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Parents of septuplets to speak at Sunday School luncheon

Fri, 16 Feb 2007 - 2:08 PM CST

"Train Up a Child," is this year's theme for the General Council Christian Education and Sunday School Luncheon. Highlighting the theme will be special guest speakers Kenneth and Bobbi McCaughey, parents of the first surviving healthy septuplets in recorded history.

With eight children (septuplets plus an older sibling), the McCaugheys (pronounced "McCoys") have learned to rely on God to meet their family's needs, and when asked about their challenges, the McCaugheys are quick to give God credit for their success.

"Their testimony as Christian believers is such an amazing and strong story," says Wes Bartel, director of the Assemblies of God national Sunday School Department. Bartel recalls seeing the media coverage after the septuplets birth and being amazed by the way the McCaugheys testified of God's grace, committing to raise their children in such a way that would glorify God.

The McCaugheys have been living in the media spotlight since the birth of their septuplets in November 1997. This extraordinary event has allowed the McCaugheys to publicly attest to God's faithfulness, making headlines in media such as "Newsweek," "LIFE Magazine" and "CNN.com" and appearances on "Dateline NBC," and "Oprah."

Together the McCaugheys have written a book entitled "Seven from Heaven," which appeared on the New York Times Bestseller list, and Bobbi has also written a second book, "Celebrating the Wonders of Motherhood."

This year's Christian Education and Sunday School Luncheon will also honor the 2007 National Sunday School Teacher of the Year Carol McKernan from Evangel Assembly in Evart, Michigan.

The luncheon will be held in the Wabash Ballroom of the Indiana Convention Center on Thursday, August 9, from 12-1:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available on the General Council order form.

To register for General Council or for event tickets, see http://ag.org/. More information about Sunday School can be found at http://sundayschool.ag.org/.


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"Train Up a Child," is this year's theme for the General Council Christian Education and Sunday School Luncheon. Highlighting the theme will be special guest speakers Kenneth and Bobbi McCaughey, parents of the first surviving healthy septuplets in recorded history.

With eight children (septuplets plus an older sibling), the McCaugheys (pronounced "McCoys") have learned to rely on God to meet their family's needs, and when asked about their challenges, the McCaugheys are quick to give God credit for their success.

"Their testimony as Christian believers is such an amazing and strong story," says Wes Bartel, director of the Assemblies of God national Sunday School Department. Bartel recalls seeing the media coverage after the septuplets birth and being amazed by the way the McCaugheys testified of God's grace, committing to raise their children in such a way that would glorify God.

The McCaugheys have been living in the media spotlight since the birth of their septuplets in November 1997. This extraordinary event has allowed the McCaugheys to publicly attest to God's faithfulness, making headlines in media such as "Newsweek," "LIFE Magazine" and "CNN.com" and appearances on "Dateline NBC," and "Oprah."

Together the McCaugheys have written a book entitled "Seven from Heaven," which appeared on the New York Times Bestseller list, and Bobbi has also written a second book, "Celebrating the Wonders of Motherhood."

This year's Christian Education and Sunday School Luncheon will also honor the 2007 National Sunday School Teacher of the Year Carol McKernan from Evangel Assembly in Evart, Michigan.

The luncheon will be held in the Wabash Ballroom of the Indiana Convention Center on Thursday, August 9, from 12-1:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available on the General Council order form.

To register for General Council or for event tickets, see http://ag.org/. More information about Sunday School can be found at http://sundayschool.ag.org/.


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Survey Reveals What Americans Pray For

Mon, 15 Dec 2014 - 9:07 PM CST

Americans tend to be self-focused in their prayer life, asking God for personal desires more often than people in crisis or the unsaved, according to a recent survey from Nashville, Tennessee-based LifeWay Research.

"Most people pray when they need the red phone for help," says Ed Stetzer, executive director of LifeWay Research. "But their prayer life isn't a habit rooted in a relationship with God."

John Maempa, director of the AG Office of Prayer and Spiritual Care, says, "While for many people praying tends to be a pragmatic means to an end, according to Scripture we are invited to ask for things we need and perhaps even want (Psalm 37:4; Matthew 6:33; 7:7; etc.). However, the key to effective prayer is relationship — drawing close to God so He can draw close to us."

In the online survey, Americans spend the most time focusing on friends and family (82 percent of all respondents) as well as their own problems (74 percent). Just over half (54 percent) pray for good things to happen in their life, while more than one third (36 percent) ask God to bless them with future prosperity.

"James Nicodem, in his book 'Prayer Coach,' states that Jesus readily responds to our prayers when we 'start to value our relationship more than our requests; until we want more of Him than we want from Him.'" Maempa observes. "When we're in proper alignment with God's relationally, we are more inclined to pray His will than focus on things we want."

But not all prayers are self-centered. Americans say they also spend time petitioning God about their own sin (42 percent), those in natural disasters (38 percent), people of other religions or no faith (20 percent), and government leaders (12 percent).

And as Jesus' taught, 41 percent say they have prayed for those who mistreat them while 37 percent acknowledge praying for enemies.

On the other hand, 21 percent admit to asking God to win a lottery, 13 percent have sought the Almighty's help for their favorite team to win a game, and 7 percent have wanted God's favor in finding a good parking space.

About half of Americans (48 percent) say they pray at least every day, while a third (31 percent) say they pray repeatedly during the day.

Authors: Pentecostal Evangel and AG News


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