Day: June 15, 2021

News Of The Day – June 15th

Critics Doubt Modern Day Jonah Story

Cape Cod fisherman Michael Packard made headlines around the world last week when he told reporters about being swallowed whole by a humpback whale while diving for lobsters off Provincetown, Massachusetts on Friday. But not all are buying his story. Packard said that he felt a “huge shove” and then everything went “completely black” and he realized he was inside the mouth of the whale. “Then all of a sudden [the whale] went up to the surface and just erupted and started shaking his head. I just got thrown in the air and landed in the water,” Yet a doctor and fellow fisherman call it a tall tale. However, while rare, there have been incidents of humpback whales swallowing humans. Read more about this fishy story here. 


Dr. Charles Stanley Victim Of Internet Hoax

Beloved Pastor, Dr. Charles Stanley has been the latest subject in an internet hoax. A web page that resembles the Fox News website, replete with the network’s logo in the left corner, claims that Baptist pastor Charles Stanley is selling CBD and that he said he “wouldn’t be here” without it. This story isn’t authentic, and Stanley isn’t selling CBD, a chemical found in cannabis plants. Neither are Joel Osteen and Pat Robertson, two other television evangelists whose names and fabricated quotes endorsing CBD gummies are mentioned in the fake stories. Stanley did not address the scam during his televised sermon on Saturday, but he did preach about the dangers of deception. Read more about the hoax here.


Bebe Netanyahu Out As Israel’s Prime Minister

Israel’s parliament on Sunday narrowly approved a new coalition government, ending the historic 12-year rule of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Naftali Bennett, a former ally of Netanyahu turned rival, became prime minister after the 60-59 vote. The vote, capping a stormy parliamentary session, ended a two-year cycle of political paralysis in which the country held four deadlocked elections. President Joe Biden quickly congratulated the new government saying, “I look forward to working with Prime Minister Bennett to strengthen all aspects of the close and enduring relationship between our two nations,” Read more about Netanyahu’s exit here.


Colorado Woman Spends Vacation Picking Up Trash

Deciding to spend her vacation doing something to help the environment, a Colorado woman has spent 23 days picking up 126 bags of trash across the country. 24-year-old Stefani Shamrowicz has driven over 70 hours through Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York, cleaning up everything from bottles to lawn ornaments. Now her good deed has caught on. People donate $10 a bag for Stefani to clean up in their name, which she uses for lodging and gas. The person’s name is written on how many bags they’ve donated towards and Stefani posts a picture on her Instagram when they are filled, thanking them for helping clean up the city she’s in. Read more about her efforts here.












June 15th – 1 Peter 4:13

1 Peter 4:13

Jesus suffered greatly during His time on earth. He was ridiculed, scorned, beaten, tortured, and made to suffer a thief’s death. And as His followers, we too will face such suffering. For as Jesus tells us, “You will be hated by everyone because of My name…” (Matt. 10:28) And though no one likes hardship, Peter tells us not only to expect suffering, but to rejoice in it. For when we suffer because of our faith, we suffer for Christ as His body on earth. We rejoice knowing the privilege it is to share the suffering of our Savior who suffered so much for us. And as Paul reminds us, our momentary affliction is producing for us an eternal glory that is far beyond comparison. (2 Cor. 4:17) Jesus will soon be returning. And on that day, we can rejoice exceedingly when His glory is revealed to all!