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Thousands Of Americans Storm National Mall To Protest Obama’s Treatment Of Veterans.


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WASHINGTON – Thousands of people converged on the World War II Memorial on the National Mall on Sunday morning and tore down the barricades blocking it off, protesting the closure of the memorial during the federal government shutdown.

Beginning at about 9:30 a.m., Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, as well as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, were among the luminaries in a crowd that chanted “Tear down these walls!” and sang “God Bless America” as well as other patriotic songs as they entered the memorial, which has been closed since the government shutdown that began Oct. 1.

Tractor-trailers headed down 17th Street toward the Mall, blaring their horns. The Metropolitan Police Department blocked off the street, prompting the crowd to head up the street, shouting at the police to move their vehicles.

Cruz said that President Obama was using veterans as political pawns in the shutdown.

By 11 a.m., the group had headed back to the memorial, and dozens congregated around World War II veterans, shaking their hands and thanking them for their service.

Later in the morning, veteran Mike Lauriente was accepting handshakes from demonstrators. He served in Sicily and French Morocco, and declared the memorial, which he was seeing for the first time, beautiful. “The spirit that I see here is overwhelming.” source – WTOP.

by NTEB News Desk

Dodger Stadium Crusade Draws 50,000 Looking for God’s Love.


Greg Laurie outreach.
Greg Laurie‘s Dodger Stadium Harvest Crusade drew 50,000–and about 6,000 made decisions for Christ. (Harvest Crusades)

When was the last time you saw someone in Los Angeles approach three perfect strangers, hug them and say “I love you”?.

It may be a first and it happened at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night, where Harvest Crusades with evangelist Greg Laurie did something else that has never happened in L.A.—drew 50,000 people to the iconic stadium to hear a message of God’s love.

Coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the Harvest Crusade at Dodger Stadium—called the Los Angeles Harvest—came at a time when people across America are still asking, “Why, God?”

Harvest Crusades founder Greg Laurie answered the question head on, addressing not only the horrific terrorist attacks, but also his own personal tragedy in the loss of his son three years ago in a car accident.

“I don’t know why bad things happen,” Laurie told the multitude gathered at Dodger Stadium. “But here’s what I do know.

I know that God loves me.

And I know that I will see my son in heaven because he put his faith in Christ and I put my faith in Christ.

We will see one another again,” proclaimed Laurie as the crowd erupted in cheers.

Hosted by more than 340 area churches, and featuring evangelist Laurie, special guest WWII POW Louis Zamperini and top Christian musicians Chris Tomlin, Kirk Franklin, Jeremy Camp and the Katinas, the outreach brought much-needed encouragement to the City of Angels.

A highlight of the Los Angeles Harvest included a 9/11 virtual candlelight memorial in which thousands of attendees downloaded a candlelight app to their mobile devices and held them up as the crowd stood and sang “God Bless America.”

However, the most moving moment came when Laurie invited people to come forward and put their faith in Christ.

Thousands flooded the Dodger Stadium outfield—so many, in fact, that the fire marshal had to step in to stop the flow onto the field, a first for Harvest Crusades.

Those who didn’t make it to the outfield were met in their seats by counselors, who distributed some 7,700 Bibles.

By the end of the evening, some 5,934 people put their faith in Christ—the largest number ever to come forward at a Harvest Crusade event.

In addition, 119 people made the same decision via an online broadcast of the Harvest Crusade.

“Tonight, I accepted Jesus into my heart,” said 7-year-old Natalie Amezcua, one of the nearly 6,000 people who responded to the altar call issue by Laurie.

“It is not only a day of healing from the 9/11 attacks, but a day that marks a new beginning for our daughter,” said Natalie’s tearful mom, Janette Corbera.

By LAURA SWICKARD MCGOWAN.

Let Freedom Ring!


“God bless America, my home sweet home!”

“What in the world is that?” exclaimed my husband, Terry, making a quick path out to the front porch.

We had just moved into a summer rental house across the street from a sleepy park.

But from the sounds of it, the park was not so sleepy!

The gazebo was filled with band members and a rather buxom woman was at the microphone.

She was belting out patriotic songs in a high soprano voice.

“That’s Madeleine.

She’s practicing her usual ‘God Bless America’ and other patriotic songs for the 4th of July all-city picnic tomorrow,” our neighbor Bill explained from his front porch.

“How nice,” Terry and I replied in unison.

“Nice? That woman’s voice can break glass!

It’s like nails on chalkboard!”

Bill had a point.

The voice did grate on the nerves.

Bill was plugging up his ears with two of his fingers.

“This goes on year after year,” he said and then quickly retreated into the silent confines of his house.

I shuddered—not at the singer’s voice, but at Bill’s words “year after year.”

It made me wonder if any of us could be certain how many years songs of God, country and freedom would be allowed to be performed publicly.

We live in one of the few countries where religious freedom is still the norm.

But even so God is sometimes taken out of public ceremonies and celebrations.

How much longer until songs like “God Bless America” are restricted completely?

Lord,” I prayed silently, “what’s to become of us?.

What can I, but one citizen, do to help the cause of freedom?”

The still, small voice of the Lord answered my question with His Word: “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong” (1 Cor. 16:13, NKJV).

I also thought of my favorite Bible passage, the account of Peter—a man who was sent to prison for expressing his faith (see Acts 12).

Peter’s situation seemed hopeless.

He was under the terrorism of four squads of soldiers, bound in chains and kept between two guards.

However, all the while, “Constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church” (v. 5).

The prayers of the people made a difference—Peter was miraculously set free!

Prayer is how we “stand fast in the faith.”

It is access to God’s presence and power, so as believers in Christ, we must pray!

And just as the believers prayed for Peter’s freedom, we must keep offering “constant prayer” for our country’s freedom.

This 4th of July, I challenge you to not only spend time celebrating with others, but to also make time to fellowship with our Lord, thanking Him for letting freedom ring—now and in the years to come.

PRAYER POWER FOR THE WEEK OF 7/4/2011

As we celebrate Independence Day this week, thank the Lord that we are still able to enjoy the freedom of religion, speech and the press in America.

Thank Him for the men and women who gave their lives to preserve those freedoms and for the many who serve in every capacity to ensure our daily safety and security.

Pray that God will once again be exalted in our nation.

As we face a common spiritual enemy, continue to pray for revival, a harvest of souls, the persecuted church around the world, and the protection and preservation of Israel.

1Cor. 16:13; Acts 12:5

By Sandra Clifton, D.Min.

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