Thursday, May 1, 2008

400-408 – • Snopes, The Wright Stuff.  Rev. Joe Wright, pastor of the Central Christian Church of Wichita, gave the opening prayer at a session of the Kansas House of Representatives in January 1996.  A version of this prayer has traveled the world via the internet, though it is not the original actually given before the governing body.  And, Wright modeled his prayer after one Bob Russell gave at the 1995 Kentucky Governor's Prayer Breakfast in Frankfort, Kentucky.  Here's the actual prayer Wright gave.
Heavenly Father, we come before you to ask your forgiveness. We seek your direction and your guidance. We know your word says, "Woe to those who call evil good." But that's what we've done.
We've lost our spiritual equilibrium. We have inverted our values. We have ridiculed the absolute truth of your word in the name of moral pluralism. We have worshiped other gods and called it multiculturalism.
We have endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle.
We've exploited the poor and called it a lottery. We've neglected the needy and called it self-preservation. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. In the name of choice, we have killed our unborn. In the name of right to life, we have killed abortionists.
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem. We have abused power and called it political savvy. We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it taxes. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.
Search us, oh, God, and know our hearts today. Try us. Show us any wickedness within us. Cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent here by the people of the State of Kansas, and that they have been ordained by you to govern this great state.
Grant them your wisdom to rule.  May their decisions direct us to the center of your will. And, as we continue our prayer and as we come in out of the fog, give us clear minds to accomplish our goals as we begin this Legislature. For we pray in Jesus' name, Amen.
413-423 On this National Day of Prayer, I want to know how has God answered your recent prayers?
428-437Be a part of a once-in-a-lifetime opinion group that shapes our sound just hit the "Your Opinion Counts" button at for details!
512-523 – • Frank Pastore, Prayer Offered at the 5/1/08 Inland Empire Prayer Breakfast, Ontario, Ca.
Heavenly Father, on this National Day of Prayer, we ask Your forgiveness for all our many sins and we seek Your direction and Your guidance for our blessed nation.
At our nation's birth, we declared our independence with these words,
WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness — That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Lord, we believe that You have created all men equal, and we believe this truth to be self-evident.
We know rights must come either from You or from Government, and if from government they can be revoked, but if from You, then they are unalienable and can never be revoked. 
We believe it is the responsibility of government to secure these rights, and if government fails to do so, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish that government.
We believe that a government's just powers derive from the consent of the governed, and a government without that consent is unjust and deserves to be replaced with new government.
Lord, thank you that we no longer need a revolution to establish our independence or to form new governments, but with the blessings of liberty and freedom, and the responsibility of self-government, comes the ability to change governments with ballots rather than bullets.
Yet, Lord, forgive us that too few of your children cast ballots for those who will promote your values, proclaim your truth, and protect your Name.  When your children are silent, darkness prevails.  We only get the leaders we deserve.
And Lord, we know that when Your Word confronts the sinner, either Your Word will work to change that sinner, or the sinner will work to change your Word.
Lord, may we no longer fear to preach Your Word.
Search us, O God, and know our hearts today; try us and see if there be some wicked way in us; cleanse us from every sin and set us free; rekindle the fire of truth and righteousness within our hearts, and empower us to be the salt and light You have called us to be.
Lord as we live with deception and deceit all around us, help us to be men and women of truth, integrity, and trust,
And Lord, help us to see that if You are not Lord of all, You are not Lord at all;
We ask these things in the name of Your Son, the Living Savior, Jesus Christ. 
523 – [2:00] Don Rohde (818) 262-2092.  For the past 36 years, Don has been a sales manager at Galpin, the #1 volume Ford dealer in the world for the past 18 consecutive years.  Galpin has been family-owned and operated for the past 59 years, and 90% of their business is repeat or referral.  Galpin offers Ford, Lincoln-Mercury, Honda, Mazda, Saturn, Volvo, Jaguar, and Aston Martin.  Located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley at Roscoe and the 405.
528-539Mark Gungor, senior pastor of Bayside Church in Green Bay Wisconsin, author of Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage (, and his Better Marriage Minute is heard on 250 stations nationwide, on why laughter really can be the best medicine for an ailing marriage.
539 – [1:30] "Your Independent, Unbiased, Advisors: The Money Guys" Robert Micone/Bill O'Connor at Applied Financial, 866-SEEK-COUNSEL, and online at
544-554Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton sound bytes.
558-608Jordon Hudgens of The Vidshadow Network (, is the youngest CEO of any publicly-traded company, and he runs one of the fastest-growing video distribution networks in America, providing advanced streaming video for both consumers and corporate clients.  Jordon shares where he thinks new media is headed.
[The Biola Media Conference ( is this Saturday, beginning at 8am, at CBS in Studio City.  Register online.]
612-623Arthur Anderson, a producer-director of such hits as Mission Impossible 2, The Hostage, Windtalkers and the TV pilot for Lost in Space, and Dan Rupple, who's worked on such projects as The Price is Right and The David Letterman Show, and who's also the Honorary Chairman of the Christian Comedy Association, join us to talk about the culture and politics of Hollywood.
628-639Jerry Bowyer, nationally-syndicated columnist and chief economist for the Benchmark Financial Network (, on the economics of the current worldwide food shortage.
644-655My prayer reprise.