Day of Prayer speakers say America has forgotten God

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America has forgotten God, speakers at National Day of Prayer events in Augusta said Thursday.

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People bow their heads during a National Day of Prayer luncheon at Warren Baptist Church in Augusta.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
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People bow their heads during a National Day of Prayer luncheon at Warren Baptist Church in Augusta.

The annual observance invites Americans to pray for their government, churches, military, families, educational systems, media and businesses.

“We have some tremendous problems in America, but none greater than we have forgotten God as a nation,” said the Rev. David McKinley, the pastor of Warren Baptist Church.

The church was one of several in Augusta to hold one the country’s tens of thousands events for the 62nd annual National Day of Prayer.

“Everybody thinks of prayer as a very private and personal thing,” McKinley said during the church’s business ministry lunch series, BreakAway. On Thursday, more than 150 came for a special National Day of Prayer service during the luncheon.

Prayer isn’t just private, McKinley said. The National Day of Prayer grants communities a public opportunity to join together in prayer and revival.

“We came to talk about praying – genuinely praying – for the needs and concerns of our nation,” he said. “My heart is broken for America. Our government is strained in America because our character is stained in America.”

The National Day of Prayer, held on the first Thursday of May, was established in 1952. In Washington, D.C., on Thursday, a national observance was held on Capitol Hill.

Locally, people gathered for early morning breakfasts, lunchtime prayer outside the Aiken Municipal Building, in churches, and for a citywide service at Augusta’s Sacred Heart Cultural Center.

At each, speakers urged prayer for effective leaders, a strong military, honest businesses, and whole families.

David M. Piccolo, Augusta Christian Schools head of schools, has seen first-hand the effects of broken families.

“There’s not a day in my job where I don’t have some meeting regarding a family that is in disarray,” he said Thursday at Warren Baptist.

“In today’s world, what a daunting task it sometimes is to maintain strong, healthy relationships, whether in our immediate family or across the board. So Lord, please, assist us … Lord place in us a thirst for God’s word,” he prayed. “Arm us daily with your wisdom and insight guarding our families and relationships.”

McKinley also urged prayer for families.

“The weaker the family,” he said, “the weaker our nation.”

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grouse
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grouse 05/02/13 - 08:46 pm
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Guess he forgot about that
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Guess he forgot about that Matthew 6:6 thing...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/02/13 - 08:59 pm
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Negativity

I hate to hear such negativity. It's fashionable to talk about how bad the country is even when there are many hard working, God fearing, families with traditional values. I want an optimistic preacher.

willie7
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willie7 05/02/13 - 09:32 pm
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Agree with you
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Agree with you Riverman 1-----I read a story today when people was saying the same thing in 1903.

fedex227
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fedex227 05/02/13 - 11:24 pm
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One nation, under God, indivisible ...
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... in spite of those (professed religious leaders or not) who attempt to divide us.

Jake
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Jake 05/02/13 - 11:36 pm
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Negativity

I guess the more negativity that is preached then the more folks will want to go to the churches that were represented. Butts in the seat will mean more prestige for the hosting churches, not to mention funds. Been that way for years and that is why there are disillusioned people searching for alternatives other than the organized religions. To each their own.

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scoopdedoop64 05/02/13 - 11:52 pm
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Hogwash

Riverman1, usually we are pretty much on the same page with things but I have to disagree with you on this. Things are not good in America. Homosexuality is seen as a good thing to be accepted. Children are being murdered while they are still in their mother's womb. My child has to have my permission and signature before she can take an aspirin at school but she can go buy the abortion pill (plan B) without my consent. There are absolutely no politicians we can trust. Terrorist are blowing off bombs and you think there is nothing to be concerned about. You say you want an optimistic preacher. I take it that you want him to just tell you what you want to hear that God is OK with our sin and there is nothing to worry about. Well, sorry, but I think that is "Hogwash". As a nation we need to come back to God and repent of our sins. God is loving and patient and sent Jesus so that we could have some good news to share. But if we don't accept His Son and turn from our wicked ways how do you think He will heal our land? I feel it is hypocritical for us to ask God to bless American when every action this nation seems to take tells God to "go take a hike". Sorry to get on a rant but I am just one of those pastors like Dr. McKinley who tells it like it is.

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Riverman1 05/03/13 - 04:35 am
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"Terrorist are blowing off

"Terrorist are blowing off bombs and you think there is nothing to be concerned about."

Sorry, Reverend, but I don't believe because Muslim terrorists are setting off bombs in America that we are ungodly. When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor did we think that it was because our society was evil?

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InChristLove 05/03/13 - 05:56 am
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I have to agree with

I have to agree with scoopdedoop. Riverman, America isn't ungodly because Muslim terrorist set off bombs....Muslim terrorist set off bombs because WE have become ungodly.

I don't think this pastor is being negative at all, I think he's being a realist. God's Word has been sugar coated for so long that when it is spoken in truth, it rubs us the wrong way.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/03/13 - 06:08 am
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So many are disillusioned

So many are disillusioned that the only reason the Word of God is preached is to increase church attendance, gather more tithes, and prestige. Not true. This is an illusion held by those who most likely don't attend and have no clue what goes on inside most churches. (IMO)

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LillyfromtheMills 05/03/13 - 06:10 am
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I have to agree also

Well said scoop. And "the weaker the family, the weaker the nation" is so true. God save us all!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/03/13 - 07:58 am
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Lordy Lordy

WE KNOW where our problems are....we know the dangers....we know what neighborhoods are sinking..BUT we are too dang pc brainwashed to ADMIT it.....will the religious leaders tell the truth about it....

The rankings come from a report of the 25 most dangerous neighborhoods released this week by NeighborhoodScout.com. Detroit appears one more time on the list, with a neighborhood in the seventh spot. Four Chicago neighborhoods on the list as well, and most of the others are in cities in the South and Midwest. Many are on the smaller side, like Memphis, Tenn. which has two neighborhoods on the list, and Indianapolis, which has one neighborhood ranked as the 20th most dangerous.

No...no & no.....keep glancing in the other direction & pretend we don't see a thing...geez....

Riverman is right.....IMHO

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 05/03/13 - 09:10 am
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IMHO you are wrong hahaha Gonna go play in the garden. For long I'll been out there Running Bare. Thank you God for my beautiful garden! Y'all have fun!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/03/13 - 09:27 am
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Watch out Lilly

If you are running bare in the garden...well..just don't plant any cactus plants....ouuuchhh...:)

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 05/03/13 - 11:56 am
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No cactus for me and the last time I got caught Running Bear was by Mama and she said you're gonna get arrested and I said not if you don't tell! Hehe -

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rmwhitley 05/03/13 - 06:21 pm
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America has
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become increasingly unGodly since the amoral clinton's were president.

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