Day: January 11, 2022

News Of The Day – January 11th

Dave Ramsey Under Fire For Saying Raising Rent And Displacing Family Not Un-Christian 

Dave Ramsey, personal finance radio host and evangelical Christian, was the target of social media criticism Saturday, as outraged individuals slammed him for saying that if tenants at his residential properties are displaced because he raised rental rates to meet market price, it does not make him “a bad Christian.” Ramsey stated, “I own rental property, single family homes, among many other properties that we own. And if I raised my rent to be market rate that does not make me a bad Christian. I did not displace the person out of that house if they can no longer afford it.” Read more about his comments here.


Bishop TD Jakes Makes Potter House Permanently Virtual Due To Covid

TD Jakes, bishop of the megachurch The Potter’s House, has made the decision to go virtual permanently. Citing financial pressures due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, The Potter’s House of Denver has decided to sell its 137,000-square-foot building and take its worship and other services to the community completely online. The megachurch had been at the same location for 32 years. First known as the Heritage Christian Center, it transformed into The Potter’s House of Denver in 2010 with thousands of members assembling for worship services every week. Read more about the move here. 


Ex Youth Pastor Sentenced To 20 Years For Molesting Boys 

A former Goshen youth leader is going to prison for admittedly molesting several young boys between the ages of 11 and 13 during the better half of the last decade. Scott Christner is starting a 20-year prison sentence on Wednesday, which is the most time he could spend behind bars because of the terms of his plea deal. However, the judge ordered a 21-year suspended sentence that could land him back in prison if he violates probation within the 10 years following his prison term. “Christner was a trusted member of the church and was considered family,” a parent of a victim was quoted as saying. Read more about the sentence here. 


Baby Donkey Named Betty White To Honor Her Support For Animal Sanctuary 

For years, television star Betty White had donated to the Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue in San Angelo, Texas. Now, upon her death on December 31 at the age of 99, the animal sanctuary has introduced an adorable baby donkey as her namesake. “This beautiful little jennet was born on Christmas Day but we were unable to come up with the perfect name until New Year’s Eve,” the rescue donkey group wrote on Facebook. Ms. White has supported the group since 2006, and to honor her memory, Peaceful Valley is also naming their newly constructed nursery in her honor. Read more about this precious little donkey here. 




January 11th – 1 chronicles 16:34

1 Chronicles 16:34

Did you know there is great power found in a grateful heart? It’s true, and they have research to prove it! “Scientific studies have proven gratitude increases neural modulation in the brain, in the prefrontal cortex, which regulates negative emotions. It also activates dopamine, the neurotransmitter responsible for making you feel good.” That’s scientific talk that basically states that the results of maintaining an attitude of gratitude is instant happiness that will prompt you to continue to giving thanks.

A good friend of mine once confessed that she had been hospitalized due to a nervous breakdown and what helped her most to recover was reading her Bible and writing down 12 things she was thankful for in a journal each day- a practice she still swears by and practices today!

Gratitude also curbs other symptoms of anxiety, helping us to deal with the disorder more effectively according to a study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information in the United States.

  • It can reduce Insomnia
  • Reduces stress hormones in the body
  • And can positively impact bodily functions, memory, and emotions.

 BUT more importantly, giving thanks is something that each one of us are commanded to practice on a daily basis; anxiety, or no anxiety. (Phil. 4:6-7Col. 3:151 Thes. 5:16-18, and many others)

So, How Can We Best Practice Maintaining an Attitude of Gratitude? 

(These are just a few suggestions and if you have any other proven habits, I hope you’ll share them with us as well)

1.) Keep a Journal

Write down all that is causing any anxiety, sadness, fear, etc. And then find at least 3 things to be thankful for right now. Even if it’s, ‘I’m thankful I woke up and I’m still breathing!’

2.)  Stop to Meditate

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” – Phil. 4:8

 Focus on all the good things in your life and start thanking God for each. You’ll eventually become a thankful person by nature.

3.) Share Your Gratitude with Others 

This may seem silly, but it goes a long way towards practicing gratitude.

Writing down your thoughts,  dwelling on the positives and then sharing your positive thoughts with God and others will go along way to develop an attitude of gratitude and squelch all those anxious thoughts that try to take over.