Photo: Cry Out to the Lord at Wilson Heights First Church, Charlotte, NC.
By Carl Stagner
Have you ever seen the altars full at your church? Isn’t it a glorious sight? But have you ever seen almost the entire church at the altars? On Sunday, September 11, this response to the powerful moving of the Spirit wasn’t uncommon. The more than two hundred congregations of the Church of God in the United States and Canada that participated in their first-ever Cry Out to the Lord prayer experience yielded more than fifty stories of blessing and transformation. Far more than an event that comes and goes and is soon forgotten, Cry Out to the Lord has reignited a passion for prayer in the Church of God. Continue reading
Photo: The ladies of First Church of God prepare gift baskets for local first-responders. Photo by Gary Bastin.
By Carl Stagner
Just about everyone over the age of eighteen can remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. Thirteen years ago, September 11 left horrifying images of evil and chaos seared into our minds. Though the damage done cannot be erased, God has turned much of what was meant for evil into good. Churches and communities across the country responded to the attacks in ways that speak of the unquenchable hope found only in Christ. The first-responders to the scene have since been hailed as heroes, and rightly so. Since 9-11, one church that has intentionally reached out to honor and encourage local heroes is First Church of God in Danville, Kentucky. Continue reading
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.” Psalm 46:1-2 NKJV