Tomorrow, April 28, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for and against redefining marriage in America. The very institution of God’s design for marriage as only between one man and one woman is on trial.

As hard as it is to believe, nine people will decide if our nation will honor God and obey Him, or turn its back on the most fundamental building block of society and on God himself.

This will be the most important decision in the history of America along with the Roe v Wade that legalized abortion.

I think all Christians, rational folks and people of good will need to … pray.

Here are four prayers to help you express your heart and mind to God.

Please, for the sake of our nation, Pray. (Posted by AFA ActionAlert edited by me)

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This is an interesting and insightful piece on Islam. There is no question it will continue to be the growing issue for America, Christians and the freedom of thought and rationality. 

A new Pew Research Center study that looks at the future of world religions and potential population growth around the globe found that the Muslim faith is rising at a faster rate than Christianity—with the possibility that Islam could equal Christianity as the largest world religion for the first time ever.

According to the study “The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050,” “the religious profile of the world is rapidly changing, driven primarily by differences in fertility rates and the size of youth populations among the world’s major religions, as well as by people switching faiths. Over the next four decades, Christians will remain the largest religious group, but Islam will grow faster than any other major religion.”

Southern Evangelical Seminary President Dr. Richard Land said that while projections of the rise of Islam underscore the need for Christian apologetics in the United States, the Pew study doesn’t tell the full story.

Statistics to the right found here.

“This study is an interesting commentary on the rise of the Muslim faith, as well as the possible decline in the percentages of Christians—both around the world and in America,” Land said. “This research underscores the importance of being able to defend our faith by speaking rationally, intelligently, passionately and with grace about what we believe and why we believe it. At the same time, the study misses some important rumblings within the Islamic faith itself that may significantly change projections of strong growth.”

Indeed, according to Dr. Daniel Janosik, Director of Islamic Studies at SES, Islam is on the brink of both a physical and an academic implosion.

“Internally, we see a growing divide between Sunni and Shia Islam,” Janosik said. “But perhaps even more significant is an impending Quranic implosion. More and more, Muslims are realizing that the Quran does not have the earmarks of a revelation of God but, instead, is a man-made book. And with this realization is coming an exodus of Muslims from the Islamic faith. This academic implosion will have a much greater effect of turning Muslims away from Islam than recent criticisms of the Bible have had over the last several centuries—the reason being that we have been able to answer criticisms of the Bible and demonstrate its trustworthiness. Supporters of the Quran will be unable to do the same.”

Janosik said that the projections of the Pew study are based on present conditions, but these conditions are changing rapidly.

“For 1,400 years, Islam has been in existence. For 1,375 years, there were relatively few conversions to Christianity. In the last 20 years, however, there have been hundreds of thousands—perhaps millions—of Muslims converting to Christianity. Why? Because God is on the move and is doing something new.”…

For the rest of this important article visit “More Muslims Getting Revelation that Quran is a Man-Made Book”

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I have a soft spot in my heart for this man because he has had a PROFOUND impact on our family. It was his message over the airwaves in 1953 that first brought my mom to Christ and my mom and dad then brought us boys to a living and vibrant knowledge of Jesus Christ. 

Then when I was 17 years old Billy Graham had a huge impact on me — so much so that after hearing him on the radio in about 1969 I slipped out the back door of our country home and with my long hair and bell bottom jeans walked down the dirt road with tears in my eyes.

I remember looking up to heaven and saying, “Jesus, I am only 17 years old but tonight I am going to give my whole life to you!”

It was a — if not THE, defining moment in my life. I have great respect and admiration for this good Baptist preacher and will some day in heaven look him straight in the eyes and thank him for reaching a rebellious 17 year old kid for Christ.

Below is a video of Billy Graham, now old and weak, giving a talk to the scientists in Silicon Valley. He may be fragile with age but his words are powerful, precise and ever so pertinent to our society today. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Join Jesse Romero and Steve Ray in the Holy Land

April 25, 2015

…this November! Click HERE. Or call sparran@ctscentral.net or 1-800-727-1999, ext.121.    

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Who Would Dare to Love ISIS? The People of the Cross, thats’ who

April 25, 2015

The first reaction is to hate ISIS but the People of the Cross, the Christians of the Middle East have sent them a “Letter” in the form of a beautiful video.

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Are You Born Again? A Few of the Questions I Answered Wednesday on Catholic Answers Live

April 23, 2015

A Few of the Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live — Are You Born Again? To listen on-line, click here. For Podcasts and other options, click here.  **************************************** 1. As a Baptist, what did you used to believe about being born again? 2. How do you now answer if someone asks you if you [...]

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Feast Day for a Deserter? Yup! Read the Story of St. Mark

April 23, 2015

His voice boomed over the crowds in Rome as it had done all around the Roman Empire. The large fisherman was aging but his voice was still filled with intensity and conviction. The thronging crowds listened with curiosity. Rome was the hub of the civilized world and Peter preached the message of a Jewish rabbi named [...]

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My Grandson’s Surprising Three Instrument Composition – in one day!

April 21, 2015

My son Jesse wrote this morning about our 12 year old grandson Joshua Thomas Ray. Here is what he said,  “Yesterday I teased Joshua about his compositions only having one instrument in them. Today I came home from work and he asked me to listen to this (video below) also linking his sheet music. It [...]

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From San Francisco’s “Gay Mecca” to Healing in Christ (Boy, doesn’t that sound politically incorrect :-)

April 20, 2015

Catholic World Report Interview: Visit a street fair in San Francisco’s Castro district and you’re likely to meet Joseph Sciambra, 45, wearing a “Jesus loves you” t-shirt and handing out copies of his book,Swallowed by Satan. It tells the story of how, as a boy growing up in a lax Catholic family in Napa, California, [...]

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“Prominent Catholics” Attacking Great Archbishop

April 18, 2015

‘Prominent’ Catholics attacking Archbishop Cordileone are big donors to Pelosi and pro-abort Democrats | News | LifeSite 

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Last Day of Fatima, Avila, Lourdes and more pilgrimage: Mass at Lourde’s Grotto, Tours and Final Comments and Farewells

April 18, 2015

It was a great day today but sad as well. It is always sad to say Good-bye and leave each other after spending such a wonderful ten days together in such tremendously powerful spiritual sites. Today we started with Mass at the Grotto where Our Lady appeared to St. Bernadette and revealed herself as the [...]

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New Talk by Steve Ray: “Giving Yourself to God”

April 17, 2015

I gave a parish mission and the folks said this was the best of my three talks. You can now purchase it on MP3. CD audio disk coming soon. This is no warmed-over churchy homily on stewardship and tithing. This is about YOU, your life and your commitments. Our time is short, our lives are [...]

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SUNDAY IS COMING! A New Kind of Church!

April 17, 2015

Aren’t we all tired of old liturgies from the first centuries? Shouldn’t we update our church services? The time has come to compete with Hollywood and the new generation! Announcing!  Here is the NEW model of church — for the new generation who’s tired of the same old, same old, same old…. This Sunday, join [...]

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Full Day at Lourdes France including Tour of Shrine and Bernadette’s Sites – and the Evening Procession

April 16, 2015

Today was St. Bernadette’s feast day and everyone thought it pretty special to be here in Lourdes, touring the Shrine, having Mass and visiting all the historical sites related to her life. I got some great shots and involvement with the evening procession with thousands of people from all over the world, all united in [...]

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Interesting Pictures of Mary – Can You Figure them Out?

April 16, 2015

Question 1 Do you understand why this is a picture of Mary? (Hint: Catechism paragraph no. 724.) Question 2 Is Moses kneeling to worship the bush? Question 3 Why is the picture to the left a “statue of Mary” (Hint: Heb 9:4)? Question 4 What is in the womb of Mary? (Hint: Jn. 6:48-50; Jn. [...]

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Driving thru Spectacular Mountais to Lourdes France!

April 15, 2015

We took a driving tour of spectacular Zaragosa Spain then took off north towards France, heading to Lourdes.  The Pyrenees Mountains separating Spain and France were stunning and beautiful – still covered with snow as we went through the waterfalls and rushing streams, tunnels and forests. We arrived in the Lourdes with songs of praise and [...]

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