Thursday, December 6, 2012

Call to Prayer For & At: 
Public Hearing 
by the Nebraska Legislature’s Judiciary Committee 
on expanding Nebraska Civil Rights Laws
To prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity
Monday, December 10th 
9:00 AM
Omaha City Council Chambers

LR 478 authorizes an interim study on whether or not the Nebraska civil rights laws should be expanded to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

An interim study signals that the subject matter is being contemplated by one or more legislators for introduction as a legislative bill in the upcoming session.  Thus we can expect the introduction of a bill in 2013 that is similar to Omaha’s ordinance. We feel that the purpose of this interim-study hearing on December 10 will be to accumulate testimony that supports and justifies the legislation.  It is vital that opposing views also be part of the record.

More at:

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

First Responders Homicide PrayerWalk: Thursday, Nov 1, 5:30-6:00 PM at 35th & Redick

News Reports: 16-year-old Benson High School junior Eriana Carr became the city's 33rd homicide victim and the second teen killed in the last 10 days. She was shot about 8:15 p.m. Tuesday night outside a home at 3505 Redick Ave.  20-year-old Nakia Johnson who was with Eriana was also seriously wounded. Our team is working to make contact with family and friends.
Directions: Thursday at 5:30 PM, meet at 35th & Redick (about 6 blocks west of Miller Park)
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Monday, August 20, 2012

First Responders Homicide PrayerWalks: Tuesday, August 21st, 5:30 PM at 30th & Laurel ~ 6:00 PM at 54th & Hartman Ave

5 shootings in less than 24 hours, 7 shot, 2 dead...Please begin to pray now to help stem this spike in violence, then join us Tue onsite.

Media Reports: 6:30 AM Sunday morning Damon Davis, 29 was chased by two men into the back yard of a vacant house at 5917 N. 30th and shot to death. Then at 8:35 PM Sunday night two men were shot and a woman killed at 5319 Hartman Ave.  Click here for a news article on all five shootings

Directions: At 5:30 PM, meet at 30th & Laurel (Park along Laurel then walk to the first house north on the East side of 20th). Then at 6:00 PM we will shift to 54th & Hartman Ave.
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Please Note: First Responder PrayerWalks are not “prayer-vigils” on behalf of the family but a community response to violence. Family members are invited if we have contact info, and our team reaches out to care and minister to them as Jesus would.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

First Responders Double Homicide PrayerWalk: Today, Tuesday, July 10th, 5:30-6:00 PM, 
2736 S. 9th St. (South of 9th & Bancroft)

Media Reports: Father and son shot to death and second son critical when gunfire erupted in their home early Monday morning. Police were called to 2736 S. Ninth St. at 3:45 a.m. They arrived to find Jose Avalos, 16, dead and two other males suffering from life-threatening injuries. His father, Miguel Avalos, 44, died later at the Nebraska Medical Center, police said. The third victim, Miguel Avalos Jr., 18, is still in critical condition. All three live at 2736 S. Ninth St.

Investigators described the three as targets, not random victims. Neighbors are speaking out about the increase in violence in this once quiet neighborhood.

Directions: At 5:30 PM, we will meet on the sidewalk near 2736 S. 9th Street, (South of 9th & Bancroft). This is a crowded street so we will adjust and adapt when we get there.

Please Note: First Responder PrayerWalks are not “prayer-vigils” on behalf of the family but a community response to violence. Family members are invited if we have contact info, and our team reaches out to care and minister to them as Jesus would.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

First Responders Homicide PrayerWalk: 
SUNDAY, June 10th, 2:30-3:00 PM at Cole Creek Bridge just west of 78th & Blondo

Media Reports:  On May 15 the body of 16-year-old Melanie Koontz, was found under the Blondo Street bridge at Cole Creek. The cause of her death was not immediately reported. A few days ago ex-boyfriend Justin Lenz, also 16, was arrested for strangling her.

One of our First Responders has been in contact with family and friends and several are expected at the PrayerWalk. 

Directions: At 2:30 PM, meet on the NE corner of the Cole Creek Bridge just west of 78th & Blondo

Please Note: First Responder PrayerWalks are not “prayer-vigils” on behalf of the family but a community response to violence. Family members are invited if we have contact info, and our team reaches out to care and minister to them as Jesus would.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Omaha 360 “Stakeholders” Community Prayerwalk

42nd & Redman 
(SW corner of Cubby’s lot)
Tuesday, May  22nd ~ 6:00 to 7:00 PM


are Churches, Schools, Businesses, Neighborhood Associations, Police and Residents who work together to make a neighborhood more safe and attractive. 

In July of 2011 people from all over Omaha came together to help launch Stakeholders in the 42nd & Bedford area. There was an immediate and significant reduction in violence that has continued as the local Stakeholders continued to have a strong visible presence in their neighborhood.

Next Tue please join with us to come around and encourage the Stakeholders in the 42nd & Redman area just South of Sorenson Parkway.  
“Step Up, Step Forward & Help Make A Real Difference”  

If you can help us pass out flyers to the neighborhood, please show up at 5:30 PM
Please forward this email and announce in meetings.

Sponsored by Omaha 360 - Empower Omaha Faith Covenant 
For more Information:
Dave Gehrls ([email protected])
Pastor Bruce Williams ([email protected]org)
Pastor James Patterson ([email protected])
Willie Barney ([email protected])

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Lincoln Orientation Ordinance & What's Next

To speak at the Lincoln Council meeting yesterday you had to sign in before the meeting and the rules are that everyone speaks in the order they signed up. We soon realized that the deck was stacked as all the top pro LGBT ordinance speakers were speaking before us even though many of them weren't in the sign up line in front of us.

It felt like the first 45 minutes was mostly choreographed to set the tone for the LBGT agenda and the media...there was frequent applause that only later was addressed by the chairperson as being inappropriate. The atmosphere clearly felt like this was unstoppable and a done-deal. 

The city attorney stated that NE Attorney General's recent ruling on these ordinances was wrong and that they should just move ahead in defiance of him as Omaha is doing, in-spite of possible costly future litigations.

There was a lot of confusion about the church exemption and even questions about why it was even needed. Ben Gray spoke to this as necessary to maintain 1st Amendment freedom of religion for churches.  Ben also gave a lot of false data regarding what is happening with this legislation around the nation.

One of my biggest concerns in this ordinance is the great potential for abuse through the "Human Rights Commission" which will be given broad power to enforce this ordinance.  More on this later... Click here for a summary on my study of "Human Rights Commissions" in Canada

With the known make-up of the Lincoln City Council it was apparent the unless God did a miracle this ordinance would pass on the 14th. I was seeking the Lord as to what His purposes for us were in such a meeting... and I felt led that God would help us turn light on into the darkness in such a way that many there would realize the truth regardless of how the vote went. God did just that. 

As the overflow audience began to shrink we finally had some of our best presenters...a well respected Lincoln Businessman, several pastors, a local Christian attorney, Hannah from the Nebraska Family Council giving clear documentation of issues from this legislation in other cities that revealed Ben Gray's false reports, Femi spoke eloquently on several points.

The Lord gave me some new insights as I sat there and led me to speak to the confusion over the religious exemptions and 1st Amendment Freedoms. Ben Gray's and the council's confusion over this is because they see 1st Amendment Freedoms organizationally instead of individually. The 1st Amendment freedom of the press is given to individual reporters, not just the organizations they represent. When we see that 1st Amendment freedoms of the free exercise of religion is given to individuals not just organizations it changes everything and things get much more clearly defined.

After my presentation came one of the most amazing, un-expected, and clearly Divinely timed presentations that picked up right where I left off... Fr. Christopher Kubat, Executive Director of Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska. Fr. Kubat clearly showed them the devastating effects of this ordinance on Catholic business people and Catholic Charities in-spite of the exemption. He was uncompromising in a gentle-wise way that was awesome and when the one council member asked him if there was an exemption that would be acceptable Fr. Kubat said yes, "An Exemption For Conscience."  The looks that came from the council were priceless. A religious exemption for conscience would basically nullify the whole ordinance! I talked to Fr. Kubat afterwards and we are connecting him into our network.

Next Steps for Prayer:

Pray that light continues to shine into the darkness in our cities and that civic leaders see truth in a way that they must personally process.

Pray for my second lunch tomorrow with Gay Pastor Scott Jones of First Congregational. We had a wonderful first meeting and are becoming friends as we get to know each other...We agreed that we are not trying change each other, and leave any changes up to God. Scott was raised as a 4th generation Southern Baptist and shared one of the most authentic stories of childhood conversion at age five that I have ever heard...tomorrow we pick up from there... 

Pray for the Nebraska Heritage Coalition Leaders meeting this Thursday, noon to 1:30 PM at Glad Tidings where several key strategies will be discussed. Pray that many pastors make it a priority to be at this crucial meeting. Please encourage and confirm that someone from your church will be there if you live in the Omaha Metro area.

See you on the streets...

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

National Day Of Prayer ~ May 3 Events

We are planning two city events for the National Day of Prayer next Thursday, May 3

The first is a Leadership Breakfast at the Hope Center and then Prayer 12:00-1:00 in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.

Please consider joining us at one of these.

Click on this link for details: 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

After the vote--Now what?

Now What? 

That is the question I heard from almost everyone I talked to after the ordinance passed Tuesday.  

First of all I want to thank each of you for your prayers in and outside the council chambers and from wherever God led you to pray. I could feel God's presence very strongly in the chambers. In a few weeks our lead team will come together to debrief and look ahead, but for now here are a few of my initial thoughts:

Tuesday morning I was thinking about what the Lord Jesus might look like if I could see Him in the chambers today...Would He be weeping? Angry? Happy?  Pleased?  My heart's desire is that when He looked at us He would be pleased...and I can say I definitely felt His pleasure on us...I know that we had been faithful and obedient....and that is what He requires of His kids

Jean Stothert was outstanding. God gave her great wisdom and authority...I would love to see her run for mayor. We need to send thanks to her along with Franklin Thompson and Thomas Mulligan for having the courage to vote no and let them hear from us...because they will hear from the other side.

From the beginning I had a feeling that this was more about the state of the church in Omaha than homosexuality. While we need to be salty salt in our culture, we will not stop this with laws...but a revived and righteous unified church can transform our city. For that to happen may take some more shaking and even a season in Babylon.

This ordinance is part of a larger agenda and DOMA (Defense Of Marriage Act) is probably one of the next targets here in Nebraska. We are not alone, this is happening in cities all over the nation.

Again thank you for praying and being obedient to the Lord. Don't be discouraged, nothing happened today that God cannot deal with. Put in some extra time in the word and prayer and send us what you are hearing from the Lord. 

Like many of you, I am tired, so tomorrow (Wednesday) I am going to see my therapist...Rachel (my 4 year old granddaughter)...she will help me balance my perspectives.

See you on the streets...



Saturday, March 10, 2012

City Council votes tuesday giving extra legal rights based on sexual orientation

You who call on the LORD, give yourselves no rest, and give Him no rest till He establishes [Omaha] …and makes her a praise in the earth.”

-Isaiah 62:6 (personalized)

Rise Up Church! It is time for our city leaders to hear us as never before!


  • From last Tuesday’s public testimony the council realized how deeply the city is divided and there will be consequences however they vote.
  • It is our understanding that Councilman Gernandt is putting forth an amendment to remove all religious exemptions and private businesses from the ordinance and have it only apply to city government employment. That amendment will need to be voted on first next Tuesday and will probably be strongly resisted by the LGBT community.
  • Next Tuesday at the Council Meeting there will not be a public hearing but Council Members may call for specific testimony. Ben Gray and the LGBT community will stack the room for him to call testimony from. We need to have key leaders there and ready to speak if called on.

How you can make a difference:

  • As the Lord leads commit to “Fast & Pray” leading into next Tuesday.
  • Fill the Council Chambers next Tuesday at 2:00 PM…make it a silent citywide prayer meeting to “Watch & Pray.” If you can’t come watch & Pray on Cox 18. Prevailing prayer will change the spiritual atmosphere of the meeting and affect everything and everyone…visible and invisible.
  • Flood our council members with emails, phone calls and letters. Be brief, polite and firm in opposing the ordinance.Click here for Ordinance Reference Sheet and there is a guide for contacting leaders from the Nebraska Family Council at

Here are some additional key prayer and talking points:

  • Pray—The battle is the Lord’s! Keep your eyes on Him…follow Him where He leads.
  • The spirit behind this ordinance works through intense intimidation and fear of backlash.
  • Jean Stothert is taking the brunt of the flak. Pray for wisdom, strength & spiritual protection.
  • Gary Gernandt and Thomas Mulligan voted no with Jean in 2010. Pray for them, thank them for voting no in 2010 and encourage them to stand firm.Franklin Thompson could be the deciding vote. He professes faith in Christ. He cares about people having jobs and tries hard to balance “Church & State.” Pray that he sees how God has placed him like Esther…”For such a time as this.”
  • Pray for our lead team that we hear clearly from God. What is God telling us to do? Like Joshua at Jericho or Elijah on Mt. Carmel, we need to leave room for faith…to see opportunities where a Sovereign God wants to reveal Himself to Omaha and move the hearts of our leaders.

Some Current Talking points:

  • Discrimination in jobs was the proponent’s main thrust last Tuesday. Their emotional and tearful stories were very moving to most of us there, but where is the evidence of significant discrimination in Omaha?
  • Before a law is passed that affects so many of us there should be real evidence of significant discrimination in our city.
  • The studies and polls the proponents presented while sounding very scholarly lacked real hard scientific proof. Why did the University of Nebraska Medical Center did not officially endorse the validity of some of the studies and polls presented?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Proposed Omaha Sexual Orientation Ordinance

Ben Gray, from the Omaha City Council, plans to reintroduce a city ordinance on February 28th that adds sexual orientation and gender identity as additional protected categories under the City of Omaha’s prohibitions against discriminatory practices.
  •  This ordinance creates a protected class for literally everyone to be involved in any legal sexual behavior... heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual or gender identity sexual behavior.
  • A public hearing will be at the March 6th Council meeting and a vote as soon as March 13th. 

Ben Gray has added an exemption for churches but states that parachurch ministries and non-profits will not be exempt. This raises some problematic issues including:
  • Christian High School ministries could be forced to hire active LGBTQ people.
  • Little Lambs Lutheran preschool (and other schools) could be forced to hire LGBTQ people.
  • Catholic Schools could be required to hire LGBTQ people to be their gym teachers?
  • A transgendered male who wants to be housed with women at a shelter house in Omaha, might have to be accommodated.
  • Islamic study centers could be forced to hire LGBTQ professors.
This ordinance is a threat to our religious liberties. The First Amendment guarantees the free exercise of religion to individuals, not just to religious organizations. The church is the people, not the steeple. The ordinance, even with the religious exemption, restricts selected aspects our faith to being lived only within our faith community (our church buildings).

This ordinance would make sexual orientation a protected classification and subject employers and business owners to government sanctioned penalties and litigation if they do not conduct their business according to these newly redefined discrimination policies regardless of their personal religious convictions.

If you would like to be added to my prayer mobilization email list please email me at this email account created for this issue: [email protected]

Click here to see the Nebraska Heritage Coalition Pastors Proclamation

Click here for more info and an action guide to get involved.