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Local service for National Day of Prayer to be held today
In this file photo from the 2007 National Day of Prayer, Cpl. Kevin Hoffman, far left, of the Georgia National Guard joins veterans Jimmy Walker, George Beavers, and Burtt "Hawkeye" Higgins in a prayer. Bulloch County will observe the 2008 National Day of Prayer today at the Bulloch County Courthouse. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/file
    A prayer service held on the lawn of the Bulloch County Courthouse will be just one of tens of thousands of prayer events planned across the country today, in recognition of the 57th Annual National Day of Prayer. The service begins at 11:30 a.m. After the service, a luncheon will be held at R.J.’s Steakery, with Dr. Michael Guido as the guest speaker. Tickets for the luncheon are $10.
    This year’s theme, “Prayer! America’s Strength and Shield,” is based on Psalm 28:7: “The Lord is my strength and shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.” The Lord hears and responds to His children’s cry for help. He is their strength, refuge, and courage in personal and national times of suffering, despair and loss.
    “This is a critical time to be in prayer for our country. The biblical principles upon which America was founded are under attack in every segment of society,” said Shirley Dobson, chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force. “We pray God will raise righteous leaders for our country.”
    Mrs. Dobson also announced Ravi Zacharias as the 2008 honorary chairman. On Thursday, May 1, he will address the National Observance at the Cannon House Office Bldg. and the Pentagon celebration, both in Washington, D.C. President of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, he is also an acclaimed Christian scholar, apologist, author and speaker. In honor of the National Day of Prayer, he has authored the book, “Is There Not a Cause,” which links the story of Nehemiah rebuilding Jerusalem to the task that Christ has given us today to reach the lost.
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