Apopka prays: Rivers inspires prayer breakfast audience

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Good story on National Day of Prayer in Apopla You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Reply Apopka prayed today.They prayed with passion. They prayed with blood. They prayed with sweat. They prayed with tears. They prayed in the early morning hours and they prayed again in the heat of a spring afternoon with temperatures passing the 90-degree mark.The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.John RiversAnd the Apopka Christian Ministerial Alliance and the South Apopka Ministerial Alliance took full advantage of the National Day of Prayer.In Apopka, the coinciding events were the 11th Annual Apopka Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast which is held at the Apopka Community Center/VFW at 6:30 in the morning. Then at noon the day of prayer moved to the steps of City Hall, and included members of the Apopka Fire and Police Departments.Apopka Christian Ministerial Alliance President Darrell Morgan presided over both events and offered prayers for Apopka, its leaders, and the nation. Then a host of pastors took to the stage to pray for specific things.Pastor Jimmy Siberio of the Oasis Assembly of God prayed for Apopka, Pastor James Hicks of Greater Faith World Center prayed for the nation, Pastor Ronda Reaves of the Calvary Church of the Nazarene prayed for schools and universities, Pastor Doug Bankson of the Victory Church World Outreach Center prayed for families, and Pastor Hezekiah Bradford, President of the South Apopka Ministerial Alliance and the Lead Pastor at St. Luke Gospel Baptist Church prayed for churches and ministries.Morgan also welcomed the featured speaker John Rivers to the prayer breakfast.Rivers spoke before an audience of over 400 people made up of local businesses, church groups, elected officials and the public. His inspiring message was one of passion, perseverance, and complete faith in God to steer any venture he pursues.And Rivers has had his share of pursuits.Retiring as president of a $1.5 billion dollar company, he left a career of twenty years in healthcare to chase his passion – owning a restaurant.“I wanted to be a president and CEO because I wanted to make money,” Rivers said. “But sometimes we don’t end up following our passion…we just make a living. I realized I was missing something.”In 2009 Rivers opened 4 Rivers Smokehouse, which quickly became one of the fastest growing restaurants in the southeast. With 13 locations in Florida and one soon to open in Atlanta, the success and popularity of his 4 Rivers Smokehouse and his second concept, the Southern-inspired COOP, have garnered national recognition. Nation’s Restaurant News, the industry’s lead trade publication, recognized 4 Rivers as one of their top five breakout brands. Restaurant Business named him one of the Power 20 Leaders in the restaurant industry, Orlando Magazine included him among Orlando’s “50 Most Powerful, 15 to Watch” and in 2013, he was named a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.He explained his secret to success was making 4Rivers a God-centered endeavor.“Every single one of us is given a gift by God,” he told the audience. “And the only thing that can stop you is yourself. Fear does not come from God. When God steps in, you cannot fail. You have a purpose and God writes the plan. We had success at 4Rivers because we kept God at the center of the business.” * * *On the steps of City Hall, another legion of Apopka pastors prayed their hearts out for God, country, family, first responders, and America. Pastor Doug Bankson made a direct call to the heart in fact.“Sometimes we can go through the motions at prayer events,” he said. “But many times in the Bible there are situations where there is a cry from the heart. That’s what God wants from us. Not duty, but heart. That’s our Creator. The one who made those clouds. He wants to hear our heart.”Pastor Ronda Reaves expanded her morning prayer for schools and universities to include youth specifically.“We pray to a living God and we ask that you bless the students,” she said. “Our young people…our boys and girls. They learn about Jesus from us. We pray for peace and not violence on the streets. We pray for peace and not violence in our homes.”Mayor Joe Kilsheimer read a Day of Prayer Proclamation and then gave his thoughts about the ministries, pastors, and churches of Apopka.“One of Apopka’s greatest assets is the strength and vitality of the faith-based community,” he said.Those observations were never more on display than today. 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The Cowtown Marathon is racing back to Fort Worth

first_imgFort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Linkedin + posts Who’s your (Frog) Daddy? Sierra Tuthillhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sierra-tuthill/ Twitter ReddIt Sierra Tuthill is a junior journalism major and film, television & digital media minor. She is the staff writer for the109.org. Sierra is the co-captain of the TCU Showgirls and loves country music, diet coke and the TCU Horned Frogs! Sierra Tuthillhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sierra-tuthill/ Linkedin printGet your running shoes on, because the Cowtown Marathon is coming back to Fort Worth for its 38th year.The races will take place Feb. 27 and Feb. 28 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. Saturday, Feb. 27 is the Adults 5K and Cook Children’s 5K, and Sunday is the Ultra Marathon.Team and individual registration is open until the Friday before the race, Feb. 26. However the cost for registration increases after Jan. 22. You can find more information here, and register here.The marathon will start at 7 a.m. and will have a time limit of seven and a half hours. Past Cowtown Marathon records include 2:17:12 for men and 2:42:31 for women.As part of the weekend there is also the Cook Children’s 5K on Saturday. The run promotes The Cowtown C.A.L.F (Children’s Activities for Life & Fitness) Program which reaches out to children to educate them on proper fitness routines and nutrition in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.The Cowtown gave the C.A.L.F. Program $200,000 in October last year. The $200,000 goes toward local children receiving proper training for running and to be fitted in quality shoes. The children will receive financial grants to help offset registration fees for The Cowtown’s Cook Children’s 5K Run.Race Fees:Feb. 27 (Saturday):10K – $40.00Adults 5K – $35.00Cook Children’s 5K (17 and Under) – $20.00Cook Children’s 5K (18 and Over) – $35.00Feb. 28 (Sunday):Ultra Marathon – $130.00Marathon – $120.00Half Marathon – $110.00 Facebook Twitter Previous articleHorned Frogs come up just short against Texas TechNext articleSGA Meeting: Jan. 19 – Live Blog Sierra Tuthill RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Child abuse prevention month aims to raise awareness and create change ReddIt Facebook Creepy clown sighting reported to Fort Worth police, no clowns found TAGSCowtown MarathonfitnessHealthRunning Sierra Tuthill Sierra Tuthillhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sierra-tuthill/ Sierra Tuthillhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sierra-tuthill/ Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Fort Worth moms host The Best Friend Bazaarlast_img read more