Franklin Graham, Christian Leader
Franklin serves as president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the international relief and evangelism organization Samaritan's Purse—respected not-for-profit organizations with combined annual budgets of more than $439 million. He has met privately with five U.S. Presidents as well as world leaders from Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Using traditional and social media and speaking opportunities, Franklin regularly speaks to current moral and social issues, challenging Christians to make a difference in the world. He also offers biblical context and application to current national and world events. Through the organizations he leads he has been instrumental in helping people impacted by crises including the 9-11 terrorist attacks, civil war in Sudan and natural disasters ranging from the tsunami in South Asia to the massive earthquakes in China, Haiti and Japan.
Franklin Graham, Evangelist
Franklin conducted his first evangelistic event in 1989 and now conducts Franklin Graham Festivals around the world for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). He has preached to more than 7 million people in cities from Johannesburg, South Africa to Tupelo, Miss.
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association appointed Franklin Graham CEO in 2000 and president of the organization in 2001.
Franklin Graham, International Relief Worker
"I've been called to the slums of the streets and the ditches of the world." —Franklin Graham
When Franklin was in his early twenties, Dr. Bob Pierce, founder of Samaritan's Purse, invited Franklin to join him on a six-week mission to Asia. It was during that time that Franklin felt a calling to work with hurting people in areas of the world affected by war, famine, disease, poverty and natural disaster.
Franklin was elected to the Board of Samaritan's Purse in 1978, and one year later, following the death of Dr. Pierce, he was elected president of the organization. Today, he serves as president and CEO of the international relief and evangelism organization headquartered in Boone, N.C. It has affiliate offices in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia, plus partners and field offices around the world.
Growing Up Graham
William Franklin Graham III, born July 14, 1952, is the fourth of five children of evangelist Billy Graham and his wife, the late Ruth Bell Graham. Raised in a log home in the Appalachian Mountains outside Asheville, N.C., Franklin now lives in Boone, N.C.
In his autobiography, Rebel with a Cause, Franklin explained that "just being the son of Billy Graham won't get me into heaven." He knew that he was being called to do more with his life and to make a real commitment to God. So at age 22, after a period of rebellion and traveling the world, Franklin committed his life to Jesus Christ while alone in a hotel room in Jerusalem.
Franklin and his wife, Jane, have four children, Will, Roy, Edward, and Cissie, and eight grandchildren.
Bishop TD Jakes, pastor of The Potter’s House church and spiritual shepherd to millions around the world, began his ministry in 1979 in a small West Virginia church. That ministry has now grown into what Christianity Today calls “one of America’s fastest growing mega-churches” and CNN calls “the Smart Church of the 21st Century”.
In 1996, 50 families relocated with the Jakes family from West Virginia to Dallas and founded The Potter’s House Church. Since then, the multiracial nondenominational church has grown to more than 30,000 members, employs almost 400 staff members and has over fifty active outreach ministries. TD Jakes’ passion for helping hurting people shows itself within The Potter’s House ministries, which include Ravens Refuge, a homeless ministry; Operation Rehab, an outreach for prostitutes and the Transformation Treatment Program for drug and alcohol abusers.
T.D. Jakes has a unique speaking style and his sermons contain startling insights along with fresh and inspiring commentary, allowing the message to transcend both racial and gender barriers, enabling a diverse audience to understand and apply the teachings of Christ in their lives. His willingness to squarely confront issues often considered off limits in the church has endeared him to people seeking the relevance of the Gospel in their lives. Bishop Jakes’ passion filled sermons touch the lives of those seeking God’s restoration, reconciliation and healing by offering contemporary applications of the Bible’s timeless message. This ability lead Time Magazine to name Bishop T.D. Jakes “America’s Best Preacher” in September 2001.
T.D. Jakes is the CEO of The Potter’s House of Dallas, Inc., a nonprofit organization that has produced four major national conferences: ManPower, Woman, Thou Art Loosed and MefaFest. The ManPower conference seeks to encourage and equip men to increase their confidence, build strong marriages and to take on more responsibility within their community. Woman, Thou Art Loosed is a book turned conference which addresses the specific needs of women of all colors and races, speaking to their strengths rather than their weaknesses, empowering many women to go from welfare to work, from prison inmate to productive citizen. MegaFest is a family oriented festival combining ManPower, Woman, Thou Art Loosed along with theMega Youth Experience and MegaKidz symposiums. MegaFest 2005 was broadcast internationally, including live satellite broadcast into 350 U.S. prisons.
Bishop Jakes also founded the Metroplex Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) in an effort to remedy social and economic disparities in urban America. MEDC has sponsored many home ownership and youth mentorship programs. In 2005, the NxLevel Entrepreneur Training Series was launched. The NxLevel ministry is a hands-on business development assistance program geared toward helping to expand and grow existing businesses by providing practical instruction on business planning and development.
In 1998, TD Jakes founded the world-class private college preparatory school – Clay Academy. Clay Academy currently serves pre-K through 8th grade with plans to extend through grade 12. The Clay Academy prep school focuses on the “whole child”, molding them spiritually, academically, athletically, artistically and technologically to achieve greatness.
Bishop Jakes’ ministries include an ambitious and widespread prison ministry. Every Potter’s House conference is broadcast live into prisons around the country. In addition, The Potter’s House has invested over $500,000 in programs and services that equip, empower, support and restore offenders and their families. A program called Texas Offenders Reentry Initiative (TORI), currently operates in Texas’ five major offender re-entry points – Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin and Houston. TORI helps to mainstream former offenders by offering substance abuse education, family and marriage counseling, pre-employment counseling and assistance for low-income families with enrollment in state and federal support programs. The ministry’s Adopt A Prison program contributes significantly by providing training to churches to better embrace and support former offenders and current prisoners, helping to reduce the recidivism rate of program participants.
TD Jakes is a ministerial and business visionary, an entrepreneurial trailblazer, an altruistic philanthropist. In the words of Charisma Magazine’s Ken Walker, Bishop Jakes’ message “. . . is about God’s supernatural ability, bestowed by a Lord who is color-blind and cares about each person . . .(Bishop Jakes) delivers the Word in such a lightning-rod fashion that he makes you believe that all things really are possible with God.”
As a cutting-edge entrepreneur, best-selling author, and dynamic speaker, Dr. John C. Maxwell has cultivated an extensive following among the most highly respected and influential business leaders across the globe. Reaching more than 350,000 people a year through speaking engagements alone, and over a million through resources, Dr. Maxwell is committed to developing leaders of excellence and integrity by providing the finest resources and training for personal and professional growth.
His philosophy that "everything rises and falls on leadership" motivates every endeavor to help individuals reach their highest potential, both in the home office and abroad through conferences, books, and audio and video resources. His passion has quickly caught on, and he has communicated his leadership principles to Fortune 500 companies, the United States Military Academy at West Point, and sports organizations such as the NCAA, the NBA, and the NFL.
John C. Maxwell is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold over 12 million books. His organizations have trained more than one million leaders worldwide. Dr. Maxwell is the founder of Injoy Stewardship Services and EQUIP. Every year he speaks to Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders, and organizations as diverse as the United States Military Academy at West Point and the National Football League. A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week best-selling author, Maxwell was one of 25 authors named to Amazon.com's 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame. Two of his books, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and Developing the Leader Within You, have each sold over a million copies.
Charles Wendell Colson was born in Boston in October, 1931. After graduating from Brown University Colson joined the U.S. Marine Corps (1953-55). This was followed by the post of Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (1955–56).
Colson was a member of the Republican Party and in 1956 he became Administration Assistant to Senator Leverett Saltonstall. In 1961 Colson became a partner in the Gadsby and Hannah Law Firm.
In 1969 Colson was appointed to the White House staff as Counsel to President Richard Nixon. Colson also began involved in the activities of the Committee to Re-Elect the President (CREEP). On 20th March, 1971, at a meeting of CREEP it was agreed to spend $250,000 "intelligence gathering" operation against the Democratic Party.
Colson and John Ehrlichman appointed E. Howard Hunt as a member of the White House Special Investigations Unit. On 15th May Arthur Bremer attempted to assassinate George Wallace. As a result Colson ordered Hunt to break into Bremer's apartment to see if he could find any information that the Democratic Party was involved in the assassination. However, some have claimed that Hunt's role was to remove incriminating documents from Bremer's home.
It was also decided to place electronic devices in the Democratic Party campaign offices in an apartment block called Watergate. The main objective was to wiretap the conversations of Larry O'Brien. This was not successful and on 3rd July, 1972, Frank Sturgis, Virgilio Gonzalez, Eugenio Martinez, Bernard L. Barker and James W. McCord returned to O'Brien's office. However, this time they were caught by the police.
The phone number of E.Howard Hunt was found in address books of the burglars. Reporters were now able to link the break-in to the White House. Bob Woodward, a reporter working for the Washington Post was told by a friend who was employed by the government, that senior aides of President Richard Nixon, had paid the burglars to obtain information about its political opponents.
In 1972 Richard Nixon was once again selected as the Republican presidential candidate. On 7th November, Nixon easily won the the election with 61 per cent of the popular vote.
The trial of Frank Sturgis, Virgilio Gonzalez, Eugenio Martinez, Bernard L. Barker, James W. McCord, E. Howard Hunt and Gordon Liddy began in Washington in January, 1973. All the men refused to explain who paid them to take part in the break-in. As a result they all received long prison sentences.
On 19th March, James W. McCord wrote a letter to Judge John J. Sirica claiming that the defendants had pleaded guilty under pressure (from John Dean and John N. Mitchell) and that perjury had been committed during the trial. Soon afterwards Dean also began providing information on Watergate. This included the claim that Richard Nixon participated in the cover-up.
Colson also began cooperating with federal prosecutors. In 1974, Colson entered a plea of guilty to Watergate-related charges. He also pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in the Daniel Ellsberg case. He was given a one-to-three year sentence. However, he only served seven months at Alabama's Maxwell Prison.
In 1976, Colson founded Prison Fellowship Ministries, which has become the world's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, crime victims, and their families. Colson has visited prisons throughout the US and the world and has built a movement working with more than 40,000 prison ministry volunteers, with ministries in 100 countries. Colson became highly critical of the prison system and in 1983 he established Justice Fellowship, a faith-based criminal justice reform group.
On 3rd October, 2002, Colson signed a letter which outlined his theological support for a just war pre-emptive invasion of Iraq. The letter outlined how a preemptive invasion of Iraq met the criteria of traditional 'just war' theory: (1) such an action would be defensive; (2) the intent is just and noble; (3) the United States does not intend to 'destroy, conquer, or exploit Iraq'; (4) it is a last resort because Saddam Hussein had a record of attacking his neighbors, developing biochemical and nuclear weapons of mass destruction and their use against his own people, and harboring Al Qaeda terrorists; (5) it is authorized by a legitimate authority, namely the United States; (6) it has limited goals; (7) it has reasonable expectation of success; (8) non-combatant immunity would be observed; (9) it meets the criteria of proportionality - the human cost on both sides would be justified by the intended outcome.
Dennis James Kennedy (November 3, 1930 – September 5, 2007), better known as D. James Kennedy, was an American pastor, evangelist, and Christian broadcaster. He founded the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he was senior pastor from 1960 until his death in 2007. Kennedy also founded Evangelism Explosion International, Coral Ridge Ministries, the Westminster Academy in Ft. Lauderdale, the Knox Theological Seminary, and the Center for Reclaiming America for Christ, a socially conservative political group.
In 1974, he began Coral Ridge Ministries, which produced his weekly religious television program, The Coral Ridge Hour, carried on various networks and syndicated on numerous other stations with a peak audience of three million viewers in 200 countries. The Coral Ridge Hour continues to air widely as does the daily radio program, Truths That Transform, which airs on radio stations in the United States. Current and archived versions of both programs are available on the Coral Ridge Ministries website. During his lifetime, Coral Ridge Ministries grew to a US $37-million-a-year non-profit corporation with an audience of 3.5 million.
In 2006, the National Religious Broadcasters association inducted Kennedy into its Hall of Fame. As a result of a heart attack from which he never fully recovered, Kennedy last preached at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church later that year, on December 24, 2006. His retirement was officially announced at the church on August 26, 2007, and he died in his home ten days later.
National Observance – Thursday, May 1, 2014
Cannon House Office Building – Caucus Room 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Pledge of Allegiance – Mr. John Bornschein, Vice Chairman National Day of Prayer Task Force
Opening Remarks – Mrs. Shirley Dobson, Chairman National Day of Prayer Task Force
Scripture Reading – Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, President of Hope of the World Ministries
Blowing of the Shofar – Rabbi Neal Surasky, Chosen People Ministries
Prayer of Blessing – Rev. Patrick J. Conroy, S.J. Chaplain, U.S. House of Representatives
Prayer for the Nations – Ambassador Bobby Little and Ambassador Zoran Jolevski (Republic of Macedonia)
A Congressional Welcome – Congressman Robert Aderholt (Alabama)
Worship – Don Moen
Prayer of Repentance – Jeff Noel, National Prayer Committee
Judicial Branch Remarks – Judge Maurice Foley
Prayer for the Judicial Branch – Dr. Dick Eastman, Every Home for Christ
Personal Remarks – Dr. James C. Dobson, Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk
Legislative Branch Remarks – Congressman Mike McIntyre (NC, 7th District)
The Legacy of Prayer in America – The Honorable Bob McEwen
Military Remarks – Major General Joseph S. Ward, Jr.
Prayer for the Military Branch – Chaplain Wayne Brittian (LTC)
Keynote Speaker – Anne Graham Lotz, Honorary Chairman National Day of Prayer Task Force
Prayer for the Executive Branch – Mr. David Butts, Harvest Prayer Ministries
Prayer Challenge – Mr. John Bornschein and Rabbi Jonathan Cahn
Closing Song – Don Moen
This program agenda is tentative and subject to change.
This special observance was hosted by Congressman Robert Aderholt (Alabama, 4th District)
Anne Graham Lotz, 2014 Honorary Chairman and daughter of Rev. Billy Graham, delivered a powerful message on prayer and repentance at the National Observance of the 63rd annual National Day of Prayer. Her 29-minute appeal to God's people was one of the highlights of the solemn assembly in Washington D.C. and was viewed around the world in more than 200 countries.
The 2014 National Observance was broadcast on DirecTV channel 365 and streamed LIVE on this website.[hr]
National Observance in Washington DC - National Day of Prayer Task Force
NEWS RELEASE – April 8, 2013
Director, Public Relations
The National Day of Prayer Task Force
“PRAY FOR AMERICA”
AMERICANS TO UNITE AND PRAY ON THURSDAY, MAY 2ND, FOR THE 62ND ANNUAL OBSERVANCE OF THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO (April 8, 2013) – As our nation struggles with continued economic insecurity, vast healthcare reform, and countless challenges to our constitutional rights, citizens of the United States are preparing to exercise their freedom to gather, worship, and pray. Millions will answer the call to prayer on May 2nd in observance of the 62nd annual National Day of Prayer. Organized events will be held in thousands of public venues where intercession will be made for America and its leadership.
This year’s theme, “Pray for America”, is based on Matthew 12:21 which reminds us that “In His name the nations will put their hope.” National Day of Prayer (NDP) Task Force Chairman Shirley Dobson, wife of Family Talk founder Dr. James Dobson, has said that, “The American people continue to be plagued with challenges that defy simple answers, and our hope lies in humbly seeking the Almighty’s guidance, protection, and blessing – not only on the National Day of Prayer, but throughout the year.”
Senior Pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship and Founder of Harvest Crusades – Greg Laurie – will serve as the 2013 Honorary Chairman of the NDP Task Force and will give the keynote address at the National Observance in Washington, D.C., to be held at the Cannon House Office Building.
To learn more, or to find a National Day of Prayer event in your community, visit www.NationalDayofPrayer.org
About the National Day of Prayer
The National Day of Prayer tradition predates the founding of the United States of America, evidenced by the Continental Congress’ proclamation in 1775 setting aside a day of prayer. In 1952, Congress established an annual day of prayer and, in 1988, that law was amended, designating the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday in May.
- Born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, September 2, 1930
- Married to Doris Kaiser Ogilvie
- Children: Heather, Scott, Andrew Ogilvie
- Grandchildren: Erin, Airley, Bonnie and Scotter Ogilvie
- Public schools of Kenosha, Wisconsin
- Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois
- Garrett Theological Seminary, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
- New College, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
- Bachelor of Arts (Lake Forest College) - 1952
- Master of Theology (Garrett Theological Seminary) - 1956
- Post Graduate Studies (New College, University of Edinburgh, Scotland) - 1955-1956
- Doctor of Divinity (Whitworth College) - 1973
- Doctor of Humane Letters (University of Redlands) - 1974
- Doctor of Humanities (Moravian College and Seminary) - 1975
- Doctor of Laws (Eastern College) - 1988
- Doctor of Humane Letters (Seattle Pacific University) - 1995
- Doctor of Divinity (Westmont College) - 1997
- Doctor of Divinity (Lake Forest College) - 1997
- Doctor of Laws (George Fox University) - 1997
- Doctor of Humanities (Dickinson College) - 1998
- Doctor of Laws (Pepperdine University) - 1998
- Doctor of Divinity (Lehigh University) - 1999
- Doctor of Sacred Theology (Roberts Wesleyan College) - 2000
- Doctor of Laws (Belhaven College) - 2001
- Doctor of Divinity (Azusa Pacific University) - 2001
- Doctor of Divinity (University of Edinburgh) - 2003)
- Doctor of Divinity (Carthage College) - 2004)
Awards (Partial List)
- Distinguished Service Citation, Lake Forest College
- Preacher of the Year, Religion in Media
- Angel Award, Religion in Media
- 1982, 1986 - Silver Angel Award (to Television Ministry)
- Gold Medallion Book Award, 1985, "Making Stress Work For You"
- Salvation Army's William Booth Award - 1992
- One of 12 individuals named in Baylor University's worldwide survey,
- "Twelve Most Effective Preachers in the English-Speaking World" - 1996
- Gurnee Community Church, Gurnee, Illinois (Student Pastor)
- Winnetka Presbyterian Church, Winnetka, Illinois (1956-1962)
- First Presbyterian Church, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (1962-1972)
- First Presbyterian Church, Hollywood, California (1972-1995)
- Chaplain of the United States Senate, Washington D.C. (1995-2003)
- President, Leadership Unlimited
The consistent focus of the ministry of Lloyd Ogilvie through the years has been on the care, encouragement and support of business, political and community leaders. Beginning his ministry in Winnetka, Illinois, working with the business leaders of Chicago, he developed a deep appreciation for the impact of leaders on society and their need to receive sensitive pastoral care to live out their faith in the pressures, stresses and immense challenges of their work. During this time, Dr. Ogilvie developed a small group strategy to help men and women leaders and their families find mutual support and networking to face the problems and grasp the opportunities of their calling to serve in their personal relationships, at work, and in the community. This emphasis was continued in his ministry to leaders and their families in the steel industry when he served as Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Then he pursued this calling for twenty-three years as Pastor of the historic First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood where he sought to enable leaders in the entertainment community, as well as business and community leaders in the greater Los Angeles basin. In addition to his responsibilities as Pastor of the Hollywood Church, Dr. Ogilvie was a media communicator, author and frequent speaker throughout the Nation. Dr. Ogilvie believes that listening is the key to effective communication. His speeches are in direct response to the most urgent questions and deepest needs of people throughout the Nation. Through being attentive in conversations, extensive correspondence, and personal surveys, he seeks to feel the pulse of what people are thinking and feeling. His messages, books and leadership speeches arise out of this careful listening to people's hopes and hurts. In his role as Chaplain of the Senate, Dr. Ogilvie continued to listen to the needs of those in our Nation's Capitol. He understands that the role of a leader is often a lonely one. Dr. Ogilvie believes that his calling is to be available, approachable and attentive. Then, the insight, guidance and encouragement he offers will be received. Most importantly, he utilizes the privilege of praying with and for leaders and standing with them as they seek to be faithful to God in their decisions and leadership.
As pastor of his large congregation in the communications capitol, Dr. Ogilvie developed the church's program in four major thrusts - as a worshiping congregation, a healing community, an equipping center for the ministry of the laity, and a deployment agency for evangelism and mission. His guiding conviction is that all Christians are called into ministry and that the role of the local church is to equip them to be a bold, articulate apostolate of hope in the structures of society. This equipping program was carried out in in-depth study of the Scriptures, small group meetings throughout the Los Angeles basin, and retreats and conferences. Dr. Ogilvie consistently monitored the effectiveness of the ministry with these questions: What kind of people are we called to deploy in the world?; What kind of church sets free that kind of people?; What kind of church officers enable that kind of church?; and, What kind of pastoral leadership inspires that quality of vision? Lloyd Ogilvie's strategy of leadership was to work with and through the lay Elders to shape the goals and program of the church. Along with a team of pastors and program staff people, Dr. Ogilvie sought to lead the church as a laboratory of experimentation with new forms of church life and innovative methods of meeting the needs of the members so that they could be contagious communicators of their faith and courageous witnesses in social issues. Located at the center of the population spread of the greater Los Angeles community, the urban Hollywood church ministered to its immediate community and to members who lived throughout the metropolitan and suburban areas. The vital program for members was coupled with a diversified outreach to meet the social needs of the community.
In February 1996, Dr. Ogilvie was recognized by Baylor University in a worldwide survey as one of the 12 most effective preachers in the English-speaking world. Included on the list, in which seven denominations are represented, are Rev. Billy Graham and Dr. John Stott.
Lloyd Ogilvie's former nationally syndicated radio and television ministry was called "Let God Love You." This weekly television ministry ran for seventeen years and the daily radio ministry spanned ten years. This media ministry was guided by the strong national Board of Directors of the Lloyd Ogilvie Ministries, an independent, non-profit organization. In 1982, the Directors adopted "Ten Commitments" for the development of the ministry and its financial accountability. Dr. Ogilvie brought to this media ministry the same commitment to listening he expressed as pastor of his church. His messages on the "Let God Love You" programs were his part of an ongoing dialogue with his listeners and viewers. On every program he encouraged them to write him about what was on their minds and hearts. His voluminous correspondence with people and a special yearly inventory of their deepest concerns provided the focus of this personal sharing of grace. The central purpose was to help people turn life's struggles into stepping stones by linking their problems to the promises and power of God. Beginning sixteen years ago with one television station in Los Angeles, the "Let God Love You" program expanded throughout the Nation on independent stations and cable networks. The media ministry was supported exclusively by viewer and listener contributions and all gifts were used only for costs of producing and airing the programs. Dr. Ogilvie received no salary from the media ministry.
On January 24, 1995, Dr. Ogilvie was elected the 61st Chaplain of the United States Senate. He began his responsibilities on March 13, 1995. In addition to opening the Senate each day in prayer, his duties as full-time Chaplain included counseling and spiritual care for the Senators, their families and their staffs, a combined constituency of six thousand people. Dr. Ogilvie's days were filled with meetings with Senators about spiritual and moral issues, assisting Senators' staffs with research on theological and biblical questions, speaking to five Senate Bible Study and Prayer groups, encouraging such groups as the weekly Senate Prayer Breakfast, and sharing in small discussion and reflection groups among the Senators. He defined the Chaplaincy as non-political, non-partisan and non-sectarian. In Dr. Ogilvie's words, "I saw my role as Chaplain to be an intercessor for the members of the Senate family, a trusted prayer partner, and a faithful counselor to them as they sought to know and do God's will in the monumental responsibilities entrusted to them."
Present Vision and Opportunities
Lloyd Ogilvie has begun a new phase in his life-long commitment to be an inspirational speaker. Working as President of Leadership Unlimited, Dr. Ogilvie is consistently on call as a speaker, writer and resource consultant. He is a motivational speaker at business and professional conferences, leads clergy conferences on the theme "Preaching With Passion," and is a frequent preacher and speaker at churches, retreats, and meetings. The basic intention of these activities is to impact the nation by enabling present and emerging leaders to press on with wisdom, vision, charisma, and courage. He believes that the great need of our time is for spiritually empowered, morally rooted, ethically focused, men and women who through creative introspection are able to lead with integrity, intentionality, imagination and impelling inspiration.
Recently, Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California established the Lloyd John Ogilvie Preaching Institute and the Lloyd John Ogilvie Chair of Preaching as part of the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts. Dr. Ogilvie will hold his Preaching With Passion Conferences at Fuller.
Chronological List of Books Authored by Lloyd John Ogilvie
- 1. A Life Full of Surprises - 1968 Abingdon Press
- 2. Let God Love You (Philippians) - 1974 Word Books
- 3. If I Should Wake Before I Die - 1974 Regal Books
- 4. Lord of the Ups and Downs - 1974 Regal Books
- 5. Life Without Limits (Mark) - 1975 Word Books
- 6. You've Got Charisma - 1975 Abingdon Press
- 7. Drumbeat of Love (Acts) - 1976 Word Books
- 8. The Cup of Wonder (Communion Messages) - 1976 Tyndale Books
- 9. You Are Loved and Forgiven (Colossians) - 1977 Regal Books
- 10. When God First Thought of You - 1978 Word Books
- 11. The Autobiography of God (On the Parables) - 1979 Regal Books
- 12. The Beauty of Caring - 1980 Harvest Books
- 13. The Beauty of Friendship - 1980 Harvest Books
- 14. The Beauty of Love - 1980 Harvest Books
- 15. The Beauty of Sharing - 1980 Harvest Books
- 16. The Bush is Still Burning (The "I Am" Sayings of Jesus)-1980 Word Books
- 17. Congratulations-God Believes in You (Beatitudes) - 1980 Word Books
- 18. Magnificent Vision (formerly "Radiance of the Inner Splendor")-1980 Vine Books
- 19. You Can Live As It Was Meant To Be (I & II Thes.) - 1980 Regal Books
- 20. Ask Him Anything (Answers to Life's Deepest Questions)-1980 Word Books
- 21. God's Best for My Life (Daily Devotional) - 1981 Harvest Books
- 22. Discovering God's Will in Your Life - 1982 Harvest House
- 23. You Can Pray With Power - 1983 Regal Books
- 24. Longing To Be Free - 1984 Harvest Books
- 25. Lord of the Impossible (Prophets) - 1984 Abingdon Press
- 26. Falling Into Greatness (Psalms) - 1984 Thomas Nelson
- 27. Making Stress Work For You - 1984 Word Books
- 28. If God Cares, Why Do I Still Have Problems? - 1985 Word Books
- 29. Jesus The Healer (The Healing Ministry) - 1985 Revell Co.
- 30. Understanding the Hard Sayings of Jesus - 1988 Word Books
- 31. Living Without Fear (12 Steps) - 1987 Word Books
- 32. A Future and a Hope - 1988 Word Books
- 33. God's Transforming Love (Daily Devotional) - 1988 Regal Books
- 34. Your Will, God's Will - 1988 Harvest House
- 35. Enjoying God (Ephesians) - 1989 Word Books
- 36. Silent Strength (Daily Devotional) - 1990 Harvest House
- 37. Lord of the Loose Ends ("He is Able" claims of the Epistles) - 1991 Word Books
- 38. Conversation With God (Prayer) - 1992 Harvest House
- 39. Climbing the Rainbow (Claiming the Covenant Promise)-1993 Word Books
- 40. Turn Your Struggles Into Stepping Stones (Daily Devotional)-1993 Word Books
- 41. The Greatest Counselor in the World (Holy Spirit) - 1994 Servant Publ.
- 42. The Heart of God - 1994 Regal Books
- 43. Asking God Your Hardest Questions Harold Shaw
- 44. (formerly Ask Him Anything) - 1996
- 45. One Quiet Moment - 1997 Harvest House
- 46. Acts of the Holy Spirit - 1999 Shaw Publishers
- 47. Facing the Future Without Fear - 1999 Servant Publ.
- 48. Quiet Moments With God - 2000 Harvest House
- 49. Perfect Peace - 2001 Harvest House
- 50. Intimate Prayer (formerly Conversation with God) - 2002 Harvest House
- 51. When You Need A Miracle - 2004 Harvest House
- 52. Praying Through The Tough Times - 2005 Harvest House
- 53. The Red Ember In The White Ash - 2006 Harvest House
General Editor of
- Thirty-three volume Communicators Word Books
- Commentary Series of the Bible
- Author of: Communicators Commentary:
- Books of Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Word Books
- Jonah/Vol. 20 (Old Testament/21 volumes)
- Book of Acts/Vol. 5 Word Books
By the President of the United States of America
Throughout our history, Americans have turned to prayer for strength, inspiration, and solidarity.
Prayer has played an important role in the American story and in shaping our Nation's leaders. President Abraham Lincoln once said, "I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for the day." The late Coretta Scott King recounted a particularly difficult night, during the Montgomery bus boycott, when her husband, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., received a threatening phone call and prayed at the kitchen table, saying, "Lord, I have nothing left. I have nothing left. I have come to the point where I can't face it alone." Dr. King said, in that moment of prayer, he was filled with a sense of comfort and resolve, which his wife credited as a turning point in the civil rights movement.
It is thus fitting that, from the earliest years of our country's history, Congress and Presidents have set aside days to recognize the role prayer has played in so many definitive moments in our history. On this National Day of Prayer, let us follow the example of President Lincoln and Dr. King. Let us be thankful for the liberty that allows people of all faiths to worship or not worship according to the dictates of their conscience, and let us be thankful for the many other freedoms and blessings that we often take for granted.
Let us pray for the men and women of our Armed Forces and the many selfless sacrifices they and their families make on behalf of our Nation. Let us pray for the police officers, firefighters, and other first responders who put themselves in harm's way every day to protect their fellow citizens. And let us ask God for the sustenance and guidance for all of us to meet the great challenges we face as a Nation.
Let us remember in our thoughts and prayers those who have been affected by natural disasters at home and abroad in recent months, as well as those working tirelessly to render assistance. And, at a time when many around the world face uncertainty and unrest, but also hold resurgent hope for freedom and justice, let our prayers be with men and women everywhere who seek peace, human dignity, and the same rights we treasure here in America.
The Congress, by Public Law 100-307, as amended, has called on the President to issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a "National Day of Prayer."
Now, Therefore, I, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 5, 2011, as a National Day of Prayer. I invite all citizens of our Nation, as their own faith or conscience directs them, to join me in giving thanks for the many blessings we enjoy, and I ask all people of faith to join me in asking God for guidance, mercy, and protection for our Nation.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.
By the President of the United States of America
Throughout our history, whether in times of great joy and thanksgiving, or in times of great challenge and uncertainty, Americans have turned to prayer. In prayer, we have expressed gratitude and humility, sought guidance and forgiveness, and received inspiration and assistance, both in good times and in bad.
On this day, let us give thanks for the many blessings God has bestowed upon our Nation. Let us rejoice for the blessing of freedom both to believe and to live our beliefs, and for the many other freedoms and opportunities that bring us together as one Nation. Let us ask for wisdom, compassion, and discernment of justice as we address the great challenges of our time.
We are blessed to live in a Nation that counts freedom of conscience and free exercise of religion among its most fundamental principles, thereby ensuring that all people of goodwill may hold and practice their beliefs according to the dictates of their consciences. Prayer has been a sustaining way for many Americans of diverse faiths to express their most cherished beliefs, and thus we have long deemed it fitting and proper to publicly recognize the importance of prayer on this day across the Nation.
Let us remember in our thoughts and prayers those suffering from natural disasters in Haiti, Chile, and elsewhere, and the people from those countries and from around the world who have worked tirelessly and selflessly to render aid. Let us pray for the families of the West Virginia miners, and the people of Poland who so recently and unexpectedly lost many of their beloved leaders. Let us pray for the safety and success of those who have left home to serve in our Armed Forces, putting their lives at risk in order to make the world a safer place. As we remember them, let us not forget their families and the substantial sacrifices that they make every day. Let us remember the unsung heroes who struggle to build their communities, raise their families, and help their neighbors, for they are the wellspring of our greatness. Finally, let us remember in our thoughts and prayers those people everywhere who join us in the aspiration for a world that is just, peaceful, free, and respectful of the dignity of every human being.
Now, Therefore, I, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 6, 2010, as a National Day of Prayer. I call upon the citizens of our Nation to pray, or otherwise give thanks, in accordance with their own faiths and consciences, for our many freedoms and blessings, and I invite all people of faith to join me in asking for God's continued guidance, grace, and protection as we meet the challenges before us.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.