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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InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/06/10 - 03:00 pm
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veggie-d, I don't know who

veggie-d, I don't know who gave you that information about the "christian god" being angry and vengeful. My God gets angry just as any father does which his children when we don't obey but like my own father, God the Father is loving, forgiving, disciplines when He needs to but also give directions to make wise decisions, caring, provides for me, and most of all has unconditional love. Where you get this idea that God is standing over us with a whip in his hand and demaning anything is beyond me. He gives us the choice to obey or not and we are the ones who has to deal with the consequences of our decisions. If you've had some hardships in life or feel you've been punished in some way, then maybe you need to look at the choices and decisions you've made in your life and quit blaming God.

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veggie-d 05/06/10 - 03:04 pm
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nat there you go again w/the

nat there you go again w/the personal attacks...i guess public school just got out and you're just now getting home to your hot pockets and computer...but at least you got one thing right...god can CAN "BITE ME"!

veggie-d
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veggie-d 05/06/10 - 03:05 pm
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c'mon icl..."for the bible

c'mon icl..."for the bible tells me so...!"

"good fathers" don't beat/maim/threaten/abuse/torture their children.

Nat the Cat
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Nat the Cat 05/06/10 - 03:07 pm
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Veggie-Here you go again.

Veggie-Here you go again. You're getting much too angry to be posting on here. If you must resort to "hot pockets" and "bite me," jokes about God, and completely unfounded allegations you really need to pack it in for a while. Come back when you calm down, and you can speak sensibly to those who can teach you something worth learning.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/06/10 - 03:07 pm
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And where has God

And where has God beat/maim/threaten/abuse/tortured his children?

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55 F-100 05/06/10 - 03:33 pm
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Did Prezbhojangles

Did Prezbhojangles participate in the National Day of Prayer, and if so did Robert Gibbs carry his prayer mat for him?

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 05/06/10 - 03:34 pm
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Nat - you can make the same

Nat - you can make the same amount of money in the "worldly" stock market whether it goes up or down. One only needs to take responsibility for their investments and pay attention and learn a little bit. I sold what I was long Tuesday morning and shorted the Russell 2000 through the TZA at $6 at sold it today at $7.50. Tomorrow morning after the jobs report comes out at the 8:30am I will ride the wave whichever direction it goes. It isn't that difficult.

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 05/06/10 - 03:37 pm
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InChristLoveThursday, May 6

InChristLoveThursday, May 6 1:06 PM "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
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ICL - you just said people don't practice Christianity because they are cowered down in fear. LOL. Nobody is oppressing people's right to practice their religion in this country on their property on their time.

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Nightwing 05/06/10 - 03:43 pm
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Just because a particular

Just because a particular religious activity, such as a National Day of Prayer, is not recognized by the government will not make its adherents stop practicing their faith. Christians are free to pray wherever and whenever they want.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/06/10 - 04:03 pm
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baron, how about printing the

baron, how about printing the whole post so the meaning is accurrate. "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." This was relating to Christians being intimidated not to speak out. My response to veggie-d about fear was that intimidating someone to become a Christian doesn't work. I did go back and re-read the post and realized you were responding to an earlier post when I thought you were responding to the comments between veggie-d and myself. I guess that's what happens when posts don't follow one after the other. My appologies. Like I said before, it's hard to explain something to a closed book so let us just agree to disagree. No use wasting time.

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veggie-d 05/06/10 - 04:32 pm
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nat- sounds a bit

nat-

sounds a bit hypocritical that you can say your god can "bite my behind"...and i can't? but...that's pretty typical...

first of all...i'm not angry at all...
my comment about your god has nothing to do w/anger...it's just the reality behind your religion.

second: your bible is the source of my comments about your angry god, spreading disease/famine/hate/violence/etc......and since it is largely a work of fiction, you ARE RIGHTwhen you say my allegations are "unfounded". additionally, i have no obligation to "show you proof/sources in writing" for anything i say here. so you might wanna "lay off" playing the "comments police...show me your proof/papers!" mentality...it's gettin old.

third: no one can speak sensibly about imaginary beings...it's like having "sensibe conversation" about leprechauns/military intelligence/easter bunnies/santa clause/etc...that stuff is not real.

lastly i would know god if he "bit my behind"! (your words not mine).
i've seen him...he's a lil hippo/pig/possum lookin/critter...he's been a guest on "south park"more than once...

and before you go makin comments about me using "south park" as a source of my info...it makes as much or more sense than using the bible...at least there are REAL people "behind the scenes" at "south park"!

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veggie-d 05/06/10 - 04:33 pm
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looks like the christians

looks like the christians asking about the anger/violence shown by their god have not read up on their bibles lately...

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/06/10 - 05:03 pm
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veggie-d, go back and read my

veggie-d, go back and read my 3:00pm post. You know it boils down to God is God and you're not. If he choosing to wipe someone off the face of the earth for being disobedient, then it's His right. Since you don't believe in Him, shouldn't make any difference to you and why you so worried about some invisible "flyin spaghetti monster". It appears you are only posting to make fun and not have a real conversation so have at it, but I'd be careful where I step if I were you. You never know when the flyin spaghetti monster might get you.

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veggie-d 05/06/10 - 06:08 pm
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icl- i don't care about your

icl- i don't care about your god coming to get me or anybody else...like you said...it only applies to believers...but...your god and any other god, better not dip into tax payer money in the process...enough of that money has been thrown away on worthless causes/beliefs already..."have a blessed day".

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c.james 05/06/10 - 06:59 pm
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People who condemn prayer are

People who condemn prayer are ignorant. This Country was founded to escape religious persecution, give those who wish to pray a break! The rest of you can share the heat.

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baronvonreich 05/06/10 - 07:11 pm
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Give 'em a break!?! Their

Give 'em a break!?! Their houses of prayer are already tax-exempt.

America was founded to escape religious persecution at the hands of a violent Christian majority so why would America's government support any religion much less one with vile, oppressive history?

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veggie-d 05/06/10 - 07:35 pm
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does a "break" look like a

does a "break" look like a local multi acre baptist church with a movie theater/television studio/swimming pool/gym/etc...and a gigantic tax exempt multimillion dollar chapel?...

give ME a break! you can have all the "breaks" you want as long as tax money is not used for it...

how bout put a "brake" on the tax free status of churches?...

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grouse 05/06/10 - 07:26 pm
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Unconstitutional.
Unpublished

Unconstitutional.

Nat the Cat
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Nat the Cat 05/06/10 - 07:38 pm
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Veggie, I have to hand it to

Veggie, I have to hand it to you. You have either got more nerve than anyone I have ever met to say the things you do concerning God--without one scintilla of fear, or you are the surest, most confident Atheist I have ever met.
If you would take just one ounce of your Faith that you have in Atheism, [Jesus described it as the Faith of a Mustard Seed], and believe in God, instead of just a Worldly existence with no hope of Heaven, you would be one of the greatest Christians of all time. And you may not believe this, but I, and many others on here, sincerely pray, and pray, that you will! And Baron too!

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Nat the Cat 05/06/10 - 07:49 pm
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And Baron--I know you're a

And Baron--I know you're a smart guy. Playing the Market Short and Long is like throwing dice. Sure you can make educated guesses, and you might even get lucky a time or two, but do it long enough, and they will take every dime you've got. It's just like Vegas. Playing the Stock Market is something that you understand intimately, Baron. That is why I have used it as an example for you to understand: You lose with Wordly things; I have a sure bet in Jesus, Baron. He will NEVER fail me, and he offers everlasting LIFE. Not death.
Please hear.

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baronvonreich 05/06/10 - 08:19 pm
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Nat I just find that not to

Nat I just find that not to be true. We all will eventually die and decay into the earth like every living creature.

Playing the stock market from only one side is what isn't smart. Those people haven't made any money in a decade or more. I retired at 35. You just follow the money and the momentum and look at charts. Of course every educated guess isn't correct but you use the odds that are in your favor and you get out of your position quickly when you realize you aren't correct or when the curve changes. You don't attempt to time the bottom or top. Yours odds would be better in Vegas than attempting that and you sure don't act greedy or stubborn since those 2 traits are what definitely make people lose their rearends. You just reap the profits in the middle of the curve, any curve, and there is always a curve somewhere whether it is in stocks, oil, sugar, China, or wherever.

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Nat the Cat 05/06/10 - 08:39 pm
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Baron--I have done exactly

Baron--I have done exactly what you have suggested in the Market for 30 years now. I've been buying and selling Options since I was in my early 20s. I can only speak for myself, but I am about even playing the market that way [probably a little on the down side], I have made alot of money and lost alot of money buying and selling options on every single sector you listed, stocks, currency, and the commodities market.
I can tell you this--you are extremely fortunate in your timing of getting and out of those risks. I don't know many people who have made the kind of money you have trading the way you trade. I commend you! Are you positive you are not praying? I won't hold it against you, you know...after all, today is National Prayer Day. I so wish you would take one minute to thank God for your success. Do it for me, and don't tell anyone. Nat

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baronvonreich 05/06/10 - 08:45 pm
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I never got into the options.

I never got into the options. That is nothing but making bets on the future unless you use it as a hedge strategy and since I watch the market most all day everyday it does me no good. Many things move 20% or more and I just try to catch the 5%-10% in the middle of the move. I love the volatility like this week and a year ago versus the slow steady grind with the small headfakes like much of the past several months which just tends to make me apathetic and complacent.

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Nat the Cat 05/06/10 - 08:54 pm
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Given the wild volatility of

Given the wild volatility of today do you think the jobs report is going to matter a whole lot tomorrow? I usually watch the S&P futures before the market opens to get some idea of which way its headed, but I have been burned there a few times as well. But if you like volatility, I think tomorrow is going to be an exciting day for you.

Before I go, I wanted to leave you with this: check it out for later. Nat

Baron--if you’ll permit the comparison, we are a lot alike in our political views and in other views as well. Here is what you wrote earlier today and I have modified it slightly to present my views on these same subjects, and I found that it wasn’t necessary to make many changes.

Stop the offensive wars, and strike defensively, only as a result of foreign aggression, secure the Southern borders by any means possible, stop all types of Foreign aid [Food, Medical, Drugs, Clothing], to Countries not capable of somehow “giving-back” to the United States--high interest Loans with a scheduled pay back would be acceptable, stop the corporate subsidies, and phase-out as many farm subsidies as possible, stop Health Care Reform and use the additional IRS Agents to enforce the Tax Code and collect all Taxes due from Corporations, reform the tax code to stop the credits and deductions and loopholes, Use the entire U.S. prison population as workers for Highway Clean-up for each State [All 50] [mowing grass, picking up trash, planting trees, etc.], phase out Medicare and SS, stop most of the welfare programs and phase out welfare altogether, [except make churches responsible for the desperately poor], and reward Americans for responsibility [perhaps tax breaks], instead of irresponsibility.

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baronvonreich 05/06/10 - 08:55 pm
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lol. They hypocrisy is so

lol. They hypocrisy is so amusing you can't even make this stuff up!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/05/george-rekers-anti-gay-ac_n_565...

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baronvonreich 05/06/10 - 09:23 pm
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Nat - it is no coincidence

Nat - it is no coincidence that after the fat finger trade or whatever happened this afternoon that the S&P migrated to the 1120 level which is major support. If the jobs report is good and the market feels sufficiently corrected with the good earnings that have been coming out then it will probably at least have a relief rally tomorrow though I don't think many people are going to put on new long positions on a Friday and hold them through the weekend so wouldn't be surprised to see a rally and then a sell-off late tomorrow but stay above 1120. Next stop down would be at the 200 DMA of 1095 or possibly Feb low of 1057. 1095 would only be a 10% correction from the high so not that much of a pullback. If it breaks that there isn't much to stop it from falling to 900. Yikes.

As for your editing yes not much different. America hasn't been attacked in 70 years yet has entered into many wars which are just inexplicable. How do you suppose a corrupt and greedy Congress would pick and choose farm subsidies between states/constituents? It would never happen. You would have to end them all. Government can't make churches responsible for the poor or anybody else. To be fair they should pay their taxes like every other property owner. I can live with common good labor from prisoners. Many Americans don't even have the backbone to kill mass murderers much less any violent felon.

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InChristLove 05/06/10 - 09:54 pm
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Baron, if this is true about

Baron, if this is true about Reker, it is not only hypocrisy but also very sad and damages the reputation of Christians. But just because some have fallen away from Christ teachings does not mean that all Christians are this way.

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veggie-d 05/06/10 - 10:40 pm
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nat- you may be right with

nat- you may be right with BOTH of those statements...

like you, i'm very comfortable in my beliefs & lack there of...

i am passionate (not angry) about both.

i believe the planet earth is the most important key to survival for all living things, and that if more folks took time to invest their energy/money/resources into protecting it and nurturing it without abusing and destroying it for a few dollars, we'd all be in better condition mentally/physically/emotionally/culturally and "spiritually"...yes i said "spiritually" nat. not in the sense of any "god" but the sense that our "spirits/attitudes/outlook would be elevated to a higher level!

i "worship" the earth and all the lil critters that must put up with mankinds lack of care and concern for their right to exist without being abused/killed/eradicated to make the human life "easier" or "more convenient."

if any and all "gods"/believers wanna condemn me to an "afterlife" of pain and suffering for my beliefs and passions...that's fine...this life has exposed me to plenty of unecessary killing/anger/violence to be prepared for it!

but...i'm certain i have done the right thing in my life and that i have brought more good to this planet than bad...and i will continue to fight the good fight for all...even you...and i mean that without sarcasm.

we do not "inherit the earth from our grandparents, we borrow it from the children of the future."...i'd like to know that i did all i could to return it to them in better condition than i found it...eventhough it's likely a losing battle, i'll keep up the fight and err on the right side of history!

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corgimom 05/07/10 - 12:19 am
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"If we'd get back to

"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."

So does that mean when hellfire and brimstone were preached- which they still are, by the way, I don't know why you think they aren't- things were perfect?

And who are all these intimidated Christians? I've never felt intimidated as a Christian, why would I?

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TheFederalist 05/07/10 - 12:34 am
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Wow...it's just fine for the

Wow...it's just fine for the government to tax us all to hades and back, tell us what we can buy, and where, and when. It's just hunky that the government can dictate that we MUST buy health insurance, and from whom. They can chip away at the constitution, and erode our freedoms, and seldom is a word said. However, when they have a national day of prayer, that has existed in peace since 1952, then all hell breaks loose. Pathetic.... PC running amuck....the inmates are now running the asylum.

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