Month: April 2021

News Of the Day – April 24th

Study Shows Majority Of Christians See Getting Vaccine As Loving Your Neighbor

With opinions split in the Christian community about the covid-19 vaccines, some say receiving the vaccine goes along with biblical principals. Yet according to a new study by the Public Religion Research Institute and Interfaith Youth Core, four in 10 Americans disagree with the sentiment. A slight majority of Americans (53%) told pollsters they agree with the statement “Because getting vaccinated against COVID-19 helps protect everyone, it is a way to live out the religious principle of loving my neighbors.” Another 44% disagreed with the statement. Read more about this study here.

 

New Indiana Law Labels Churches As Essential

During the pandemic, houses of worship have been fighting to reopen or remain open. In a victory to Christians, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill into law Thursday that calls churches and religious organizations “essential services” and limits how the state can restrict them during an emergency. Churches would be allowed to hold services without any restrictions, such as capacity size or mask mandates, under the bill. The bill’s sponsors say it is needed to protect churches during future emergencies similar or even worse than the Covid-19 pandemic, which led to local and state governments shuttering churches. Read more about the bill here.

 

In the film, “Walking with Herb”, based on Joe S. Bullock’s 2015 novel of the same name, is about Joe Amable-Amo,  a former amateur golfer struggling with his life and faith after a tragedy. In the midst of this pain, Joe receives a message on his computer from God that he needs to spread an inspirational message by returning to his golf roots. And helping Joe is a messenger named Herb, played by comedian George Lopez. A Christian himself, Lopez credits his faith with getting him through dark times in his life. Proud of his part in the movie Lopez says, “Walking With Herb emphasizes the importance of being a disciple of the Almighty.” Read more about the film here.

 

Beets: The Vegetable with Anti-Aging Properties

Researchers are finding out more and more about the amazing anti-aging health benefits of a common garden vegetable, beets. Recently, it was found that eating beets, and drinking beet juice, can have some profound benefits to your skin, eyes, heart, and brain. Beets are packed with very high concentrations of antioxidants, carotenoids, folate, fiber, iron, manganese, potassium and Vitamin C. These ingredients in beets have been found in research to have antiaging properties. Read more about the benefits of beets here.

 

 

April 24th – Psalm 136:26

Psalm 136:26

In psalm 136, twenty six times in twenty six verses, the writer tells us that God’s lovingkindness is everlasting. Lovingkindness is showing someone mercy, goodness, and love. Everlasting is something which endures forever, with no beginning and no end. Can there be a more way of describing God and His feelings for us? He is faithful and good. And even though we fail Him daily, the Lord will never fail us. So give thanks to the God in heaven, Lord of lords, King of kings, and Creator of all, for His indescribable and unmerited love. Because to Him alone goes all praise and glory!

April 23rd – Romans 8:1

Romans 8:1

The pull of sin is so strong, no wonder we all struggle. Even the apostle Paul wrestled with succumbing to sin. But because Jesus loves us so much, He refuses to leave anyone in their wickedness. And so He offers to all who believe upon Him not only the strength to stand against sin, but the chance to have their sins blotted out forever. For one day each of us will stand in the court of God to be judged. But for those Jesus calls His own, no guilty verdict will be found. Instead He will declare them, righteous, justified, and forgiven.

April 22th – Hebrews 12:2

Hebrews 12:2 

Life is hard, and some days it can feel like we’re at the end of our ropes. The stresses and pull of the world make the race set before us difficult. But if there is any one who understands hardship, it’s Jesus. Out of His great love, He left His glorious throne in heaven to suffer at the Cross. There isn’t a trouble we have that Jesus doesn’t understand. So when we feel weak, and we can’t run another step, we can look to Him. For Christ already perfectly finished the race. And He is our endless supply of not only guidance, but our greatest source of strength.

Friends With The World – James 4

James 4

After Stephen was martyred in Jerusalem, the Jewish Christians were persecuted, driven from the city, and scattered throughout the land. They were unwelcome in their new communities, and faced great pressure to fit in with those around them. These Jews felt the pull of drifting back into their old ways. They tried to walk with one foot on the worldly path and the other on the path of God. But the ways of God and of the world are so completely opposite that it’s impossible to love one without hating the other. And as James warns, “friendship with the world, is hostility toward God.” (v. 4) …

April 21st – Ephesians 1:7

Ephesians 1:7

When we think of Jesus hanging nailed to the Cross, our hearts break at the torture He suffered. But in actuality, the Cross is Jesus’ greatest triumph. For it was there that the debt we owed was paid, and death was forever conquered. And because of the richness of His grace, we are redeemed, called righteous, and become adopted heirs in God’s family. Our sins are blotted out, we are called beloved, and no do we longer face the penalty of our transgressions. Now, through the love of Jesus, we are freed from being slaves to the world and its wickedness.

News Of The Day – April 20th

Arizona Holocaust Education Billed Stalled In Senate

Earlier this year, a bill to require education on the Holocaust and other genocides was introduced and passed by the Arizona State House unanimously. However, the bill has stalled in the Arizona senate due to the bill’s definition of antisemitism. Dozens of liberal and progressive groups spoke out against the definition, saying that it would criminalize free speech. But Arizona State Sen. Paul Boyer, a Republican, says , “The purpose of this bill is not simply to mandate a fact-of-the-matter, look back in history for our children. It is ultimately about our forward-facing goal of improving our future as a society by reflecting upon outstanding tragedies and injustices of the past from which key lessons must be learned.” Read more about the bill here.

 

Liberty University Sues Jerry Falwell Jr.
Liberty University has filed a lawsuit against its former president, Jerry Falwell Jr., seeking tens of millions in damages. Falwell, who is the son of the founder of Liberty University, the late Rev. Jerry Falwell Sr., resigned from his position in August 2020, amid a sex scandal. The university in Lynchburg, Va. claims its former president withheld information about the scandal while he was negotiating an employment contract in 2019. The lawsuit also claims that Falwell failed to disclose his problems with alcohol and has not returned property belonging to the university since his resignation. Falwell strongly pushed back against the lawsuit, saying that it was full of “lies and half truths.” Read more about the lawsuit here.
Pro Golfer Stewart Cink Says his Peace And Joy Is In Christ
With his son, Reagan, as his caddie and his family cheering him on from the other side of the ropes, pro golfer Stewart Cink secured the RBC Heritage championship in Hilton Head, S.C., on Sunday. The victory is Cink’s second so far during the 2020-2021 PGA Tour season. In his post-tournament press conference, Cink was asked how peace in his life has translated into his play on the course and allowed him to have so much success at the age of 47. “The thing about me and my family with the peace and joy we experience, it’s not something that just we wait for the circumstances to line up, like the planets or some signs or tea leaves or something. We install our own peace and joy because of our faith in Jesus Christ, basically.”  Read more about his victory and faith here.
Good Samaritan Returns Ten Thousand Dollars
Michael King had just taken out the money from the bank to cover a business debt he owed. For whatever reason, he was so distracted, he accidentally left his wallet on his vehicle before cranking up the engine and heading home. Meanwhile, Steve Harrison, who was heading in the opposite direction noticed something floating in the breeze. Quickly realizing it was cash, he pulled over and snatched it up. He found King’s wallet as well. the next day he contacted King and returned the money and wallet. “I never took seriously the notion of keeping it,” Harrison said. “It’s just simpler to do the right thing. Once I realized that there was an ID involved, I knew I would return the money.” Read more about his good deed here.

 

April 20th – John 1:29

John 1:29

As cousin to Jesus, John the Baptist was a godly man in his own right. Preaching and baptizing in the wilderness of Judea, John spent his life preparing for the arrival of his Savior. So imagine his joy when John saw Jesus at the Jordan river, knowing He was the promised Messiah. The Son of the great Almighty, who came to take away the sins of the world. For more than just a Friend, Teacher, or Prophet, Jesus is the Lamb of God, who out of His perfect love, gave His life to be our sacrificial substitute. His precious blood paid our sin debt in full, giving us access to the Father, and providing us with life eternal.

Stuck In The Mud – 1 Corinthians 3

1 Corinthians 3 

Because of its command of the trade routes between Asia and Rome, the city of Corinth was quite the melting pot. People from around the world came to buy and sell their wares, and the city was known both for its fierce competition and immorality. The apostle Paul became frustrated to find that the church he founded at Corinth years before was still being infected by that same immoral nature of the culture.  …