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First Responders Homicide PrayerWalk: MondayJune 4th, 6:00 PM at 11th & Farnam (near South Entrance to Gene Leahy Mall); Omaha, NE

Police and News Reports: One killed, Six injured in Old Market area.

20 yr-old Jasmine Harris died at NMC following a shooting at 11th & Farnam on Saturday, around 11:45 PM.  Six others were injured following an altercation which escalated to gunfire.

The six other victims were all treated for non-life threatening injuries at area hospitals and have identified as:

Dewayne Staley Jr., 28

Makye Thomas, 15

Gregory Austin, 19, possible non-gun related injury

Kristen Prater, 16

Velia Vasquez,18

Robert McGhee-Gould, 20

11th & Farnam is one of the the street-side entrances to along the south side of the Gene Leahy Mall right by the two long slides where many of us have taken our families.

This incident may be related to gun violence in the area about a month ago. In 2012 two gangs squared off in a nearby parking lot which left a 19-year-old dead on the first weekend of the College World Series.

Directions:  At 6:00 PM, meet at 11th & Farnam in front of the south entrance to the Gene Leahy Mall. 

It is my understanding that family and friends will be at the PrayerWalk so we would appreciate those who can help help us care for those grieving and pray into this neighborhood suffering violence from human bloodshed.

Click here for a Google Map, then click on the address on left side: 

Thank You for helping to make a difference in reducing violence in our city.

Blessings,

Dave Gehrls
Christ For The City Omaha
First Responders Homicide PrayerWalks
402-651-3136
dave@cfci.org

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“Prayer is a shield to the soul.”

“The potencies of prayer hath subdued the strength of fire; it hath bridled the rage of lions, hushed the anarchy to rest, extinguished wars, appeased the elements, expelled demons, burst the chains of death, expanded the gates of heaven, assuaged diseases, repelled frauds, rescued cities from destruction, stayed the sun in its course, and arrested the progress of the thunderbolt. Prayer is an all-sufficient panoply, a treasure undiminished, a mine which is never exhausted, a sky unobscured by clouds, a heaven unruffled by the storm. It is the root, the foundation, the mother of a thousand blessings.”

John Chrysostom (347-407)

“Your preaching can’t possibly triumph without prayer”

~ David Eby, Power Preaching for Church Growth41.

“To arouse one man or woman to the tremendous power of prayer for others, is worth more than the combined activity of a score of average Christians.” 

~ A. J. Gordon 

The Church’s authority comes from the ascended Christ. The Church’s ministry comes from the ascended Christ. Therefore, the church’s activity  ought to be praying to the ascended Christ, worshiping Him, asking Him to release His power in us so that by His authority we might be involved in his ministry.  

Warren W. WiersbeSomething Happens When Churches Pray15.

I am not minimizing the importance of individual prayer. I am emphasizing the power of prayer. The first church meeting referred to in the Book of the Acts was a prayer meeting. I think we have reversed this.  I think our priorities have gotten confused…God does so many wonderful things when the church meets together to pray.

Warren W. WiersbeSomething Happens When Churches Pray14-15.

NEW LETTER ASKS BELIEVERS TO JOIN MR. GRAHAM IN NOVEMBER’S MY HOPE OUTREACH

February 26, 2013 – “The goal is to share the love and hope of the Gospel with people in every corner of America, in every neighborhood possible, during 2013,” Billy Graham writes in his new prayer letter.
Billy Graham: Real Hope Starts with Prayer

Will you join me, beginning today, to pray for our nation by praying for specific people you know, asking God to seek them and draw them to Himself?

By Billy Graham

Dear Friend,

A few weeks ago I received an invitation to join some old friends, people I’ve known for years, at a dinner in Washington. I didn’t feel I had the stamina to make the trip, so Franklin went in my place.

He gave the opening prayer. After dinner a nationally respected opinion researcher, a pollster, walked over and said, “Franklin, this should be a year of great harvest. This really is a perfect time to show people the path to real hope.” He explained that he constantly monitors what Americans are thinking. “I can tell you that anxiety is extraordinarily high right now among Americans. Fear is crowding out hope in so many people’s lives. People are anxious about everything, especially about the future.”

You and I simply need to look around us to know this is true. I feel a deep burden for so many Americans who live with no lasting hope.

We can help them find it.

Start with prayer—my prayers and your prayers. As Christians, we often pray for the sick, for each other, for the nation, and many regularly pray for “the lost,” but we should also pray by name for specific lost people.

In the familiar parable Jesus told about the lost sheep (see Luke 15), the shepherd did not go out to see if he could find just any stray sheep he might come across. He went searching for a sheep, a particular sheep. Pray that way, for specific lost people.

We may pray for a person to find God, but Jesus said it the other way around—He said that He came “to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10, NIV). Jesus does the seeking, and the Holy Spirit opens a person’s heart. That’s what we should be praying for. The first convert to Christ in Europe, that we know about, was a businesswoman in Ephesus named Lydia, a dealer in fine fabric. The Bible says God “opened her heart to respond to the things spoken” (Acts 16:14, NASB). There is no other way to get an unsaved person to respond. It took me years to understand this. We may pray for the preaching and pray for someone to turn to God, but the preaching will have little effect and the person will not make a decision to turn without the Holy Spirit.

When we pray urgently and faithfully by name for lost people we truly care about, asking God to reach them, God works—often in unique and unexpected ways—to open hearts to Himself.

For the rest of the post…

Prayer is a strong wall and fortress of the church; it is a goodly Christian weapon.

F. B. Meyer

“The greatest tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer, buy unoffered prayer.”

~ F.B. Meyer

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