Month: August 2021

News Of the Day – August 24th

The Chosen Expands To 90 Languages

The runaway hit, “The Chosen”, is a multi-season series about Jesus and the people of 1st Century Galilee. The beloved show, tells the story of Jesus through the lives of his followers and others in His ministry. No longer simply a streaming hit, two years after it first launched, The Chosen is now a worldwide streaming ministry. Season one, which premiered in 2019, now includes subtitles in more than 90 languages, including seven languages (Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, among them) in audio dubbing. Read more about this exciting series here. 

 

Oregon Megachurch Pastor Steps Down

Ben Courson, founder of Hope Generation and pastor of Applegate Christian Fellowship, is also a regular on The Hallmark Channel, ABC Family, TBN and can seen on more than 400 TV Stations. But now Courson has taken a leave of absence from the ministry following recent allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse. The pastor is accused by three female former church members of initiating sexual relationships with them. Two elders from Applegate have also resigned, claiming that the megachurch refused to discipline Courson and took action only after the allegations went public. Read more about the scandal here. 

 

Danny Gokey Releases New Album

Milwaukee native, “American Idol” finalist and three-time Grammy nominee Danny Gokey prayed over his new full-length album, “Jesus People,” which was released Aug. 20. Gokey describes it as the type of album where people can “get their soul fed” while rocking out. “There’s so much going on in our world, there’s so much division, it just feels like we’re being pitted against each other that there’s not a lot of unity, there’s not a lot of love,” Gokey said. The songs on the album speak to those themes. Read more about the new album here.

 

 

$140 Million Dollar Star Sapphire Discovered

A boulder containing a cluster of 2.5 million carats in star sapphires was unearthed by workmen digging a well on the island of Sri Lanka. Colored pale blue, the find has been given the name the ‘Serendipity Sapphire’, and could be worth $140 million on the international market, pending inspections and certification by world experts. The island nation, no bigger than West Virginia, is the world’s leading exporter of sapphires and other precious stones, which generated half a billion in revenue last year as one of the five biggest gem producers. Read more about the discovery here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 24th – Isaiah 43:2

Isaiah 43:2

When everything around us seems to be falling apart, it can feel as if we’re fighting the battle alone. And it’s true that you find out who your real friends are during the bad times. But even if everyone else deserts us, we have a friend that never will. God is that friend. Author Elbert Hubbard once wrote, “A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” God not only knows us, warts and all, He formed us, redeemed us, and calls us by name. And in His amazing love, He is our best friend. A friend who stands by us, comforting, encouraging, and loving us through the pain. No matter how deep the waters of sorrow, high the flames of despair, or strong the current of anguish, God is there. He is our shield and our fortress. Our safe harbor, and port in the storm. He will never leave or forsake us. And what a privilege and joy it is to call Him friend!

August 23rd – 1 Peter 4:1

1 Peter 4:1

The days are growing shorter until the day of the Lord. And until that glorious day, troubles and adversities will increase not only for Christians, but the entire world. But while we wait for the return of our Savior, Peter gives us some encouragement. He urges us to share the same attitude as Jesus when it comes to suffering. The agony Christ endured to give us eternal life should bring each of us to our knees in thankfulness. And so for us to suffer in the flesh like our Lord is not just a privilege, but a testimony of our faith. Because suffering in the flesh means we have made a commitment to turn away from worldly living. To forsake the pleasures of sin and the path of self indulgence. And instead be willing to experience hardships, trials, and afflictions for the sake of Jesus. To follow the example of our Lord and suffer for the glory of God and His will to be done.

August 22nd – Matthew 5:12

Matthew 5:12

Proverbs 10:18 says, “He who conceals hatred has lying lips, and he who spreads slander is a fool.” Throughout history Christians have been falsely accused of many things. Cannibalism, treason, immorality, and fanaticism were just a few. And Jesus Himself was the recipient of many unfounded and ridiculous accusations, for many were His enemies. It hurts when we find ourselves on the receiving end of other people’s lies and rumors. Yet Jesus tells us when we are mistreated for our faith, to “rejoice and be exceedingly glad.” Literally translated this means that when we are persecuted we should, “leap for joy”! Because just like God’s prophets before us, our reward in heaven will be greater than we could ever imagine! It’s hard to see our reputations dragged through the mud as a blessing. But one day as we stand at the side of a Jesus, our victory will be complete and the critics silenced forever!

August 21st – Luke 22:42

Luke 22:42

When troubles come our first response is to cry out to God for freedom and relief. Even Jesus who came to perfectly fulfill God’s plan of salvation, on His knees prayed, “Father if You are willing, remove this cup from Me.” But God wasn’t willing. And sometimes He’s unwilling to remove our cup as well. A hard truth, especially when we are knee deep in pain. But our God is loving, trustworthy, and faithful. And part of that faithfulness is allowing trials to come our way. Because in His infinite wisdom, God knows what we need to deepen both our faith and obedience to Him. Yet unfortunately, that mostly happens during times of testing. Jesus had the unfathomable burden of carrying our sins and paying for them on the Cross. Yet because He completely surrendered His own will to the Father’s, He was able to see God’s plan finished in victory. And if we submit to God, no matter the circumstance or how deep the pain, we too can claim victory and triumphantly declare, “Not My will, but Yours be done.”

Drawing Near To God – Deuteronomy 1-4

Deuteronomy 1-4 

For forty years Israel had been wandering in the wilderness. Now before finally entering the promised land, Moses, who is 120 years old, gives the people a series of messages. In them he reiterates the importance of complete obedience to God, the consequences of choosing not to, and most of all to remember each step of their walk with Him. …

August 20th – Matthew 4:1

Matthew 4:1

Temptation is everywhere. And I don’t know about you, but more than not, in my fleshly weakness I fall to those temptations. Then it becomes a vicious cycle. I sin, regret it, pray for forgiveness, feel bad for giving in to the temptation, and to numb the pain of failing, I sin again. But thankfully, God’s forgiveness is unending, and His patience inexhaustible. Because He too faced temptation. The Lord knows the struggle of fighting the Tempter, a relentless enemy who longs for our destruction. Yet in the desert facing down Satan, Jesus was victorious. With each temptation the Lord fought back with the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (Eph. 6:17) A mighty weapon available to each of us, and one that stops evil in its tracks. So when temptation rears it’s ugly head, I can rejoice knowing that God won’t let me be tempted beyond what I can bear. (1 Cor. 10:13), forgives me when I fail, and provides the path of victory through His precious Word!

News Of the Day – August 19th

Well Known Bible Prophecy Teacher Dies From Covid-19

Bible prophecy teacher, Dr. Jimmy DeYoung Sr., passed away early Sunday morning, according to his wife Judy from Covid-19 complications.  Dr. DeYoung hosted a daily radio program, “Prophecy Today”, that was heard on several hundred radio stations including WDYN, the station he signed on the air in 1968.  Dr. DeYoung traveled the world teaching Bible Prophecy. His lessons are heard on the Bible Broadcasting Network, Moody Radio Network and VCY America among others. He was also a credentialed journalist.  He reported from Israel for 23 years. Read more about Dr. DeYoung here.

 

Huge Fire Just Outside Of Israel Contained

Israel asked allies for help as the country battled a wildfire outside of Jerusalem that started over the weekend. Initially, Israel’s Fire and Rescue Service was able to gain control of the fire, but it then spread to burn about 5,000 acres of forested area near west Jerusalem. 10,000 people were evacuated, and at least 10 firefighting planes and several hundred firefighters were deployed to the area, working to form defensive lines around the enormous blaze. The fire was caused by people, but it is unknown whether it was deliberate arson or negligence. Read more about the fire here.

 

Pope Francis Calls For Peace In Afghanistan

Pope Francis called for an end to the conflict in Israel and Gaza, saying the deaths of so many innocent people in recent days, including children, was unacceptable. From a window overlooking St. Peter’s Square, the pope asked for prayers “so that the clamor of weapons may cease and solutions may be found at the negotiating table.” He added that “only in this way, may the battered population of the country return to their homes and live in peace and safety, with full mutual respect.” The Taliban entered Afghanistan’s capital city of Kabul on Sunday. Read more about the Pope’s plea here.

 

Olympic Silver Medalist Auctions Off Medal For A Great Cause

In true Olympic spirit, Polish javelin thrower Maria Andrejczyk put her silver medal up for auction to help save an infant’s life. Miłoszek Małysa, an 8-month-old boy who needs to travel from Poland to Stanford University in California to have life-saving heart surgery was the recipient of her good will. She didn’t know Małysa, but she knew his cause was the right choice  While she cherishes her Olympic accomplishment, she decided that putting the medal up for auction was of more value than keeping it herself. A Polish convenience store chain called Zabka made the winning bid who in turn retuned the medal to Maria. Read more about this generous athlete here. 

 

August 19th – Psalm 4:7

Psalm 4:7

The end of summer brings with it harvest time. The time when farmers, and home gardeners finally get to see the bountiful results of all of their hard work. They rejoice in the abundance of grain and wine. Yet David, who suffered great hardships, says the joy they feel is nothing compared to the abundance of the joy of the Lord. More often than not, David found himself surrounded by peril. Yet no matter the circumstance, his joy remained strong. Because David knew that great, lasting happiness doesn’t come from the world. It comes from having a close, personal relationship with the Lord. For hope placed in earthly circumstances is hope misplaced. True and lasting joy is only found in Jesus. For through Him we have hope of the resurrection to eternal life in heaven. A joy and hope that nothing in this world can ever take away!

August 18th – 1 Peter 1:7

1 Peter 1:7

I’ve heard it said that joy and sorrow and are like day and night. Meaning we can’t appreciate the beauty of the sunrise, without ever having experienced the darkness of the sunset. And so it is with our relationship with God. As His children we love the favor and blessings He bestows on us. But the truth is, it’s usually our times of trouble that build a deeper relationship with the Lord. For if we never taste the bitterness of life, we can’t fully savor the sweetness of God’s amazing love and grace. That’s why He allows trials into our lives. Because it is the fires of life which refine our faith. God compares this process to refining gold. When first mined, gold is soft, weak, and filled with impurities. But when put in fire, all of the grime, pollution, and corruption is melted. And what is left is a beautifully precious, purified, metal, stronger than before, and shining like the sun for the world to see.