Day: December 7, 2021

News Of The Day – December 7th

The Chosen Christmas Film Tops Box Office

With its sales now topping $8 million, the Christmas special for “The Chosen,” the first-ever multi-season television show about Jesus, has broken another record by becoming the bestselling movie in the history of its distributor Fathom Events. Just hours after tickets went on sale early last month during a livestream with show creator Dallas Jenkins, pre-sale records were shattered for the distributor with $1.5 million in sales in the first 12 hours. Viewers can expect an amazing experience that showcases the birth of Christ through the eyes of Mary and Joseph and highlights the hardships they endured. Read more about the Christmas movie here.

 

Open Doors Ministry Donating 100,000 Bibles To Persecuted Christians

It’s difficult to imagine not having access to Scripture, but for millions of believers around the globe, that is their everyday reality. One charity, Open Doors USA, is changing that for tens of thousands of Christians this Christmas. Open Doors USA, is  a U.S.-based ministry that monitors religious persecution around the world. David Curry, President of the organization, said it had reached its goal of raising enough money in late November to send 100,000 Bibles to persecuted Christians in areas such as Afghanistan, North Korea and Nigeria, calling it the greatest outpouring of support the ministry has seen in the U.S. Learn how to donate to the ministry here.

 

Wisconsin Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Medical Care For Babies Who survive Abortion

Wisconsin’s Democratic governor vetoed five pro-life bills Friday, including one that would require medical care for a baby who survives an abortion. The bill would impose criminal penalties on doctors who fail to give medical care in the extremely rare circumstance in which a baby is born alive following an abortion attempt. Violators would be guilty of a felony punishable by up to six years in prison. The bill also would make intentionally causing the death of a child born alive as a result of an abortion a felony punishable by life in prison. Read more about the vetoed bills here.

 

Chicago Pastor Camping Out For 100 Days to Raise Gun Violence Awareness

Ten years ago, Pastor Corey Brooks slept on the rooftop of a dilapidated motel for 94 days with the goal of helping end the cycle of violence in his Woodlawn neighborhood. Now, with violence nearing record levels a decade later, Brooks is camping out again. Late last month, Brooks embarked on a 100-day “tent-a-thon,” a campout with the same stated objective of ending gun violence. Brooks hopes to raise $35 million to build The Leadership and Economic Opportunity Center, which is planned as an 85,000-square-foot-building that will provide a safe place for youth amid violence. Read more about his efforts here.

 

 

 

December 7th – Hebrews 12:1-2

Hebrews 12:1-2

Did you know that the wise men who came to see the Christ child probably traveled 800-900 miles to see Him? Not an easy task. For the journey took preparation, provisions, and a commitment of weeks, months, and maybe even years. Yet to find the Lord was the race set before them. A race they ran in joyful anticipation of looking upon the face of God. We too are called to the same race. A race of endurance, patience, and faith. One that requires us to lay down worldly living, and run whole heartedly for the Lord. It won’t be easy, and it won’t be a sprint. But when we remember all Jesus endured for us, it makes the race not just bearable, but joyful. For the Lord suffered pain, sorrow, betrayal, and rejection. All for the joy of seeing us restored to the Father and giving us the greatest gift of all, eternity spent at His side. And how can we not rejoice for that?