Day: February 8, 2022

News Of The Day – February 8th

Mother Says SpongeBob Tells her To Kill Daughter

In a tragedy that is a strong warning against drug use, a Michigan mom who allegedly killed her three-year-old daughter claims SpongeBob SquarePants made her do it. Justine Johnson, 22, is accused of stabbing her daughter, Sutton Mosser, two days after the child turned three. She allegedly stuffed the dead little girl’s body into a black trash back after hallucinations from heroin withdrawal and lack of sleep. Johnson told investigators that SpongeBob ordered her to kill the child or she herself would die, according to the police report. Read more about the tragedy here.


Tennessee Pastor Leads Burning Of Harry Potter Books

Controversial pastor Greg Locke of Global Vision Bible Church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, held a “burning service” after his sermon. Church congregants threw items deemed by the church to be related to the occult into a large bonfire. The event is part of Locke’s sermon series on deliverance titled “Deliverance from Demons.” After Locke’s message, church members went outside and created a large bonfire in which they threw a variety of items, including Harry Potter books, Ouija boards and tarot cards, among other things. “Let’s go give the devil a black eye!” Locke declared. Read more about the burning here.


Freedom Convoy Protest Raises 3.5 Million On Christian Crowd Funding Site

A trucker-led protest against vaccine mandates in Canada has raised several million dollars on a Christian crowdfunding site after being removed from GoFundMe, sparking debate over how online platforms moderate campaigns. GoFundMe blocked fundraising for the “Freedom Convoy” over the weekend, after the mayor of Ottawa declared a state of emergency over a week-long protest led by truck drivers over Covid-19 restrictions. In response, the protestors migrated their fundraising to GiveSendGo, a self-proclaimed Christian crowdfunding site, raising more than $3.5 million dollars. Read more about the fund raising here.


Australian “Pirate Kitty” Famous For Both Stealing And Giving Gifts

Kay McCall and her husband were moving into their Australian Ferny Hills home when a ginger cat popped over the fence for a pat and quickly became a daily visitor. One day the McCalls noticed a couple of toys in the backyard. Then another toy appeared in the front yard, then another. “Most days the presents kept coming, and some days there was just one, and some days there was quite a few, and some days there were none,” Mrs. McCall said. After posting pictures online of the cat’s haul, residents commented that they, too, had been visited by the “Pirate Kitty”, or recognized one of his prizes. “Everyone fell in love with him on the spot, and he sort of became … a community icon,” Mrs. McCall said. Read more about the “pirate Kitty” here.

February 8th – Psalm 69:13-15

Psalm 69:13-15

The phrase, ” in an acceptable time” grabbed my attention today. David is very aware of what’s going on. He senses the rising tide around him. The floodwaters of trouble are beginning to engulf him and he feels like he’s being swallowed up. Can you think of a time in your life where you felt like David? I can. But David offers us a lifeline. For in the midst of his troubles, David stops to renew his commitment to the Lord once more, and so should we.

I remember as a new Christian this desire to run out ahead of God, (not that I still don’t do that today at times.) Just as soon as I got what I thought was a perfect idea, I took off and ran with it! And God would let me go as though He was waiting for me to spend all my energy, grow weary, and fall on my face. For only then I’d look up! Only then was I ready to sit quietly and listen to God’s plan. I honestly can’t count the times God picked me up, brushed me off and set me on my feet once more so that then we could do it together. I sense this is what is happening here with David.

“In your great love and mercy, O God, answer me”

David appeals to the rich mercy of God. Where would we be without His mercy and love? And how blessed are we that we can appeal to these incredible attributes at any time, knowing He will hear and show us His mercy? O beloved, I pray we never take that for granted. For with misery, no attribute is more sweet than mercy. And when coming under attack, the multitude of mercy is a treasure.

“With Your sure salvation”

Beloved, here’s the key! Our salvation that was paid for by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and given to us freely as a gift is not factitious, nor a changeable thing- here today and gone tomorrow, but SURE, dependable, steady; the rock in which to stand firm on!

As I meditated on these verses I began to see that God is using these to teach us. He’s teaching us the art of wrestling in prayer. Of taking hold of what we are sure of , and setting it before our Father when we and our flesh and abilities are exhausted. I’d love to know your thoughts.

Blessings, Sue