Day: January 20, 2021

News Of The Day – January 20th

Thousands Pray In Virtual Western Wall Visits

Thousands of people visit Jerusalem’s western wall to pray. But in a year of Covid-19, those visits have been shut down. But in a virtual prayer rally, 30,000 Coronavirus patients have been added to prayer petitions. Many of the names come from online petitions given to The Western Wall Heritage Foundation, which runs the wall. The prayer requests are printed daily and placed before the wall. Read how you too can send your prayer petitions here.

 

President Elect Joe Biden To Be Sworn In

Today is inauguration day. That means after much division and controversy, Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. Biden, who has been in office more than 40 years, will take office with Kamala Harris, the first female elected to her position, serving as his vice president. With tensions high and the country divided, it promise to be a ceremony of historic portions. Read more about today’s planned events here.

 

Chinese Officials Raid Christian Home School

In Chengdu, China where children of Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC) were being homeschooled, Chinese officials conducted a raid on the home where the studies were being taught. Education bureau administrators, national security officials, police officers, and urban management agents surrounded the home early that morning, then searched the place while children were playing together. Read more about this crackdown on Christianity here. 

 

Tim Tebow writes Children’s book

Pro athlete, Tim Tebow has written a new children’s book entitled, Bronc and Friends: A Party To Remember. The picture book, features the names of children Tebow met through his foundation, and follows the adventures of a sight challenged dog. The book means much to Tebow who included children whom have since gone to heaven. “Even though they’re not with us, I was still able to honor them and their memory and how much they meant to me,” Tebow was quoted as saying. Read more about this inspirational athlete’s book here.

the Practice Of Patience – Psalm 27

Psalm 27

We’ve all heard it said that patience, (waiting without complaint), is a virtue and is listed by Paul in Galatians 5:22-23 as among the fruits of the Spirit. Unfortunately, for me patience has always been a struggle and waiting is definitely not one of my strengths. In times of trial when I’m hurting and in despair, the last thing I want to do is to be patient and wait. But in Psalm 27 that’s exactly what God tells us to do…wait. “Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage. Yes, wait for the Lord.” 

January 20th – Ephesians 4:22-24

Ephesians 4:22-24

Our goal as Christians should be to use every day and it’s experiences to become more like Jesus. That means with each new morning, we need to let go of our sinful, worldly, desires and behaviors. We do this by praying that God will strip away the old and give us new hearts and new natures focused on leading lives for His glory. The Christian walk isn’t a sprint, but rather a marathon. An ongoing renewal of our minds and lives. And like Paul, we need to work hand in hand with the Holy Spirit to transform us into mirror images of Christ.