Month: October 2021

News Of The Day – October 7th

Temporary Block Placed On Texas Anti Abortion Law

A federal judge temporarily blocked Texas’ near-total abortion ban Wednesday as part of a lawsuit the Biden administration launched against the state over its new law that bars abortions as early as six weeks of pregnancy. The state of Texas quickly filed a notice of appeal and will almost definitely seek an emergency stay of the judge’s order.  Abortion providers in the state, who want the law struck down permanently, have said that with the restrictions lifted for now, abortions will be resumed as soon as possible. Read more about the court case here.

 

Christian Nurse Sues Hospital After Claims She Forced Out Of Job For Cross Necklace

Devout Christian Mary Onuoha claims she was forced out of her job of 18 years at Croydon University Hospital in London, because the crucifix was a health and safety risk. Onuoha, who wears the necklace as a symbol of her faith, says she was subjected to a campaign of harassment in which she was “treated like a criminal”, despite other religious staff members being allowed to wear jewelry, saris, turbans and hijabs. She says the situation escalated in August 2018 when bosses ordered her to remove the cross on the grounds that it breached the hospital dress code and was therefore a health risk to her and the patients. Read more about her lawsuit here.

 

6,000 People Receive Christ As Their savior At SoCal Harvest Event

Pastor Greg Laurie welcomed people to Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California Sunday for SoCal Harvest while others around the world enjoyed the event online. “We are all still rejoicing over what God did at the SoCal Harvest last Sunday night at Angel Stadium. The stadium was packed with people worshipping God,” Laurie wrote in a Facebook post. “My message title was, ‘What You Are Really Looking For.’ 40,000 were in the stadium and 200,000 watched online around the world. Best of all, 6,000 people made professions of faith, both in-person and online! To God be the Glory! Thank you all for your prayers!” Read more about the event here.

 

Doctors Help Critically Ill Pregnant Woman Survive and Save Her Baby

Earlier this year 37-year-old Candice Cruise, was given an explanation for why she was struggling with an increasingly worsening shortness of breath: she had a disease called pulmonary hypertension. But being 21 weeks pregnant, meant extra complications. So doctors sustained Cruise for weeks on a specialized life support mostly used for COVID-19 patients, all to hold off a necessary lung transplant long enough for a team to deliver her premature baby. Doctors are saying it’s a world first, and a wild ride for both the family and the team that gathered to see mother and child through it safely. Read more about this miracle mom and baby here.

 

October 7th – Ephesians 5:1

Ephesians 5:1

When my son was little he used to love to imitate everything my husband did. From stomping around in his work boots, to pretending he was drinking coffee before going to work. He was always trying to be just like his daddy. And as Christians, we too should be imitators of our Father in heaven. Living lives that reflect the grace, kindness, mercy, and love of Jesus. For the Lord is our perfect example in all things. And with hearts and attitudes of thankfulness, each day we should be striving to grow more into the beautiful likeness of our Savior. That means casting aside our fleshly living with it’s lustful desires, and “me first” attitude. And instead imitating the life of Jesus by walking in truth, obedience, humility, and love. So whoever sees us knows by our actions, to whom we belong. That we are the children of the most high God, and a fragrant aroma to the world!

October 6th – Philippians 2:15

Philippians 2:15

In a poem Shakespeare once wrote, “All the world is a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” On the world’s stage, the spotlight on Christians is particularly harsh and bright, checking to see if our actions line up with our preaching. And God tells that as His sons and daughters, the lights we project should be above reproach. That means living lives that are completely opposite from the fallen world in which we live. We are to be in the world, not of it, becoming distinctly different examples of Christ. Just as Jesus taught in Matthew 5:16. “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). And after all isn’t that the goal as a Christian? To live for the Lord in all that we do so that when He returns, we will have “reason to glory!” (Phil 5:16)

News Of The Day – October 5th

Pat Robertson Stepping Down from Hosting The 700 Club

Controversial evangelical leader, Pat Robertson said on Friday that he was stepping down as host of the “The 700 Club” after more than 50 years at the helm of a program that broadcasted into millions of American homes and turned him into a household name. Robertson made the announcement on the 60th anniversary of the Christian Broadcasting Network, which Mr. Robertson started in a small station in Portsmouth, Va., in 1961. His son Gordon will be taking over. Read more about his retirement here.

 

Top Christian Facebook Pages Ran By Troll Farms

Nineteen of Facebook’s top 20 pages for American Christians were managed by Eastern European troll farms in 2019, internal documents show. According to Relevant Magazine, the groups are largely based in Kosovo and Macedonia and attempt to target American Christians with “provocative content.” The groups may have been part of a larger network that collectively worked to reach Americans. The Facebook study was conducted in the lead up to the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Read more about the findings here. 

 

Donald Trump Says Nobody Has Done More For Christianity Than Him

Looking for a possible presidential run in 2024, former president, Donald Trump, says no one has done more for Christianity than him while he was in the white house. Trump said he always prioritized evangelical Christian needs, saying he did, “So many different things, getting rid of the Johnson amendment, Mexico City policy, and we could go down a list of items.” He added that his successor Joe Biden and the Democrats had done “destructive” things to religion. Read more about his remarks here.

 

Dog rescued From 30 Foot Cavern

A group of friends who were exploring and looking for caves, came across the black-and-white dog and found him to be in a state of starvation after rappelling down into the pit. They then proceeded to take care in lifting him out. The dog named, Hawkeye, was missing for about two weeks so it was assumed by animal control that he fell into the pit very soon after he ran off. The cavers believe that the dog may have originally been caught by his collar on a branch as he fell, as there appeared to be scratch marks about halfway down the shaft. Read more about the rescue here.

October 5th – Revelation 21:7

Revelation 21:7

We all recognize these lyrics. “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to him belong, they are weak, but He is strong.” As sons and daughters of the world we are weak, sinful, and conquered. But as sons and daughters of God we are strong, righteous, and overcomers. Overcomers who don’t just have faith, they put that faith into action by dying to self and fleshly living. The ones who, through the power of Jesus, live victoriously over the power of the Enemy. For as 1 John 4:4 tells us, “Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” And to those who overcome and endure to the end, God promises wonderful rewards. Rewards greater than we could ever imagine, and ones that will make all we go through in this lifetime worthwhile.

October 4th – 2 Corinthians 6:18

2 Corinthians 6:18

Trying to live with one foot in the flesh and the other in the Spirit is a balancing act doomed to fail. For as Matthew 6:24 tells us, “No one can serve two masters.” God wants both of our feet firmly planted with Him. And to do that means separating ourselves from the evils of the world. God called His children of Israel to live a life separate and distinct. To be holy among the other nations. And for us to be sons and daughters of God, means doing the same. We too are to lead lives separate and distinct. Holy among the wicked of the world. Which means loving the lost, sharing the Gospel with the lost, and being godly examples for the lost. But it doesn’t mean becoming influenced by the lost. Because it doesn’t take much for temptation to get a foothold in our lives. And Satan never passes up an opportunity to tempt us into compromising our faith.

October 3rd – John 1:12

John 1:12

Just like we have a bill of rights listed in our constitution, we also have rights listed in the Bible. Rights given by our Creator to all believers.  And one of the greatest is the right to be called a child of God. In a literal sense we are all created by the same hand of the Lord. Yet only those who receive Jesus Christ as their Savior have the right to become adopted sons and daughters into the family of God. And once we become members of this glorious spiritual family, we are gifted certain privileges and power. A power, through the Holy Spirit of God, that gives us everything we need to lead a life of righteousness and become servants of the Gospel. For as 2 Peter 1:3 tells us, “By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence

October 2nd – Romans 8:14

Romans 8:14

When we receive Jesus as our Savior, many wonderful things begin to happen. First God sends us His Holy Spirit to help, guide, teach, and comfort us. Then the Spirit, because of God’s grace towards us, begins to get to work. He takes the crumbling, broken, bumpy roads of sin in our lives, and clears out a new, smooth, glorious path leading to God. A path that turns aside from the old, carnal, fleshly manner in which we formerly walked. A new path that sends us in a direction of righteousness, leaving our old sin nature behind. But this can only happen if we submit to the promptings and leading of the Spirit. For no change will come unless we allow the Spirit to begin the work of transforming us into the image and likeness of Christ. A work that will brings us into a greater, more intimate relationship with our Father in heaven above.

Who Is Like You O Lord – Exodus 15:6-11

Exodus 15:6-11

Whenever I would read about the early Israelites, I used to feel a pang of jealousy. After all, they had God in their midst. They encountered first hand His wonders and signs. And they were constantly in His presence as He both provided and traveled with them. Oh how I wished I too could have been on that journey. And so I never understood how, when presented with the opportunity to actually hear God speak at Mt. Sinai, they turned away in fear. But that was before I experienced the worst thunderstorm I can remember. …

October 1st – Romans 8:16

Roman’s 8:16

The genes in my family are strong, as is the family resemblance. And so we often hear from others, “We know who you belong to!” That’s how it is with the family of God. Once we receive Jesus as our Savior, there’s no mistaking who we belong to. Because at the moment we invite the Lord into our hearts and lives, immediately the Holy Spirit comes to take up residence inside of us. Before we were dead in our sins, eternally separated from our Creator. But through the power of the Holy Spirit, we become adopted heirs into God’s family. And now as we call out, “Abba, Father,” the Spirit cries out with us testifying before God that we are His. God’s beloved children reborn through the blood of Jesus. And as such, we are blessed with the indwelling of the Spirit of the Lord through whom we receive the very life of God. And who intercedes, empowers, and guides us to be the family members God created us to be.