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National Day of Prayer is May 4

The 66th annual observance of the National Day of Prayer will be held in Montevideo on May 4 at city hall from noon to 1 p.m.

Our nation is struggling in very challenging times. We need to come together in prayer.

The theme for 2017 National Day of Prayer is “for your great name’s sake,” emphasizing the need for individuals to join together in corporate prayer, calling on the unfailing character of God, who is sovereign over all governments, authorities and men. The God under whom this nation stands.

As an act of Congress, National Day of Prayer is intended for all people of faith to pray to the God of their understanding. It enables us to follow our founding fathers’ example of seeking wisdom from God, following the footsteps of this nation’s founders, who fought for religious freedom.

Millions of people will assemble at thousands of local National Day of Prayer events across America where they will take time out of their daily schedules to intercede on behalf of their communities, their nation and their leaders.

We will be praying for seven different categories: government, military, media, business, education, church and family. Please join us at this critical time for our nation.

—Barb Morseth


Not hateful of Muslims

We want to encourage you to carefully read through the feature we had published in this paper and weekend shoppers comparing Christianity and Islam.

As you will see, we are not talking about differences such as method of baptism or the shape of the cross.

We are talking about the most important foundational issues upon which Christianity is built. Remove those and the church will no longer be Christ’s church.

Also, contrary to the total misrepresentation of the meeting held in Montevideo’s library, we are not hateful of Muslims. We love them, are concerned for their eternal souls, and are willing to risk such attacks ourselves in order to speak the truth in love.

We are not showing them love when we allow them to continue on the road to destruction by their denial of the deity of Jesus Christ. Plain and simple.

—Pastor John Runyan


There is no middle ground

Islam says that Allah has no son, but 2 John 2:22 says, “Who is a liar? Who else but the person who rejects Jesus as the Messiah? The person who rejects the Father and the Son is an antichrist.”

Allah is not the Father and Muslims reject Jesus as the Messiah and the Son. Islam is antichrist. It really is that simple. There is no middle ground. You must choose one or the other.  

—Steve Emery