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Saturday, May 27, 2006

One Week to Global Day of Prayer!

Be a part of what may be the biggest prayer event in Connecticut since the Great Awakening! On Sunday, June 4th, join us for When Connecticut Prays at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford for a statewide prayer gathering.

Join one-half billion people praying throughout the world -- including pastors, leaders and people from the entire state of Connecticut -- "that the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea." (Habakkuk 2:14)

Event Information:

LOCATION:
Exhibit Hall A -- 2nd Level Adrien's Landing
100 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford , CT
Click here for directions.

SEATING:
Free admission, an offering will be received
General seating -- first-come, first-served
Accessible reserved* seating for people with disabilities, one companion seat provided Senior Citizen seating throughout the hall and last two rows
American Sign language reserved* seating, audience center front on the left
Spanish language reserved* seating, audience left (consecutive platform interpretation throughout the program)
*Reserved seating open to the general public at 6:30 PM

PARKING: [No Drop-off Permitted]
CTCC Parking Garage and Bus Lot
Cars & Vans (up to 7'6") -- $2 per hour -- enter off Columbus Boulevard
Buses -- $32 per bus -- enter off Arch Street -- opens at 4:00 PM [No Drop-off Permitted]

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Rock the Sound Brings Top Christian Music into CT


Rock the Sound Concerts continues to bring top Christian artists into Connecticut. This November 4, Rock the Sound will feature Casting Crowns, Toby Mac, Pillar, Unspoken, and Stellar Kart.

For tickets, go to www.rockthesound.com or call (203) 261-ROCK.

For concerts and other Christian and church events in Connecticut, visit the Connceticut Christian Events Calendar!

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

"Connecticut Six" to get no help from Archbishop of Canterbury

For the moment at any rate. For the latest installment in this ongoing saga, read the press release from the wardens of the churches involved.

For a timeline of this controversy, go here.

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Global Day of Prayer: May 17th Emphasis

Please join us as we pray daily for the upcoming Global Day of Prayer events in Hartford on June 4th! Each day we will run a prayer emphasis from the When Connecticut Prays prayer guide. For your own copy of the prayer guide, you can download a PDF here.

Today, please pray:

For the June 4th arrangements — team effort to take place among the Convention Center staff, technicians and workers and the When Connecticut Prays staff and volunteers.

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Friday, May 12, 2006

Global Day of Prayer: Weekend prayer emphasis

Please join us as we pray daily for the upcoming Global Day of Prayer events in Hartford on June 4th! Each day we will run a prayer emphasis from the When Connecticut Prays prayer guide. For your own copy of the prayer guide, you can download a PDF here.

Friday, May 12: please pray...

For NEW HAVEN County - each city to be impacted through Christ’s presence in His people, with hundreds giving their lives to Him.

Saturday, May 13: please pray...

For FAIRFIELD County - our Lord to speak through His people to those who need Him, causing a great number to surrender their lives to Him.

Sunday, May 14: please pray...

For our churches to receive the fullness of Christ’s love, causing compassion and action toward those who need Him.

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Thursday, May 11, 2006

Global Day of Prayer: May 11th emphasis

Please join us as we pray daily for the upcoming Global Day of Prayer events in Hartford on June 4th! Each day we will run a prayer emphasis from the When Connecticut Prays prayer guide. For your own copy of the prayer guide, you can download a PDF here.

Today, please pray:

For Hope for the Future... Hartford — God to guide the planning team and reveal His Will for the next phase of "90 Days of Blessing."

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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Connecticut Muslims reach out - what are Christians doing?

Saw this interesting article in the Norwich Bulletin about Muslims reaching out to their neighbors in Eastern Connecticut in an open house and interfaith service. As is typical for stories of this kind, the lead-in quote effectively lets you know what you're in for.

Carole Shores, a retired Bacon Academy teacher, said she realized just how much she didn't know about the rest of the world after the Sept. 11 attacks occurred in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

"I think it's very important we all learn about each other's religions and learn to respect each other," said the 59-year-old New London resident, who used to live in Norwich. "People fear what they don't understand."

While I'm willing to be proven wrong, I have to assume that Ms. Shores is speaking of the wrongheadedness of fearing Islam. I'm not sure what Ms. Shores taught at Bacon Academy, but it's odd that 9/11 made her feel ignorant about the world. I didn't think one had to be a certified news junkie to know that Islamic terrorists had already tried in 1993 to pull off a 9/11 at the World Trade Center before actually doing it to their satisfaction.

People never apply their hackneyed phrases about learning about other religions and respecting each other to members of those other religions. I can understand this, of course: it requires less physical courage to mock Bible-reading Americans than it does to engage sword-carrying Islamic death squads in a dialogue about respecting others' religions! When our culture actually taught history and critical thinking to its young, and when the culture was informed by a Christian consensus, it wasn't possible for adult human beings to utter such fluff and be taken seriously.

Perhaps, then, people don't understand the Gospel of Christ, and that's why they fear it? This line of reasoning could have been pointed out to the local imam in Groton, who offered his opinion on the case of Abdul Rahman, the man who was going to be executed for converting from Islam to Christ.

During a question-and-answer session after lectures and a prayer, audience members asked panelists questions about topics as simple as the reason for Muslim caps and veils to more politically-oriented ones concerning Islam's stance on those who convert to other religions. That question referred to an Afghan, Abdul Rahman, who may face the death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity.

Mahmoud Mansour, the mosque's imam, its religious leader, said television coverage of the case did not explain why Rahman might have faced the death penalty, explaining Rahman made negative comments about Islam, which is considered sacrilegious.

Oh, well there you go. He was asking for it!

And notice how the question about Rahman is described as more politically-oriented. What alert Christians should realize take away from this is that people will never gain an understanding of Islam or the Gospel from reading America's newspapers.

In any case, what are Christians who still believe in the truth of the Gospel doing to reach out to their neighbors, as Muslims want to reach out to theirs?

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Global Day of Prayer: May 10th emphasis

Please join us as we pray daily for the upcoming Global Day of Prayer events in Hartford on June 4th! Each day we will run a prayer emphasis from the When Connecticut Prays prayer guide. For your own copy of the prayer guide, you can download a PDF here.

Today, please pray:

For MIDDLESEX County—God to fill His people with compassion for those without Christ, resulting in prayer and the sharing of the Gospel.

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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Global Day of Prayer: May 9th emphasis

Please join us as we pray daily for the upcoming Global Day of Prayer events in Hartford on June 4th! Each day we will run a prayer emphasis from the When Connecticut Prays prayer guide. For your own copy of the prayer guide, you can download a PDF here.

Today, please pray:

For New London County - God’s grace and mercy to become a topic of conversation throughout the region, causing a great outreach to those who have yet to receive our Lord Jesus.

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Monday, May 08, 2006

Global Day of Prayer: May 8 emphasis

Please join us as we pray daily for the upcoming Global Day of Prayer events in Hartford on June 4th! Each day we will run a prayer emphasis from the When Connecticut Prays prayer guide. For your own copy of the prayer guide, you can download a PDF here.

Today, please pray:

For your community - that those who do not know Christ would be led to Christians ready to share their faith.

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Friday, May 05, 2006

Evangelistic meetings in Greenwich next week with Tommie Zito


Harvest Time Church in Greenwich is hosting evangelist Tommie Zito and his team for a series of revival meetings and school of evangelism classes next week, Sunday the 7 through Saturday the 13th.

For a schedule and directions, visit www.htchurch.com.

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Global Day of Prayer: Weekend prayer emphasis

Please join us as we pray daily for the upcoming Global Day of Prayer events in Hartford on June 4th! Each day we will run a prayer emphasis from the When Connecticut Prays prayer guide. For your own copy of the prayer guide, you can download a PDF here.

Friday, May 5: please pray...

For Tolland County - a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit to come upon each church, causing God's people to reach out to those who have not yet accepted Christ.

Saturday, May 6: please pray...

For Windham County - God's love to fill each church resulting in love for one another and great compassion toward people who have physical and spiritual needs.

Sunday, May 7: please pray...

For our churches to be quick to forgive one another and build up one another with our words and actions. (Colossians 3:13)

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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Pray for America today!

Today is the National Day of Prayer, and although the need is great, so are His mercies. Why give up now, when there are so many hopeful signs of revival and awakwening on the horizon? Jesus said that even Sodom might have repented if they had seen His mighty works. So reach out to Him in faith today!

The following is a prayer for the day composed by Dr. Henry Blackaby, the Honorary Chairman of the National Day of Prayer.

Oh Heavenly Father, You have made Yourself known to us as a nation by Your mighty works throughout our history. From the beginning, You have been with us through many wars and conflicts; Your right arm has saved us. We have been amazingly and graciously blessed.

Today, we confess our sin of not responding to Your right to rule in our lives and our nation. Too often we have despised and rejected Your will while imposing our own, and we are now facing the consequences of our disobedience. Draw us back to Yourself, that we may return to Your ways once again. Without You we can do nothing. You have promised that if we honor You, You will once again honor this great nation.

That is our fervent prayer. For Your honor and glory we pray, Amen.

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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

National Day of Prayer Events in Connecticut

Tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer... thank God there are too many events for me to list individually here...

For a listing of NDOP events in Connecticut, go here!

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Global Day of Prayer: May 3 Prayer Emphasis

Please join us as we pray daily for the upcoming Global Day of Prayer events in Hartford on June 4th! Each day we will run a prayer emphasis from the When Connecticut Prays prayer guide. For your own copy of the prayer guide, you can download a PDF here.

Today, please pray:

For Hartford County; that God would work through His people whom He has placed in our educational, governmental and service organizations.

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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Fasting and Prayer leading up to the Global Day of Prayer

Please join us as we pray daily for the upcoming Global Day of Prayer events in Hartford on June 4th! Each day we will run a prayer emphasis from the When Connecticut Prays prayer guide. For your own copy of the prayer guide, you can download a PDF here.

MAY 2:
Please pray:

For those planning the June 4th prayer gathering - that God would guide them as they meet today and that He would be glorified.

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Just over a month to the Statewide Prayer Gathering!

From When Connecticut Prays:

Statewide Prayer Gathering
June 4, 2006 6:30 p.m. Pentecost Sunday
@ the New Connecticut Convention Center

"[If] My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land." - 2 Chronicles 7:14

On June 4th, 2006, The Connecticut Convention Center which can hold 7,000 people will be host to a Statewide Prayer Gathering. This will be a time for all the Churches within Connecticut to come together and seek the Lord God as one.

Come join your brothers and sisters as we assemble together to pray and seek the Lord for the state of Connecticut. Connecticut has one of the lowest percentages of believing Christians in the nation. Although we have a rich history of Christian love and service, today our legacy is of economic wealth, poor cities, liberal educational institutions and moral decline. The youth of today are bombarded with the darkness of the world and many are succumbing to overwhelming temptations and bondage. Now is the time to put aside our differences and come together in unity to seek and call upon our one Lord, by His one Holy Spirit, and ask Him to heal our land.

The Word of God promises, and history confirms, that the Lord brings revival and community transformation when His people come together to seek Him, pray and repent. And this is what we will do on this historic day in June - seek, pray, repent.

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