These coming weeks will be a turning point for the church in America beginning next Tuesday April 28th. Religious freedom, the first amendment; and free speech are at stake. What can you do? Apply the "Double Edged Sword": Prayer and Action Steps.
The case will be heard on Tuesday April 28th and the decision handed down in early June. This case is the Roe v. Wade of Marriage. The church must not silent and back those who stand for the holy institution of marriage. Where her for such a day as this.
If the decision is against Traditional Marriage and states rights you will see pulpits chained from preaching the Word of God regarding marriage. Fines and imprisonment will be imposed.
This first action step is prayer. Our prayer session will be at the IM-PACT Prayer Center this Sunday evening, April 26 from 4-5pm, and Tuesday Afternoon, April 28 from 11:30am - 1:30pm. (2118 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48103).
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IM-PACT is gearing up for 2 special prayer sessions early next week. We're battling for righteousness to prevail over the redefinition of marriage in our nation.
I'm asking for your help to set the direction of our prayers. Please share one or two prayer points in the comment section below.
This Tuesday April 28, 2015, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether the Constitution allows homosexual couples the right to marry regardless of what individual states decide.
Your comments will help our prayer community hit the mark.
Thank you for your help,
Pastor Mike Byrum
Our prayer session will be at the IM-PACT Prayer Center this Sunday evening, April 26 from 4-5pm, and Tuesday Afternoon, April 28 from 11:30am - 1:30pm. (2118 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48103).
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It is time for You to act, O Lord,
For they have regarded Your law as void.
SPECIAL CALL TO PRAY!
IM-PACT PRAYER CENTER (2118 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. A2, 48103):
1. This Sunday evening, April 26 from 4-5pm.
2. This Tuesday Afternoon, April 28 from 11:30am-1:30pm
Read more about this case:
CNN: Supreme Court to hear gay marriage case April 28 »
USA Today: Gay marriage case to reach Supreme Court April 28 »
David Brody, CBN News Chief Political Correspondent, wrote:
The influential Christian political operative David Lane sent an email newsletter to more than 100,000 evangelical pastors encouraging them to hold prayer services on April 28 when the Supreme Court hears the crucial same-sex marriage case . . .The Supreme Court will decide whether the Constitution allows homosexual couples the right to marry no matter where they reside or whether states have the right to say marriage is only between a man and a woman.
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David Lane's email to 100,000 pastors:
It is time for You to act. We are asking the 100K American Renewal = Project pastors for 2 actions:
1) Preach on Biblical Marriage on Sunday April 26, 2015.
The Apostle Paul calls marriage a “profound mystery.” A man and woman becoming one flesh through marriage is more than a civil contract, it represents “Christ and the Church” (Ephesians 5:22–6:9; Colossians 3:18–4:1).
2) Lead Prayer Services on Tuesday, April 28th, 11:30 AM–1:30 PM in their sanctuaries.
This two-hour window will focus on prayer. We intend to cry for mercy for what we, believers, have allowed to happen to our nation, that was established “For the Glory of God and the advancements of the Christian faith.” (The Mayflower Compact).
The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on same-sex marriage on Tuesday, April 28th. Justice Ginsberg and Justice Kagan even now have performed homosexual marriage ceremonies. Their integrity should insist that they recuse themselves for lack of impartiality; but they are the law. Such secularists lack virtue.
America has become drugged by the cup of Secularism — a false and wicked religion — articulated in the Humanist Manifesto, a creed that denied supernatural relevation, and so the revelation of God in Jesus Christ. The ‘religion’—as it was called in the Humanist Manifesto (1933)—was imposed by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1963, an 8-1 decision, in Abington School District v. Schempp. Lone dissenting Justice Potter Stewart prophesied, “...[the decision to remove the Bible from public schools] led not to true neutrality with respect to religion, but to the establishment of a religion of secularism.”
That proud and tragic decision has given birth to a complete moral breakdown in America, those doing this to our country must be held accountable. The wise Solomon says, “Where there is no revelation the people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction” (Proverbs 29:10). America’s Founders laid the foundation on biblical virtue, His Word. Udo W. Middleman, president of the Francis A. Schaeffer Foundation says, “He has told us in his Word how we should live and order our lives, set our priorities, and what sense to make of being human.” A Christian nation once, America is now ruled by an oligarchy, a majority of nine, representing, “Vice stalking in virtue's garb.”
God defines sin, not the U.S. Supreme Court. Having removed the fixed point in order to judge in 1963, the esteemed Justices, in hubris, decided to challenge God’s rule, God’s throne, and God’s rightful Honor. America is on the verge of learning something that can be learned in no other way—rebellion against God brings consequences. There is no safety in distance from God.
What is the antidote, the counteracting agent, to the foisting of homosexual marriage on a once Christian nation? “In the day of my trouble I will call upon you, for You will answer me.” (Psalm 86:7)
“Our experience confirms us in the belief that Jehovah the living God really does aid those who call upon him, and therefore we pray and mean to pray, not because we are so fascinated by prayer that for its own sake we would continue in it if it proved to be mere folly and superstition, as vain philosophers assert; but because we really, indeed, and of a truth, find it to be a practical and effectual means of obtaining help from God in the hour of need. There can be no reason for praying if there be no expectation of the Lord's answering. ” Charles H. Spurgeon
Why are not the churches of America filled with prayer services, led by senior pastors, asking God for mercy of what we have allowed to a once Christian nation? Who will, by faith, help America's pastors track down the weapons of warfare? Prayer and tears are the Christians weapons of war, very little cannonading and bombardment appears to be occurring in America's sanctuaries today.
- REQUEST -
We are asking the 100K American Renewal Project pastors to lead prayer services on Tuesday, April 28th, 11:30AM–1:30PM, in your sanctuaries. This two-hour window is not sermonizing, but prayer, led by God’s shepherds; Jehovah is not interested in numbers, if it’s you and two others, then God will be honored. We intend to cry for mercy for what we, believers, have allowed to happen to our nation established by our Founders on a spiritual mission, “For the Glory of God and the advancements of the Christian faith.” (The Mayflower Compact)
We need Gideons to stand, and lead prayer services, Tuesday, April 28th, 11:30AM–1:30PM. For those of the flock who cannot attend the prayer service led by the shepherd, please ask that they stop where they are and pray; we need a miracle.
American Renewal Project
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As I was standing in front of the prayer bowl that had been passed from church to church during 40 days of prayer, my thought was, "how can our prayer community continue to intercede for the needs submitted to the prayer bowl. When I met with our co-director, Sara, she had already been praying for through the bowl and listing the requests as she prayed.
So, I thought we could continue to make these requests known before God's throne of grace the rest of this month by posting them.
So here ya go!
The three most requested areas of prayer are for salvation, healing and marriage.
Blood disorders, future, idols,
Homeless, perseverance, human trafficking,
Intercession, officials, surgery,
Addiction, dependence, foster care,
Knowing God deeper,
Marriages, desire, passion,
Those in jail, military, porn,
Gambling, government, singleness,
Disabilities, cancer, children,
Decisions, diabetes, lies,
Patience, wisdom, peace,
Pastors, knees, eyes, depression,
Detroit, guidance, spiritual warfare,
Faith, Israel, neighbors, anger,
Legal issues, dementia, strength,
Teachers, answers, understanding,
Forgiveness, leaders, death,
Provision, surrender, alcohol,
To see loved ones again, mercy,
Renewing, use me and last is to get back in church and serve.
Please comment below and we'd love you to tell us about any answers to prayer.
BY Mike Byrum
Pastor Mike assists in directing IMPACT under the supervision of the Pastors Alliance for County Transformation