Day: March 10, 2022

March 10th – Acts 16:25-26

Acts 16:25-26

In today’s verses we find Paul and Silas praying and singing hymns of praise while they were in prison. But most amazing, is what the previous verses describe. “When they had struck them with many blows, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to guard them securely; and he, having received such a command, threw them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.” (Acts 16:23-24)

Can you imagine how terribly hurt they were? Yet in spite of this, they, “were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them;” (16:25). They had the strength to praise God! They had joy in their hearts and they wanted everyone else to know!! There was a Godly purpose for their suffering and all the circumstances they faced.

Let me ask you this. When you have been in a painful situation, “imprisoned” in distress and difficulties, did you immediately praise God? Did you feel there was a Godly purpose in all this? Although it’s difficult in our own strength, through the power of the Holy Spirit, it can be done. Joy is an attribute of the Fruit of the Holy Spirit, and it is available to each one of us. But we must ask in prayer for this to be a continual reality in us!

I pray that each one of us can experience the same joy that Paul and Silas treasured in their hearts: the joy of His Salvation!  And may we be able to sing in joy for everyone to witness what He has done in our lives!

Blessings, Mari


News of the Day – March 10th

Elementary School Punishes Two year Old For Sharing Her Faith

The American Center for Law and Justice, is representing a student and her family in their demand for retribution from North Hill Elementary. According to Christina Compagnone, an associate counsel with the ACLJ, the two year old girl was sent to the principal’s office ten times since January for sharing her faith with classmates on the playground. “Not only were they scolding her for talking about Jesus to her classmates outside of instruction time, but they were stopping her at the entrance to the school every morning to inspect her backpack and remove any Christian tracts!” Compagnone added. Read more about the lawsuit here.


Samaritan’s Purse To Set Up Emergency Field Hospital In Ukraine

North Carolina-based Samaritan’s Purse landed safely in Poland and materials for an emergency field hospital have been transported to Ukraine. According to a weekend update from the organization, the Samaritan’s Purse team is now in the process of setting up the facility. Based on recent assessments, the group will increase the capacity of its Ukraine field hospital, planning for two operating rooms with the capacity for 14 major surgeries or 30 minor surgeries per day, according to Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham. There will be four wards with 50 inpatient beds and an emergency room that can handle 100 patients per day. Also included are four intensive care unit beds and four step-down beds. Read more about the field hospital here.


Iraqi Christian Murdered After Sharing Her Faith On TikTok

An Iraqi woman who recently converted from Islam to Christianity was found murdered on March 7 after she posted a TikTok video about her new faith, according to a religious liberty watchdog. The 20-year-old woman, Iman Sami, also known as Maria, was the daughter of a Muslim cleric, according to International Christian Concern (ICC). The murder took place after she posted a TikTok video showing herself singing Christian songs. ICC believes the murder likely was retaliation by her family. Her body was found in northern Iraq. One of her friends said Maria was given a Bible last month by a member of a Bible study group. Read more about the murder here.


Couple Finds Pearl Worth Thousands In Restaurant Clam

Michael and Maria Spressler were treated to more than dinner after dining at a local seafood restaurant. After biting into his clam dinner, Michael discovered a pearl. “I thought one of my molars cracked,” he said. At 8.8 millimeters, it’s a whopper, and the first one in as long as anyone at The Lobster House can remember being found. In its 100th year on the peer above the Cape, the restaurant staff were giddy at the news that their loyal customers had perhaps found a small fortune in one of their clams. Despite potentially being worth thousands of dollars, the couple decided to keep it as a celebration. Read more about the pearl here.