CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — The Rev. Terry Jones’ return to his Missouri hometown has barely caused a stir.

Jones is a pastor who drew international attention earlier this year by burning a copy of the Quran at his church in Gainesville, Fla. He grew up in Cape Girardeau and returned Sunday night for a “Stand Up America Now” rally at a VFW post.

But the Southeast Missourian reports that just 15 people showed up. The meeting room was set up for 500.

Outside the rally, five Southeast Missouri State University students protested the appearance with signs such as “Freedom of religion means all religion.”

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

  1. Anyomous says:

    I am glad to be a Christian, because I came to understand Jesus everyday. The nice thing about Jesus is that he was a good and wise king who know what to do wisely. He knew my heart, and my thought, and knew my weakness.

    Do you want to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior? If you do, pray like this: “Heavenly Father, have mercy on me, a sinner. I believe in you and that your word is true. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God and that he died on the cross so that I may now have forgiveness for my sins and eternal life. I know that without you in my heart my life is meaningless.

    I believe in my heart that you, Lord God, raised Him from the dead. Please Jesus forgive me, for every sin I have ever committed or done in my heart, please Lord Jesus forgive me and come into my heart as my personal Lord and Savior today. I need you to be my Father and my friend.

    I give you my life and ask you to take full control from this moment on; I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.”

    This prayer is called a sinner’s prayer. What’s a sinner’s prayer?

    A sinner’s prayer is an evangelical term referring to any prayer of repentance, spoken or read by individuals who feel convicted of the presence of sin in their life and desire to form or renew a personal relationship with God through his son Jesus Christ. It is not intended as liturgical like a creed or a confiteor. It is intended to be an act of initial conversion to Christianity, and also may be prayed as an act of recommitment for those who are already believers in the faith. Often, at the end of a worship service, an evangelist will invite those desiring to “receive Christ” (become converted) to “repeat after me” the words of some form of a sinner’s prayer. It also is frequently found on printed gospel; tracts, urging people to repeat these words from the bottom of your heart.

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