Peter & Shannyn – Wednesday, July 2
Peter & Shannyn – Wednesday, 6-25
Greg Yoder with Mission Network News joined us this morning to talk about how Christians can pray for Muslims during Ramadan. Click here for more.
Peter & Shannyn – Friday, May 9
Peter & Shannyn – Thursday, May 8
Jon Erwin, director of the new movie Mom’s Night Out, joined us this morning to talk about the cast & how to affirm the role of mom’s.
Peter & Shannyn – Wednesday, May 7
Jay & Laura Laffoon stop by the show today to talk about cleaning up messy marriages.
Kevin Durant’s tearful shout out to his mom on Tuesday, after winning the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award.
Peter & Shannyn – Tuesday, May 6
Ragamuffin, The True Story of Rich Mullins is now available on DVD. This morning we were joined by the film’s producer (and Rich’s little brother) David Mullins, talking about his brother’s legacy.
Most of the more than 200 girls taken captive in Nigeria were with a school run by the Church of the Brethren. Below is the link to their action list on how we can come alongside them, these girls & their families. #bringbackourgirls
Bring Back Our Girls:
Praying and Advocating for Peace in Nigeria
May 5, 2014
As many of you know, three weeks ago, over 200 girls (many of them EYN Brethren) were kidnapped from their school in Chibok, Nigeria, by Boko Haram, an Islamic sect in northern Nigeria violently seeking a ‘pure’ Islamic state.
It has been reported that around 40 girls escaped a few days after their kidnapping but subsequent news stories about the remaining girls’ conditions or whereabouts have been incomplete at best. But it has been speculated that these girls were targeted and kidnapped so that they could become ‘slave brides’ of some of Boko Haram’s members, and on Monday May 5th, a video was released of purported Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau saying “God instructed me to sell them, they are his properties and I will carry out his instructions”.
This is deplorable and absolutely unacceptable. Nigerian Brethren have been living under the threat of violence for many years, and this mass kidnapping by Boko Haram is just the latest example of the true fear our Nigerian brothers and sisters have to live with every day.
It is high time that our sisters be brought home from captivity and that all of our Nigerian brothers and sisters experience some measure of peace in their land. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and the Nigerian authorities have done very little for the kidnapped girls’ release so far, and have not heeded the calls for help from the girls’ families, and many Nigerians have taken to the streets to protest this lack of action.
We must join in solidarity with them. We must pray and we must act.
Last week a bipartisan group of Senators introduced Senate Resolution 433 condemning the kidnapping and calling upon the US and Nigeria to work together to promote women’s rights, security of schools, assistance in rescuing and reintegrating the girls, among other things. At this time asking your Senator to support this resolution is a critical action that can make a difference in Nigeria. The more that your Senators hear from you, the more officials from the US State Department and from the Obama administration will hear from them, and this will help our American leaders see Nigeria and the kidnapped girls as a priority.
We must lift up our voices and remember that each of us are members of one body, brought together by Christ (Ephesians 2: 16-18). We are connected to one another by this Jesus we follow, and it is Jesus who proclaims freedom to the prisoners and release of the oppressed (Luke 4: 18-19). These kidnapped Nigerian girls are our sisters and we must stand in solidarity with them and with our Lord.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” —Luke 4:18-19
CALL TO PRAYER AND FASTING: The leaders of EYN have asked us to enter into a season of prayer and fasting for the well being of the girls and the Nigerian people. We must stand in solidarity with our Nigerian brothers and sisters and remember that our God is a God of the oppressed and powerless. When all hope is lost, our God can find a way out of the wilderness.
TALK WITH YOUR PASTOR AND CONGREGATION: Bring up this issue with your pastor and share this action alert with your congregation. The more people who respond to the alert, the better chance our collective voice is heard by our leaders. Also, later this week a letter will be mailed to each congregation with the name of one of the schoolgirls who was abducted, in order to invite each congregation to engage in focused prayer. Attached to the letter will be a list of names of the girls whom we know about at this time, received from EYN’s liaison officer.
ADVOCACY ACTION:Click here to find and contact your Senators
E-mail or call your Senators today and tell them to co-sponsor Senate Resolution 433 and to ask Secretary of State Kerry to put pressure on Nigeria to:
Peacefully work for the release of all of the kidnapped girls, give heed to the calls of their families for help, and work with neighboring countries to bring the girls back home,
Put in place measures to protect schools and students from becoming victims of violence and human trafficking
Begin “just policing” practices that would help address some of the security concerns of both Christian and Muslim communities
Support efforts of moderate Muslim leaders and concerned Christians to work together toward peace and renew good relations between neighbors of different backgrounds.
Peter & Shannyn – Thursday, May 1
This year’s National Prayer by Anne Graham Lotz for the National Day of Prayer.
Lord of the Universe. Lord of this planet. Lord of the nations. Lord of our hearts. On this National Day of Prayer, we look to You…
In the darkness, You are our Light.
In the storm, You are our Anchor.
In our weakness, You are our Strength. In our grief, You are our Comfort.
In our despair, You are our Hope.
In our confusion, You are our Wisdom. In time of terrorism, You are our Shield. In time of war, You are our Peace.
In times of uncertainty, You are the Rock on which we stand.
We make our prayer to You using the words of the prophet Daniel:
O Lord, You are the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant of love with those who love Him and keep His commandments. You are merciful and forgiving. You are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame because we have sinned against You, and done wrong. We have turned away from Your commands and principles. We have turned away from You.
Yet You have promised in 2 Chronicles 7, that if we–a people identified with You–would humble ourselves, pray, seek Your face, and turn from our wicked ways, then You would hear our prayer, forgive our sin and heal our land.
So we choose to stop pointing our finger at the sins of others, and examine our own hearts and lives. We choose to acknowledge our own sin–our neglect and defiance and ignorance and even rejection of You. This day we choose to repent.
In response to our heartfelt repentance, God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Father of Jesus Christ, in keeping with all Your righteous acts and according to Your promise, turn away Your anger and Your wrath from the United States of America. Hear the prayers and petitions offered to You on this National Day of Prayer, as we give You our full attention. Give ear, our God, and hear; open Your eyes and see. We do not make requests of You because we are righteous, but because of Your great mercy.
For the glory of Your Name hear our prayer, forgive our sin, and heal our land.
We ask this in the name of Your Son Jesus Christ who offers us salvation from Your judgment, forgiveness for our sin, and reconciliation with You through His own blood shed on the Cross. Amen.
The extension of the so-called “IRA charitable rollover” has just been approved by Congress for the 2014 tax year. Congress reinstated the charitable rollover retroactive to January 1, 2014, but it will expire once again on December 31. Under the law, taxpayers age 70 ½ or older can give up to $100,000 from their IRAs or Roth IRAs to qualifying charities without having to pay income tax in 2014 on the withdrawn amount—with the distributions also counting toward the IRA holders’ annual minimum required distributions (MRDs).