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Time to Pray

Dear Friends,

I have been sharing the following with people these days.

“Have you heard of the book JFK and the Unspeakable by James Douglas? In it Douglas, a Christian, shows through his in-depth studies that JFK’s assassination and some other political US assassinations were related to these persons being in the process of implementing some important changes.”

“I sense our country is at a crossroads in our history. And a political assassination could be devastating for the whole world. So I would like to encourage you to say a prayer for the protection of the candidates, and for God’s will to be done in these elections. I think we can with our prayers have a part in shaping history for the better. Ask your friends and church to do the same.”

“It would be so easy to let this just be something we use to make conversation about the election and another thing to feel helpless about. We can influence this situation, contrary to the air around that says we are hopeless to change things. Watch—it might change your feeling of hopelessness. Put it on your daily prayer list. This prayer could change history for the better. Remember, Paul does call us to pray for our government leaders. This is an important time to put that into action.”

Stephanie one of those I shared with answered, “You are right, that is really a great idea. Those of us who pray need to be praying about it, and not just talking about it. I will ask my church to pray for this election.”

The above is similar to a lot of conversations I have been having with people lately.

Prayer list:

1. That God’s will be done and the Lord protect the candidates in this election.

2. Pray for reconciliation through dialog between the Colombian and Venezuelan governments. Recently they have been heavily at each other with words. And to compound the problem, US drug planes have strayed into Venezuelan territory. We do not need another war.

3. May the Lord speak at my coming sharing at PAPA (People Against Poverty and Apathy) Fest, 6/19-6/22, and Cornerstone Festival, 7/1-7/5.

Peace, Jim
Here at Plow Creek, Heather and Paul Munn (3rd and 4th from the left) are starting a spiritual retreat ministry for the poor, people from the city in recovery from homelessness or addictions who cannot afford most retreat places. To their right are some people who are interested in the retreats and may provide referrals from the ministries they work with in Chicago. Boo Graham (not pictured), Rich Foss, and I are part of an advisory committee for the ministry. This picture was taken at the first trial run retreat. I was impressed with the potential for this service.

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