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By Allen Payton
About 300 people attended the annual Antioch Prayer Breakfast at the Lone Tree Golf & Event Center, Thursday morning, to pray as part of the National Day of Prayer. This year’s theme was “Wake Up, America.”
The event, held on the first Thursday of May, each year, included prayers for our nation, state and local officials, military, businesses, as well as schools and students, led by various pastors and individuals.
Antioch Mayor Wade Harper opened the morning event with the Pledge of Allegiance and by quoting from the Bible, Second Chronicles, chapter seven, verse 14: “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
He said “Prayer is not a spectator sport. You have to join in,” then led the audience in an opening prayer.
Those in attendance were also treated to a capella renditions of America the Beautiful and God Bless America by Emery Williams of The Church @ Antioch, and sang along with her during the latter song.
Pastor Larry Navilhon or Cornerstone Christian Center offered a prayer for our nation and state. SMS John Steger, USAF, Retired then prayed for the military. He was followed by Shantell Owens of Dickey’s Barbeque Pit who prayed for businesses in our community. Tim Forrester of the Antioch Unified School District then offered a prayer for our students and schools, followed by Pastor Kent Valentine of Calvary Open Bible Church who prayers for our local community and families.
Each time a prayer was said for a different level of government or different segment of our community, those who serve or work in that area were asked to stand.
Led by event coordinator Mike Pollard, those gathered then stood and joined in reciting this year’s National Prayer, written by Dr. Tony Evans, this year’s Honorary Chairman, as follows:
Dear heavenly Father, we come to You today as a humble people desperate for Your supernatural intervention on behalf of our beloved nation. First, we thank You for all the blessings You have bestowed on our land, blessings that have allowed us to bring so much good and benefit to not only our own citizens but also to the rest of the world. The very ideals upon which this country was founded were based on biblical truths, no matter how some try to rewrite history to deny that very fact today.
This is why our hearts are so broken over how You continue to be marginalized and dismissed by both our people and our institutions. We are also saddened by the fact that Your people have contributed greatly to the spiritual apathy that now engulfs us. Our satisfaction in remaining religious without being fully committed to living out the truths of Your Word has caused us to become co-conspirators with the forces of evil that are destroying us as a society.
It is for this reason that we personally and collectively repent of our carnality and recommit ourselves to becoming visible and verbal disciples of Jesus Christ. Enable us, by Your Spirit, to no longer be secret agent Christians but rather to publicly declare and live out Your truth in a spirit of love so that You feel welcome in our country once again.
Thank You for Your promise to hear our prayers when we call to You with hearts of repentance and obedience, which is how we are appealing to You today, Father. On behalf of Your church, we affirm afresh the priority You are to us that You would fill every dimension of our lives as we seek to bring You glory through the advancement of Your kingdom in our personal lives, our family lives, and in the lives of our churches and our government leaders. We confidently invite heaven’s intervention into all the affairs of our nation and we praise You in advance for Your answer.
In Jesus’ name we pray.
For more information about the annual observance, visit www.nationaldayofprayer.org.
Happy Easter! He is risen!
By Larry Adams
Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, . . .1 Corinthians 15:1-4
We receive plenty of messages throughout our lives that are of great importance, but none more important than the message of Easter.
The good news of Jesus’ death on the cross to pay for our sins and His burial in a tomb is a vital part of that message. But the best news of all is that the grave couldn’t hold Him. Jesus rose again! He conquered sin, death the grave for all of us. He is alive and is offering hope, forgiveness and eternal life to all who believe and receive Him into their lives.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is our historical proof and guarantee that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life, the only way to God. His resurrection sets Christianity apart from every other religion and approach to God.
All the religions of the world except four are based in pure philosophy. They are the inventions of men.
The four religions that remain are based on the teachings of their founders, (Judaism/Abraham; Islam/Mohammad; Buddhism/Gautama and Christianity/ Jesus Christ).
All four founders died. Three are still in their graves. Only Jesus rose again and only Jesus lives to offer eternal life to all who come to Him by faith.
That’s why Easter is celebrated by millions of people worldwide. Easter is the celebration of life in Jesus Christ who died for our sins, conquered our death and rose again to give eternal life to all who believe and receive Him. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26) This is still life’s most important message.
Larry Adams is the Senior Pastor of Golden Hills Community Church, which has campuses in both Antioch and Brentwood. He and his wife Karla are residents of Antioch.
This was first published on April 19, 2014.
Fellowship Church holds ribbon cutting, tour of new building for Antioch’s business, community leadersFriday, March 4th, 2016
By Allen Payton
Antioch business and community leaders joined Pastor Shaun and Dianna Nepstad on Thursday, March 3rd for a ribbon cutting at the new building for Fellowship Church in Antioch. Located in the former Orchard Supply Hardward building at 4873 Lone Tree Way, the church as grown from 22 people in a living room in 2003 to a weekly attendance of over 2,100 people.
Speaking of the new building, Pastor Nepstad shared some thoughts.
“We started this whole process about two-and-a-half years ago,” he said. Our church really is about the community Our slogan is Hope and Healing. Hope for tomorrow and healing for their yesterday. We want to give honor back to the city and to one another.”
“This is not a business but we function with all of you,” Nepstad shared with the business owners in attendance. “We’re all in the same business of reaching people in some capacity. Let’s team up together to change the region.”
“I believe our best days are ahead of us for Antioch,” he added.
Then Dianna Nepstad spoke.
“I just want you to know we want to add value to the city,” she stated. “We want to elevate the city. Promotion of the people of God. That leads to a quality of life. Right now is the best time for us. Like my husband said, our best days are ahead of us.”
Representing the City of Antioch, Mayor Wade Harper offered his thoughts.
“This is a great ministry,” he said. “Come and visit. Come and join. The pastor is anointed. He’s funny. You’ll see his members out in the community.”
Speaking of the process for approval the church went through for the new building, Harper said “I made some calls and said I’m the mayor I want them here. What’s the problem?”
“We have a lot of people in Antioch who want to serve God,” he continued.“Anything we can do to serve you please let us know.”
Then Antioch Chamber of Commerce CEO Sean Wright said “I want to thank you for your investment in our community. But I would like you to say a prayer then cut the ribbon.”
Colleen Isenberg representing Congressman Jerry McNerney presented the Nepstads with a certificate of special Congresssional recognition. That was followed by Erica Rodriguez of State Assemblyman Jim Frazier’s office, who presented them with a certificate of recognition.
Then the ribbon was cut marking the official opening and those in attendance were treated to refreshments and a tour of the new building.
Fellowship Church services will be held in their new building for the first time, this Sunday, March 6 at 9:00 a.m. and 11 a.m., and 5:00 p.m.. For more information visit www.thefellowshipchurch.com.