Family of ‘Two and A Half Men’ Star Fears He Joined a Cult By Jeff Schapiro , Christian Post Reporter

The family of Angus T. Jones, the “Two and A Half Men” star whose  video testimony recently went viral after he called the show “filth,” is  concerned that he may have joined a cult that is taking advantage of him.

“I’m concerned he’s being exploited by the church,” Carey Jones, the star’s  mother, recently told Mail Online. She refused to offer further comment on the  issue.

Jones began trying to live for God after realizing he had been living a  materialistic lifestyle, he says in the video created by The Forerunner  Chronicles. After spending some time searching for a home church – sometimes  visiting up to four churches in one Sunday – he heard a message that was “tailor  made” for him at a Seventh-Day Adventist Church in California,  and decided that was where he would attend.

Though Jones says the things he began to learn seemed obvious and true  according to the Bible, some members of his family thought he had joined a  cult.

“It didn’t seem like I was being tricked…But some of my family were like,  ‘He’s going to that SDA church – those cults’…trying to tell me to get out of  there,” said Jones in the video.

Unlike many churches, the SDA church celebrates the Sabbath day on Saturday  instead of Sunday. It also believes the writings of Ellen G. White, a woman who  lived during the 19th century and was believed to be a prophet, are “a  continuing and authoritative source of truth which provide for the church  comfort, guidance, instruction, and correction,” the denomination’s website  states. White’s writings also “make clear that the Bible is the standard by  which all teaching and experience must be tested.”

In his now viral testimony, Jones pleads with people to stop watching the  show he works on.

“If you watch ‘Two and a Half Men,’ please stop watching ‘Two and a Half  Men,'” he said. “I’m on ‘Two and a Half Men,’ and I don’t want to be on it.  Please stop watching it, please stop filling your head with filth.”

Jones later added, “You cannot be a true God-fearing person and be on a television show like that. I  know I can’t. … You go all or nothing.”

Jones has played the character Jake Harper on the show since he was just  9-years-old, and currently makes $350,000 per episode, Mail Online reports.  After his video testimony was released, the 19-year-old actor apologized to his  colleagues for telling viewers to not watch the show, saying he was “blessed” to  have the “extraordinary opportunity” to be on the program.

He also told the Voice of Prophecy, another Seventh-Day Adventist website,  that he is still on the show for a reason. Although he wanted to stop acting on  the program, he says, God “pushed” him into it for another year.

http://www.christianpost.com/news/family-of-two-and-a-half-men-star-fears-he-joined-a-cult-85880/#ExRW7QtSzPcprFIX.99

Parents fume as school scraps Christmas Nativity for play about jewellery thieves Bill and Bob

PRIMARY school parents have been left fuming after  the traditional Christmas  Nativity was ditched in favour of a ’modern version’ starring a gang of  jewellery thieves.

Outraged parents – who had expected the story of the birth of Jesus Christ – were left gobsmacked after being told their youngsters would be performing a  tale of two violent robbers called Bill and Bob.

Traditional Christmas carols have been given controversial new lyrics which  some parents believe are inappropriate for the primary school’s seven to  11-year-old intake.

To the tune of Away In A Manger, pupils will be asked to sing about Bill and  Bob, in verses like the following:

 

“They knocked off the jewellers,

Though it was broad daylight,

They stole loads of diamonds,

To their utter delight.”

 

The decision by teachers at Canvey Junior School in Essex to stage the  controversial production has riased eyebrows as the town has recently  suffered  a spate of robberies.

Canvey Island residents have been the victims of seven violent armed raids in  the past six weeks.

One parent has already removed their child from the Christmas production in  protest over its violent undertones.

Another parent, who asked not to be named, said: “I think it is a little  tasteless to stage the play with all the recent reports of armed robberies  on  the island.

“I don’t understand why the politically correct brigade has had to get rid of  the traditional story anyway?

“I can’t see that this gangster story is going to be better than something  from The Bible.

“What are they going to have our children saying? ’Sorry Mary and Joseph, but  there is no room in the cells?’”

 

The school nativity has been a staple in British schools for decades with  starring roles including Mary, Joseph, the three wise men, the shepherds,  the  inn keeper and the donkey.

But headteacher, Janet Vaughan, has defended the new production saying it is  merely a light-hearted twist on the traditional Christmas tale.

She said: “It is very, very funny and nothing more than a light-hearted  version of events.

“The outcome is the robbers are caught and banged to rights and the true  meaning of Christmas comes across very strongly with a nativity at the end.

“It is nice to have a fun element to any sort of Christmas production and we  always have a religious basis to it as well.

“It’s nonsense to say the words are anything other than tongue-in-cheek and  the children understand that.”

Here are the full lyrics to the school’s very ’Alternative’ Away in a Manger.  Is it just harmless fun or inappropriate? You can post your views below.

Away with the manger,

Two robbers stole it,

They were called Bob and Bill,

And they were both big twits.

The story you will now hear,

Will amaze and astound,

As you see how these two fools,

Did much clowning around.

Our brilliant story begins,

Not very long ago,

A week before Christmas,

With the streets filled with snow.

The two twits decided,

To rob a jewellery shop,

Stealing rubies and emeralds and avoiding the cops.

They knocked off the jewellers,

Though it was broad daylight,

They stole loads of diamonds,

To their utter delight.

But soon the two twits were,

In complete disarray,

As they’d given no thought to,

How they’d get away.”

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4673993/school-scraps-christmas-nativity-for-play-about-jewellery-thieves.html#ixzz2Dk2DdVzD

School Orders Child to Remove God From Poem By Todd Starnes

A North Carolina community is embroiled in controversy after a school ordered a six-year-old girl to remove the word “God” from a poem that she was supposed to read during a Veteran’s Day ceremony.

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The girl is a first-grader at West Marion Elementary School. She was supposed to read the poem during a school assembly marking Veteran’s Day. The poem honored her two grandfathers who had served during the Vietnam War.

“He prayed to God for peace, he prayed to God for strength,” the poem read.

A parent reportedly found out about the poem and expressed concern about mentioning the word God during a school event. The parent did not want the Almighty’s name mentioned anywhere in the program, according to one account.

“We wanted to make sure we were upholding the school district’s responsibility of separation of church and state from the Establishment Clause,” Supt. Gerri Martin told the McDowell News.

Martin told the newspaper she made the decision in consultation with the school’s principal and vice principal.

“We jointly decided that we must err on the side of caution to prevent crossing the line on the Establishment Clause of the Constitution,” Kirkpatrick told the newspaper. “As a principal of a public school, I must put aside my personal religious beliefs and follow the law — which upholds that we have freedom of speech and freedom of religion, but that we, as public schools, cannot endorse one single religion over another.”

Fox News contacted the parents of the child but they declined to comment on the controversy.

The incident has sparked widespread concern across this western North Carolina community — called by many the buckle of the Bible Belt.

“I’m reserving my opinion at this point – but I’m very concerned that the young lady’s First Amendment rights have been broken,” said Scott Hagaman, senior pastor of Marion’s First Baptist Church.

He told Fox News that ministers across the community are alarmed what happened and many are asking questions.

“It’s saturated the community,” he said. “I’m quite sure it will be handled appropriately and fairly but right now there is a lot of concern that this child was not treated appropriately.”

The issue is expected to be addressed by local residents at next week’s school board meeting.

“I am outraged that a school would deny a six year old child her First Amendment rights — especially during an assembly to honor our nation’s veterans,” Trudy Pascoe told Fox News. “It is unacceptable for schools to continue to deny students rights because of their Christian viewpoint.”

Chris Greene, who happens to be employed by the school district, spoke to board members earlier this week.

“My question is this, when do the rights of one outweigh the rights of another,” he asked in remarks covered by the local newspaper. “I believe that this little girl’s rights were violated and that those who worked so hard to prepare this program should receive an apology.”

Pastor Hagaman said it’s no surprise that the First Amendment debate has reached their small town.

“I don’t think there’s anywhere in the country where you can hide from these issues — with the culture changing so quickly,” he said.

http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/school-orders-child-to-remove-god-from-poem.html

The Power of a Life Well Lived

“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.” Philippians 2:14-15

In the years leading up to the fall of the Iron Curtain in Russia, I remember praying for Russian Christians who were being persecuted for their faith. The political situation in that land seemed grim, and quite honestly I wasn’t really expecting to see God answer our prayers for freedom in that land. But in 1989 the unthinkable happened—the curtain collapsed, ushering in a new era of freedom for the people who had been under the iron fist of that communist government. The world rejoiced at the news, and I was especially thrilled that our fellow believers in that land could now freely express their faith in Christ.

Soon after that happened, three leaders of the Russian church came to visit the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. As president of Moody at the time, I was privileged to give them a tour. While we walked, I asked them what events had led to the cessation of oppression and persecution against the church. They explained that their economy had been failing because alcoholism was rampant. People who didn’t believe in God had no purpose, and absenteeism from work—largely due to alcoholism—was wreaking havoc with the economy. They said that once when Gorbachev, who was then the Prime Minister, met with his cabinet, he asked, “Why is it that we persecute the Christians? They are the ones who are not alcoholics. They show up for work every day and give us a good day’s work. Why is it that we persecute people like this whom we desperately need?”

It’s a great example of the power of a life well-lived. When non-Christians in this “crooked and depraved generation” notice that we are different, it gives us an opportunity to make a difference for Christ. I wonder if the people where you work would agree with Gorbachev’s observation? Or would they say, “Those Christians—they are always the ones who are griping, murmuring, arriving late, and leaving early?” Even in environments where we may feel challenged or unappreciated, we are called to bear witness to the reality of God in our lives by being “pure and blameless.” It’s often true that the more difficult the environment, the more challenging it is to show the uniqueness of God’s character through our actions and attitudes. Yet it is in those dark times that the light of Jesus in us and through us can shine most brightly.

When we maintain the witness of a life well-lived even in the face of hardship, we have the power to make a difference in our home, workplace, and significant relationships.

Live in such a way that your boss will be prompted to say, “I don’t always get it about Christians but one thing is true—our business is a lot better place because they work here!” And then maybe, just maybe, your boss will be open for you to help him “get it” about Christians—all the way to Jesus. Now that would really make a difference!

YOUR JOURNEY…

  • What difference has Jesus made in your life? If He hasn’t made any difference, why not?
  • Are you blending in with those around you who don’t know Christ, or would others say you are different in a positive and compelling way?
  • What are some specific things you can do at work, school, home, or even at church to exhibit the power of a life well-lived?

http://getmorestrength.org/daily/the-power-of-a-life-well-lived/

“By the Grace of God I Am What I Am”

By the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain . . . —1 Corinthians 15:10

The way we continually talk about our own inabilities is an insult to our Creator. To complain over our incompetence is to accuse God falsely of having overlooked us. Get into the habit of examining from God’s perspective those things that sound so humble to men. You will be amazed at how unbelievably inappropriate and disrespectful they are to Him. We say things such as, “Oh, I shouldn’t claim to be sanctified; I’m not a saint.” But to say that before God means, “No, Lord, it is impossible for You to save and sanctify me; there are opportunities I have not had and so many imperfections in my brain and body; no, Lord, it isn’t possible.” That may sound wonderfully humble to others, but before God it is an attitude of defiance.

Conversely, the things that sound humble before God may sound exactly the opposite to people. To say, “Thank God, I know I am saved and sanctified,” is in God’s eyes the purest expression of humility. It means you have so completely surrendered yourself to God that you know He is true. Never worry about whether what you say sounds humble before others or not. But always be humble before God, and allow Him to be your all in all.

There is only one relationship that really matters, and that is your personal relationship to your personal Redeemer and Lord. If you maintain that at all costs, letting everything else go, God will fulfill His purpose through your life. One individual life may be of priceless value to God’s purposes, and yours may be that life.

http://utmost.org/by-the-grace-of-god-i-am-what-i-am/

Under Any Circumstances

“The vision of Obadiah. This is what the Sovereign LORD says about Edom — We have heard a message from the LORD: An envoy was sent to the nations to say, ‘Rise, let us go against her for battle.’”—Obadiah 1:1

The Torah portion for this week, Vayishlach, is from Genesis 32:3—36:43 and Obadiah 1:1–21.

The Haftorah for Vayishlach is taken from the book of Obadiah. Obadiah, contained in one chapter, is a prophecy against the nation of Edom and describes her downfall at the End Times. The Sages teach that Obadiah was a natural choice to prophesize against Edom for two reasons: First, because he was “one of them” and understood their shortcomings all too well; and second, because Obadiah was the antithesis of Edom’s great ancestor – none other than Esau from this week’s Torah reading.

Esau had the privilege of growing up in the holy home of Isaac and Rebecca. He had perfect role models in his parents and was given a loving and nurturing upbringing. According to Jewish tradition, Obadiah, on the other hand, grew up among the depraved Edomites. After converting to Judaism, he lived with King Ahab and Queen Jezebel – arguably the most wicked king and queen ever to rule Israel. (See 1 Kings 18:3–16.) Esau, in spite of his envious upbringing, ended up living an evil and immoral life. But Obadiah, despite the evil influences around him, remained righteous and good.

By examining the lives of Esau and Obadiah we learn that while our life experiences definitely affect us, we are ultimately responsible for the paths we choose in life. We cannot control what happens to us in life, but we can always control how we react to those events.

This reminds me of an age-old story about a daughter who complains to her mother about the circumstances in her life. In response, the mother boiled three pots of water and added a carrot to one, an egg to another, and coffee beans to the third. After a half hour, the mother tells her daughter to take a look.

Each of the three items had been placed into the same situation– boiling hot water – but they all reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, but came out weak and mushy. The egg went in soft and fluid, but came out hard and unyielding. The coffee beans were unique. They used the boiling water to become something better – a delicious cup of coffee. The mother then explains to her daughter that for every circumstance in life, we choose the consequence. We can let our circumstances weaken us; we can let them harden our hearts; or we can use them to become better. Obadiah chose to become better.

How do you react to life? Are you more like the carrot, the egg, or the coffee beans? Do you let the circumstances in your life bring you down, or do you use them as a springboard to reach higher? The choice is ours.

http://www.holylandmoments.org/devotionals/under-any-circumstances

Keep the pressure on the sponsors of The New Normal

Approved.  Customary.  Innate.   Commonplace.  Typical.  Inherent.   Conventional.  Accepted.  Just a few of the synonyms for the word:  “Normal.”

This is what NBC and creator Ryan Murphy are pushing with the show “The New Normal.”  An approval and acceptance of gay marriage and gay parenting.  “The New Normal” is supposedly championing the cause of “tolerance and acceptance” with the show’s premise of two gay men and their quest to have a baby via a surrogate mother.  However, their “tolerance” turns to intolerance of any viewpoints and values that differ from their own.

In fact, as one reviewer wrote:  The New Normalis a deceptive show, one that touts itself as open to all kinds of people yet openly mocks people who are actually different.

The good news is that of the 55 different companies that sponsored “The New Normal” during the months of September and October, 73% have not advertised at all in November after hearing from you and thousands of others!

Repeat advertisers for this week’s episode include:  Burlington Coat Factory; Microsoft; Barnes & Noble Nook; T-Mobile; Unilever (Hellmann’s mayo); Sterling Jewelry (Jared’s); Wii; and Warner Brothers.

New advertisers include:  Revlon, AT&T, and Paramount.

Click here to send a message to the sponsors of “The New Normal.”

And while NBC pushes the claim that two gay men parenting a child is no different that a child with a mother and a father, God-given commonsense tells us otherwise.  God’s perfect plan for a family includes the unique qualities of a mother and a father.  Study after study has shown the negative impact on a child when either a mother or a father is missing from this design.  Children raised by single parents are much more likely to live in poverty, struggle with depression, emotional stress, and exhibit violent behavior.

So, add a second parent – no matter what the sex of the parent – and kids are better off, right?  Wrong.  A recent study by a sociology professor from the University of Texas-Austin found that children of same-sex parents are “more likely to be depressed or on welfare than kids raised by heterosexual couples.”  Fox News reported:  “The study asked thousands of adult children of straight, lesbian and homosexual parents dozens of questions and compared the results. … Adult children of gay couples were two to four times as likely to be on public assistance, more than twice as likely to be unemployed and more than twice as likely to have contemplated suicide.”

In a 30 minute sitcom, NBC indoctrinates viewers with the false claim that it makes no difference if Heather has two mommies or two daddies.  However, it does matter!  And increasingly children will suffer the consequences as secular elites strive to change the value system of our culture.

That is why we need to send a message to the corporations empowering such a message!

Click here to contact the sponsors of “the New Normal.”

http://www.americandecency.org/full_article.php?article_no=1621

Lot Escapes From A Wicked City

And Abraham went along with them to start them on their way. Jehovah said, “The complaint has come that the people of Sodom and Gomorrah have committed great and terrible sins. I will go down and see whether they have done exactly as the complaint comes to me; and if they have not, I will know.”

Then the men turned from there and looked off in the direction of Sodom.

Then Abraham drew near to Jehovah and said, “Wilt thou sweep away the righteous with the wicked? Suppose there are within the city fifty people who are righteous. Wilt thou sweep away and not spare the place for the fifty righteous who are in it? Far be it from thee to do this: to slay the righteous with the wicked! And that the righteous should be treated as the wicked, far be it from thee! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?” Jehovah said, “If I find in the city of Sodom fifty who are righteous, I will spare the whole place for their sake.” Abraham answered, “I have dared to speak to Jehovah, even though I am but dust and ashes. Suppose there be five lacking of the fifty righteous. Wilt thou sweep away all the city for lack of five?” Jehovah said, “I will not sweep it away, if I find forty-five there.”

Then Abraham spoke to him again, and said, “Suppose forty are found there?” He replied, “For the sake of forty I will not do it.” Then Abraham said, “Oh, let not Jehovah be angry, but let me speak. Suppose thirty are found there?” He answered, “I will not do it, if I find thirty there.” Then Abraham said, “Thou seest that I have dared to speak to Jehovah. Suppose twenty are found there?” He replied, “For the sake of twenty I will not destroy it.” Then Abraham said, “Oh, let not Jehovah be angry, but let me speak just once more. Suppose ten are found there?” And he said, “For the sake of the ten I will not destroy it.” Then Jehovah went his way, and Abraham returned home.

Two angels in human form came to Sodom in the evening, as Lot was sitting at the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose up to meet them, and he bowed with his face to the earth and said, “Sirs, turn aside, I beg of you, into your servant’s house and spend the night and wash your feet; then you can rise up early and go on your way.” They said, “No, we will spend the night in the street.” But he urged them so strongly that they went with him and entered his house. And he made a feast for them and baked bread made without yeast, and they ate.

But before they had lain down, the people of Sodom, both young and old, all the people from every quarter, surrounded the house. And they called out to Lot, “Where are the men who came in to you to-night? Bring them out to us that we may do to them what we desire.”

Then Lot went out to them at the entrance of his house, but he shut the door after him. And he said, “I beg of you, my friends, do not do what is wrong. Do nothing to these men, for they have come under the shadow of my roof.” But they replied, “Stand back, or we will treat you worse than them.” And they pressed hard against Lot and advanced to break the door. But the men reached out and drew Lot to them into the house and shut the door. Then they smote the men who were at the door of the house, both small and great, with blindness, so that they grew tired of searching for the door.

Then the men said to Lot, “Have you any one else here? Bring your sons-in-law, your sons, and daughters, and whoever you have in the city out of this place, for we are about to destroy it, because great complaint concerning the people has come to Jehovah and he has sent us to destroy it.” So Lot went out and said to his sons-in-law, “Up, go out of this place, for Jehovah will destroy the city.” But his sons-in-law thought he was only jesting.

When the dawn appeared, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Get up, take your wife and your two daughters that you may not be swept away in the punishment of the city.” When he hesitated, the men took him by the hand and led him and his wife and his two daughters outside the city, for Jehovah was merciful to him.

When they had brought them outside, they said, “Run for your life; do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the heights, that you may not be swept away!” But Lot said to them, “Oh, sirs, not so! See, your servant has found favor with you, and you have shown great mercy to me in saving my life. I cannot escape to the heights, lest some evil overtake me, and I die. See now, this village is near enough to run to, and it is small. Oh, let me escape there, and my life will be saved.” Jehovah said to him, “I have also granted you this favor, in that I will not destroy the village of which you have spoken. Make haste, escape to it, for I can do nothing until you arrive there.”

The sun had risen when Lot came to Zoar. Then Jehovah caused brimstone and fire from heaven to rain upon Sodom and Gomorrah, and he destroyed those cities and all the plain, with all the people who lived in it and all that grew on the ground. But Lot’s wife, who was following him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.

Early in the morning Abraham rose and went to the place where he had stood before Jehovah; and as he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah and all the plain, he saw the smoke of the land going up as the smoke of a smelting-furnace.

http://kids.ochristian.com/Childrens-Bible/Lot-Escapes-From-A-Wicked-City.shtml

The Cloud of Witnesses

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses…let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus–Heb 12:1-2

The Eyes of the Witnesses upon us

While the word witness in the New Testament generally has the sense of testifier, there can be little question that in this striking figure it bears the common meaning of spectator. The writer is thinking of a Roman racecourse on some day of national festivity. There is the runner straining every nerve. There is the emperor within his purple curtains. And around the course, tier above tier, till the uppermost figures are as a haze of cloud, is the vast multitude who are looking on. Every eye is fixed upon the runners. When the race is in progress every breath is held. There is an intentness we can scarce conceive today, for then the issues might be life or death. Thus though witness in other parts of Scripture generally signifies a testifier, there can be little doubt that here it means spectator. We must beware of forcing Scripture words into one unalterable meaning. Words are plastic things; they are responsive; they alter with the urgencies of thought. Our Lord would take some great and simple word, like bread or life or water, and in the compass or a sentence would pass from one meaning to another.

So I take it that the writer means there are innumerable spectators of our human life. As we toil and struggle a thousand eyes are on us as eager as any at a Roman racecourse. These witnesses are not angelic beings. The writer here is not thinking of the angels. They are not the denizens of earth still with us in the fellowship of home. The key to the interpretation of these witnesses is found in the preceding chapter where we hear the roll call of the faithful. They are great saints, like Abraham and Noah, the spirits of just men made perfect, the child you lost in the first bloom of innocence, the dear boy who laid down his life in the war, the father who feared God, the mother or sister who was a saint, all watching us with the absorbed attention of the spectators on a Roman racecourse. He calls them a cloud because of their vast number. We still speak of a cloud of flying things. He calls them so because a cloud is far above resting on the bosom of the sky. And he says, “Children, when tempted to give up in the great race and to be overcome by some besetting sin, take a quiet moment and remember that you are encompassed by a great cloud of witnesses.”

To Know Our Loved Ones Watch Us Is an Encouragement             Now this thought when we let it play its part is rich in very real encouragement. Think how it 0reanimates our hopes. Professor Henry Drummond used to tell us of a student sitting for his examination. Every once in a while out of his pocket he took something and gazed at it a moment. The examiner, naturally suspicious, stole up to see what he was looking at and found it was the portrait of the girl he hoped to marry. It inspired him just to see her face. It heartened him to feel that she was watching. He worked better when he thought that he was working under the loving gaze of those dear eyes. And to know that eyes like that are watching us from the other side, within the veil, is one of the secret encouragement’s of life. If you have to undergo an operation, no one so inspires you as the man who has been through it. If you have to make your dwelling in a deadly climate, it is the man who has lived there who makes you hopeful. “Why,” he says, “I lived there for years, and look at me”–the picture of good health–and so he reanimates your hopes. Now I remember that our writer’s witnesses are not angelic nor celestial beings. They have lived our life and fought our battles and known our suffering and temptation. And if now they rejoice in the light and love of God, liberated from sin and pain forever, what a new hope stirs within the heart! There steals on the ear the distant triumphant song. We are watched by those who have arrived–the saints of old, the children we have lost, the dear ones who have gone before. We are like swimmers battling in an angry sea when suddenly we hear voices on the shore, and, hearing them, we pluck up heart again.

Our Loved Ones May Pray for Us

Nor can we reasonably doubt that we are helped by the prayers of that great cloud of witnesses. Let us return to the figure for a moment. If in the tiers of the old amphitheater there was seated the wife or mother of the runner, would she not pray to all the gods she knew that her beloved might carry off the crown? And if our loved ones lean from the galleries of heaven while we are running the race of life and death, is it not conceivable they are praying also? If the child every night at bedtime here prayed for its father and its mother, if the wife every quiet morning here prayed for her husband and her children, I cannot conceive that in a better world where being is not altered but expanded, these beautiful activities should cease. The souls under the altar cry for vengeance. Is the cry for vengeance the only prayer in heaven? Are there not golden bowls there full of odors which are the prayers of the saints? I think we shall never know how much we owe when we are weary, suffering, tempted, overwhelmed, to the prayers offered within the veil by those we have loved long since and lost awhile. We are encompassed by a cloud of witnesses. They watch us, they love us, and they pray for us. Wherefore let us run with patience the race that is set before us. And when we remember that we owe all this to Him who brought life and immortality to light, let us run looking unto Jesus, who is the author and finisher of faith.

http://devotionals.ochristian.com/george-h-morrison-devotional-sermons-devotional.shtml