06/10 - 02:04 pm
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ICL - that excuse is quite

ICL - that excuse is quite weak. Christians in America don't live in fear or aren't kept nor intimidated in any way, shape, or form from attending church or reading their Bible in their homes. That excuse is just preposterous. I do agree however that if churches would hold their congregations and clergy accountable for their hypocritical lifestyles and stand up for their supposed principles among their own then they might be taken more seriously. Christianity has been hijacked by the power and money hungry and will seemingly do whatever it takes to expand on those.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/06/10 - 02:53 pm
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baron, maybe if you go back

baron, maybe if you go back and re-read the post you would realize that the discussion on intimidation and fear veggie-d and I were discussing was not relating to intimidation to Christians. The discussion was concerning fear and intimidation of non-believers becoming Christians. No excuses here. I really wish you would provide some proof that Christianity has been hijacked by power and money hungry individuals. Most of the Christians and churches I am familiar with are of the modest sort, our pastor just makes enough to provide for his family and no where near what can be consider extravagant but I will say that clergys and the church congregation should be held accountable for their sins but that is for God to judge and punish. If illegal then it is up to our criminal justice system to also establish punishment. To you I'm sure it appears to be hyprocritical but in most cases I think it's just a case of being a sinner saved by grace and truthfully, if we put our trust in the Word of God then we should know when our leaders are failing and should correct it within the church so that the ministry of Christ is not harmed by hypocrisy. Hypocrisy does go on in the church but should not be used as an excuse not to find out the truth about Christ. It is sad that you have such a negative attitude towards Christianity and the church and evidently the name of Christ has been shed in a negative light to you, but no matter how much I'd love for you to see the wonders of God, it does not do any good to discuss this issue with you because your eyes are blind and you can not be unbiased and even consider that possibly what Christians are saying is true. My prayer is that hopefully one day before you leave this earth, you heart will soften and your eyes will be open and you will see what a wonderful gift God is offering you and all you have to do is accept it. I know that sounds like nonsense to you but I can always hope (and pray).

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Nat the Cat 05/06/10 - 02:51 pm
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Baron--you better start

Baron--you better start praying if you're invested in your Worldly Stock Market; it is getting ready to drop over 1000 points.

veggie-d
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veggie-d 05/06/10 - 02:55 pm
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ICL- i believe you dodged or

ICL- i believe you dodged or missed my point...the "christian god" is an angry and vengeful god...one whose preachings threaten followers with damnation/starvation/natural disaster/famine/disease/etc...

you are talking in circles...just accept that your god is angry and "punishes followers" who get out of step w/the demands/expectations your god has of them...

to learn how faith/religion operates in a more peaceful manner...look to buddhism...

or look to people who live a peaceful life without ANY need for imaginary beings to control their lives or blame for their mistakes...

you are welcome to worship any and every way you wish...but leave tax dollars and govt time/resources out of it...bet you wouldn't support wiccans/satanists/"pastafarians" spending YOUR tax dollars to promote/advertise/cmapaign for a national day of celebration of their beliefs...would you?

veggie-d
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veggie-d 05/06/10 - 02:58 pm
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nat- how do you know prayer

nat- how do you know prayer is not the CAUSE of the drop in stocks?...

everybody sittin around "prayin" for things to get better instead of taking ACTION to improve conditions!

Nat the Cat
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Nat the Cat 05/06/10 - 02:58 pm
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Veggie--Are you here again

Veggie--Are you here again spouting off about your expertise in World religions again? You wouldn't know God if he walked up and bit you on your behind.

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