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PRESCRIBING PRAYER FOR HEALTH CARE

To treat her arthritis and her thyroid condition, 63-year-old Elizabeth Allendorf sees her doctor every few months, but she prays everyday.

"Without faith, without meditation, without God, I am telling you, it wouldn’t be," says Allendorf. "It would be just awful, it would be just terrible."

It turns out, as CBS News Correspondent Elizabeth Kaledin reports, a lot of people feel the same way when it comes to prescribing prayer for health care.

One-third of Americans are using prayer for healing.

Dr. Anne McCaffrey of the Harvard Medical School conducted the survey of 2,000 Americans and found that faith is a critical part of health care for many and something most doctors don’t consider.

"It’s not a fringe thing," she says. "I think very mainstream Americans are using prayer in their daily lives."

SOURCE: (CBS)"Prescribing Prayer For Health Care"
April 26, 2004. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/04/26/
eveningnews/main613881.shtml

 
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A survey by Phi Delta Kappa, a professional educators fraternity, finds 60% of teachers support a constitutional amendment permitting spoken prayers in public schools. (The Pastor’s Weekly Briefing, 4/9/99)

 
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41% of 1st births to women ages 15 to 29, between ’90 and ’94 were by out-of-wedlock mothers.
70% of Americans favor prayer in public schools. (Foster letter 12/15/99)


 
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Warren Lamb
 
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In fact, I want to take a look for a moment at an interesting chain of events in Christian history.

• Sunday School teacher Edward Kimball helped lead Dwight L. Moody to Christ;
• J. Wilbur Chapman attended a Dwight L. Moody evangelistic meeting in Chicago in the 1870’s and received personal counseling and an assurance of his salvation from Mr. Moody. He later became a friend and coworker of DL Moody, hiring a former baseball star named Billy Sunday as an advance man for him;
• Billy Sunday held an evangelistic campaign in Charlotte in 1924 and a men’s prayer and fellowship group, originally known as the Billy Sunday Layman’s Evangelistic Club and later renamed as Charlotte Businessmen’s Club (CBMC), grew out of those meetings It was this group that invited Mordecai Ham to Charlotte to hold evangelistic meetings in 1934;
• Mordecai Ham preached a sermon where a 16 year-old young man now known as Billy Graham went forward and received Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior;
• And, Billy Graham has preache...

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The Prayer Cure: Several recent research efforts have clearly demonstrated a relationship between good health and spirituality; especially prayer and worship. Now 70 of the nation’s 125 medical schools have begun offering courses on spirituality and health. (WSJ 12/22/00)

 
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The Prayer Cure: Several recent research efforts have clearly demonstrated a relationship between good health and spirituality; especially prayer and worship. Now 70 of the nation’s 125 medical schools have begun offering courses on spirituality and health. (WSJ 12/22/00)



 
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Optimistic About Religion For Goodness Sake: Why So Many Want Religion to Play a Greater Role in American Life, published by Public Agenda finds the following about Americans attitudes toward religion in their lives.
· 85% say if more American were to become more religious, it’s likely that parents would do a better job of raising their kids.
· 69% say more religion is the best way to strengthen family values and moral behavior.
· 53% of both Americans and of Evangelicals say that public schools should deal with the issues of prayer in the classroom by having a moment of silence, not through expressly religious prayer.
· 52% say public schools often go overboard in taking the meaning out of holiday celebrations for most students by limiting the use of religious symbols.
· 60% say people should bring up their religious beliefs with co-workers with care while 30% advocate avoiding the topic altogether. (Church Business 9/01)



 
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The Condition of Society
“The fruit of the secular world view can be seen in around us. As we observe society, it is evident that not all is well. Television has degenerated into a bordello of violence, soft-pornography, anti-family sit-coms, commercials that appeal to immediate gratification, and senseless children’s cartoons that are full of violence, occultism, and disobedience to parents. It often portrays pastors as psychotics, priests as pedophiles, and religious people as insecure, ignorant, and bigoted.
The News is extremely biased and when speaking in areas where religious and secular morals collide, it uniformly presents information with loaded words. Instead of "pro-life" we hear "anti-abortion rights." Instead of "conservative" it is "right wing fundamentalist." Other words are used such as "Bible thumpers," "censorship," "intolerance," "bigoted," etc.
"According to the Center for Media and Public Affairs, the average TV watcher sees 14,000 references to sex and the average child "watches 8,000 murders and 100,000 acts of violence by the end of elementary school."
Illegitimacy is on the rise. In 1970 babies born out of wedlock were 10% of all births. In 1991, it was 30%. Rape is increasing as is violent crime, venereal disease, drug usage, and prison populations.
In many American schools the "Impressions" series is promoting the New Age and the occult. Some programs have students being taught that they alone are the ones who should decide if drug use is good or bad. Many school textbooks teach anti-family values, promote homosexuality, teach moral relativism, encourage sexual conduct, and, of course, instill evolution as a fact. In addition, they condemn the notion of a Christian God even being mentioned. Consider the following:
"When 10-year old Raymond Raines bowed his head and silently ...

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Church Attendance Surge Over: For the last three decades, Gallup Poll has found the percentage of Americans who attend church or synagogue weekly to hover between 39% and 43%. In May ‘01, the figure was 41%, in the 10 days after 9/11, it climbed to 47%—a noticeable rise, but no more than what is usual during the Christmas or Easter seasons. By early November, attendance had dropped back to 42%. George Barna, Barna Research Group, found a larger rise in church attendance than the Gallup Poll did, as well as a slight increase in Sunday school attendance. But Mr. Barna found no change in the number of people who said they had prayed to God, read the Bible, participated in a small prayer group, volunteered at church or made time for personal prayer or meditation. Even the number of those who said religious faith was very important in their lives stayed the same. He said. “I think it confirms that for the most part we take faith for granted, and we turn to religion in times of crisis. But after the immediate crisis passes, so does our flirtation with any kind of deeper faith.” Bookstores have been reporting many requests for Bibles and books on Islam. But over all, the sales figures for religious books after 9/11 “are really mixed,” said Bill Anderson, President of CBA. (NY Times 11/26/01)


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Small Groups Grow Participation in small groups that meet during the week for prayer, Bible study or spiritual fellowship (excluding Sunday school or other church classes) increased from 12% in ’94 to 20% today. Men’s participation increased 100% from 9% to 178%. (Barna Online 3/2/04)

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