Day: February 15, 2022

February 15th – News Of The Day

China Rewrites Textbook Having Jesus Stoning Woman

Communist party officials in China have rewritten one of the Bible’s most powerful accounts of Jesus Christ by claiming the Savior stoned to death the woman caught in adultery. The New Testament account is found in  John 8:3-11, and is completely altered to depict Jesus Christ as a murderer and sinner in a “professional ethics and law” text book used in Chinese vocational secondary schools. The book’s version of the account states, Jesus saying, “Let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone.’ Hearing this, they slipped away one by one. When the crowd disappeared, Jesus stoned the sinner to death saying, ‘I too am a sinner. But if the law could only be executed by men without blemish, the law would be dead.’” Read more about the alteration here.


80 Year Nun Sentenced To A Year In Prison For Embezzlement Of $835,000

A nun who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Los Angeles Catholic elementary school and went on Vegas gambling sprees is heading to prison. Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper, of Los Angeles, was sentenced Monday to one year and one day for fraud and money laundering charges. The 80-year-old nun also was ordered to pay a total of $825,338.57 in restitution for the money she embezzled while she was a principal at St. James Catholic School in Torrance, Calif. Prosecutors said Kreuper, diverted funds to pay for expenses that her order would never have approved, including large gambling expenses from casino trips and credit card charges she made from 2008 to September 2018. Read more about her sentence here.


Christians Protest First Ever Satanic temple Convention

Christians in Scottsdale, Ariz., protested outside the inaugural convention of The Satanic Temple over the weekend, even as a prominent Catholic bishop urged believers to “refrain from participating in any public demonstration.” The Satanic Temple calls itself the “primary Satanic religious organization in the world,” even though the group itself is atheistic and believes in neither a literal God nor literal Satan. Instead, the Satanic Temple venerates the biblical Satan as a symbol of “defiance, independence, wisdom and self-empowerment.” SatanCon included “talks and presentations” that discussed the “various campaigns championed by The Satanic Temple,” according to a news release. Read more about the convention here.


For The First Time A Man With Severed Spinal Cord Walks Freely

In 2017, Michel Roccati was in a motorbike accident that left his lower body completely paralyzed. In 2020, he walked again, thanks to a breakthrough new spinal cord implant. The implant sends electrical pulses to his muscles, mimicking the action of the brain, and could one day help people with severe spinal injuries stand, walk, and exercise. It builds on long-running research into using electrical pulses to improve quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries, including a 2018 study by the same team that helped people with partial lower-body paralysis walk again. “It was a very emotional experience,” Roccati told journalists of the first time the electrical pulses were activated and he took a step. Read more about his journey to walking here.


February 15th – 2 Peter 3:18

 2 Peter 3:18

Peter tells us to “grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.” But have you ever wondered what that means exactly, and how one can grow in grace? Is it our responsibility, God’s or both of ours? Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us that we are saved by grace through faith. This is not our doing, but a gift from God . One through which we mature and are sanctified by grace alone. Grace is defined as “unmerited favor”; a blessing that we don’t deserve. It is God, through His grace that justifies, sanctifies, and eventually will glorify us in heaven. This sanctification process, (becoming more and more like Christ), is actually synonymous with growing in grace.

Therefore to grow in grace actually means to mature as a Christian. We grow in grace by reading God’s Word and letting it “dwell in us richly” (Colossians 3:16). Peter also mentions growing in “knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ“. This happens  by praying and communicating with God, our Father and our Lord, Jesus Christ. And It’s also important to note it’s not about gaining more grace from God, for His grace never increases; it is already infinite. But we do need to seek and trust Him for it. Because grace will be the attribute of God that will enables us to break free of our sinful nature and follow Him. It will give us strength and protect us from the evil one.