We Need Your Prayers

“We need your prayers,” she told Kelly, speaking for her hometown. “It looks pretty disastrous for myself, my neighbors and everyone in that area of Nashville.”

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(Via Fox News) Country music singer Julie Roberts said the devastation from flooding in her hometown of Nashville, Tenn. is “horrifying.”

In an exclusive interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly on Monday, Roberts said she had to be rescued from the second story of her home with her mother, sister and four dogs.

“It was crazy and horrifying,” she said. “Rescue boats were coming by for hours.” Officials evacuated the sick and elderly first, and then came back for others like herself, she said.The last time she saw the family’s three cars, they were all floating down the street, Roberts added.

Roberts said the water had been rising incredibly fast in her home, going from her feet to her chest in a matter of hours while she was still on the first floor.

“We need your prayers,” she told Kelly, speaking for her hometown. “It looks pretty disastrous for myself, my neighbors and everyone in that area of Nashville.”

Roberts, 31, is known for hit country singles including “Break Down Here” and “Men & Mascara.”

You can get involved and help answer the prayers of the victims of this weekend’s flood in Nashville. Go HERE to see a few ways you can help!

Hell in Haiti

notre-dame-child-1This is the rock on which I will put together my church, a church so expansive with energy that not even the gates of hell will be able to keep it out. Matthew 16:18 MSG

When you write something, the opening sentence is important. The truth is, I don’t know what to say. There are so many words rambling around in my head, I don’t know where to start. I think I’ve grown from brokenhearted for the Haitian people to frustrated. Several people have made the comment that its strange so much attention is just now being put on the Haiti, when they’ve lived in extreme poverty for many, many years. To some degree I would agree, but the fact is, there have been many Christian and non-profit groups in the country for years, and they have brought attention to Haiti and other poor countries for a long time.

I have no better words to describe the things that I’ve been seeing and hearing other than “Hell in Haiti” – Can it be anything else?

I’ve been following Shaun King (Pastor of Courageous Church in Atlanta) and his efforts to raise awareness on the Haiti situation, mobilize teams, raise money, send supplies, etc. through Twitter and his BLOG. I’ve heard chatter from Shaun and others about the Foyer Notre Dame Nativite Orphanage for DAYS. Pleading for help for the children trapped in the rubble and those who were displaced by the destruction of their home. Nothing. No help. Just cries for help…literally. 56 babies cried for at least 5 days trapped in the orphanage. The people in this part of the city didn’t have the tools to dig and to cut through the rubble. The cries equally filled the air through Facebook and Twitter. Help these children. Trapped, broken bodies, hungry and needing aid.

Have you ever heard someone say, “What could I have done to change things?” “What could I have done to make the outcome change?” – If your neighbor was brutally murdered by her husband, you may ponder whether you saw warning signs or not, or if you should have acted on the thoughts about him abusing her. But, in sitting neutral, something bad happened. I wonder what could have been for those children; 56 of them and one of their caretakers took their last breathe in that rubble. They were alive for days, what could I have done? What could you have done? Its frustrating at best to know that no one moved in 5 days.

Shaun King, Spencer Nix, and others finally got the attention of Alyssa Milano (Who’s the Boss, Commando, Charmed), now an Ambassador for UNICEF, through her Twitter account and the attention of Fox News reporter, Adam Housley, on his Twitter account. Alyssa got word to UNICEF to get a relief team to the area and Adam and his film crew went to the Orphanage the next morning. Read Adam’s story HERE or watch his video report HERE (I highly recommend you read and watch the reports). When Adam arrived a team from UNICEF and World Vision were just arriving to bring aid to the ravished daycare and its survivors.

70+ Children are still displaced. Their homes are now on a tarp in the grass. Their food, a brown gravy-like Porridge. I watch these stories feeling handcuffed that maybe there was something I could have done, if I were only there, but facing the reality that at this time I cannot be there. So right now, I’m just a guy with a computer, doing what I can to tweet and blog and update those I have connections with about the Hell that Haitians are living in. I’m doing what I can to call the church to rise up and live out the hope that we claim we have. Jesus said that Hell cannot prevail against His church. We have the solution. The Government proves over and over they are incompetent to offer the total solution. The church can respond quicker and more efficiently than any organization around. If you claim to follow Christ, now is the time to step your game up, and do WHATEVER is in your grasp to bring help to these Haitians who are in distress (James 1:27) – Unfortunately it doesn’t stop in Haiti, but they are in the most dire need at the moment.

HERE’s a list of organizations that you can partner with. Many of these have been on the ground in Haiti way before the earthquake struck. Can you give $5? Do it. Can you bug people through your social networks to get involved? Do it. Whatever is in your power. Do it.

Helping Haiti (UPDATED)

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As I was driving into the office this morning, I turned on Bill Bennett’s morning show (Morning in America) to try and get an idea about what was taking place in Haiti, either through his program or through the news. As many of you have already heard, Haiti was devastated by a 7.0 magnitude Earthquake, which is being described as a ‘total disaster‘ where hospitals and other buildings have completely collapsed and the death toll is expected to be high. If you are looking to donate towards relief efforts in Haiti, Bill recommended the Organization “Food for the Poor” – This organization is already doing a lot to help the people of Haiti, they’ve currently got missionaries in the area and they have an office and feeding center in the region as well. They’ve released a press release/report from their people in the field describing the situation, HERE. CLICK HERE to go to their site or CLICK HERE to go directly to their donation page.

Other Organizations I Recommend Supporting for Haiti Relief:

Choose an organization, get involved, and make a difference in the Haitian’s lives.

Where Have All the Christians Gone?

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I just read an article on Fox by Ben Feiler that was talking about the decline of Christianity in America. The article does not spend all of its time pointing out the downfall of Christianity in America, but also points out some of the solutions to the problem based on their study. Here are a few of the issues or wake-up calls that arose from the study:

First, catering to older believers is a recipe for failure; younger Americans are tuning out.

Second, Americans are interested in God, but they don’t think existing institutions are helping them draw closer to God.

Finally, Americans’ interest in religion has not always been stable. It dipped following the Revolution and again following Civil War. In both cases it rebounded because religious institutions adapted and found new ways of relating to everyday Americans.

Go read the entire article HERE and then come back and Join the Conversation.

What do you see as the biggest decline in the church? Where is the biggest disconnect between the church & everyday Americans?

What’s the solution?

Sargent Jerrod Fields: A Real American Hero

I saw this video on Foxnews.com, and had to post it. Sargent Jerrod Fields’ story is amazing. Not only is this soldier a real American hero, he is persistent and has been steadfast through many obstacles in hims personal life. Watch the video about his endeavor to participate in the Paralympic games …I love Brian’s comment about the Super Bowl ring at the end:

Horrible Accident

When I saw this image on the front page of foxnews.com today, my jaw just dropped in shock. All we can do is pray for those who are injured and for the family of the one who has died, here is the story…

A car driven by an alleged drunken driver plowed into a bicycle race along a highway near the U.S.-Mexico border Sunday, killing one cyclist and injuring 10 others. More

Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — It seemed like an almost literal answer to their prayers. When two New Zealand pilots ran out of fuel in a microlight airplane they offered prayers and were able to make an emergency landing in a field — coming to rest right next to a sign reading, “Jesus is Lord.” [Read Entire Article]

When is the last time God answered a prayer for you, and it was as obvious as Him putting a sign right in front of your face? Share…

Teen Kicked Out of Church

How would you handle this situation? – What do you think should be done?

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