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Prayer Request for our brethren in Charleston SC church shooting

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Photo: Rueters

Dear saints let us remember our dear brothers and sisters in Charleston SC in prayer …….

Please pray that God will use this tragedy for His triumph and glory.

Please pray for God`s mercy and comfort to be on those impacted by this tragedy.

Please pray that black and white churches will rise as one and be the church Jesus means for her to be.  Please pray that all churches will unite as one in Christ.  That they will pray together.

Please pray for the suspect to come to know Jesus.

Please pray that there be forgiveness for this man who did this evil deed.

Please pray for the American church to wake up to this tragedy and see that persecution is now at our door.

Your brother in Christ,

Blaine Scogin

VOP Prayer Facilitator

UPDATE: Amazing ability in faith through Christ to forgive and pray for those that persecute us, demonstrated by family members at shooter’s bond hearing.

 

SC Pastor Gets Jail Time for Noisy Church

Columbia, SC (WLTX) – A Columbia pastor is serving jail time after his church repeatedly violated the city’s noise ordinance.

We’ve followed this story for close to two years about the dispute between neighbors and Rehoboth United Assemblies Church in Columbia concerning the amount of sound by the house of worship.

This week, a Richland County jury found church pastor Johnnie Clark guilty of unlawful sound amplification following a three-day trial where prosecutors laid out their evidence against him.

Clark was sentenced to two weeks in jail. READ MORE

 

Atheist Activists Complain Clemson Football Program is ‘Entangled’ in Christianity

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Clemson University S.C. Football

Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) filed a complaint against the Clemson University’s football program claiming religious entanglement.

The complaint states the program (coach Dabo Swinney and team chaplain James Trapp) said prayers and held Bible studies for players.

In a letter sent to the University titled: Constitutional Violation in the Clemson Football Program

“We believe the practices of the football staff regarding religion are compliant with the Constitution and appropriately accommodate differing religious views,” the statement read. “Participation in religious activities is purely voluntary, and there are no repercussions for students who decline to do so. We are not aware of any complaints from current or former student-athletes about feeling pressured or forced to participate in religious activities.”

But officials with the university told reporters this week that Swinney and others are within their rights and that FFRF is “mistaken in its assessment.”

“We believe the practices of the football staff regarding religion are compliant with the Constitution and appropriately accommodate differing religious views,” read a statement issue to the Charlotte Observer. “Participation in religious activities is purely voluntary, and there are no repercussions for students who decline to do so. We are not aware of any complaints from current or former student-athletes about feeling pressured or forced to participate in religious activities.”

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Valedictorian Rips Up Approved Speech on Stage, Recites Lord’s Prayer at Graduation

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PICKENS COUNTY, S.C. – A high school valedictorian from South Carolina ripped up his approved speech on stage this past weekend, and minutes later, delivered the Lord’s Prayer in defiance of the school district’s decision to no longer include prayer at graduation ceremonies.
Roy Costner IV drew loud applause and cheers when he surprised attendees of the Liberty High School graduation at Clemson’s Littlejohn Colliseum on Saturday.
“From the ACLU sending FOIA requests to every district in the state this year after the Chesterfield County case, then the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent us a complaint about religion at board meetings and some other issues as well,” Pickens County School District spokesman John Eby said, the district has been under fire.
Therefore, officials decided to end invocations at all school functions and replace prayer at high school graduations with a moment of silence.
However, Costner wasn’t going to let activist groups kick God out of his graduation. After taking the podium, Costner took his approved speech and ripped it in half for all to see.
“They write their speeches,” Eby told local television station WYFF. “They send them to someone on staff to have them approved.”
After speaking from a separate script for a few minutes, Costner then began to thank his parents for his Christian upbringing.
“Those that we look up to, they have helped carve and mold us into the young adults that we are today,” he said. “I’m so glad that both of my parents led me to the Lord at a young age.”
“And I think most of you will understand when I say…” he continued, surprising the crowd with what came next.
“Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name,” Costner declared. “Thy Kingdom come…”
As attendees realized that Costner was reciting the Lord’s Prayer, applause began to break out in the colliseum. Within seconds, the applause was accompanied by loud cheers.
“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,” he continued. “For Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.”
The crowd again broke into cheers and applause as Costner concluded, and one faculty member sat smiling behind him.
“I think it took a lot of courage to do that,” attendee Logan Gibson told reporters. “People were supportive that he stood up for what he believed in.”
Eby said that the district will not be taking any action against Costner.
“The bottom line is, we’re not going to punish students for expressing their religious faiths,” he stated. “He’s a graduate now. There’s nothing we can do about it, even if we wanted to.”
An online video of Costner’s prayer has received over 13,000 hits and more than 300 likes since yesterday.
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