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SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2013  |  23 comments
Extended prayer at North Georgia school ignites debate

Controversy is brewing in a northern Georgia community after about 50 students prayed together Wednesday morning when school officials said they should have been in class.

The spontaneous prayer at Lumpkin County High School has become the talk of the town. Lumpkin County Schools Superintendent Dewey Moye said that a student started the prayer in a coach's office at 7:30 a.m. and it lasted more than two hours.

"It was a student-led initiative. The student showed up at the coach's office and the coach did pray with them and it went into the school day, over into the first period of the day," Moye said. ...


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John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
Cliff Leckey wrote:
I`ve just read this post john.I don`t know as i`ve never to Rosslare.
Ah well, thanks for the reply anyway. Who knows? One day I may just go over the Irish Sea and have a look.
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News Item5/11/13 5:47 PM
Cliff Leckey | N. Ireland  Find all comments by Cliff Leckey
John UK wrote:
Aye, and I've never ever been over to Ulster either. Such things I've missed in my time on earth. Mind you, not far from me is a ferry terminal with trips daily to Rosslare. Worth going, Cliff?
I`ve just read this post john.I don`t know as i`ve never to Rosslare.
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News Item5/5/13 4:41 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Oh, guys you mean like this? (By the way, John U.K., I understand that Ulster has some fine tourist spots. Like the Giant's Staircase.) Oh, anyway,

[Lincoln Catholic] Bishop: Pray for 26.2 Minutes.

A story that can make you sad, angry, and both angry and sad. This bishop was converted from apparently a liberal Presbyterian Church, during the time of The New Catholic Evangelization--which unfortunately is still going on.

One can be sad that this fellow was ensnared in a false religious system, RCC Authority (PDF), and one would hope he would make a Pilgrimage From Rome.

The former Lincoln bishop tried to recruit priests (let's pray for 26.2 mins.?) he didn't succeed or the new bishop will either,

Matthew 23
15 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel about on sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.---NASB

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News Item5/5/13 4:04 PM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
Cliff Leckey wrote:
John you must have led a sheltered life.
Aye, and I've never ever been over to Ulster either. Such things I've missed in my time on earth. Mind you, not far from me is a ferry terminal with trips daily to Rosslare. Worth going, Cliff?
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News Item5/5/13 12:52 PM
Cliff Leckey | N. Ireland  Find all comments by Cliff Leckey
John UK wrote:
I've never been in a synagogue, let alone prayed in one.
John you must have led a sheltered life.
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News Item5/4/13 8:56 PM
FG | USA  Find all comments by FG
THAT'S what we need! Lord give us more prayer meetings where we CAN'T stop praying!
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News Item5/4/13 7:48 PM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
"The spontaneous prayer at Lumpkin County High School has become the talk of the town. Lumpkin County Schools Superintendent Dewey Moye said that a student started the prayer in a coach's office at 7:30 a.m. and it lasted more than two hours."

Good for them. Not only for the prayer itself, but for the gift of a couple fewer hours of public education.

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News Item5/4/13 7:00 PM
Observer  Find all comments by Observer
Biblical wrote:
..Blah, Look how silly I am ..

Ah but I suppose if you Bapty's can delete parts of the OT then you can delete the words of Christ too.

Thats Baptist religion for you.

...Matt 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."

We don't delete anything but we do let God's word interpret itself. In fact readers may have noticed a difference in our respective postings viz. that we handle the Word of God with confidence and reverence. Whereas you refer to it as a complete stranger and are happier either proof-texting or quoting others because you are not at home with God's word. You are more at home with your denominational writers than the Bible!

As for jot and tittle, you are so busy burying the New Covenant (with its momentous changes from the old order) with the Abrahamic that it is YOU stupid who is guilty of changing God's word to suit your man made theology!

You dare not let God's word speak for itself because it injures your unbiblical notions at every turn.

Which is why YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN!

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News Item5/4/13 4:54 PM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
Biblical wrote:


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News Item5/4/13 4:51 PM
Biblical  Find all comments by Biblical
John UK wrote:
I've never been in a synagogue, let alone prayed in one.
You should be complaining to Christ on this John. It was HIM who said these words.

Ah but I suppose if you Bapty's can delete parts of the OT then you can delete the words of Christ too.
Thats Baptist religion for you.

I expect you don't agree with Christ here too John .......
Matt 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."

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News Item5/4/13 4:40 PM
The Master's Slave | Canada  Contact via emailFind all comments by The Master's Slave
One must ask...what if these were Muslims?

A different story, I can assure you.

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News Item5/4/13 4:10 PM
Unprofitable Servant | Georgia  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
Jim Lincoln wrote:
...As you gentlemen pointed out pray marathons aren't really Biblical.
Luke 6:12 (NASB) "It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God."

Deuteronomy 9:18 (NASB) "I fell down before the Lord, as at the first, forty days and nights; I neither ate bread nor drank water, because of all your sin which you had committed in doing what was evil in the sight of the Lord to provoke Him to anger."

see also Daniel 10

sometimes they are appropriate

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News Item5/4/13 3:04 PM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
Jim Lincoln wrote:
John U.K.,
Mark 12
38 And in His teaching He was saying: "Beware of the scribes who like to walk around in long robes, and like respectful greetings in the market places,
39 and chief seats in the synagogues, and places of honor at banquets,
40 who devour widows' houses, and for appearance's sake offer long prayers; these will receive greater condemnation.

As you gentlemen pointed out pray marathons aren't really Biblical.
It's quality not quantity that counts!

Daniel wasn't much of a pray in a hurry kind of guy. But his many prayers weren't for appearance sake anyway.
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News Item5/4/13 2:08 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
John U.K.,

Mark 12
38 And in His teaching He was saying: "Beware of the scribes who like to walk around in long robes, and like respectful greetings in the market places,
39 and chief seats in the synagogues, and places of honor at banquets,
40 who devour widows' houses, and for appearance's sake offer long prayers; these will receive greater condemnation."---NASB

As you gentlemen pointed out pray marathons aren't really Biblical. Prayer As Taught By Jesus, Part 1 and Prayer As Taught By Jesus, Part 2.

It's quality not quantity that counts!

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News Item5/4/13 1:08 PM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
when thou prayest wrote:
Matt 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
I've never been in a synagogue, let alone prayed in one.
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News Item5/4/13 12:53 PM
Unprofitable Servant | Georgia  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
when thou prayest wrote:
Matt 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly."
The Bible is full of people praying in public. Our Lord even prayed in public. Daniel was thrown to the lions for praying in public view. Not all prayer has to be in private. I do agree that any public prayer should be born out of a life of private prayer. If your public prayer is to be seen of men and heard of men, then you have your reward. But if I am understanding your post, you are implying that prayer should be reserved for the closet only, and that is not what the Scripture teaches. Forgive me if I am misunderstanding your post
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News Item5/4/13 12:37 PM
when thou prayest  Find all comments by when thou prayest
Matt 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly."

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News Item5/4/13 11:54 AM
Unprofitable Servant | Georgia  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
[AUTHOR]John Yurich USA
... The First Amendment guarantees Freedom of Religion which means that nobody can interfere with how someone practices their religion. And that includes students in public schools and factory workers if they arrive late because they were practicing their religion in the manner that they wished to do on any particular day.[/QUOTE]Totally agree about the right to exercise your first amendment rights. However, you then will face the consequences of your behavior. If you choose to not be on time to work so that you can pray, so be it. The company may not interfere with you doing that. They also have no obligation to keep you on their payroll. The school has no obligation to not carry out the set consequences they have for students who miss class. Let everything be done decently and in order. The young people took a potentially good thing for the testimony of Christ and essentially gave it a black eye. Also, for further clarification, freedom of religion is not license to do anything in the name of religion. You can't legally have a religion, for instance, that has human sacrifices, or partaking in illegal drugs and be protected under the first amendment.
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News Item5/4/13 10:21 AM
joe lee | usa  Find all comments by joe lee
These kids knowingly violated the rules but the larger point is that the rules should be different. Rather than smothering Christianity at the front door, Christ should be invited in and every subject taught as His creation and under His rule.
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News Item5/4/13 10:07 AM
Observer  Find all comments by Observer
Barry from KY wrote:
...if I arrived to work late and told them I was praying, I would be terminated.....
I think your 'employment' would be terminated, otherwise they'd be answering a charge of murder.

And they'd be quite right to terminate your employment. You're paid to do their bidding during the hours of your employment! If ya take paid time to do the stuff you want, then you're stealing!

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