Day: February 1, 2022

News Of the Day – February 1st

“To God Be The Glory”, Cincinnati Bengals Evan McPherson Sends Team To Super Bowl

Christian kicker, Cincinnati’s Evan McPherson, on Sunday booted four field goals, set an NFL record, and – more significantly – catapulted the Bengals to their first Super Bowl since the 1988 season with another walk-off kick. McPherson also continued to represent his Christian faith in a public way, wearing a “God is good” T-shirt to a postgame news conference and referencing his faith on social media. “To God be the glory!!” he wrote on Instagram. The Bengals will face the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl on Feb. 13. Read more about this remarkable athlete here. 


China Bans From Attending Church And Threatens Parents 

The persecutions of Christians in China continues to escalate. “It is getting worse,” David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors, stated. Christians in China must attend government-approved churches that face heavy regulations, such as the editing of sermons. Because of that, many Christians attend illegal underground churches. “So parents either have to disciple them themselves or sneak them into some sort of Bible study,” Curry said. “What happens, in this case, is that the kids may not be let into the college of their choice if they attend Bible study, they may not get jobs, the parents may lose their job. So there’s repercussions for this sort of thing.” Read more about the persecution here. 


Who doesn’t love Charlie Brown? In sad news, Peter Robbins, the original voice actor for Charlie Brown in the iconic Peanuts cartoons, has died by suicide at the age of 65. Robbins’ family confirmed the tragic news and asked for privacy as they grieve the loss of their loved one. Robbins, who voiced Charlie Brown in the 1960s, reportedly struggled with various issues, including addiction, mental illness and legal problems, among other things. His agent, Dylan Novak, told news outlets that Robbins was in a bad place mentally and checked himself into a mental health facility in California right after Christmas. Read more about his death here.


Chic-fil-A Buries Bible In Foundation

A Texas-based Chick-fil-A set to open this spring was literally built on the Bible. When the foundation for the restaurant was laid, a Bible was placed in it. The chicken restaurant, based in Marshall, will be led by East Texas natives David and Holley Snow. The Snows are committed to God and wanted to honor Him through their restaurant by making the Bible a part of its foundation. The couple’s 4-year-old son, Montgomery, placed a Bible on the foundation during construction which was left open to Joshua 1:9, which reads, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Read more about the building here.



February 1st – Esther 4

Esther 4

Esther was a young queen in over her head. Told by her cousin Mordecai about the prime minister’s plot to kill the Jews, the fate of her people laid heavy on her small shoulders. Yet Esther knew where to go; straight to God. For three days and nights Esther sheltered in His presence through prayer and fasting. And as she grew closer to the Lord, Esther received the wisdom and courage she needed to save her people.

Life is hard. And trying to do it on our own is near impossible. But thankfully, as Christians we never have to face anything alone. Because God is there welcoming us to come to Him. To spend time in His presence, bathing in His strength, mercy, and guidance. A place of refreshment, the arms of the Lord is where we experience His perfect peace. Where we find the answers we seek, the wisdom of God’s counsel, and the warmth of His unconditional love.

That’s why it’s vital we make our relationship with God a priority. For it’s the most important one we have. So today I challenge you to be intentional. Set aside some quiet time for just you and God. Soak in the rays of His presence and make it a ritual. Did you know science now says it takes around 66 days to form a habit. Through perseverance and consistency we can make growing in our relationship with God not just a habit, but second nature!