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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Schuller Family Praying for Peace

Praying For Peace

There is always beauty and calm to be remembered....even in the midst of turmoil

What a devastating news week this has been.  First the unfathomable downing of the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet which was fired on by a missile, then the escalation of fighting in The Holy Land which has resulted in closing the International airport in Tel Aviv for many inbound and outbound flights.  I won't for a minute believe that God caused any of this but I do believe that God has a hand in the healing of the hearts of people.  I know that there are many broken bodies but also broken hearts.  For all of the families affected by the terrible airline disaster....heal their hearts.  For all of the people affected by the continued war in Israel and Palestine, heal their hearts and heal their land.

Just last week at a prayer service that Donna and I spoke at In Washington D.C....a Palestinian and a Jew lighting a peace candle.  Sometimes political interests get in the way of lasting peace.

"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things."   Philippians 4:8 NIV

Even though there is pain and destruction all around, try to keep yourself in a peaceful state so that you may pass that peace to others.   The world needs it.

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God is blessing you through it all.    Robert A. Schuller

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Denzel Washington and Prayer

Prayer Time for Actors?

 I just read this article posted by Ted Baehr of Movie Guide.  It's a good reminder.  

Also, join me and my wife Donna this coming Sunday, June 15th as we host The Call, our monthly telephone gathering where we pray together, read scripture, share a brief word, and take your questions, if you want to ask one.  All you need is a phone.  Dial 530-881-1300 at 6pm PDT and key-in 642848# when prompted.  And remember...we do this on the 15th of each and every month so if you can't join us this weekend, then please do so in July and in the following months.


                             (I had the pleasure of interviewing Denzel in 2007)


"Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night."  Thomas Fuller



Denzel Washington Encourages Young Actors to Pray Every Morning
By Diana Anderson-Tyler, Contributing Writer
A popular Facebook video recently shared by R&B singer Tyrese Gibson showed Movieguide® Award nominee and Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington speaking to young actors about the importance of both prayer and humility before God as they achieve success on stage.
“I pray that you all put your shoes way under the bed at night so that you got to get on your knees in the morning,” Washington said, followed by an exuberant eruption of applause. “And, while you’re down there, thank God for grace, and mercy, and understanding. We all fall short of the glory. We all got plenty.”
Washington went on to underscore the foolishness of focusing on material wealth, explaining that, though he has earned millions of dollars during his career, not a cent of it will follow him into eternity.
“You’ll never see a U-Haul behind a hearse. I’ll say it again. You’ll never see a U-Haul behind a hearse,” the actor emphasized. “It’s not how much you have, but what you do with what you have.”
Rather than strive to accumulate wealth that is temporal, Washington exhorted his young audience to make it their goal to positively affect people with their gifts.
“We all have different gifts. . . . Use it. Share it. That’s what counts,” he said.
Washington mentioned one of his co-stars in the Broadway adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry’s A RAISIN IN THE SUN and shared how the young actor always leads the cast in prayer before each show.
“[Bryce Clyde Jenkins] is prayed up. He just prays that we go out and touch someone tonight. He says, ‘God, somebody out there needs us tonight.’”
Mr. Washington has let it be known in various interviews that he considers his acting talent a blessing to be used to impact others.
“I asked my pastor years ago, ‘Do you think I should become a minister or preacher?’ And, he says, ‘Well, that’s what you’re doing already,’” Washington said in an interview with the Internet site, Beliefnet.
Washington’s message, while certainly needed in the fast-moving, self-promoting sphere of Hollywood, is also a relevant one for you and me. We all have a stage, a story to tell, and unique God-given gifts and abilities with which to dazzle the world for the sake of the Gospel, but, in order to make the most of our time and our talents, we desperately need the two things Mr. Washington highlighted to his captivated audience:  daily prayer, and an others-oriented, eternal perspective.
- Sources:  Charisma News, 05/28/14.

God is blessing you.   Pastor R.A.S.