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Movement to Unite in Prayer on September 11

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By Carl Stagner

On Sunday, September 11, congregations across the Church of God and beyond will set aside their Sunday schedules for a focused time of prayer. Like the solemn, sacred assemblies held during the time of the Prophet Joel, we will humbly seek God’s forgiveness and restoration as we commit to re-engage in his divine purposes (Joel l:13–14). Recent escalating tensions around the globe and in our own backyard have only served as a wake-up call to the imminent need for a united plea to our God for hope, for answers, and for healing. Continue reading

Movement-wide Prayer Experience Planned for September 11

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By Carl Stagner

No great move of God in history has ever occurred without having been preceded by the extraordinary prayer of his people. Log on to Facebook or Twitter, turn on the television, or pick up a newspaper and just try not to grieve for the shape of our culture. We need a great move of God. Walk our streets, visit our prisons, or spend some time in our poor urban centers and realize the overwhelming condition of our society. Then, instead of shaking your fist at hell, turn inward. What if we were to take a closer look at ourselves—the church? We possess the hope of the world, the world needs that hope, but we’re too busy dealing with our own issues to do anything about it. It’s time for change. It’s time for a spiritual overhaul. In Joel 1, the people of God found themselves in a similar predicament. They consecrated a fast, proclaimed a solemn assembly, and gathered the elders and all the inhabitants of the land. Together they cried out to the Lord for repentance, reconciliation, and revival. We’ve determined we must do no less. On Sunday, September 11, Church of God congregations will unite on their knees as they set aside regular weekend schedules for a singular focus—to cry out to the Lord. Continue reading