Gen. Colin Powell Has Passed Away At Age 84

Gen. Colin Powell, the influential former secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who played a pivotal policy role during the administration of then-President George W. Bush, died Monday at 84 from complications related to COVID-19, his family announced.

“We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” his family said in a statement, adding that he was fully vaccinated.

The statement continued, “We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their caring treatment.”

Gen. Colin Powell speaking at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia on July 31, 2000.
Gen. Colin Powell speaking at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia on July 31, 2000. (Reuters, File)

“Thelma Lou” of Andy Griffith Fame Passes Away

A sad note, as another part of our childhood passes on.

Betty Lynn – the actress who played Barney Fife’s girlfriend, Thelma Lou on the Andy Griffith show – has passed away.

Lynn died Saturday at the age of 95 following a brief illness.  She appeared as Thelma Lou on the Andy Griffith Show between 1960 and 1965.  Her long career included many roles over the years in TV, movies, and radio; she also performed for American soldiers in war zones in Southeast Asia during World War II.


Man Kills Wife, Child and Then Turns Gun on Himself

Tiffani Hill won $2 million on a scratch-off lottery ticket in November 2020 while in California. Several months after winning the lottery, Hill married John Donato and moved to Calera, Oklahoma.

Now, the FBI is investigating after Donato allegedly shot and killed Hill before turning the gun on himself. Their one-year-old daughter was injured in the shooting and died at the hospital a few days later. Three other children in the home were uninjured in the shooting.

The FBI is involved in the investigation because the shooting occurred on tribal land. Hill was a registered member of the Choctaw Nation.

Theresa McGehee, the attorney representing the Hill family, said that the lottery winnings were a source of contention and likely led to the fatal shooting. She said that Hill’s family believes she was the victim of domestic violence and that she was trying to get out of the abusive relationship.


National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 6, 2021

The First Thursday of May

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. Our Task Force is a privately funded organization whose purpose is to encourage participation on the National Day of Prayer. It exists to communicate with every individual the need for personal repentance and prayer, to create appropriate materials, and to mobilize the Christian community to intercede for America’s leaders and its families. The Task Force represents a Judeo-Christian expression of the national observance, based on our understanding that this country was birthed in prayer and in reverence for the God of the Bible.

Click here to see the history of the National Day of Prayer.

“Fasting and prayer are religious exercises; the enjoining them an act of discipline. Every religious society has a right to determine for itself the time for these exercises, and the objects proper for them, according to their own particular tenets; and right can never be safer than in their hands, where the Constitution has deposited it.” 
—Thomas Jefferson, 1808

First Call of Prayer in 1775

Because of the faith of many of our founding fathers, public prayer and national days of prayer have a long-standing and significant history in American tradition. The Supreme Court affirmed the right of state legislatures to open their sessions with prayer in Marsh vs. Chambers (1983).

The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of our heritage. Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863. In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual national day of prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. Last year, all 50 state governors plus the governors of several U.S. territories signed similar proclamations.

Significance of the National Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer has great significance for us as a nation as it enables us to recall and to teach the way in which our founding fathers sought the wisdom of God when faced with critical decisions. It stands as a call for us to humbly come before God, seeking His guidance for our leaders and His grace upon us as a people. The unanimous passage of the bill establishing the National Day of Prayer as an annual event, signifies that prayer is as important to our nation today as it was in the beginning.

Like Thanksgiving or Christmas, this day has become a national observance placed on all Hallmark calendars and observed annually across the nation and in Washington, D.C. Every year, local, state, and federal observances were held from sunrise in Maine to sunset in Hawaii, uniting Americans from all socio-economic, political and ethnic backgrounds in prayer for our nation. It is estimated that over two million people attended more than 30,000 observances – organized by approximately 40,000 volunteers. At state capitols, county court houses, on the steps of city halls, and in schools, businesses, churches and homes, people stopped their activities and gathered for prayer.

The National Day of Prayer is Ours

The National Day of Prayer belongs to all Americans. It is a day that transcends differences, bringing together citizens from all backgrounds. Mrs. Shirley Dobson, NDP chairman emeritus, reminded us: “We have lost many of our freedoms in America because we have been asleep. I feel if we do not become involved and support the annual National Day of Prayer, we could end up forfeiting this freedom, too.”

Historical Summary

  • 1775 – The first Continental Congress called for a National Day of Prayer
  • 1863 – Abraham Lincoln called for such a day.
  • 1952 – Congress established NDP as an annual event by a joint resolution, signed into law by President Truman (82-324)
  • 1988 – The law was amended and signed by President Reagan, designating the NDP as the first Thursday in May (100-307).
  • There have been 146 national calls to prayer, humiliation, fasting and thanksgiving by the President of the United States (1789 – 2017).
  • There have been 69 Presidential Proclamations for a National Day of Prayer (1952 – 2017). Gerald R. Ford (1976), George H. Bush (1989 – 91), Barack H. Obama (2012), and Donald J. Trump (2017) are the only U.S. Presidents to sign multiple National Day of Prayer Proclamations in the same year.
  • Every President since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.
  • 35 of the 45 U.S. Presidents have signed proclamations for National Prayer. Three of the Presidents who did not sign a proclamation died while serving in office. Two Presidents, not included in the count—William Howard Taft and Warren Gamaliel Harding, signed proclamations for Thanksgiving and Prayer.
  • Records indicate there have been 1,526 state and federal calls for national prayer since 1775 and counting.

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Trailblazing Christian Music Artist – Carman – Has Passed Away

Trailblazing Christian music artist Carman Licciardello, known to fans simply as Carman, has died.

An update on his Facebook page says he passed away Tuesday, Feb. 16 at a Las Vegas, Nevada hospital after fighting a series of complications resulting from surgery to repair a hiatal hernia.

Carman, a GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame member, had turned 65 while in the hospital on Jan. 19.

As CBN News reported three weeks ago, he underwent hernia surgery which had resulted in a sudden, life-threatening crisis, including internal bleeding, organ failure, and then pneumonia.

Carman had been diagnosed with incurable multiple myeloma cancer in 2013. He experienced several years of recovery. Then he reported last year that cancer had returned but he wouldn’t stop fighting and he planned to continue touring.

Last week, Carman’s team reported on his Facebook page, “Due to his long fight with cancer and the effect that has on the body, his bounce back from this has been slower than he would like. He appreciates all of the care and prayers you have sent his way.”

In announcing Carman’s death on Feb. 16, his manager Matt Felts said, “This world has lost a light in the darkness but today Carman saw first hand the fruit of his labors.”

Carman received dozens of major honors and awards over the decades before being inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2018.

He reportedly holds the world record for having the largest audience to see a single Christian artist. He set the record for the largest concert at Texas Stadium with more than 71,000 fans and led more than 80,000 fans in worship in Chattanooga, Tennessee


9th Person Arrested for Attack on U. S. Capitol

BUFORD, Ga. — Another man from Georgia has been arrested on charges relating to the attack on the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Verden Andrew Nalley, 49, of Buford, was arrested Tuesday.

Information about what charges Nalley faces has not been released yet.

The FBI said that the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the arrest.

Nalley is the ninth person from Georgia arrested after violent protesters supporting former President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol. Seven people, including a woman from Kennesaw, died as a result of attack.