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?
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.
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In a day of anemic, insipid, and lukewarm compromisers, praise the Lord there is still one who will not give in to political correctness (PC), or should we say religious correctness (RC). He stands out head and shoulders above the “wanna be loved by everyone” preachers. You can tell a man better through his enemies than through his friends. If you remember Barack Hussein Obama’s two terms as president, you would likewise recall how Obama dissed Franklin Graham from leading on the National Day of Prayer because after 9/11/01, Franklin Graham called Islam an evil religion. Wow! There still is a prophet in America and a balm in Gilead. Pastor Steve <><
Franklin Graham: ‘Politicians Should Stop Saying Islam Is a Religion of Peace’
August 23 2017
Celebrated evangelical preacher Franklin Graham has urged politicians and other world leaders to stop insisting that Islam is a religion of peace, when the exact opposite is true.
In the wake of this week’s deadly attacks by jihadists in Barcelona, Rev. Graham—the son of Billy Graham—tweeted that politicians should stop saying “Islam is a religion of peace”:
In other words, the religious ideology behind Islam itself, rather that the extremism of a given group such as the Islamic State, is often what leads to the violence and terrorism carried out against infidels by Muslims.
In his politically incorrect text, Graham wrote that “we are making a mistake by allowing the operation and spread of the dark and dangerous teachings of Islam.”
“From Bangladesh to Los Angeles, Salafis spread their violent beliefs shielded by the constitutional guarantees of free speech and religious liberty,” Graham writes, citing an article written by former CIA officer Bryan Dean Wright.
The radical beliefs described “aren’t limited to only the Salafis sect,” Graham adds. “While there are millions of Muslims who don’t agree with or participate in the violence of Islam, they can’t leave the religion because their families would be obligated to kill them.”
“Islam reigns in lives through fear and intimidation. I pray that Muslims everywhere will come to know Jesus Christ, the Son of God who loves them and can truly set them free. The Word of God tells us, ‘So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed,’” he wrote.
In 2007, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, then the prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, asserted that Muslims and Christians “do not believe in the same God,” underscoring the differences in doctrine concerning who God is.
Last year, a Jesuit priest urged the western world to open its eyes to the reality of Muslim violence as intrinsic to the nature of Islam itself, rather than its abuse.
Known as an “old-school Jesuit,” Father James V. Schall taught Political Philosophy in the Department of Government at Georgetown University. In his 2016 essay, “Realism and Islam,” Schall insisted that the Muslim religion must be evaluated on its own terms rather than through the lens of the Judeo-Christian West.
Islam’s consistent advocacy of violence, which has been practiced “from its seventh century beginning,” has a purpose, Schall proposes. “This purpose is, ultimately, religious and pious.”
Reported by: Breitbart
The following pictures represent a ministry that lasted for eight decades and reached more people than any other ministry in the history of the Christian Church. Billy Franklin Graham was a fiery preacher during his younger years. Enjoy this walk down memory lane:
Who would ever believe that WikiLeaks and their founder Julian Assange, would provide more reliable information and truth than the 17 United States Intelligence Agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the Department of Homeland Security? It is NOT the rank and file FBI agents and intelligence personnel who are to blame. It is the heads of their respective agencies who are appointees of President Obama. Their jobs have been politicized. Never forget how FBI Director Jim Comey let Hillary Clinton skate when she should have been indicted!
Now it appears that the stories of the Russian hacking into our 2016 presidential elections may have been exaggerated, falsified, or even totally fabricated. There is no proof whatsoever afforded from our intelligence agencies that the hacking from Russia occurred! Julian Assange and WikiLeaks suggest quite the opposite.
Important Note: Vladimir Putin refused to Personna Non Grata (PNG or expel) American Diplomats in Moscow after President Obama did the same to over thirty Russian Diplomats in Washington, D.C. This is not protocol at all. Nations almost always return the favor when their own diplomats are PNGed. Why is this? I believe that Vladimir Putin interprets Barack Obama as a buffoon, a court jester on the world stage. Putin knows that President Obama is politically motivated, and attempting to undermine Trump’s presidency even before his administration begins. We are living in a strange day when the information provided by WikiLeaks is more trustworthy than that of the FBI! Things will change when President Elect Donald Trump drains the swamp (drains the cesspool?). Trump will appoint men of integrity to lead these great Intelligence Agencies. I am looking forward to the Presidential Inauguration on January 20, 2017, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in attendance, and Franklin Graham speaking. Praise the Lord!
Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks in 2006, is permanently living in the embassy of Equador in London, England. His organization has exposed hundreds of thousands of leaks from governments and politicians throughout the world. He is charged with sexual crimes and sought asylum in this embassy, claiming there were no victims to the “crimes,” and that the government in Sweden simply trumped up the charges. Regardless of whether or not the charges are true, WikiLeaks is providing a valuable source of truth in a day of lies and corruption.
Blessings, Pastor Steve
From the Desk of Mike HuckabeeDear Friend:Last Friday I substituted for Sean Hannity on the Fox News Channel, and invited Franklin Graham, Dr. Robert Jeffress and the American Renewal Project’s David Lane to be my guests.We say every four years, “The is the most important election in our lifetime.” This truly is! If Evangelical and Pro-Life Catholic Christians do not register and vote on Election Day, the encroachment of transgender bathrooms by the Obama Administration is only the beginning. Kentucky clerk Kim Davis’ incarceration last September will be only the warmup act. YOU are next!”A word to my pastor friends: Donald Trump used a term last week at the American Renewal Project’s pastors and pews event in Orlando, in association with the repeal of the Johnson Amendment– “Leverage”. Mr. Trump said the Evangelical pastors influence in the public square had been severely damaged since TX Senator Lyndon Johnson wrote and passed the bill — as a reaction to conservative opposition in his run for reelection in 1954.If Evangelical and Pro-Life Catholic Believers stay home on November 8, 2016, like we did in 2012 and 2008, we have only ourselves to blame for the collapse of the Biblical-based culture in America. You, His under-shepherds, must lead the way for the spiritual resurrection of America.No one believes, as Chuck Colson said, that the Kingdom of God is going to arrive on Air Force One. But somebody’s values are going to be represented in the public square, and we must engage the culture with men and women of Issachar who “know the times and know what to do.” (1 Chronicles 12:32)Mike Huckabee
Lord Help This Sin Sick Nation. This Prayer Focuses On The Democratic National Convention (DNC) Meeting This Week In Philadelphia:
|Tell your friends, family, neighbors, and others in your church about this special event. We need the whole country praying for our broken political process and the future of our nation.May God richly bless you—and I look forward to praying with youtomorrow.
“The Lord was moved by prayer for the land.” —2 Samuel, 24:25, NASB
2 Chronicles 7:14 King James Version (KJV)
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Pray For Revival In America!
America has been weighed on the scales and found wanting. And the days of the Republic may be at an end.
This from Franklin Graham, who has a biblical warning for the United States, that Americans could share the fate of the Babylonian empire.
In a recent post on his Facebook page, the son of the legendary evangelist Billy Graham told the story of how the Babylonian king Belshazzar was shown the writing on the wall from God’s hand, telling him his reign was over because he did not honor God.
“What’s the writing on the wall for America? As a nation we are found lacking because of sin and disobedience to God’s Holy Word. We have not honored Him. If we don’t turn back to God, I fear that our end will be near.”
Christian leaders and writers were quick to agree with Graham’s warning.
Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, the bestselling author of “The Harbinger” and “The Mystery of the Shemitah,” said Graham is echoing some of the themes he has talked about for years.
“Sin leads to judgment,” said Cahn. “This law touches not only individuals, but nations and civilizations. To whom much is given, much is required. A nation that has been especially favored with God’s blessings and the revelation of the Word is much more accountable concerning judgment. This applies to America.”
Cahn claimed America was founded out of the pattern of ancient Israel.
“If America ever turns away from God and His ways, the blessings of God will be removed from the land and the judgments that came up on ancient Israel will come upon America,” he said. Cahn argues that is precisely what is happening with “continuing manifestations of judgment” appearing in our time.
“As I have always said, God is in charge of the timing, but as it is now, America is continuing decisively in its descent to judgment,” he concluded.
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Mark Biltz, pastor of El Shaddai Ministries and author of “Blood Moons” and the upcoming “God’s Day Timer: The Believer’s Guide To Divine Appointments,” also argued God is ultimately in control of America’s fate.
“It is said that the one thing we learn from history is that we don’t learn from history!” he exclaimed. “The last 4,000 years of world history are full of the rise and fall of kingdoms.
“Many had their turns at the helm of history. But immorality, how they treated the Jewish people, or both were always the cause of their demise. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel will bring all the kingdoms of this world in subjection to His leadership. He will put an end not only to America’s dominance but an end to every kingdom as He sets up His rule.”
Several commentators said Christians must avoid the temptation of seeking redemption through secular politics.
Bill Cloud, author of “Esau Rising,” said Christians have a special responsibility to look to God rather than any political leader.
“I know we are in the heat of this political cycle and there are a lot of Christians who think that if we just get the right guy in office then somehow all of our problems will be solved,” said Cloud. “Well, I don’t think that any person, any party or philosophy is going to save the nation. Scripturally, it says that if the land is to be healed, what has to happen is that God’s people have to humble themselves, seek His face, pray, and turn from their wicked ways. And so initially it’s upon the Christians. The responsibility is upon the Christians to turn back to God in repentance and humility and to forsake our sins. Then we see these other things begin to fall in place. Then you’ll see a spiritual renewal take place throughout the nation.”
Last month, Graham made similar comments, saying he had zero hope in the Republican Party and saying he only had faith in God.
Carl Gallups, a pastor, talk show host and author of several books including “Be Thou Prepared,” said America has lost sight of its Christian foundation.
“From the earliest writings of many of our founding fathers to later declarations of presidents, the Supreme Court, and various national officials – the Christian heritage and foundation of our nation’s principles are indisputable,” he told WND. “It is precisely because of our Christian heritage that other religions of the world are free to lawfully exercise their faith – or even to hold no faith at all – without government penalty. It was a brilliant and godly plan. The institution of that plan brought the world the most unique and blessed nation the world has ever known since ancient Israel.
“We have turned so far from those founding principles. Unless America (beginning in its pulpits and pews and thus influencing the halls of government) repents and turns back to our foundation of Godly heritage – we will simply go the way of every other secular and godless empire of ages past.”
Cheryl Chumley, author of “The Devil in DC” and a WND staff writer, said temporal politics do matter. Ultimately, however, she agreed spiritual devotion is more important.
“It’s great that so much interest has been generated among the constituency over this current primary season,” she said. “And it’s great that Republican candidates are rousing conservatives, and particularly evangelicals, from their slumber of the past two presidential races, when many stayed home instead of voting. But we have to remember our nation, based on Judeo-Christian principles, isn’t one where government is the be-all and end-all of fixing what ails. America’s greatness is tied to the realization individual rights come from God, not government.
“Unfortunately, we’ve been mocking the one who’s granted us this great nation – we’ve been living in sin, fooling ourselves into believing things like abortion, adultery, gay marriage, and so forth, are simply changes with the times and those who oppose on religious or Christian grounds ought to just shut up and quit forcing out-of-date morals on the rest of society. Well, they’re not – they’re standards set by God. And the price for failing to uphold God’s standards is removal of His blessings and protections.”
However, though many of the writers and pastors asked agreed with Graham’s comments, Joel Richardson, bestselling author of the “The Islamic Antichrist” and director of the new film “Global Jesus Revolution,” had the most challenging response. He argued Christians need to brutally examine their own conduct, and that of their leaders.
“We are now increasingly hearing various American preachers claim that if the United States as a whole does not turn back to God, we are doomed as a nation,” said Richardson. “Such comments however, while having elements of truth, do little to help our current situation. First of all, every nation throughout the earth is going to face the judgment of the Lord. The universal Day of Reckoning is looming for every nation – and for every person. As Christians however, our primary duty is to first repent ourselves, and then to call other believers to obedience to Jesus.
“How can we expect unbelievers to repent of their sins and idols, when we ourselves are not even living in obedience to Jesus? How can we as the American church for example, ask unbelievers to forsake their idols when we as a community celebrate pastors who live in ten million dollar homes with three elevators?
“Do I think judgment is coming? Yes, absolutely. The Day of the Lord is inescapable. Who can stand on that day? But we must remember that as the Scriptures state, judgment begins in the house of God. Personally I am seeking to repent myself, and then to very solemnly call other believers to repent and get back to actually following Jesus as the early believers did. When we as a community truly do this, then revival will come to this nation.”
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2016/04/more-top-christians-u-s-may-vanish-like-babylon/#3T0xck5dzGUZh54z.99
World News Daily 2016
I thought this was an excellent article and agree with the spiritual precepts entirely. I do not agree with Jonathan Cahn’s assessment that the United States of America is a nation that was founded like Israel. No other nation was ever founded like Israel. Also, Cahn suggests that Franklin Graham is echoing him about America and judgment. Hardly. Actually, Franklin Graham is the better Bible expositor because unlike Cahn, he does not read more into the Bible than is there. Furthermore, any mature Christian with a minimal amount of discernment can perceive that America is under judgment- hardly a novel idea. Bill Cloud commented that only God and NOT a man can bring blessings to our nation. What he did not mention, however, is that the Lord can work through a man in order to accomplish this. The Lord worked through all of the good kings of Judah. Hezekiah and Josiah were used by God to bring revival to Israel. America obviously needs to repent. We have quoted II Chronicles 7:14 for a generation but have yet to obey the spiritual mandate of repentance. Blessings, Pastor Steve
Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly interviewed Franklin Graham in reference to Rob Bell’s heresy. Rob Bell does not believe hell is real or that homosexuality is a sinful life style. The conversation however, shifted to the doctrine of salvation. Franklin Graham correctly asserted that only faith in Jesus Christ’s atoning work can save anyone. O Reilly’s Irish Catholic background and worldly “logic” countered Graham’s Biblical truth, and Franklin Graham would not back down one inch. O’Reilly attempted to take over and steer their discussion towards his own mindset but the Lord had a hold of Franklin Graham and the Lord had His way! This is why I like Franklin Graham. Watch and listen to it play out. May you and I have this kind of love, boldness and unction when our opportunity to shine presents itself:
Correction on the article below: On December 23, Fox News stated that Franklin Graham left the Republican Party and would run for president himself as an Independent. Only one half of this is true. He left the Republican Party but is not running for president himself. He is not yet endorsing any particular candidate. He has a year long campaign in 2016 called the “Decision America Tour,” whereby he is encouraging all Americans to pray and vote. He will be traveling from capital to capital in all fifty states, starting with Des Moines, Iowa on January 5, 2016.
Franklin Graham will start his campaign as he goes on the road in January. If this is the case, it will be the first time in quite awhile that I will NOT have to vote for the better of two evils; I can vote with a clear conscience. Imagine, Graham could start a powerful base from within the Republicans, Democrats, Independents and minority ethnic groups.
Following are a couple of quotations from Franklin Graham’s Facebook page yesterday, that obviously tells volumes about his mindset and decision:
“I have no hope in the Republican Party, the Democratic Party, or Tea Party to do what is best for America…”
“Unless more godly men and women get in this process and change this wicked system, our country is in for trouble.”
“Seeing and hearing Planned Parenthood talk nonchalantly about selling baby parts from aborted fetuses with utter disregard for human life is reminiscent of Joseph Mengele and the Nazi concentration camps!”
The Republican Party, of course, compromised with the Democratic Party, as Paul Ryan (Speaker of the House) helped pass a bill last week that would exonerate Planned Parenthood from their barbaric debauchery. Planned Parenthood received one half a billion dollars in this government bill! This was the tipping point for Franklin Graham. Planned Parenthood is the biggest baby killer in the United States.
Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, placed their organization in black neighborhoods, and we all know what her desire was.
Note: Franklin Graham already had plans to visit and evangelize all fifty states in our nation with the Gospel in 2016. Perhaps he is homogenizing this with announcing his candidacy as an independent write in candidate for the presidency.
My thoughts: Franklin Graham does not want to run for president, yet like many of us, he has no confidence in any part of our political system. It is ALL corrupt. I believe Graham’s running for the oval office can be linked with a famous statement by Edmund Burke: “All it takes for evil to prevail is for a few good men to do nothing.” This is the year of the outsider, because our populace does not like what they see in Washington, D.C., pure and simple. If Franklin Graham only receives ten votes, I will be one of them. Donald Trump will have trouble finding dirt on this man of God. Like Ted Cruze, Franklin Graham will refuse to disparage his opponents, and set his sights on the topics at hand. This will be interesting, and if Christians bathe it in prayer and God blesses, who knows what could happen. “With God, all things are possible.” Jesus Christ Pastor Steve
Pray For Revival In America!