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1. NC VALUES: Blessed Good Friday
2. NC VALUES: Double blessings
3. NC VALUES VOICE: Live With Congressman Greg Murphy
This week we launched a new initiative called “The NC Values Voice”, a periodical 30-minute interview by Executive Director, Tami Fitzgerald, with a special guest.
The interviews will be aired on Facebook Live Wednesday nights at 7:30pm. Our goal is to inform and motivate our statewide coalition members with current, relevant information.
This week's program featured Congressman Greg Murphy from Greenville. Being a physician, Dr. Murphy is able to address the COVID-19 crisis medically, and with current knowledge of what Congress is doing about it.
Due to next Wednesday falling on Easter week, we won't be having our next NC Values Voice program until Wednesday, April 22nd. Our next special guest is Tom Phillips, Vice President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and will include a report on the work Samaritan's Purse is doing during this COVID-19 pandemic.
4. N&O: NC Treasurer Folwell describes his ‘intense’ battle with COVID-19
5. NC VALUES: More pro-lifers were arrested last weekend, including David Benham
Would you consider taking a minute today to join over 5,300+ of your neighbors who have signed our click-to-contact letter to Governor Cooper and Secretary of NCDHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy K. Cohen, and ask them to close abortion clinics and redirect PPE and other medical equipment to our state's needed coronavirus response?
Click to contact Governor Cooper: https://www.ncvalues.org/close_abortion_clinics
ONGOING PRAYER: CORONAVIRUS
LORD, we pray to you regarding the health pandemic facing our nation and the world. Christ—you are the Great Physician—and we bring to you a solemn petition in regards to our physical, social, and economic health.
Protect our bodies and our nation as we combat the coronavirus. We pray that our leaders in office will be blessed with wisdom to make decisions in the interest of public health and saving lives. We pray in particular for the elderly, who are most at risk to experience complications when infected. We pray for all the medical professionals on the front-lines of battling this virus.
LORD, protect all of us from infection, and may you work through your Church in the midst of this crisis to help bring people to acknowledge you are sovereign and good. We pray deeply that people will come to salvation, and that our neighbors will spend their time wisely with their families praising God for our blessings.
We pray that this virus will quickly die out, that our public efforts—as communities and neighbors—will slow the virus' spread and impact. LORD, we ask for you to work through those individuals currently developing a cure, and plead that it may come soon. We also pray for all those who will be impacted by the economic fallout of the measures taken to combat the viruses. Be with individuals nearing retirement who will have their savings ravaged; be with small business owners and employees—particularly those in recreation, dining, part-time employment, and vacation industries—who may face bankruptcy and financial stress related to economic decline; be with our nation as a whole, as it sets itself on the difficult path of recovering physically and economically from this virus.
LORD, we acknowledge you are good, and that your provision for your children is unquestionable. May your inspired words remind us in this time of panic and anxiety:
"Be not anxious for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than the food, and the body than the raiment? Behold the birds of the heaven, that they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; and your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are not ye of much more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit unto the measure of his life? And why are ye anxious concerning raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God doth so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Be not therefore anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? For after all these things do the Gentiles seek; for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Be not therefore anxious for the morrow: for the morrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." (Matthew 6:25-34)
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