Winston Churchill – The British Bulldog ~ “Darkest Hour”…..

…..AN EXCELLANT MOVIE

The Nazis were running roughshod over Europe, and the swastika was flying over Poland, Austria, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, and as the movie commenced, the Huns were taking over France.  England was next, as Adolf Hitler was planning on attacking Great Britain via Operation Sea Lion.  The feckless and anemic Neville Chamberlain was Prime Minister in England, and recently made a peace treaty with Adolf Hitler.  Bizarre circumstances catapulted Winston Churchill into the position as Prime Minister of England, replacing Neville Chamberlain.

Neville Chamberlain and Lord Halifax (Lord Halifax tried to negotiate peace with the Nazis-  Lord Halifax, Britain’s Foreign Secretary at the outbreak of the Second World War, secretly met with an Old Etonian who tried to broker a peace deal with the Nazis, according to newly-declassified security files) immediately attempted to wrest the position of Prime Minister away from Churchill and back into their own hands.  They nearly succeeded, and if the good Lord did not have His hand upon Churchill, they would have pulled it off.  Churchill had no help from the United States of America, as he called Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and he said his hands were tied, as the U.S.A. was not about to enter the war at that time.  (May, 1940)  The British Parliament did not support Churchill’s aggressive stance, as England had absolutely no military power to stack up against the Nazis.  The movie progresses, revealing Churchill’s lonely position.  He slept very little and fretted over the fate of England.  He ended up on the British underground subway one day and jawed with about half a dozen Brits, and they were unanimous to “NOT GIVE IN TO HITLER AND THE NAZIS.”  He wrote their names on the inside cover of a book of matches and read their names and opinions when he spoke to the British Parliament.  They changed their tune immediately and realized that there are some causes that are greater than life itself.  They did not see the swastika flying over Westminster as an option they could live with.  Winston Churchill was responsible for saving thousands of British troops from becoming surrounded and slaughtered in France, as every civilian sea going vessel available, went to Dunkirk and brought them home from France to England.  God raises great men in the darkest hours.  Abraham Lincoln rescued America in our darkest hour, and the Lord took him home immediately after the Civil War.  Winston Churchill saved England, and galvanized the allies in Europe’s darkest hour, and at the close of World War II, he was immediately ousted from office.   Blessings, Pastor Steve <>< 

Winston Churchill quotes - a pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty

The following is the end of a speech from the BBC, given June 18, 1940:

…What General Weygand called the Battle of France is over. I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. Upon it depends our own British life, and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this Island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, “This was their finest hour.”

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Key The Following Link For Great Quotations From This Giant Of A Man:

https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/winston_churchill

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We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender. Winston Churchill

An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. Winston Churchill

I’m just preparing my impromptu remarks. Winston Churchill

Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential. Winston Churchill

If you are going through hell, keep going.  Winston Churchill

Never, never, never give up.  Winston Churchill

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. Winston Churchill

Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it.  Winston Churchill

My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me. Winston Churchill

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Times Of Completion ~ Our Daily Bread ~ December 30, 2017

The Christian life is continually full of challenges, and if you are anything like me, you may “camp out” more so on our continual battles rather than celebrate the victories.  Here is a beautiful scripture that will keep things in perspective:

 Psalm 126:5-6  King James Version (KJV)
5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

Take inventory about the blessings and success the Lord has already given you, and focus on further faithful service in the year to come.  At the threshold of this new year, let it be Christian Priority Check 101.  Enjoy the following year ending devotional on this theme from Our Daily Bread devotional.  Happy New Year!  Pastor Steve

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Times of Completion
December 30, 2017

Read: Acts 14:21–28
Bible in a Year: Zechariah 13–14; Revelation 21

They sailed back to Antioch, where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work they had now completed.—Acts 14:26
At the end of the year, the burden of uncompleted tasks can weigh us down. Responsibilities at home and work may seem never-ending, and those unfinished today roll into tomorrow. But there are times in our journey of faith when we should pause and celebrate God’s faithfulness and the tasks completed.
After the first missionary journey of Paul and Barnabas, “they sailed back to Antioch, where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work they had now completed” (Acts 14:26). While much work remained in sharing the message of Jesus with others, they took time to give thanks for what had been done. “They gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles” (v. 27).
What has God done through you during the past year? How has He opened the door of faith for someone you know and love? In ways we can’t imagine, He is at work through us in tasks that may seem insignificant or incomplete.
When we feel painfully aware of our unfinished tasks in serving the Lord, let’s not forget to give thanks for the ways He has worked through us. Rejoicing over what God has done by His grace sets the stage for what is to come! —David C. McCasland

Lord, as this year comes to a close, we give thanks for all You have accomplished in and through us. By Your grace, lift our eyes to see what is to come!
God is always at work in and through us.

INSIGHT: This inaugural missionary journey of Paul and Barnabas covered nearly 900 miles, much of it on foot. At first the duo met primarily with Jewish audiences. In the synagogue at Pisidian Antioch (in modern-day Turkey) Paul appealed to the Jewish heritage of his hearers. He outlined Israel’s history and clearly showed how it culminated in the coming of Jesus Christ (Acts 13:13-41). Paul’s biblical preaching so intrigued his listeners that they invited him back the following Sabbath.
So many people returned to hear him the next week that it set off a jealous reaction among some influential Jews in Antioch (v. 45). This didn’t appear to faze Paul and Barnabas, who simply turned to the Gentiles who were present and quoted Isaiah 49:6 to them: “I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.” The church grew. The opposition Paul and Barnabas faced merely resulted in the expansion of the gospel message and contributed to the overall success of their missionary journey. Tim Gustafson

Three Ways Lottie Moon’s Calling Was Centered in Christ

Southern Baptist International Mission Board (IMB) Lottie Moon Christmas Offering Is Collected Throughout December.  The Following Article Reveals Lottie’s Great Heart For Christ:

Three Ways Lottie Moon’s Calling Was Centered in Christ
Daniel Slott | December 13, 2017
Given what I know about Lottie Moon from reading her missionary letters and seeing her through the eyes of historians, it’s safe to say she wouldn’t like being the focus of this article, but I think she would agree with what it says. Hopefully . . .
Lottie Moon is most famously associated with the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering® (LMCO), an offering that she helped start by sending letters from China to her constituents in the States. Her challenging words and inspiring message paved the way for a special offering collected in December that funded the appointment of new missionaries.
But it was not just her words that affected change; it was that coupled with her example—a life fully devoted to Christ. As I study the life and ministry of Moon, I see three primary motivations that drove her with Christ-centered passion.

Calling to Christ, Not Self
Lottie was raised in a life of privilege. She was well educated, excelled in academia, and was acutely aware of the challenges women faced, especially on the mission field. When she received her call to foreign missions at the age of thirty-one, she knew the difficulties she would encounter as a single woman on the field.
She was not opposed to marriage, but she also would not let her singleness stop her from faithfully following her calling. Her relationship with a former Baptist professor, Crawford Toy, is well documented, but there were two things about a relationship with Toy that caused conflict: calling and theology. It’s rumored that Toy sought appointment as a missionary to Japan at one point. Moon, discerning God’s clear focus for her to serve in China, did not oblige.
Furthermore, and more importantly, was Toy’s leaning towards liberal theology. Moon, the strong-willed, conviction-led woman that she was, could not reconcile Toy’s stance on evolution with the veracity of Scripture. She chose faithfulness to God’s Word over matrimony. When asked if she had ever experienced romance, Moon replied, “Yes, but God had first claim on my life, and since the two conflicted, there could be no question about the result.”
“She trusted God’s sovereignty, knowing the God who calls men and women to the mission field is the same God who brings a husband and wife together.”
Moon didn’t see singleness as a detriment to the work. She trusted God’s sovereignty, knowing the God who calls men and women to the mission field is the same God who brings a husband and wife together. Instead of forcing something she desired, she trusted God and sought to be used by him where she was. On July 7, 1873, Moon was appointed as a single missionary to China at the age of thirty-three.

A Calling to Christ, Not Comfort
Moon’s first few years in China were rough, but nothing compared to the hardship that would come. Even during the first Sino-Japanese War (1895), Moon would make regular trips to rural areas to share the gospel, learning that evangelism was the work she came to love. Believing she could have a greater impact to share Christ, she gave up access to Western comforts in urban China to move inland, where she was likely the first foreigner with whom the locals had ever interacted. There, she engaged in pioneer evangelism—sharing the gospel with people who have never heard it before. It was a bold move for a single woman at that time.
She took on the living habits of the local culture—another revolutionary move—by wearing Chinese robes and leading a simple life. After a while, the insults of “foreign devil woman” began to fade, and she was accepted as the “Heavenly Book Visitor” who “loved us.”
“She was driven by the joy of knowing she was fulfilling God’s purpose on her life.”
She had every opportunity to eradicate hardship by withdrawing from the field and returning home, but that was not God’s call on her life. Instead, she doubled-down, by God’s grace, and gave away all she had to tend to the physical and spiritual needs of the people. She was driven by the joy of knowing she was fulfilling God’s purpose on her life, saying “Surely there can be no deeper joy than that of saving souls.”

A Calling to Christ, Not Fame
Lottie was laser focused on the spiritual needs of the people, not on the circulation of her name. If she would have had a Twitter handle, her constituents in the States would have woken every morning to a feed lit up by requests on behalf of the people she served. Her focus was on others, not herself.
Her goal was action, not popularity, unless it meant the renown of Christ. This type of sacrificial giving was lived out daily in a context that most of us will never understand. She faced poverty and hardship at every turn, and it was Christ who sustained her.
She was motivated by a God-centered, God-given, and God-inflamed passion to name Christ where he had not been named. Her charge to the church was not “come and be like me,” it was a charge to remember the sacrifice of Christ who “paid it all.”
Lottie knew she had been saved by the grace of God and that her life was not her own. Her calling and motivation was centered in Christ. She was driven by her love for Christ and a passion to see his name known. For thirty-nine years, laboring in China, Lottie embodied the spirit of LMCO—Christ-centered sacrifice that fuels the work of missions.

Daniel Slott is an IMB training strategist in East Asia where he serves on the student strategies team developing training for student and young adult missionaries. He is the author of The Christ-Centered Life: 31 Discipleship Letters Explaining How the Gospel Shapes Foundational Christian Practices, Values, and Beliefs to Be Centered in Christ. You can find him on Twitter @DanielSlott and the East Asia student team @eastudent.

Atheists Demand Texas High School Remove Christian Flag, So Students Respond by Flying Their Own

October 26, 2017

Students at an East Texas high school have responded to an atheist group’s demands that the school remove a Christian flag by bringing their own Christian flags to fly on school grounds.
Many in the community of Larue, Texas, are speaking out against the nation’s leading secularist legal organization, Freedom From Religion Foundation, after it sent a letter to the Superintendent James Young of LaPoynor Independent School District on Oct. 11 to demand that LaPoynor High School stop flying a Christian flag alongside the United States and Texas flags in front of the school.
FFRF attorney Sam Grover wrote in the letter that FFRF was contacted by a former student following the school’s participation in the annual “See You at the Pole” event on Sept. 27.
Grover argued that the flying of a Christian flag could be considered a school endorsement of Christianity and a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Local news station KETK reported that a small group of students responded to FFRF’s demands by flying three large Christian flags from the back of pickup trucks parked in the school’s parking lot on Wednesday.
A photo was posted to Facebook by community member Danielle Reichert-Davis.
“So you didn’t like the one flag we had flying, how about three more,” Reichert-Davis wrote in her Facebook post. “We have a great group of kids I tell you what.”
One student told the local NBC affiliate that he even drilled a hole in his truck’s tailgate to be able to fly the flag.
“This is our way of life for me and everybody around here,” high school junior Gunner Gracey told KETK.
Student Dawson Turner told KETK she doesn’t believe the Christian flag should be taken down. Fellow junior Jared Sanchez told the local NBC affiliate that although FFRF is going to try to remove the Christian flag, “we’re going to fight for it.”
Holley Franklin, a LaPoynor High School parent and former student, told KETK that she went to school at LaPoynor from kindergarten through 12th grade and asserted that “Jesus has always been alive and well here.”

“If God is challenged, He is up for the challenge and God is going to win,” parent Shaine Snyder told the news outlet.
According to KETK, the school district issued a statement explaining that it’s in the “process of reviewing the concerns addressed in the correspondence and will take any action deemed necessary.”
Grover argued in his letter that “a majority of federal courts has held displays of Latin crosses by government entities to be unconstitutional.”
“As the Supreme Court explained, ‘school sponsorship of a religious message is impermissible because it sends the ancillary message to members of the audience who are non-adherents that they are outsiders, not full members of the political community,’” Grover wrote.
Reported by: Christian Post.com

A Pastor’s Memoirs And Journal On Personal Brokenness And Suffering

Below is a pastor’s personal testimony about suffering, sacrifice and brokenness in the ministry.  It is his story from the school of hard knocks and his autobiography.  In order to grow into Christlikeness, suffering is not an option, it comes with the turf.  As we grow in the image of Jesus, we count the “fellowship of His suffering” as gain.  Blessings, Pastor Steve  <><

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Written by a dear pastor and friend who chooses to remain anonymous:

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is found in the book of Isaiah 66, verses 1 and 2:

1 “Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?
2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.”

As I attempt to write this essay on the subject of broken things, I write from the perspective of one who ministers to those who have been broken; and in this exchange, those who have been hurt can often hurt those who are trying to help them.  As one who has spent the majority of my life thus far in the ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I can tell you at times, sheep will bite the hands that feed them.

During times of conflict or even confrontation, I must remind myself of the words of Christ when He Himself said:  “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”  Luke 23:34  Those who answer the high calling of God to minister to the broken must also be broken themselves.  I am not implying that the ministry is to be depressing or desponding, but the man of God is also not to present himself as a Lord over God’s heritage, as one who is puffed up, arrogant, or proud, but we are reminded of this command by the half brother of our Lord.  James, who shared the same mother as that of Immanuel, instead chose to identify himself as a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ…  [James 1:1]  He continued to remind us of the necessity of humility and brokenness in James 4:6  “But He giveth more grace, Wherefore He saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble.”  I personally have had to guard from allowing others to exalt myself to something greater than I am.  I have had to decline offers of pastor’s parking in the front of a new building addition we built on our church property in Punta Gorda – I chose rather to suggest we use that spot for visitors.  I also had to respectfully decline for a church in Jacksonville to hang a large picture of my wife and I in the foyer of our church, so the first thing the visitors and members would see would be me.  I plainly told them if you want to hang a picture of anyone, hang a picture of Jesus there.

However, just as a minister must know how to guard himself from being exalted by those he leads through the service of the Lord, a minister must also know how to conduct himself in the times of brokenness and injury from those he is trying to love.  Often times a pastor can find himself in the middle of a conflict or dispute that truly has nothing to do with himself.  I recently found myself trying to bring peace between two families within my congregation who are united by a marriage that neither family wanted.

I find myself very often claiming the promise found in the humble brother of our Lord who was known for his knees that were as a camel, when he declared:  “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him.”  [James 1:5]  I have stood on this promise through prayer in every one of the five churches where I have been blessed to serve as their pastor.  During times of great difficulty and brokenness I have asked our precious Father to anoint me with this wisdom that He promised to give to those who ask him.  In the early years of my pastoral ministry, I had to depend on the Lord to guide me through traditional divides, and try to include members and leaders who we in times past would not use.  This included faithful members who had been divorced and remarried before I was even born.  I also had the blessing to allow our wonderful female members the ability to have a voice in business matters whereas for decades before they were not allowed.  I also had the lot to fall upon me to allow the incorporation of newer praise and worship music like Hillsong’s “Shout to the Lord,” and Jack Hayford’s “Majesty,” to a congregation who prided themselves in holding solely to the standard of the hymnal.

I will never forget when one of our members who himself was a retired senior pastor, who I greatly admired in my childhood, sat before me and told me that because of my going against his traditions, he could make it happen that I would never pastor again, and furthermore he could make it to where I would lose my home, and my wife and young daughter would be homeless.  I could not believe my ears, but instead of mistreating this man who was old enough to be my grandfather, I chose to continue to show him respect and honor.  The old retired pastor watched as the small church that he had founded in Brooksville, Florida, next to a junk yard and across the street from a crack house, had gone from an attendance of eighteen on our first Sunday to one hundred and sixty six, when we left to go to Fort Myers five years later.  Even after we left, I continued to love him and his wife, even inviting him to preach in various churches that I pastored throughout the state.  I will never forget shortly before he passed away and years after I left Brooksville, this once pastor of pastors, and leader of leaders, came to me with tears in his eyes at our International Assembly in North Carolina, and asked me to officiate his funeral when he died.  Several months later I stood before this man, who had built many church buildings and pastored many churches, and was able to lift up a life, that he too, had to go through a period of brokenness as the Lord lovingly allowed a change in his heart to guide him from the traditions of the past to the truth we find in Malachi 4:6  “And He shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers….”  I will forever be grateful for the lessons I have learned in times of BROKENNESS.

From Voice Of The Martyrs…

This pastor is prepared for persecution.

Until His Last Breath
Jatya, a pastor in southern India, is happy to show visitors one of his prized possessions. It’s a manila envelope stuffed with old newspaper clippings. The fading pages recount Jatya’s walk of faith through eight separate instances of persecution.

The first clip dates to 1992, when police ordered Jatya to stop sharing Christ with villagers. After he refused to sign a police document, they broke all his fingers. Three years later, he was beaten and thrown in jail for a week. Another time, a Hindu neighbor beat Jatya with a bicycle chain.

After each instance of persecution, Jatya’s response was the same: he grabbed his Bible and went back to work telling others in his village about Christ. After all, he reasoned, everyone needs to hear the Good News!

Give to Help Persecuted Christians

Jatya’s most recent brush with persecution came after he shared the gospel with a young man in his village. An angry mob of radical Hindus surrounded Jatya and beat him until he lost consciousness. VOM paid for his medical treatment after the incident.

For Jatya, the beating wasn’t the important thing about the incident. The most important part of the story, he says, is that the young man became a believer in Jesus! Jatya said he hopes that someday he’ll meet each member of the mob that beat him so he can share Christ with them.

When asked if he was worried about the next time he faces persecution, Jatya quoted 2 Timothy 1:7 — “God has not given us a spirit of fear. …”

“Until my last breath,” Jatya says, “I want to serve and live my life for Jesus.”

Brokenness And Suffering Lead To Spiritual Growth And Victories

Jesus’ body was broken, leading to our salvation.  A roof was broken where Jesus was speaking, so a man could be healed.  A vase was broken, so Jesus could be anointed with perfume, prior to His crucifixion and burial.  Broken pitchers allowed for lights to shine, and for Gideon’s army to defeat the enemy.  Simon Peter’s fleshly pride was broken, leading to him to become the first great leader of the Christian church.

During the recent hurricane Irma in Florida, many trees were broken, leading people to help one another.  In a fashion similar to snow storms up north, hurricanes allow otherwise busy neighbors to converse and get to know one another, as they often assist each other with repair and clean up jobs.  I shared my faith and invited folks to church, who I may not have even met if not for hurricane Irma.  The Lord works in ways strange to us.  Yes, there is spiritual growth and victories through brokenness.

Note – Exactly thirteen years ago in September, 2004, Hurricane Ivan was churning up the Gulf of Mexico parallel to the west coast of Florida.  I stood in line for wood at Home Depot for the windows of our house.  I had no way to get the four by eights home, since I drove our Saturn SL sedan.  (I took our sedan by faith, not by sight).  The folks next to me in line had a pick up truck and took my seven panels home for me.  Then they attended our church the following Sunday.  Again, and again, and again, the Lord works through adversity, trials and brokenness.

Blessings, Pastor Steve   <><

We Can Discern A Physical Storming Coming…

…But Can We Observe A Spiritual Storm Brewing?

Matthew 16:3  King James Version (KJV)
3 And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?

This powerful scripture is beautifully congruent with:

Red sky at night, a sailor’s delight,

Red sky in the morning, sailor take warning.

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We like to watch the weather forecasts and plan our days accordingly.  But how many of us plan for the dark spiritual days that lie ahead?  We see the storm clouds gathering, and our Lord points out that it is time to think and prepare for that future, faithfully sharing our faith, rather than to worry about temporal things.  Let’s make sure that we put first things first!    -G. Frear

The Lord of all has shown His plan, Unto each faithful one, Who leaves behind worldly things, As soldiers for His Son.

-Author Unknown

Vice President Mike Pence, Franklin Graham, Samaritan’s Purse, Chaplains, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and Countless Volunteers Assist the Victims of Hurricane Harvey

HURRICANE HARVEY UPDATE

VP Mike Pence Rolls Up Sleeves Alongside Franklin Graham to Help Harvey Victims
Thank you for your support and prayers over the past week as Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains have been ministering at evacuation centers and homes throughout southeast Texas.

The chaplains were joined by Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence on Thursday in Rockport. They met with Franklin Graham, prayed for the people of Texas and lent a helping hand after one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history.

We thank you again for the prayers and support you have already given as chaplains have shared the love and compassion of Christ in Texas.

PHOTOS: Chaplains Offer Hope to Texas Evacuees and Residents
Since the hurricane swept over the Gulf Coast, Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains have been there to offer emotional and spiritual care to people who are suffering.

These photos will give you a glimpse into the powerful ministry God is orchestrating throughout Texas.

Franklin Graham addressing a group of people outside a damaged church in Rockport, Texas.  “We need Christian men and women willing to come to south Texas to help us. There’s so much need down here,” he said.

Chaplains Deliver Desperately Needed Hope to Southeast Texas
By BGEA   •   August 30, 2017

Crisis-trained chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team arrived in Texas not long after Hurricane Harvey hit. Chaplains are now ministering in Victoria, Dallas, Houston and Rockport, Texas, with more sites to be added.

Franklin Graham visited some of the hardest-hit areas of Texas on Thursday. He paused to pray with a Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplain who has been ministering to residents

Chaplains are delivering emotional and spiritual care alongside Samaritan’s Purse volunteers in Victoria, which is located between Corpus Christi and Houston. Help send chaplains into disaster zones to offer hope in crisis.

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team shares the hope of Christ during times of crisis. “We see this as an opportunity to demonstrate God’s love and care for people, for them to know that God hasn’t forgotten them,” said Jack Munday, international director of the RRT.

Vice President Mike Pence, along with his wife and second lady Karen Pence, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, visited families impacted by the disaster.

Gov. Abbott also signed a proclamation declaring Sunday (Sept. 3) a day of prayer in Texas. “As we gather today here at this church, it’s important that we remember that the greatest power that exists is the power of God and the way that God can touch and move all of our lives,” he said.

Franklin Graham spent time with Texas residents and the chaplains who have been ministering to them.

Flood rescues after Harvey have been intense and ongoing as floodwaters recede.

An estimated 30,000 to 40,000 homes have been destroyed in the Houston area alone.

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplain David Barlow shares a smile with firefighters in Victoria.  (see photo above) Often, first responders are deeply affected by the work they’re called to do in times of crisis. Continue to pray for these men and women on duty across Texas.

With Samaritan’s Purse volunteers working in the background, chaplains take a moment to pray with a homeowner affected by Harvey in Victoria, Texas.  (see above)

A week after Hurricane Harvey crashed into Texas, more than 1 million residents are displaced.

Police and emergency personnel are working around the clock to rescue flood victims. Large pockets of land are still underwater across the state.

A 9-year-old reads from the Bible (picture above) as a chaplain listens inside a home. Officials say thousands of people are still stranded in their flooded homes and officials are asking residents to be patient as they wait to be rescued.

Chaplains circle up to pray while visiting the home of residents affected by Hurricane Harvey.  (picture above)

Though they’ve been displaced twice from hurricanes, this family remained joyful in the hope of Christ. “But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you.” —Psalm 5:11, ESV

Hurricane Harvey, now a tropical storm, has set a record for total rainfall from a single tropical cyclone in the continental United States, according to the National Weather Service. Two weather stations in the Lone Star State have reported total rainfall over 48 inches.

On Wednesday, the tropical storm continued to pound the Gulf Coast with torrential rains, flooding and strong winds. The full force of the storm’s impact has begun shifting to western Louisiana.

Rapid Response Team chaplain Mike Mattingly comforts and prays for Felix Cavazos, a victim of Hurricane Harvey.

Hundreds of chaplains are standing by to deploy in multiple sites across Texas. Will you keep the people of Texas in your prayers?

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After installing the above article, it was learned that President Donald Trump declared Sunday, September 3, 2017, to be a National Day of Prayer for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.  How timely, how appropriate and how refreshing.  What a beautiful contrast to the previous administration who ignored the One True God of the universe, through cancelling the National Day of Prayer and annually holding Ramadan in the White House.  May the Lord bless Donald Trump.

Pray For Revival In America!