|Minister Joe Wright, Kansas
Senate opening prayer:
Heavenly Father, we come before you today to
ask Your forgiveness and to seek Your direction and guidance. We know
Your Word says, "Woe on those who call evil good," but that's exactly
what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed
our values. We confess that: We have ridiculed the absolute truth of
Your Word and called it pluralism. We have
worshiped other gods and called it multiculturalism. We have endorsed
perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle. We have exploited
the poor and called it the lottery. We have neglected the needy and
called it self-preservation. We have rewarded laziness and called it
welfare. We have killed our unborn children and called it a choice. We
have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to
discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.
We have abused power and called it political savvy. We have coveted
our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted
the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of
expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our
forefathers and called it enlightenment.
Search us, O God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every
sin and set us free. Guide and bless these men and women who have been
sent to direct us to the center of Your will.
I ask it in the name of Your Son, the living Savior, Jesus Christ.
The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out
during the prayer in protest. In six short weeks, the Central
Christian Church had logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47
of those calls responding negatively. The church is now receiving
international requests for copies of the prayer from India, Africa and
Commentator PAUL HARVEY aired the prayer on The Rest of the Story
on the radio and received a larger response to this program than any
other he has ever aired.
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IF I WERE THE DEVIL (order revised) - by Paul Harvey
I would gain control of the most powerful nation in the world; I
would delude their minds into thinking that they had come from man's
effort, instead of God's blessings; I would promote an attitude of
loving things and using people, instead of the other way around.
I would persuade people that the church is irrelevant and out of
date, and the Bible is for the naive; I would dull the minds of
Christians, and make them believe that prayer is not important, and
that faithfulness and obedience are optional. I would take God out of
the schools, where even the mention of His name was
grounds for a lawsuit. I would attack the
family, the backbone of any nation; I would make divorce acceptable
and easy, even fashionable. If the family crumbles, so does the
I would make it legal to take the life of unborn babies; I would
cheapen human life as much as possible so that the life of animals are
valued more than human beings. I would make it socially acceptable to
take one's own life, and invent machines to make it convenient; I
would come up with drugs that sedate the mind and target the young,
and I would get sports heroes to advertise them. I would dupe entire
states into relying on gambling for their state revenue.
I would get control of the media, so that every night I could
pollute the mind of every family member for my agenda. I would
convince the people that right and wrong are determined by a few who
call themselves authorities and refer to their agenda as politically
correct. I would compel people to express their most depraved
fantasies on canvas and movie screens, and I would call it art. I
would convince the world that people are born homosexuals, and that
their lifestyles should be accepted and marveled. I would convince
people that character is not an issue when it comes to leadership.
I guess I would leave things pretty much the way they are.
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